“We live on the earth. It is made up of three things: land, water and air.”
This lesson is a great introductory one for preschoolers. I used these “props” to begin the lesson:
- Three containers
- Blue Liquid Water Color (to color the water)
- A piece of brown, blue and white construction paper
- Cork or another kind of board to create your strips of water, land and air
- Concrete objects to place in each area
- A small basket for the small objects (most of our objects were from Safari Toobs)
- I prepared the Land, Air, Water diagram ahead of time by gluing strips of blue, brown and white construction paper on a piece of cork board. I used Mod Podge to seal the paper and make it look a little shinier. Once that dried, I prepared the basket of objects and placed them next to the diagram and three jars that I filled with water (and a little blue liquid water color), land (dirt from our yard) and air.
- Carry the tray to the child (or children).
- Describe what is on the tray as they are: “This jar has dirt in it. This jar has water in it. This jar has air in it, we just cannot see it. This board has three areas: this blue area is water, this brown area is the land and this white are is the air.”
- The first presentation I began placing the objects on the appropriate strip and named each object as I placed it down : “Airplane. Tractor. Duck.” The next times the work is used by your child, allow him the opportunity to name and/or place the objects.
If you enjoyed this post, check out this Introductory Preschool Activity on Land Forms.
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