Our hallway bulletin board changes monthly to reflect topics and seasons. Here A Chick bulletin board came together quickly after the preschoolers enjoyed singing and dancing along with several Spring and Easter videos.
We started by having each child pose for a close-up photo pretending to blow a feather. Then they painted 18 x 24 inch paper with pastel paints in either vertical or horizontal stripes. Pastels were easy to mix in four individual paint cups adding a little red, green, purple, and yellow to white. You don’t need much color to get a lovely tint.
After the backgrounds dried, we folded them in half and drew half of an egg shape with a zig-zag or curved top. The children cut the egg shape from the folded paper and were quite pleased with the resulting shape. Then they cut simple wing shapes, glued their faces to yellow construction paper circles, added some whispy feathers, an orange beak and an “eggshell” top to their heads.
All our little chicks loved looking at their classmates “hatching” from the colorful Easter Eggs. Here A Chick, There A Chick was a fun project incorporating painting at the easel, cutting, gluing, and singing!
We try to change it up everyday with different items to count. Earlier this week I grabbed a stack of extra valentines and foam hearts and “Counting Valentines” was born! My kiddos are also working on recognizing numerals 1-10. I wrote large numerals on each card with a permanent marker and then handed one of the girls the stack. Her first task was to name each card, and try to put them in order from 1-6. Then we counted out hearts and matched them to the cards. It was a familiar task with novel materials and kept her engaged. She asked for a set to take home to show her family so they could play together.
One of my favorite sensory “paints” is our puffy snow paint. It’s roughly equal parts shaving creme (cheap, plain, not menthol, not gel) and white glue. Stir in some glitter, add some Styrofoam balls and foam shapes and let the fun begin! The texture is soft and puffy like meringue. It feels nicer than finger paint and spreads with a brush or plastic palette knife. When it dries, a soft crust develops so that when you lightly touch it, it springs back like a marshmallow.
We use this fun sensory paint in our winter artwork. You can also add a bit of acrylic or tempera paint and get grey clouds. Our Spring time exploration will include spritzing it with diluted watercolor paints for soft pastel Easter eggs and baby animal creations. Stop by in a couple of months to see those. Let me know how your little ones enjoy playing with Puffy Snow Paint!
“Santa reads to us!”
The highlight of our week before Christmas in preschool was a visit from Santa! He came to our door as the children were in free choice play. I wish I had a photo of their faces – visions of total surprise and happiness. Some froze with their mouths open. Others jumped up, cheering “Santa!” One little girl ran to him and gave him a big hug.
He asked them to come to the carpet so he could talk to them and to read a story. Santa chose Clifford’s First Christmas by Norman Bridwell. When Santa finished the story, he told us about his elves who were busy working at his workshop at the North Pole. He said he needed to get back so he could check his list and read letters from the children. He asked if we’d written letters and what each child wished to have under the tree on Christmas Day. He reminded them to continue to be good boys and girls. One of the little ones told him that she was leaving him milk and cookies. Santa thanked her and said all he needed was a very little bit of milk and a very little cookie. But he said if they left a little baby carrot, his reindeer would surely enjoy the snack.
As he left he gave them each a candy cane and erupted in a hearty “Ho, ho, ho! Merry Christmas!” What a wonderful visit that was for the children. I wonder how many of them went home on Friday exclaiming, “Santa reads to us!”