We started out school by exploring many of the different areas of our classroom and learning how to play and work there with our new friends. This is something that we work on ALL THE TIME in preschool. It is so important to practice how to get materials out and put them away, how to take turns and use words to solve problems, and how to be creative with each other through play. For our colors theme our sensory tub was filled with rainbow rice. This was a favorite with the kids. They love scooping and dumping the rice into different containers and it is SO MESSY! We practiced trying to keep the rice in the tub, and then we practiced sweeping the rice up off of the floor. We were not very successful at either but we will keep trying. We incorporated some fun science experiments in our color unit too such as mixing primary colors to see which new colors could be made. We mixed colors in ice trays and also made some beautiful tie dye inspired art on paper towels. We also experimented with whole milk, food coloring, and dish soap. We discovered that the soap makes the milk particles move around swirling the food coloring to make interesting designs. We could have done this for an entire week.
Many art activities were tackled, but one of my favorites was our 3D rainbow art inspired by Don Freeman's A Rainbow of My Own. We bent strips of colorful paper to make arcs that swooped over and around each other and I couldn't believe how different each child's artwork turned out. We took a closer look at color words, tracing the letters and then creating a collage all over the word. We also went for color hunts and practiced sorting items by color.
To review and learn our shapes we went on shape hunts throughout the classroom finding items and sorting them by shape on the carpet. We always talked about the number of sides and corners and spent a lot of time comparing squares and rectangles. We loved making animal art inspired by Lois Elhert's Color Zoo, creating our own animals by layering different shapes together. The puzzle center was stocked with shape puzzles and games to help us work on shape names with our friends. These are just a few highlights and of course I often forget to take pictures of everything in the moment and then it is too late. Please check out the pictures and captions below for a better look into our preschool world.