Last week was a very busy one for me, both in preschool and in “real” life. At home I had three different people have a stomach virus at different times (including me) and my oldest broken her arm roller skating. Because of the craziness at home I did not get to post my favorite activities of the week in preschool. So now I have a little time to breathe and am ready to share, including my first preschool printable.
During chapel last week the story was Daniel in the Lion’s Den, so I wanted to make some type of lion craft to go with it. Since I only have my students three mornings a week I try to combine skills whenever possible, so I combined the Bible story with the shapes theme for this craft. I made two printables for this activity. One is made in color so you can just print it out and then cut. The other is in black and white so that you can print it on color paper. I printed mine on construction paper. The black and white version has several triangles to choose from for the nose; I am still perfecting my triangle drawing capabilities in GIMP and was not quite satisfied with several of them. My students liked being able to choose a triangle for themselves.
During centers time we used some roads in shape form from Making Learning Fun. I printed out the four main shapes we were learning and laminated them.
Through Pinterest I also discovered a printable story retelling set for Mouse Shapes, which I somehow ended up with two copies of from the local library after searching fruitlessly through two book stores. We also sang several shapes songs, including ones that were posted on my walls.
For our letter of the week, I brought in the crocheted letters that I made, taught them the ASL sign for the letters, and wrote the letter on our white boards. We have a few worksheets that our school gives us to use and then I discovered a few things to use on my own. I read aloud (with a refrain for the students) a poem, “Little Lovely Lambs” which I found through Scholastic. We also used a couple of activities from Raising Rock Stars Preschool, including the minibook and words that begin with L sheet.
I know there is plenty more that I jammed into the week, including sponge painting with our four main shapes, a sensory bin of pasta and the shape blocks I found on clearance at the Target Dollar Spot, and our alphabet exercise cards. For more ideas for shapes, please check out my Colors and Shapes board on Pinterest. Many alphabet ideas can be found on my Alphabet Pinterest board as well.
If you download my lion craft, please let me know. I would also love to see your creations with it. Also, if you are interested in the crocheted letters, let me know or check out my crochet patterns page for more information. I sell both the patterns and the finished product.