Play doh Ideas – Building

Play doh Ideas – Building

Need some new play doh ideas?  One of the kindergarten classes that I cover prep for have been exploring an inquiry on structures.  I printed, and laminated, pictures of some famous structures around the world.  Students were given play dough, popsicle sticks, toothpicks and given time to explore the photos and then create a structure. It is always fascinating to see what kids will come up when they are given some art materials; and how different their creations will be from each other.  For this project, some students created a 3-d model of the structure they found in the picture. ...

Liquids and Solids

Liquids and Solids

What better way to introduce a science unit all about liquids and solids than to have students experiment, note differences and make observations on an assortment of different liquids and solids? In groups, students were given a collection of the liquids containers. (We observed the containers of solids on another day.)  Using the finger lights, students made observations on what they saw including how fast the liquid moved, the colour, if they could see the light through it and their hypothesis for what the material was.   We also inspected the liquids and solids using magnifying glasses.  Students did not open containers,...

Community Helpers Centres

Community Helpers Centres

Kids love centres and  I love the community helper unit!  I figure that allowing students to play and pretend to be different community helpers and explore the tools that they use is the best way for them to learn.  It was interesting to see how many students had one or two centres that they were immediately drawn to.  Overall, the centres were a hit! Free printable of centre descriptions (as seen in photos) at bottom. I had all of the materials for each centre in a clear bin and put the centre description in the bin as well.  Each bin had an activity for students to try out based...

Map Skills – Globe Balls

Map Skills – Globe Balls

A class set of globes allowed for a lot of hands-on learning!  I invested in a class set of these globe balls to help my students with their map skills.  We have been learning about mapping the continents, oceans and various places around the world.  We used maps and books to learn, but I wanted to use something even more hands-on. After learning a bit about different places around the world, we played a game.  Students got a sheet of small stickers and I named a location/country/ocean that was on the globe.  Students had to find it and place a sticker...

Puppet Making

Puppet Making

These were a huge hit!  When one of the kindergarten classes that I cover prep for had an inquiry on puppets I had to give the kids a chance to do some puppet making of their own!  They were able to make any type of puppet they wanted and I just gave them the supplies (and had an adult do the gluing).  Children had the choice between a sock puppet and a paper bag puppet.  Students were excited to have their own puppet to take home and play with! I used this as a centre rather then whole group.  I am always amazed...

Bird Activities for Kindergarten

Bird Activities for Kindergarten

With spring around the corner, one of the classes that I cover prep for in kindergarten are doing a bird inquiry.  I wanted to try some centres with the classes and this what I used for some bird activities for kindergarten.  It included a puzzles, a birds nest, bird books, and snack for the birds activity.  I was thrilled by how many kids ended up looking through the bird books and showing me and their classmates birds that they recognized. Stringing the cereal onto the pipe cleaners was favourite with the kids.  It was also great for hand eye coordination.  When they finished their circle we attached...