Preschool Weekly Activities (18) – New Year’s

December 30th, 2011 by Dionna | 1 Comment
Posted in Carnival and Special Series, Children, Eclectic Learning, Learning Activity Series, Preschoolers, Toddlers

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The Preschool Weekly Activity Schedule is designed to help parents and caretakers of preschoolers do one easy but enriching activity with their children each weekday. The activities can also be adapted to fit the needs of toddlers and older children.

Each theme features fun and educational activities; book and music suggestions; and other ideas to help adults and children connect through learning and fun. Please check out the archives for other themes and activities.
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This week we’re going to talk about the New Year.

Monday – Motor Skills

Bean Sorting: Many people eat black eyed peas or other traditional foods for good luck on New Year’s day. Take a bag of black eyed peas or other beans and talk about this tradition, then have your little one sort the beans into different containers using various items – small measuring scoops, spoons, etc. You can find several bean sorting activities at the SPD Blogger Network.

Tuesday – Exploring Our World

History, Traditions, and Times: Read about New Year’s history and traditions around the world, talk about resolutions, and make one of your own.1 Check out these links for help:
Traditions and History of Celebrating the New Year
How to Say “Happy New Year” from Around the World
New Year’s Day
You can also talk about time zones and see what time it is in other countries. See these two links for more information:
What time is it around the world?
Time Zones
Kieran and I had fun looking at webcams of that showed live pictures of countries that were at different times than us. For example, this webcam shows a live picture of Sydney, Australia; here are some different cameras in Tokyo, Japan; and here is a live picture of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California.

Wednesday – Language/Pre-reading

New Year Stories: Have your child draw a picture of something special they want to do during the New Year and dictate a story about their picture to you.

Thursday – Fun with Numbers

Counting the Days Until2: With your child, write in your calendar some of the special days coming up this year (birthdays, holidays, etc.). Count how many days it will be until several of the special days. Display a sign reading “___ days until ___” beside your calendar. Change the number every day as you get closer. This offers children a lesson on how to count backwards, as well as another reason to count something meaningful to them.

Friday – Science Adventures

What is a Year: Discuss with the children what a year is. Have you or your child stand in one place. They will be the sun. You can even give them a yellow plate with the word sun on it. The other person will be the earth. They can have a blue or green plate. Make the floor with masking tape where the “earth” will start and stop. Have the earth walk around the sun while spinning. Have them stop on the masking tape. Discuss that it takes 365 days for the earth to go all the way around the sun. You can explain a day by having the sun hold a flashlight. Turn out the lights, and have the earth turn around in the same spot.

Book and Music Suggestions

  1. Kieran’s New Year’s resolution is to help pick up his toys and clothes.
  2. From Fun-Filled 5- to 10- Minute Math Activities for Young Learners, available at Scholastic Teacher Express

One Response to:
"Preschool Weekly Activities (18) – New Year’s"

  1. Rebecca

    This will be so much fun! Thanks for sharing your ideas.

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