Preschool Paper Plate Sunflower
These beautiful sunflowers will be the centerpieces for our Fall bulletin board.
- paper plate
- Yellow paint
- black food coloring
- plastic bag
- paint brush
I started by making our black rice. Decide how much rice you need. It can be white or brown rice. I used about 2 cups of brown rice. Add to you plastic bag along with black food coloring a small amount of water or vinegar, set aside to dry.
I used a small amount of tape to the bottom of the paper plate so it would not move around while they were painting. After they have finished painting add the glue to the center and sprinkle with the black rice. In the past I have used Black beans, black buttons and real sunflower seeds. Make it your own!
After your plate has dried cut out to make your sunflower. To save on time I cut it out. In an ideal world it would be fun for them to cut it out! I cut diagonally to the outside edge of the center circle of the plate to form triangles.
Check back soon to see how we add them to our fall Bulletin board!!
My Many Colored Days
Window Art Bouncy Ball Painting
This week we were learning about our feelings. What dose our face look like when were mad, how does it feel in our body? I started by reading the Dr. Seuss classic My Many Colored Days. This is a great story that uses colors to describe feelings. We not only made theses fun windows we used the color ideas to complete our Apple Feelings Books. My classroom if filled with three and four year old's, some were unsure how to draw a face and it was fun for them to use the color instead.
Awhile ago I made this fun idea found on
We happened to be learning about the letter B when we read this book. To make this window art I Had the children paint with Bouncy Balls!
- Finger paint in assorted colors
- paper cups
- Black construction paper
- white copy paper
- small bouncy ball ( I used 8 different sizes)
- a box lid
To start I filled each cup with a different finger paint color and added a bouncy ball to each. Next I cut out the black shape.
I set the white paper in the box and let the child drop the colored bouncy ball on top. Only one at a time.The finger paint made them sticky and less likely to bounce out of the box while moving! You could use regular paint but be ready to catch it!!
While the paint is wet set your black outline on top. Then help child to use their finger to gently push around the black edge to set it into the paint. Then set it aside to dry. When dry cut around the edge and hang with tape in your window! I loved the way they turned out, were a mixed up bunch!
This year I changed it up a bit by using the watercolor doppers to dot, going along with the Letter of the Week "D". Then they glued the black outline.
Jello Scented Names
Jello Scented Names: Preschool fun with the 5 senses and your name!
See it, touch it, smell it, hear it, Please don't taste it...
Great to trace the letters and name recognition!
This was an easy and fun way to work on Name Recognition, letters and the five senses!
- Jello in different flavors
- old spice container or bowl and spoon
- white card stock
I started by using a simple print shop program to write their names on white card stock. The jello gets heavy when added to the glue so you need a sturdy paper to write on.
Next, I had the children start by tracing the letters of their name with their finger, then gave them the glue to trace.
After they were finished with the glue I showed them our different smelling sand. We talked about jello and it's different forms,what it's like as a sand and when you cook it. They studied each one smelling them and then sprinkling them onto the glue. As you can see they really liked to sprinkle!
When they were done we lifted the paper up and slid the jello into a bowl, which I saved and used to refill the jars.
It was great to see their faces as we reviled their name!
Each child examined their name, the way it smelled and how the jello (sand) changed color wet add to the wet glue!
We let ours set to dry and again the children noticed how the colors changed when dried! Great Fun project and made our room smell yummy!!
Apple Study Letter A
We start our preschool year learning "All About me", this happens to fall with the letter A. This week we were studying the five scenes and this was a great time to do our apple study!
For a little extra fun we added Apple Spice Play Dough
I Spy- Apple Pie to our sensory table and a good book with an old friend!!
The Ants go Marching Letter A Fingerprint Art
This week we started our "Letter of the Week" beginning with the Letter A! Always a fun book to read is The Ants Go Marching Illustrated by Jeffrey Scherer. This project to go along with the story.
The Ants go Marching Letter A Fingerprint Art are:
- White paper
- black ink pad
- Brown construction paper
- Black marker, crayon or pencil
- Glue stick
I Spy - Back to School with recycled paper
In the theme of Back to School I filled our sensory bin with recycled shredded paper.Then filled it with back to school supplies! As always with my I Spy theme I take photos of things to find and post them on the board above.
I Spy - Back to School with recycled paper turned out to be great fun! The children loved finding the "school supplies" and learning what they were used for. The erasers, calculator and rubber band roll were the favorite finds!
Black Glue and Watercolor Name Art
For the first month of school I like do do a lot of different art projects and games using their names. Not only does it help them to recognize their own name it helps them with their classmates as well!
The inspiration for this came from
To start you need black glue, I used the left over glue from our Black Glue and Watercolor Frogs. Basically, mix black paint with white glue. Be careful to not add to much paint.
Next to make the name outline I printed it out using a simple print shop program. Then I traced it with the black glue and set aside to dry. If I had more time I would let the children outline themselves.
Now let them paint with their watercolors! I am keeping ours up on the wall for all of September!!
So after finishing our projects I found two things, be careful not to add to much paint and when tracing long names use as little glue as possible to avoid the letters running together. That being said I loved the way they turned out!
My Little Book of Apple Faces
Many years ago I found this cute template for My Little Book of Apple Faces. We start the year learning "all about me" I combined our feelings with letter A Apples. I pre-assembled the books to save on time. We use the whole week to talk about our feelings and what that feeling looks like.I usually have a mirror up while they are coloring.