Koala Lou Valentines
Preschool Bulletin Board
Koala Lou Valentines Preschool Bulletin Board : Valentines preschool activities, Koala Heart craft and Eucalyptus spin art leaves! Also work with the Letter of Week K and L. One of my Favorite stories it that of Little Koala Lou! For this years Valentines Board I decided to use Koala Lou and her family as inspiration. I love putting the materials out and then sitting back and see what comes. Most every frog made a mama Koala and Baby, but we ended up with a board full of Koalas in all shapes and sizes! As they worked I enjoyed hearing their stories of Grandma Koala, truly magical! Great craft for our Letter of the Week
Koala Lou Heart Craft
- construction paper ( Black, Grey, Brown, White, Pink)
- Glue stick
- large google eyes
- small google eyes
To start I cut out large amounts of hearts in a variety of sizes in multi able colors. It's always my goal to give them as much free choice as possible. My sample Mama Koala Had one large heart for the face. Two medium hearts foe the ears with smaller hearts for the inside of the ear. One medium black heart upside down for the nose. Finished with two large google eyes. The smaller Koala Lou's used the same pattern in smaller sizes. I used many colors to give variety but tries to stay true to the images in Koala Lou.
Eucalyptus Spin Art Leaves
What do Koalas love to eat? Why Eucalyptus leaves of course! This was a fun project that started on a fun trip to the Goodwill. While looking for treasure I cam across this salad spinner that worked by pulling and saw this would be the perfect way to paint the Eucalyptus Leaves for our Koala Lou Bulletin board. The Frogs loved pulling the string to spin the balls inside over the paper leaves. I added a little Eucalyptus bath wash I got as a gift from one of my frogs to give it a fun smell. However, it was very strong smell so we ended up with all our windows opened! Fun craft to do for our Letter of the Week Letter "L"
- white copy paper with two Eucalyptus leaf outlines
- paint ( green in different shapes, I had fun with some silver and gold)
- bouncy ball ( for each color, I used 4)
- Dixie cups
- optional Eucalyptus oil
I started by cutting the leaves out to better fit inside the salad spinner. In each Dixie cup I added a small amount of paint, Eucalyptus oil, a little water to thin it. Then dropped a bouncy ball in, I repeated this for each color. The frogs set their leaves into the spinner then dropped all the balls in one at a time. They hen closed the top. With one hand holding the top they pulled the string towards them with the other hand. They really enjoyed this, some needed a little help holding the top. We were so surprised to see not only the paint on the front but the cool line pattern on the back. Our Valentines board not only looks great but smells relaxing as you walk past!
Valentines fun in our Room
Our Class is Cool
Winter Preschool Activities
Winter preschool shapes Oval Penguins, Triangle Trees,
Circle and Square Snow people!
This month the frogs have been working on shapes, winter, and the letters K, L and M! The most fun for me is making it all connect together! Here is some of the fun we had.
the best part in preschool is when the Frogs start making their own request, I love seeing how their minds are making the connections.
After completing the Oval Penguins, Triangle Trees and Heart Koala's the Frogs wanted to know what we were going to make with a square? My plan was to make circle snow people when I was asked can we make square snow people? So I gave them the choice to make what they wanted cute how each snow person was unique one was even a bit of both!
I love the book Koala Lou and for our February Valentines Board we made these cute Koalas. I love how the Frogs made all sizes and entire families of Koalas! To complete our board we going to make Eucalyptus leaves using a salad spinner I found at the goodwill!
Some of our winter fun. Winter slime
mixed with plastic stacking shapes. White foam with the Preschoolers Play Learn Diamond Pyramid Shape Building Blocks was great fun. For Pajama Day we brought out the Excellerations Building Brilliance Magnetic Shapes from Discount School Supply on our DIY Light table. Using magnetic wands to scavenger hunt for shapes that are magnetic!
At The Art Center
On a Styrofoam tray the frogs used liquid starch and water to paint tissue squares. Really easy the hardest part is they must fill the whole center. When dry they went up in our windows, the winter light shines through making a beautiful glow.
Always fun when you can make something fun using recycled "trash"! The object of the game is to find the letters of your name and different shapes inside the bottle. I went through our craft room finding different foam letters, button and any other kind of shapes. The Frogs then put each find into a recycled water bottle, we finished it by filling it with sand. I glue gunned the lids for safety.
Winter Classroom Tree Cardinals
Winter Christmas Town
Winter Christmas Town Bulletin Board: Silent Night Holy Night Christmas theme preschool bulletin board. With Letter H Houses and Hand print Trees. I truly love the finished Christmas town filled with the letter of the week H Houses
and Hand Print Trees
! A fun way to celebrate Christmas with the Letter H! To set the base I used a black vinyl tablecloth, from the dollar store. Then filled the bottom half with white roll paper. To create silver stars and the lettering I spray painted white paper silver. I am one for using what I have on hand you could just use shiny silver paper.
Letter H Houses
- colored construction paper
- white construction paper
- glue stick
I always love to give as many choices as possible so each house is unique, this year because I was using the houses for a Night Town, I cut out small square and rectangles using yellow if the lights were on in your house and black is the lights are off. I love listing to their stories as they build their houses.
Hand print Trees
- Green Stamp pad
- White paper
- Brown construction paper
- Glue stick
Usually I like to make one big Hand Print Tree
for our bulletin board. Using different shades of Green I have the Frogs stamp their hand prints using white paint. For our Christmas Town I had the Frogs stamp their hand print using a green stamp pad. The nice thing about the stamp pad was you could really see the detail in the print, the Frogs loved that! Our Winter Christmas Town Bulletin Board: Silent Night Holy Night Christmas theme preschool bulletin board was truly beautiful.
More Christmas Fun
Fall Owl Theme Preschool
One 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!
- construction paper fall owl colors
- cupcake liners yellow
To start I cut the paper into circles and some I cut the sides curved to give it a different shape. Using yellow paper cut triangles for the beak. Black paper cut into legs. I simply set out all the supplies and the Frogs picked what they wanted. We then added their owls to the trees in our classroom fall board. To finish the boars the Frogs made a watercolor leaf
Whoos Ready For Fall
Putting it all together, I started with yellow and green background. Using tissue paper I created three trees.
More Owl Fun
We've Had a Whale of a Year Ocean Bulletin Board
We've Had a Whale of a Year Ocean Bulletin Board is the perfect feeling for our last school year Bulletin Board! It's hard to believe we are at the end of another school year! We've Had a Whale of a Year Ocean Bulletin Board combines our Letter of the Week "W"
and our Ocean Classroom focus. To start the bulletin board I used two different colors of blue for our Ocean.
To complete the bulletin board there are three art crafts. Watercolor and Epson salt sail boats
, Paper Plate Whales and easel Watercolor art. At Circle we read The Story of Jonah and the Whale.
Paper Plate Whales
While dreaming on Pinterest one day I came across these cute Paper Plate Whales at www.Krokotak.com
It is truly amazing how many things you can create with a simple Paper Plate! Due to the age of my Frogs I cut out the whale shape visit Krokotak
for how to cut, the rest was all Frogs. The best art is when they can give their creation their own look so I like to give as many choices as possible. Let's get started, here is a list of the supplies I used.
- Paper Plate
- Large google eyes
- stamp pads (Blue, Purple and Green)
- sea sponge
- Glue ( I love coloring it so we had Blue, White or Black)
- White scrap paper
Our classroom focus this month is all things in, on and around the Ocean, for this reason we used sea sponges to stamp our Paper Plate Whales. Not only was it fun to touch it gave a cool pattern to the paper plate.
Being at the end of the year my Frogs know how to get into it, I love to just sit back as watch them work. Some gave their Paper Plate Whales smiles, each one was truly unique I love that! My Frogs only needed a little help with the blow hole. For this I gave them a small piece of white scrap paper and they cut lines down the edge, they then rolled it and taped it together.
When finished the Paper Plate Whales can stand on their own. I added them to our We've Had a Whale of a Year Bulletin Board! To finish the bulletin board we made Watercolor and Epson Salt Sail Boats
At the easel the Frogs were free to create Watercolors with Ocean colors I then had them cut into to wave shapes to finish the board!
More fun ideas for Ocean Crafts