Mother’s Day Gift Craft Cans

Many of the children in my classroom have mothers who are very crafty. They love to scrapbook and paint. So this year I decided to to have the children make decorative craft cans for Mother’s Day. In preparation, I covered the cans with foam in a variety of colors (I discovered the best way to be sure the foam adhered properly was to use a glue gun). When it was time to complete the project, I provided each child with a can, some tacky glue and a variety of materials to decorate with. I encouraged each child to pick what they thought their mother would like best. I then sat back and watched some beautiful cans emerge. The children are all very excited about presenting their gifts at our Mother’s Day Tea.


MATERIALS USED:

– Soup cans
– Craft foam sheets
– Scissors
– Glue gun
– Buttons
– Jewels
– Foam self adhesive stickers
– Stickers
– Tacky glue


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Mother’s Day Gift Bags

I always like the children to make their own wrapping for their Mother’s Day gifts. I have found that paper bags, when decorated, make the perfect gift wrap. The flowers on our bags are paper cupcake liners that have been pressed onto colorful blobs of paint. We spread the paint by smoothing it over with our hands. Brass fasteners were used to attach the flowers (some children will need help with this step). We then pasted some stems and leaves on, and added bright pom poms, in the center, to complete our flowers. As a final step, we punched holes in the bags and tied them with a colorful yarn. The completed bag is the perfect compliment to any Mother’s Day Gift.


MATERIALS USED:

– White paper bags
– White cupcake liners
– A variety of paints
– Brass fasteners (brads)
– Pom poms
– Our leaf and stem template
– Construction paper
– Yarn
– Hole punch
– Glue
– Scissors


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Ladybug Number Quantity Activity

Help these ladybugs get their dots with this cute, free printable game. This activity is a wonderful way for children to improve their number sense. It encompasses many math skills and concepts, such as number quantity and number recognition, one-to-one correspondence, and counting.

Many preschoolers can count in sequential order to 10, sometimes 20, but they may struggle when counting objects; repeating and/or skipping numbers. When teaching one-to-one correspondence (correctly assigning one number word to one object), have your young learners touch each item with their pointer finger as they say its number name out loud. Encourage them to go slow and to not say the number until their finger is firmly placed on the item. This will help them keep track of which objects have already been counted, so that they are not skipped or counted more than once.

MATERIALS USED:

– Our free printable numbered ladybugs
Black vase gems
– White card stock
– Scissors


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Garden Sensory Bin

Spring has definitely sprung in our classroom. The seeds, the children planted, have started to sprout. The butterflies have emerged from their chrysalises, and the children’s colorful kites are hanging from the ceiling. To go along with all of this, I set up a garden sensory bin, that needless to say, has been a popular spot in the room this week.

As a base I used colored rice. I then added a shovel, a rake, a sifter, a pair of large tweezers, and some garden fruits and vegetables. Large plastic carrots, left over from Easter, made the perfect receptacles for all the goodies. The children all had a great time using their imaginations and motor skills while “gardening”.


MATERIALS USED:

– Rice
– Brown and black liquid watercolors (refer to our (post on how to color rice))
– Rakes and shovels
– A sifter
– Large plastic tweezers
– Plastic strawberries and carrots
– Large plastic carrot containers


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Garden Match Up File Folder Game

Nothing designates the arrival of spring more than flowers and fluttering butterflies. This eye-catching file folder game puts the two together, and provides children with the opportunity to brush up on their color recognition skills.

MATERIALS USED:

– File Folder
– Construction paper in various colors
– Our free butterfly and flower templates
– Scissors
– Glue
– Puffy paint


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Family Friday 2017

Today is the last day of (NAEYC’s Week of the Young Child™, and it’s Family Friday!

We are busy drawing family portraits, while discussing the wonderful people closest to us and our experiences with them. What a fun, meaningful week it has been!


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Foil Imprint Art

It’s Artsy Thursday, and we are on day 4 of NAEYC’s Week of the Young Child™. You know what they say: time flies when you’re having fun.

Today we are getting our hands messy with some colorful finger paint, and look! The children are painting on a new sensory texture surface; foil!

For this activity, give each child a generous piece of foil. Have them squeeze it into a ball, and then ask them to uncrumple it. Add some paint, and let your preschoolers go to town. Once they are finished painting, have them press a piece of construction paper onto the foil. Kids should use their arm/hand strength to smooth out the foil, spreading the paint below. Simply peel off the paper and voila! Behold the artsiness!

MATERIALS USED:

– Finger paints
– Foil
– Construction paper


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Work Together Wednesday 2017

I am happy to report that Work Together Wednesday (NAEYC’s Week of the Young Child™) was a success in my classroom. For me, as a teacher, watching children achieve the different levels of play, is one of the most rewarding. One of these boys spent his first year (I have all children for 2 years) at the solitary/independent level. Watching him, today, at the cooperative play stage, was so gratifying.

Evoking their problem solving skills, this little group worked together, trading ideas and pieces of Legos, to achieve their common goal of building “A cool castle with an X-wing fighter, and a super fast car that can fly.”

The castle is now sitting safely on a shelf, labeled with a “Save Me!” sign. Can’t wait to watch them play with it tomorrow.


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