Here are some examples of the activities that have been putting out at each interest area over the past several weeks.
Using bingo dabbers and circle stickers the children created flowers and other pictures. I found this idea on Pinterest.
I've wanted to introduce weaving into a classroom for quite some time and just never really got around to it. NAEYC's latest issue of Teaching Young Children has an article on weaving and it gave me the inspiration I needed. I found these simple looms and loops at Jo-Ann fabrics. I remember making pot holders this way as a child. My biggest brainstorm was using an old baby-gate I had in my house as a frame for weaving. Plus, the former kindergarten teacher left a huge supply of old neckties. I had no idea what I was going to do with them all and then I realized they would be absolutely perfect for weaving through the baby gate. Now, I have a weaving area in the classroom.
Word Puzzles at the "Writing" Center
Eggs in a Basket
Lakeshore sells a game called "Strawberries in a Basket Counting Game" for $24.95. I love the idea of the game, but didn't want to spend the $ for such an easy to reproduce game. Since we are talking about oviparous animals in class and hatching our own chickens, I decided to make my own "Eggs in a Basket" game. This cost me $6 at the dollar store ($1 for two large green dice, $2 for 2 sets of blue baskets, $3 for bags of colorful eggs). These supplies are very flexible and I've been using them for other activities too, making the $6 investment quite worthwhile. The game itself is easy. Roll the green dice and then put that many eggs in your basket. The person with the most eggs wins.
I created this discovery area in the center of the room. My initial plan was to have it focused on science explorations, similar to what is pictured here. However, I've ended up using the area for a wide range of activities. I like that 4 children can comfortably sit or stand around the tables and have ample room to work.