Saturday, May 21, 2016

what can we do with earrings?

A friend of mine gave me a large bag of jewelry. I took it to school and immediately took apart all the beaded bits and put them in a bead bowl. The rings, bracelets, and necklaces that were not beaded went into our classroom jewelry box for the kiddos to play with. But what to do with all the earrings?
One of the kiddos knew just what to do. This basket would be perfect. Look at that fine motor work!
Isn't it pretty? After all the earrings were snuggled onto the basket, he promptly put it in his head as hat! Ta-da!

Friday, March 18, 2016

sink or float?


For our week of The Three Billy Goats Gruff, one of the things we talked about was whether or not the Troll sunk or floated when he was butted off the bridge. There was a lot of discussion, with some of the children deciding that their troll would be a nice troll and would not get butted off the bridge, with other trolls sinking to the bottom and living in the river.

With all this talk of sinking and floating on our minds, the children brought in objects from home to see if they would sink or float. We did this at group time first, with each child predicting what their object would do, then we moved it all to the science table for more exploration.

All week long, the children brought in objects to test. There was a lot of activity at the science table. Many of our classroom items took a turn in the sink or float bowl. There may have been water everywhere but it was worth it...so worth it!

This was back in at the beginning of February and just this week, one of the classroom kiddos found a leaf on the playground. They said to me "I am going to see if this floats!" and they promptly placed it on a puddle to discover that it did indeed float! For the rest of the hour outside, various rocks, leaves, and bark pieces made their way to that puddle and it was awesome!

Saturday, March 5, 2016

a wee little classroom happy

*weather inspire suncatchers
*blotto trolls
*easel painting
*pool noodle sculptures
*ice cream cones
*fun with weather pillows

**just a little splash of color in our classroom to brighten your day (and mine)!

Thursday, March 3, 2016

make a button board


More like a button pillowcase...I used two cloth napkins from our local craft store, but you could just as easily use a solid color pillowcase....hand stitch a variety of buttons to the cloth, insert cardboard, cut out felt shapes (don't forget the buttonholes,) and you're good to go! This is great for fine mptpr work and button practice!

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

three bears smoosh painting

Every year when we read The Three Bears, we pull out the honey bears for some painting fun. This year, I added a slight twist to the usual suspects...
The children selected a square of construction paper in either red, white, blue, or yellow. They would then place their paper into the cookie sheet and get ready to engage those squeeze muscles. It isn't easy to squeeze paint out of a honey bear!
The children added paint to their heart's content then placed a sheet of plastic wrap on top of the happy mess. Once the plastic was placed, it was time to smoosh away.
Their favorite part was the magic of not getting their hands covered in paint (and this is a class that LOVES to cover their hands in paint!)
Minds may have been blown!

I wish I had thought to take photos of the final art...I may have but I cannot find them...we also taped up some of the pieces of plastic into our windows...all sorts of colorful pretty!

Enjoy!

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

misadventures in gluten-free play dough making

I tried, I really did, but as far as dough goes, I failed (well, sort of, at least in this instance.) I picked up some coconut flour and thought if I added cocoa powder to it and cooked it up like regular play dough it would work....I thought wrong.
I added the flour, then the cocoa, some cornstarch, and less water than usual and it looked like it might ball up but it didn't. It got too fluid and goopy so I added cornmeal and nothing happened. At this point I had about 6 cups of crumbly stuff that I was told smelled divine but what could I do to salvage it? Ooh! I know...turn it into a microwave mug cake...um....yeah, that bombed too.
Rather than admit defeat, I popped the whole crumbly mess into a container and marveled at the texture which was silly smooth and cool even if it wasn't doughy. The next day at school, I dumped the whole crumbly mess on top of the table, added a few cookie cutters, and empty heart shaped candy boxes and called it a day.
It appears the kiddos loved it...
Go figure.

Coming up, the successful gluten-free playdough recipe I rocked. Stay tuned!

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