Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Indoor ideas for Preschool - Popsicle Painting and Pendulum Play

January in the US for most of us means finding as many indoor ideas for preschool to do that teach, motivate and uses the pent up energy that results from "cabin fever".
Preschoolers need to be active. They learn best when they are physically involved in the lesson.

All of my readers are sending in wonderful ideas to share and here are a couple of them that use the "learn by doing" philosophy that I use every day.

Popsicle Painting

Here is a craft one of my readers sent in that she does with the children in the winter and it is also a science learning experiment.

The children love this. Take water and fill the ice trays. Add food coloring to the water, lay a piece of plastic over and poke a popsicle stick in the middle. You can also use small bathroom cups. We then freeze them and talk about what we think will happen to the water and why. Then in the afternoon or the next morning we pull them out and discuss what happened and why.

Best of all then we paint beautiful pictures with the ice popsicles.

Pendulum Play
String up a tennis ball in a stocking from the rafters.
Have your children construct a building or tower from assorted size boxes, cardboard cylinders, small yoghurt/butter containers, etc. Then let them take turns knocking them down with the pendulum.

NOTE: Be sure to be have this done in a controlled manner and each child gets a turn to knock down a tower. Set a place for the child to stand and have the others stand back so that no one gets hurt.

If you like these indoor ideas for preschool, check out the other ideas in the Preschool Planner.

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Send me any ideas you would like to share and I will post them on my Blog.

Mary
marys.plans@gmail.com


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