For my Pet theme in PreK I wanted to introduce the roll and graph center in small groups. I did not find a roll and graph that I liked, so I created one of my own. The next day my director showed up with the pet counters (affiliate link) and I realized I had made my game to match them.
I purposely made my game only go up to five since many preschoolers do not have the stamina to get a winner in this game if it goes up to ten.
We played it at first with a dry erase marker in small groups and took turns rolling until one of the pets won the game. After all students had played this way I put it out on the math table with the pet counters to play the game.
You can find this game in my new Pets Math Centers. This also includes count and clip cards, a path game, and a measurement center.
During Pets week we continued to play in our Vet Center for dramatic play. We even had a pet fish. I used the original container our real betta fish came in to create a pet fish for our center. The fish attached with fishing line so that it appears to float inside.
For writing during Pets week we reviewed letters T and F and added P. Dry erase activities were available again as well as a new stamping center.
I decided to cut the stamping center pages in half since it is the beginning of the year. This made the students much more likely to try it out since it did not look like too much to do at once. I also reduced the stamps to only the ones needed. Later in the year I will have the entire alphabet out when using these stamps.
You can find the stamping center in my alphabet bundle or in its own set. The dry erase letter practice can be found on This Reading Mama’s site if you subscribe to her blog. I cut them into strips and laminated them.
Since our focus letter for Pets week in PreK is letter P, I had to pull out my pizza felt pieces. My students made lots of different pizzas, with several pizza faces being created as well. We did have some peppers get destroyed, so I brought the pieces to circle time and talked about being careful with our felt pieces.
We also had to sing the Silly Pizza song from Signing Time!
I do not do quite as many signs as Rachel does while singing with the kids, but I do work on all the main signs, like apple, crackers, ice cream, cereal, and so forth.
The other side of the easel had a size sort with common pets. I am pleased that more students are noticing this side of the easel this year, probably partly due to having more students so that the most favorite spots are taken and they need to do a little more exploring.
Play dough is still a favorite so I put out two mats from Sparklebox. I W alaminated them with something on each side. I have found that a magic eraser does wonders for cleaning these mats when play dough residue builds up on them.
We had several birthdays the week before and several children wearing birthday crowns, so I decided to put out a crown that everyone could wear who was interested with this letter P hat center that I purchased from Beth Gordan. A few students made two hats, one to wear and one to share with a younger sibling.
My letter cards from the Letter Pp Book are in my circle time area all week, except when we borrow them to draw something on our dry erase boards that starts with our letter or when coloring our letter books in case my students want their pictures to match. These are also in my alphabet bundle.
My students loved the poem of the week since it was quite the tongue twister. We practiced lots of P sounds and searched for the letter P in the poem.
Science this week was not specifically related to pets because we had some sunflowers that were ready for exploration. Last spring my class planted sunflowers and I was able to save a couple huge heads for some up close discovery. We will save some of the seeds to plant this spring.
Since we have been studying Creation in our Bible curriculum, our sensory bin has changed each day for six days to represent the six days of creation between family week and pets week. My students were happy to discover what was new each day.
In my next post I will share some of our songs, books, and arts and crafts projects from Pets Week in PreK.