Solar Systems, Yarn Apples, and Paperclip Painting – Preschool and Kindergarten Community

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Welcome back to another week of the Preschool and Kindergarten Community. Have you had a fun week with your kids? Over the last two weeks you all have shared some fun ideas with everyone – here are a few of the highlights.

Solar System shaving cream craft

This shaving cream solar system project from Carrot Top x 3 – just absolutely love it. They used shaving cream mixed with glue, so the planets are all puffy. Sprinkle liberally with glitter and you have something super fun and fabulous.

 

yarn apple

Christianity Cove shares an apple yarn craft made out of yarn that is so cute! It would be easy to alter the craft to make little pumpkins as well.

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If you have lots of paperclips on hand, you may want to check out this fun paperclip painting project from Mosswood Connections. Using simple items found around the house, she put together this fun craft.

Apple-Theme and yarn lacing

If you have a lot of yarn left over from the earlier apple craft, 1+1+1=1 has another simple yarn apple to make (and would also work great as a pumpkin). Carisa shares a ton of additional apple themed learning ideas as well.

That’s it for this roundup. Can’t wait to see what you all have been up to this week!

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Preschool Ocean Theme – Preschool and Kindergarten Community

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For the last few weeks our three year old co-op class has been learning about the ocean and having a lot of fun with crafts and sensory bins. Our first week we spent talking about the ocean itself and the second week we learned more about sharks. There were lots of seashells to examine, sharks teeth to touch and feel, and tons of books to read together.

And crafts. Crafts are always fun. Here are a few of the things we did together.

Cornmeal Starfish and Ocean Scene

starfish and ocean craft

There was a lot of glitter and cornmeal involved in this one. The kids spread glue on their starfish and then sprinkled it with cornmeal. We then used paintbrushes to spread glue on a piece of construction paper and they added strips of tissue paper for water and seaweed. Liberally sprinkled with glitter, they were super cute and sparkly when we finished.

Shark Craft

preschool shark craft

Nothing makes a shark more fun than ‘sharp’ teeth and googly eyes. Almost Unschoolers has a great tutorial on how to put this together. We just eyeballed the outline and used a small paper plate for the jaws of the shark.

Ocean Sensory Bin

ocean theme sensory bin

The kids LOVED the ocean sensory bin! Our tub was filled with aquarium rocks and decorative marbles, lots of fun Toob sea creatures, and water. Lots of water. The kids had a blast splashing around and feeding the fish little beads.

homemade beach sand sensory box fun

The homemade beach sand was a HUGE hit as well. Since we don’t live near the ocean, we made something quick and so simple. The kids could dig, build mini castles, and just play in the sand – loved it!

We also made a jellyfish craft similar to this one, made a shark out of an envelope, and made a fun bottle showing the waves of the ocean.

Fun Ocean Play



 

Free Ocean Printables

Ocean CollageIf you’re planning a beach or ocean theme, you might be interested in the Ocean Printable Pack.  Find more fun Preschool Packs on my website along with many other helpful {and free} Preschool Printables.

 

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Moonjellies, Felt Food, and Rainbow Ice – Preschool and Kindergarten Community Linkup

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You all are sharing some fun and cute ideas!! I love getting inspired to do more and am enjoying going through your links each week! Here are a few from last week to highlight.

felt pizza2

Making felt food doesn’t have to involve sewing or be anything fancy! Check out this felt food pizza from Living Life and Learning – some simple cutting is all it would take to put this together.

night-of-the-moonjellies

We just wrapped up a unit on the ocean with my preschool class, and this moonjelly bottle would have been so much fun! Spell Outloud shares a tutorial and ideas for the book Night of the Moonjellies.

rainbow ice

How pretty is this ice? Better Than I Could Have Imagined shares some great ideas for learning about the Letter Ii, including this rainbow ice – so simple and you know the kids would be playing with it for a long time…well, at least until it melted!

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If you want to create something out of recycled materials, you definitely need to visit A Little Pinch of Perfect and see the shape factory she put together for her kids – so cute!

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Homemade Beach Sand Sensory Bin – DIY Tutorial

The last few weeks we’ve been talking about the beach and ocean with the 3 year old co-op class. Talking about it is fun, but getting a chance to play in the sand is even better, right? Unless you live hours and hours from the beach and you don’t want to buy a ginormous bag of sand.

homemade beach sand recipe



Instead we made something quick and so simple (I promise you this is so easy!!), that kids can help make it with you.  AND If they ingest a little, it will be ok too, since it uses non-toxic ingredients!

homemade beach sand sensory box fun

Items Needed for Homemade Beach Sand:

  • 5 cups whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 to 1 cup cooking oil (we used coconut oil)
  • mixing bowl
  • large plastic tub or trays
  • Seashells Toob or real seashells
  • Plastic crabs (I wouldn’t recommend real ones – grins)

Mix the flour and the oil together in a mixing bowl (dear moms, this can be highly therapeutic and relaxing – just sayin’). You can add up to 1 cup of oil to your ‘sand’ – it just depends on how sticky you would like it to be.

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The kids in our class loved it. We added a bunch of seashells and a mini crab to the bin just for fun, along with a few things to scoop and build little sandcastles. Our homemade beach sand is stored in a 15 quart Rubbermaid container (we made 3 batches).

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When there were too many kids wanting to play in the bin, we poured some out on a tray so they could continue with the fun. You can see from the picture above that the ‘sand’ does a great job sticking together so kids can form and create, just like they can with real sand!

Free Ocean Printable Pack

Ocean CollageIf you’re planning a beach or ocean theme, you might be interested in the Ocean Printable Pack.

Book Go-alongs


 

Find more fun Preschool Packs on my website along with many other helpful {and free} Preschool Printables. Enjoy!

 

Note: This beach sand recipe does contain gluten, so those of you with gluten-free kiddos will obviously not want to use this. Sorry!

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Nature Fun with Kids – Preschool and Kindergarten Community

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Several of you linked up some neat nature learning ideas last week – and I wanted to make sure they were seen!

bark painting from Nicola on Tuesday

This bark painting idea from An Idea on a Tuesday – oh my goodness. I love the rustic look and all the fun that kids can have painting on pieces of bark. Not only will you be getting outdoors to find your ‘canvas’, but you’ll have a cool piece of artwork at the end.

abc tree blocks from Rubber Boots and Elf Shoes

If you have a few trees in a brush pile, you could use slices of them to make these ABC Tree blocks that Rubber Boots and Elf Shoes shares. It’s also a great way to squeeze a little science in by checking out the tree’s rings and how old it was!

nature exploration mommyhood

Nature tables and sensory bins are another great way to bring the outdoors inside and enjoy some hands-on learning. Welcome to Mommyhood shares her thoughts on how slowing down and enjoying the time with her son helped them connect in so many different ways. (Some good thoughts!).

That’s the summary from last week – what have you been up to recently?

 

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