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Global Awareness and Creative Expression Combined

For Earth Day at Square Roots, we talked about global awareness.  The children were each given a coffee filter to create an earth using markers and water bottles. This gave them the opportunity for creative expression and worked on fine motor skills with spraying the water bottles.

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Recognizing Beginning Letter Sounds

Learning Letter Sounds

At Square Roots Preschool, we believe the best way to learn beginning letter sounds is with a hands-on AND ears-on approach!  We have been recognizing and listening to letter sounds all year so it was time to put those skills to work with this fun activity.  What is the sweetest sound to most kids ears?  THEIR NAME!!!  So why not start with the beginning letter of their name :)  This is also a great activity for building vocabulary and early analytical thinking.  With all kinds of pictures on the table, the children got to pick out the pictures that also started with the letter sound of their first name.  I can’t even explain the look of pride when they found one!!!

Homemade Bird Feeders

Bird Feeders

These are a classroom favorite!!!  We actually made these particular bird feeders at Christmastime because I love to use holiday-shaped cookie cutters to make the bird feeders look like ornaments hanging in the trees.  The children like that it is ooey and gooey to squish into the forms.  They enjoy watching the birds come to eat at the ornament they made for them.  Spring is a great time for this activity too!  With all the baby birds being born, your bird feeder should be busy :)

Here is the recipe we used, except I left out the gelatin and they turned out perfect!

A Child’s Eye

Water Bottle Collages

I just love the creativity of children along with the excitement and pride they take in their creations.  Just give a child an empty water bottle and some collage supplies and watch what masterpiece he or she creates!

P.S.  Think of all the fun themed bottles you could do!!!  Letters, numbers, colors of the rainbow, treasures found…

Scrape Painting

Scrape Painting

We swapped paint brushes for rulers!  This is a simple art process that allows children to explore color shades and color mixing while making cool shapes and designs :)