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A huge thanks to Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time) for providing us with their Experience Preschool curriculum for free in exchange for sharing our honest and authentic stories resulting from our personal experiences. It’s been such a huge blessing to us! As always, my opinions on awesome stuff for little kids are 100% my own.
Keep in mind that all preschoolers do things in their own time and on their own terms. What one is ready for, another might not be. Please use your best mama judgement when planning activities for your little kids.
We were beyond excited to open the Science Lab curriculum kit. You seriously can’t even imagine! I’ve been ever-so-patiently waiting to dig in and the little guy has already fallen head over heels with this month’s manipulatives.
I know I’ve mentioned this before, but we’re right smack in the middle and we’re sometimes using the Little Goose Teacher Guide and other times using the preschool Teacher Guide, so… I’ve been sort of mixing things up and he’s lovin’ it!
The first activity that we did this afternoon was Spicy Name and instead of using spices, we used glitter. The Little Goose Teacher Guide focuses on letter/word recognition and I wanted to use this as an opportunity to talk about the letters that make up his name.
The little guy of course isn’t writing yet, so I wrote his name for him and traced over each letter with glue. I let him sprinkle the glitter and then shake off the excess. He seriously loved it and it inspired an art project of its own.
I had actually never given him glitter and glue before. I know, I know. What was I waiting for, right? I was really impressed with his art, though. Something tells me that we’ll be doing this again really soon.
I handed him a bottle of Elmer’s School Glue + a tube of glitter and stepped back. He managed to figure it out on his own. A few swirls of glue, lots of sprinkling of glitter, and the little guy created his own little masterpiece.
Who Is A Scientist was so much fun! We read the story about Alfred Nobel and talked about who scientists are and the different types of scientists. I of course kept it really simple. Chemists are scientists who study matter and its properties, etc.
And then I put together this awesome sensory activity. The little guy has so much fun with stuff like this. I used his activity tub to somewhat contain the mess and, at least as far as he’s concerned, you can never go wrong with water beads. Lol…
The plastic beakers that Mother Goose Time sent in this month’s Science Lab kit are so cool! So simple, right? And yet the little guy spent literally hours playing with just these few things. I seriously couldn’t believe it.
Then again, he could play with nothing but water beads for days. And he definitely has. He loves them that much. Every mama should seriously have of stash of them.
He scooped and poured to his heart’s content. And of course the rainbow of color made it all that much better. How could it not?
After we spent lots of time playing with the plastic beakers + water beads, we moved on to our last activity for the day.
We didn’t have feathers on hand for the Feather Sort “tray play,” so I used craft sticks instead. Whatever works, right? It’s so easy to make the activities in the Mother Goose Time Teacher Guide work for you and this activity was of course no exception.
After adding a half dozen clear plastic cups, we had ourselves a fun color sorting activity.
I sat down and did this one with him. Sometimes, I let him figure things out for himself. And other times, I sit down and work through the activities with him. It really just depends.
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