Sunday, November 29, 2020

Santa's Socks 2020


Four years ago we added Santa's Socks to our Discovery Center.  I remember searching everywhere for colorful socks for this activity.  Now you can easily do this at home because Christmas socks are not only everywhere but cheap (preschool teachers like things that are cheap or free).  Check out your local store where things are a dollar.  Fill a basket and add clothespins.  More info and the 'how to':

Friday, November 27, 2020

A Sweet Christmas

A sweet idea to keep the kiddos busy during the holidays! 

We love messy tubs (often called 'sensory') at MCP. We use rice throughout the school year and at the holidays add a bit of peppermint extract.  Plastic candies can be found at your local dollar stores, craft store or on-line shopping site.

Not interested in rice all over the kitchen floor?  Use white shredded crinkle gift bag paper for an easier clean up. 

After the holidays you can add polar animals!

Thursday, November 26, 2020

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Monday, November 23, 2020

Bargain Bows

Colorful gift bows are a great buy for at home math activities.  Here's what we do at MCP-

We sort.

Create patterns.

Make letters, numbers and shapes.

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Mr. Freeze

In November we learn about liquids and solids.  These photos from previous years show preschoolers observing the experiment.  Super easy to do at home.  Water, containers and your freezer.
Preschoolers love science.  Use the words experiment, observe and predict with your child.  The basic concept is liquids do not have a shape.  We also learn that temperature changes liquids and solids.
What can you do at home?  A lot!  It's water and containers.  Easy breezy. Experiment with different containers, sunny windows, outside, in the refrigerator, Use two containers and compare and contrast results (which melted faster? the ice on the counter or the ice in the frig?)  Small and large containers-which freezes or melts faster? Why?  
Enjoy learning about liquids and solids with your child!

Sunday, November 15, 2020

Happy 100th Birthday, Wayne Thiebaud!


Wayne Thiebaud is 100 years old! 

Sketch and paint cakes, cupcakes and cookies!

Sketch and color a gumball machine with your child.

The works of Mr. Thiebaud are sweet!  Happy 100th Birthday!

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Christmas Wreaths

Christmas may seem like a long way away for your child but we know it's just around the corner.  These two wreaths take some prep on your part.  The Kandinsky inspired wreath is lots and lots and lots of circles.  Don't have the time or energy to cut circles?  Get a tub of fun foam shapes and colorful pom poms.

The circle is a twelve inch cake board.  We like using these for projects at MCP.  They provide a sturdy base for projects and are fairly inexpensive. 

Glue 'squiggles' all around the wreath.

Place larger circles on the wreath.

Keep adding circles on top circles for an abstract Christmas wreath.

Brush slightly diluted glue over the entire wreath and let dry.

Poke a hole and add a ribbon. 

A red and green wreath requires lots of red and green felt and material scraps, pom poms, paper, lace and ribbon scraps, small pieces of wrapping paper and anything red and green. 
Cut a circle in the cake board for a wreath shape and glue all over.

Cover the wreath with paper and material.  

Pom poms, ribbon, jewels and fun foam finish off this crazy Christmas wreath. Poke a hole and add a ribbon. Enjoy the holiday season by crafting some memories with your child.

Monday, November 9, 2020

Black Lines and Lots of Color


Let's be inspired by Kandinsky's Black Lines for Masterpiece Monday.  Paper and crayons make it easy breezy.

Have your child color the paper.  Lots of color!  

Next-Black Lines!

Want to do more?  Acrylics?  Water color?  Check out this past post---

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Monday, November 2, 2020

Going Around In Circles


Are you and your child studying Kandinsky?  Kandinsky's Several Circles is an easy at home project.  Black poster board (because it's heavier) and lots and lots of colorful circles!

You and your child can learn about Wassily Kandinsky.  Kandinsky was born in Russia.  Russia is easy to locate because it's big. Maps and globes are an important part of the MCP curriculum. Preschoolers love globes and maps. 

Music inspired Kandinsky to change the way he painted.  His style was considered abstract (which is a wonderful vocabulary word). His favorite shape?  The circle. 
Enjoy going around in circles with your child and Kandinsky!