Doctor Bag Art

Fold a piece of black construction paper in half and cut out a doctor bag so that it opens on the fold. Provide cotton balls, band-aids, cotton swabs, tongue depressors and any other items that children can glue into their bags. Also provide small pictures of items or pieces of paper that the children can draw other things a doctor might need. Talk about what each item is for and help the children learn the names of the items. Be sure to spend time in a closing circle remembering the items found in the doctor bags.


uses new vocabulary in everyday speech

asks questions

Band-aid Bodies (L5)

Trace each child's body onto strips of butcher paper. Have the children decorate their own body to look like themselves. Then have them draw 4 or 5 boo-boo's on their bodies. Have the children tell you where the boo-boo is and how they got it. These are great to hang in hallways and the parents and other teachers get a kick out of reading them!


dictates for adults to write

Clothes Wash

Provide tubs of soapy water and aprons. Allow children to wash baby clothes in the tubs and then hang them to dry on a chain length fence or stretch of clothesline. **Be sure to hang the clothesline out of the way so children will not run into it.


participates in class jobs
understands roles of people in society

Making Menus

Each group works together to make one menu. Provide small food pictures to choose from. The children decide as a group which foods to glue onto the menu and what prices to write next the the pictures. They can also vote on a name for their restaurant. Plan a closing circle where the groups can talk about their menus.


responds to suggestions of others

negotiates with others

Skeleton Pictures

Provide body outlines and materials to make bones such as cotton swabs, craft sticks, toothpicks, packing peanuts, etc. Children can glue the "bones" onto the paper to create a skeleton.


picks up small objects

Measuring Height

Measure one child at a time using objects in the classroom. Each child can choose to be measured with a different object. Suggestions: stack blocks and count how many blocks tall, connect markers end to end and count how many markers tall, connect paper clips together and count how many paper clips tall, etc. You may have to make suggestions to the younger children in your class, but the older ones will be able to creatively decide how they want to be measured!




Food Group Plates

Cut food pictures from magazines or clip-art books. Sort them into food groups. Give each child a plate and have them choose one food from each food group to glue to their plates.


one-to-one correspondence

Clothesline Math

Cut clothing shapes from different colors of poster board. Write one numeral on each one. Hang a piece of twine or yarn on the wall or across a windowsill. Provide clothespins and encourage the children to hang the clothes so that the numbers are in order.


arranges objects in one-to-one correspondence

recognizes numerals

compares numbers

Shape Bodies

Cut body parts from magazines (heads, arms, legs, hands, feet) Cut shapes out of colored construction paper. Children choose a shape and search through the magazine pictures to select all the parts to make the shape into a person. While the children are working, use positional words to describe where they are going to put all the pieces.


recognizes and names shapes

uses words to describe position and direction

Dem Bones

Find a hinged skeleton like the ones they sell around Halloween to hang for decorations where the arms and legs move. Take it apart and give it to the children to put back together as they learn about how the bones go together.


makes observations using the senses