Nehemiah Built the Wall Day 2 Activities for Preschoolers
We have been learning about how God has made us to move. Physical activity is important to maintain our physical health just as being active in our community is important for our emotional health. This collection of activities is designed to bring focus to physical health and community health while focusing on the different learning domains of our young students. All of these activities can be completed at home with just a few minutes of prep work. Enjoy one or all activities!
Print the picture above and color during the Math Activity
At-Home Learning Worship
God wants me to work hard.
Read Nehemiah Built the Wall (Download the story by clicking below) or watch here.
Before reading the story, build a block city and leave it nearby to use after the story.
SAY: I have made a city out of blocks. As you can see, I spent a lot of time working on it. How do you think I would feel if something happened to my city? (Let the students respond.) Let’s find out. I want to ask someone to come up to help me.
Ask your child to come and knock down the block city.
Explain that you miss your city and feel sad.
Ask them to help you rebuild the city.
Explain that now you feel happy because they helped you.
At-Home Learning Math - Picture Talk
Print the picture at the top of this post, and color with your child. Use the prompts below to expand their math vocabulary.
Level 1 - Teacher and children point and count together.
What do you see in this picture? (buildings, people, buckets, building tools, sword, spear, shield, scroll)
How many people can you count? (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9)
How many clouds can you count? (1, 2, 3)
Can you point to the person sitting on the top of the wall? (top left corner)
How many people are looking up? (1)
Level 2 - Children point and touch while counting.
What do you see in the (side, middle, bottom, top) of the picture?
What is the smallest, largest, etc. thing in the picture?
Is there any object by itself? (The man next to the building at the bottom.)
Are there any groups? (Group of men working on the wall)
What shapes do you see? (Square blocks, rectangular stripes, triangular building tool)
What patterns do you see? (ABAB pattern on man's sleeve)
How many people are up on the building? (4)
How many people are down below? (5)
How many people are there altogether? (9: 4+5-9, show using a number bond or 10 frame card with counters)
Which bucket is closest to the top of the building? (The one in the middle)
At-Home Learning Science - Discovering Energy, Keeping the Heat
This is a great activity for the winter season. Using different materials you will help your child discover that different materials insulate better than others. You will need bubble wrap, masking tape, newspaper, 4 plastic water bottles, shoebox, thermometer, styrofoam, wool cloth. Cut the bubble wrap, the newspaper, and the wool cloth so that each piece of material can be easily wrapped around the bottles and taped in place. Have children use the thermometer to find out the temperature of the hot tap water that they will put into the bottles. Have your child record this temperature in the Science Data Sheet provided with this activity. Fill the bottles with hot water for the child and put the caps on the bottles. Tell your child that they need to pack one bottle in the shoebox using the Styrofoam peanuts for insulation. Have them tape one sample of insulating material around each of the remaining bottles. Help your child as needed. Once the bottles are put together put the bottle set somewhere that they can be left alone to cool. Work together to predict which bottle they think will cool the fastest and which one will cool the slowest. Have them record their predictions on their Science Data Sheet. Leave the bottles undisturbed for at least 1 hour. Once the time is up, have your child remove the insulation from the bottle and the bottle cap, and use a thermometer to discover how much each bottle has cooled. Help them with reading the thermometer and with recording their data.
Ask your child to share what they discovered. Were their predictions correct? Help them rank the insulators from 1 (the best) to 4 (the worst). Have children add this ranking to their Science Data Sheet. Help your child to understand that some materials don’t allow heat to pass through them as easily as other materials do. These materials hold the heat of the water and don’t let it escape. The other materials allow the heat to pass through them and escape into the surroundings.
Questions to Ask
Which bottle was the warmest? Which was the coolest?
Why did some bottles stay warmer than others?
When are the times you want to hold in heat? When are times that you might want the heat to escape?
At-Home Learning Language/Literacy - Build What You See
Learning how to copy patterns and designs is one of the pre-steps to copying letters and numbers. Head on over to picklebums.com (Click Here) to find patterns and pattern block printables to use at home. Teach your child how to look for a specific block to match the pattern. You can also complete this using legos or other building materials you have at home. :)
At-Home Outdoor Learning
Today is Take A Walk Tuesday. Bundle up and head out on a neighborhood walk. No destination is needed, but rather enjoy the time in God's creation. Open your eyes to the nature around you. Why did God design it so? We love looking at the chokecherries that God left on the trees for the birds to eat in the winter.
At-Home Learning Gross Motor & Fine Motor - Lion on the Loose and Playdough Play
Play “Lion on the Loose” with your child. A hallway or outside is recommended for proper space. Take a step each time you say a number. When the “Lion is on the Loose” run back to the start.
1, 2 At the zoo (clap hands);
3, 4 Lions roar (make claws with both hands and roar);
5, 6 Elephant kicks (kick one leg forward);
7, 8 Breaks the gate (mime breaking a stick between 2 hands);
9, 10 Count again (shake one index finger);
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 Lion on the loose!
Make play dough for the week using this quick recipe. Make sure to save the dough in an airtight container for long time enjoyment. After making the playdough, use an ice cube tray to make bricks and build the wall like Nehemiah. Talk about how the workers must have worked hard for quite a while to build such a big wall. It’s a good thing that God made us to move. You can also work on building letters - particularly the letters in their name.