Monday, February 11, 2013

Preschool Valentine Project

This project is a great way to work on fine motor skills in preschool aged children, while making a special valentines gift. Begin by letting your child choose the paint color(s) they want to paint on the heart shaped box. They can paint the box one color, or the lid one color and the bottom another, or create a pattern all over. One person painted strips, while another pressed down on their brush to make an abstract flower on the lid. Paint the box with the lid on, then remove it when you set it aside to dry. This will insure that your lid does not stick to the box during the drying process. The next step is to write a secret note to your child's special person(s). We used a heart shaped piece of paper and helped each child write I Love You and their name. You can modify this based on your child's capabilities. The note gets folded up and put in the box. Shh, it's a surprise! The last thing we did to make this box extra special was put colored gems on the lid. Children chose the colored gems, and the design. Some designs were: a smiley face, a border, a flower or an all-over design. One child made a pattern using blue and red gems around the edges of the lid. The gems were big and small so we also talked about size while we worked. We used tacky glue because it is strong and adheres best. I placed the glue on the box with a q-tip for each child. Children are engaged and learning throughout this multi-step project, because they are having fun creating a gift for someone they love. 

Friday, February 1, 2013

Recycling Project

Students at Hoff-Barthelson Preschool learned about the 3 Rs - reduce, reuse, and recycle - by creating a scene from The Nutcracker. Clean garbage that were destined for the trash found a new use in another form. A brown shipping box became the living room. Paper towel rolls and green ribbon turned into trees. Plastic Easter eggs were transformed into mice. Students also learned the story of The Nutcracker by listening to the music and hearing the story read aloud during story time. Hoff-Barthelson Preschool does a recycling project every year.

Photo by Zak Failla