I don't want to slight our friend the turkey at this time of year but I am always looking for fresh ideas for a preschool Thanksgiving craft.
One of my subscribers, Celia, sent in this wonderful recipe for PUMPKIN PIE PLAY DOUGH. Once you make this, the children come up with some very creative ideas. It's fun to listen to the conversations as well when they describe their creations!
Pumpkin Pie Play Dough
What You Need:
5 ½ cups of flour
1 container (1 ½ oz) pumpkin pie spice
2 cups of salt
Orange food coloring(one part red, two parts yellow)
8 Teaspoons cream of tartar
¾ cup oil
4 Cups water
What You Do:
* Mix all ingredients together
* Cook and stir over medium heat until lumps disappear
* Knead the dough on a floured surface until it is smooth
* Store in an airtight container
Let the imaginations and conversations lead your day with this activity.
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Monday, November 24, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Are you looking for ideas for preschool circle time? I want to pass along some ideas that have been sent to me recently. They are simple, effective and fun! What could be better than that?
Magic Carpet Squares
For circle time to get the children to stay in one spot we use carpet samples. They each choose one when circle time starts and they are to keep their bottom on the carpet square until circle time is over. We then put all carpet samples in a box until next time. Stores that are discontinuing carpet samples will gladly give them away.
Song for Circle Time:
TO LEARN EACH OTHERS NAME. WE SING THERE WAS A MAN WHO HAD A DOG AND BINGO WAS HIS NAME-O. WE SAY THERE WAS A GIRL HER NAME WAS TAMMY AND TAMMY WAS HER NAME-O(BUT TAMMY IS NOT HER NAME IT’S REALLY THERESA.) SO THE CHILDREN WILL SCREAM NO ITS THERESA. AND WE CONTINUE THE SONG. THEY LOVE IT. ITS OUR SONG AFTER GOOD MORNING. THIS IS HOW WE LEARN EACH OTHER NAME.
THERE WAS A GIRL HER NAME IS THERESA AND THERESA WAS HER NAMEO. THERESA, THERESA, THERESA,THERESA, THERESA, THERESA AND THERESA WAS HER NAME-O. ALWAYS USE ANOTHER NAME FOR CHILD THAT. (LIKE TAMMY WITH A T- FOR THERESA WITH A T)
I hope you enjoy getting these ideas to use with your preschoolers. If you have ideas to share, send them along and I'll post them here for all of us to use and enjoy.
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Sunday, November 9, 2008
November is here and the scenery here in the states can be drab. Try using
these fall art activities for preschool to brighten up your classroom with your preschoolers help.
They love being part of the process and seeing their efforts so proudly displayed in the classroom.
One of my subscribers sent in her idea on how to decorate the room. I have included one of the activities from my lesson plans for the Chain of Gratitude.
From Lucy…Harvest Decorations
We celebrate the harvest in our school and decorate our room to look like a market place. I really enjoy doing paper Mache with the children. We use balloons in various sizes and paint them different colors to represent fruit and vegetables.
Group: Chain of Gratitude
Have students cut one-inch strips of fall-colored construction paper. On each strip, have them tell you what to write for something they are grateful for. Everyone’s strips should be looped into circles and combined, forming a chain of gratitude. It can be hung at the front of the room as a reminder that we always have something to be grateful for.
Try these preschool art activities and remember if you have ideas to share, send them along and I'll post them here for all of us to use and enjoy.
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