- 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.
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.
Today we made cowboy hat headbands and we are learning about horses. We learned that horses have shoes-which they were amazed at!
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.
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.
This week has also been filled with fun, hands-on games that were included in our preschool curriculum kit from Experience Early Learning.
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.
We used our theme poster and I Spy glasses to find things we might see in the desert.
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.
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.
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).