Octopus Letter Match

For this activity, students matched three different sea creatures by the first letter in the word.

Using blocks as manipulatives, students were introduced to three different ocean mats.

Each had a different letter written on it.

There was O for Octopus, F for Fish, and C for Crab.

Each block was affixed with a picture of the creature on it. Students enjoyed the colorful illustrations, and successfully matched each creature with its letter!

Crab Word Trace

Toddlers love to scribble as they explore their creativity and put their ideas on paper.

It is also considered “pre-writing” – a task that gets them one step closer to writing letters and words.

When you add tracing to your little one’s drawing time, it helps refine those pre-writing skills, laying a strong foundation for drawing and emerging writing.

For this activity, we used glitter to trace the word CRAB. Using their fingers, students traced each letter, one at a time. While doing so, the learned about the sound that each letter makes. Finally, they enjoyed the feeling of glitter on their fingers and especially washing it off!

Crab Sensory Play

Sensory play includes any activity that stimulates your young child’s senses: touch, smell, taste, movement, balance, sight, and hearing.

Sensory activities facilitate exploration and naturally encourage children to use scientific processes while they play, create, investigate and explore.

They sensory activities allow children to refine their thresholds for different sensory information helping their brain to create stronger connections to process and respond to sensory information.

To incorporate this kind of play into our crustacean curriculum (and tie into our science domain), we decided to create crab habitats.

Using a few natural materials (and some not so natural!), we created the perfect home for our crustacean friends!

Crustacean Dough

In our classroom, we are always in interacting with play dough

.The most important benefit of playdough is the word “play”.

When teachers introduce playdough, they usually do not have an ultimate agenda or ending outcome – the children are simply given the opportunity to play.

To capitalize on this open-ended activity, we tied this in to our crustacean theme! Using play dough, crustacean shovels, and sand toys, we created the perfect crustacean environment.

Shark Bay

You may think that preschoolers are too young to learn about environmental conservation and sustainability. But it’s actually the perfect age.

If you’ve ever sat and watched young children playing outside, you know how kids just seem to have an innate connection to nature. They’re fascinated by the clouds in the sky, the dandelions in a field, the bugs crawling in the dirt.

Environmental education for kids builds on their natural interest, encouraging their curiosity and helping them grow into adults who consider the environmental in everything they do. For this activity, we talked about pollution and how it affects ocean life.

To tie this in with our shark theme, we decided to both create and then “clean up” shark bay. Students were first presented with a sensory table full of “dirty” water and “trash”.

They were given nets, recycling bin, and a trash bin to remove the trash.

Following this, students were presented with a sensory table full of clean water, abundant with sea life. Lastly, we had a discussion about why it is so important to throw our trash away in trash cans.

Rainbows: Color Science

Color has been an intense topic of interest for thousands of years. Mathematicians, philosophers, physicists, physiologists, poets, and other disciplines have all contributed to our understanding of color.

In the 1600s, English physicist and mathematician Isaac Newton began a series of experiments with sunlight and prisms. He demonstrated that clear white light was composed of seven visible colors. Throughout our Rainbow Week, we really enjoyed manipulating different colors to see what would happen when they were combined!

For this activity specifically, we really enjoyed using paint and Ziploc bags to combine different colors.

Our young students enjoyed it because of the squishy texture of the bags, and the teachers enjoyed it because it was easy to clean up!

Rainbow Counting

We just love to count at our preschool!

We are engaging in all sorts of counting activities! As part of our Rainbow Week, we used a few different materials to not only count, but create rainbows as well!

To do so, each student was given three different rainbow cards, upon which a number was attached. In addition to this, a pipe cleaner was taped to each card. Students were encouraged to slides beads onto each pipe cleaner.

They counted and matched the number of beads with the numeral on the card!

Rainbow Collages

Including art as an important part of any preschool program can have an enormous impact on your child’s growth. Not only will it prepare your child for academic success in school, but it will foster early emotional development and offer your child opportunity to express themselves creatively.

When kids engage in an art project, even from an early age, they explore size and shapes. Kids begin evaluating and comparing objects, strengthening early math skills. More importantly, drawing, painting, and other art activities help kids develop spatial reasoning skills. For this activity, we practiced our color recognition skills by creating these fun rainbow collages. This was a three-dimensional activity so students we able to create three-dimensional art! Using a variety of colorful materials, your little ones separated small items by color. The finished product was a beautiful rainbow!

Pot O’Gold Math

Counting is easily taken for granted, but it’s the first step on the mathematical journey.

It’s not too surprising therefore that there is a lot of fascinating research into how we learn to count – and there’s more to it than you may think.

This research suggests that toddlers – even as young as twelve months – have a sense of how many there are in a set, up to around three objects.

This comes from their innate sense of number.

For this activity, we practiced counting toy gold pieces, separating them by number.

Students were given three “pots o’gold” with different numerals on them.

They were then directed to place the corresponding number of coins into the pots!