- Cristi Wuenschel
Potato Activities for 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 week our topic is Garden Vegetables and today we're learning all about potatoes. I thought it would be fun to share a look at what a typical day looks like with Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time).
The first thing on the agenda is circle time and today we sang songs, talked about the weather, and of course, learned about potatoes.
Each day also includes a Community Challenge and today's challenge was working together to make pretend soup.
The Creative Art activity for the day was making postcards, which is an activity we do during the last week of each month.
It's a wonderful opportunity for the children to share something they've learned about the theme while practicing fine motor and writing skills.
Each week's Teacher Guide also includes daily play-based math and literacy activities.
Today, we had a Potato Race and explored Produce Patterns! Doesn't that sound like fun?
Experience Early Learning includes the game boards and/or play mats needed for the activities and if you'd like to keep them in your centers for the entire week you could even laminate them.
The Potato Race activity was a fun way to practice making predictions as well as letter recognition.
We used a marker and masking tape to put an F on one side of the potato and a Y on the other side.
We each made a prediction about which letter would ultimately win the race: F or Y and then the children took turns rolling the potato and identifying the letter that ended up on top.
The STEAM activity for the day was called "Potato Pile" and the children had the opportunity to practice their creative thinking and problem-solving skills by stacking potatoes.
Each day, the Teacher Guide also includes a suggested story, but you could use any children's book you have on the daily topic.
After we've finished all of the activities for the day, we have "Closing Time," which is a great time to reflect on what we've learned as well as sing and dance together while we get ready for lunch.
Don't forget to check back next week to see what we're up to as we wrap up our gardening theme and move onto another new and exciting Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time) theme!