Kids Play – Story Play

Kids Play – Story Play

Since I create a lot of story plays, I have a lot of the materials at my house.  Therefore my kids have access to these materials.  So when I see my kids independently creating story plays my heart melts.  I love using natural objects for kids play with, especially for story plays.  Over time I have collected various sheets of fabric that children always enjoy playing with and creating their setting.  After reading a story, my daughter collected various items from around the house and created her own story play, loosely based on the book.   She played for hours retelling...

Frog Craft

Frog Craft

I try to avoid activities/art that results in a lot of cookie cutter creations.  However, I think that there is a place for activities that challenge kids to follow step-by-step instructions especially when it fits with their current inquiry.   One of the classes have been learning about frogs, so we created a small frog craft that required students to follow a few steps. Using green paper plates, I had the students use the example to create their own frog.  I am always amazed how art like this can turn out.  That’s what I love about it though!  Every frog was different!  Some frogs had...

Kindergarten Art

Kindergarten Art

I enjoy every minute of teaching art.  In kindergarten, however, I prefer to just introduce the medium and let them experiment.  In one of the classes, children showed an interest in being able to draw frogs since they had been studying them.  Therefore I created this kindergarten art activity.  Students used a small thick board as their table top and we drew our frogs together. They followed along as we sketched a frog, step by step, and it was amazing how their drawings turned out.  All of the frogs were different, but equally beautiful.

Nutrition for Kids

Nutrition for Kids

Broccoli as a treat?  This activity is one of my favourites.  It’s a great way to introduce healthy eating.  I avoid telling kids that there are foods they should never have (with the exception of an allergy) but rather that there are ”sometimes” foods and “everyday” foods.  I pack 2 lunches.  One filled with healthy choices (or at least a healthier version) and the other filled with “sometimes” foods.  I encouraged students to have a part in making their lunch at home and to try and even request healthy choices.  We discuss why they think one lunch is better than the...

Rock Activities for Kids – Being Geologists

Rock Activities for Kids – Being Geologists

One of the classes that I teach has been studying rocks.  I continued their learning with a few rock experiments.  I like the idea of giving young kids the tools that scientists use, so they used eye droppers and magnifying glasses.  We then talked about the 3 types of rock.  I smushed 3 colours of playdough together to show how some rocks are formed by pressure (and sometimes heat) to form a new rock as they could see because of the different colours.

STEM activities for Kindergarten – Osmosis

STEM activities for Kindergarten – Osmosis

Worms are always a popular topic in the spring!  Especially after a lot of rain washes them out of their homes and children hop around on the sidewalks so that they don’t step on these interesting creatures.  Since students showed an interest in worms, I decided to do some stem activities for kindergarten.  Often this experiment uses gummy bears, but we used gummy worms. We started by putting students into small groups.  Each group got a gummy worm.  They inspected the worm first and then placed it in a cup with only water, a cup with salt mixed into water and...