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Friday, May 28, 2010

Preschool Sensory: Our Colored Pasta

Colored Pasta and Cups

I know you’re super busy and don’t have time for fancy sensory activities. But here is one you can't refuse.
No messy fingers, no food coloring, no alcohol, or vinegar for this pasta. Most of these are from a box of Wal-Mart brand Garden Rotini. They are cheap, colorful and fun to play with.

The green shells were left overs from St. Patricks day. I threw them in at the last minute.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Preschool Nursery Rhyme Activity: Jack Be Nimble

For our unit on Nursery Rhymes we did Jack Be Nimble.
Here are our candlesticks.

Jack Be Nimble, Jack be quick,
Jack jumped over the candle stick.

Our candle sticks were made from white card stock paper.
The kids painted them and glued pre-cut flames inside.

During Circle Time, we sang the Nursery Rhyme and jumped over our own candle sticks.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Our Preschool Class and "The Tooth Fairy"

I learned last week that a visit from the tooth fairy is not all that it's cracked up to be. On Friday we have show and tell. I forgot to pick something out at home and was desperate for a show-and-tell item for my class. I remembered my daughter recently lost her tooth and I had stuck it in my school bag for safe keeping! Yippee, I was saved. When it was my turn for show-and-tell, I told the kids in a couple of years they would lose their baby teeth and get a new big tooth in it’s place. Most of my class already knew and chattered loudly about putting it under their pillow and the tooth fairy coming. I went on to complete the tooth fairy story by telling them yes, it was true sometimes you get money and sometimes you get small gifts under your pillow. Then, I pulled out my cell phone and showed them a picture of my daughter cheesing proudly with her new “spacey” smile that I love so much. Everyone was delighted and thought her tiny tooth was very cool.

Once show-and-tell was over Mary was still asking about my daughters missing tooth. This gave me an indication she was not happy with the whole tooth fairy idea. I explained to her indeed she would lose her baby teeth too but she had a while before it would happen. Then I “played up” the gift she would get under her pillow.

At recess, while everyone was laughing and playing wouldn’t you know it...Mary was back; asking about that tooth again!! I got down eye level and told her my daughter was fine and she was very excited that she would be getting a visit from the tooth fairy.

Usually, I’m gone by the time my parents pick-up. Fortunately, Mary’s dad had to drop off cupcakes for her early birthday celebration. While Mary passed out the cupcakes, I pulled him to the side and explained the day’s events. I expressed to him she may have some questions as she seemed very concerned all day. No sooner than our conversation ended Mary walked up and told her dad all about my daughter and her missing tooth. Her dad again told her she would lose hers someday too. Why oh why? She began to cry hysterically during her birthday celebration saying, “I don’t wanna lose my teeth” all the while holding her mouth. You would have thought we were at the dentist office looking at the shiny tools he would use for the extraction! Today as I write, I am literally laughing out loud. But Friday, I was so sad for her! I kept thinking I don’t wanna lose my teeth either, I won’t get any more! That is even more traumatic.

If your child is losing his/her tooth check out what this guy does to make it a memorable event. Losing a tooth can't get any sweeter than this.