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Do You Hear What I Hear?

Recently, the Preschool class conducted a fun activity in small group.  It’s similar to the scent jars we did a few weeks ago, but this time we tapped into the sense of sound instead of smell.

Eight different items were placed in empty play-doh containers.  The items included:

  1. Water
  2. Glass beads
  3. Popcorn kernels
  4. Shells
  5. Colored toothpicks
  6. Coins
  7. Rice
  8. Poms

Pictures of each item were printed and laid out on the table.

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The children were then asked to pick a container, shake it and then try to guess which item it might be.

After the kids shook all the containers and guessed what they thought the item was, Miss Amanda took the lids off to see if they were right.

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Such a fun activity and a different way for the kids to use their “listening ears”!


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The Skittles Experiment

When our Program Planner, Shelly, creates lesson plans, she pulls ideas from many sources.  We have a resource library that provides many ideas.  We also create our own activities as well as pull ideas from online sources such as blogs, pinterest, etc.

One activity that has been floating around Facebook, blogs and pinterest is an experiment related to the candy, Skittles.

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The steps are easy.  Basically, you take a few Skittles (we used 3) and put in a cup of water.  After a few moments, the colors separate and the “S” floats to the top.

Why does this happen?  We’re not really sure!  The target outcome of the project wasn’t to answer “why”.  Instead, the PreK class was asked to observe and then document what happened.  They did a great job of being detailed in their observations.

The kids get really excited for these experiments, so it’s fun to incorporate in the lessons!


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Chocolate Play-Doh

Valentine’s Day was this past weekend.  At Bright Eyes, we celebrated the Friday before.  We don’t have a big party, but we do like to incorporate some fun activities in addition to exchanging cards and candy.  This year our Program Planner, Shelly, came up with the idea of making chocolate play-doh (recipe below).  It looked and smelled just like chocolate!

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She even brought in Valentine chocolate boxes so the kids could have fun making their own chocolates!

It was a huge hit among the Preschoolers!  If you’d like to try out the recipe, here you go!

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 T vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 cup salt
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 T cream of tartar

Mix all ingredients in a medium saucepan.  Cook over medium high heat, stirring constantly until a soft ball forms – about 5 minutes.  Carefully remove ball from saucepan (it’ll be hot!) and place on wax paper to cool.  Knead a couple times to get a smooth, glossy ball.


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Smelling Jars

At Bright Eyes, we are always seeking new sensory opportunities.  Typically, there are tons of ideas and examples for exploring sense of touch.  We have many sensory bins that fill this need in the art room.  We wanted something a bit different, so when we came across smelling jars, we knew we had to try it out!

Putting the jars together was fun!  A trip to a couple different stores was all it took to get the necessary supplies.

First, finding the right jar was important. It needed to be small and have a lid that was able to shut tightly.

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Next, I found a handful of essential oils in various different scents.  I picked orange, lemon, lavender, clove, ginger, and we had a peppermint scent on hand.

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The next step was to drip a few drops of each of the essential oils on a cotton ball and put in the jar.

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I also made cute labels with pictures of the different scents and put in a small wooden box I found at a craft store for easy storage.

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In small group, the preschoolers each took a smell and had to guess what the scent was.  Some were pretty good guessers!

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It turned out to be a fun, sensory experience for the kids that was totally different than what we typically do!

 


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Holiday Fun

The holiday season is special around Bright Eyes for many reasons.  We like to take time out to appreciate all the teachers who show great love, patience and talent each and every day with the children by hosting a holiday party.  This year, we had the pleasure of enjoying dinner at Kaladi’s.  The environment was perfect, the food was delicious, and the conversation fun!

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After dinner, we loaded into a limo bus and enjoyed a tour of Christmas lights.  So. Much. Fun!

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It was such a blast to get all the teachers together outside of work to have fun and get to know each other better!  I know everyone says it, but I truly believe we have the best Early Childhood teachers in Sioux Falls.  Each and every one has a kind heart and a great passion for children.  Thank you for all you do for Bright Eyes!!

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All I Want for Christmas is a…A Spoon & A Box!

We all know that kids seem to have the most fun with the most everyday/normal items.  At Bright Eyes, we try and incorporate these types of items whenever we can.  The favorite “toys” in the infant room have been ordinary plastic serving spoons, which can been picked up at any Dollar Store.

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Last week, we received a large box from an Amazon order.  Instead of throwing the box away, we gave it to the Early Preschool Room and they had a blast!

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Don’t be surprised if this year the most popular items under the tree are the boxes the gifts come in!


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Getting Messy

When I interview potential teachers, I ask the same set of questions.  In that list, one of the questions is “What is your favorite activity to do with children.”  Hands down the most popular answer is “get messy.”  Whenever an applicant answers this way, I wonder if they really know what they’re getting into!

We get messy most days and some days we get VERY messy!  One example of this is a recent activity in the art room called “Paint Bowling”.  Shelly created an activity for our Pre-K class that combined not only art, but gross motor skills.  Why not!?!  The kids couldn’t believe we let them bowl through paint.  It sure was fun to watch and the picture didn’t turn out half bad!

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