My preschool is already well into the throes of preparing our classroom Christmas decorations. Preschool Christmas craft ideas abound, but what I like about this particular classroom Christmas decoration is that it gets all the kids to work together. We started with a corrugated cardboard Christmas tree, which is the perfect size for preschoolers to […]
On Facebook this month, I’ve been participating in “30 Days of Thanks,” thinking of and posting about one thing I’m thankful for – big or small – every day for the month of November. I want to get my children – and my students – in on the thankfulness as well, so I decided […]
After my class went on our annual fall nature walk (we do one every season), I decided to come up with some new autumn craft ideas instead of the traditional (yet classic) leaf rubbings. So for our preschool fall craft we took a new twist on leaf rubbings to create bouquets of “leaves” in recycled […]
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As part of my mission to teach my class a diverse curriculum covering many other nations and cultures, I have decided to include a lesson about the Chinese New Year, which falls on January 23 this year. Combining a lesson with a craft is always a great way to get kids excited about a new topic. So in that vein, I introduce my Year of the Dragon craft.
Community Helpers Theme – Easy and Fun Doctor’s Kit Craft Teaching my class a community helpers theme, little ones sometimes get nervous when the topic of doctors come up. They think about illness, boo-boos, medicine and shots. I read lots of books about health and wellness in my class, and get a friendly neighborhood doctor […]
I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season – I know I did! – and that you’ll have an easy transition back into your regular work and school schedules.
Around this time of year, once the holidays are behind us, I usually move into a community helpers theme in my preschool class. I think it’s important for every young child to learn about community helpers. These include firefighters, police officers, mail carriers and doctors, but you can expand it to include whomever else you want. Teachers, farmers, chefs, garbage men, astronauts, etc.
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This is a kids craft activity that is fun for the whole class to do as a group. This activity an excellent way to teach body parts to your little ones, and it’s also a great learning tool for teaching the seasons and appropriate clothing for different types of weather. First use a giant 36″ corrugated “super person” to point out all the body parts. Don’t limit yourself to head, eyes, nose, mouth, hands, feet, arms and legs. Help your students add body parts. (They’ll need to make the facial features, for instance, out of colored paper, but they can also add hair, ears, a belly button – the sky’s the limit!) You can point out on yourself, on the kids, and on the “super-person” everything from elbows and knees to chins and necks, to fingers and toes. You can call on children to point out a body part. “Joe, point to your nose.” “Sally, point to Joe’s ear.” “Freddy, point to Miss Lorie’s chin,” “Jane, point to our person (feel free to name him/her)’s elbow.” Some great interactive games that will help reinforce this subject are “Simon Says” and “The Hokey Pokey.”