Table Manners

Table Manners

Sometimes the best adventures are ones that I didn’t plan for at all.  We had read “Manners at the Table” by Carrie Finn and later that day I see some little ones setting a ‘table’ for their stuffed animals and role playing how they need to behave to show proper table manners.  I guess they were listening! One of the things that I really loved about this was that the kids used materials from around the room to create their table.  They did not have chairs or a table so they made them out of Connex straws.  Having these materials available...

Lady Bug Rock

Lady Bug Rock

I hope they brought good luck!  These little lady bug rock critters were so much fun to make!  Although I ended up with over 100 ladybugs, I am convinced each child could have quickly found the one that they made because they were all a little bit different.  Children went outside to collect a smooth stone that they wanted to use (I brought in several as back up).  If you have ever walked with a child and collected rocks, then you know how special a rock can be!    We did a coat of white paint and then a layer of red.  Everyone painted...

Worry Stones – Mental Health

Worry Stones – Mental Health

When I teach health, the idea of emotions always comes up.  I always read the book “Wemberly Worried” by Kevin Henkes.  I then created these worry stones with all of the kindergarten students that I teach on prep.  Students choose 2-3 different colours of oven baked clay and they slightly mixed them together. They rolled it into a ball and then lightly pressed their fingerprint onto the clay.  I bake them and students get to keep them.  Whenever they are feeling worried or want to feel calm they were encouraged to use the worry stone.  It was a great activity and, I feel,...

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.