Preschool Weekly Activities (19) – Magic

January 6th, 2012 by Dionna | 4 Comments
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 magic.

Monday – Language/Pre-Reading

Invisible Ink: Try writing with invisible ink, here are two different ideas:

1. Invisible ink using lemon juice.
2. Invisible ink using a white crayon: Take a white crayon and write your message on a white piece of paper. Then paint the message with a dark color (you can also try a marker). The message will be revealed since the paint/marker will not stick to the waxy writing of the crayon.

Tuesday – Music/Art

Magic Wand: Hunt for the perfect stick and decorate it with whatever craft supplies you have on hand: glitter, stickers, feathers, etc. What can your little one do with his magic wand?

Wednesday – Exploring Our World

Egg Magic: Learn how to make an egg float!

Materials:
2 clear glass drinking cups
Water
Salt
Tablespoon
2 eggs

Directions:
*Fill each drinking glass 3/4 full of water.
*Measure and put into one of the glasses 6 tablespoons of salt. Use the spoon to stir the salt and water until you can no longer see any of the salt.
*Put the two glasses in front of you on a table. Be sure to remember which one has the salt in it!
*Carefully drop one egg into the water without the salt. (It might be easier to lower it gently with a spoon.) See what happens.
*Carefully drop the other egg into the water with the salt in it. See what happens.

Read more about why this works – and how it relates to the Dead Sea – at Reach Out Michigan.

Thursday – Science Adventures

How Plants Absorb Water: Learn about how plants absorb water using water, food coloring, and celery stalks. You can find instructions at Science Fair Adventures.

Friday – Motor Skills

Gloop: Is it solid? Is it liquid? Let your little one decide.

Gloop Recipe:

2 parts cornstarch
1 part water
Food coloring

*Mix food coloring into water. Pour cornstarch into a bowl, add water. The mixture should feel kind of hard/crumbly, but when you hold it in your hand the Gloop will “melt” off of it. The top of the Gloop will look like liquid, but feel like a solid.

Book and Music Suggestions

4 Responses to:
"Preschool Weekly Activities (19) – Magic"

  1. Jenny

    Just wanted to say how grateful I am for all of your suggestions. As a former teacher, I know it takes quite a bit of time to sort through all the possible activities and find the gems. You have managed to create some great lists so far. THANK YOU!

  2. Annie

    These look great! I’ll be doing them with my preschooler. Love the “magic” theme. Kieran is so cute, love that concentration look. thanks!

  3. Jeannette

    Great ideas! I’m going to do the gloop with my 2 year old–I think she’d really like it! I remember doing it as a kid and thought it was so neat.

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