Watercolor and Black Glue Fall Leaf
Window Preschool ArtMy favorite time of year is fall when the leaves change color and the weather turns cold and windy. I love the look of watercolors and black glue and decided to try it in a way that could decorate our windows. I truly love the way they turned out. They give our room that fall color glow! Supplies Needed:
- watercolor paper
- black construction paper
- fall watercolors
- paint brush
- black glue
Thankful Hands Fall
Thanksgiving Bulletin BoardMelt my heart what a three year old is thankful for! I used to art classes to complete this project. Letter of the week F Finger Paint! We started by making our fall tree using finger paints.
When each Frog was finished before washing their hands I had them make two hand prints on white card stock paper. Then on day two I had them make their Turkey body using glue. Supplies Needed for Turkey
- construction paper (Brown, Yellow, Red and Orange)
DIY Light Box for PreschoolIf your anything like me your always looking for more ways to add to your classroom without breaking the bank! For years I have wanted a light box for our preschool this is a very simple way for hours of play. Last year I used a clear storage box turned upside down filled with two flash lights. The kids had fun but it was on the floor and the flashlights lost their brightness after awhile. Over the summer we found a clear long under the bed storage container with a flat clear top! Not easy to find most have a colored top. To make the box I drilled a small hole in the side of the container. Using old colored Christmas lights inside the box bringing the plug through the hole on the side. To give the box height I set it inside the sensory table and it worked perfect! For not that much money it works great and the Frogs love it!
Fall Owl Theme Preschool
Bulletin BoardOne of my favorite fall books is Owl Babies by Martin Waddell, to follow the story we create our own Owls. In the past we have done Awesome Owls and Paper Plate Owls. This year I wanted to give the Frogs more freedom to make their owl unique. By using different colors and paper shapes each Owl turned out completely different just the way I love it! Supplies Needed:
- construction paper fall owl colors
- cupcake liners yellow
Whoos Ready For FallPutting it all together, I started with yellow and green background. Using tissue paper I created three trees.
More Owl Fun
Alphabet and Name Wood Cookies
preschool activityAlphabet and Name Wood Cookies preschool activity: recycle a fallen tree branch into fun cookies for preschoolers to play. This past summer while garage hunting we came across this power saw for only five dollars! Who could pass that up? I try to always add new element to my classroom and right away I thought of wood cookies. Lucky for me I live in the Northwest so I just went in the back yard forest and found a fallen tree. They really are very easy to make. First I cut the tree into 1 1/2" circles, we had a long tree so I just kept on going. I ended up having the Alphabet upper case, lower case, numbers 1 - 20 and finally the names of my new class. After cutting the wood into cookie size sand both sides to get all the bumps and pointy parts smooth. Using acrylic paint I wrote their name then a Sharpie to outline. To finish I painted wood sealer onto both sides, I ended up doing five coats, being careful to let it dry completely between layers. I have the Wood cookies out in our Literacy Center. I have also used them in our Welcome to Our Pond Sensory Table. The Frogs love playing with them!
Welcome to Our Pond Spin Art Frogs
Welcome to Our Pond Bulletin Board: Happy to be Back at preschool with our school Pond Bulletin Board filled with spin art Frogs! Welcome to our pond started with dividing the bulletin board with two colors blue and yellow. Using different shades of green I added Lilly pads with their name, this way you can see who's frog is who's without writing on their work. To make the Letters pop I cut them out using three colors. Finally the logs and side rocks were made using recycled packing paper.
Spin Art FrogsHere comes the fun! As always it's about the process of art I try to give many choices so the Frogs can make their own creations with little help form me. This was so fun once they saw how it was done they were off, really the only help I need to give was sometimes holding the salad spinner down. Supplies Needed:
- Colored paint
- Salad Spinner
- White card stock paper
- Google eyes different sizes
- Black Glitter
For the purpose of our Welcome to our Pond Bulletin Board I cut Frog shapes out of the card stock, I also cut many circles out of regular paper because all the frogs made more than one! After observing real Frogs through a variety of photos and books I had on hand they used glitter if they wanted their frogs to have black spots. In the past I have used Black rice, black hole punches and black beans!
The Frogs start by placing their card stock into the salad spinner. Here comes the fun squeezing the paint and then spinning! They loved peeking at their frogs then adding more paint and spinning till they were just right! Once out they chose the rest! I did this at our family open house it's a great ice breaker for nervous Frogs and their parents!
Here's More Frog Fun
Welcome to Our Pond Sensory TableWelcome to Our Pond Sensory Table! My Sensory Table is always set up with the I Spy Theme, adding photos of fun thing to find while your playing! On the first week of school I want my Frogs to feel like this is their room, to this end they will find their names throughout the room in surprising ways. This summer after finding a great deal on a saw, $5 at a garage sale, I decided to make Wood Cookies. I started with their Name then the Alphabet and Numbers! To create our Pond water I used Lavender colored Rice. For the Lilly pads their Name Wood Cookies and paper towel rolls for logs! For the I spy I took photos of Frogs, Fish and a fly to find. The Frogs and their parents were so excited to find their names! The room smells great and all the Frogs felt welcomed to their class!
More Fun Ideas!
Lavender Rice Sensory PlayIt's the start of a new year and I could not be more excited! To welcome my new Frogs to the classroom I invite them to find their name throughout the room. In our sensory table I set Welcome to our pond! Instead of using water for our "Pond" I decided on rice, to help relax nervous parents and new frogs I decided to add a little Lavender Rice! Supplies Needed:
- purple washable paint
- zip lock bag
- lavender oil
- wax paper
More Fun Ideas
Lavender Play Dough and Leaf impressions
Use Basic Play Dough Recipe then add Lavender oil!
Preschool Fathers Day
Moon and Back CraftPreschool Fathers Day Love you to the Moon and Back Craft. Inspired by the classic Eric Carle's Papa get the Moon for me.The fun story of a Papa who builds a large ladder to reach the moon. Due to time we took two days to finish ours.
Day 1Supplies Needed:
- Paint brush
- watercolors ( shades of blue)
- white card stock paper
- laminating paper
Day 2Supplies Needed:
- your watercolor from day 1
- yellow and gray construction paper
- Popsicle sticks
- I love you to the Moon and Back paper cut out