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!
Bring a wide variety of rocks to circle..large, small, colored, geodes, etc. Discuss rocks and write down their description.
Then make a group rock! In advance, have all the materials to make plaster of paris in a shallow round bin.
Have the children each choose one rock from the collection after your discussion.
Mix the ingredients as directed on the package of plaster of paris.
Each child presses their rock into the mixture.
The Magic Rock
Remember the song "The magic ball, goes round and round, so catch it quickly..."
Play this game while passing a rock. The person who is holding the rock at the end is not out (preschoolers are too young for this type of "competition"), but needs to say one thing about the rock such as the color, size, weight, etc.
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!
Stone Soup! Of course!
Materials needed: The book Stone Soup by Marcia Brown or another version; a cooking pot and vegetables
Read the story to the children and then make your own soup!
More Than Just Painting (Although that is always THE favorite in our classroom!)
Thank you do Isabella for this idea! A preschool rocks theme Easel Idea is to have the kids collect rocks outside, then use them for painting in your Easel Center! Have them dip the rocks in paint and press them on the paper. Encourage the children to talk about what shapes they notice!
Preschool Rocks Theme Music and Movement Activities and Ideas
to get your Preschoolers Movin' and Groovin'!
Thanks Kim, for this idea!
ROCK THEME Song/Movement 1 little, 2 little, 3 little pebbles 4 little, 5 little, 6 little pebbles 7 little, 8 little, 9 little pebbles 10 little pebbles...* Add your own line/movement after each verse... *i.e. rolling down the hill; lying in the sun
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