Early Childhood

Keeping PreK Engaged

I am currently in a PreK classroom and we are learning about snakes. I want my students to have fun and get a hands-on experience. What fun activties do you reccommend for PreK involving snakes? 

Mia Martinez
Mia Martinez
120 Activity Points

Hi Mia!

I think that is so awesome that you are learning about snakes with your preschool students. They must be so excited about it! I think that one way you could give students hand on activites with snakes could be first by having them play with fake rubber snakes. This will maybe give them a little preview as to what a real snake is like if they have no experienced one before. Then, I would look into seeing if their is someone local that has a snake as a pet or even from an expert like a pet store/zookeeper/wildlife employee that could bring in the snake and share about it with the kids! That way the expert knows how to safely handle the snake and the kids could engage with the snake even if they don't want to touch it. I recently learned from the director of the Regents Center for Early Developmental Education that the more enriched experiences you can give kidds early on, the better off they will be in life as they grow up. Good luck with your snake lesson and I hope this helps!

Rylee Flege
Rylee Flege
2075 Activity Points

Hi! It is so awesome that you are wanting to make this experience as authentic for your students as possible! I am a student at the University of Northern Iowa, and we have been learning about how crucial it is for students to have hands-on experiences and just be able to explore. I think your students would love if you found someone in the area who could bring in a live snake that they knew how to properly handle to make sure students & yourself are safe at all times! You could even have your students explore with worms (I know they aren't snakes, but they are something safer for students that is easier to access). You could make comparrisons between worms & snakes also to really get your students asking questions and making connections to something they are proboalby more familiar with, since they problably see worms more often. I hope this is helpful & good luck with your snake unit! :)

Riley Bodley
Riley Bodley
2665 Activity Points

Hi Mia, I think it is a wonderful idea to teach your students about snakes. I am a currently a student a student at the University of Northern Iowa and we have talked alot about having hands on lessons for our students.  I recently went to our Regents Center for Early Development and we talked about giving more expereinces early on to children to let them to learn through discovery and in hands on ways. I have learned in different classes that young children learn best through play and hands on expereinces when they are leading the investigation.  I think you could introduce the idea with a fake rubber snake first to give the students an idea of what a snake is like. Then I would find someone who handles snakes and have them bring a snake into the classroom for the students to see and ask questions about but making sure that everyone involved stays safe. Good luck with your snake lessons and I hope this helps.

Kaleigh Greufe
Kaleigh Greufe
2555 Activity Points

Hey Mia! I think its great you want to teach your kids about snakes! If you think they could handle it I see nothing wrong with bringing a small snake into the classroom for the student to touch. I'd just make sure the snake and the students stay safe at all times! 

Good luck and happy teaching!

Joy Annell Cross
Joy Annell Cross
540 Activity Points

It is good idea!





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Check out and see if there are any reptile rehab centers near you!  Most of these centers do free student learning experiences and tend to want to come out to schools and show them more! 

Amanda Fraley
Amanda Fraley
555 Activity Points

It is so important to keep learning experiences engaging and authentic for students to learn to their fullest potential! This can be especially difficult to do for preschool students who do not have a very developed attention span. Learning experiences for all students should be engaging and interesting. I find the best way to do this is to make the lesson hands on and make connections to the student’s life. There is so much you can do with this fun lesson!

Jenna Guggenbiller
Jenna Guggenbiller
785 Activity Points

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