The current state of the US economy provides a great "discussion" starter for parents who wish to teach their children conservation skills. The rush of immediate gratification has failed not only our Government, but our cities, communities, neighborhoods, and homes. Teaching our children how to responsibly use resources and materials TODAY, will help ensure a brighter future for tomorrow's … [Read more...] about Teaching Kids Conservation Skills to Protect Tomorrow’s Resources!
PAINTED HANDPRINT SUNSHINE Draw a large circle on a white sheet of paper. Make a DOT in the center of the page as a guide for the handprints. Invite the children to use a small paintbrush to paint the palm of one hand with washable tempera paint (our kids used orange and yellow.) Make handprints in a circle, turning the page to make the prints (younger children will need assistance). Let … [Read more...] about Fun Sunshine Crafts to make the Summer Last!
In the early days of preschool, we set out Dominoes simply for building and playing. Our preschoolers make train tracks, buildings, towers, etc., but they are also looking at and taking in DOTS and numbers as they play. Dominoes, Dice, and Dots are good ways to introduce mathematical concepts for young children! There are MANY ways to use dice and dominoes - below are a few suggestions to try … [Read more...] about Dominoes and Dice for Math in Preschool & Kindergarten!
Our classroom has had a lot of fun this month with storytelling and exploring different emotions. We made emotion cards SUNSHINE EMOTION CARDS for the children to set out at a conflict resolution table. We didn’t begin the project with the GOAL of storytelling/writing although, in the end, our conflict resolution table was a great literacy project. We made a table area where children could … [Read more...] about Wordless Emotion Cards, Conflict Resolution Table, and Emotions Booklet 4 Kids!
The new FALL THEME is now available at The Preschool Toolbox! The Fall Thematic is divided into 3 sections: Trees and Leaves Pumpkins and Jack-o-Lanterns Halloween (non-scary) Below are samples from over 40 pages of activities to help your children explore, play, and learn about FALL! This is Jack - Use this action chant as part of the Pumpkin Emotions Activity and conflict … [Read more...] about New Fall Theme: Fall Leaves Song, Fall Sensory Tubs, Pumpkin “Emotions”
SENSORY DINOSAUR EGGS Fill 5 Eggs (we used plastic Easter Eggs) with objects that increasingly get heavier (we used a cotton ball, bouncy ball, miniature dinosaurs, magnet balls, and a rock.) Pass the eggs around so the children can feel the weight of all 5 eggs. Have the children then “hatch” the eggs and lay all objects out on a table. As the children pick the objects up and explore them, … [Read more...] about Dinosaur Theme: Sensory Dinosaur Egg Experiments in Preschool!