I have seen all the great Pinterest Slime recipes before and never thought I had the time to really try it, I was wrong! This week we our Letter of the Week is the Letter N. I decided to give the slime a try and create a Night Sky! The kids and I loved this so much I am going to do it for all kinds of themes, you know how I love a good theme! The best part it was not messy at all we used it the entire week and then passed it on to our neighbor class! To start all you need is three ingredients and five minutes!
Liquid water color/ Powder paint or food coloring
So I was in a hurry and used what I had on hand, Powder Paint. In a large bowl I poured in glue I did not measure I filled the bottom of the bowl. Then I added some paint and glitter and mixed them all together. I read you should mix first then add the starch this worked for me.
I slowly added a small amount of starch and mixed, I repeated this until I got the consistency I wanted. I think I could have added a bit more to give it a little more stretch. At first the color was dull and you could not see the glitter colors just keep kneading it like dough and it changes before your eyes!
I literally did this in less than five minutes! I really don't know who liked it better the kids or I! My head is swimming with all the different colors and things I can add! It was my first time so my batch was little. I stretched it out and made it into sky shapes.
As the children came in they gave it a little touch then slowly they began to pull, squish and stretch it out! Some of my really active kids played with this for the entire free play time! It was easy to share the kids kept stretching off a piece for a friend. They pulled it into little pieces, made jewelry out of it stretched it off the table and basically had a great time. Best of all it was no mess, at clean up time we rolled it into a ball and stuck it in a plastic baggie! Normally I change the sensory activity every class, not this week we played with the slime everyday! Then passed it to our neighbor class can't wait to see how they play with it next week!
Ever wonder what to do with all those recycled Water Bottles, Make a Shape Finder Game!
The idea is simple fill your empty bottle with shapes add the sand and shake and find! To get started this is what I used.
Empty washed water bottle
white paper for your label
shapes Foam, buttons what ever will fit in the bottle
glue gun/ glue
Start with the water bottle, take off the label and wash. When I first started making these I would tape the paper Key to the bottle. However, after the kids started really shaking them they ripped off so I changed to Mod Podge. I love this stuff! You can find it at Walmart as well as most craft stores. Use the brush to paint the back of the paper and then fix it to the bottle. When it's all smooth cover the top make sure you get the edges so it's strong!
I used a simple print shop program to make my key, I used the shapes we have been working on in class as well as the letters of their name!
I like to use foam because it folds easy and you can fit it through the top! I make a baggie for each name with all the shapes and write their name on the lid, so when class starts I'm ready to go!
Now for the fun, I do this one at at time. I have them spell out their name, as they add it to their bottle I have them say what it is,what color it is and how does it feel.
After they have added all their shapes and letters I have them add the sand. I always use what we have, to save on sand I grabbed the mixed up color sand from past preschool projects. I pour the sand into a bowl and they scoop out the sand and pour it into the funnel. I would normally use more sand but I was running low this year so they each used two to three scoops.
I then added the top and let them play and set them on the windowsill when finished so I could take home and glue the top! The final step is to me the most important seeing as though most of my classmates have younger siblings at home and we want to keep them safe! I use a glue gun to add hot glue around the top edge. Work fast thread the top of the bottle. I then run my finger around the edge to take off any extra glue. Always test that it's tight, little hands will try to open!
In my classroom I have used the same idea to make color finders, glitter shakers and seasonal finders! Really if you can fit it in the bottle it works! The color bottles have been in my class for three years now and still look as good as the day I made them!
Turn your classroom into a museum with these beautiful Q Tip Monet Inspired Art!
This week our Letter of the Week is Letter M.I could not think of anything better than to introduce Claude Monet to our class. I made a simple poster with a photo of Monet, his name and three of his paintings. As each child went to the easel I asked them to study his work, what colors did he use? They seemed to be very interested in his age! We talked about how you can still see his work today in a museum. After the paintings were finished I framed them and hung them on our wall.The next class I welcomed the children and parents to our museum, they really loved looking at everyone's work!
I added a little paper that said My Monet,so they could remember the name!
This Project was so much fun for the kids they asked to have it up all week! I think we made hundreds Of Paintings!
Our Winter bulletin board Preschoolers are "Snow" Special filled with Oval Penguins, Triangle Trees and Circle Snow People. Create your own Penguin using different size Ovals. For the month of January we work on Finding shapes in our classroom, art and games. The Frogs loved the way their Winter Bulletin board looked when finished with all the different shapes.Beautiful Triangle Trees, silly Circle Snow People and to finish it off cute Oval Penguins!
Black paper (1 large, 2 small cut ovals)
White paper (1 Medium cut oval )
Orange paper (3 small cut ovals)
two Google eyes
Lets get started I pre cut all the shapes, due to time older children could do this. I then set all the Ovals out on their art tray, Taking time to notice the different sizes, and how a Penguin has two arms, two feet a nose and two eyes. My Favorite part, watched them create. That's the beauty of this craft they can do most of the work without any help! After they dried out, and this took up to 2 days depending on the amount of glue,I added them to our Winter Bulletin Board!
They Look so cute, I love the way the dried extra glue looks like melted snow!
Triangle Trees winter bulletin board, create a winter wonderland bulletin board. For the month of January our classroom theme is Winter and Shapes. For our Winter Bulletin Board we Incorporated shapes into winter Triangle Trees, Oval Penguins and Circle Snow people. Very easy craft to set up most of the supplies you already have on hand! Get out your paper and glue let's get started!
Brown paper cut into rectangles for tree trunk
Assorted green paper cut into triangles
I like to set up my art center so the Frogs can do most of the work themselves with little help from me. I love to see each Triangle Tree unique to the Frog who made it! After they finished we set them aside to dry, then cut them out and added them to our Winter Preschool Bulletin Board!
During the Holidays it's easy to get caught up in the "I wants" and the all about me attitude. At the start of December I add our Kindness Candy Cane. During Circle we talk about what it means to be kind to a friend. I explain how the Kindness Candy Cane works, every time I see an act of kindness I will add that friends name to our classroom Kindness Candy Cane. I can't tell you how much this promotes friendship that last throughout the year. Our Kindness Candy Cane filled up fast. As I write this post in January I can report the kindness continues. On our first day back from winter break one of our friends was feeling sad and missing his mom another friend ran to the book shelf and found Go Dog Go the sad friends favorite book! That's what I love about preschool if only we all could take the time to show kindness to those around us!
Red and Green paper
Our Classroom Theme is Frogs so I used a simple print shop program to create my Title. I had pre cut strips of red and green paper handy so I could quickly write the name and say thank you to that friend for showing kindness! I laminated the poster board and just add tape to the names as we go! Always a favorite in our class!