In this activity from Learn Every Day About Animals, children will learn at least two things that rabbits eat, while developing their fine motor skills!
What you'll need:
plastic picnic knives
stuffed rabbits of various sizes
What to Do:
Invite each child to bring a stuffed rabbit to school. Have extra stuffed rabbits available for those who do not own one.
Invite the children to cr... [More]
What's new from Kaplan?
The Inspire–NG™ from Kaplan Early Learning Company presents early childhood educators with fun new ways to expand their children's learning capabilities in the classroom--all the while meeting the Kindergarten Common Core standards. The interactive capabilities with the Inspire-NG™ provide hands-on learning opportunities for children, featuring great applications such as Art Bubbles, Scent Sorts, Math Bubbles, What's Inside Animal... [More]
Create these shamrock stencils for a great way to teach children about Ireland and St. Patrick's Day.
Sprayed Shamrock Stencils
This activity was taken from Global Art by MaryAnn F. Kohl and Jean Potter. It is available in paperback format.
pencil and heavy paper
large sheet of butcher paper
green liquid watercolor paint (or thin green tempera paint) in spray bottles (other selections of colors may be used too)
Draw a shamr... [More]
Do you have a tablet, camera, or laptop in your classroom and want more ideas on ways to integrate them into learning activities? Here's five ways to involve your children and have fun while doing it!
1. Online video sharing
With the help of a video camera (or a regular point-and-shoot with video capabilities), you can take videos of your students on field trips or while they are playing indoors or outdoors. Upload them to video-sharing websites, such as YouTube or Vimeo, to give parents ... [More]
Celebrate Read Across America Day (and one of the most beloved children's book authors of all time) with activities that perfectly complement some of Dr. Seuss' most popular works.
Wow! Things Are Different!
With these simple activities from The GIANT Encyclopedia of Lesson Plans, children will learn to identify opposites, understand that not everything is the same, and discover opposite word pairs.
Circle or Group Time Activity
Play hide and seek with the children, but use opposite words to a... [More]
This blog post was contributed by Marie Faust Evitt, author of Thinking BIG, Learning BIG
Children want to do BIG things because it makes them feel powerful and not so small. They love ENORMOUS numbers like a hundred million billion and BIG words like Tyrannosaurus rex. They love to spread their arms wide and run as fast as they can across a HUGE field.
Here’s how you can use children’s love of BIG things to create a strong foundation for higher-level thinking and learning.
Start ... [More]
Children will love the opportunity to wear these fun hats around the classroom as you have a parade in celebration of the presidents!
Presidents' Day Hats
This activity comes from The GIANT Encyclopedia of Preschool Activities for Three-Year-Olds (available in paperback).
12" x 18" white construction paper, two pieces per child
American flag, optional
Red and blue crayons, markers, or paint
Rhythm instruments, optional
What to Do
Give each child two pieces of white construc... [More]
Children will certainly make someone smile this Valentine's Day with a gift of card stock flowers featuring their own cute, happy faces.
"Say Cheese" Flowers
This activity was taken from 101 Great Gifts Kids Can Make (available in both paperback and eBook formats).
Various colors of card stock or recycled cardboard scraps (e.g. cereal or cracker boxes), cut into flower shapes
Crayons or markers
Small photo of child
Green pipe cleaners
Card stock, 1 full sheet
The most important traditional holiday in China, Chinese New Year, is Sunday, February 10th. While creating the Chinese lanterns in this activity (selected from Another Encyclopedia of Theme Activities for Young Children), children will express their individual creativity, develop and improve their fine motor skills, and learn about another culture.
Felt pens or crayons (optional)
Paper or thin card stock (letter size)
Sticky tape or glue sticks
Looking for ways to "jump start" the school day? Begin with these tricks and prepare for a great day!
1. Choose a "Greeter"
Stand at the door as school begins and say to each child, "I'm so glad to see you," or "I've been waiting for you." Give them a pat on the back, hug, or handshake as they enter the room. After you have modeled this, choose a child to be the "greeter." This could become a regular classroom job or a task for the children who arrive early. You can even make a badge for the gr... [More]
Tomorrow is National Handwriting Day!
Before children can learn to write, they must first learn their letters! Start children on the path toward a lifetime of reading and writing with these emergent literacy activity ideas:
Multi-sensory strategies are a great way to introduce writing to young children. With the help of these emergent literacy activities, children will increase their alphabet knowledge, practice small motor skills, and develop an interest in writing!
Air Writi... [More]
"Intelligence plus character, that is the goal of true education."
– Martin Luther King, Jr.
Engage in an exciting art exploration and discuss the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. with your children using this activity to introduce the day's theme:
Very large sheets of newsprint (at least 24" x 24"); one per child
Tempera paint in various colors
What to Do:
Place paper towels in shallow containers. Pour paint of one color into each container.
On large sheets of... [More]
Wrapping paper comes in many wonderful patterns and colors, especially holiday gift wrap! So, why not take leftover pieces and use them in exciting art explorations? Get inspired by these creative wrapping- paper-repurposing activity ideas from MaryAnn Kohl and her book, Art with Anything.
Scrap Wrap Collage
Materials: Wrapping paper (recycled or new), drawing paper or construction paper, markers or crayons, scissors, white glue or glue stick
Draw a large, simple shape on ... [More]
Do you have any New Year's resolutions for teaching in 2013? Whether it's maintaining a more positive attitude to inspiring more enthusiasm in your students, we have some tips and tricks for keeping them!
Resolution #1: To better understand the cultural differences of my students.
Tips for keeping it:
Children learn best when the educational experiences they receive are meaningful and relevant. So try to:
Make many connections to a child's home life and what happens in the family setti... [More]
What would a new year be without some exciting new products from Kaplan Early Learning Company? Check out some of our hottest new arrivals (and be sure to snatch them up before they're gone)!
3-in-1 Sports Arcade™
Perfect for ages 5 & up. This toy is really three great games in one! Shoot hoops, perfect your pitching, or roll high scores! The special return ramp keeps the challenge going while kids enjoy continuous triple-action sports play. Set includes 3 balls and 2 basket... [More]