Recycled Crafts for Kids

Recycled Crafts for Kids

I am so excited about how these recycled crafts for kids turned out! Recycled paper seed bombs are simple, and inexpensive to create, but a perfect hand made gift. I teach kindergarten so I wanted to find a craft that children could take home and give as a gift for Father’s day. However, these seed bombs are a perfect gift or activity – especially in the spring. We started by using a huge bag of shredded recycled paper from our school office. Next, we added warm water and let the paper soak. Once the paper had sat for a bit,...

Nature Art

Nature Art

The weather is finally starting to look and feel like spring! I wanted to get my students outside and enjoying nature. So, we started our nature art by going on a nature hunt. We walked around our school yard and everyone found a few natural items that they loved. I then handed out a cube of clay to everyone and they made it into a flat, pancake like shape. A cookie cutter would also work to create a beautiful shape. I was able to find the clay at a local dollar store so this was a very inexpensive art activity....

The Three Little Pigs Story Play

The Three Little Pigs Story Play

One of my favourite things about teaching is working with other teachers and learning from them. My teaching partners are a source of inspiration to me on a daily basis. I have also had the rewarding experience of working with a student teacher who held so much enthusiasm and passion for teaching that I wanted to share one of my favourite activities that he created. When preparing an activity/lesson for the kindergarten class, he created a story play based on the classic story, “The Three Little Pigs”. Our students have been introduced to story plays over the years and always...

STEM Activity – Roller Coasters

STEM Activity – Roller Coasters

We had so much fun creating these! One of our kindergarten classes have been learning about roller coasters and movement. I decided to give them the chance to design and create their own roller coaster. As students designed and planned their idea, they worked on their architectural skills. As they began to build and create, they became engineers. This STEM activity was a great hands-on way to explore these skills. I started by showing a short video of a roller coaster ride. Many children had been on one before, but some had not experienced what it felt like or looked...

Outdoor Education

Outdoor Education

Nature Alphabet and Number Line The weather has finally starting looking, and feeling like spring so I have been taking my classes outside more. Today we did a really simple, but fun, outdoor education activity. I wrote the numbers 1-20 in dirt outside our playground. Since I teach different groups, I also scratched the alphabet into the dirt for my second group. Once we were outside, I gave every child a cup for them to fill with materials they find in nature. We then went on a nature walk around our school and looked for interesting items to use. Once...

Art Project for Kids

Art Project for Kids

I love teaching art to young kids. They are always excited to create something new. For our art class today, we created some beautiful art using paint and shaving cream. This art project for kids can be done in many ways, however, this is what I have found works best in the classroom and at home. First, I filled small trays with shaving cream. If possible, let kids watch as you spray out the shaving cream (or let them do it). I think for many this was their favourite part! Next, I gave each group red, blue and yellow paint...