Jan 15, 2017

Night Time Preschool Lesson Plan

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Night Time Preschool Lesson plan can include ideas surrounding...

  • Night Sky
  • Space
  • Bedtime
  • Teddy Bears
  • Hibernation
  • Nocturnal Animals
  • People who work during the night 

Begin a Night Time Preschool Lesson Plan at Group Circle

Start a night preschool lesson plan at group circle by asking the children about the topic and allow them to be each other's educators. Some questions to ask the children are:

•"What do we mean when we say it's night time?
•"How do we know it's night time?
•"Why do we have to sleep?"
•"How do you feel in the dark?"
•"Are there some people/animals that stay up while we are sleeping?"
•"What is your bedtime routine?"

Preschool Ideas for a Night Sky Theme

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The night sky provides a number of ideas for a night theme. It can also be extended into a space lesson plan.  Aside from the classic Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, this is another great song:  "Going To the Moon" 

Zoom. zoom, zoom
We are going to the moon
Zoom, zoom, zoom
We will be there very soon
If you want to take a trip
Climb aboard my rocket ship
Zoom, zoom, zoom
We are going to the moon
5,4,3,2,1 BLAST OFF!

Preschool Ideas for a Bedtime Theme

Going to bed is something we all do, and for young children it can be a scary time. Structure is very important to preschoolers when they are getting ready for bed, and asking them what their bedtime routine is allows the children to see the similarities in all of us. In this portion of the night time preschool lesson plan, the young children can make arts and crafts surrounding their bed, such as making a classroom quilt, paper dolls with pajamas that can be decorated and filling in a big star with such things as glitter, paint, crayons and so on with this poem in the middle:

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Starlight, star bright
First star I see tonight
I wish I may, I wish I might
Have the wish, I wished tonight.

Plan a PJ day at school, where everyone has to wear pygamas and bring in their favourite stuffed animal. Teachers can make children pancakes or toast with jam on this special dress up day. One song that works well for this day is to sing the "Teddy Bear Song" –

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Teddy bear teddy bear, turn around
Teddy bear, teddy bear, touch the ground      
Teddy bear, teddy bear, go upstairs
Teddy bear, teddy bear say your prayers

Preschool Ideas for Hibernation Theme

Learning about animals that hibernate can be included into a night time preschool lesson plan. Of course, bears are the most well known animals that hibernate, but many other animals also hibernate through the cold winter months. A wonderful arts and craft idea for hibernation is to allow children to make a cave for the bear to sleep.

Nocturnal Animals are another extension of the 

Night Preschool Lesson Plan

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Dec 27, 2016

Empty Box Activities for Children

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Empty boxes of all sizes can be reused for other purposes. With a little help from adults, cardboard boxes can turn into activities for kids, and this article suggests ideas for younger ages. First, check out your recycling container for various sizes of cardboard boxes. If you do not have big boxes at all, try visiting a furniture store, grocery store and the recycling depot for those extra large boxes. Boxes can begin a creative process with the end result encouraging playtime for young children, an important component of their developmental growth.

An Empty Box Into a Playhouse

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Probably one of the favourite memories we all have was to do turn the empty cardboard box that the new stove or such was delivered in into a playhouse. This activity still has great appeal. So much of the creative process before the playtime can be done by the children themselves. For safety reasons, the cutting of the windows and doors should occur with the adults. Allow the children to be the architects of their playhouse, and to take full ownership of the activity. Bring out some crayons or felts and have them first draw the outline of where they want the windows and door to be. When cutting out the windows and doors, try and make the window openings and/or the door entrance to have a flap, so the children can close the door and window when playing. Once that portion is completed, suggest to the children to decorate the window with curtains, and the front of the house with flowers and paint while the inside could have pictures on the wall, a clock and so on. This activity could occur outdoors as well and if outside, the empty cardboard box could easily be decorated with paint. Once the house is decorated, play furniture can be put in and the play time can exist. Depending on the space allocated for the creation, this cardboard box could provide hours of good playtime for children.

Toddler Indoor Activities

Toddlers love empty boxes and with the help of the adult nearby, they can be entertained for stretches of time with just the cardboard container. Here are some suggestions and some songs to go along with the activities:

1. A big empty box and material: let a toddler sit inside the box and put light items on top of him/her to hide, such as stuffed animals or soft balls. Balloons work well, but an adult supervisor should be near the box. Count down from 5 or 10 and then yell "Surprise!" The toddler can then jump up and let all the items fly up into the air. A toddler will want to repeat this activity a number of times.

2. Jack in the Box: Have a toddler inside the box, then sing or say these words:

Jack in the box, still as a mouse, deep down inside his little dark house
Jack in the box, resting so still, will you come out?
Then the child can jump up and say "yes I will!"

3. A box for a boat or plane: turn the box into travel imagination and sing the following songs:

Row Row Row Your Boat or to the same tune:
Zoom, zoom zoom you go
In the plane you fly
See the clouds going by
Way up in the sky.

Empty Box for Drama Play

A big empty cardboard box can be turned into a bus, airplane or train. The box should be turned to the side, and then small windows (circle windows if it is going to be a plane) cut out. The next step is to position small chairs inside one behind the other to create a transportation scene. This kids' activity is suitable for an early childhood setting, like preschool or daycare, but also works well at home. To add to the dramatic play, have some bags, clothes and a ticket center available. For more ideas, visit my Pinterest Board by clicking HERE