Nocturnal Animals

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  1. shannon1023

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    Help...I have to teach a theme on Nocturnal animals and I'm stuck for ideas. I need activities for blocks, snack, and sand/water table. Any help would be really nice!
     
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  3. MsAnn

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    First of all, if you have a subscription to The Mailbox magazine, go to their site and look for stuff, they have plenty!!! But if not...

    raccoon

    sand/water table: leaves, popcorn kernals, twigs, plastic bugs


    coloring pages http://www.first-school.ws/theme/animals/cp_wild/raccoon-coloring-page.htm
    toilet paper roll raccoon http://www.dltk-kids.com/animals/mraccoon.htm

    crocodile

    sensory: water, twigs, plastic crocodile toys

    paper bag crocodile http://www.first-school.ws/activities/crafts/animals/reptiles/bagcroco.htm


    crocodile craft http://www.dltk-kids.com/animals/mcrocodile.html

    bat

    sensory: bat confetti (on clearance!!!), easter grass, twigs, leaves

    snack: get bat slice n bake cookies (on clearance!!!!!!) and bake in class

    bat masks: http://www.sandiegozoo.org/kids/craft_batmask.html

    egg carton bats http://www.enchantedlearning.com/crafts/eggcarton/bat.shtml

    handprint bats http://www.first-school.ws/activities/crafts/animals/wild/bat1.htm

    bat coloring pages: http://www.first-school.ws/theme/animals/cp_wild/cp_bat.htm

    owl

    sensory: twigs, leaves, acorns, various sized circle shapes

    snack:
    On a small paper plate let each child place these items. Model the language for the students to create this owl face. Place a round piece of bologna onto the plate for the head. Then place a triangle quarter of cheese onto the top of the bologna slice to create "ears" and the pointy end to creat the beak. Then place two ritz crackers for the eyes. If desired, add a slice of olive onto each cracker for the pupil, although most children will not eat this part.

    paperbag owl (CUTE! Add cupcake liners for the eyes and glue the eyes they provide the cupcake liners, it's so much cuter this way) http://www.dltk-kids.com/animals/mbagowl.htm

    owl coloring page http://www.first-school.ws/theme/animals/cp_birds/cp_owl.htm
     
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    Thanks so much! That is a great help. This is my first year teaching preschool so I still have a hard time thinking of things to do with sensory.
     
  5. Grammy Teacher

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    I used the Mailbox/oct/nov issue...they have a lot of ideas and patterns for bats. There is a bat project to make using just black construction cut into triangles, glued and those little white circle page enforcer things for eyes. For the sensory you could use a bit of sand and put plastic animals in them...or just twigs and things from outside like a little forest. Kids like to paint animals, too. Give them some paint and let them create their own animal, add wiggly eyes and feathers or whatever is needed! Be sure and read Stellaluna for the bats!
     
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    I have this document saved in my preschool folder... It doesn't apply directly to the nocturnal theme, but you might make use of it later... I just cut and pasted below:

    Lots of ideas:
    http://childfun.com/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=147

    Compiled ideas from experience and misc. websites:

    Sensory table ideas:

    ABC pasta
    Acorns, nuts
    Aquarium gravel
    Baby shampoo
    Beads
    Beans
    Bird seed
    Blocks and marbles
    Bubble wrap
    Buttons with tweezers
    Candy hearts with scoopers
    Carrot/turnip peelings
    Cedar shavings
    Ceramic tiles
    Christmas garland
    Clean mud – shave bar of white soap, mix with roll of toilet paper and water
    Coffee grounds
    Colored tinfoil pieces
    Cooled, cooked spaghetti
    Corks
    Corn to husk
    Cornmeal
    Cornstarch
    Cotton balls
    Cut up sponges
    Dirt
    Dried corn
    Dried leaves
    Dried peas
    Dried red beans
    Dry cereal
    Dry seaweed
    Easter grass w/ or w/out small animals or other items
    Egg shells (thoroughly wash first)
    Fabric
    Fake gems (maybe in dirt or sand to “find?”)
    Feathers
    Flour
    Flower petals (ask a florist for ones that fell off)
    Fuzzy pom-poms
    Gift wrap and bows
    Glitter in water
    Golf balls
    Goop/Gak
    Gravel
    Gummy worms
    Hay
    Ice cream
    Ice cubes
    Ice cubes with spray bottles of colored water
    Indian corn on the cob
    Instant mashed potatoes (dry flakes)
    Instant snow
    Jello
    Jelly beans
    Keys
    Loofah poofs
    Macaroni
    Magnets
    Marbles
    Mardi gras beads
    Matching gift boxes
    Mix of rock salt and table salt with sifters
    Mud
    Nuts and bolts
    Oatmeal
    Oyster crackers
    Peanuts in the shell
    Pine cones
    Pine needles
    Ping pong balls (“bobbing ping-pong balls painted like jack-o-lanterns”)
    Plastic Easter eggs w/ or w/out small items (we also included scoopers)
    Plastic spiders
    Playdough
    Popcorn (popped or not)
    Potpourri
    Potting soil (with real worms if you’re brave)
    Pudding
    Pumpkin seeds
    Pumpkins and/or gourds
    PVC pipe connectors
    Real grass w/ gummy worms
    Rice
    Rubber fishing worms
    Sand
    Sand that is wet, but not drippy
    Sand w/ plastic ants (remove w/ tweezers)
    Sawdust
    Scissor cutting
    Scrap tables
    Shaving cream (colored)
    Shells
    Shredded paper
    Snow
    Straw/hay
    Styrofoam packing (try to find the kind made of cornstarch)
    Sugar
    Sunflowers
    Super sand – equal parts cornmeal and coffee grounds
    Torn tissue paper
    Tubes of toothpaste
    Twigs
    Wallpaper samples
    Water
    Water w/ dish soap to make bubbles!
    Water w/ food coloring
    Water with bars of soap
    Water with bubbles
    Water with bubbles and food coloring
    Wheat
    Whipped cream
     
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    Nov 9, 2006

    I just did nocturnal animals this week. We did bats, owls, raccoons and hedgehogs. The hedgehog is a great one to do because we talk about things that are prickly(bring in samples: pinecone, cactus, certain hair brushes...). We read Hedgie's Surprise by Jan Brett and then for small group each child made a clay Hedgehog. I made up batches of the baking soda and cornstarch clay, cut one box of flat toothpicks in half, and gave everyone wiggly eyes. The kids really enjoyed making their little Hedgies. P.S. the clay air dries in a couple of days.
     
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    Nov 9, 2006

    Our Pre-K teacher made a bat cave in the corner of her room. I mean seriously put brown paper and made a cave decending and hugging the corer. She used adult chairs as the prop entrance. The kids enter and sit in the cave (dark).
     

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