Outdoor Art – Forest Creations

Outdoor Art – Forest Creations

I love being outside and my kids love art.  We end up creating a lot of outdoor art.  On a beautiful day, children collected materials as we walked around the yard.  They were challenged to create a small house or structure for a small critter. They then created a small house using just the materials they collected, which turned into a whole village.  It was quite the creation.  I love the idea of creating outdoor art using only the materials around them.  They were so proud of what they made.  I was really impressed by the variety of materials that students...

STEM Challenge – Animal Cages

STEM Challenge – Animal Cages

“Create a structure or cage to keep your animal in – make sure it is secure and they can’t get out”!  Students enjoyed the book “Iggy Peck Architect”, by Andrea Beaty and I then gave them the chance to be architects.  Small groups were given a bin with only clothes pins, popsicle sticks and larger tongue depressors… and then I gave each group a small animal critter.  They had half an hour to do their stem challenge! They were asked to create a cage for their animal that would work to keep the animal contained!  No two cages looked the same,...

Sock Puppet Fun for Kids

Sock Puppet Fun for Kids

Who doesn’t enjoy playing with sock puppets?  One of the classes I cover prep for were exploring an inquiry on puppets.  I really wanted to give students the chance to hold and move their own puppet.  I created a very basic sock puppet for each student.  (I was able to find 6 pairs for $1.25 at a local dollar store.)  After reading “You’re Not So Scary, Sid” by Sam Lloyd,  we explored the basics to puppetry ie. how to hold the puppet, how to create a mouth that moves etc. and then they decided on a name for their puppet. The noses on...

St. Patrick’s Day Activities

St. Patrick’s Day Activities

I’m not sure if Leprechauns work this hard to find treasure!  I did this at home, but I will try it in the classroom next time!   I froze a large container of water that I had added food colouring, some coins and sparkles into.  In the morning, I let my kids try to get the money and other items out.  I love doing activities for special occasions and St. Patrick’s Day activities are always a hit! They spent over an hour playing around with the ice.  I gave them eye droppers and warm water as well as a magnify glass. ...

Leprechaun Trap – St. Patrick’s Day Adventure

Leprechaun Trap – St. Patrick’s Day Adventure

We had quite the time searching the school for our friendly Leprechaun!   After reading the book “The Gingerbread Man and Leprechaun Loose in the School”, by Laura Murray, we heard a voice from the hall saying, “Catch me if you can!” (I had placed my portable speaker just outside the classroom door and played the pre-recorded message/voice from my phone after reading the book.) There was a lot of excitement as we quietly walked through the school (as not to scare the Leprechaun away) and found clues.  One clue led us to the spot that I left my lunch… we were surprised...

The Tale of Peter Rabbit – Story Play

The Tale of Peter Rabbit – Story Play

Flopsy, Mopsy, Cottontail and Peter!  What child doesn’t love this classic tale.  Story plays are my absolute favourite activity to prepare and present.  There is something magical to presenting a story in this way.  This is a recent story play of the classic story, “The Tale of Peter Rabbit”, by Beatrix Potter.   Students gather around the materials on the carpet and I read the story and move characters to reflect what I am reading.   I typically have students watch me set up the ‘stage’ and they predict what they think the story will be about as they watch me unpack the props.  (Part...