- 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: Featured, Games and Activities, Messy art, Sand and Sea, Science Experiments, Senses and Body Parts, Teaching Ideas Making and Playing with CLEAN Mud by Cheryl Villareal on Jul 14th, 2011
As a kid, I always had fun whenever playtime involved getting messy. I liked running in flood, playing food fights and even stepping on mud! The messier it was, the better it got! But as I grew older, I also slowly became aware of all the gross and icky stuff that goes with these messy games..all the germs and various stuff which I hate to mention. As soon as I realized these, messy play time was over.
Kids nowadays enjoy the same me... Read More » Tags Share Comments (0 )
- Filed under: Animals and Insects, Featured, Messy art, Sand and Sea, Teaching Ideas Giant Squids and Jellyfishes by Cheryl Villareal on Jun 23rd, 2011
When working with little kids, you always want to go BIG! Not only is it easier for them because their fine motor skills aren't developed yet, but they are also very much amazed by it! At times, they couldn't even believe they're the one who made it! I always love that kind of reaction from the kids!
We intentionally wanted to make squids, but it's hard to limit the kids and tell them to just place 8 tentacles, so we just let them be and ... Read More » Tags Share Comments (1 )
- Filed under: Animals and Insects, Edible crafts, Featured, Sand and Sea, Seasons, Spring, Summer, Teaching Ideas Digging for Gummy Worms! by Cheryl Villareal on Jun 16th, 2011
Worms are often a child's favorite play thing and an adult's worst nightmare! I remember playing with worms and caterpillars myself when I was younger...but now that I'm all grown up, I can't even imagine touching one! However, as a preschool teacher... I think this is one of the fears we have to overcome!
As long as none of my children ask for it or we don't into such a situation, I'd rather not play with worms! (haha) But I wouldn't wan... Read More » Tags Share Comments (1 )
- Filed under: Arts and Crafts, Featured, Sand and Sea, Seasons, Summer, Teaching Ideas Sand Bottles with Rock Salt by Cheryl Villareal on Jun 7th, 2011
I'm sure most of you have already seen sand bottles whenever you go to the beach or just randomly displayed in houses or restaurants. I've been very fond of these since I was young and have always been curious how they were made. As I grew older, I also slowly realized how it wasn't so difficult to make after all.
Now that I knew how to make it, it was time to let the kiddos try it out! The thing is, I didn't have enough sand! The sand I ... Read More » Tags Share Comments (2 )
- Filed under: Animals and Insects, Featured, Sand and Sea, Seasons, Summer, Teaching Ideas Silly Foot and Hands Lobster by Cheryl Villareal on Jun 1st, 2011
Summer reminds me of the beach and all the wonderful sea animals. Often, we do fish projects and crafts in school that we neglect all the other beautiful sea animals. So this time, why not try something new? Why not make a silly little lobster with those little hands and feet! I saw the idea from Moments of Mommyhood and I instantly knew I had to try it!
What you will need
Eyes and mouth print o... Read More » Tags Share Comments (1 )
- Filed under: Animals and Insects, Featured, Messy art, Sand and Sea, Seasons, Summer, Teaching Ideas Starfish Art with Rock Salt by Cheryl Villareal on May 27th, 2011
I remember being so amazed with starfishes when I was younger. I used to think they were just star-shaped rocks! I was so curious how they moved and how they become "alive". It was only when I visited a beach during my teen years that I finally saw starfishes move and even piling up one over the other! They were really fun to watch and are something you can't miss during the summer season.
So for our theme on sand and sea, we decided to have ... Read More » Tags Share Comments (0 )
- Filed under: Cooking in Class, Edible crafts, Featured, Sand and Sea, Seasons, Summer, Teaching Ideas Octopus and Squid Hotdogs for Snack Time by Cheryl Villareal on May 20th, 2011
Yum! Octopuses? Squids? Now I wonder what that would taste like! No worries, it's not a real octopus or squid, but it sure is a lot of fun to make! Not only will the little chefs have fun preparing it, but I'm sure they'd have fun eating it as well! I myself enjoyed it like a little girl!
What you will need
Hotdog (preferably balls or cocktail size)
Spaghetti noodles (uncooked)
Step 1: Cut the hotdogs... Read More » Tags Share Comments (1 )
- Filed under: Animals and Insects, Featured, Sand and Sea, Seasons, Summer, Teaching Ideas Watercolor Jellyfish Painting by Cheryl Villareal on May 15th, 2011
Our theme for the week was sand and sea! I saw several wonderful ideas that I wanted to try, and this was one of it! When I first saw this through TeachPreschool.org, I wondered if the little ones would be able to do it. It looked fairly easy, but then again... maybe not. Still, I decided to give it a go. Regardless of how it turns out, the important thing is that they tried and they had fun!
What made this activity great is the unique way of ... Read More » Tags Share Comments (1 )
- Filed under: Arts and Crafts, Edible crafts, Featured, Messy art, Sand and Sea, Senses and Body Parts, Teaching Ideas Sweet Paint with Powdered Juice by Cheryl Villareal on Nov 8th, 2010
Children, regardless of the age, love painting! Their paintings vary from shapes, to everyday objects, or even just abstract art! As long as there's a paintbrush in hand, you can only expect a masterpiece to follow! However, as much as we want them to have all the fun possible, paint can be difficult to wash of at times and also not good to eat! Toddlers would put ANYTHING in their mouths and this is one of those things we never want them to tast... Read More » Tags Share Comments (1 )