Looking for a fun preschool class that will keep them learning, busy, and having fun? Little Builders fits all three categories!
We started every class with a book about building. Here was our line-up:
Week 1: I Want to Be a Builder
Week 3: The Toolbox
Week 4: Roadwork
Week 5: Cross a Bridge
Week 6: Alphabet Under Construction
Week 7: Dig a Tunnel
Week 9: The Three Little Pigs
Week 10: Into the Sky
Weeks 11-12: Review favorites
Each week had a theme and after reading and discussing the story, we would start on our activities. I tried to link as many of the activities as possible in the class syllabus.
For sanding the blocks, you can probably get some scrap wood pieces at a hardware store for free.
Lowe's also provided our child-sized hammers for free; we just had to ask.
We pre-drilled holes for using the screwdriver, but the children used a real screwdriver with a real screw.
Paint Roller Letter Game: Draw large letters on the pavement with sidewalk chalk. Give each child a wet-with-water paint roller and let them wash off the letters as you call out the letter names.
We didn't make our big tunnel out of boxes. We used a table and blankets instead (easier!).
The following snacks: brick houses, melon towers, party sandwiches, and cubed cake sculptures were all found in Cooking Art, a fantastic recipe book for kids.
Always have different kinds of blocks on hand in case you have extra time. The kids LOVED simply building with blocks! We brought in Duplo, wooden blocks, Lincoln Logs, Kid K'nex, etc.
The cost of this class should probably be $20 and not $15.
I have a Let's Build It! board on Pinterest where I pinned many of the ideas for this class, and where I continue to pin other preschool building fun!
This is a class I taught last spring (2013) for grades1st-4th. In order to keep my classes on the small side (important for this one), I taught it to two different groups of kids, two different hours. It's messy; it's fun. It's kids getting a chance to make their own craft supplies and more!
Unfortunately, I can't find any photos of this class. Maybe I found one. I should post it for evidence that I really did teach this one. Here. Oh. Maybe I found two (of our corn syrup paintings).
Anyway, as cute as those kids are, the photos aren't what's important. I can still give you the meat and bones. You can grab the syllabus by clicking on the image below.
Our favorite things to make were the coffee dough habitats, sidewalk chalk, dinosaur digs, and plastic sun catchers (we still have ours in a window!). The Kool-Aid Play-doh and the shrinky dinks were also a hit. If I were to teach this class again, I would include all of the above.
And, just because I like you, I'm going to recommend finding replacements for the bouncy balls and the homemade stickers (Can anyone say wet-dog-smell and dry-heaving? Yuck!)
All the ideas for this class are linked up on my Crazy Kid Concoctions Pinterest Board. You will find some additional ideas there, too.
My sweet and smart friend, Brandy, created and taught this class last fall. Our co-op ran 12 weeks, so she chose four American Girl dolls and decided to focus on each one for three weeks.
Each week, the girls were encouraged to go home and read one book about the featured doll. During the tea parties, the girls would discuss the books they read. The girls also completed the Where in the World? map mini-books for each doll as part of their history weeks.
Week 1: History Week
Learn about the founding fathers. Were they founders or traitors?
Week 2: Craft Week
Make hornbooks (from plastic cutting boards at the Dollar Tree) and quill pens.
Week 3: Tea Party
Gingerbread cake, apple-butter, and tea.
Week 4: History Week
Santa Fe Trail and Pueblo Indians
Week 5: Craft Week
Make cornhusk dolls
Week 7: History Week
Jewish Emigrants and Immigrants?
Week 8: Craft Week
Week 9: Tea Party
Challah and pomegranates juice*
We were blessed to have a Russian Jew guest speaker come to our tea!
*The Jews believed that each seed in the pomegranate represented a law.
Week 10: History Week
The Great Depression
Week 11: Craft Week
(Recycled Project) Cereal Box Beads
Week 12: Tea Party
Poor Man's Cake and Kool-Aid