What better way to celebrate the end of our preschool year, than with a week full of carnival themed learning? I hope your kids enjoy these summery carnival themed activities as much as Madelynn did!
Here were our plans for our carnival theme:
And here are the details for each activity:
Carnival of the Animals:
We started off the week listening to the music from Camille Saint-Saëns’s and moving like the animals in Carnival of the Animals by Jack Prelutsky. This book has a poem for each animal accompanied by a classical musical movement. After reading each poem we listened to the song and Madelynn pretended to be each animal in the circus.
Our next story was Little Elliot Big Fun By Mike Curato. Before reading, we practiced making predictions.
Color by Sound Ice Cream:
Carnival Sound Stamping:
Pop the Middle Sound:
Carnival Name Craft:
Carnival Journal Writing:
Carnival Number Writing Tray:
Ducky Grab and Color Graph:
Our math focus this week was graphing and analyzing data. For our first activity I used permanent marker to color dots on the bottom of small rubber ducks. Then I placed all of the ducks in a small bin of water. Madelynn chose a duck and recorded on the graph. She continued grabbing ducks until all the duck colors were graphed.
Bucket Toss Graphing:
Our next carnival game was this bucket toss game. I filled a bin with small ping pong balls. Then, Madelynn tossed the balls one at a time into the buckets. When she finished tossing, she counted the number of balls in each bucket and graphed them on the recording sheet.
Scoop and Graph Popcorn:
Our last activity was a yummy rainbow popcorn graph. Madelynn used a small cup to grab a scoop of rainbow colored popcorn. Then she sorted the colored pieces onto the rainbow popcorn graph. Finally she recorded the number of each color, then used the graph to answer the questions. And of course ate her delicious snack when she finished.
*You can also dye your own popcorn following these instructions.
Popcorn Number Sense Mats:
We used these mats to practice numbers 11-20 this week. First, Madelynn identified the large number. Then she made it with play dough and counted the popcorn in the ten frame. Next, she used a dry erase marker to practice writing the number, and finally counted out pieces of popcorn to fill the bucket with the correct amount.
Popcorn Sensory Bin:
Popcorn Stamping Craft:
Our first craft this week turned out super cute. First I printed popcorn box pieces on colored cardstock. Madelynn cut and glue the pieces together. Next she scrunched up a small piece of tissue paper to use as a stamper. I filled a tray with yellow and white paint and she stamp the tissue in both colors to stamp delicious buttery popcorn on top of the box.
For our science experiment this week we made our very own balloon inflator. First Madelynn poured about ½ cup vinegar into an empty plastic water bottle. Next, I helped her stretch a balloon out a bit and insert the funnel. She filled balloon about halfway with baking soda. I carefully stretched the balloon around the neck of the bottle without letting the baking soda fall into the bottle. Then Madelynn lifted the balloon up and shook the baking soda into the bottle. Finally she watched in awe as the balloon inflated!
Cotton Candy Puffy Paint:
Our second craft this week was yummy puffy cotton candy paint. Madelynn helped me mix a small batch of puffy paint with equal parts shaving cream and white glue in a bowl. I divided it into 2 bowls and dyed one pink and one blue with food coloring. I also rolled a small piece of white cardstock to form a cone and glued it to the bottom of a sheet of paper for the cotton candy cone. Madelynn used the puffy paint to paint swirls of cotton candy on top of the cone.
Duck Race Sensory Bin:
For our last carnival themed game, I cut a pool noodle the length of the bin and placed it inside to divide the bin into 2 “lanes.” Then we placed one rubber duck in each lane. We each used a squirt gun to squirt the duck and race to the other side of the bin. Madelynn also had fun just spraying and splashing with the ducks in the bin even without racing.