Monday, June 29, 2009
Sunday, June 28, 2009
This activity was a combination of art and language. For the art part of the activity we gave the children colored circles, crayons and glue. The children glued the colored circles onto their paper to make a caterpillar. They used the crayons to give the caterpillars legs, antennae, and faces. After their caterpillar was complete they dictated a story to the teachers to write down for them.
This is one of our messiest activities. If you come to our classroom, you can see the paint on the ceiling left over from this activity. For this activity we let the children put drops of paint and plastic flies on a large sheet of paper. Next we gave the children fly swatters and let them swat away at the paint and flies.
Monday, June 15, 2009
For this activity, we gave the children paper cut into the shape of a butterfly and some paint. First the children placed some drops of paint on their paper.
Next the children folded their paper in half and used a rolling pin to flatten out the paper and spread the paint around the inside of the paper.
Next, the children opened their paper to reveal the beautiful colors of their butterflies.
Friday, June 12, 2009
This was a simple matching game that incorporated lots of fine motor practice. The children had to find the lock and key with matching insect pictures. Once they found a match, they had to use the key to unlock the padlock to reveal what was inside.
For this activity the teachers gave the children pieces of laminating film, lengths of yarn, and a mixture of school glue and liquid corn starch.
The children dipped the yarn in the glue mixture and then arranged them, like a spider web, on the laminating film.
Next, the children sprinkled glitter on their spider webs.
They glued on a little plastic spider to finish off the web.
After the artwork was dry, we displayed all of the spider webs on the art bulletin board.
Our story book for May 18th was Miss Spider's Tea Party by David Kirk. The story of a spider who wants to have some friends over for a tea party. However, the insects that she would like to be friends with are scared of her out of fear she will eat them.
Saturday, June 6, 2009
For this activity we had the children sort modes of transportation by where you would most likely see them in action.
For this activity the teacher first cut out different train car patterns from paper. We had box cars, tank cars, cattle cars, an engine and a caboose. The children selected which car they wanted to paint. After all the cars were painted and dried, we connected them together to make one long train.
Sorry, I didn't get any pictures of the train put together this time.
The children made their own key chains for this activity. We gave them some string and various beads to make the key chains. After they were finished stringing the beads, we attached them to some old keys. The key chains made a great pretend item for the kids to use.