This year we decided to focus on kites and wind in our spring theme week in preschool. Besides making paper bag kites to fly outside during one of our windy days and blowing paint through straws, we also did several centers with kites, wind, and springtime weather as our theme. I found the kites shown above at Confessions of a Homeschooler. I attached chenille stems (affiliate link) to the kites and added pony beads (aff. link) for this activity. Chenille stems are a bit easier for students to add beads to than yarn. This was a popular activity.
Also on my math and fine motor table was this umbrella grid game from PreKinders. I added one of my foam dice and some flat blue glass beads (aff links). I purchased my beads either at the dollar store or with a coupon at a craft store. For advanced players I would suggest they make a pattern as they play with the different shades of blue.
My students really enjoy painting with water on the dark side of my easel, so this time I found directions for drawing a kite and let them try it out with a paint brush. Sometimes they create the kite, and other time they paint their own ideas. I am not sure where this direction sheet came from; if anyone has seen it please let me know so I can give proper credit.
For the other side of my easel I chose to put up a felt board and have students play this roll and put together game. I printed the pieces on milk filters and cut them out to use on the felt board. The milk filters I linked you to are smaller than the ones I purchased, but I do not see 15 inch ones available currently on Amazon. I cut them down to fit in the printer as an 8.5 by 11. Again, not sure where this came from since the creator did not put a name on the printable and I apparently printed it out before my last computer crashed.
Managed to take a photo of my question of the day when the early morning sun was hitting it. Hopefully next time I will remember to photograph it at the end of the school day. This question comes from my spring set and is also included in my Question of the Day bundle.
I combined something I had already printed from PreKinders with my new Spring Alphabet Centers cards for my writing center. I put six of my alphabet cards in the foam pocket die (aff. link). Students roll the die and write whichever letter comes up until they have filled all the squares. Students can also play this in pairs and take turns writing. I switched out the cards during the week to practice different letters.
Since my students still like qtip painting, I pulled out these printables from 1+1+1=1. As you can see, one student worked on her patterning while painting. The students all seemed to want to finish the rainbow at the bottom of the sheet as well.
I am using the free Spring calendar numbers from my shop this month. They are also available in my Calendar Bundle. Be sure to let me know if there are any calendar number themes not included as I would like to add a couple more sets to the bundle.
For one of our science activities I set up a wind experiment with straws and objects from the classroom to blow. I used an IKEA bin to limit where the items would get blown. I used straws cut in half and labelled each straw with a student’s name so that we could avoid sharing straws and germs. The items I used matched up with this free printable. Most of my students who tried out this center did not necessarily bother with filling out the sheet; if I had an assistant I would probably have the assistant guide students in completing the sheet.
Since our healthy habits theme was coming up soon, I decided to switch to a Pizza Shop for our dramatic play. We had not had a food related theme in a while. Printables for this theme came from Pocket of Preschool. I also followed several of her suggestions for creating pizza toppings. The pizzas on the bulletin board were created by students.
The toppings are old spice containers with appropriate colored paper shred inside. I did have to explain to one student that he could not actually shake it out.
Keeping the pizza shop toppings put away nicely when finished does require good labelling and containers. One also needs to model and help in the first day and remind afterwards to have the shop look like this at the end of the day. There are plenty of times that there are pizza toppings everywhere, but there are also beautifully created pizzas and students using the menu to mark what toppings they would like. We even had our pastor come in and order a pizza from our students. They loved it and the look on their faces was priceless when he pretended to leave the room with his pizza.
A new favorite book I discovered relating to kites and wind was Stuck by Oliver Jeffers. This has the perfect four year old sense of humor in it. The kite gets stuck in the tree and the kid keeps throwing things in the tree to knock it down.
We also read Curious George Flies a Kite:
What are your favorite books for preschool related to wind and kites? I am always on the search for more books.