The little guy had so much fun with last month’s Growing Gardens theme. I seriously couldn’t even believe it and we’re both really looking forward to being Nature Detectives next month.
In June, we’ll be doing something a little bit different. Every summer, we do a review of what we’ve learned. The first year, we learned about A to Zoo Animals, the following year was Alphabet Island, and this year it’s all about The Alphabet House.
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Of course we’re using Mother Goose Time for preschool homeschool and it’s been such a huge blessing to us and we couldn’t live without it.
If you’re curious how we took a little of what we found in our Teacher Guide, switched things up quite a bit, and created this fun Weeding the Garden Activity for Preschoolers, then definitely keep reading
Weeding the Garden Activity for Preschoolers
Note: This activity was adapted from one that was included in our Growing Gardens Teacher Guide.
What you’ll need
- Colored Craft Sticks
Here’s how to do it
- Roll Play-Doh into one large clump and insert the colored craft sticks.
- Ask your little kids to hand you a particular quantity of one color. For example, “2 blue” or “5 red.”
- Continue to “weed” the colors until they are all out.
I couldn’t even tell you what inspired me to get creative with this one other than the fact that the little guy already knows colors and I wanted to practice one to one correspondence too. This activity seemed like an awesome way to do just that.
Originally, the Teacher Guide encouraged us to use our pocket cube with the color cards. Instead I decided to do things a little bit differently.
We still set up the activity exactly as described. We rolled the Play-Doh into one large clump and inserted the colored craft sticks.
The Teacher Guide suggested using tweezers to “weed” the colors, but the little guy just grabbed the craft sticks with his hands.
I would tell him how many and what color and he would hand them to me so that I could double check his work as we counted them again together.
We continued to play until there were no more colored craft sticks to “weed.” He also played by himself for a while counting the sticks as he pulled them out.
I’m definitely all about being able to take this curriculum and make it work for us. That’s one of the reasons why I love it so much.
Don’t forget to stop by next week if you’re interested in seeing what we’re up to with The Alphabet House. And if you missed our preschool space post, you can check it out here.
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