January is a busy month at the preschool. This is the month us teachers write-up the student evaluations and have conferences. With all this to do, I unfortunately have not had time to keep up with the blog. But… I do have about 5 drafts waiting to be written or finished. There are so many great things to write about and so little time to write them!
I’ll start with a simple fun idea to get the (snow) ball rolling. We put these little snowmen kits at the play dough table. They included buttons, ribbon scarves, little hats, google eyes, pipe cleaners, and sticks.
Then, we put out our home-made white play dough and let the kids create! The kids had so much fun with it! Our three-year-olds especially loved creating these little miniature snowmen. Here are some of their creations.
Posted in Fine Motor, Holidays, Seasons
Tagged Children, Fine Motor, google eyes, Play Dough, Preschool, Snow, snow ball, Snowmen, student evaluations, Teaching, three year olds
During Christmastime, our workbench transforms into “Ornamentation Station,” a festive place where little elves can create all kinds of adorable Christmas Tree ornaments!
Usually the ornaments are something very simple that the kids can create independently.
The following are a few examples of ornaments the kids could make at the Ornamentation Station.
Cinnamon Gingerbread Men
The gingerbread men were made by using sandpaper and our Ellison die cut machine, but they could easily be made by cutting the sandpaper into gingerbread man shapes using scissors. We put cinnamon sticks at the table as well as stick-on buttons or other decorations. The children simply rub the cinnamon stick on the sandpaper gingerbread men to make it smell wonderful, then decorate it however they would like.
This one required a little bit more assistance from the teacher, but was great for some of the older kids as it promotes fine motor control, following step-by-step directions and patterning.
At this point I have to admit that I got this idea from Martha. Yes, I saw this Martha Stewart ornament on Pinterest and loved it! The idea is simple. I provided the children with paper strips with holes punched at each end, as well as some brass fastener brads. First, they decorated the paper strips using markers (if they wished). Then, they secured their series of paper strips with the brads on each end of the strip (they needed the most help with closing the brads). Then they fanned out the paper to make it into a ball. I helped them tie a length of yarn to it so they could hang it from the tree!
Stay tuned for even more Ornamentation Station ideas!
Posted in Fine Motor, Holidays, Preschool, Seasons, Teacher, Workbench
Tagged Children, Christmas, Fine Motor, Ornaments, Preschool, Teaching, WorkBench
I was going to write about “Dancing Oobleck” today, but alas, time and illness are not permitting me to write such an in-depth blog entry right now. I guess this will just give you something to look forward to next week!
Instead, I will tell you about a little thing we tried at the workbench. I got the idea from another blog here at WordPress, The Giggle Patch. We simply gave the children a few bars of soap, some screwdrivers and some screws at the workbench. The children enjoyed getting to use real tools, and the soap is something nice and soft that they can easily screw the screws into.
This was a good activity for fine motor development and will help transition into more complex workbench activities later on in the school year. Also, it smells good. 🙂