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Old 11-08-2006, 07:12 PM
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Nocturnal Animals

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!

Old 11-08-2006, 08:48 PM
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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...


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

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


sensory: water, twigs, plastic crocodile toys

paper bag crocodile http://www.first-school.ws/activitie...s/bagcroco.htm

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


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/cra...rton/bat.shtml

handprint bats http://www.first-school.ws/activitie.../wild/bat1.htm

bat coloring pages: http://www.first-school.ws/theme/ani...ild/cp_bat.htm


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

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/ani...rds/cp_owl.htm
Old 11-09-2006, 05:27 AM
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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.
Old 11-09-2006, 05:58 AM
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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!
Old 11-09-2006, 12:32 PM
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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:

Compiled ideas from experience and misc. websites:

Sensory table ideas:

ABC pasta
Acorns, nuts
Aquarium gravel
Baby shampoo
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
Corn to husk
Cotton balls
Cut up sponges
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)
Fake gems (maybe in dirt or sand to “find?”)
Flower petals (ask a florist for ones that fell off)
Fuzzy pom-poms
Gift wrap and bows
Glitter in water
Golf balls
Gummy worms
Ice cream
Ice cubes
Ice cubes with spray bottles of colored water
Indian corn on the cob
Instant mashed potatoes (dry flakes)
Instant snow
Jelly beans
Loofah poofs
Mardi gras beads
Matching gift boxes
Mix of rock salt and table salt with sifters
Nuts and bolts
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
Popcorn (popped or not)
Potting soil (with real worms if you’re brave)
Pumpkin seeds
Pumpkins and/or gourds
PVC pipe connectors
Real grass w/ gummy worms
Rubber fishing worms
Sand that is wet, but not drippy
Sand w/ plastic ants (remove w/ tweezers)
Scissor cutting
Scrap tables
Shaving cream (colored)
Shredded paper
Styrofoam packing (try to find the kind made of cornstarch)
Super sand – equal parts cornmeal and coffee grounds
Torn tissue paper
Tubes of toothpaste
Wallpaper samples
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
Whipped cream
Old 11-09-2006, 05:44 PM
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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.
Old 11-09-2006, 08:13 PM
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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).

animals, nocturnal

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