Pre-K Activities- Wednesday, April 15th

Hi Pre-K!  I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter!  I am going to share with you 2 different spider stories today and show you a song, The Itsy Bitsy Spider.  First, watch the video of me reading Pete the Cat and the Itsy Bitsy Spider by James Dean.  In this story we are going to say our “hissy s” sound, count to 8, identifying feelings and emotions and the pronouns he/she.

Here is also the link: Mrs. Lawrence reads Pete the Cat and the Itsy Bitsy Spider by James Dean

Here is another reading of the story where you can see the pictures better:

Pete the Cat and the Itsy Bitsy Spider

I also wanted to share with you one more spider story so you can, again, practice your “hissy s” sound when saying spider!  Is the spider in this story a boy or a girl?  How do you know?

The Very Busy Spider- Eric Carle

Watch the video of me singing the Itsy Bitsy Spider and see if you can sing along and do the actions!

itsy bitsy spider

The Itsy Bitsy Spider

Play Dough Spider with loose parts:


Make the play dough with your child!  Here is my favourite recipe:

You will need:

  • 1 cup salt
  • 2 cups flour
  • 4 tsp. Cream of tartar
  • 2 tbsp. Cooking oil
  • 2 cups water
  • Food colouring

Add food colouring to water.  Mix all ingredients in a saucepan.  Have your child help with the measuring and mixing!  This is a great opportunity to practice counting. An adult will then have to cook on medium heat for 3-5 minutes, stirring constantly until it becomes stiff.  Store in a container in the refrigerator to have it last the longest!

Be creative with the loose parts you include for your play dough spiders, we use a sorting tray in the classroom, similar to the picture below.  Then let your child use their imagination to make spiders and different insects with the play dough and loose parts.

play doh spider

Spider craft:

Paint or colour a paper plate whatever colour you would like (could also just use a piece of white paper cut into a circle to colour or paint on).  Cut 8 strips of paper (adults could draw lines down the paper to help you and then you can cut on the lines) for the legs and glue 4 on each side- Pre-K- practice your counting!  Pre-K- draw 2 circles on back paper for the eyes and then try cutting out (adults you can help!). Glue on eyes and you have your spider! Use your spider to sing the Itsy Bitsy Spider song with you!

Through this craft we can work on our scissor skills, we can practice counting and we can develop our drawing skills.



Gross motor: Obstacle course in your house!

Using things in your home, create an obstacle course.  Here are some ideas:

  • Cover chairs, tables, coffee tables and larger furniture with blankets to create tunnels to crawl through.
  • Roll up blankets and towels to balance on, walk across and jump over.
  • Use cushions, couch cushions to jump on/ over.
  • Turn plastic bowls upside down as stepping stones. (Be Careful they don’t slide. You could place them on a carpet or yoga mat for more stability.)
  • Place tape on the floor to create arrows, X’s and ladders. Etc.
  • Use other things you may have in the home such as pool noodles, hula hoops, tunnels and balloons.

This is also a great opportunity to practice using words like over, under, through, on top, behind and between.  Send me a picture if you complete an obstacle course at home!

Here are some more pictures from last weeks activities:

Hope you enjoy this week’s activities 🙂

Mrs. Lawrence

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