Who Says You Have To Stay Inside For School Work?

Yesterday I took advantage of the sun and went outside for some art time. One can not let the creativity flow in a boring classroom πŸ™‚

The kids had a blast finger painting and using real flowers

on the playground as inspiration for their:

“Flower Gardens”

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Warning: For preschoolers it is best to get washable paints….less ruined clothes= less frustrated parents πŸ˜‰

Also please make sure it is non toxic…safety first when kiddos are in question.

Water Play Time

The weather is picking up…YAY!!!!! So yesterday we had a great time with a kitchen themed water play outside.

There is nothing more fun for toddlers or kids under 6 than a huge bowl of water and toys to get soapy wet πŸ™‚

For this activity you will need any type of container that will hold about 4 cups of water, a few drops of dish soap, any toys that will hold up well to water, and sponges or washcloths if they want to really clean the toys.

Note: This is a supervised activity due to water being involved

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Update on July “Fun in the Sun” Activities

Since my last post the weather has been less than cooperating with our summer activities 😦

Next week should start to look better and we will post as many activities as possible before we say goodbye to our summer preschool program. We did manage to squeeze in a “Splash Day” before the weather became my worst enemy this year………

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This is probably the day I look forward to the most in the summer πŸ™‚

Upcoming “July Fun” Activities

Hello,

It has been awhile since I have done a post and first let me say I am sorry for that; I have been so busy with upcoming summer preschool program and the start of my vacation soon that I have just not had enough hours in a day. I did want to post today and let everyone know that starting in July I will be posting our preschool ‘fun in the sun’ activities everyday. For the crafts there will be tutorials on how to make them and links for any templates that I might use πŸ™‚

Also I will be starting a reading corner on this site for anyone who would love for their children or preschoolers to hear safe readalongs. I used to have my preschoolers follow along with readalongs on youtube for a fun switch when they had grown tired of me reading to them πŸ˜‰ I found this way to be not so reliable at times due to some videos being more for adults but geared towards childrens books. So with that in mind, I decided to make my own videos for children’s storytime in hopes that they will be fun to hear and engage children. This will start in July as well πŸ™‚

So many exciting changes are taking shape and I look forward to sharing each one of them with you.

Have a wonderful week and a safe/fun summer πŸ™‚

3 Easy Steps For Playdough Making At Home

Another week (almost) down means another planning week for me inside the classroom and like most preschool teachers I want my children to learn with as much hands on as I can make happen;) What does this mean while doing my lesson plan? Well I research and research some more until my eyes cross over or I just cannot fathom researching anymore. During my research adventure today, I found a great playdough recipe on facebook and thought I would pass it along for anyone else either at home moms or busy preschool teachers that might need a good easy to do recipe……..

Enjoy;)

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Recipe:

How To Make The Best Playdough: Pour 2 cups of flour into a bowl. Add 1/2 cup of salt. Mix in 2 tbsp Cream of Tartar. (You can find this in the spice section of just about any grocery store.) Add 2 tbsp of oil…you can use any oil, and as long as it’s a kitchen oil, your playdough will be non-toxic and safe for little ones to eat.

Pour in the boiling water. Be VERY careful because the dough will be HOT!

Mix all the ingredients together until the dough is formed. At this point the playdough is done unless you want to add food coloring…if you would like to add the food coloring for color then please read on…. A side note when adding the food coloring keep in mind that it can be messy so I would suggest wearing gloves for that part.

After the dough is cooled down separate the dough into equal parts and roll it up into balls. This will allow for more colors of playdough to be made instead of just one color for play. Now, push your finger into the middle of the playdough ball allowing your finger impression to make a little bowl for you to pour your gel food dye into. Knead the dough until the dye is thoroughly mixed.Β 

Teacher Tip:

Always make the playdough the night before so the color will set into the playdough mixture and also so dough can cool off without being rushed for activity time. And above all…Have fun with your little explorers:)