This week is play!
We started with The Mixed-Up Truck by Stephen Savage.
When a cement mixer reports for his first day of work, he finds himself getting a little mixed-up. The kids thought this book was very funny. It was the perfect length for a preschool read-aloud, too.
Today was a two book day, so we followed up with With Any Luck, I’ll Drive a Truck by David Friend & Michael Rex.
I love reading rhyming books aloud, so I liked this one immediately. It’s packed with big machines like backhoes, combines, and bulldozers, so it’s sure to be a hit with kids who love trucks and construction.
Because our speaker was being difficult today, we went straight from reading our books to exploring our stations:
- Magna-Cars & Trucks, foam blocks, and printable roads from Picklebums.
Sometimes I’m really amazed at what the kids can build with just some basic blocks. Today we had a gated castle complete with garden: and a very stylish and modern house:
It’s always fun to see what they create!
- Garbage truck slime painting!
To make the slime, I mixed equal parts glue and shaving cream and added some green and yellow liquid watercolor. This makes puffy paint. “Garbage” (construction paper and tissue paper bits) can be stuck right on the slime.
- Painting with cars.
This was easy, fun, and messy! I put huge sheets of paper down on two tables standing end to end. I took all the chairs away so there was plenty of room for the kids to move. I added some plastic cars and drizzled different colors of paint all along the paper. The kids drove their cars through the paint, mixing colors and making car tracks.
- Car wash.
Because the cars we used to paint got more than a little messy, I set up a car wash at the end of the line. I put some soap and water in our water table and added a few scrub brushes and spray bottles filled with soapy water. As you can see from the photo, I should have laid some towels down first!
Next week is STEM!