Earth Day and Other Preschool Fun

Well, I am unfortunately a day late with my post- this was definitely supposed to go up last night!

We had a great time talking about Earth Day last week. I started introducing the topic about Tuesday, and we looked at pictures of polluted beaches while discussing why it was bad to litter. Monday, we did some fun Earth Day art.

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This one is very simple and turns out so well. I was proud of their responses, varying from recycling bins to helping the trees grow and taking care of animals.

We also made bird feeders out of water bottles on Monday.

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I didn’t get a picture of the final product, but they were so excited to take their bird feeders home. It was sweet to see them so pumped up about a project. =)

Today, I decided to spend some time doing fine motor activities with the kids. We had a relaxed schedule in the morning, so I whipped up a quick painting activity for them.

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Each of my kids picked two paint colors, and was given a cotton ball for each to use as a paintbrush/stamp. I gave the kids no instructions beyond keeping the paint off their clothes. They loved the freedom of this project. M decided to stamp a pattern with her cottonballs, and C and S both used their cotton balls as paint brushes to create abstract paintings. J did a combination of the two. I loved seeing the concentration in their faces as they worked.

This afternoon, it was way too cold to go out, and I just couldn’t listen to little hands digging through the Lego boxes all afternoon. I decided to whip out an old favorite to keep them occupied.
Shaving cream!

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We do this about once a month when I take their nametags up to repair/replace the torn ones. The shaving cream cleans away the gooey residue of the contact paper, and it’s a fun and exciting sensory activity for my kids. They LOVED it, and I finally had to practically drag them away from the table at clean up time!

It’s been a busy few days, and it is beginning to dawn on me that I don’t have much time left with this group of kids. I won’t go into it now, but I will say I am fully dedicated to having a wonderful rest of the year with them, making tons of memories!

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