Koala Lou Valentines Preschool Bulletin Board

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 "K"!  

Koala Lou Heart Craft

     

Supplies needed:

  • 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"  

Supplies Needed:

  • 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
  • scissors
  • 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

 

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Our Class is Cool Winter Preschool Activities

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.

Oval Penguins

  the best part in preschool is when the Frogs start making their own request, I love seeing how their minds are making the connections.

Triangle Trees

 

Circle or Square Snow People

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!      

Heart Koalas

 

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!

   
 

Winter Activities

  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

 

Mitten Sun Catchers

  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.

Shape Finder Game

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

   

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Winter Christmas Town Bulletin Board

Winter Christmas Town

Bulletin Board

  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

      Supplies Needed
  • 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

  Supplies needed:
  • Green Stamp pad
  • White paper
  • Brown construction paper
  • Glue stick
  • staples
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

 

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No Bake Gingerbread Salt Dough Ornaments

No Bake Gingerbread Salt Dough

Ornaments

 

This week we made No Bake Gingerbread Salt Dough Ornaments for the Letter G. This was a first time for me so I learned what not to do again. As well as what unexpectedly worked well. The very best part was how they made the room smell! Although it looks like a lot is needed really they are very simple I just wrote down everything I used to help me organize ten Frogs work! Let's get started!

    Supplies Needed:
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tbs. Ginger
  • 1 cup Cinnamon
  • 1 cup salt
  • 1 1/2 cup warm water
  • straw
  • wax paper
  • cookie cutters
  • Mod Podge or clear spray
  • acrylic paints
  • ribbon
To start add all the dry ingredients together in a large bowl then slowly add the warm water.  I premixed the dough together right before class then divided it into ten small balls, one for each child. Then placed them in a plastic bag and set aside. Before class I lined a plastic tray with wax paper.  

Roll and Cut

   

Hole for Hanging

As each frog came to the Art Center I gave them a ball of dough and then let them choose their own cutters. I had rolling pins out but most found it easier to simply roll the dough in a ball and then push down flat. They kept doing this until all their dough was gone. Some only made two I had a few get five and six designs cut.      

Cover to Protect

The straw was used to make a hole in the dough to hang. This is where I made my boo boo I left them out over night to dry and they got a white salty look. You should cover them with Mod Podge or clear spray right away to keep the dark brown color. I immanently turned them over and covered the still brown gingerbread with Mod Podge. Then after they dried covered the other side.        
 

Paint to Finish

No harm done while the frogs were making their painted ball ornament I had them paint the white salt side with acrylic paint and then again covered with Mod Podge. Then finished by writing their name and year on the back with a sharpie and covering with the Mod Podge.       To finish the frogs chose their ribbon to hang. As always things don't always turn out exactly the way you think but in the end they are even better because the painted color gave them life! Through this process they never lost their smell everyday I come into the room it warms my heart I'll be sad to wrap them up!      

More Great Gift Ideas

   

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Hanging Glitter Pine Cone Fall Preschool Craft

Hanging Glitter Pine Cone

Fall Preschool Craft

  As you can tell I love to get out and take long walks. This summer while out on the trail I came across the perfect pine cones. Not to big, no sharp points and perfect color. I grabbed a bag full knowing I would come up with some way to use them in preschool. The same day I collected them I washed them in soapy water and then set them out in the sun to dry. Then stored them in a zip lock bag. Fast forward to November and our classroom windows although full of fall watercolor leaves needed something more and I remembered the pine cones. All you need to make these fun fall glitter (G Letter of the Week) pine cones is glitter, glue, yarn and a pine cone.     The Frogs enjoyed warping the yarn through the pine cone. To make it easy to hang I cut a long string of yarn then folded it in half. I then started the yard in the pine cone and they finished it. When done it had a loop on the top to hang easy.     Next they held the pine cone and dipped it into the glue. When covered in glue they poured glitter, we used  red and gold this way they can be used to decorate for Thanksgiving and Christmas!     When finished I attached them to our drying wrack to dry, this took about two days for some. When I hung them from the curtain in our window, I love they way they move and sparkle!    

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Watercolor and Black Glue Fall Leaf Window Preschool Art

Watercolor and Black Glue Fall Leaf

Window Preschool Art

    My 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
  To get ready I mix the black glue. easy to make I just add black paint to a glue bottle and mix until I get the color I want. Using the black construction paper I cut out the outline of a leaf I like the way black looks but you could use any color for your outline. The Frogs painted the watercolors then added the black glue to the outline leaf and pressed it to their wet watercolor.       They then added the black glue, I had some large leaves on hand so they could see the way a leaf has lines that run through them. They used the glue to make their own lines. As they got started I worried they might be using to much glue for the light to shine through, keeping my thoughts to myself of course.                 When dry I cut around the outline and hung in the windows. I love the way they look, and surprisingly the black glue is not to much the light still shines through!    

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Thankful Hands Fall Thanksgiving Bulletin Board

Thankful Hands Fall

Thanksgiving Bulletin Board

    Melt 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)
  • eyes
  • glue
  While they worked we talked about what they are thankful for, what or who makes them feel happy. I wrote their answers and attached it to their Turkey on our Thankful Hands Fall Thanksgiving Bulletin Board!      

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DIY Light Box for Preschool

DIY Light Box for Preschool

    If 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 Board

 Fall Owl Theme Preschool

Bulletin Board

  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! Supplies Needed:
  • construction paper fall owl colors
  • feathers
  • cupcake liners yellow
  • eyes
  • feathers
  • glue
  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

Alphabet and Name Wood Cookies preschool activity

Alphabet and Name Wood Cookies

preschool activity

  Alphabet 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!  

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