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Preschool Activities

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Kayla Edwards

on 17 May 2013

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Animals Preschool Activities Art: Animal Action Language Arts: Safari Math: Sorting the Kingdom Science: Silly Putty! Numbers: Count the Pets Dramatic Play: A Day in the Zoo Sensory: Rabbit Bites In this activity, children will be provided with washable paint and paper, and will be instructed to paint a picture of any animal they want. They will be encouraged to use free expression to create a large animal picture, and can experiment with force of brush strokes and water's effects on paint. Children will learn small motor skills, imagination, creativity, problem-solving, analytical skills, and the effects of paint on other items as well as its texture and other properties.
Supplies: paint and construction paper In this fun and interactive activity, children will create binoculars out of toilet paper cups and tape and go on an indoor safari. Around the room, tape up pictures of wild animals. The children will be instructed to stand in a line and explore the room, keeping an eye out for wild animals. Whenever they "spot" one, have them describe the animal to you. Point out facts about certain animals to the children (ex. Do you see the zebra? Zebras are from Africa.) Through this activity, children learn animal-related vocabulary, listening skills, how to articulate their thoughts, communication, and recall of facts In this activity, children will be presented with flashcards which each represent different numbers of pets. They will be asked to count how many pets there are out loud. After this, they can make the pets into a family by adding together the number of birds from two different cards. (How many birds are there all together?) Through this exercise, children learn counting skills, number recognition, addition, critical thinking, and problem-solving. Children will learn to make homemade silly putty and learn to make the classic toy for themselves using ingredients that are easily accessible for all households. Since they are still young, measure out quantities of the ingredients before they begin the project. The silly putty activity teaches children about the reactions between different compounds, textures, cause and effect, and making measurements.
Ingredients: four oz. of school glue (approximately half a bottle of average school glue, four oz. of water, 1/2 teaspoon of borax. For this dramatic play activity, children will be provided with assorted animal toys and to act out a day in the zoo. Children can take the roles of animals, zookeepers, or even tourists watching the animals. Through this activity, children will learn imaginative thinking, group social skills, cooperation, creativity, and large and small motor skills associated with their roles. In this activity, children will learn about the foods a rabbit eats by eating, feeling textures, and smelling carrots, apples, lettuce, and basil leaves. Through exploring their foods using their senses, they learn to articulate and process observations as well as noticing the similarities and differences among the different foods. 1. Grab your paint and paper Dip your fingers in the paint and create a picture of your favorite animal by touching the paper with your paint-covered fingers It's time for a safari!
1. Tape two paper cups around the middle to create your pair of binoculars. You need them to find animals! 2. Stand in a line and explore our classroom, which has become a wild jungle!
3. Look through your binoculars. See if you can spot any wild animals!
4. When you see an animal, raise your hand and tell us about the animal you see. Don't make too much noise or we might scare away the animals! In this activity, children can either be given an assortment of animal toys or pictures to sort according to category: reptile, mammal, birds, amphibians, insects and fish. Children will learn to categorize, recognize similarities, make generalizations, analyze, and count, in addition to learning the characteristics shared by different kinds of animals Mammals Amphibians 1. Look at the toys or pictures of animals in front of you and see what is similar about each one. Birds have wings and beaks. Reptiles have scales. Amphibians have squishy wet skin. Mammals are covered in fur. Fish swim in the sea. Insects are bugs. Put the animals in different piles depending on what kind of animal they are! Reptiles Birds Fish Count the pets! Look at the picture your teacher shows you of a group of pets. Count the birds and tell us how many birds you see!
Now count another group of pets. Add those two groups together. How many pets are there all together? Make Silly Putty! 1. Mix your school glue, water, and borax together in a bowl until it is very thick 2. Take out the silly putty. What does it feel like? Try making it into shapes! Let's spend a day at the zoo!
Look at the animals all around you!
Some of you are zookeepers, some of you are animals, and others of you are tourists.
Explore the zoo together! Let's try some of the food a rabbit might eat! Grab a carrot, a basil leaf, an apple slice, and lettuce. Smell the food. What does it smell like?
Touch the food. What does it feel like? Is it cold or hot?
Now you can eat the food. What does it taste like? Reading: Matching Animals In this activity, children will be shown flashcards presenting the name of an animal. They will read the name of the animal and match it to a picture of the animal, which will be hanging on the wall. This activity teaches association between words and images, sight-reading, critical thinking, and matching. Letters: 'A' as in animals! Children will learn how to write and pronounce the letter 'A' by first tracing both the upper and lower case letters and then being presented with examples of words beginning with the letter A and learning their pronunciations. Let's learn about the letter A Trace the upper-case letter A and the lower-case letter a. Let's prounounce these words with the letter a: alligator, antelope, animal, ant, Read the flashcard you see of the animal's name. Lion Match that word to the picture of the animal it is.
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