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!
Quilts Theme Graham Cracker Quilt Square
Materials needed: graham crackers, spread (cream cheese, frosting, etc.) and food items to decorate with (fruit, sprinkles)
Quilts Theme Toast Quilts
Materials needed: bread, toaster, jelly/jam (or butter or cream cheese); fruit
Have the children help you to wash and cut the fruit (blueberries, strawberries, kiwi, banana)
They decorate their toast by making a pattern on it with the fruit.
Having control over the muscles in your hands is a pre-writing skill. Providing activities to help children develop these muscles is essential.
Provide laminated papers that have shapes on them. Provide low-odor dry erase markers and washcloths.
The children can use these over and over to practice!
The Letter Q
Q, or any rounded letter, is a difficult letter to make. Block letters come more easily to preschoolers.
Make a bunch of Q papers and laminate and provide low-odor dry erase markers as in the above activity!
Do A Dot
Not only are they fun, but they are a great way to teach the children about the pressure they apply with their hand muscles...too much pressure and the ink will pool or puddle, not enough and they won't make a circle.
Do A Dot
or Bingo daubers are a favorite at our writing table!
Again, developing control over the muscles requires activities that allow them to practice.
It will be tempting to tell them HOW to use them, but don't!
The only rule that we have is no banging them on the table--it will break the sponge tops.
If a child is continually pressing and watching the ink/paint come out, they are learning about pressure! Talk to him/her about what is happening and why, rather than saying "Don't do that, you're making a mess."
You are a preschool teacher and as such, you know.......learning IS oftentimes messy!
Let the children use them to make their own patchwork designs.
When done, place them together on the wall as a quilt (let them dry first or you'll have stained walls!).
Ask parents to send in clean quilts from home to display around the room for the week.
Send home a large square of fabric (have a basket with many choices in them for the parent and child to choose from).
The families work together to draw, paint or glue onto the fabric things that remind them of family: pictures, musical notes if they like to sing, bicycles if they like to ride, sand if they like to go to the beach, etc.
At the end of the week, have them return them.
Glue each one onto cardboard and attach the cardboard onto posterboard, printing the child's name under each one.
You could use this for "show and tell" each day, having a few children come up and describe their square to their friends.
Hang it up for a few weeks for all to enjoy. Send home the squares with the children when done.
Many churches or senior centers have quilting groups that get together weekly, biweekly or monthly.
Ask and call around.
Ask if a few ladies will come and show their quilts to your little ones and talk about them! Perhaps they might even read story to the children!
Donation Quilt Theme Bulletin Board
On a bulletin board, attach different colored squares of sticky notes on it to look like a patchwork quilt.
On each square, list an item that you need for your classroom (paper, glue sticks, scissors, etc.).
The families take a square and bring in the item.
VARIATION: If you are doing a service project, use the squares to list the needs of the agency you are helping.
Some service projects might be Food Shelters, Humane Societies, Coat/Mitten drives, etc.
PJ and Hot Cocoa and a Movie Day
Well of course! How could you NOT with this theme! ;)
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