Let's Make A Coconut Tree
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This week, we're learning about the rainforest canopy layer with Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time).
Today's lesson meant reading a childhood favorite and crafting our coconut trees.
One of the teachers even brought in a special treat - coconut macaroons! The preschoolers definitely enjoyed them!
The topic of coconuts lends itself well to both letter and number activities and we not only counted (pretend) coconuts, but we also colored coconuts too.
It was a fun-filled day with Experience Early Learning and the children especially loved designing their very own coconut trees.
First, each of the preschoolers received a green napkin, a craft stick, and background paper.
Next, they used the supplies to make their tree. Most of the children used the craft stick for the trunk and the green napkin (which they cut up or tore) to make leaves.
After they had made the tree itself, we gave the preschoolers alphabet pasta to decorate their coconut tree.
I loved watched each child's creativity as they decided exactly how they wanted to add their pasta. Some preschoolers chose to sprinkle it on.
Others glued on each piece individually and still other added large clumps of pasta to make coconuts.
The kiddos did a great job of using not only their imaginations but also their fine motor skills while making a true work of art.
Earlier this week, the preschoolers did another fun process art activity that involved using bubble wrap and paint to make snakeskin.
The day before, the children learned about sloths and made "upside-down art," which everyone in our classroom (teachers and children alike) very much enjoyed.
It was for sure a wonderful week practicing important early learning skills with Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time).
Don't forget to check back next week to see what we're up to with our last week of Explore the Rainforest.