Fine motor acorn play

I love how preschoolers live in the moment. Sometimes, as a preschool teacher, it is easy to think that certain things or topics should only be considered for play in the classroom during a specific time of year…

Well, I am here to tell you that preschoolers can teach us a thing or two about appreciating the things all around us, no matter what time of year it is. Just like my nephew taught me last week when we went for a little walk outside…

First he found some acorn caps on the ground and decided he wanted to keep them  – I thought acorns were only supposed to be around in the fall…

Then he set the acorn caps out on a piece of wood and began to count them…

When we went back inside to my classroom, he set the acorn caps out on a table and began to count them again…

Doesn’t this kid know that you are not supposed to play with acorns during the summer? Isn’t that a fall activity?

Oh well, I decided that since he was so interested in the acorn caps, I might as well go along with it. So I handed him some chopsticks…

And a baby food jar to put his summer time acorn cap collection in…

Turns out that collecting, counting, and tweezing acorn caps is the coolest summer time idea ever!…

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Sorry – Amazon doesn’t seem to have any acorns:)

By |2012-08-23T06:00:33+00:00August 23rd, 2012|

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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.

2 Comments

  1. Cathie August 23, 2012 at 8:22 am - Reply

    It’s so sad Amazon doesn’t have any acorns! LOL. That’s exactly what we do = follow children’s lead in play. Fun activity. Visit what’s happening at toddlersthroughpreschool.com. Cathie

  2. Mindi August 24, 2012 at 11:10 am - Reply

    Fantastic idea!! lots of language in this activity too. Will have to check out those acorn books and include this in my fall language activity series. 🙂

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