i is for ice

i did this for micah’s birthday once with a dinosaur theme.  at preschool we use this for any letter of the alphabet since we can hide anything in the ice (except maybe u or x things…ideas, anyone?)!  appleseeds, counter bears, coins, dinosaurs, elephants, fake flower petals, green things, horses, jewels, keys, lace, money, nuts, o ring shapes, paper clips, quills, red things, snakes, turtles, valentines (plastic hearts), white things, yellow things, zoo animals.

treasures

but i like to use it during i week since that’s kind of a tricky letter to find things for.

frozen treasures

ahead of time the teacher fills containers of any kind with water, then drops in some objects that won’t break when hit, then freezes.

preschoolers are offered tools for excavating the treasures…wooden blocks work the best in my experience.

take this as an opportunity to discuss the wonder that our eyes will blink or squint to protect themselves.  encourage this against the flying ice. : )

and if it is warm outside, take it all out!  when i week falls in a cooler month, we wear our mittens and break the ice chunks on art trays.

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s is for symmetry…or same : )

what i like about these projects is the versatility…this can be done with many colors of paint as b is for butterfly or white paint for e is for egg.

symmetry
quite simply the preschooler gets to squirt or spoon blobs of paint on a paper, then the teacher helps fold it carefully in half, then please let the preschooler help open their amazing creation.

it’s also a great connection to cloud gazing…to look at these random shapes and find familiar images in them.  the whole project could be done outdoors.  imagine white paint on sky blue paper.  ahhhh!

all i can see in the largest print above is a monkey.