Materials Needed: black paint, white contruction paper, cotton balls, pincher clothes pins, googly eyes, glue
The children use the clothes pins to hold the cotton balls. Dip the cotton in the paint to use on the white paper. Add googly eyes with glue.
You can, if you like, pre-cut the paper into sheep shapes! I have the children use scissors to cut the paper into their best oval shape (possibly pre-drawn on the paper with a white crayon) for the children to practice their cutting skills. They then use the scraps to cut out four legs and glue them onto their sheep shape.
EXTENSION: Glue a large craft stick on the back and use them while reciting Baa Baa Black sheep!
Add cotton balls and straws to your block area. The children can build a farm for their sheep or sheep pens with blocks and then use the straws to blow their cotton ball sheep around their farm!
What songs do we know about sheep? Sing Baa Baa Black Sheep, Mary Had a Little Lamb and any others you may know!
Add sheep costumes (or white shirts and sheep masks) and farmer costumes.
SAND AND WATER TABLE
Add cotton balls, colored pompoms, cotton batting, spoons and cups for the children to try and scoop up! Different weights will eventually sink...add some science questions! Why did some of the cotton sink but not the pompoms?!
Sheep Shapes: Add sheep shape paper to your writing table. Encourage the children to write notes or draw pictures for one another about their sheep!
And the itsy bitsy spider went up the spout again.
Materials needed: Black paper, yarn or string, white paint, paint brush
In advance: Attach each clothes pin to a length of yarn or string.
Place paint in shallow trays.
Have children "dip" the string in the paint tray (it does not have to be soaking wet!)
They then drag the yarn across the paper to make a cool spider web!
If they have a difficult time getting the string wet, try brushing some paint on the end of the string with a paintbrush.
EXTENSION: Have children glue googly eyes onto a large pom pom (craft glue works best for the eyes to stay on) and glue their "spider" onto the web!
ANOTHER EXTENSION: Cutting skill practice: Instruct the children to choose a small-ish piece of paper to make a spider. They just cut, cut, cut, cut round and round and whatever shape they have left is their spider.
Then show them how to "fringe" a piece of paper and cut off their fringes. Help them to count out 8 fringes and glue them on their cut out spider for legs!
Recite this poem several times. Then try changing it up:
One of my co-teachers does this with the children, and they LOVE it! Get dramatic--it will catch on!
Use a small, squeaky, quiet voice.
Change "itsy bitsy" to "medium" in the rhyme and use a regular voice.
Change the words to "big huge spider" and use a louder and deep voice!
Replace the word spider to each childs name: "Itsy bitsy Miss Cheryl, went up the water spout...".
SAND AND WATER TABLE
Add tubes or pvc piping to the water table (or simply use plastic cups with the bottoms cut out!) and plastic spiders to use while reciting Itsy Bitsy Spider for this water table nursery rhyme activity!
Are there harmless spiders where you live? If you can, catch some and put them in bug jars for the children to observe. Discuss the importance of being careful with living creatures and set them free at the end of the day. Provide non fiction books for the children to check out about spiders!
Have the children help to peel and cut the bananas in half. They place half a banana in the circle of the pineapple ring and place a cherry on the top. You've just made Jack's candlestick!
VARIATION: Most teachers use canned pineapple rings. It is VERY fun to peel and core a fresh pineapple with the kids (ok, YOU will do it!) but many children have never seen an actual pineapple at this age!
GROSS MOTOR ACTIVITIES
Bring in a real candle (do NOT light it!!!) for the children to jump over.
Materials needed: equal amounts of shaving cream and white school glue, precut sheep ears and wiggle eyes; black paper, paint brushes
The children paint the mixture onto their paper. They add ears and eyes. This dries with a puffy texture!
Add cotton batting and plastic sheep to your block area. Also, add some people to find the lost sheep!
Recite this nursery rhyme several times. Bring a stuffed sheep to circle time (or a sheep puppet!). Ask the children to describe where the sheep is (or the sheep can ask where it is if it is a puppet!).
Example: Is the sheep next to or under the chair? Is it on or off the table? Then, ask the children to place the sheep somewhere using these directional words! Work on these spatial relationship words with your preschoolers today.
GROSS MOTOR ACTIVITIES
Hide and seek! Even preschoolers LOVE this game. And they hide in places we would think are so obvious but they just enjoy the game!
MATH AND MANIPULATIVES
Little Bo's Staff
Make mini staffs using pipe cleaners and pony beads. Encourage the children to make color patterns with the beads. Bend them to make a staff shape.
SAND AND WATER TABLE
Add plastic sheep and people to your sand box for them to play Hide and Seek with the sheep!
Provide different types of cotton and wool for the children to investigate with magnifying glasses.
Encourage the children to make an oval shape with wavy lines. It will make their oval look like a fluffy sheep while practicing fine motor control.
EXTENSION: Ask them what they know about sheep and write their answers on their "sheep"
1 cup all purpose flour 1 cup whole wheat flour 1/2 cup sugar
3 teaspoons baking powder 1 teaspoon salt 1 cup fresh blueberries
Have the ingredients separated so that each child can add something to the batter! For example, if you have 12 children, split the 1 cup of each type of flour into 1/2 cup measurers and the 1 cup of blueberries into 2 half cup measurers. You now have 12 items to be put in!
Have each child put in their ingredient as needed:
Pour milk, applesauce and egg in a bowl and mix until blended.
In a separate bowl, pour in flours, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Stir to mix.
Pour wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Stir with a spoonjust until the flour is moistened (batter will be lumpy).
Fold in blueberries.
Divide batter among muffin tins. (Using an ice cream scoop or 1/4 cup measurer will be easier for the children to do this)
Bake until golden brown. Regular size muffins bake in about 18 to 20 minutes. The mini-muffins bake in about 10 minutes. Immediately remove from pan.
Have the children fill the tray halfway with soil. Help them to trace their name in the soil.
They sprinkle the grass seed in their traced letters and then lightly cover with more soil. Water gently (I use a spray bottle) so as not to disturb the seeds.
When the grass grows, their names will show (hey, that rhymes!)
Using seed and flower catalog pages (see Circle Time activity below), the children cut out the flowers or seeds on their page(s) and then glue them onto a large piece of paper for a class Garden Collage!
Bring seed and flower catalogs to circle. Have the children tear out pages they like and take turns describing the flowers (small, large, the color, leaves, no leaves). Put their name on their page and use it for the Garden collage activity above under art.
And this little piggy when "wee, wee, wee" all the way home
OK, who is NOT thinking of the little Piggy GEICO commerical right now?!!!
Spray Paint Pigs
Materials needed: Several small spray bottles (from a dollar type store), red and white tempera paint, white paper
Mix red and white paint with water in the spray bottles. The children then spray their paper. When dry, add googly eyes to their pigs!
Materials needed: coffee filters, red markers, spray bottles with water
The children draw, color, make designs etc. on the coffee filters with red markers.
They spray the coffee filter with water and the colors run and spread!
The children in our class make several of these each!
When dry (they dry quickly), have the children work together to glue the now pink filters onto a large piece of paper to make a pig shape (yes, it can be abstract!). Add 2 large googly eyes, fold some pink coffee filters and glue as legs, cut one as a curly-q tail and VOILA! Group Pig!
Pigs Thank you Barb from Gilbert, AZ for this idea!
Use pink construction paper. Have children cut out a circle for the head, an oval for the body, rectangles for the legs and triangles for the ears. You can pre cut as much as needed for different age levels. When complete, take a waded up paper towel and lightly dip in brown paint and make the pigs "dirty". Great to review shapes,cutting and following directions.
Recite this nursery rhyme and then ask for 5 volunteers to act it out. Preschoolers are more apt to do this with props! So, in advance, make 5 Pig masks out of paper plates! Or, give each pig their own identifying prop:
shopping carriage to go to market
keys to stay home
pretend food for roast beef
empty basket for "had none"
a musical whistle or other instrument to "wee wee wee" home
Repeat this nursery rhyme activity enough times for each child to have a turn being a Piggy if they want!
Pig Pink Milk
Make this a pink day! Make strawberry milk with your kids! Also, bring some extra milk for the science experiment listed below!
Pig Cookies (Thank you, Phyllis, for this idea!)
Give each child a plain, round, sugar cookie or tea cake.
Place a small dollop of pink icing on. The child spreads the icing iwth a popscile stick.
Cut a pink marshmallow in half to make a circular nose.
From the remaining marshmallow half, cut two triangular ears (I usually snip with scissors across the top rim so there is one cut edge).
Add these pieces and blue M&M eyes.
You'll need: whole milk (not low fat or skim!), different colors of coloring, dish detergent, shallow bowl
Pour in enough milk to cover the bottom of the bowl.
Place drops of food coloring, one at a time, into the middle of the bowl. Keep adding drops of different colors into the middle while you talk with the children about what they see. Some of the milk will turn color as it spreads a bit, but this is not the COOL part!
As you are talking with the children, explain that pigs roll in mud, not because they are messy, but because they are hot! They do not sweat like people when they are hot, so they have to cool off in the mud. Tell them you are now going to make colorful mud!
Drop VERY CAREFULLY just ONE DROP of dish detergent in the middle of the food coloring. Wait a few seconds and watch what happens. It is so cool!
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Nursery Rhyme Activities
Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
How I wonder what you are.
Up above the the world so high
Like a diamond in the sky.
Twinkle, twinkle little star.
How I wonder what you are.
Materials needed: sponges in star and moon shapes, yellow and white paint, blue paper
EXTENSION: Add a little bit of glitter to the yellow paint!
MATH AND MANIPULATIVES
Mix together 3 cups of flour, 1/2 cup of water and 3/4 cup of vegetable oil. Add some yellow food coloring as well. Knead into a dough.
Provide star shaped cookie cutters for the children to make and count stars with.
If you leave them out to dry, the children could also paint them! If you do this, use a pencil to make a hole in the star so that you can place yarn in it and hang it up when painted and dried!
MUSIC AND MOVEMENT NURSERY RHYME ACTIVITIES
Musical Star Chairs
In advance, program stars. Make 2 of each type of star. You can program them to go along with any concept you are working on: letter recognition, number recognition, color recognition, name recognition.
Place chairs in a circle facing out. Place a different star on each chair. Give each child a chair. Play or sing the song Twinke Twinkle. When it is done, the children should find the chair that has the matching star.
In musical chairs with preschoolers, do NOT remove one chair and have a child out. Competitive games do not help develop teamwork and problem sharing or development in any way.
Provide star, cloud and planet stampers for the children to make a Star gazing picture and tell you a story about their picture!
Wrap up your Nursery Rhyme Activities theme with this activity:
Place one prop from each rhyme you've covered in a box or bag (such as a candle, a sheep, a fork, etc.). Have the children take one out. Have each child name what they have. Ask them if they know which rhyme goes with that item.
VARIATION: Instead of passing the items out, pull one out at a time and ask the group if they know which rhyme it is.
VARIATION: Have the children (one at a time) reach into the bag or box and, without looking at the item--only by touching it--guess what it is. (They may not know, that's ok! Have them take the item out, look at it and tell you what it is). Then ask the group if they know what the rhyme is that goes with it.
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