Celebrating Fall Leaves

Yes, they are dropping…are you happy, sad, excited for snow? As adults, many of us dread winter coming whereas smaller people tend to love the approach of the cold, wet stuff. Either way, fall is a wonderful reason to celebrate the change of the seasons for a little while longer. It will be white for a while soon!

Maple Leaves Punch Outs

Maple Leaves Punch Outs are perfect for labeling lockers, using for name plates or creating games.

Nature Mobile Maker

The Nature Mobile Maker is a great base for making a colourful mobile. Students can add their own light weight collections such as shells and pine cones and attach to the already notched tree branches.

How about some Art from a nature walk? I walk through a park at the moment will yield a treasure trove of beautiful leaves, twigs and pebbles.

Exploring a fall sensory box? The options are endless with sensory boxes and the open ended nature, facilitates independent and individualized learning.

Creating fall fairies is a possibility with all the wonderful options on the ground for inspiration.

Leaf Rubbing Plates

Comparing leaf rubbings with leaf rubbing plates will help with sorting, and classifying skills.

Big Oak Tree Bulletin Board

Creating a classroom reading tree and having a student complete a leaf with each book read, encourages and celebrates reading achievement.

Fall tree painting on a window? Why not, windows make an awesome canvas!

You can find lots of inspiration on Quality Classrooms’ Pinterest board here.

Paper Circle Popz Christmas Activities

I like themes, I can’t help it. It is possibly either the teacher in me or the organized part of my brain but seeing a theme carried out through a project makes me happy!

Paper-Circle-Popz-Christmas

Fred and his friend have been busy making Christmas crafts. A simple wreath with Paper Circle Popz  glued on looks great. Here we are discussing the need to NOT eat the glue stick.

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Theo selects his circles and sticks. The selection was challenging and distracting. He preferred to play with and organise the circles! They are such beautiful colours.

Paper Circle Popz

We will continue the wreath tomorrow.

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The finished product ready to hang on the wall.  (Fred had help!):

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For cards, the boys had a limited colour palette.
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Lines, circles and “Joy” stamps finished the cards.
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Rose also completed cards for her classmates with this design. The lines and circles are perfect exercises to build fine motor skills to improve handwriting. She will finish by writing her name on the inside.

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The boys will wrap their penguin footprint ornament and wreath up today, ready for Christmas.

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I may add some Paper Circle Popz to the gift wrapping… yes I do like a theme!

Brown Bear, Brown Bear and Eric Carle

Eric Carle is truly inspiring and a staple in many kindergarten classrooms. Brown Bear, Brown Bear is one of Fred’s favourite books at the moment. Rose also loves that fact that she can read (recite) it with no effort.

Earlier in the week we stuck paper and coloured Black Sheep. Yes, the art opportunities are limited but the two boys I am working with are learning what to do with glue sticks and paper cut outs!

Black sheep,, black sheep

For Goldfish the following day, I had prepared the cut outs so the boys were to assemble the fish. This gave us opportunities to talk about the body, tail, fins, and eye.

Using a glue stick

The scales were added with oil pastels, with great big movements by Fred who is 19 months and with more care and a steady hand by his friend who is 2 years and 2 months.

Adding colour

Rose and Daisy enjoy supervising, although they may have been better with their own creations to avoid the temptation to add to the boys work. Daisy insisted she write “To: Mommy” as per a request!

Goldfish, Goldfish, what do you see?

Fred did have help to stick, his contribution was to push the paper into place with one finger!

This assembling and sticking and adding colour is as much for the boys as it is for me to build their crafting skills. Understanding not to eat the glue stick is a skill!

We will be continuing our work on Brown Bear, Brown Bear and will then move on to other Eric Carle books.

His books have been popular for the flowers too. For Rose’s third birthday a Hungry Caterpillar theme was requested. We had a Hungry Caterpillar cake, ate hungry caterpillars favourite food, smashed a butterfly pinata and took home caterpillar treats!

See more Eric Carle inspiration on our Pinterest board here and happy crafting!

Playmais Creations

Playmais is a modeling material which we have used on many occasions. It is easy to pull out and requires little set up or clean up. All we use is a little bowl of water, and either a knife or scissors. Messy trays are great as they keep the bricks contained and can be run under the tap after.

Set Of 6 Messy Paint Trays

Playmais is made from corn and 100% biodegradable. To stick the bricks together it only takes a little water, too much water and the brick melts.

Here Rose is creating and learning how much water to use. If water is too much a cloth that comes with the bricks is perfect to apply a small amount of water. She enjoyed making flowers.

Playmais Creations Rose

The instruction booklet comes with great ideas on what and how to build but for an initial play the flowers used their imagination.

A puppy was created:

Playmais Creations Puppy

As was a horse and rider:

Playmais Creations Horse and Rider

Next time we will try the instructions and see what creations we can come up with.

Here is the lowdown on Playmais:

Playmais

Playmais is a natural children’s modeling material which sticks with just water. Made from corn. 100% biodegradable. It is available in three sizes: 

  • 1350 piece set includes 4 sponges, 4 knives and a teacher instruction book
  • 3150 piece set includes 5 sponges, 5 knives and teacher instruction book
  • 6300 piece bulk set(no tools)

And also in the Playmais Edu Mosaic Set:

Playmais Edu Mosaic

Experience PlayMais in a new size and a new shape! Create and design a mosaic with the new PlayMais Eduline Mosaic. The new small PlayMais Mosaics open up a new activity. This will expand the potential of PlayMais enormously. Children are introduced to a variety of designs and colours with the help of 48 educational craft cards to stick PlayMais on. Therefore, kids develop creativity, and motivation is boosted by quick success! Includes 12,000 mosaics, 48 craft cards and 6 sponges.

We promise to come back and share our other creations!

Playing with Heart Mosaics

Valentine’s Day is approaching fast and an activity that both girls could do at their level was needed.

Heart Mosaics

Heart mosaics fills this request well. They are made from sturdy card and have different colours on each side. With 6 shapes and 12 colours they are very versatile and a great price, at under $10.

Here are the supplies we used:

Heart Mosaic Supplies

I had some recycled card that was printed on one side. Rather than throw it away we used the blank side and mounted it on coloured card. I love the colour framing. Daisy used large postcard size card to make wonderful creations from the hearts:

Heart Mosaic CreationsThe guide she is using is included in the package and she was able to use it independently. Here are her valentines so far:

Heart Mosaic Creations

Rose on the other hand was happy to glue and stick. Then run around and give them to her stuffies.

Giving valentines

While Daisy enjoyed gradually building designs using the teaching guide, Rose was all about using a glue stick and mass producing!

Playing with Heart Mosaics

We will add a candy lollipop and sticker to the back and done!

Here are the Valentine’s Day cards we made two years ago:

Paint Printed Valentine’s Cards