I always love doing the zoo unit and the children enjoy it as much as I do.
I Went to the Zoo big book
This lap book to big book is a book about two children who visited the zoo and what they saw while they were there.
Pocket Chart Story Using Children's Names
My little ones always enjoy when I include their names in stories and this pocket chart story does just that.
They can also tell the story themselves.
Small Group Activities
Children always love learning with hands on activities and what better way to get them counting then with small animals and game dice.
Children roll game dice and identify the number and then count out that amount of animals for their zoo mat. Once they have counted out the animals they write the amount on the mat.
Need to differentiate the instruction
Children can also use the dice to add and subtract animals on their mat.
Measuring zoo animals
Children used 1 inch tiles for measuring the animals. After they figured out how tall or long the animal where, they wrote their finds on the data sheet.
Roll It, Say It, Write It
Always a class favorite. Children are able to practice writing their letters in uppercase and lowercase, by rolling the dice and identify the letter and writing.
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Fun classroom book using your little ones names. It will become a classroom favorite for you to read.
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For more hands on learning fun at the zoo go to my TpT store where you can find the whole unit.
Play dough is one of those must haves in every early childhood classroom. It is highly attractive to young children which leads to many hours of creative play.
Enhance the learning experience by adding play dough mats and picture word cards to your play dough center.
Spring play dough packet comes with...
Fish Pond Mat
Frog Eating Flies Mat
Bee Hive Mat
Bugs in a Jar Mat
Flower Pot Mat
Making Word Mats
Picture Word Cards
Number Cards 1-20
Children will build on their...
Social Skills: such as sharing, taking turns, conflict negotiation and peer interactions.
Language Development: as children work together they listen, speak and understand the communication of others.
Building Fine Motor: prepares children for writing and cutting. Play dough builds their hand muscles as they squeeze, pinch, roll, poke and mold the dough.
Math Concepts: As children are molding play dough they are discussing and observing things like (bigger, smaller, longer, shorter, heavy, light).
Literacy Learning: Children can roll and learn letter formation.
Don't miss out on a hands on learning experience.
You can find this play dough center in my TpT store.
Watching the children today brought back wonderful childhood memories.
Today the children went outside after a spring rain and found a rather large puddle to play in. I thought to myself that
nature really does provides the best play tool.
This puddle of water could not of been placed in a better place,
right next to the Mud Kitchen.
Once the other children saw what was happening they searched high and low to find everything on the playground that could hold water.
Here they played for the whole outside time where they laughed, shared, and collaborated with one another.
I hope some day they will look back and remember the fun they had playing around a puddle and appreciate the simple things in life.
So lets remember the simple things that brought us the most joy as children and provide those opportunities to them.
I'm Tami Sanders creator of Learning and Teaching with Preschoolers, a blog to help teachers create magical moments for the young.
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