Thursday, September 4, 2014

Circus clowns

Today was a special day for preschool!! The first thing the kids noticed as they came into the room was five balloons of various colors.  We each chose a color and I marked it with a pen to identify the ones they had chosen.
Then I had each of them rub the balloon in their hair and then try to put them on the wall.  Some of them could not do it with their hair, so they used mine.  A fun try at static electricity  They also observed that my hair and some of the others had their hair stand up.  Funny!  After this, we punched the balloons into the air to see how many times they could hit it before it fell to the ground.  some are very good at this.
Then, I had a bag of balloons of various colors and I had the kids put them in piles according to color.  I explained that some had a couple of shades of a color, such as purple had a lilac and a dark purple; the blue had a navy blue and sky blue, etc.  After we sorted them, we counted them out and I put them in piles of tens so that they could be introduced to that concept.  Then we put the balloons away

First I handed this picture to them  I explained that it is important to follow instructions.  I then showed them that they were to trace the balloon with the color red, and color that balloon.
 We moved to the next and then the next balloon until all were colored.  We soon found out who was listening to the instructions.  They would have liked another picture, but I just had them color over the color THEY chose to make the balloons.  When the balloons were colored, they were free to color the clown any color they wanted.

Next we used these clown cards to find matches, to see differences and to see how they were the same.

 Then it was time for snacks and Tripp brought bunny crackers and marshmallow treats.
 Then we headed down to the play room where I had set up a little circus like atmosphere with the various things to do. This first one of course, is  a basketball stand.
 This is a crawl through
 A balancing beam
 A bean bag throw
 another crawl through
 a tumbling mat, here they were doing sommersaults
 a tiger to go through the flaming fire
 the flaming fire that each child had a turn leaping through
walking across the balancing beam
 Jane walking across the beam
At the very end, there was a clown picture and they were blindfolded and had to put the nose on the clown.  I think it was a tie between Chase and Sam.
Our last activity was cutting the four pieces of the puzzle out and putting them in the correct order.  It was a little tricky but they all finally got it done.

Well, the children all left with a little bag full of goodies--some cotton candy, bubbles, good and plenty, circus peanuts and a Chinese puzzle.
I hope that they had a good time and had fun as they used their large and small motor skills!!
Another good day at GranJan's PreK

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