The highlight this week in preschool was definitely playing with colored rice. We hadn’t gotten this one out for quite some time, so the newness of it made it even more special. I keep a bin of it in the closet along with various containers and an old sheet, right ready to spread on the floor and start having fun. My bigger kids actually enjoy playing with rice too; I guess it’s kinda like playing in an indoor sandbox. 🙂
You can find instructions for coloring rice here. We made each color of the rainbow, then mixed them all together for rainbow rice.
This next simple activity uses recycled cards. Just cut the front of each card in half, mix them up, then have your preschooler find the matching halves and piece them back together. Carmen really enjoyed the challenge of finding the matches, but she was a bit frustrated that the pieces wouldn’t stay together very well.
My inspiration for using these for free-play came from my fellow-blogger over at I Have No Greater Joy. Sometimes the simplest toys can foster the greatest imagination. I gave her some suggestions, such as sorting them by color or stacking them. She did sort them. Then she put pom-poms on them and said she was making cupcakes. Then she had fun making the magnetic backed pom-poms stick to the metal canning lids. Like I said, sometimes it’s the simplest things. 🙂
And here is the activity the pom-poms were originally designed for. I laid the paper on a cookie sheet and she placed a magnetic pom-pom on each circle. You could use do-a-dot (Bingo) markers for the circles, too.
These super-cute printables can be found for free at Homeschool Creations. (Scroll down the page to find them.)
I’ll post Carmen’s preschool activities next week too, so check back for more!
This Week In Preschool ( last week’s post)