Thursday, September 12, 2013

Updates Coming

Welcome to the 2013-2014 school year. It has been  great start, but super busy!  I have many new posts coming soon and lots of updates for my thematic pages. Early Childhood Sprinkles will soon be updated. Check back in next week when I resume my regular posts!

Keep on keeping on!

Ashley C. Perron

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Fairy Garden

Happy Summer,

Transitioning from the school year to summer programming has kept me busy and away from Early Childhood Sprinkles. Sorry for being MIA! I have some fun activities to post next week, but right now I must tell you about the fairy garden that my students have been working on. They are determined to capture a fairy. I need to give a shout out to Abrahamson Nurseries of Stillwater, Minnesota for donating oddles of flowers and herbs for our fairy garden. My preschoolers loved all the colors and textures. The plants were beautiful. Thank you Abrahamson Nurseries for your generosity.

This is the official fairy garden. It was created in a salad table and stands about 2.5 feet above the ground. We chopped the original legs and now it is the perfect height for students.
This is the Enchanted Rosemary Forest; mint was also planted in the fairy garden. Students love smelling the different herbs. I am planning to put sprigs of rosemary in our water table later this summer.
Here is a fairy that was caught out in a rain storm. It was created out of clothes pins and feathers. Students have also added pebbles and clear stones to make the fairy garden fancy. Painting rocks are keeping many students busy and a perfect addition to our daily finger painting station.

Starting next week, I am planning to leave special notes from the fairies in the garden. I know the preschoolers are going to be hooked. I need to figure out some sort of mailbox system. No worries, I will post more photos as the fairy garden progresses.

 Preschoolers potted their own fairy gardens to take home.

Keep on, keeping on!
Ashley C. Perorn

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Fun with Tin Cans

We had a fun musical adventure today at preschool. We painted tin cans to make wind chimes. My preschoolers turned all the cans into musical instruments after the paint dried. They were super excited to make music and sing their spring concert songs. There were lots of giggles. The various can sizes provided a range of sounds as wooden sticks were used as mallets. Yea for spontaneous moments of excited play.

 All lined up and ready to play.

When we finish the wind chimes, I will post a picture. I recommend using BioColor paint and sealing the paint with Mod Podge. The BioColor paint adheres to the tin better than cheaper paint. Acrylic would probably be best, but we are too messy in my preschool classroom for that endeavor.

Keep on keeping on,

Ashley C. Perron

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Staying Busy

Though it has been a short week because of Memorial Day, we have been busy at preschool. I wanted to share a couple of really fun activities that are keeping my preschoolers engaged! It has been a wet spring in Minnesota and we have been having fun coming up with new activities to stay busy inside when it is wet outside.

Playing with our feet!

A parent donated a kiddy pool today. Of course we immediately filled it with pom poms, stripped off our shoes/socks and danced. They loved the sensory experience and squishing the pom poms between their toes. Many enjoyed rolling around in the pool. Tomorrow I am thinking noodles!

Fancy Jewelry
 Students were given a simple circle with a hole and all sorts of open ended materials. Look at what one student created. The creative juices were flowing.

ABC Picture Sort

I had some students spend an entire hour sorting pictures by beginning letters. I simply taped down sticky notes to the table. The pictures are images I pulled from the internet; any picture or flashcard set would work. Students sorted around sixty images. On the following day, I put out lowercase letters at the table. Way to go!

Keep on keeping on!
Ashley C. Perron

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Eye-Dropper Art

Color Mixing with Eye-Droppers
Materials Needed:
plastic garbage bags (to cover table)
paper towels
diluted liquid water color

We hung the art all over the classroom. The strips are so pretty and looks like tie-dye. I also ripped the colored paper towels apart and put the pieces out for art materials. 

Keep on keeping on!
Ashley C. Perron

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Muscle Slime!

Okay, I have to share this with everyone. To beat the rainy day blues, I made some slime with red-ish/pink BioColor paint. I used equal parts liquid starch and clear glue for this batch and added some paint. It made super amazing slime. I originally made this slime because we read The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry and the Big Hungry Bear. Check out the photos! Since I used clear glue, the slime looks like muscles and organs. I know that may seem creepy, but it was really fun to explore. Think of the possibilities for a doctor unit and Halloween!

Keep on keeping on!
Ashley C. Perron

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Nature In Action

I wanted to introduce you to Corndog the Big Shark III. Yes, I have decided to dabble, once again, in the world of classroom pets. I am actually excited about this endeavor. Even though it is only Tuesday, my students have been engrossed with watching the fish and watching as our butterflies emerge from cocoons. It has remined me about the important role nature plays in development.  Children just want to be outdoors!

So, with my renewed spirit, I applied for a pet grant from Pets In The Classroom. I hope my application is granted for a white tree frog! Even though my heart was saying, 'get a pet mouse," I decided to be logical and start with a simpler animal. This is mostly because even though the mouse is cute and I fell in love with a spotted one at the pet store, I don't know if I will actually be able to handle having a mouse. It is a mouse after all!

Take a look at Pets in the Classroom webpage. There are many different options available and the application was super simple. 

Keep on keeping on,

Ashley C. Perron