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.
This month our Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time) topic is Ice Castle, which means learning about ice and snow, the arctic, and so much more.
Today we explored Icicles and had lots of fun with engaging and hands-on icicle preschool activities.
Our process art was Torn Icicles and the children had the opportunity to create with color cardstock and aluminum foil.
Some of the prompts for this creative art activity included:
How does paper look different when you tear it instead of cut it?
What technique will you use for making paper icicles?
This was an excellent activity for assessing fine motor skills. After all, it's not the end product that matters. It's the child's process and the skills that he or she develops during that process.
The process art experiences that are part of each month's theme are one of our favorite things about the Experience Early Learning curriculum.
Another favorite this week was from our Snowflake lesson yesterday and it was the Crystal Building tabletop math activity.
This activity was wonderful for exploring counting, number sense, and basic addition and subtraction skills.
The preschoolers took turns spinning the gameboard spinner and either adding that many connecting cubes or taking them away. The spinner included +1, +2, and +3 as well as -1, -2, and -3.
The goal was to cover the entire gameboard grid with connecting cubes to make a "crystal."
You know you've found a winner when the preschoolers ask for it over and over again and this math activity was no exception.
Simple math games such as this one are not only great for introducing basic math concepts, but they're also a fun way to build fine motor skills and practice working together and taking turns.
We're definitely enjoying this week's ice and snow topics from Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time).
Don't forget to check back next week to see what we're up to as we explore the Alpine Tundra!