Monday, August 24, 2015

Bracelet Bead Store

My preschoolers never get tired of making pipe cleaner bracelets.  They love making these bracelets for their friends, family members and even teachers!  So I decided to change it up one day and make it into a learning activity.  


-Variety of beads
-Plastic coin money
-Price tags
-Pipe Cleaners
-Bowls or containers for beads
-Pen (to write prices)


The children helped me separate the different type of beads we had and then placed them into different bowls (learning classification). I then added a price to each of the different beads.  For blog purposes however I re-did this activity at home with my daughter.  Here is our set-up:

I then gave the children some plastic play money.  We only used pennies, nickels and dimes because they were still learning what the value of each coin is and I didn't want to make the game too complicated.  I wanted it to be fun!  (I did this with the older 4 year olds who were about to turn 5).  For younger preschool children I would only use pennies.

First the children selected a pipe cleaner for their bracelet.  Then they would use their coins to purchase the beads and create their bracelets.  

Just as a side note...I did not give the children a specific amount of money beforehand.  If they ran out of coins, I would then give them more.  I wanted it to be about the process of buying beads and understanding coin values...I didn't want them to feel limited and pressured to buy cheaper beads because they were going to run out of coins.  I didn't want there to be any tears because another child was able to purchase more beads than them.  I think because of this, the activity was a huge success! The only unfortunate part of this activity was having to stop the activity because it was time for snack and getting ready to go home.  

Here are the pictures of my daughter and I doing this activity at home.

Choosing which coins are needed to buy a specific bead...

Paying the store owner the price of the bead.

 Taking the bead out of the bowl.

And adding the bead to her pipe cleaner (building fine motor skills).

The finished bracelet! 

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Father's Day Questionnaire for Kids

Hi everyone!  This post will be short as it's the end of the school year and there is lots to do...however I just wanted to post the Father's Day questionnaire that I am using with my preschoolers incase anyone wanted to use it.  It's similar to the one I made for Mother's Day, however I changed some of the questions.

Hope all the dad's out there have a wonderful Father's Day!

Click HERE for Free Father's Day Questionnaire Printable

Monday, May 4, 2015

Mother's Day Questionnaire for Kids

I always loved the cute little questionnaire from the kids that the preschool teachers filled out for us for Mother's and Father's day.  I've always had a good laugh at some of the answers, but some of the answers were also very sweet.  Now that I am a preschool teacher myself, I wanted to do the same for all the moms of my students.  As I am interviewing my students, I am definitely getting a kick out of some of the responses.  I hope you enjoy using this free printable with your students or child(ren) as well.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Magnetic Discovery Bottles for Preschoolers

I got this magnetic discovery bottle idea from Frugal Fun for Boys and decided this would be something fun for my preschool classroom.  My daughter helped me make the bottles.  However, she had so much fun playing with them herself....that she actually wanted me to buy more bottles so she could have some of her own discovery bottles to play with.

-Plastic 2-liter soda bottles
-Pipe cleaners
-Paper clips
-Glue gun (optional)

First, peel the label off your 2-liter bottle and make sure it's washed and dried.  Then add your paper clips.  For the pipe cleaners, just cut them into inch long pieces.

Here's what our bottles looked like when we were finished.

For the little ones, I would recommend glue gunning the lid so they can't open it and swallow the contents of the bottle.

Then just have fun!

We hadn't glued our lids down....

So my daughter took the magnetic wand...

and took all the pipe cleaner pieces out of the bottle.  

She really had a lot of fun with these bottles!