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Friday, September 7, 2012

Marvelous Me! All About Me Theme

It's time for me to give you an inside peek into my preschool classroom. Last week was our second week of school and I focused on getting the kids acquainted with our classroom routine and learning about each other in our Marvelous Me themed unit.


Here's an inside peek at a few of my favorite activities from last week -

Mirror Me!

I loved this activity so much! It was definitely one of my favorites of the entire theme. I bought dollar store hand held mirrors (Don't you love the dollar store! It's been a lifesaver for my teacher purchases) and let the children look into them and asked them what they saw. We discussed that they each saw someone very special looking back at them - themselves. One of our activities during center time was to let the children look at themselves in the mirror and paint what they saw. They used their fingers or paintbrushes, whichever they preferred. We had some pretty great portraits (and quite a few funny ones too) and the children had fun painting on the mirrors. It was a cinch to wipe off and I took photos of the  children holding their creations so we had a keepsake/memory of the activity.

Foil Art Mirror Craft

These turned out so cute and were easy to do. I cut out some mirror templates in various colors of card stock and the children decorated them with cotton swab painting - they got a kick out of using little swabs versus brushes. Then I cut out circles of aluminum foil to act as our mirrors and the children drew their faces on the foil. The end result was an adorable personalized mirror and each one was unique just like my little preschool cuties.


Marvelous Me Paper Dolls

We had so much fun making these paper dolls. I supplied the cut outs, paper shirts, pants and dresses in various colors and patterns, assorted sequins, yarn, glue, paint, markers and crayons and let the children's imagination do the rest.  Each one turned out unique and it makes me smile to see them hanging them up on our walls. Some children used lots of details adding hair, eyelashes, eyebrows, ears, fingers and toes. Others were minimalist - adding only the barest details. These cute little dolls say so much about the personalities behind the little hands that made them. 

Fingerprint Exploration

This was part of our science center during the week. We helped each child trace their hand and then they used our ink pads to make fingerprints of each finger. Once they were all done they took a magnifying glass and studied their prints and compared them to a friends print. What did they find? Everyone's fingerprints are unique - just like each of them! They were able to take home their handprint/fingerprints and share them with their families.

Books We Read This Week:
 
 

Did you see our Messy Preschool Fun Week post? 
Next week I will be sharing our "I Can" theme. 

Bern

10 comments:

  1. I love that mirror craft! What a fun idea!

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  2. I love seeing what you guys are doing each week. What lucky preschoolers to have an AWESOME teacher like you.

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    1. aww, thank you. That means so much to me. I am having lots of fun with them.

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  3. I love the mirror painting! I am going to try it with my preschoolers next week when we start our All About Me unit!

    Sara
    Teaching Munchkins

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    1. Sara, be sure to come back and let me know how it goes. My kiddos loved painting on the mirror.

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  4. Love your ideas! I am looking for something about feelings crafts and books.

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    1. Bette, we touched briefly on feelings during the past 2 weeks intertwined with our All About Me and I Can weeks. We did lots of role playing with feelings, making faces in the mirror, painting to match our moods - bright vibrant colors for happy, dark colors for sad, etc.. Some of the books we read dealing with feelings were - The Way I Feel by Janan Cain, Today I Feel Silly by Jaime Lee Curtis, The Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen and Lots of Feelings by Shelley Rotner. Hope that helps a little.

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  5. what media did you let the kids use to draw their faces on the aluminum foil? I want to do this but figured you have to use something that would not smear.

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    1. Bridget, for the foil mirror faces we used sharpies. I had a few children use them at a time and we covered up like we do when using paint so that there was no clothes staining. After a few minutes for drying they were fine to touch, no smears. Regular markers did not work when I did a test run - they rubbed off. You can also use biocolor paint - it works really well on foil. Hope that helps.

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