Community Helpers Hairdresser! A theme for our preschoolers. Most of our students have been to the hairdresser and will be happy to share their experiences! This theme page is filled with preschool activities and ideas for all areas of your classroom.
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Sponge Roller Painting
Use sponge rollers to paint with! The children roll or dip the sponge rollers into paint and roll or press onto paper. Using fingerpaint will make clean up much easier!
Materials Needed: small and large craft sticks, small and large paint sticks, different sizes of sturdy paper, paint and brushes, aluminum foil.
The children cover sturdy paper with aluminum foil as mirrors and then paint a portrait on the mirrors! The sticks are handles for hand mirrors.
Hair Salon Sign
Materials Needed: Large mural paper, crayons, markers or other items of your choice.
Once you have voted on the name of your Salon (see circle time ideas below), print the name on mural paper in large block letters.
Let the children color or paint it and decorate the mural.
Hang this sign in your dramatic play area or outside your classroom!
Crazy Hair Day!
In advance, announce to parents that you are going to have a Crazy Hair Day! Do this by having the children paint or color some CrAzY papers and glue on bright arts and crafts supplies. In advance, make a note that says something like:
"Crazy Hair Day is XXXXXXX (Date). Your child is invited to come with their crazy hair-do (gel, spike, mohawk, a gazillion ponytails!).
The children glue or staple one of these notes onto their decorated paper.
Create a Hairstyle! Thank you Amber E of WHS-Wilmington, DE for this idea!
Add posters of peoples faces and either encourage students to use a variety of different blocks to create hair on the heads of the poster faces or the teacher can trace a variety of blocks to look like hair on each poster a head of time for the students to have to correctly match on the heads to make the hair style.
Circle Time is such a great time for children to learn the social skills of being together as a large group AND to learn more about your theme!
Have You Ever Had A Haircut?
Materials Needed: Chart paper and a marker, a comb, blowdryer, plastic scissors, cape or apron, empty shampoo and conditioner containers
Show the children the items. Let them describe them (or, have enough salon items for each child to have one). Each child describes what an items does and names it.
Lead the children in a discussion of hair salons. Record what they say.
Have you ever had a haircut? What was it like? Show me how the hairdresser used the blowdryer, or scissors, etc.
What types of items did you see in the salon?
What would we need to make our own pretend salon here at school?
They will not be at a loss about what to share with you!
Invite a local hairdresser to come to circle time (you most likely have a parent or friend of a parent who is in the field!). Before the visit, write down a list of questions the children want to ask the hairdresser such as:
Do you spray water on people's hair?
Do kids get treats if they sit still?
What kind of scissors do you use?
Name That Salon
Brainstorm with the children what you might call your school's hair salon! Write down what they come up with. Once you have some, choose the three that are most popular, and then vote on what to call your salon!
Cooking with children helps develop their math skills and helps them to learn how to follow directions. It also allows for some great conversation! Ask many questions while cooking with your children to encourage conversation! Be sure to ask specific themed questions while making these fun snacks!
In advance, cook long spaghetti. Cool in the refrigerator.
The next day, let the children help you cut and add vegetables (tomatoes, peppers, olives) and ranch dressing!
Provide items to make a hair salon. Plastic scissors, capes or aprons, a swivel chair, empty shampoo and conditioner bottles, sponge rollers. I don't recomend brushes and combs for health reasons. You could also provide a few old, donated blow dryers with the cords cut off.
Don't forget the waiting area! Provide a child sized couch or chairs, magazines, coloring books, perhaps some hair style books from a hair salon or hairstyle magazines.
A reception area could include a table, telephone, cash register, clipboard with a pencil for children to write their names on a "wait" list for service!
The children can work on each other's hair OR you can provide a few chairs and a few of the children can be hairdressers and style some baby boy and girl dolls' hair!
(Although that is always THE favorite in our classroom!)
Provide foam brushes, which feel like foam hair curling rollers, for painting this week.
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Encourage the children to roll playdough into thin "snake" shapes and then practice their cutting skills!
In addition, they can make people out of playdough, add playdough hair to their people and be the hairdresser!
Call a local hairdressing school to see if they have any old mannequins you can have or borrow. Provide the children with hair rollers, brushes and combs to style the hair.
Materials: Provide a large quantity of a specific salon item in different sizes and colors (such as combs or curlers).
The children sort by color and size and also practice counting.
In advance, make price charts on construction paper. Fold the paper so that each has four to eight squares. In each square, place a picture of a different service (or draw the picture)--hair cut, wash, dry, color, nails, etc.
The children practice writing numbers as they "price" each service.
Play different tempos of music for the children to dance to while shaking their heads......slow, fast, slowly in a circle.
Actually, exercise! Choose some exercises that make them aware of their hair and head!
Bend way over, touch your toes--can you see your hair?
Lift your arms slowly over your head and move your hair with your hands as you raise your arms up high.
Hair, Shoulder, Knees and Toes
Sing this to the original tune and change the words and.....
Instead of touching their head, shoulders, knees and toes with their hands, tell them to use their hair.
We've done this having the children hold dancing scarves or paper streamers and pretending it is their hair!
This week, add paper streamers and scissors to your sensory table. The children can practice cutting this colorful "hair"! Provide supervision to ensure that REAL haircuts are not happening.
Hair Gel Bags
Materials: Ziplock type baggies, variety of colors of hair gel or shampoo, clear packing tape
In advance, put gel in baggies (about 1/4 full), press out air, seal and tape with clear tape (so they cannot be opened).
Tape them to the table. The children use their fingers to make designs by pressing on the bags.
Add paper under the bags so that the color of the paper can be seen when they press the bags!
VARIATION: Add a drop of paint to the gel for the children to mix into the bags.
Provide magnifying glasses and/or microscopes. The children check out the colors and textures of each other's hair!
VARIATION: Provide different hair (clipped together) such as dog hair, cat hair, human hair, etc.
Hair Color Chart
In advance, make a chart that has 5 columns. Draw hair on the top of each column: Black, dark brown, light brown, blonde, red
Have the children print their own name under the color that best resembles their hair color (have a hand mirror available!).
Use the results as a Circle Time or Math activity (compare and contrast hair color, etc.)
Visit a Hair Salon!
Visit a Hair dresser school!
Invite a hairdresser!
One teacher knew a hairdresser and invited her to the classroom. The hairdresser came and cut her son's hair in the classroom! The children were FASCINATED and drew some awesome pictures of what they saw!