Penguins and Eggs

Children learn about object permanence as they grow and develop, as well as building their short and long term memories. This game is one of the many that we set up to help with the development of these skills, as each of the penguins is hiding a different coloured egg and the children take turns rolling the dice and then trying to find the same coloured egg.

In order to succeed with this game, the skills of perseverance, short term memory, object permanence, turn taking, colour recognition, number recognition as well as one to one counting association, and patience are all utilised. 

The learning here is definitely more than meets the eye of just a game. 

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Making Things

As teachers, we often set up tables and prompts that follow the children's interest, or set ups that can be utilised in a variety of ways, rather than putting a specific goal in mind, but setting up open prompts.

The below set up was put on the table when the children were focusing on making things, from kites to planes, to cards for their friends, or just practicing cutting up their drawing.

It's all wonderful work for their imagination, their spatial awareness, their creativity, oral language, and their social skills as they sit at the table in groups discussing what they're creating and making suggestions for their friends. 

Such a lot of possible learning from a table with some paper, pens, straws, and tape. 

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Texture Exploration

As teachers, we aim to help the children in our preschool explore as much of the world as possible. This particular set up is designed for nature exploration, as well as language enrichment and texture exploration. Creating setups like this out of natural resources is a great way to prompt creative play, and for future setups designed by the children who will often go and collect natural resources themselves. 

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Threading and Beading

You'll often find beads, or buttons of various sizes set up in our classroom, along with shoe laces. This is an activity set up for multiple reasons. It helps children's vision focus on close hand/eye coordination when it comes to threading the beads onto the shoe laces. It's also an activity that helps to refine fine motor skills and the ideal pincer grip that children need to develop for easy pen and pencil gripping. From a mathematical viewpoint, the accompanying cards are for following pre-defined patterns, with shape and colour recognition. When children become proficient at this activity, we often find them extending themselves by creating new patterns that they then duplicate. 

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Playdough Recipe

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Dough

Here's our no fail playdough recipe for you to enjoy. Once everything is mixed in, we suggest an adult kneads it while wearing rubber gloves until it cools down for optimum texture. Keeps well in an airtight container. Makes a heaped ice cream container of dough. 

Zucchini Scones

We made scones yesterday, and they were such a success with the children and the parents that we thought we'd share the recipe so you can make it again at home. Happy Baking! 

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