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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No Bake Gingerbread Salt Dough Ornaments

No Bake Gingerbread Salt Dough



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!      

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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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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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Welcome to Our Pond Sensory Table

Welcome to Our Pond Sensory Table

  Welcome 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!    

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Lavender Rice Sensory Play

Lavender Rice Sensory Play

It'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:
  • Rice
  • purple washable paint
  • zip lock bag
  • lavender oil
  • wax paper
  To start add your rice and paint and Lavender oil to the zip lock bag. Now shake this can be great fun for little hands! Using paint you don't need to add anything else! For our Rainbow Rice I used food coloring and vinegar both work nice, however this was faster. Then roll wax paper onto a cookie tray and spread the rice out to dry. To add to our Pond I made Name Wood Cookies and paper towel roll logs. Very simple and I have to say the Frogs loved it!            

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Lavender Play Dough and Leaf impressions

Use Basic Play Dough Recipe then add Lavender oil!


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Under the Sea Play Dough Recipe

Under the Sea Play Dough Recipe


Under the Sea Play Dough Recipe: Easy to make no cook play dough recipe!

Just add Glitter and Sea Creatures for hours of Fun!

Makes a large batch!

This Play dough recipe usually takes me about 10 minutes to make and last in my classroom for about a month. I start by set my water on the stove to boil. While waiting for it to boil mix all the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Add the oil and food coloring to a measuring cup, I like to use glass two cup  so when I add the hot water I can see if I need more color. When your water is boiling add it to the measuring cup I mix it to see the color then add it to the large bowl. With a large spoon mix the dough when ready I drop it onto the counter and kneed it. If it seems dry add more oil to wet add flour. I keep the play dough in a zip lock gallon bag.   Here's where the Frogs really have fun! Using some salt and pepper shakers from the Dollar Store the Frogs add glitter. It looks messy but really the play dough picks it all up and in the end your play dough sparkles! We also added plastic Ocean creatures, the Frogs loved stamping and hiding them in the Play Dough for a friend to find.      

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Preschool Rain Sound Recycled Bottle

Preschool Rain Sound

Recycled Bottle

Preschool Rain Sound Recycled Bottle Craft- A fun easy activity to recycle your old water bottles and bring the relaxing sound of falling rain! This week the Frogs played with the Letter of the Week: Letter R. By now you know I love  to use all five scenes when exploring a Letter. As one of our activities the Frogs made their own Rain Sound Bottles using recycled bottles and Rainbow Rice. There is something so calming when you listen to the rain and of course the fun of shaking it loudly for a very stormy rain! The Rain Sound Bottle was very easy to make with things found right at home!

Supplies Needed:

  • Recycled Water Bottle
  • Rice
  • Sticks
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Black Sharpie
  • funnel

First wash and clean your bottle, using a sharpie write your name. Now your ready for the fun, take a walk outside and collect sticks. I did this a day ahead and let them dry out, living in the Northwest the sticks were a little wet. The Frogs simply filled there bottles with sticks then added Rice to the bottle using a funnel. To keep the bottle secure I Hot glued the cap.


I love giving the Frogs choices so they had the option of filling their Bottle with white rice, Rainbow Rice or Rainbow mini Letter Noodles.


Rainbow Rice

  Very easy to make and so fun to play with. I made one large batch and used it for three different activities! Our Letter of the Week Alphabet Book, Rain Sound Bottle and Sensory Table!  

Supplies Needed:

  • 4 cups Rice
  • 1 Tbs. Vinegar
  • food coloring or liquid watercolors
  • Gallon Zip Lock Bag
  • wax paper

Using a large zip lock bag I added the rice, vinegar and coloring. Then close the bag and mix it making sure to cover the rice. Covering a cookie try with wax paper and pouring the rice out across the paper to dry. Repeat the process for all colors. When dried put back into the zip lock bag for storage.


More Rainbow Fun

Traveling Rainbow

    Using recycled peach jars I filled them with liquid watercolors in the six rainbow colors. Using folded paper towels we connected them and watched the colors travel up and meet at the top. The Frogs loved it so much we did it many times saving the paper towels to examine as they dried.  When we were done with our Rainbow fun we added the lids and placed them in our window to admire when the sun shines through!              

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Eric Carle Little Cloud Inspired Art & Activities

Eric Carle Little Cloud Inspired

Art & Activities

  Eric Carle Little Cloud Inspired Art & Activities: Preschool art to accompany Eric Carle's classic Little Cloud. Puffy painted clouds and Weather Binoculars! The Classic Little Cloud tells the story of a little cloud who changes into the shape of things he has seen. My frogs love this story in fact we read it more than once. We also turned off the lights, lying on the floor we imagined what our clouds would look like. Below are some of the fun art and activities we enjoyed!  

Puffy Painted Clouds

Supplies Needed

  • Glue
  • Q- Tips
  • Shaving Cream
  • Paint
  • Construction Paper
Puffy Paint is easy to make. I like to start by adding glue to a paint container, then add the paint for color, finish with the Shaving Cream. For this activity I made three colors grey storm clouds, white fluffy clouds or blue rain clouds. Using our Letter of the Week, Letter Q Q-Tips to add the puffy paint to our paper. Using a simple print program I made a white paper with "Little Cloud Changed into_________".       When finished painting the Frogs folded their paper in half, then pressed down and opened to see the shape their cloud took!       We added our clouds to our March Bulletin Board Friends are Golden!

Weather Binoculars

Little Cloud Weather Binoculars are a fun way to observe the weather! Due to time I pre made the Binoculars, older children would have no problem making their own. When finished we kept them on our windowsill!  

Supplies Needed:

  • 2 toilet paper rolls
  • string
  • glue dots
  • paint
  • cotton balls
  • hole puncher, paint brush
      To make your Weather Binoculars attach the two toilet paper rolls together with two glue dots, so they stand side by side. Use the hole punch to make a hole on either side. Cut a long piece of string and attach it to the rolls through the holes. Now you are ready to paint! As always I love to give choices the frogs decided what color their sky ( toilet paper rolls) was then added cotton balls to the wet paint for clouds.    

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