I've seen these made in a classroom and the children had fun decorating and then wearing them!
Materials needed: paper plates; hole puncher; string, markers and stickers
In advance: Cut the paper plates in half. Then cut off the rims of the paper plates halves. (In the prek class, the children did these steps! The teacher drew a black line where they were to cut! Great cutting practice!)
Hole punch each side of the paper plate rims (again, let the children who are able do this step!).
They decorate the rims.
Tie string through the holes and adjust and tie for the size of the child's head.
Keep the half circles of the paper plates for future projects or place at the writing center for a fun shaped paper to use.
Provide red, yellow and orange tissue paper, scissors and glue.
Let the children cut (or tear) the paper to make a bright, sunshine filled collage!
Earth Rotating Around The Sun Thanks Chris for submitting this activity!
Before the activity, we go into the bathroom and turn out the light. I shine flashlight (sun) on a globe with a shiny object taped to where we live. I say, 'the Earth is turning' as the 'sun' shines. I ask, "Hmm, the light is on our area. What are we doing? We are eating breakfast. Now we are coming to school." etc.
When the shiny object of where we are is in the dark, I ask 'What are we doing? We are sleeping. It's night." I also show a photo of Moonscape, which is the photo of the Earth with bottom darkened taken by the astronauts from the moon.
At the art table, we paint half a paper plate yellow and the other half black. Kids glue on several yellow 'rays' (strips of paper) on the sun side. They sprinkle glitter on the black side (stars). Plates dry. Then kids cut a small blue circle (4 inches across). They stick on a small round circle. I affix a paper fastener to the middle of the circle and attach to the middle of the plate. Kids can play with their plate. Oh, you are moving into the black, what are you doing? (sleeping) Oh, the Earth is turning, now look, you are in the yellow part, the sunny part, what are you doing? (getting up, eating breakfast), Oh, now you are in the middle of the yellow, what are you doing? (eating lunch)
A few of my kids loved to play with their circles at night before bedtime, their parents told me.
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!
Slice oranges. Provide pretzels and raisins.
The children place an orange circle slice on their plate. They can use the pretzel sticks for the rays of the sun and raisins to make faces!
Preschool Sun Theme Ideas to Transform Your Dramatic Play Area
Set up your dramatic play area with beach towels, empty plastic containers for pretend sunscreen, sunglasses, play picnic food, floaties, etc. You could also add an empty wading pool or a wading pool with plastic balls in it!
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