Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Busy (and HOT!) Preschoolers

The children loved sifting, sculpting and molding kinetic sand.  Kinetic Sand is a three-dimensional building toy made of 98% sand and 2% polydimethylsiloxane that mimics the physical properties of wet sand.  Towards the end of the week, I provided shiny jewels to the trays and the children buried them into the sand and decorated the tops of their cupcakes with them.
We've been discussing ways to move from place to place.  The children are very knowledgeable about various modes of transportation.  Trains are popular in our class so I offered a train themed collage activity.  There were train tickets and wheels to glue onto paper.  One enterprising student decided to squirrel away a ticket in his pocket so he could take a train ride during his vacation!
Wikki stix are waxy stick that are flexible and fun to manipulate.  First, the children squished them together, then peeled them apart. Next I showed them how they could wrap them around cylinders and create stripes and spider webs.

The Wednesday class got their first taste of music with Miss Danielle. They clapped, sang, danced to a freeze song and had a rollicking good time.
A student showed me how she could use the blocks to build towers, then use them in combination to first make a square, then a rectangle.   

Assembling our big puzzles takes teamwork. The children were proud of their accomplishment and decided to make the puzzle 'fancy'. They added a border of unifix cubes and posed with their creation.

It was so hot on Friday, we just had to cool off with popsicles!

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