Spring up your preschool classroom with pussy willows!

The children made pussy willows in preschool today!

They started out by exploring a real pussy willow. We had to be careful because if we handled the branch too much the little buds (catkins) would fall of the branch very easily. So instead we took one of the catkins off and let the children feel it instead….

Each class, depending on the age, first made a branch by painting a brown/white/glue mixture on their paper…

The class I observed making the pussy willows was a threes class…

They used thicker brushes and some of the children really liked that brown paint…

Once they finished making their branches, they added cotton balls for the catkins…

Since their was glue added to the paint mixture, the cotton balls would stick to the paint once everything dries.

This two’s class made their pussy willows a little differently. They used their finger tips to paint their branches and catkins…

This fours class used crayons to draw their branches then spread apart the cotton balls a bit to glue on the branches…

And some of the fours also used their finger tips to make the branches and catkins…

I love how each class interprets an idea in their own way!

By |2011-03-22T23:50:21+00:00March 22nd, 2011|

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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.

6 Comments

  1. Laura March 23, 2011 at 12:10 am - Reply

    What a fun painting activity!! I love pussy-willows! We need to go out and find some.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. March 23, 2011 at 12:18 am - Reply

      I’m not sure who brought these to the school today but the kids were very interested in them:)

  2. Chel March 23, 2011 at 11:26 am - Reply

    Cool project!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. March 23, 2011 at 1:30 pm - Reply

      Thanks Chel:)

  3. Jackie Lee March 23, 2011 at 9:03 pm - Reply

    Those came out fantastic! Your kids are so talented. This might be a fun project for us, but our pussy willows haven’t budded out yet, we may have to wait a couple weeks.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. March 23, 2011 at 9:29 pm - Reply

      I think they are very talented too:) I will let them know that you liked their work:)

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