These preschoolers are up to something fishy!

This week has been all about the wonderful creatures who live in the pond. The children have been exploring fish, turtles, and frogs. Today, the children created some bright and colorful fish!

The teacher set out the fish, colorful scraps of construction paper, and glue for each child.

Then the teacher explained the process to the entire group of children so they will understand what they are to do when they go to the tables.

The children started by printing their own name on one side of the fish….

Then they drew a fish face on the other side of the fish…

Next the children tore the colorful construction paper into tiny shapes and pieces…

Then added some glue and put the colorful construction paper pieces on their fish shape…

They repeated the process until they added all the colors they desired and had a pretty decorated fish!

I always enjoy observing children as they are engaged in activities. I like to observe by watching and listening…


Do you take the time to observe your preschoolers as they work and play? Taking the time to observe will teach you about what your preschoolers understand, enjoy, and what they are ready to next. Observations will help you know how to manage your time and your planning. I am not talking about formal observations with a clipboard and pen. Instead, I am talking about taking a minute just to listen to conversations and notice what the children can do and like to do. Through observation, you will be better able to adapt your teaching style and practices to meet the needs of each of your students.

By |2010-08-26T17:00:40+00:00August 26th, 2010|

About the Author:

Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog August 26, 2010 at 11:37 pm - Reply

    What a great project idea!!! And I love the tips on observing what the kids do so you can plan lessons accordingly.

  2. Brett August 26, 2010 at 11:45 pm - Reply

    great project!! i’ve done similar when i taught preschool. so much you can do with glue and shapes for great learning!

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  3. Brett August 26, 2010 at 11:45 pm - Reply

    i’m your newest email sub. from mailbox mondays!!

  4. Scott August 27, 2010 at 11:50 am - Reply

    You are definitely right to encourage us to observe and listen. Sometimes, just by listening, I’ve been able to rescue an activity from disaster to fun…by tweaking what I say, what I offer, or how I direct. And they often tell me what kinds of things to plan…even when they don’t know that’s what they are doing. I learn so much about what to do just by listening to them.

  5. Katherine Marie August 28, 2010 at 5:38 pm - Reply

    So much FUN!!!!

  6. Lillian August 30, 2010 at 10:14 pm - Reply

    Where can I find those glue bottles???

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