Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Building Houses

This week in preschool we are learning all about "The Three Little Pigs".  In talking about their houses, we tried making our own houses with marshmallows and toothpicks!  The kids even tried blowing down the houses down, like the Big Bad Wolf!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Dinosaur Fossils

We made our own fossils, and you can too!  They're so easy!

All it took was a batch of home-made playdough (no food coloring added or needed).  Each student got their own bit of playdough to play with and push small play dinosaurs into, when they were finished they did one final press of a dinosaur into their playdough then we cut around it and left it out to dry.  They loved taking home thier own 'fossil'.

My playdough recipe:
2 cups flour
1 cup salt
1 tbsp cream of tartar
2 cups boiling water
2 tbsp veg oil

Put 2 cups of water in a container in the microwave and heat until boiling.  In the meantime, mix the flour, salt and cream of tartar in a large bowl.  Once the water is boiling, pour in to the flour mixture along with the veg oil.  Stir until incorporated and then finish incorporating all ingredients with hands.

Dino Excavation

I was trying to think of 'different' fun things to do with Dinosaurs in preschool and thought it would be a fun sensory experience to excavate dinosaurs from ice.

Each student got a small frozen dinosaur, they would then put on safety goggles and with the help of a teacher they hammered the ice until it would crack/break, then they would run it under luke warm water until the ice came off -- and for all of their hard work, they got to keep their dinosaur!  The kids LOVED the activity!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Apple Turkeys

For our kids activity this year I went back to my roots -- when I was a kid.  I remember one or two of my teachers making 'Apple Turkeys' with us and I loved it, so I knew the kids would too!  They were a hit!

They're pretty easy to make!  Everyone just needs an apple, some toothpicks (little ones get help from an adult) and some candy and treats to stick on the toothpicks to make a turkey!

We filled bowls with the candy/treats/toothpicks for the kids to have easy access!

I hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving with your family and friends!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Turkey Cookies

We are gearing up for Thanksgiving!  We made these lovely turkey cookies in preschool last week! 
The student's loved them, and I really like having them follow a recipe themselves!  I make my recipes simple enough so they see what order to go in, and since 99% of them are not reading yet, they can "read" the recipe by following the pictures in order. (I covered the Peanut Allergy square with a sticky note if it wasn't needed - if it was needed then I had that student find what was different). 

Items needed: Fudge Stripe Cookie, Nutter Butter Cookies, chocolate chips, candy corn, piece of twizzlers pull apart licorice.
If you want the recipe, you can print this one off, or I can e-mail you the pdf.