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Rainmaker Craft

This week we will be participating in NAEYC’s Week of the Young Child™, which celebrates early learning and young children, along with their teachers and families. So let’s get started – Happy Music Monday!

Over the course of the last couple of weeks, the children have been working on their rainmakers and on their moves in preparation for our big rain dance this afternoon. We will be preforming to the tune of Rainforest Rock & Roll!

It’s going to be so much fun, and the kids are beyond excited.

Below are the materials that I presented to my class, but anything will work to decorate the rainmakers; markers, paint, stickers, felt, construction paper, glitter, and so on. You just want to make sure that what you offer is developmentally appropriate for your group of little learners. Note: I did have to assist my kids with tying the twine during this project, which turned out to be amazing teachable moments.

MATERIALS USED:

– Paper towel rolls
– Rice
– Twine
– Raffia
– Burlap
– Animal print paper
– Faux fur
– Jewels
– Feathers
– Tacky glue


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Paper Plate Sheep Craft

Looking for another art idea for your farm unit? How about this adorable paper plate sheep craft? This is a straightforward activity that is sure to engage young learners. Encourage children to cut their own plates in half.


MATERIALS USED:

– Paper plate (cut in half)
– Cotton balls
– Googly eyes
– Our sheep head template
– Glue
– Scissors


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Charlie Rooster Shape Craft

This Charlie Rooster shape craft is a fabulous extension to the story Friends written and illustrated by Helme Heine. Together, these activities teach pro-social behavior, shape knowledge, and color recognition.

As children grow, they become increasingly interested in establishing friendships. Friends provide stimulation, assistance, camaraderie, and affection.

Charlie Rooster, Johnny Mouse, and Percy the pig are the best of friends. They do everything together. They ride their bike together, play games together, and even do their chores together. Because that’s what best friends do. This charming book glorifies friendship; proving that friends can make even the most simple, everyday delights seem extraordinary. In cheerful watercolors, Helme Heine depicts the tremendous spirit of these adorable animals, who are filled with the enthusiasm and pleasure of companionship.

MATERIALS USED:

– Construction paper
– Craft foam
– Our free circles template
– Scissors
– Glue
– Dot markers
– Googly eyes
– Heart cutouts/Fiskars heart squeeze punch
– Feathers
– Crayons


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Earth Day Recycled Collage

Earth Day is April 22nd, and what better way to celebrate this important event than by making 3D recycled collages.

Now is the time to get those notices up in the classroom and into parent mailboxes; ask for help in donating “creative junk”, as I like to call it. Donations can be from offices, businesses, homes, or other sources in the community. If you are a homeschooler, start a mini bin of recyclables.

The list of items that can be used for this activity is infinite. Just make sure that the pieces used are clean and undamaged. Use your imagination and watch these throw away items turn into artistic pieces of wonder!

MATERIALS USED:

– Cardboard
– Packing peanuts
– Bottle caps
– Jar lids
– Spice lids
– Foil
– Egg carton
– Wine corks
– Pieces of Styrofoam
– Scraps of paper
– Old craft sticks


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