Discovering spectacular things in preschool

Discovering spectacular things in preschool

We read a book this week that inspired us to hunt for our own spectacular things.

This past week we read “Sam and Dave Dig a Hole” by Mac Barnett. Following the book, the children were invited to explore “spectacular things” all around the classroom. Remember the construction truck sensory? I added a handful of those same Dollar Store jewels to the sensory bin. The favorite center of the day, however, was this simple sand activity.

Spectacular things

I’m not really sure what to call this center, but the students loved it! I used two large, white trays for the base. I then added smaller trays on each side. I made sure to label each tray with the word observe. Then, I gathered a paint brush, a magnifying glass, and a set of tweezers for each spot. I laid down a handful of red jewels and covered them in a light layer of sand.

Spectacular things

I made sure to demonstrate to the students how they can use their brush to gently brush away the sand to uncover the jewels.Some students chose to use their hands to pick up the jewels while others used the tweezers. The children spent the entire morning doing brushing, counting, and exploring their spectacular things! I love how fascinated the children were by this process.

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  • Brenda Posted September 30, 2018 9:10 am

    What kind of sand did you use?

    • Lauren Barkes Posted October 3, 2018 9:09 am

      We just used play sand! It is the same sand that is in our sand table and can be found at a local hardware store like Home Depot!

  • Jennifer Pizer Posted September 30, 2018 1:28 pm

    I absolutely LOVE this idea! It’s most always the simple activities that capture the attention and play of our little guys! I am very inspired by this idea to try some similar things in my classroom this week. I think we may do some spectacular play and discovery in our classrooms this week too! Thanks for the reminder of the value of simple things!

    • Lauren Barkes Posted October 3, 2018 9:07 am


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