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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.
Guess what? We’re still working through our A to Zoo Animals box. I can’t even believe it! This is our very first experience with structured curriculum and we’re finally starting to get into a routine.
If you missed our C is for Camel post, make sure you check it out here.
As I get more comfortable with Mother Goose Time and the way everything is set up, watch the free training webinars that they offer, and of course read about what other blog ambassadors have done with their little kids, I get so many awesome ideas for ways that we can extend, supplement, and individualize the activities.
We’re of course doing things a little backwards. We worked through quite a bit of A to Zoo Animals, started Art Studio, and took a sneak peek at Science Lab. At this point, we’re using A to Zoo Animals as a sort of supplemental letter of the week curriculum as well as working through the current month’s theme.
I thought it’d be fun to share some of what we did for the Day 4 topic, which was D is for Dolphin.
First things first, we picked up where we left off yesterday. Sometimes, we don’t finish every activity for the day and that’s definitely okay. Yesterday was no exception. We got side-tracked with something else and didn’t get everything done.
With the start of each new topic, we have a zookeeper meeting. We add a letter to our alphabet tree and an animal card to our A to Zoo book. We also listen to our A to Zoo Animals CD and dance for a while.
The little guy colored his D is for Dolphin coloring page and we added it to our book. You can read more about our “scrapbook” project here. I printed all of the A to Zoo Animals coloring pages and we’ve been doing one for each new letter. Before we started Mother Goose Time, he was working in his art journal each day. At this point, he does whichever he prefers on any given day.
Not too long ago, we made bird puppets and the little guy seriously loves them. I keep them in our writing tray and he plays with them constantly. I love watching and listening to him.
These days, we tend to switch back and forth between the toddler and preschool activities. The little guy is literally smack in the middle of the two, so we usually do a few of each. I choose what we’re going to do each day based on his interests and abilities.
The Dolphin Toys activity was in both of the Teacher Guides. In the Little Goose Teacher Guide, the instructions tell you to fill a clear zipper bag with blue gel and invite the child to select a shape card then trace that shape on the bag. The preschool version asks you to set out a tub of water and a few waterproof toys and invite the child to play with the toys and water. After that, it mentions putting out the shape cards and naming them together with the child and then invite the child to choose a toy card and find the shape card that matches.
Next on the list was the Dolphin Hoops tray play. This was definitely a favorite. The tray play activities almost always are. I love them because they’re developing problem-solving and fine motor skills and the little guy loves them because he gets to play with all kinds of stuff that he otherwise wouldn’t.
This activity lists patterns and sorting as the skill and the instructions ask you to encourage the child to sort the shapes and place them around the straw post with the matching shape.
Such a quick and easy activity to set up. I stuck craft sticks in Play-Doh, stamped each shape, and then let him have at it.
We finished things up with the Dolphin Food activity.
The Teacher Guide mentions encouraging the child to scoop up a letter then write it on paper, but the little guy is a bit young for that. Instead he would scoop up a letter and I would tell him what the letter was. It seemed like the best compromise for a pre-reader.
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More Preschool Zoo Crafts & Activities:
10 Quick & Easy Zoo Craft Ideas for Toddlers & Preschoolers
5 Tray Play Ideas + Why They’re So Important
A is for Alligator Activities
A is for Alligator Zoo Craft
B is for Bird Activities
B is for Bird Craft
C is for Camel Activities
C is for Camel Craft
D is for Dolphin Activities
D is for Dolphin Craft
E is for Elephant Craft
The Process is Almost Always More Important Than The Product
F is for Fox Craft
G is for Gorilla Craft
J is for Jellyfish Craft
L is for Llama Craft
T is for Tiger Activities + Curriculum Design
U is for Urchin Craft