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  • Cristi Wuenschel

Alligator Fun with Preschoolers

As an Experience Early Learning Blog Ambassador, we receive the Experience Early Learning preschool curriculum in exchange for sharing our honest and authentic stories resulting from our personal experiences. As always, our opinions on amazing things for children are 100% our own. Keep in mind that all preschoolers do things in their own time and on their own terms. What one is ready for, another might not be. Please use your best judgement when planning activities for your children.

collage of alligator activities with text: Preschool Alligator Activities

We had an unexpected absence of a teacher today so I was in the preschool room. As always, it’s so very nice to be able to pop into the teacher position and have a lesson plan ready to go. This is one reason that we like Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time) so much.

Rowing Down the River picture book

The teachers had left the Alligator unit for today which I was very happy about and we had a great time. We read Down the River.

alligator page from daily discovery bag

We talked about what they learned about alligators and we talked about the shape of the alligators mouth and the letter V and the children were very excited to remind me that this was a triangle also.

As a group, we talked about what words they knew that started with V for a few minutes and we wrote it on our wall.

Little Letter Book: Vv from Teacher Guide

I had one of our older school children take over the Little Letter Book: Vv from Experience Early Learning and we had the younger children go first. She was able to help them color the page and she also made sure they found the letter V.

She helped them cut out the book and put it together. Yeah for our new and upcoming 10-year-old teacher!!

preschooler pushing golf tee into playdough

When the little ones were done, she took the 4- and 5-year-olds and they adore this young woman and they had a lot of fun with her as the “teacher”.

Our new, college student teacher did the Losing Teeth Tabletop Math Game. She loved the ease of the activity and how the children enjoyed it so much. She wrote this for me.

preschooler picking up golf tee

Friday we played with play dough and golf tees. As the preschoolers played with the play dough, they were to roll a dice then place the same number of golf tees inside the play dough.

This activity helped build their counting skills while also working their sensory skills.

golf tees pushed into playdough

The preschoolers loved making fun creative things with the play dough.  I saw many wonderful things being made such as castles, snowmen, and waves in the ocean. The preschoolers on Friday  were also working on learning the letter V.

One word starting with V that they were having a fun time creating was a volcano using the golf tees as smoke.

It's been fun introducing Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time) to the new teachers. 

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