August 20, 2010

Summer Preschool: Zoo Theme

This week's summer preschool theme was "Going to the Zoo!" We began with Eric Carle's Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? and listened to recordings of the animal sounds featured in the book. We made play dough from a recipe and shaped it into zoo animals.

We read Curious George Visits the Zoo, did some monkey games and played with balloons. We read Eric Carle's From Head to Toe and got a good workout mimicking all the exercises the animals do in the book.

We used blocks and little animal figures to make our own zoos. The boys below are working on the aquatic part of their zoo.

We made paper bag zoo-animal puppets (which we unfortunately don't have pictures of).

We read about Elmer the patchwork elephant and made our own "Elmers" by dipping paper towel wads into paint and applying it to elephant outlines.

We read Eric Carle's 1,2,3 to the Zoo: A Counting Book, (can you tell we're big Eric Carle fans?) and counted and sang along with a song that a friend wrote to go with the book.

We made small groups and collaborated to design and draw zoos on big pieces of paper.

We made zoo-animal masks.

And between all the zoo activities, the children had a chance to eat lunch together, play some games, have Bible time, learn a dance and play at the park. What a fun and busy week!

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