As every teacher knows March 2 is Dr.Seuss time! Time to put on your thinking hats and get ready for fun! For the Month of March our Classroom Bulletin Board is Hats off for Dr. Seuss!
The best part about this activity is they can do it all on their own with very little help. Always my very favorite part is to see all the different and unique ways they made their hats! Some cut tabs and made color patterns, others ripped the paper into small bits. This is the true spirit of Dr. Seuss! I then took a photo of each child making their Silly Dr. Seuss face, funny how almost everyone stuck out their tongue!
The Hand Print Lorax
Goggle Eyes (different sizes)
brown pom pom
container & brush
This was a hands on project for me so not many photos sorry.Also the yellow paint did not show up like I hoped so next year I may have them stamp yellow hand prints on white paper cut out and then attach to the orange paper. Either way they still look cute. I love to give choices, this way they can make it their own. I added google eyes of different sizes and black paint, this way they could choose their eyebrow color (yellow or black) and different size brushes! To complete we painted one hand at a time to form the "mu stash" then they used glue to attach the eyes and nose. Paint to form the eyebrow, the results were very fun!
The Truffla Tree
Tissue Paper cut into squares
pipe cleaners in yellow and black
This was a fun and simple craft they completed after their Lorax. This is very similar technique to the spring flowers, so the kids were familiar with the process and did most of the work them self! Twist the pipe cleaner together to form the trunk of the tree. Then stack 3 or 4 squares on top of each other and pinch in the middle. Wrap the pipe cleaner around the center then fluff up the tissue paper by pulling it apart!
Using dry black beans, magnetic letters I created a fun game for our Letter of the Week, Letter Q. I filled the table with all sorts of random letters some made out of paper, foam and wood. The children used the trays to find the Magnetic Letters as well as finding the Letter of the Week!
Always interesting to see how you set something up and they make it their own. The girls used it to make letter cookies!
To create a beautiful Spring Bloom Painting we used four different types of Kitchen scrub brushes! As always I set our Science Center up with a closer look at the different colors of blooms and then had the children Vote on what color they thought the tree outside our classroom would bloom.
I set up our art center with a shared tray of colors and brushed. On each tray I added a small amount of brown paint with a thin paintbrush for the tree branches. The children love stamping, swiping and basically banging the scrub brushes so be ready for a little mess. I got these plastic trays for free from a surgery center, any plastic tray works to contain the mess. After the paintings were dry I added them to our Classroom Spring Tree!
In the middle of our classroom stands the tree! In the fall we count the leaves as they fall. In the Winter our branches fill with snow and Cardinals. When the spring comes our branches fill with the bright colors of the first spring flowers! I love the full look to achieve this I add a few different types of flower art! This year we have started with the Egg carton tissue paper flower. Lets get started!
This was a fun art center because they could make as many as they like with little help from me! I simply set out tissue paper cut in a variety of spring flower colors. Out side our classroom window is a big tree we like to study. In our science center I brought in one branch full of blooms and photos of spring trees in full bloom. I will keep the branch inside our classroom to see what color the blooms will be.
To start I had the child choose three color tissue squares and stack them on top of each other. Then squeeze the center together and wrap with a pipe cleaner. This was hard work for them, the best way I found was to have them hold the pipe cleaner in the center with one hand and wraparound with the other hand.
Next I pre cut an egg carton to form one section and then poked a hole through the bottom.
Simply pull the pipe cleaner through the hole to pull the tissue paper together and there is your flower!
When finished we added the flower to our tree, is was so fun to watch our tree bloom!
I can't wait to add more flowers to our tree! If you would like to make a flower with a longer stem simply use a full length pipe cleaner, We did this last year for our Mothers Day Vase! For our spring bloom I wanted a lower length so we cut the pipe cleaners in half.
To complete our We Have Heart Preschool Valentines Board we made these cute Hearts! The was a fun, easy but somewhat messy art activity! I found these trays made out of plastic and this kept the mess contained.
I love to see how the art evolved. Simply put they were to watercolor first, then add the glue and finish with a sprinkle of salt. As they added the glue they loved the way the paint moved away, resisted the glue and then how the salt gave sparkle and added patterns. They began pouring on the salt and then flicking the paint on top to watch the reaction. Everyone had their own way of doing it and the results were beautiful although some did take three days to dry!
On the board I added streamers to give the hanging down look and to add their name without writing on their art!
To make our Preschool Valentines Finger Painted Window Art we used wax paper! At our preschool we found we were using a ton of contact paper at at high cost to the school. I have been trying to find new ways to create the Stained Glass effect without using contact paper. This was a easy art project to set out simply tape the wax paper to a tray, to prevent it from rolling up on you while you work.Then set out the finger paint and watch them go! My favorite part was hearing one friend explain to me he did not want to get his hands dirty. I said that's OK and while I was trying to think of something else for him to do he dipped one finger into the paint, I was so proud of him trying something new. Before long he had both hands in the paint laughing and swirling the paint around. Days like this are why I love my Job!!
Construction paper (Heart cut out)
Start by painting the wax paper with the finger paint! When your finished simply set the heart cut out on top of the wet paint and push down around the edge to make it stick. Then set aside to dry. After it's dry you cut around the outside edge and tape to the window!!
This week in Preschool we are working with the Letter of the Week, Letter O! To prepare for our class Valentines Party I thought it would be fun to make a Valentines Octopus.
Red construction paper cut into the Letter O
Ribbon cut into 8 strips
2 large googly eyes
White Paper Bag
Foam or sticker hearts
I Love when each art project is unique and to achieve this I like to give as many choices as possible. I had pre cut ribbon into eight strips and about three different styles. If only I had more time I would set out a bag of ribbon and let them choose and cut their ribbon legs! That being said this was one of those projects that you set everything out and let them go!
It was fun to observe how they added their legs, and for some adamant that their Octopus not have eight legs. As always I truly loved to see the finished project! Now all we need is our Valentines Party to fill them up!
For our Valentines Bulletin Board we started by painting our heart with Baking Soda Paint. To create the Heart I used a large white poster board and then traced out the heart shape. To go with our theme of fitting together and the letter of the week, Letter P. I cut the heart into a puzzle. I have ten students so I divided the heart into ten shapes and then cut an oval out of the center to add their photo. I am lucky that I teach at a christian preschool as so I was able to incorporate the Fruit of the Spirit into our Valentines theme!
Large white poster board or white paper
Lets get started! After cutting out my puzzle heart pieces I wrote on the back how they fit. For example bottom left I also covered the writing with tape so the paint will not cover the writing. This helps when you are ready to assemble your heart! To set up my art center I used plastic trays for them to paint on because when they add the vinegar it gets wet. I then added Baking Soda to the cups and followed by the paint.
I started by having the children notice the shape and wonder what the shape will be when all the puzzle pieces are fit together. Then they used the dropper to drop the vinegar onto the paint, and let it go!
The kids loved to see the bubbles start fizzing up and the sound, it was a total experience.
I love they way they looked when dry! Not only did the colors mix in a cool way but it had a texture the children really liked!
I took a photo of each child holding one of the Fruits of the Spirit!
The painting was so fun we did some on plain white paper till all the paint was gone!
All together we started our Valentines Board titled We Have Heart!Be sure to check back to see what we add to the board!