The chances in preschool

The chances in preschool

If you give a child a pitcher of juice, chances are she will spill it…

If you give a child a crayon, chances are she will scribble with it…

If you give a child a puzzle, chances are she will dump it…

If you give a child a set of paints, chances are he will mix it…

If you give a child a pile of corn seed, chances are he will scatter it…

If you give a child a length of ribbon, chances are he will knot it…

If you give a child a length of tape, chances are he will tangle it…

If you give a child an M&M to count, chances are he will taste it…

If you give a child batter to mix, chances are she will touch it…

If you give a child a bottle of glue, chances are she will waste it…

If you give a child a balloon to hold, chances are he will let go of it…

If you give a child rubber fish, chances are he will squirt it…

If you give a child a waterbead, chances are he will squish it…

If you give a child wet dirt, chances are she will step in it…

If you give a child a handful of slime, chances are she will drop it…

But the greatest chance you can take in preschool is to take no chances at all!



  • Karen Posted May 18, 2012 7:31 am

    I can’t even believe my eyes when I started reading this post…
    Just yesterday I got an email from a mom asking can we please not let her child play in the dirt anymore? When she comes to pick her up, she has to clean her up before she can take her anywhere. This child is in my care for 71/2 hours a day. I have been working for three years now on changing the attitude of my boss and support staff who work in my room about this very topic. In fact, I sat down on my computer JUST NOW to find brain related research to support my “say yes to the mess” policy.
    And what do I find? This inspiration. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart.

  • Nancy Posted May 18, 2012 8:20 am

    Thanks so much for posting this. I often tell parents that an important part of my job is to provide the messy experiences that are so vital in brain development,. Without these experiences their children would be lacking some key elements in their educational journey. My favorite line is “We provide the messy experiences here that you would rather avoid at home.” My parents laugh, but they usually agree. They would much prefer that I have the messy room to clean while they only have to clean the child!

  • Scott Posted May 18, 2012 8:33 am

    A great post, Deborah! It reminded me of a sign I saw recently: “Sorry about the mess but we’re learning here.”

    Here’s to taking more chances!

  • Susan Case Posted May 18, 2012 9:16 am

    Great post! Love it!

  • Kimira Posted May 18, 2012 9:22 am

    Deborah, that was extremely inspiring. I am sharing it .

  • Lori Posted May 18, 2012 9:26 am

    oh I love this!

  • cathy Posted May 18, 2012 9:27 am

    Very nice!

  • Janet Posted May 18, 2012 9:37 am

    Right on target!

  • lori Posted May 18, 2012 10:13 am

    i love not only this but some of the comments supporting this outlook as well. if you ladies don’t mind, i would like to borrow some quotes for our open house this week and in september. what a great community of teachers i belong to who “believe in messes.” 🙂

  • Renelik Posted May 18, 2012 10:13 am

    thanks for the timely reminder. I just lost my cool with my boys. I forgot they deserve a chance.

  • Joan Posted May 18, 2012 10:21 am

    Love this so much and I want to share it at our staff meeting next week! I usually am the last teacher to leave each day because I am cleaning up the “mess”! I think that I have more fun than the kids!!!

  • Mud Hut Mama Posted May 18, 2012 10:40 am

    This is exactly what I needed to read today! Thank you so much for posting it!

  • Diane Quigley-Clune Posted May 18, 2012 11:20 am

    Hi Deborah,

    Yes indeed I agree completely!
    I have been receiving your blog ideas each day but just recently it has not appeared in my inbox….any troubles with it that you are aware of?
    I also wanted to share the quote below with you and your readers.
    Thanks again for all you do.

    “I like interesting people and kids are really interesting people.”
    “And if you didn’t paint them in little blue, pink and yellow, it’s even more interesting. “. Maurice Sendak

  • Lisa Howie Posted May 18, 2012 12:09 pm

    Honest post about the wonder of learning through taking chances. It’s not just for preschool! Wish all our schools could appreciate the value of taking chances and learning through experience, trial and error.
    Thanks for sharing.

  • [email protected] Posted May 18, 2012 12:11 pm

    Wonderful post! You need to make it into a poster or a children’s book. Loved it.

  • Allison Posted May 18, 2012 4:43 pm

    Love love love this Deborah! It’s so true and sums up how our attitudes should be. Beautifully written. Thank you for taking the time to put this together.

  • Jacki C. Posted May 18, 2012 9:55 pm

    I loved that!

  • Joyce @Childhood Beckons Posted May 19, 2012 5:44 am

    Oh, I was smiling the whole time I read this. So true. This is an absolutely beautiful post. Thank you so much for sharing!

  • Debs – Learn with Play @ home Posted May 19, 2012 6:24 am

    What a lovely post 🙂 One I have to share.

  • Denise DeLong Posted May 19, 2012 11:01 am

    I had a prospective parent call me this week and ask, “Is your program just social, or academic?” She wanted me to know that her soon-to-be 3-year-old was already writing her name, knew all of her ABCs, etc. I had to remind her that preschool is more than cognitive skills, and this backs me. There is SO MUCH more to what we do, and parent education is key!

    Thank you for your blog, I’ll be sharing it!

  • Jessica Posted May 19, 2012 12:14 pm

    I Love this Thank you so much for sharing this! The best parts of my day are the messes with the kids weather its shaving cream art painting with pudding or just playing in mud. I have been thankful so far to have parents that understand though there kids are “just having fun” they are learning so much though the sensory conversations and questions they ask and a lot of times end up answering there selves there are those few parents who want there kiddos looking like there Sunday best at all times I had a parent of a 2 year old get upset once because she was playing on the slide and might get dirty. She then informed us that she enrolled her child to learn not to play. When it was explained to her that children learn best through there play. She considered it a few minutes and then said I want her looking her best her looks represent me. The only thing I can say to this is that poor child for the 91/2 hours a day I had her in care she got to put on play clothes and make as much “mess” fun as she wanted. Her personality started coming out and she interacted more with the other children the minute mom came in she was very careful of what she would touch and even picked her cup up ever so carefully. This is no life for a child children should be able to play and enjoy there childhood and if they learn a little (a lot) in the process Great! but as we all know learning is so much better when you enjoy it.

  • Kristine Posted May 19, 2012 2:06 pm

    If you give a child real opportunities to do things, chances are they will learn…

    This is great!! Thank you for sharing and I wish more teachers would be taking chances, for all age groups.

  • The Iowa Farmer’s Wife Posted May 19, 2012 2:55 pm

    so lovely Deborah!!!! Love all the pictures too!

  • Amy Posted May 19, 2012 5:40 pm

    Deborah, I just love it, I would like to turn it into a poster for the fall school year. Thank you so much for sharing this. I love your website.

  • JDaniel4’s Mom Posted May 19, 2012 7:30 pm

    This truly wonderful and so true. I pinned this post.

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