w is for washing

note: this activity was done during a week long camp
called “way back when…” for 4 & 5 year olds at our local museum.

washing time

oh, joy of joys.  a praire delight.  on the day we learned about clothing way back when, we washed our picnic cloths (so they would be clean for dress up as kerchiefs, bonnets, or superhero capes).
washing time

washing time

mr. vic came and told us about how water was hauled from a well into the house.  this is a real and functioning windmill.  he helped the preschoolers use the hand pump to fill our washtubs.

washing time

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washing time

then since we couldn’t take them to the dryer, we hung them in the kansas sun.

washing time

washing time

dreamy.

washing time

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c is for chocolate play dough

note: this activity was done during a week long camp
called “way back when…” for 4 & 5 year olds at our local museum.

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i know i’ve seen this recipe for a long time…just never made it.

chocolate play doh

but i am teaching a week long camp at the museum based on pioneer days and i wanted a “baking” looking color to go with our enamel dishes. usually i do a plain play doh with a bit of cinnamon.

play doh table

this year i also made a batch of chocolate play dough…the first batch not working (way too crumbly…not sure what happened). very quickly the chocolate and cinnamon/vanilla batches are blended.

chocolate play dough:

combine (i do all the mixing in my kitchen aid):

1.5 cups flour

.5 cup cocoa

3 tsp cream of tartar

boil:

2 cups water

1 cup salt

2 tbs oil

mix it all together (at this point i had to add quite a bit of extra flour…not sure how much)

c is for celebration

we have a wonderful tradition of an end-of-the-year-graduation-and-celebration.

preschool grad by you.

now comes the cleaning and the sorting, we’re moving our preschool back to it’s original location…

there are oodles of projects not shared here….more to come.

z is for zoo

what a week!  in the midst of the last days of school and mother’s day prep, we turned our classroom into a zoo (quite fitting, actually!).

indoor zoo

children were invited to bring pretend animals from home.  this was a favorite of the day.  we did show and tell at the first circle time (instead of at the end of the day).  we graphed each one on an all-school graph and made a masking tape cage for each type on the floor of the classroom.

indoor zoo

this graph is incomplete…we had to move on to another piece of paper and the fish column went off the top!

indoor zoo

we had blue water, blocks, and a few big rocks in the tub table.  plastic animals were allowed to come swim all week.

indoor zoo

i found cheap plastic animals that worked well for making cages so friends could take home their own part of the zoo.

indoor zoo

there were some zoos without walls…

indoor zoo

indoor zoo

some with open gates…

indoor zoo

indoor zoo

indoor zoo

and some had animals that were so wild, the cage bars couldn’t stay up.

indoor zoo


c is for cleaning

i am a firm believer in having purposeful work available to children.  if i pull out the spatula-turned-dried-glue-cleaner-upper and water, at least one child comes over.  then two.

cleaning

then a table full.  then they decide they need aprons and paper towels.

cleaning

then it is discovered that the spatula actually works as a flipper.

cleaning

then the table is clean.

cleaning

thank you, friends.

b is for BIG collage carrot

i decided to use a piece of cardboard and left over orange paper to make a BIG version of our collage carrots (in case that maybe real-maybe not real easter bunny is really hungry).

BIG carrot collage

again, we pretended there were no scissors.  again, we used up all the glue we had (for real).

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and i should not be surprised that my TTH class thought to dig through the shelves to find orange/green ribbon and lace. i love that!

BIG carrot collage

it wasn’t dry when we left school for easter break, so i am excited to see it finished and shiny from all the glue.

e is for easter bunny food

i was inspired and changed plans. we pretended our school didn’t have scissors and we needed the paper to be small enough to cover the cardboard carrot shapes.  hmmmm, shall we tear it with hands?  rip it with teeth?  both techniques were tested.  tearing by hand won out.

c is for carrot

show and tell this week is “easter decorations.”  we’ve had crosses, palm branches, easter eggs, and easter bunnies.  we have rabbit books out in honor of spring and making these carrots (a.k.a. easter bunny food) seemed like a natural project.
c is for carrot

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i loved seeing the variety.  smooth, bumpy, sparse, heavy with layers.

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but then i was asked the question, “is the easter bunny real?”  out come the cries of YES and NO and a little girl looking at me for answers.  in these moments, i have learned to defer to the parents.  to explain that some of our preschool friends think yes and some think no, so find out what your family thinks.  she was satisfied, but smirked a little and as she was walking away said, “no… right?”

f is for food

we had some caterpillars around the classroom who were very hungry.

food for the very hungry caterpillar

good thing there were also paper plates and crayons so we could draw them some food!

food for the very hungry caterpillar

food for the very hungry caterpillar

food for the very hungry caterpillar

not pictured here is these thrifted fake fur caterpillars stuffed in sections of thrifted (but new) pantyhose cocoons. : )