The Shapes Song 2 on youtube.com to teach shape names - and many of the kiddos even remember dodecahedron from watching it!
I took a group of children to the story time at the Botanic Research Institute of Texas this week. They have the best story times I've ever seen! While the children were arriving, there was a tent with stories to read, word puzzles to go with the story of the week, and this fantastic sorting activity.
http://mrskarensclass.blogspot.com, and the snowman came from http://www.thissimplehome.com. The kiddos chose which they wanted to make, and cut out circles or triangles to write the letters of their names on. Cutting, especially circles, is a great fine motor skill, and writing and glue practice are always skills we need to work on in pre-k and kinder.
I did notice that it isn't as easy to read the names written on the dark green Christmas trees as it is on the snowmen. Next time I'll reward their careful work (and make it easier to read) with a marker to write their letters!
youtube.com video about them. You can't go wrong with National Geographic videos!
You can see all the art in our on-line art gallery at http://www.artsonia.com/schools/school.asp?id=141038. We'd love for you to check it out!
For another fun art project, we made torn tissue paper poinsettias. I found the idea here, but it originally came from artprojectsforkids.org.
I save used tissue paper from gifts, and offer it as an art medium. The paper tears or cuts easily, comes in every color imaginable, is free, and takes up almost no storage space. What a perfect medium! The kiddos were very focused on their creating, and created gorgeous holiday art.
Finally, here's a sneak peek at some more Christmas activities that we have in store for the kiddos!