These past two weeks we have been learning about outer space! We did many activities learning about planets in our group activities, exploring the stars and constellations using marshmallows and toothpicks (fun!) and lots of vocabulary that have to do with outer space! Take a look at all the new things we learned over the past few days and also a few pictures from our Winter Party! Yes, after 2 cancellations due to weather, it finally happened!
For our group activities we focused on creating patterns with blocks, and continued that learning at the tables where we made patterns with planets!
At our table activities this week we created all sorts of different constellations using marshmallows and toothpicks to outline the shapes. At the language table we learned several words that involve the theme of outer space, some of those words included rocket, moon, sun, flag and many more! We made finger "smooshed" suns using saran wrap and decorated a space background by using a tooth brush and white paint to splatter the paint on the paper! We later made moons with a pasty flour and paint mixture that we painted onto out surface and then used corks to imprint craters. So cool! We also felt the challenge that astronauts must feel when trying to work with their over sized gloves! The kids put on fuzzy gloves and tried to pick up as many small items as they could. It was not easy! The most popular activity seemed to be the straw rockets! These were made out of straws and paper and they blow into the straw to shoot their rockets high into the sky!
This was a hallway activity we did a couple of times since it was so fun! It is a competition game using "moon rocks" where the preschoolers split into two teams and try to clear their side of the "moon" of all the moon rocks by throwing them on their opponents side. It was a great way to work on gross motor skills by quickly picking up and tossing paper back and forth!
During free play we got to paint and design our very own planet, play in the house and kitchen and sensory table with our friends and try out the rockets we made! This is the perfect time to explore around the classroom and try new activities with all of ours friends!
Here are several pictures from our very belated yet successful winter party! Although it was pushed back many times due to our big snow fall we finally were able to have our party and it was lots of fun! We sang our songs perfectly and enjoyed lots of goodies and activities with our families! Thank you to everyone who was able to attend!
Thank you everyone for helping to make this week so successful! We hope everyone learned lots about outer space and the all the cool planets that surround our world! We hope everyone has a great week!
Alia Laack is a high school Family and Consumer Sciences teacher who runs the Early Childhood Education program at Century High School, including the Little Jags Preschool.