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  • Cristi Wuenschel

Learning About the Desert 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 preschool desert activities with text: Desert Discovery Activities for Preschoolers

This month with Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time), we are learning all about deserts around the world. This week is all about cowboys and cowgirls.

preschooler using marker to decorate cowboy hat craft

Today we made cowboy hat headbands and we are learning about horses. We learned that horses have shoes-which they were amazed at!

preschooler making pretend log cabin with wooden blocks

Our craft was a Make & Play, which means the children make the craft and then of course play with it. These activities are perfect for fine motor practice as well as encouraging dramatic play.

preschooler working on log cabin STEAM with wooden blocks

We showed them a video of them and they agreed that they both have shoes but they look very different. We also watched a video of horses running and they loved to see them.

preschooler exploring theme poster and magnifying glasses

This week has also been filled with fun, hands-on games that were included in our preschool curriculum kit from Experience Early Learning.

preschooler exploring theme poster using magnifying glasses

There are both picture magnifying glasses that give the children the opportunity to practice identifying specific things as well as a "blank" magnifying glass that you can pop out the center of so the children can explore on their own.

preschooler pointing at cowboy picture on magnifying glass

We used our theme poster and I Spy glasses to find things we might see in the desert.

preschooler matching paper rodeo puzzles

One of our STEAM activities this week was making log cabins and the children had a wonderful time using wooden blocks, toy horses, and more to make their very own log cabin scenes.

preschooler matching up paper cowboy puzzle

Another favorite was the Who's at the Rodeo? math game. We received rodeo puzzles that we cut apart and then encouraged the children to complete.

preschooler putting together paper rodeo puzzles

Don't forget to check back next week to see what we're up to as we continue our Desert Discovery theme from Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time).

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