Sunday, April 25, 2010

Preschool Corner – April 25, 2010

M is 3.5 years old.

This was a pretty laid back week.  We’ve had a bird theme going on, but I’ll wait until we’ve finished all our activities before (hopefully) including them all in one Preschool Corner post.
Here are some of the other things we’ve done…

Fine Motor Skills:
Tweezing pom poms into a vase:
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Building with a pipe connector toy.  This is actually a game, called Pipeline, that I found at a thrift store for next to nothing.  I thought it would make a great fine motor activity, and M loves it!blog pictures 016

I set out a mini ABC foam puzzle for M.  He likes to link these together in one long line.  I try to get him to do it in alphabetical order, but that’s really hit or miss at this point. :)blog pictures 013

He did great with matching up these rhyming cards (from Prekinders):
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He put together these little sticker scenes by matching the letters on the stickers to the letters on the paper.  I made these for him a long time ago to do on a car trip.  We just never got around to them.  He really enjoyed them this week.  To see more about this, go pictures 019

And one morning I found him “reading” a few books to his trucks. :)  So sweet!blog pictures 022 
Sensory, Practical Life, and Art:
We are fortunate to have a breezeway in our home (kind of like a 3 season porch, but it runs from the front of the house to the back); when it was too cold to go out one day I set him up in the breezeway on a towel with this messy little project:blog pictures 023
This was scooping and pouring practice for him.  He placed the funnel into a bud vase, then used the ice cream scoop to scoop and pour the colored sand into the funnel.  blog pictures 024
He quickly realized how neat the layers looked and it turned into an art experience too:blog pictures 040  
Then, of course, he wanted to do more with the sand so I gave him some glue and colored paper and he made these:
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Have a beautiful day! :)


  1. What an awesome find pipeline is! I'll have to keep an eye out for it.

  2. wow I like that pipeline! The sand idea is good-where is the coloured sand from?

  3. Hi Fiona, the colored sand is from a craft store nearby. You can get it online here (copy and paste the following into your browser):

    You can also dye sand on your own with a little food coloring - smush it all together in a plastic bag until it's all colored, then lay it out on a pan in the sun to dry.

    Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Great week! I love all the sand art. I was really tempted by the color sand the last time I was at Michael's, but I am worried that it will end up being another thing that we never use, because it's too messy.

  5. What a great week! I love the sand art :-)

  6. I, too, love the sand art!! What a fantastic idea! I was going to ask where you got it from, but it looks like other people have already asked that question for me :)

    And I'm glad the match-the-letter pictures were fun for M! I'd been wondering how those turned out ever since you first described making them.

  7. M did such a great job with his sand art! We have the same alphabet puzzle-I think at least :)


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