cookies make this both a fun game and a treat for preschoolers as they
learn about animals. Adaptable for older children, who can play as a
game of charades. Enhance this curriculum with picture books
Materials: A bag of
Teachers provide a bag of animal cookies/crackers and invite the children
to take turns pulling a cookie/cracker out of the bag. Younger children
can act out the noise the animal makes or movements that animal does. The
other children guess what animal they have. Older children that understand
charades can act out the animal any way they need to. Children 8 and
up can make it as a game of pictionary, using a board or paper.
Comments: You get
to eat your animal after it has been guessed!
Preschool children use fine
motor skill during this art activity
each child bring in a empty 2 liter bottle, white paint, black, orange and
yellow construction paper, glue.
white paint into the empty bottles and let children shake until the
bottles are completely covered on the inside. Then let the youngsters glue
on wings, eyes and a beak. You can also use some material to make a
Paper Tube Animals
Promotes eye-hand coordination and recognition of shapes and colors with
this early childhood
Cardboard tubes, glue (sticks work best), various colors of construction
paper, scissors, markers and/or crayons.
First cut triangles, squares, rectangles, circles and other shapes from
different colored paper. Help maybe needed for 3-4 year olds. Next, take
the tube and glue a strip of paper on it, making sure it covers the
cardboard. Pick shapes to create ears, eyes and other facial features i.e.
white circles for eyes and glue them to the tube and let dry.
Young children may use
them like puppets to act out stories they may make up.
project encourages the children to create their own fantasy creatures as
well as ones they are familiar with. This gives their imagination a boost
for later projects.
Bug Rocks Promotes eye-hand
coordination and recognition of shapes and colors with this early
have your children help you find some flat stones outside. Have the
children paint each rock red using red tempera paint. They can use a
Q-tip to make the small black dots on the ladybugs back. When
ladybug rocks are dry, the children can glue them on a green poster board
Towel Roll Grasshoppers
children use fine motor skill during this art activity
paint an empty paper towel roll green. After it has dried, have them
attach green pipe cleaners for its legs (punch holes along side of paper
towel roll). Staple down one end of the roll for the head and add
round orange paper eyes. These look really cute on a bulletin board!