If you step inside the Preschool A classroom and take a look around, you will find many different animals displayed all over the classroom. This is because their curriculum is all about animals.

In Nest, the curricula of the preschool classes are based on what the students are inherently interested in. Teacher LA observed that the Preschool A students had taken a liking for animals; she then devised a curriculum that reflected what they liked. As student teachers of this class, the activities we make are also reflective of the curriculum. This is precisely why there are many animal outputs displayed in the classroom. Here are a few of the activities/animals that the Preschool A has created:

1. Frog

Teacher Gia created an art activity that not only provided the children to make frogs, but also to make the home of the frogs: lily pads.

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Materials you’ll need:

– Tissue core (cut in half), paper plate, glue, green paper (cut into a pair of frog’s legs about 2 cm wide and around the same height of a one half tissue core), red paper (cut into 2×7 cm strips), clay (any color), fuzzy wire (cut down to 2 inches in length), green paint, paintbrush, eyes (white paper cut into small circles with black dots drawn at their center)

How to Make The Frog:

  1. Paint one tissue core half with green paint. Leave to dry.
  2. Using the green paper, draw one pair of frog’s legs. Cut these out and paste them to the sides of the tissue core using glue.
  3. Paste the frog eyes near the top of the tissue core.
  4. Paste the red strip at the bottom of the tissue core. This will serve as the tongue of the frog.

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How to Make The Lily Pad:

  1. Tear pieces of green paper and paste them onto the paper plate.
  2. Glue the tissue core, which should resemble a frog at this point, onto the paper plate.
  3. Pinch off a small piece of clay and form this into a ball.
  4. Insert the 2 in fuzzy wire into the clay such that the clay is halfway through the fuzzy wire. Fold the ends of the fuzzy wire inward. This will be the fly the frog is trying to eat. Attach the clay onto the paper plate by pressing it down to the plate.

Tah-dah! A frog in its natural habitat.

2. Elephant

For one whole week, the students learned all about elephants. One activity required them to create an elephant by putting together its different body parts.

Preschool A students being helped by their teachers to complete the elephants

Materials you’ll need:

–          Gray paper, scissors, tape, black marker

How to make it:

  1. Using a black marker, draw an elephant on the gray paper. Make sure that the elephant is big enough to be cut into its different body parts. Draw the eyes and the trunk not as part of the elephant, but on separate sheets of paper. Cut out all individual body parts, namely: head, ears, body (inclusive of feet), tail, eyes, and trunk.
  2. Once all parts are cut out, draw another elephant to serve as a reference for your child to use when he or she is trying to put the elephant body parts together to form a complete elephant.
  3. Let your child put the elephant together!

Tah-dah! An elephant you and your child can call your own.

3. Giraffe

This tall animal sparked the interest of Preschool A with its unique appearance. In this activity, the students were asked to design the giraffe. They pasted the spots of the giraffe and the hair on the back of its neck.

Can you guess what material was used for the giraffe’s hair? Clue: you can find it at home!

Ally tracing her name

Ally tracing her name

Basti tracing his name

Basti finishing up his giraffe worksheet

Ally and Ashley putting glue to paste their giraffe spots

Ally and Ashley putting glue to paste their giraffe spots

Materials you’ll need:

–          Construction paper, black marker, brown paper, walis tambo (or brown yarn), glue, small containers

How to make it:

  1. First, the activity sheet must be prepared. Draw a giraffe, making sure to include important details such as its long neck, ears, eyes, horns, and mouth. Leave the neck without any drawing of spots or hair.
  2. Cut out spots from brown paper. These may be irregularly shaped. Place them inside a small container.
  3. Cut out hairs from a clean broom (walis). You can opt to use yarn instead. These will serve as the hair on the giraffe’s neck. Place these in a small container as well.
  4. When all materials are prepared, invite your child to make a giraffe with you. Lay out the worksheet on the table, with the spots, hair, and glue within reach.

Tah-dah! A giraffe with a special touch.

These activities that deal with actually creating the animal helps the students familiarize themselves with the different animals out there. Of course, other skills such as their fine motor skills are targeted, as well as the development of their imagination.

Not only do these activities help the students learn about the animals, they’re really fun to do on their own. Your own version of animal art activities can be done at home. Your preschooler will no doubt enjoy it! Try it!

Take a look at more Preschool A activities here.

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