Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Sun Preschool Lesson Plans

Sun Prints On a sunny day, have the children place various objects on a piece of fading construction paper. Leave it out for the day and come back to see what happened.

Sun Art Have children paint a paper plate yellow. When dry, the children can add facial features with a marker. You may even glue yellow strips of paper around the edges for rays.

Sun Masks Have children paint a paper plate yellow. Then cut out holes for eyes, and glue a Popsicle stick on the back of the plate.

Mister Sun Oh mister sun, sun, mister golden sun, (Place hands over head to form sun) 
Please shine down on me. (Wiggle fingers while moving hands down) 
Oh mister sun, sun, mister golden sun,(Place hands over head to form sun) 
Hiding behind the tree. (Place hands over eyes) 
These little children are asking you, (Points to children) 
To please come out so we can play with you. (I don't know sign) 
Oh mister sun, sun, mister golden sun,(Place hands over head to form sun) 
Please shine down on,(Wiggle fingers while moving hands down) 
Won't you shine down on,(Wiggle fingers while moving hands down) 
Please shine down on me.(Point at self)

Torn Paper Sunshines Have the children tear pieces of yellow construction paper, and glue them on a paper plate for a sun!.

Sunshine Necklaces 
Supply the children with many yellow circles. (You can buy them here!!) Then, have them use a hole punch to make a hole, so they can thread them onto a piece of yarn.

Sunshine Rubbings Cut circle shapes from paper doilys or sandpaper. Tape these sunshines to the table. Have the children place a piece of thin white paper over the circles and rub a yellow crayon over the circle (sunshine).

Jump into the Sunshine Set a hula hoop on the floor. Play some music and have your child walk around the hula hoop. When the music stops, have them jump into the hoop (the sunshine).

Jump Over the Sun Cut out circle from yellow paper or newspaper (you can have the children paint it yellow). They need to be small enough for the children to be able to hop over. Then set them on the floor and ask the children to take turns hopping over the sun.

Sun Fishing Cut out several sun shapes from light yellow construction paper. Write several numbers or letters on them. Have them laminated. Then place a paper clip on each sun. Make a fishing pole out of a dowel or pencil, string and a magnet. Place the suns on the floor and have the children sit in chairs around the suns. (This may work better with a few fishing poles.) Have the children try to catch a sun with the fishing pole. Then, when they catch one.. show it to them and ask what letter or number it is. Variation: For younger children you could make the suns different colors and ask what color is the sun Variation: Ask the child if they can catch the "a" or the "1"

Sunshine Headbands Measure your child's head, and cut a piece of construction paper long enough to create a headband. Glue the paper together so the headband fits snugly on your child's head but is loose enough to take off easily. Have the children cut out yellow sun shapes or use stickers and glue to the headband.

Sunshine Musical Chairs If they children made sunshine headbands, have them wear them during this activity. Arrange the chairs in a circle. If you have younger children it is best to have too many chairs. This can be a game where everyone wins. Place different color circles on each chair. Have the children walk around the chairs until the music stops. Then everyone finds a chair. Ask who is sitting on a chair with a red circle? Yellow? Etc.

Sun Bean Bag Toss Cut out three sun shapes from a piece of cardboard. Paint around the shapes with yellow. When dry, prop up the cardboard and have the children play bean bag toss, trying to get the bean bags in the sun-shaped holes.

Paper Plate Sun Shaker Take two sturdy paper plates. (The stronger the better) Place some shape seeds on one of the plates and place the other plate on top of the first so that both eating surface areas are facing each other. Use masking tape to seal the plates together. Have your child decorate with yellow markers, glitter, construction paper, or ribbons. When dry, shake. Shake to music, shake it each time you take a step. Shake, Shake Shake!!! 

What is a year: 
Discuss with the children what a year is. Have one child stand in one place. They will be the sun. You can even give them a yellow plate with the word sun on it. Ask another child to be the earth. They can have a blue or green plate. Make the floor with masking tape where the child will start and stop. Have the earth child walk around the sun while spinning. Have them stop on the masking tape. Tell the children it takes 365 days for the earth to go all the way around the sun. Let other children have a chance to be the sun and earth. You can explain a day by having the sun child hold a flashlight. Turn out the lights, and have the earth child turn around in the same spot.

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