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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Apple Marble Painting

• Trace apple onto white construction paper and cut out (click on template tab for apple)
•Place in bottom of shallow bin and squirt red paint onto the apple.
•Place marbles in bin and roll around.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Apple Craft

What you need:

• 1 paper plate per child
• red, green or yellow paint (let child choose color)
•apple seeds (let the children taste many kinds of apples, great way to get the seeds and teach a lesson as well)
• green and brown construction paper
What to do:

* Paint the paper plate and allow to dry
* glue seeds in the middle
* add leaves and stem with green/brown construction paper

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Wash Those Germs Away!

Here's A great little poem to sing while the children are washing their hands. Sing to the tune of Row Row Row Your Boat. Add some cute pictures of Germs like above, laminate and place above sink.

Wet, Wet, Wet Your Hands,
Then Get Some Soap Hooray!
Scrub, Scrub, Scrub Your Hands,
Then Rinse The Germs Away!
~Debby Hill

Saturday, August 27, 2011

A Little Red Apple

A Little Red Apple

A little red apple (form circle with hands)
Hung high in a tree (reach up)
I looked up at it, (look up)
And it looked down at me.
"Come down please." I called
And What do you suppose?
That little red apple (form circle with hands)
Dropped right on my nose! (point to nose)

~Marguerite Gode


Friday, August 26, 2011

Apple Crafts

Use small paper plates to create these simple apples. Tear up pieces of construction paper and glue onto the plate or cut up tissue paper and crumple them up to glue onto the plate. Either way they come out cute. Add leaves and stem made from construction paper.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Apple Prints

You will need:
•Apples (green, yellow,red)
•Tempera Paint(yellow,red,green)
•Paper plates
•white construction paper (large works best)

What to do:
•cut apples in half
•pour tempera paint on paper plates; green on one, red on another, yellow on the last plate.
•place 1/2 of the apple down into the paint (red apple in the red paint, green in green paint etc)
•children will take the apple and make "apple prints" on the paper provided.

•allow them to make as many apples/colors the choose.
•if apples get messy simply rinse under water and they are good to go for next child!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

I'm Glad I'm Me!

I'm Glad I'm Me 

No one looks the way I do.
I have noticed that is true!
No one walks the way I walk.
No one talks the way I talk.
No one plays the way I play.
No one says the things I say.
I am special!
I am ME!
There's no on else I'd rather be!

Apple Craft For Preschoolers

What you need:
green, yellow and red construction paper
• glue sticks
• apple stencil (you can use one in my templates tab)
• brown construction paper

What to do:
* tear yellow, green or red construction paper (child chooses color) into small pieces
* using the apple stencil, trace the apple into a piece of white paper (you can have this prepared ahead of time), and have the children fill in the apple using the torn pieces of paper by gluing them to the center of the apple.
* use a piece of brown paper (torn) for the

Eat an apple,
Save the core.
Plant the seeds,
And Grow some more!
   ~Author Unknown

Monday, August 22, 2011

Making Friends

The First day of school can be quite stressful for a preschooler and making a friend relieves much of the stress. Pair the children up at a table and have them introduce themselves with a hand shake and a "How do you do." Then ask them to tell each other how old they are, their favorite color and their favorite food. Bring the "pair" of children to you and paint one hand of each child (in their favorite color) and press it down onto a piece of construction paper. (do this twice, one for each of the pair). Write at the top " I met a friend today at preschool, her/his name is____________. You can also write "His/Her favorite color is____________. Write their names under their hand prints.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

All About Me Theme

What you need:
• 5 pieces of white construction paper per child
• magazines
• blue, green, and red paint
• crayons
• glue sticks
• circle template (located in template tab)
• hole puncher
• yarn
What to do:
Day 1:
Trace circle onto 1st piece of
construction paper and have children draw a
self portrait using crayons.
Day 2: Make a collage using pictures
children cut from magazines (why not get in
some cutting skills?) of items children like;
favorite foods,colors etc and glue onto the
second page.
Day 3: Trace circle onto 3rd piece of paper
and using the blue and green paint have the
children "dip" their index finger into the paint
and put their fingerprints inside the circle. Write
the words "My Fingerprints are Different from
everyone in the world"
Day 4: using the red paint (or any other color
the child may prefer) paint the child's hand and
place on the paper. Write "I am Special"
Day 5: The last page you will list the following;
My Name Is__________________
I am _____ years old
My Birthday is__________________
My Favorite Color is_____________
My Favorite Food is ____________
I Like to ____________________
I Don't Like__________________
I Have ___brothers and ___ Sisters
I Have a pet___________________
~ When all the pages are completed, punch 3 holes along the edge of all the papers and tie yarn through all the holes in the pages to make a book.

A great way for children to share something about themselves (and to boost their self confidence) is to send home a lunch bag with the following note
stapled to it:
All About Me Bag ,As part of our theme "all about me," we would like to welcome the children to share things about themselves with their classmates. Find 3-5 things that represent your child and place them in the bag. Some ideas may include an object that is their favorite color, or a label/package from their favorite food, or something they may collect. Please make sure it fits in the bag! We will be sharing these bags with the other children during group this week. You may bring them in any day this week! We look forward to learning more about your child!

Grab These Great All About Me Posters from Oriental Trading Company and send them home for your Students to fill out and bring back to display in the hallway! Best part is you get 30 posters for only $8.00

Provide each child with a cut out like below made from Poster Board. Have them decorate it at home to represent themselves. They can use whatever they would like such as fabric for clothes, yarn for hair etc. These come out so cute! Hang them around the room or in the hall and let the other children guess who is who.

My Special Face

When I look in a mirror I see my face,
And all of its parts are in their place.
I see two little ears and one little nose,
I see two little eyes and one little mouth.
When I look in the mirror, what do I see?

A wonderful and special me! (Give yourself a hug!)

~Jolanda Garcia

Edible All About Me Faces
What You Need:
• Caramel Rice Cakes
• Peach colored icing (mix white icing with orange food coloring)
• Light Brown Icing (you can mix chocolate and white icing together to get many shades of skin tones)
• Brown, Black, and Red Licorice for hair
• Yellow taffy for blonde hair
• Crushed chocolate/ Vanilla cookies for hair
• Chocolate candies, blue, green.brown for eyes
• Red candies for the mouth
• Fruit shaped candies for hair bow
• Yellow candy for middle of hair bow
What To Do:
• Give each child a rice cake and allow them to choose the icing that is closest to their skin color and spread it on the rice cake.
• Give them candies to choose from to create their faces,hair etc


Friday, August 19, 2011

We're Wild About Our School Bulletin Board

What A great Bulletin Board set for the beginning of the year. I ordered this from Oriental Trading Company for $12.99 and came with the alot of letters to write anything you want to! I decided on the above. Add a "sky" and "grass" with bulletin board paper!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Apple Donation Tree

Donations Needed! Make this simple and very effective tree from 2 pieces of poster board. Add apples with items you need in your class and have the Parents "pick" an apple. Easy and Parents love to help any way they can!

Fall Board

Making Friends At Preschool

Door Display

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Tattling Turtle

The tattle turtle is an effective tool when you have alot of tattling in the classroom. The poem is read in the beginning of the year and lets the children know that they can "tell" the turtle anything they want.

Meet Tattling Turtle

Dear Students,
Tattling Turtle will listen to you,
When you have something to say.
Just talk to him or write it down,
and tell what happened today.
But if you or anyone else is hurt,
Please do not delay.
Come to me so I can help,
and make sure that your ok!
sincerely, Mrs. Jones

Our Class Quilt


Display this Class quilt outside for everyone to see!
Cut white construction paper into 9x9 square and give one to each child to draw a self portrait. Encourage them to use a mirror and remind them that they have 2 eyes, 2 ears, etc. Using a hole puncher, punch holes around the edges of the pictures and connect them with yarn (you can sew them in and out or just tie
through each in the back of the picture. These are wonderful! If you would like a bigger quilt put colored squares in between the portraits and connect.

Brown Bear, Brown Bear


Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see? Want a fun activity to go along with book? This is so much fun and the children are tickled to "find" the animals around the classroom. I place the animals in hard to see places around the classroom the day before we read the book. At group time we read the book and the children use their "hand binoculars" to find the animal around the classroom as the book is read.




Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Five Clown Fish

Five Clown Fish swimming in the sea,
The first one said "You can't beat me!"
The second one said "I'm faster than you,"
The third one said "I can beat you two!"
The fourth one said "You ALL are slow,"
The fifth one said " There's a SHARK, LET'S GO!"
Away swam the clown fish, way out to sea,
The Shark cried loudly, "They ALL beat ME!"
                                                        ~Debby Hill

Fish Poem

Once I caught a fish alive.
Six, seven,eight,nine,ten,
Then I let him go again.
Why did you let him go?
Cause he bit my finger so.
Which Finger did he bite?
This little finger on the right!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Paper Plate Sun Mask

• Cut out eyes from a paper plate and paint it yellow
• trace hand onto yellow construction paper and cut out
• glue hands around plate

Sing Mr. Golden Sun Song while wearing the mask.

Oh Mr. Sun,Sun
Mr. Golden Sun,
Please shine down on me.
Oh Mr.Sun, Sun, Mr. Golden Sun,
Hiding behind the tree.

These little children are asking you,
to please come out so we can play with you,
Oh Mr. Sun,sun, Mr. Golden Sun,
Please shine down on,
please shine down on,please shine down on me!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Paper Plate Turtle

Make this easy turtle by cutting a paper plate in half, painting green and adding feet and head (click on template tab or go to for all templates located in one easy to navigate page!

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Paper Plate Sea Turtle

What You Need:
• two paper plates
• brown construction paper
• dark green paint
• light green paint
• brown paint
• googly eyes

What to do:• paint one paper plate dark green and the other one light green, dry then paint brown markings on the dark green plate.
• cut out legs and head using template (click on picture)
•glue dark green plate on top of light green plate, stick legs and head between plates. add eyes.


Friday, August 12, 2011

Refreshing Lemonade

Baby It's Hot Out There! Why not cool off by making lemonade from real lemons?

What you need:
• 8 Lemons
• 6 cups water
• 1 cup sugar
• ice

What to do:
• Slice Lemons in half and squeeze lemon juice into a pitcher
• Add water and sugar then stir.
• Add ice to chill

* Make lemonade Popsicle's by filling mini Dixie cups with lemonade and sticking a craft stick in the middle (after about 30 minutes in the freezer) Enjoy!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Dirt And Worm Cups

What You Need:
• 4 cups milk
• 2 packages instant chocolate pudding mix
• 16 oz cool whip (in container)
• 2 packages of chocolate sandwich cookies
• gummy worms (2-3 per child)
• clear plastic cups (1 per child)

What to do:• In a gallon sized Ziploc bag put cookies and allow kids to use a rolling pin to crush them into small pieces. (do the same for the other package of cookies) • In two separate large mixing bowls make the pudding according to the the directions on package and allow to thicken.
• Stir in 8 ounces of cool whip and 1/2 of ONE bag of crushed cookies into each bowl of pudding and mix with a rubber scraper.
• put 1 tablespoon of crushed cookies on the bottom of each cup, fill 3/4 of pudding mix, and then top with remainder of cookies. Add gummy worms and chill for about 1 hour.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Colorful Pasta Necklaces

How to dye pasta:
• 1/4 cup of alcohol
• 10 drops of food coloring
• Zip loc bags

What to do:

• put alcohol and food coloring in bag then add pasta and shake until all the pasta is covered.
• let sit overnight (the longer you leave it, the darker it will become)
• Pour pasta out on a cookie sheet and spread out to dry overnight.
• use a bobby pin for the "needle" to thread the yarn
through the pasta.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Look Whoooo's In Our Class!

Create a Fun Bulletin Board or door display by creating these adorable owls. Place a tree in the middle or branches and hang these owls with the children's names on them all around the board or door. (template can be found in template tab or at or Cut out letters that say "Look Whooo's In Our Class!" You can also have the children make their own owls on open house night. Why not give them something to do while you talk to their Parents?

Monday, August 8, 2011

Sailing Away With Max

Sailing off with Max to where the Wild Things are. Create this sailboat from a paper plate. Paint the boat red, sails yellow and add a pole made from brown construction paper. Sail, sail away!

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Just Froggy

Going Froggy for this cute paper plate frog! Paint a paper plate green and allow to dry. Paint both hands and press them down on white construction paper, dry and cut out. Cut out a tongue and curl from red construction paper. To attach tongue, cut a slit where the mouth should be, insert end of tongue and fasten in the back with tape. Add eyes and nose!

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Paper Towel Roll Frog

What you need:
• Paper towel roll cut in half
• green construction paper
• red and white construction paper
• template (in template tab)

What to do:
•Trace stencil onto a piece of construction paper and cut out.
• Paint paper towel roll green and allow to dry
• cut a tongue from red construction paper and curl it on the end
• cut a slit and insert tongue into it (tape on inside to hold)
• cut out circles for eyes
• glue legs to the back to the paper towel roll

Friday, August 5, 2011

Paper Plate Fish

Grab a paper plate, blue paint and a googly eye to create this simple Fish. Cut out a triangle from the plate and glue it to the back for a tail. Glue on googly eye and swim away! Add colored metallic paper to correlate to "The Rainbow Fish" book. The children will be thrilled to have their own Rainbow Fish to take home.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Our Class Paper Quilt

Display this Class quilt outside for everyone to see! Cut white construction paper into 9x9 square and give one to each child to draw a self portrait. Encourage them to use a mirror and remind them that they have 2 eyes, 2 ears, etc. Using a hole puncher, punch holes around the edges of the pictures and connect them with yarn (you can sew them in and out or just tie through each in the back of the picture. These are wonderful! If you would like a bigger quilt put colored squares in between the portraits and connect.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Bubble Art

Bubble Art is so much fun! What beautiful pictures are created!

What you need:
Large Bowl
•Liquid dishwashing detergent
•Food Coloring
•White Paper

What to do:
• Cover table with newspapers
• Pour 1/4 cup of liquid detergent into the bowl, then add a small amount of water and a few drops of food coloring.
• Blow into the bubbles with straw until the bubbles rise to the top.
• Gently lay the white paper over the bubbles for a beautiful bubble print.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Tiny Tele

Tiny Tele

Give your children a way to "talk" out their feelings. Many times during the day we all feel frustrated, mad, sad, happy etc.. whatever the emotion children need to vent too! A great way to help them release is to talk on the Tiny Tele. Find an old cell phone and place it in a private area of the room where the children can go to let off a little steam. Put the following poem on the wall next to the phone and read it in the beginning of the year.
Tiny Tele
Feeling Sad or even a little blue?
The Tiny Tele is just for you!
If you are happy or just plain glad,
If you are angry and yes quite mad.
Just come to me and talk it out,
But please dont hollar or even shout.
Tiny Tele will help you through,
Talk to me, thats all you need to do!

Monday, August 1, 2011

Class Bear

Grab a Teddy Bear and make him the "Class Bear" have the children vote on a name. This bear will be the same age as the majority of your students in the class, and we do have a birthday party for the bear with hats, cupcakes and more! The class bear should have a journal (make from a composition book and decorate) . Every weekend the class bear will get to go home with one student. The student may draw pictures in the journal, take pictures with the bear and tape them in journal and Mom and Dad can write all that they did that weekend. Type on a piece of paper and glue onto front inside cover a brief description of the bear etc. For Example:
        Hi! My name is Johnny and I am 4 years old! My Birthday is May 3rd! I love to run and play games. My favorite game is hide and seek. My favoite color is green and I love to eat pizza and chocolate cake. Every weekend I get to go home with one of my special friends from preschool. I enjoy spending time with my friends because they always take great care of me. I do not like mud or sticky messes so please keep those things away from me. If I manage to get dirty please do not bathe me, my Teacher will give me a special bath at school. I like to keep a journal of all the fun things I do with my friends. Please write in this journal or draw pictures of what we did together so our friends at preschool can hear all about it on Monday morning! I cannot wait to go home with all my friends!