There are so many things that stick! If there is something sticky to be found, our preschoolers will be the ones to find them! Children are fascinated with how and why things stick. This sticky preschool theme has so many directions it could go in!
What types of sticky things can you think of to add to your theme! Have fun with it and don't forget to ask your students about items they know of that stick that perhaps we haven't thought of!
While looking through my notes, I am seeing a reference to a book, so in fair disclosure, please know that the name of this theme and some of the activities come from the book Theme Storming by Joni Becker.
Let the Theme planning begin!
You can either scroll down through this page to see all of the preschool activities for your theme or click the link below to go to specific preschool activity types you are looking for.
Materials Needed: contact paper, miscellaneous craft items that are flat (confetti, scraps of construction paper shapes, colored tissue paper, etc.), a picture of each child
Place a square of contact paper on the table (tacky side up) with the corners folded under (this is so that the paper sticks to the table without moving).
The children place their picture on the contact paper and then place the craft items wherever they want.
Cover with another piece of contact paper and hang in the classroom.
You can also use these as place mats or to identify their spot at Circle Time, at their cubbies and more!
Materials Needed: paper plates, white school glue that you have colored with tempera paint
The children use their muscles to squeeze globs of different colors of colored glue on different areas of the paper plate.
They then hold up the paper plate to tilt it and let the glue slowly drip down the plate.
Keep moving the plates around until they are happy with the design. Let dry and display!
Materials Needed: LOTS of different types of tape and Styrofoam trays.
Let the children practice ripping tape off the dispensers (or tearing of pieces of painters tape).
They can squish it with their hands or try building with the tape!
Most times, adults rip off tape for the children when they need it. This is the opportunity for them to use what they never get to use!
Eat It Up!
Materials Needed: pre-cut bread slice shapes, plastic (Saran) wrap, red and yellow colored glue
The children use the glue to put condiments on their "sandwich"! Yellow is mustard, red is ketchup, etc.
They squeeze glue onto their bread papers. Cover with a piece of Saran Wrap!
Materials Needed: We have no Peanut Allergies in our classroom this year. However, because of the high number of children who develop this allergy in the preschool years, we are a Peanut Free classroom. Therefore, we do not use peanut butter for bird feeders.
Materials needed: maple syrup, bird seed, cornmeal, yarn or string, large craft sticks, paint brushes.
The children paint maple syrup on the craft sticks and then dip the sticks into the other items. Tie or glue yarn to the edge.
Take home or hang up outside of your classroom (do NOT leave in your classroom overnight or you will end up with an Ant Theme potential the next day!)
Materials needed: Flavored jello (already made but not refrigerated...still liquid), small white paper (like photocopy paper, not construction paper), crayons
The children draw on the white papers any way they like.
They then brush the liquid jello on the opposite side of their drawing. Let dry.
Then, the lick and stick onto other papers!
Lollipop and Jelly Painting submitted by Chrissy
Materials needed: finger-paint, jelly, lollipops, paper, save the sticks and wrappers from the lollipops.
Mix the jelly with finger-paint. The children use the lollipops to paint pictures.
Together, we painted a large picture to serve as the centerpiece sign explaining the kids art work. The sticks and wrappers were used to make a border around the sign.
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!
Ice Cream Social!
Mmm...Really!!!! Invite families to provide ice cream and all the fixings and invite them to an Ice Cream Social!
Mix bubble solution with your sand and add sand toys to make castles. Be sure to provide a large bin with water for the children to swish their hands in when they are done and towels to dry their hands with!
Add water, mild dish detergent, a cloth and some of your dramatic play dishes!
Materials: Ice cubes, tables salt, string/yarn
Have the children place a 6 inch piece of yarn or string on an ice cube. Sprinkle salt over the cube and string. Have the children join you in counting to 20 and then, poof--lift the ice cube by picking up the string! The salt will make the yarn stick!
Does Water Stick???
Provide different types of paper (photo copy, construction, etc.), and spray bottles with water.
The children spray each type of paper and try to stick it to windows! See how long they stick!!
In your sensory table, provide Velcro, burrs, seeds, scraps of fabric (such as burlap) and magnifying glasses.
Sticky Scientists submitted by Chrissy
Materials needed: Bowls with various sticky substances (maple syrup, jelly, ball of tape, window stickies, etc.)
The children close their eyes and feel inside the various bowls.
Themed Science Activities--for your Preschool Scientists in Training!
Hair Gel Bags
Pour colored hair gel into zip lock baggies and tape shut.
The children can use their fingers to make designs on the bags!
Mix equal amounts of white glue and liquid starch together. Stir, drain out excess liquid. Very cool!
Mix equal amounts of water and corn starch. This is very awesome! The mixture will be solid in the container. Once you pick it up, the body heat from your hands will literally melt it into a liquid as it falls between your fingers and then turns to a solid again!
Magnet Bottles and Wands
Fill plastic soda bottles with items, some magnetic and some not. The children will LOVE using the magnet wands to see what sticks to the sides of the bottle.
Hey there! Welcome to Preschool Plan It! I’m Cheryl, a preschool teacher of over 20 years.
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