An Evergreen Nature Hunt

An evergreen nature hunt - take a winter nature study trip with preschoolers looking for evergreen trees

One of my favourite Christmas Carols is “The Holly and the Ivy” and it brings back memories of collecting both with my grandmother to decorate the fireplace with, it’s an old traditional British Carol as through our winters we don’t have many native evergreen plants and in the midst of winter these two stand out. We’re back after a short break joining in with The Playful Preschool bloggers team sharing ideas for preschoolers and you to do together that are creative and learning based. This weeks focus is all about Evergreen Trees, check the end of the post for other

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Feather Writing – #playfulpreschool

Feather writing, practising the shapes that make letters and starting to form letters with young children

Help children to develop good writing skills with this fun feather writing activity, use real or fake feather sand write in the salt or sand tray with shapes that make letters or letters that they knew then erase them and start again.

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Exploring Scarecrows with technology

Discovering the history and cultural difference about scarecrows using technology with preschoolers

This weeks playful preschool theme is all about scarecrows – one that gave us the perfect opportunity to explore some more differences between countries in the world using technology.

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Each week we are exploring through learning and creativity themes and bringing your ideas that you could use in your classroom or home with preschoolers. Check out the #playfulpreschool tag on social media to see other fabulous ideas.

Cultural exploration of scarecrows

For us in the UK we are unlikely to see scarecrows in Autumn – they are a Spring ornament for the garden scaring the birds away

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Construction and Block Play

Spider Web construction with Straws and Playdough – #playfulpreschool

Spider Web construction with straws and play dough a fun preschool engineering project

Observation and construction of spiders webs using straws and playdough a fun preschool engineering project as part of this weeks playful preschool theme. Check the end of the post for more creepy crawley themed learning and creative activities for preschoolers.

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Community Helpers Starting Sounds – #playfulpreschool

Community helpers - matching initial word sounds to the letters

Community Helpers or Heroes as they are being called here in our home due to the school’s topic is a fabulous topic for kids to learn about and this weeks playful preschool theme is just that. Across the blogs of the team made up of parents and educators we are sharing learning and creative activities around the theme of community helpers. We used this opportunity to introduce some Initial Sounds work with T.

*As we are British some of the initial sounds for the community helpers we have used may not be what you expect there are a few

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Classification and Sorting of Dinosaurs

Classification and sorting of dinosaurs working on science and math knowledge with preschoolers

Dinosaurs are always a favourite with kids and mine are no exception – in fact what I’ve learnt in the last 5 years is more than a semester of Evolution of Vertebrate Animals at university. This week #playfulpreschool theme is Dinosaurs, each Wednesday we are sharing a preschool learning/creative activity based around a theme with bloggers from the Playful Preschool group.

Looking at areas that we have covered before I wanted to work on T’s strengths this week, she struggles with Letter activities but adores Maths and Science based activities so using our toy dinosaurs I combined the two

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Shoe Box Constellation Maps

Shoe Box Constellation Maps - create your own star maps to view inside any day of the year

This week #playfulpreschool theme is all about Night Time, as the days are getting shorter and the nights longer we’re finally seeing the night sky again after the summer break and the children are fascinated by it. At the moment we’re only seeing it first thing in the morning as it’s dusk when they head to bed but by the end of the month we will be able to explore it with our telescope and see first hand what we have been learning about this week.

Stars and the moon fascinate T and she likes waking up early and

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Autumn Colours Plant Science for Preschoolers – #playfulpreschool

Autumn Colours - colour and plant science hands on learning for preschoolers

This week along with the other bloggers of the #playfulpreschool team we are sharing learning and creative ideas for preschoolers based around the theme Autumn Colours as a change I am welcoming another member of the team Darla from The Preschool Toolbox to share a fun learning activity for preschoolers for Autumn Colours combining colour and plant science.

With this weeks theme of Autumn Colours it’s a great opportunity for some hands on science for preschoolers – finding out about the world around them and how it works is inbuilt; asking questions and discovering the answers themselves helps them

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Apple Tree Maths

Fun autumn math activity for preschoolers - helping with fine motor, number recognition and 1 to 1 counting

Last week we were lucky to go to a Farm and pick some apples as our own apple trees this year have had a very poor harvest it was a great experience for T and I. Inspired by the apple picking I have had an apple tree maths activity set up for her when she wants to sit and do an activity with me especially useful when we’re doing homework with J and she wants some “homework” to do as well.

What you need for Apple Tree Maths

Brown, green and red card or strong paper White paper Glue

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