Hello and welcome to “P” week! If you’ve been following me for a while, you know I always start things off with the outdoor sensory bin. This keeps a sense of routine for the kids.
Penguins & Krill (shrimp)
Check it out here.
While we’re on the topic of penguins, here is what I did for the indoor play area.
Blue rice as the water.
White rice as the snow.
Magnetic tiles as the ice/igloos.
Goldfish as their food.
Incorporate all 5 senses with this one!
Taste (if all other materials are clean).
and of course sight.
I just dumped a Costco size bag of popcorn in the bin with these fun popcorn buckets, and the kids loved it!
STEM-Science, Technology, Engineering, Math
A yearly repeat for me. Did I mention I’m OBSESSED with penguins? 😍
- Black & white crayons
- Free template
- Blue food coloring
Head over to the Learning Library to print your free template. Have your kids color the body of the penguin with black crayon and the belly with white. Once the image is fully coated in crayon. Have them drop blue colored water onto the penguin. Did it absorb into the paper? No! Penguin’s feathers produce a wax which helps them to stay dry/warm in the weather.
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Peek-A-Boo Letter P
This can be assembled in a few different ways:
Place a bag of rice on top of the page and have kids move the rice with their fingers to search for the image.
Lay the image at the bottom of the tray. Have kids use their fingers or a brush to find the images.
Scribble over the images, and have the kids erase them to find the images.
and so many more ways!
You can find this activity here.
Play dough press
This was a last minute idea and was so much fun! I think I had more fun than the kids with this one 😂.
Use stamps to spell or build pictures in the play dough.
When I was setting this one up, I was a bit hesitant if my preschoolers were going to be interested. I was surprised at their reaction and concern! They gave such great input and solutions to the problems.
Air- I placed a rainbow sticker on the back of the jar. I asked the kids if they can see it. We discussed what causes air pollution and then I used a fog machine to represent the air pollution. “Can you still see the rainbow?” “How can we help to prevent/fix this?”
Land- I added some moss to a jar with a butterfly inside. I asked the kids if they can see it. We discussed what causes land pollution and then we added garbage to the jar. “Can you still see the butterfly?” “How can we help to prevent/fix this?”
Water- I added some blue colored water to a jar with a fish inside. I asked the kids if they can see it. We discussed what causes of water pollution and then we added garbage & oil to the jar. “Can you still see the butterfly?” “How can we help to prevent/fix this?”
This is hands down on my top 3 favorite activities I’ve done! I made these envelopes out of card stock by folding and hot gluing them.
Step 1 envelope- Confetti/sequins
Step 2 envelope- Feather
Step 3 envelope- Dried rose petals
Step 4 envelope- Bath fizz
We poured each envelope into a jar of water and used our wands to stir/tap. You can say a magic word if you wish.
The last step is bath fizz so when it was added, it bubbled right out of the “cauldron”!
Need a great book for your letter of the week circle time? Check out my children’s alphabet picture book series on Amazon ABC Discovery
Here’s a sneak peek below
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