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  • GH11325 Early Childhood EducationA Gryphon House Book

    This giant resource provides everything teachers need to make learning centers fun, exciting, and packed with learning!

    The GIANT Encyclopedia of Learning Center Activities is the latest book in the award-winning,

    best-selling GIANT Encyclopedia series. Youll find traditional learning centers with great new twists, as well as unique new learning centers to revitalize your classroom.

    Teacher-developed and teacher-tested, these ideas and activitiesare sure to add zest to every preschoolers day!

    Art Bakery & Cooking Bank Barber Shop & Beauty Salon BeachBlocks Camping Castle Circus Construction Detective

    Dinosaurs Doctors Office Farm Fire Station Fitness FlowerShop Garage Sale Gas Station and Garage Greenhouse GroceryStore & Supermarket Housekeeping Ice Cream Shop LibraryMagician Math Music & Movement Nighttime Outside Party Pets Picnic Pioneers Post Office Restaurant Safari Sand &Water Science & Nature Sensory Shoe Store Sounds Space

    Storytelling Toys Transportation Writing Zoo

    A Gryphon House Book

    $29.95

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  • The GIANT Encyclopedia of Learning Center Activities

    Edited by Kathy Charner, Maureen Murphy, and Jennifer Ford

  • Over 600 ActivitiesWritten by Teachers for Teachers

    Edited by Kathy Charner, Maureen Murphy, and Jennifer Ford

    Illustrations by Kathi Whelan Dery

    The

    GIANTEncyclopedia of

    Learning CenterActivities

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    2005 Gryphon House

    Published by Gryphon House, Inc.

    PO Box 10, Lewisville, NC 27023

    800.638.0928 (toll free); 877.638.7576 (fax)

    Visit us on the web at www.gryphonhouse.com

    All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in

    a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic,

    mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without the prior written

    permission of the publisher. Printed in the United States of America. Every

    effort has been made to locate copyright and permission information.

    Illustrations: Kathi Whelan Dery

    Cover Art: Beverly Hightshoe

    Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

    The giant encyclopedia of learning center activities / edited by Kathy

    Charner, Maureen Murphy, and Jennifer Ford.

    p. cm.

    Includes bibliographical references and index.

    ISBN 978-0-87659-001-0

    1. Education, Preschool--Activity programs. 2. Classroom learning

    centers. I. Charner, Kathy. II. Murphy, Maureen. III. Ford, Jennifer,

    1980-

    LB1140.35.C74G52 2005

    372.21--dc22

    2004024037

    Bulk purchase Gryphon House books are available for special premiums and salespromotions as well as for fund-raising use. Special editions or book excerpts

    also can be created to specification. For details, contact the Director of

    Marketing at Gryphon House.

    Disclaimer Gryphon House, Inc. and the authors cannot be held responsible fordamage, mishap, or injury incurred during the use of or because of activities

    in this book. Appropriate and reasonable caution and adult supervision of

    children involved in activities and corresponding to the age and capability

    of each child involved, is recommended at all times. Do not leave children

    unattended at any time.

    Observe safety and caution at all times.

  • The GIANT Encyclopedia of Learning Center Activities 5

    Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13

    ArtSnip, Snip, Snip! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23

    A Rainbow of Hands . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25

    All About MePack of Crayons . . . . . . 26

    Art Show . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27

    Blowing Paint . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27

    Bubble Bear . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28

    Build a Face . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29

    Central Collage Station . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29

    Coffee Filters in the Rain . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30

    Fall Leaf Rubbings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31

    Felt Faces . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32

    Fish Prints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32

    Hoppy Easter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33

    Ive Seen Beautiful Trees . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35

    Leaf Splatter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35

    Magic Dough . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36

    Making Fingerpaint . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37

    Me, Myself, and I . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38

    Melted Crayon Art . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39

    Mirror Butterfly Handprints . . . . . . . . . . 39

    Multicultural Puzzle Piece Art . . . . . . . . 41

    My Name Looks Like This . . . . . . . . . . . . 41

    Pottery Studio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42

    Rain Splatter Painting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42

    Rainbow of Colors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43

    Silhouettes and Shadows . . . . . . . . . . . . 44

    Snowflakes Dancing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45

    Texture Kites . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46

    The Wreath . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48

    Bakery & CookingShaping Up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49

    Cinnamon Dough Bears . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50

    Coconut Boom Boom Tree . . . . . . . . . . . 51

    Colored Applesauce . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52

    Cook-A-Doodle-Doo! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52

    Cookie Craze . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53

    Cookie Cutter Puzzles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54

    Counting Cookies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55

    Deviled Eggs in a Bag . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55

    Dough Tools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57

    Edible Art . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58

    Hum Hum Hummus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59

    Ladybug, Ladybug, Fly Away Home . . 60

    Making Applesauce . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61

    Nutty Numbers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61

    Pastry Painting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62

    Pigs in a Blanket . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63

    Pizza Pie Match . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63

    Pretend Cooking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65

    Playdough Pumpkin Pies . . . . . . . . . . . . 65

    Stoplight Snack . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66

    Sweets for the Sweet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67

    The Edible Spaceship . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68

    BankChildrens Central Bank . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70

    Coin Sorting Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72

    Drive-Up Banking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73

    Egg Carton Money Match . . . . . . . . . . . 75

    Loan Officer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76

    Money Bingo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76

    Pennies for a Popcorn Party . . . . . . . . . 77

    Milk Carton Piggy Banks . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78

    The Bank . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79

    The Piggy Bank . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79

    The Safe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80

    Work Station . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81

    Barber Shop & Beauty SalonAt the Barber Shop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82

    The Barber Shop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83

    Dolls Day Out . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84

    Hairstyles Galore . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85

    Manicure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86

    Tiny Trims . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86

    BeachBeach Vacation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88

    Beach Day . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89

    Beach Time . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89

    Beach Weight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90

    Beach in a Bottle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91

    Table of Contents

  • 6 The GIANT Encyclopedia of Learning Center Activities

    Table of Contents

    Dont Be Crabby . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92

    Exploration Bottles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92

    Fish in the Sea . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93

    Beach Fun . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94

    Neon Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95

    Sand Search BottlesVisual . . . . . . . . . 95

    Sewing Beach Cards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96

    Shell Games . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97

    Sun Tag . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 98

    Walking on the Beach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99

    BlocksBlockheads . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100

    Blocks Galore! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100

    Blueprint Books . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101

    Food Pyramids With Blocks . . . . . . . . . 102

    Hand-Made Blocks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103

    Making Shape Patterns . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103

    Masterpieces in the Community

    and on the Road . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 104

    Our Town in the Block Area . .