Wednesday, April 5, 2017

R is for Rabbit (Easter Preschool Theme)

We haven't been doing very good in the preschool department lately.  My 3 year old has been sick off and on for the last month and we've just been busy or she doesn't feel like it that day.  And that's okay.  She still has time and is learning every day even if its not a blocked out preschool time.  I do hope to start again with an Easter theme and will share if we do.  But in case you are looking for some ideas now (we will probably use some of these as well) here are some fun ideas I've used in the past when my older girls were little. 
(previously posted on our old preschool blog)

R Rabbit- Idea found on No Time for Flashcards. She wanted to cut paper and glue so we cut out a bunch of purple paper and glued it onto the R and ears. I cut around it and Aubrey glued it onto the paper. She added a cotton ball for a tail and I added whiskers and eye. I thought it turned out pretty cute.

We played a lot of games with all of her stuffed rabbits all week. Here we sorted her rabbits by color (she did great). We also sorted by size (big vs. little), we counted them, and then we played hot and cold-I hid a rabbit in the room and she tried to find it by me telling her if she was getting hotter or colder.

We made our R word folder (Thanks Casa Camacho for the idea) we did this last week and are going to continue. Aubrey really likes it and it is easy to pull out all week to review. I printed different graphics from the Internet.

Foot print Rabbit - (idea from Ramblings of a Crazy Woman). I painted her feet and had her step on the paper (careful it gets really messy).

R covered in Ribbon-instead of coloring she really liked glue so I cut piece of ribbon and she glued them all over. Olivia helped.

Peeking Rabbit (idea here) okay this was NOT my favorite activity. There really wasn't much for Aubrey to do other then glue a few pieces on and I don't really like how it turned out. It might be better for kids that are older and can cut.

Hopped like a rabbit-I wrote a number on a large sheet of paper (1-5) and had Aubrey hop to the number I said.

Rabbit shape file folder game-(found Here) It was fun and introduced her to a few new shapes like hexagons and octagons.

Free Art. She wanted to glue rabbits to paper. I used clip art from the computer and printed out 6 rabbits, cut them out and let her do what ever she wanted. Here is her picture. Also she tried to open the glitter herself (yes I told her not to) and guess spilt everywhere. All over her, the carpet, the table. We have been sparking ever since.

To finish up our theme we went to the farm and saw real bunnies! She was so excited and thought the were so cute. 

In addition her new favorite thing is the computer. We watched a few clips showing how to take care of rabbits. We also watched Bambi 2 to see Thumper. We did animal charades (and added a few other R words like roll, read, rest, rock, run). Colored pictures. Made and R out of play dough and pipe cleaners. We also sang Little Peter Rabbit.

Little Peter Rabbit
Little Peter Rabbit had a fly upon his nose
Little Peter Rabbit had a fly upon his nose
Little Peter Rabbit had a fly upon his nose
and he flipped and he flopped it til it flew away!

We made these fun Easter eggs with glue and marshmallows. I helped them squeeze the glue to make an Easter Egg shape and then had them put the marshmallows along the line of glue.

Livy' liked to dump a bunch on hers but she did try and place some in the glue.

Aubrey did a really good job following the lines



We ran out of marshmallows and Livy was trying to eat them (careful with little ones you don't want them to eat the glue).

free art  paper plate bunnies  I gave them a paper plate.  Drew some ears that they cut out (I helped Livy) and the craft box full of glue, crayons, markers, pompoms, pipe cleaners, beads, buttons, and clothespins.  This is what we came up with.

This is a simple game that teaches many skills.  grab a bunch of plastic eggs and mix up the colors. 
 Next have your kids take them apart and put the right colors together.  seems easy enough right?  Well it teaches colors, matching, helps those fine motor skills (its not so easy to take apart or put together), and big and small (you need one of each for the eggs to fit together). 

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