- Filed under: Featured, Fieldtrip Suggestions, Schools and Learning Centers, Science Experiments, Teaching Ideas, Tips for Parents First Robotics Learning Center: Math, Science and Engineering for Preschoolers by Cheryl Villareal on Oct 11th, 2012
Kids love playing with robots! They play with a variety of these each day. They play with simple robots like toy cars to more complicated robots that walk, talk or even fly. The world of science fascinates them without any of us even realizing how deep this fascination could go.
I personally am very much fascinated with robots, however, playing with them and learning to make them are two very different things. The idea of learning robotics is ... Read More » Tags Share Comments (2 )
- 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: Arts and Crafts, Featured, Messy art, Science Experiments, Teaching Ideas, Transportation Hot Air Balloon Craft for Kids! Up up and away! by Cheryl Villareal on May 16th, 2012
I love playing with paper-mache! The activities and the outcomes that can be done with them are countless! During our lesson on different kinds of transportation, we made some HOT AIR BALLOONS!
It was fun to see the different reactions from the kids! Some of them were really excited, while others like myself got weak on their knees at the thought of riding a balloon several hundred feet above the ground!
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- Filed under: Arts and Crafts, Featured, Fine motor skills, Hands can feel, Messy art, Science Experiments, Senses and Body Parts, Teaching Ideas Experimenting with Puffy Ice Cream by Cheryl Villareal on Sep 4th, 2011
So last year, I saw this amazing art activity from Deborah of TeachPreschool.org, and had to try it right away! We did almost the exact thing that Deborah showed in her tutorial and it turned out to be a huge success. Not only did the kids love how it felt, but they also enjoyed the unique experience in making these shaving cream ice creams! Some of them even tried to eat it! Lucky we caught them in time!
This year, I have a new batch of ... Read More » Tags Share Comments (1 )
- Filed under: Arts and Crafts, Christmas, Featured, Hands can feel, Holiday crafts, Magic Art, Messy art, Science Experiments, Seasons, Senses and Body Parts, Summer, Teaching Ideas, Winter Ice Painting with the Kids by Cheryl Villareal on Aug 28th, 2011
When doing art with kids, one thing we need to remember is that the LESS structured it is, the MORE their creativity shines! As Teacher Tom once said, "It is not our job to be creative, it's the kid's" This line stuck with me and I always remember this when doing an art activity with the kids.
Last year, I came across this ICE PAINTING activity while browsing some blogs. There were several blogs with this activity and I felt really curi... Read More » Tags Share Comments (1 )
- 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: Colors and Shapes, Featured, Science Experiments, Teaching Ideas Color Burst with Play Dough and Paint by Cheryl Villareal on May 5th, 2011
Preschool teachers... I mean, preschool kids (*wink) always have so much fun mixing paint! There are different ways to mix paint and all can be done in such a way that is fun and exciting for the kids. You can always just simple mix the colors in a cup, but you can also try other alternatives such as using a ziploc bag! We did this recently and the kids really had so much fun mixing and mixing! This activity gave them the opportunity to feel the ... Read More » Tags Share Comments (1 )
- Filed under: Arts and Crafts, Colors and Shapes, Easter, Featured, Holiday crafts, Science Experiments, Seasons, Spring, Teaching Ideas Egg-shaped Chalks for Easter by Cheryl Villareal on Apr 21st, 2011
As a kid, I always had so much fun drawing on pavement. I don't know why but it's probably because of the unique texture of the pavement and the excitement of writing and drawing on something else other than paper. I also liked the chalk itself because of the same reason --> drawing and coloring using something else other than pencils and crayons.
While browsing for some unique activities for the Easter season, I came across this egg-s... Read More » Tags Share Comments (1 )
- Filed under: Featured, Science Experiments, Senses and Body Parts, Teaching Ideas, Teeth Tooth Brushing a Hard Boiled Egg by Cheryl Villareal on Feb 25th, 2011
This month, it's all about hygiene for my little toddlers. For days I've been trying to come up with an activity related to brushing our teeth! I found several coloring pages or arts and crafts wherein the child would make a paper toothbrush, but I wasn't satisfied. I wanted the kids to really do something that practices their brushing and makes them more aware of why they need to brush.
Just when I was about to give up, I came across somethi... Read More » Tags Share Comments (2 )
- Filed under: Colors and Shapes, Cooking in Class, Edible crafts, Featured, Science Experiments, Teaching Ideas Magic Water by Cheryl Villareal on Oct 31st, 2010
All this holiday talk really gets me hungry! Now I'm sure you've all seen a bunch of Halloween appetizers over the internet. I'm sure you've all tried making some eyeball fruit punch or wormy mud-cakes. But what about something simple...like water? Can a simple glass of water be a Halloween treat! Absolutely!
I read about this somewhere, though I no longer recall where I saw it. My apologies.
What you will need
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