o is for orange

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this is one of my favorite activities…we do it for all secondary colors.  this month we honored orange.

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after squeezing a bit of red and yellow paint in a baggie and then sending it around the circle for all to squeeze so we can make orange, we move to the project table.

when given a paper with a blob of yellow on one side and a blob of red on the other side,

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children are invited to turn their paper orange!

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i also like taking the opportunity to explore the math symbols + and =.  at circle time we do simple math problems as a group and i love the look of pride when i label their replies as them “knowing how to do math!”

l is for leaf

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touching on the concepts of symmetry and leaves changing colors in autumn, we made leaves.  on a precut leaf shape out of big manila paper, preschoolers drew with red and yellow crayons where they wanted the paint.

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a teacher covered their lines with paint

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folded over and rubbed like crazy (without worrying about paint that sneaks out)

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and the best part:  opening!

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we’ve done this for hearts and valentines and butterflies, but not leaves before.

a is for apple prints

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we had a table covered with paper, every color of the rainbow of paint squirted on, then half a dozen apples plus one hegeapple for us to roll back and forth.

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messier than i thought but loads of fun.

c is for crayon

i tweaked these little tins some time ago using duct tape to keep our crayons sorted by color.

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i never imagined how often children would dump out all the crayons just to resort them again.  or in the case of this photo, find more crayons and sort those too.

r is for rice bottles

my kids were glad to help drink 26 bottles of gatorade and vitamin water so i could have wider-mouth bottles.

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the preschoolers help me fill bottles with rice and then i hide something inside correlated to a letter.  i tape the lid on with colored duct tape and write the letter on the lid.

so far there is one little apple hidden in the A bottle

a plastic baby, a bird and a button hidden in the B bottle

plastic cows hidden in the C bottle

dice hidden in the D bottle

an egg and an elephant hidden in the E bottle

i’m thinking feathers in the F bottle, blades of grass in the G bottle, horses in the H bottle, ivy in the I bottle, jacks in the J bottle…on and on.

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a little guy told me today that the A bottle was his favorite thing at preschool. wow.