- Cristi Wuenschel
Learning About Peacekeepers 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.
One of this week's topics with Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time) was Peacekeepers.
We were learning about Everyday Superheroes. If you missed it, we shared our fun with Firefighters last week and today it's all about peacefulness.
We listened to a read-aloud of Have You Filled a Bucket Today? by Carol McCloud and then made an adorable paper plate peace sign.
We also put together a few fun sensory bins because our kiddos absolutely love mixing and measuring.
What does it mean to be peaceful?
What will you do today to make peace?
What have you done today that is kind?
Those are just a few of the insightful questions that we asked the children today and let's just say they had some really awesome answers.
Making paper plate peace signs meant the opportunity for the preschoolers to work with watercolors and they loved it.
Experience Early Learning is so wonderful about including activities that use lots of different materials and mediums.
Sometimes we use watercolors or fingerpaints. Sometimes crayons and markers. Either way, the preschoolers have an opportunity to express themselves creatively each day.
Generally, there are two types of creative art you'll find in your curriculum kit and both are equally wonderful and engaging for little learners.
The first is the Make & Play activities like the firefighter puppets we made the other day which also encourage dramatic play.
Today's activity was considered an Invitation to Create. These are open-ended process art activities where the children have the opportunity to choose what they'll create.
The preschoolers had a great time making their own peace signs and they turned out so amazing!
Don't forget to check back next week to see what we're up to with our new All About Me theme from Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time).