Yummy Rice Cake Pig Snack

It’s Tasty Tuesday of NAEYC’s Week of the Young Child™, and to honor this fun day, we are going to be making rice cake pigs.

Snack time for preschoolers is much more than enjoying a tasty treat. It is a time for children to build independence and develop self-help skills. They pour their own milk or water (“pour with your strong hand and hold the cup with your helper hand”), pass items to their classmates, clear their place settings, clean up spills, and, in some instances, even prepare their own food!

For our pig snack, this morning, each child will served a plate containing all of the ingredients. They will use their fine motor skills to spread the cream cheese, with a plastic knife, and to assemble their pigs. So much fun!

INGREDIENTS USED:

– Rice cakes
– Strawberry cream cheese or cream cheese with food coloring
– Marshmallows
– Raisins


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Rainmaker Craft

This week we will be participating in NAEYC’s Week of the Young Child™, which celebrates early learning and young children, along with their teachers and families. So let’s get started – Happy Music Monday!

Over the course of the last couple of weeks, the children have been working on their rainmakers and on their moves in preparation for our big rain dance this afternoon. We will be preforming to the tune of Rainforest Rock & Roll!

It’s going to be so much fun, and the kids are beyond excited.

Below are the materials that I presented to my class, but anything will work to decorate the rainmakers; markers, paint, stickers, felt, construction paper, glitter, and so on. You just want to make sure that what you offer is developmentally appropriate for your group of little learners. Note: I did have to assist my kids with tying the twine during this project, which turned out to be amazing teachable moments.

MATERIALS USED:

– Paper towel rolls
– Rice
– Twine
– Raffia
– Burlap
– Animal print paper
– Faux fur
– Jewels
– Feathers
– Tacky glue


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Paper Plate Sheep Craft

Looking for another art idea for your farm unit? How about this adorable paper plate sheep craft? This is a straightforward activity that is sure to engage young learners. Encourage children to cut their own plates in half.


MATERIALS USED:

– Paper plate (cut in half)
– Cotton balls
– Googly eyes
– Our sheep head template
– Glue
– Scissors


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Free Farm Animal Tracing Skills Sheet

Help the animals get to their barns with this fun tracing printable. Lines inclue one straight, big hills, small hills, and one zigzag. PreK children should also be working on their pencil grips (tripod grasps) during this activity.

This sheet goes along with our Farm Animal Scissor Skills and our Farm Animal Beginning Sounds pages. Be sure to grab those, as well!

Download the Free Farm Animals Tracing Skills Sheet.


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Charlie Rooster Shape Craft

This Charlie Rooster shape craft is a fabulous extension to the story Friends written and illustrated by Helme Heine. Together, these activities teach pro-social behavior, shape knowledge, and color recognition.

As children grow, they become increasingly interested in establishing friendships. Friends provide stimulation, assistance, camaraderie, and affection.

Charlie Rooster, Johnny Mouse, and Percy the pig are the best of friends. They do everything together. They ride their bike together, play games together, and even do their chores together. Because that’s what best friends do. This charming book glorifies friendship; proving that friends can make even the most simple, everyday delights seem extraordinary. In cheerful watercolors, Helme Heine depicts the tremendous spirit of these adorable animals, who are filled with the enthusiasm and pleasure of companionship.

MATERIALS USED:

– Construction paper
– Craft foam
– Our free circles template
– Scissors
– Glue
– Dot markers
– Googly eyes
– Heart cutouts/Fiskars heart squeeze punch
– Feathers
– Crayons


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Cow Visual Discrimination File Folder Game

Here’s a fun file folder game, which can be used to help children sharpen their discrimination skills. Correctly matching up the cows will encourage children to learn how to recognize subtle differences between objects. The ability to do so, will aid children in every learning aspect of the classroom. I chose to use cows for my farm unit, but this concept can be adapted to fit any unit. I hope that your children enjoy this as much as mine have.

MATERIALS USED:

– File folder
– Our free cow template
– Color coding labels
– Construction paper
– Scissors
– Glue


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Free Farm Animal Scissor Skills Printables

Here are some new farm animal scissor skills sheets to go along with our Farm Beginning Sounds Worksheet and our Farm Tracing Skills .

There are 3 free scissor printables available: one straight line, one curvy, and one zigzag. Download them all for children of different levels.

DOWNLOAD THE FREE FARM ANIMAL SCISSOR SKILLS SHEETS

Straight line farm animals
Curvy line farm animals
Zigzag line farm animals


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Earth Day Recycled Collage

Earth Day is April 22nd, and what better way to celebrate this important event than by making 3D recycled collages.

Now is the time to get those notices up in the classroom and into parent mailboxes; ask for help in donating “creative junk”, as I like to call it. Donations can be from offices, businesses, homes, or other sources in the community. If you are a homeschooler, start a mini bin of recyclables.

The list of items that can be used for this activity is infinite. Just make sure that the pieces used are clean and undamaged. Use your imagination and watch these throw away items turn into artistic pieces of wonder!

MATERIALS USED:

– Cardboard
– Packing peanuts
– Bottle caps
– Jar lids
– Spice lids
– Foil
– Egg carton
– Wine corks
– Pieces of Styrofoam
– Scraps of paper
– Old craft sticks


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