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...

Sensory Activity

Sensory Activity

Shaving Cream – Cake Decorating My kids love baking and everything baking related. I used this sensory activity so that they could practice their baking and cake decorating skills; however, I used shaving cream as icing and it worked out better than I imagined! I used this at home, but it would work well in a water table or sensory table in a classroom. As soon as my kids saw it, they couldn’t wait to start decorating! I covered the bottom side of a bowl in shaving cream and smoothed it out with a large popsicle stick. Then, I filled...

5 Math Activities for Kids

5 Math Activities for Kids

I truly believe that making school and learning fun and hands-on is the best way for kids to learn. If they are engaged in an activity then they are more likely to learn, and be happy doing it! The math activities below are all hands-on and have been successfully used in a classroom and home school setting. Try them out and get kids excited about math! Musical Math Ten frames are a great way to get kids to organize their work and numbers. I have a class set laminated that we use. For this activity each child received a ten...

STEM for Kids – Animal Cages

STEM for Kids – Animal Cages

STEM challenges have become very popular in my classes. They are perfect for a hands-on activity that promotes creativity, trial and error, and perseverance. Today students had the chance to be architects and engineers.  I challenged everyone to create a structure/home to keep an animal in. Small groups were given a bin with only clothes pins, popsicle sticks and larger tongue depressors. Then I gave each group a small animal critter.  They had half an hour to do their stem challenge! When I give STEM challenges I typically give very little direction/instruction to students. I try not to guide their...

Math Number Game and Printable

Math Number Game and Printable

I love teaching math! My students love math and they believe that they are good at math – and they are! That doesn’t mean that they get every single correct, but with the mind frame that they are mathematicians they are willing to attempt questions and approach problems with confidence. One of the benefits of teaching kindergarten is that our program is play-based so our math program is hands-on and fun! I created this math number game to try out with my students and it was a hit! I have recently been using small wooden blocks that I found at...

STEM Building Challenge

STEM Building Challenge

Our kindergarten program is inquiry based; therefore if students show an interest in a specific topic or idea, I then plan my lessons and activities with a focus on their topic. My students have shown an interest on hands-on building and constructing, so we have been doing several STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) challenges. I cover kindergarten prep, so I see over 100 kids aged 3-6 every day. Everyone enjoyed this STEM building challenge and it is so easy to do! I found a bunch of mini building blocks at a local dollar store. I gave each student one...