Mental Health Lessons for Kids

Mental Health Lessons for Kids

  We all need a reminder of the important things in life sometimes.  I started with a large clear jar and enough Styrofoam balls to fill it.  As I put them in, I told students that they represented the big things in their lives, like their family and close friends, their health and well being.  I then asked them if the jar was full (“yes”). 

Kindergarten Drama Games

Kindergarten Drama Games

It’s a baseball bat!  It’s a fairy wand!  No, it’s a boat!  Drama is a popular activity with teachers and students and it is always one of my favourites.  I took the classes that I cover kindergarten prep for outside to do some drama games with them.  We found a comfortable spot to sit as a group and using a broom handle I tell students the story of my great-great-great grandfather Jack: Jack did not always listen to his mother very well and one day when he went to the market, he got some seeds instead of what his mother had asked him to...

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”!  Today students had 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, but they had a lot of success making sure their animal had a...

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.)  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 the puppets were pompoms, and there were 6 of each colour. ...

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. ...