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This activity to help young children use number skills as they match numbers 1 – 10 during a winter theme.

Materials : White paper, contact paper for laminating, file folder, scissors, and tape.

Description : You will need to make 20 snowflakes, but only 10 different patterns, out of the white paper.
To do this you will cut 20 squares of paper to what ever size you want. Then take two pieces of paper at a time and fold them. Next, cut to make the snowflakes.

Once you have 10 patterns and 20 snowflakes take two snowflakes of like patterns and write the number 1 on one and draw one circle on the other. Take the second like pattern and write the number 2 on one snowflake and draw two circles on the other and so on, until you have done that for all 10 snowflake patterns.I did each number in a different color. Then laminate all 20 snowflakes.

Tape the 10 numbered snowflakes on the file folder and keep the snowflakes with the circles loose. The child can then take a snowflake with the circles, count the circles, and match the number of circles to the number on the snowflakes on the file folder.

The theme Games That Teach: Number, Counting and Early Math Games is in the Rainbow Resource Room

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If preschoolers should have very little actual academic based worksheets what should the ones they do get look like?
How often should they do them?
How many should they do at a time?
What else is there to teach preschoolers concepts that need more formal instruction?

In answer to the first three questions is simple: It depends on the child. To last question: A lot, just use your imagination or if you are in a time crunch or creativity drought, try Google.

A typical worksheet for preschoolers should be short, simple and not need written instructions to complete. They should have one consistent focus. Whether it is picking out one letter that is a different case (between no more then five choices) or circling the box of objects that is the same as the written number to the side or even just working on pre-writing skills.

My son will sit all day doing mazes and matching shapes or objects. I have to limit him or he will do nothing else. While my son thrives on them there are many three and four year olds who do not. I have created tons of worksheets to use but I do not mean for every preschooler to sit down and do them all. I have them up for the preschool teacher to have them if they feel there preschoolers would benefit from them.

Most preschoolers will not be able to sit for more then one worksheet at a time and if pushed to sit and do several worksheets in a row the lesson will be lost. I do not recommend more then one worksheet every hour and a half at the very most and even then as the exception rather then the rule.

There are so many ways for the preschooler to learn using a hands on approach that most of the time worksheets are not needed. Manipulating materials is a far better way to learn and it sticks with them better. File folder games are a great way to introduce new concepts and to reinforce concepts. The preschool teachers best friends are file folders, scissors, velcro and a laminating machine! The possibilities are endless. They are fun to make and fun for the kids to do. They can be on any concept imaginable and best of all they are cheap and easy to make.

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christmas_craftsPreschool Christmas crafts is good for kids of very young age and they like coloring and filling pictures of animals, trees, fruits, vegetables and Christmas tree with different color and show their talent. Preschool kids are quiet young who just started speaking and learns from their parents. All these kids can learn preschool Christmas crafts from television shows. In morning there is an everyday short time T.V. show that enjoys with kids and teaches them preschool Christmas crafts.

Small preschool kids also understand the meaning of Christmas and wish to enjoy Christmas with parents. Parents and family friends and relatives buy gift for preschool children and give them craft kit full of color and paper to enjoy their preschool Christmas craft.

This preschool free Christmas crafts given an opportunity to preschool children to pass their time by coloring pictures. This gives a sense of choosing different colors of their own choice. All seven colors can be used to color all different color fruits and vegetables. These colors are used to fill in rainbow of seven colors. All preschool Christmas crafts are great and innovative idea for growth of kids.

Preschool Christmas crafts can be paper cuttings too. Children use little scissor or use with help of their parents and make beautiful shapes of apple, banana, pear and many other stars, balls, strings. Some girls like enjoying with their dolls and decorate dolls with different dresses and these dresses can be chosen by kids in different colors. The girls like decorating their dolls with make up and use nail paints, eye shadow and other different items to decorate them. The girls learn to decorate their dolls as their mummy gets ready for parties.

The preschool easy Christmas crafts is enjoyed mostly by kids and they enjoy with snowballs and splendid candles. The egg cartons, dresses of dolls, hut painting, paint and brush, drawing rainbow, painting and coloring new trees, Christmas trees, collecting different colors, rock animals can be painted and different items can be colored and painted to enjoy preschool Christmas crafts.

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Under the Sea

No preschool curriculum is complete without a wide variety of art projects. Arts and crafts give children a method of expressing themselves creatively, as well as allowing them to develop fine motor skills such as cutting, pasting, and drawing. Certain themes, such as the ocean and the creatures that live in it, lend themselves perfectly to preschool art projects.

Ocean life is full of fun shapes and colors which are replicated in these preschool art projects. First, here’s a project where the kids create stained glass ocean animals by using tissue paper with contact paper or waxed paper.

Look through books about the ocean and its life forms for inspiration first before letting the children create their own sea creature forms from contact paper or waxed paper. Once they have cut out their shape, decorate the shapes with tissue paper to create a stained glass effect. Remember to use glue if waxed paper is being used.

Create your own Aquarium!

In conjunction with the ocean life theme, organize a field trip to a local zoo or aquarium to observe fish in their habitat. After the field trip, try one of these preschool art projects on fish and aquariums.

Children can create a paper plate aquarium from a paper plate or Styrofoam meat tray. First, paint a blue line about three-quarters of the way up the plate or meat tray, and paint the area below the line blue. After the paint has dried, the children can decorate their aquariums with fish and other ocean life with paint, construction paper, magazine clippings, yarn for algae- basically let their imaginations run wild.

After the aquariums are sufficiently adorned, tape another paper plate or meat tray facing the aquarium. Don’t forget to cut a small hole at the top of the second plate or tray to create a hole that allows the children to peer into their aquariums. Another option is to tape a layer of plastic wrap over top of the aquarium tray to represent the glass.

Here’s another fun ocean life craft called “3-Dimensional Sea Creatures”. To begin, give each child two cutout shapes of an ocean creature, or have them cut and create their own creatures from construction paper. Encourage them to decorate the sea creatures with glitter, googly eyes, paint, yarn, fabric, or whatever else is in the craft supply closet.

Once the creatures are decorated, connect the two halves and stuff the inside of the shape with cotton balls for an exciting 3-dimensional effect. If desired, tape a large sheet of blue paper on the wall and everyone arrange their sea creatures in the water together.

Play Dough Urchins

One of the ocean’s most interesting creatures is the sea urchin. The children can create their own personal urchins from play dough and toothpicks. Play dough can be made by combining 1 cup of flour, 1 cup of warm water, 2 teaspoons cream of tartar, 1 teaspoon oil, ¼ cup of salt and food coloring.

Stir all ingredients together over medium heat until the mixture is smooth. Remove the pot from the heat and knead the dough until it has blended completely. Place the dough in an air-tight sealed container or plastic bag until ready for use.

All of these preschool art projects provide teaching opportunities in many areas as well as providing the chance for imaginations and creativity to soar. Enjoy them and modify however you need to encourage the participation of all of your children.

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Integrated Curriculum for Three to Five Year Olds

When the temperature drops and snowflakes fly, it’s a great opportunity to take advantage of preschoolers’ natural interest in winter weather by weaving ice and snow themes into the lesson plans. These ideas incorporate science, literature, and social studies content standards.

Children Explore Ice and Snow Indoors and Out

ice and snow

Small groups of children can fill containers part way with water, marking the water level on the side, then place the water outside in freezing temperatures. Later, they can check the containers and discover what has happened. Discussion follows the observation that the ice reaches ab

ove the water level they marked. When the containers are brought inside, and the water melts, additional discussion follows. Bringing snow inside, measuring the quantity by volume and by weight, then allowing it to melt and measuring the resulting water will yield more questions and comments. Teachers can record the experiments with photographs, along with writing down children’s questions and observations. These activities engage children in doing scientific enquiry, exploring the nature of science through conversation, and examining the nature of matter.

Use Books with Ice and Snow Themes for Language Lessons

Wonderful children’ books with ice and snow themes are available. Ice Cream Bear, by Jez Alborough, (Candlewick Press, 1996), The Jacket I Wear in the Snow, by Shirley Netzel, (HarperTrophy, 1994), Snow, by P.D. Eastman, (Random House, 1962), and The Snowy Day, by Ezra Jack Keats, (Puffin, 1976) are excellent choices. Each of these books features engaging illustrations and topics presented in ways that keep the attention of young children. Snow is appropriate for use with beginning readers, as is the repetitive, rhyming vocabulary of The Jacket I Wear in the Snow. For very young preschoolers, Jan Brett’s beautifully illustrated story, The Mitten, (Putnam Juvenile, 1996), is also available in a board book version.

Preschool Social Studies for Winter Weather

Young children are developing the ability to imagine the lives of other people in other places. Help enlarge their concept of the world by introducing the concept of differing climates in different parts of the world. Using a globe or world map, teachers show the children where their school is located. Then, they help children locate cities in the opposite hemisphere, near the earth’s poles, or near the equator. Of course, teachers will choose different places depending upon the part of the world they are in. Using the classroom computer, teachers can show children how to find out what the current temperature is in the selected cities. If no computer is available in the classroom, children can be assigned cities to research with their families’ help, or teachers can do the research and bring the information to class the next day. The temperature differences can be illustrated by placing pieces of tape or sticky notes marked with the current temperatures on the globe or a world map. Teachers can lead discussion about what the class thinks children might be doing in these other places. A fun song to use with this lesson is “Christmas Where the Gum Trees Grow,” recorded by Greg Doolan, Susan McRae, and Ross Bogart , The Australian Christmas Album, (MRA Entertainment / IODA, 2007).

Ice and Snow Themes Invite Preschoolers to Explore, Discuss, and Observe

The natural environment stimulates children’s interest in the nature of matter and the ways in which people relate to changes in the environment. Teachers can encourage children to develop this interest into learning about science, language, and social studies.

 

The copyright of the article Preschool Lesson Ideas for Ice and Snow in Preschool is owned by Brenda Layman. Permission to republish Preschool Lesson Ideas for Ice and Snow in print or online must be granted by the author in writing.

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Interaction and involvement are necessary for a successful preschool Sunday School. One of the best ways to accomplish this is to have bulletin boards on display in your classroom. There are so many things you can do with a bulletin board, and the sky is the limit when it comes to decorating them.

Interactive bulletin boards are ones in which students get to do some type of hands-on activity that relates to the bulletin board and its current theme. For instance, many Sunday school teachers like to use pocket charts with each pocket assigned to a child in the class. The child can easily identify his own name on the pocket chart, and knows this is where he can find information that pertains directly to him.

Teachers also use bulletin boards to help children associate to holidays and seasons. There is absolutely no limit to the number of ways you can decorate a board for holidays and seasons. Leaves are popular in the fall, and nativity scenes are great for Christmas. To get students involved in building a bulletin board, consider allowing them to attach features to a snowman or place plastic flowers in your construction paper pots.

You can make your own bulletin boards from scratch or use the hundreds of themes that are available for purchase at local Christian bookstores and on the Internet. While pre-printed patterns and shapes are easy to assemble, there is just something fun about being able to design your own bulletin boards with a little imagination. Just remember to use heavy card stock paper for borders, as these can rip easy. You can get ideas from other teachers, or you can purchase a software package that has lots of border styles and colors for you to print at home. Whatever you decide to do in making your bulletin boards, it is safe to say that if they are colorful and eye-catching, your preschoolers will love them.

Using them as a learning tool is a big plus as well. For instance, if you are teaching about Noah’s Ark, you might consider allowing students to glue the animals on the ark. After you say an animal name, pick a student to find the animal out of a pile that you have, and glue it to the ark. If the child picks the right animal, you can give him a small prize. If he does not choose the correct animal, have a different child try. Keep going until all of the animals are on the ark, and every child in your class has gotten a sticker or piece of candy.

Enjoy the many benefits of using bulletin boards in your Sunday school classroom. You will be simply amazed out how effective they are in helping bring Bible stories to life, and encourage preschoolers to learn more about the Bible.

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