Lolly Stick Puzzle

Overview Preschool and Kindergarten participants will make their own puzzles by stamping or drawing on flat lolly sticks when they are arranged together, then pull them apart to reconstruct as a puzzle.  In this activity, participants use visualization, artistic, and problem solving skills. Materials Eight large, flat lolly sticks per participant Baggies to keep each…

Spider’s Web

Overview Participants of any age will use teamwork to accomplish this group building exercise.  Additionally, this exercise may be used to discuss how spiders create webs and use them to catch their food. Materials one skein of yarn two trees or posts a few feet apart Set Up Choosing one the two trees, or posts,…

Bird Nests

Overview Preschool and Kinder participants learn how animals, specifically birds, create their homes.  This activity emphasizes how animals use the natural world to create shelter for themselves and for their young.  Fine motor skills and observation skills are used. Materials modeling clay craft feathers and recycled materials natural items, like sticks & leaves Teaching Directions…

Totems & Face Painting

Overview This lesson consists of two activities in which participants make connections between people, the earth, and animals.  Participants will use fine motor skills, practice art, learn how art represents real life, and make connections between past life and present day. Totem poles were a way for Native Americans living in the Pacific Northwest of…

Seed Comparisons + Germination

Overview As individuals and as a class, observe and document a variety of seed sizes and characteristics.  Student groups “plant” seeds in baggie “greenhouses.”  Skills include size comparison, describing & comparing objects, taking turns, charting, writing, working in a small group, plants, scientific process, observation skills, scientific method, inquiry. Materials Variety of seeds sorted by…

Levers & Catapults

Objectives Levers, Class 1. Learn about simple machines specifically levers. Learn about and practice the scientific method (i.e, hypothesizing, control, independent variable and dependent variable & testing). Apply learning to a real-world catapult challenge. Ages – 6 and up Supplies Levers made of wood paint stirrers, cups and corks. The levels will vary in their…

Geoboards

Objectives Learn about basic geometric concepts such as shapes and angles. Practice counting. Learn about patterns and symmetry. Work on fine motor skills. Ages – 3 and up Supplies Wood panel/boards or varying sizes Nails (nail in 4 rows of 4 nails making sure they are evenly spaced across and down the wood board) Paint…

Animal Tracks

Overview Students form questions, visually match patterns, and learn that animals have similarities and differences. Materials animal tracks book or online website showing animal tracks and information about each animal sidewalk chalk index cards Preparation Using an animal tracks book or online website, choose six to ten different types of animal tracks. Using a different…