The Nature Preschool at Irvine is learning about senses! We are taking in all the winter wonder through hands on experiences and sensory based learning inside and outside. Our classrooms were filled with spicy aromas this week! The children had so much fun creating spice cards, running the spice market, and acting like chefs while whipping up some spicy play dough! We enjoyed figuring out how many senses we used for each activity! We could smell the spices, feel the dough and see the shapes that were made. That means we were using three of our five senses! Outside we kept ourselves aware and charted all the different ways we use our senses on the hike. Some of our favorite things were hearing bird calls, touching slippery ice, smelling the branches of a spice bush, seeing hawks soar above the meadow, and of course, tasting hot cocoa to warm ourselves up!
On Thursday, Nature Preschool visited the Baltimore Aquarium! Our senses were overloaded with vivid colors, interesting aquatic life, various textures and so much more! Each time the children stopped at an exhibit, their eyes widened with curiosity! There were so many questions being asked and so much excitement all around! The children got to partake in the Aquatic Critter program where they learned about and touched hermit crabs, snails, and horse shoe crabs! Did you know horse shoe crabs have 10 eyes! The children looked through kaleidoscopes to experience what it would be like to see with that many eyes!
We look forward to more fun exploring our senses in the upcoming weeks!
Hard at work making spice cards!
The Spice Market
What are you selling sir?
Spice Market Play
That looks fun!
Scents and Smiles
Friends playing together!
Winter Walk Bingo
Sensory Cutting- What do you smell?
Let’s tally our answers!
What were the results?
Do you like the smell of this spice?
He likes it!
He does NOT like it!
Thumbs down for him too!
Small World Play
Painting with jingle bells! Stimulating our sense of sight and hearing!
Enjoying time in the outdoor classroom!
She found this toy filled with ice!
Look at that jump!
Fixing our fallen tree!
Deep in thought!
Tangled up in roots!
Exploring the slimy texture of our goo!
He is enjoying the goo!
Miss Kat isn’t so sure!
Look how it stretches!
Making Scent Dough!
Look at all those spices! It smells delicious!
Hmm… What to add next?
Spice muffins smell delicious!
Visual Arts- Masking Tape Paintings
Spice Ice Exploration
What time is it?
What are you adding to your playdough?
Something that smells great!
Beautiful visual arts at the easel!
Practicing writing our names!
Making a clay coil pot!
Tasting something sour!
Winter Scavenger Hunt!
Exploring a snow patch!
Running down the meadow!
Look at the size of that puddle!
Climbing trees in the deep woods!
I see you!
Huddling with a teacher!
This guy found some bark!
A smile hiding from the chilly wind!
Beautiful art created with manipulative!
Nature Journal Provocation!
Friends making faces together!
This face looks mixed up!
This face looks angry!
The Aquatic Critter Class at the Baltimore Aquarium!
Using our sense of touch to further explore a sea critter!
This sea critter carries its home on its back. Do you know what it is?
Using a kaleidoscope to experience what it would be like to see with 10 eyes!