Zz is for a zany zebra

The end of our school year is approaching much too quickly and we have come to the end of our year long study of each letter of the alphabet. Today’s letter is brought to you by letter Zz for zany zebra…

Zz is for Zebra by Teach Preschool

Our year long alphabet study doesn’t guide all we do in our classroom on any given day or week but it does give us the chance to take our time exploring the sound and formation of each letter a little more closely…

Zz is for Zebra by Teach Preschool

After introducing the letter Zz during circletime, the children explored the process of creating zebra stripes and cutting out their own “zebra” or any other shape they ended up with…

Zz is for Zebra by Teach Preschool

To begin, the children used black tape (or blue) to create zebra stripes on a sheet of white paper…

Zz is for Zebra by Teach Preschool

The stripes could go any way they wished across their paper. The children had to focus on the skill of cutting the tape, keeping it from getting all bunched up, and then placing it in lines on their paper…

Zz is for Zebra by Teach Preschool

Once the children were satisfied with all the zebra stripes they had on their paper, they were ready to cut out their zebra striped shape…

Zz is for Zebra by Teach Preschool

Some of the children also took the time to add other features like eyes with markers…

Zz is for Zebra by Teach Preschool

The completed zany zebra pictures came in all shapes and sizes…

Zz is for Zebra by Teach Preschool

Zz is for Zebra by Teach Preschool

Zz is for Zebra by Teach Preschool

The thing to keep in mind was that this was all about exploring the process of making lines and cutting shapes. The children were not hung up on making a zebra although I have titled this zany zebras as my own way of referencing the idea. I encouraged the children to cut out a shape that they thought would be interesting or fun after they finished their lines. The children were quite fascinated with how they could make the lines first and then cut the shapes around or over the lines…

Zz is for Zebra by Teach Preschool

By the way, the tape we used for this process was a very easy to tear plastic tape purchased at Office Depot!

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By |2014-04-27T09:58:36+00:00April 27th, 2014|

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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. kewkew April 28, 2014 at 8:32 am - Reply

    I love the zany zebra shapes. What a neat idea. I am pinning this idea for when we get back to our z unit. thanks for sharing.
    Would love for you to stop by and share on my Toddler Idea Tuesday if you get a chance.
    Here’s the link:
    https://totsandme.blogspot.com/2014/04/toddler-ideas-tuesday-april-22nd-2014.html

    Have a great day!

  2. andie jaye April 30, 2014 at 12:25 am - Reply

    love the idea of using electrical tape to create zebras!

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