Monday, December 5, 2016

scenes from the classroom: november

tiny pumpkins

fine motor work
sensory play
doctor's office play
watercolors and pipettes
monochromatic collage jars
mixing up pudding
the art table
flower experimentation

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

scenes from the classroom: october

wiffle balls and pipe cleaners
birdseed in the sensory tub
painting with feathers
natural geo-board turned hammering boards
making nests

Friday, October 7, 2016

windy art via Handmade Kids Art blog

My co-teacher found this nifty project on Handmade Kids Art blog and was so taken with it, she tried it out with her class. I was so taken with it, we did it in my class as well. The children really enjoyed it!

The first step is to imagine what the wind would look like if you could see it. The children used markers to show what their wind would look like.

Next up, the children selected a paint color and squirted it onto their tray and used their fingers to replicate what they drew on their papers.
After they used their fingers to draw the wind on their trays, they flipped their paper onto the paint, marker side down, to pull a print. We give them the vocabulary such as print pulling, etc. to let them know their art is valid. Once they pull their print, they use glue to adhere three dimensional elements of wind such as yarn and feathers.

Aren't they happy? It was very interesting to watch the children follow the steps to their own tune. The dialog that went on was a lot of fun as well. Thank you Handmade Kids Art for sharing your projects!  

Friday, September 16, 2016

sometimes all you need is suds

We had a hot week at school and weirdly enough, the kiddos just weren't into the water table. That all changed with the addition of a few squirts of liquid soap. Not only did they keep cool, they (and the toys) got squeaky clean!

Thursday, June 9, 2016

same but different

I'm sorry for the blurry photo but really wanted to show you these two paint palettes as poured by two different kiddos. Both were three at the time, one a few months shy of their fourth birthday, the other a few months into their third year. What a difference a few months make! I love this so much.

Monday, May 30, 2016

a window full of happy

I usually hang art up on the line to move it out of the way for new art that needs a flat surface for drying. This assortment of art waiting to go home was too happy not to photograph! We have our weather sun catchers on the window, our veggie prints hanging on the wire, our pool noodle sculptures on the shelf, and an be-glittered pine cone or two as well. Swoon!

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!

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 motor work and button practice!

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, 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!