We are now officially back to school after our Christmas break. I spent some time over the weekend getting my room set up for our theme of Transportation. The other PreK teacher and I worked together to come up with two sensory bins so we can trade them for the second week of the theme. Above you can see the fishing for transportation items bin. The pictures of land, air, and water transportation items are laminated and have a few staples in each of them. The staples make the magnetic fishing poles be able to catch them. In the past I had tried having magnets, either buttons or magnetic tape, on the back, but then the magnets tended to fall off. The students catch the item and then place it on the correct mat for where they would find it.
The students enjoyed using this center today and the teaching assistant enjoyed not having bunches of sensory bin items all over the floor to sweep, especially since we had peppermint rice in December which ended up everywhere. In the picture there are wheel shaped pasta (Amazon referral link to get a closer look at the type of pasta) added in for some fun.
What theme are you starting 2016 with in your classroom?