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
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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