Framing up the drawing process in preschool

We have been exploring shapes all around the classroom.  For our latest activity, we used this amazing frame to help us explore rectangles…

Frame it up by Teach Preschool

If you have followed us for awhile, you will know that our children really enjoy writing and drawing in our salt trays.  Salt trays are such an excellent way to work on pre-writing and fine motor skills.  And it’s also lots of fun.  I think the secret to making the most out of salt tray play is to be creative.  We like to change up the medium and the tools that we offer to make it a new and interesting experience from time to time…

Frame it up by Teach Preschool

Deborah purchased this inexpensive frame at our local Wal-Mart.  It is made of a nice, lightweight plastic.  The frame has clear plastic sheet that makes a nice smooth, reflective surface.  The overall frame is just big enough to cover one of our small tables…

Frame it up by Teach Preschool

This was a great size because it allows several children to work around the table at the same time…

Frame it up by Teach Preschool

Typically, when we explore salt trays, the children get their own individual box or tray to play in, making it more of a parallel play activity.  But I just love how this large frame, with all of its rectangles, invites several children to enjoy this creative process at once.  They can work together to create a design…

Frame it up by Teach Preschool

Or they can work alone in their individual frames…

Frame it up by Teach Preschool

The children used the frame for practicing drawing rectangles…

Frame it up by Teach Preschool

Because it was around Valentine’s day, we also had some heart shaped cookie cutters out for the children to make prints in the salt.  Having the cookie cutters out seemed to encourage the children to draw their own hearts too…

Frame it up by Teach Preschool

But the children didn’t limit themselves to just hearts and rectangles.  We saw a lot of really cool designs.  Salt trays are such a great way to practice writing, but this frame really made it more of a unique process…

Frame it up by Teach Preschool

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By |2014-03-11T06:00:21+00:00March 11th, 2014|

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. Anne March 11, 2014 at 11:08 am - Reply

    I love your website, thank you so much for sharing, it is very inspirational to me and my class always loves your fun and educational ideas. Where do you get all of your great ideas?

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. March 13, 2014 at 9:13 pm - Reply

      Hi Anne,
      I have been teaching so long that many come from my past experiences and others are inspired by children’s books I read and others are inspired by watching what my students love and enjoy doing.

  2. Carrie Chance March 12, 2014 at 11:18 am - Reply

    I could see doing this with dry erase markers as well. Nice idea thanks!

  3. Amanda Mason March 12, 2014 at 11:22 am - Reply

    I love this! I have one of those I am not using, thanks for the great idea 🙂

    • Stephanie Schuler March 13, 2014 at 4:06 pm - Reply

      Integrate it into a lesson plan and share it here, Amanda! Would love to see what you come up with!

  4. Karen @ March 12, 2014 at 8:32 pm - Reply

    That makes a neat and interesting “container” for the salt. I like Carrie’s idea for dry erase markers as well.

  5. Clarissa Hooper March 12, 2014 at 8:51 pm - Reply

    Wow, this is really creative! Pinning it! 🙂

  6. Stephanie @ Twodaloo March 13, 2014 at 3:29 pm - Reply

    WOW! What an awesome idea!

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