Happy Spring! Today I’m sharing a rainbow craft that your child can hang on their door at home to welcome Spring. My class has been talking about the changing weather and how we are entering the season of Spring. The children are fascinated by rainbows. Before creating this craft, we read the story “Mouse’s First Spring”. In this story a young mouse is introduced to all different signs of spring. After reading we talked about how it rains frequently in Spring to help all of the trees, flowers, and plants grow. A rainbow occurs when it rains, and then the sun comes out. The sun shines on the raindrops and creates a rainbow. The children also learned that a rainbow’s colors always appear in the same order. They were very excited to start the art project, as they LOVE to paint!
Paper Plates- cut in half
Tempera paint in desired rainbow colors
For this project, I precut the paper plates in half. I also drew five round lines with a pencil so that the children had a guide for where to paint each color. The children painted their paper plates, some preferring to use a different color order. We allowed them to dry. The children picked five ribbons to hang on their rainbow. This encouraged the children to practice counting. We used tape to adhere the ribbons to the back of the paper plate. A hole was punched at the top, and we tied a ribbon to use as a hanger. The children really enjoyed this art activity and it was very easy to prepare!
Vocabulary: rainbow, Spring, ribbon, weather, season
Benefits of activity: creative expression, fine motor practice, color recognition, scientific inquiry, language and literacy development, story retelling, counting, sequencing
To celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday we made this easy fish after reading the story “One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish”. Dr. Seuss books are a wonderful way to introduce rhyming words to young children. This book is quite long for some pre k students (63 pages), but the children enjoyed the vibrant illustrations, interesting characters, and pointing out the different rhyming words in the story!
5. Googly eyes, pom-poms, and collage materials (foam shapes, sequins, tissue paper squares)
To begin the children traced a cardboard fish pattern onto construction paper and cut it out. They were given the opportunity to choose which size googly eye they wanted- big, medium, small. Providing a size choice embedded math skills into this art activity. The children also used markers to draw additional details on their fish. We added a pom- pom to the tail and decorated with different collage materials. The children enjoyed this craft, were able to independently complete the activity, and make creative choices!
Process Art in the Month of February for Preschool
When planning opportunities to explore art materials I prefer projects that allow each child to use creative freedom. If possible I try to stay away from cookie cutter art pieces. My preschoolers really enjoyed creating this watercolor art project that incorporated Valentine’s Day. This was the first time they used watercolor paint in combination with oil pastels. They first proceeded to dive right into the painting aspect,but once they realized how beautiful the two media combined together they were hooked!
1. Oil pastels (purchased at Michaels)
2. Watercolor (Michaels has a great brand that lasts all year- look for a 50% off coupon in weekly ad)
3. White construction paper
4. Various colors of construction paper
6. Glue stick
The children began by tracing a large heart onto white construction paper. We then talked about different types of shapes that could be drawn on the heart using oil pastels (straight lines, wavy lines, shapes, symbols). After drawing on the heart with oil pastels they added watercolor and the effect was beautiful! Once dry the heart can be cut and glued onto colored construction paper. I especially love how all twenty-four hearts are completely unique!
Vocabulary: oil pastel, watercolor, heart, Valentine, love, zigzag, wavy, line
Benefits of Activity: following directions, sequencing, fine motor skill practice, recognition of different shapes and colors, social-emotional discussion of love, friendship, and kindness
Today I’m sharing two ways to celebrate love throughout the month of February in your preschool classroom! Sensory bins are a great way to incorporate math, science, pretend play, and language development into classroom learning. They are thoroughly enjoyed by preschool aged children. If you have a classroom that seems chaotic during free play I suggest trying one of these bins as they usually are able to engage children for quite a long time. These bins were made with inexpensive items from the Dollar tree.
For the first bin I purchased two bags of rice from the dollar tree. If you’ve never colored rice before it’s very easy. All you need to do is add rice, food coloring, and a capful of rubbing alcohol to a large ziplock bag. I recommend using a bag with a plastic knob that you pull to close. Mix all ingredients and allow to dry on a cookie sheet! To finish up this bin I added some old laundry caps for scooping and measuring and some heart cookie cutters!
The second bin is SUPER SUPER easy to make. I basically just grabbed a bunch of valentine decorations from the Dollar Tree and threw it in over top the rice. I added these in after a week of playing with just the rice. I added pom poms, glitter hearts, cut up beads, and rose petals. I also added a heart muffin tray and tweezers to be used for sorting and counting!
I hope these ideas inspire you to create fun and festive sensory bins in the month of February!
This is a small world table I put together very quickly with items I had on hand. What child doesn’t love Frozen?! Because children have such a strong interest in this story there are many great opportunities for language, social, and literacy skill development. To build the frozen castle I went through my container of mega blocks and picked out all the frozen themed colors and went to building! The great thing about using mega blocks is that the children can take the castle down and recreate it whichever way they wish! This is also a great opportunity to encourage children to build with manipulatives who do not usually prefer the block center.
When creating small world play I prefer to use several different types of loose parts to encourage symbolic play and creative thinking. For example, I added several sparkly white pom poms. The children can pretend these are snowballs, icicles, reindeer food, or crystals. Many times loose parts can be purchased inexpensively at places like the Dollar tree. I purchased some wooden Jenga pieces from the dollar tree and painted them white, silver, and blue. The children used these to build bridges and houses. The Frozen characters were also found at the Dollar tree. I also added cutouts of blue felt for water, some silver Christmas tree garland, and some woodland animals.
Small world play is an excellent way to encourage pretend play, story retelling, language, and social skills. I like to recreate my small world table according to whatever we are focusing on at the time. Children LOVE small world play! If you’ve never tried it you will be amazed at how engaged they are with this activity. Thanks for following along with me!