- Filed under: Colors and Shapes, Featured, Teaching Ideas, Tips for Parents Gimbal’s Gourmet Jelly Beans: Yummy Jelly Beans Made with Real Fruit Juice by Cheryl Villareal on Sep 25th, 2016
Kids LOVE candy! And as much as we want them to stay healthy, a little junk food and sweets (in my personal opinion) is fine. I mean, it IS part of growing up... at least it was for me. Recently however, I learned of this new treat that's a tad bit healthier than most candies as it is not only made of real fruit juice, but rich in antioxidant and Vitamin C. Oooh, interesting right?
In 1898, Alexander Gimbal founded the Gimbal Candy Kitchen in ... Read More » Tags Share Comments (0 )
- Filed under: Colors and Shapes, Featured, Hands can feel, Messy art, Playdough, Science Experiments, Senses and Body Parts, Teaching Ideas Scented Playdough: Sense of Smell by Cheryl Villareal on Sep 5th, 2012
It's always fun to learn about our senses through a variety of experiments, wouldn't you agree? For our unit on the sense of smell, one of the activities we did with the kids was to create our own scented play doughs! Oh what fun the kids had, they were so proud of their works and couldn't believe they made it themselves. Who know play dough was so easy to make?
I got the recipe from eHow.com but I didn't follow it to the dot, I just adjusted ... Read More » Tags Share Comments (2 )
- Filed under: Colors and Shapes, Featured, Teaching Ideas Circle Pasting Pictures by Cheryl Villareal on Aug 5th, 2012
A circle is one of the basic shapes the kids learn in preschool, and the number of activities we can do with it is countless! This year, we had them paste different colored circles unto a outlined picture! They had the chance to pick whatever picture they wanted and fill it up with colorful circles!
Circle Pasting Pictures
What you will need:
Circle cutouts (Different kinds of paper/textures)
Outlined drawing (fo... Read More » Tags Share Comments (1 )
- Filed under: Animals and Insects, Colors and Shapes, Edible crafts, Featured, Teaching Ideas Fruit Loops and Octopuses by Cheryl Villareal on Jul 30th, 2012
Other countries have CHEERIOS, we on the other hand have FRUIT LOOPS. I love how many things you can do with these stuff! So for our animal theme…while also learning the circle shape, we decided to create some octopuses using FRUIT LOOPS!
What you will need:
Construction Paper (we used color purple but you can use any)
What you will do:
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- Filed under: Colors and Shapes, Cooking in Class, Easter, Edible crafts, Featured, Holiday crafts, Mothers' Day, St. Patrick's Day, Teaching Ideas Rainbows in my Tummy! Yummy Rainbow Pancakes! by Cheryl Villareal on Mar 14th, 2012
When cooking, one of the things chefs/cooks need to give importance to is the ay the food will be presented. I am always amazed at how they're able to design and create food in the most unique and mouth-watering ways! Well, I'm no chef... but I AM a preschool teacher! We preschool teachers might not be able to prepare food in a classy and sophisticated way, but we can get as artistic as we can!... and in my case a little messy! haha
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- Filed under: Animals and Insects, Arts and Crafts, Colors and Shapes, Featured, Fine arts, Messy art, Stories, Teaching Ideas Eric Carle Collage in Brown Bear Brown Bear by Cheryl Villareal on Nov 27th, 2011
The kids have always loved BROWN BEAR, they love learning the different colors while also seeing the pictures of different animals! Moreover, they enjoy singing the song while looking at the pictures.
This time, we wanted to try and make collages. So we had them pick which color they wanted and we mixed 2 other complimenting colors with it. So if they picked green, we’d give them GREEN, YELLOW and WHITE. If they picked PU... Read More » Tags Share Comments (2 )
- Filed under: Arts and Crafts, Colors and Shapes, Fine arts, Fine motor skills, Skill development, Teaching Ideas Painting with Scissors like Henry Matisse by Cheryl Villareal on Nov 14th, 2011
It's fun to do art with kids, but when you talk about art with them... crayons and paint are usually the first things that come to mind. Nothing wrong with that, but there's still so much more ways to do art then just the usual. Which is why I'm glad I came across Henry Matisse!
Henry Matisse was a well known artist, he was good in both painting and sculpting! But as he reached the age of 72, it became difficult for him to stand and ... Read More » Tags Share Comments (3 )
- Filed under: Arts and Crafts, Colors and Shapes, Featured, Fine arts, Messy art, Teaching Ideas Modern Day “Starry Night” Inspired by Van Gogh by Cheryl Villareal on Nov 3rd, 2011
For art month, we’re learning all about the famous artists and their unique painting styles. They will serve as inspirations for our art activities. Now when I say inspiration, it means that we WON’T copy exactly what the artist did but probably learn something from it.
Yesterday, I posted about our Sistine Table painting which was inspired by Michelangelo. You can check that out HERE. Well today, it’s Van Gogh’s turn to shin... Read More » Tags Share Comments (2 )
- Filed under: Arts and Crafts, Colors and Shapes, Featured, Sand and Sea, Teaching Ideas, Transportation The Blue Boat in the Blue Ocean by Cheryl Villareal on Oct 16th, 2011
When thinking of an art activity for kids, you have to stick with the things they love and are familiar with, and take advantage of that. In our toddler class, most of our kids love cars, trains, boats and airplanes! -- which is why we decided to include modes of transportation as one of our themes for this year. However, even before we get to that theme, we already tackled a few of these for a different topic.
While on our lesson on the ... Read More » Tags Share Comments (0 )
- Filed under: Arts and Crafts, Colors and Shapes, Featured, Hands can feel, Messy art, Patterns, Senses and Body Parts, Skill development, Teaching Ideas Sponge Stamping with Shades of Blue by Cheryl Villareal on Oct 2nd, 2011
Last year, we let the kids do some SPONGE PAINTING as a extension on our lesson about squares. The kids had so much fun playing with the sponges because of their unique texture but the teachers also had to be careful not to give the kids too much paint because they tended to let the sponge absorb too much and squeeze out ALL the paint. As fun as this may be, we weren't prepared for a messy activity that day.
So instead of just lettin... Read More » Tags Share Comments (1 )