One of our favorite activities from Mother Goose Time this week was making a crow shaker. I loved this activity for so many reasons. I loved how many skills my daughter had to use to create the shaker. I’ve always thought of the art activities as a time for the students to be creative. And it definitely is a time for them to be creative and let their own selves shine through. But this particular craft also incorporated many other skills.
First, she had to use a paintbrush to paint the tube black. Next, she counted the beans as she put them in the tube. I made her count to 20 and she did it… kind of. I’m not sure how this happened, but she skips 14 and 15. I made her count a few times and she did it every time! Hmm… I’m surprised I never caught it before now. I’m guessing it’s because we always did preschool lessons with older sister, who is now in big kid school. Next, she used scissors to cut out a beak. I helped her cut the wings and hair. I’m a little embarrased, but also super proud that my 3 year old cuts straighter lines then me. And finally, we assembled it together to make our crow shaker. After seeing how many skills she used in this one art activity, I started noticing how many sills we use in other activities as well.
Another activity we did this week was playing with shapes. Kids learn through play. As we made different designs with the shapes, we talked about which shape we were going to use and where we were going to put it on the mat (over, below, next to, on top of… ). Not only did we work on naming all the shapes, but we also worked on prepositions.
Side note: She did not want to be the only student in the class and was missing her big sister. So, we pretended that the barbies were the students. I was still the teacher, but the barbies were the students and she was helping the barbies move and say the answers. You can see the barbies in the picture below.
“Five Green and Spectled” frogs is probably my daughters favorite rhyme. She sings it all the time. When I told her that we were going to use the rhyme in our activity for the day, she got really excited. She pretended that the gems were frogs and counted them. We acted out the rhyme with the gems and sang it twice.
One last activity for the week that we did was hide some of those gems, in the above picture, in playdough. My daughter used tweezers to pull the playdough apart and find the gems. She also used the tweezers to pick up the gems. That was a little more difficult then she thought it was going to be. She got some great practice stregthening her hands and practicing her fine motor skills. Two skills she needs in order to begin writing.
It was a great week! I am so excited for the new preschool year to begin. I will have 10 students. My daughter will be excited to not be the only student in the class. I am going to start getting ready this week. I start in 2 weeks and can’t wait!
** I receive curriculum from Mother Goose Time for honest and authentic stories resulting from my daily experiences using the curriculum. This is my 3rd year using Mother Goose Time, and I am pleased to promote quality educational learning experiences through play with Mother Goose Time!