Sunday, November 28, 2010
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Monday, November 15, 2010
These giant shape stamps are perfect for little hands. Students use paper strips and shape stamps to create shape patterns.
These linking family members were a "gift" from the Highlights Magazines. These are great for patterning by size.
This patterning mat set was available through Scholastic Firefly and Seesaw book clubs. I was able to use bonus points to order the set. The shapes a foam and the patterning mats help guide students.
Thursday, November 11, 2010
I saw a version of this activity at our local children's museum. All you need is a few old paint brushes and a bucket with about an inch of water. My students love to paint the sidewalk and watch their picture disappear, only to paint new ones.
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
This is a double hand print in brown, thumbs pointing up. Hands should be placed so that the fingers are intertwined. Use the finger paint technique to connect the handle of the basket with brown paint.
Students then finger print paint the flowers into the basket.
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Then the child added the rain drops.
I used the table of contents with my students to chose which animal to read about first and to model that these books don't have to be read in order. After reading about each zone, we listed all the animals that live in that zone on a large piece of chart paper.
The hand print crab is another fun ocean craft. While the students are working on something else, I call them one at a time to the art table. The students choose the color they want and I paint both their hands and place them, finger spread apart and facing out, thumbs up, on the paper. When the paint is dry the students add eyes, claws and other ocean scenery. I like how they reflect student's individuality.
The ocean display bulletin board showcases much of our work. The star fish and snorkel masks came from black line masters that the children colored. The eye mask of the snorkel shows the ocean animals the child would most like to see and was part of a journal activity.
I added different types of containers, scoops, eye droppers, corks, basters and plastic ocean animals. The children really enjoy this sensory play and use problem solving skills when filling and emptying containers.
Saturday, March 20, 2010
The girls made veils with sentence strips and real tulle. A little tulle goes a long way!(I learned the hard way that the veils should only be shoulder length, or they will get stepped on.) The boys made bow ties with tissue paper and clipped them onto their shirts with clothes pins. We had a real ring pillow and used plastic champagne glasses for the reception of milk and cookies.
We used clean baby food jars, added sticky back pictures, confetti and glitter. Then we placed the top on securely and shook them up. Dazzling! I showed the students that when they brought the dazzler home, they could fill it with water for more shaking fun. They were encouraged to ask an adult to check that the top was on tight!