i is for i spy

my valentine to preschoolers this year was an i spy bottle.

i spy valentines

inside there are white beans, heart beads, mini valentine erasers, jewels and mirrors.

i spy valentines

plus a secret message.

i spy valentines

i’m counting on the preschoolers leaving the bottles taped up tightly! : )

p is for pink

to the tune of “if you’re happy and you know it…”

when you mix red and white you get pink

when you mix red and white you get pink

when you mix them you will see

a new color magically

when you mix red and white you get pink

red + white = pink

with a squirt of red and a squirt of white in a sealed baggie, we squished and squashed them.

red + white = pink

red + white = pink

red + white = pink

then we snipped the ends and squirted out the pink paint (kind of like frosting!).

red + white = pink

there were lots of different brushes and rollers to choose from (and extra bathroom clean up after handwashing). : )

red + white = pink

also discovered was that the other end of the paintbrush can be used to “write” in the paint.

red + white = pink

in this color blending experiment, we discovered what happens with extra red….

red + white = pink

red + white = pink

when the paper dried we cut hearts from it!

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some of the hearts went to the valentine station and some of the hearts were turned into valentines for the grandma and grandpa friends.

by the way, my favorite moment was when i brought out the ketchup bottle from k week (with red paint in it…which i highly recommnend…as well as yelow paint in a mustard bottle, white paint in a milk jug, etc.) and poured it on the paper. oh, funny stuff. some of the preschoolers gave a preschool version of rolling their eyes at me.

red + white = pink

p is for painted heart

i drilled holes in thrifted wooden hearts then set them out with watercolor paints.

wooden heart necklaces

each heart had a name on it so first the preschoolers worked on name recognition (which they are very good at by now!).

wooden heart necklaces

after the heart was painted, we rubbed on regular school glue and sprinkled glitter.

wooden heart necklaces

once dry we added a string and made a necklace!

p is for pretty plates

p is for pretty plates by you.

quite simple and using several media, we made pretty plates.

p is for pretty plates

rick rack, lace, crayons, glitter and paper hearts.

p is for pretty plates by you.

the lace and rick rack pushed and pulled through the holes.

p is for pretty plates by you.

learning how to tie a knot.

p is for pretty plates

getting excited about p-p-p-pink and p-p-p-purp-p-p-ple (p sounds).

p is for pretty plates

adding layers of glitter.

p is for pretty plates

using them to sing our alphabet song

(we sang “p is for pretty plate” instead of “p is for peanut” like our alphabet card shows)

p is for pretty plates

oh my, they are pretty.

o is for owl

whooooooooooooooooo loves you?

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these owl friends do.

each preschooler cut the eye shapes (since it was O week, this was a good time to practice cutting on a circle line…hard to do, i must add). we discussed shapes and then gave each preschooler a pile of pre cut shapes along with their circles. it was fun to have preschool moms and dads here to help us while ms. vilia is away. this dad-teacher was told he was a “VERY good preschool teacher.”

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they used them to create an owl. we included a heart shape in honor of valentine’s day.

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it was interesting to give no guidance but just ask them to use them all somehow. it wasn’t long before one little girl said, “hey! i made an owl. everyone just do it like this.”

nurturing group dynamics.