Dec 24

Cinnamon ornaments

To make cinnamon Christmas ornaments, mix equal parts cinnamon and apple sauce. Be sure not to get the mixture too sticky.

Form the Christmas shapes with cookie cutters. Bake in a 200 degree oven for about 2 hours.

cinnamonornaments

Dec 23

Lacing is for Fine Motor

Preschool students need a lot of activities to help them with fine motor skills. Lacing cards and activities are great ways to build those fine motor muscles.

The pincher grasp technique of threading laces or strings through small holes helps them build those finger muscles for fine motor skills and pre-writing skills.

Once they accomplish the task of lacing and threading, preschool students are proud of their success. lacing

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Dec 22

Toddlers can make their own pizza

For a special treat for younger preschool students, have them make their own pizza. toddlerpizza2

Start with English muffins. Spread on tomato sauce or spaghetti sauce.

Have the students sprinkle on their own shredded cheese.

Place the pizza in a toaster oven to melt the cheese or allow the students to eat it as is. They are not picky when it comes to making their own pizza with a lot of cheese on it.

See this picture…

toddlerpizza

Dec 22

Toddler problem solving

Even young preschool students and toddlers can problem solve. Students learn at very young ages how to do things and figure out things on their own. They think about it. They work at it. They get frustrated. They succeed.

This young 2 year old student worked for awhile with these big waffle blocks and a crate. She saw that these blocks might just fit inside the crate. She placed one block in the crate. Then she tried putting another block in the crate. She saw that it was not going to work just as she had planned so she removed the blocks and tried it a different way.

After several attempts she was able to get 3 blocks inside that crate. She persevered though until she was able to get the blocks how she wanted them. waffleblocks

 

Then she laid the blocks out on the ground as a sidewalk pattern to enjoy walking on them.

wafflesidewalk

Dec 21

Candy cane sleigh

This candy cane sleigh makes a great gift for young preschool students or it is a nice art project for older students to make on their own.

This project will work best and hold together much better if constructed with hot glue. *Use caution when using hot glue.

Stand up two candy canes so each one loops upwards. Glue 3-4 mini chocolate bars stacked about mid-way across the candy canes. Glue a chocolate kiss on top of the stack of chocolate bars.

candysleigh

Dec 21

Handprint and Footprint Reindeer

There are many art projects teachers can do with handprints and footprints. Here is one footprint project to make a reindeer.

Paint the bottom of the preschool student’s foot with brown paint. Have him step on a white sheet of paper to make his footprint. Paint the palms of his hands with brown paint and print the handprints on top of the footprint to represent the antlers of the reindeer.

Finally, draw black dots or circles for the eyes and use a red pom pom for the nose.

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