Identifying living and non-living things on the magnetic board

I am blessed to have one of our student’s grandmother, Mrs. T., volunteering some of her creative ideas,  resources, and time with our class this year…

Mrs. T. led the children through a wonderful discussion on the topic of living and nonliving things and part of her discussion included the reading of this wonderful book titled “Are You Living?” by Lara Purdie Salas…

In addition, Mrs. T invited each child to reach inside her mystery box and pull out one object then decide if the object would be considered a living or nonliving thing…

To help the children consider whether the objects would be living or nonliving things, Mrs. T. would ask the children questions like…

  • Does it need food to eat?
  • Does it need water to drink?
  • Does it grow?
Each object in the mystery box had a magnet hot glued on the back so the children could then place the objects on the magnetic board either on the living side of the board or the nonliving side of the board…
The children LOVED pulling out objects from the mystery box then deciding whether they were living or nonliving things…
We have lots more coming from Mrs. T. this year – what a blessing to have Mrs. T. share her talents and interest in science with us!

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By |2012-09-25T06:00:18+00:00September 25th, 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.


  1. Trisha @ Inspiration Laboratories September 25, 2012 at 11:29 am - Reply

    What a great lesson! I going to look for that book at the library today. 🙂

  2. Mud Hut Mama September 26, 2012 at 10:33 am - Reply

    Very timely – we are also working on living and nonliving things at the moment. I love the mystery box idea.

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