Thursday, June 23, 2016

Plastercine Play

While we were studying frogs I put plastercine out on the art table.
I moved our aquarium with the frogs and tadpoles to the table
and added some toy frogs for models.
Great fine motor work as well as expressing their creativity.
The end result - lots of frogs and maybe a tadpole or two.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Cottonball Painting

I'm always looking for new methods of painting and while browsing Pinterest
I found, on various sites, cottonball painting.
Over at Domestic Mommyhood I liked how they set it up in muffin tins
and used clothespins as handles.
The cottonballs work really well to hold the paint and they don't fall apart,
which I thought they would.

This is some of the children's work.
With just a few tins of paint the children created a lot of paintings.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Frogs on a Log

The play started with a book Five Little Frogs Sitting on a Log.
A book that we created several years ago.
A few children sat to read it
while others used the toy frogs to help tell the story.
Then the children became the frogs.
First making headbands to get into character.
Then becoming the frogs.
They crawled or walked across the 'log' then jumped off the end.
Then I saw some children jumping into the pool.
Under the water they went.
Having fun discovering new ways to play, exploring the materials
and learning from each other.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Snail Eggs

Every year we create a Snail Garden.
Most families have snails in their gardens that they are willing to give away
 and we find them fascinating to watch.
To start we sprayed the soil till it was very wet then sprinkled on 
wheat grass seeds.
They grow quickly and thickly.
Each day we sprayed them with water, which the children love to do.
Less than a week the grass was grown.
This morning I went into my flower garden and found two snails to bring to school.
They moved in and we gave them cucumbers for eating.
I cover the garden with screening so the snails won't escape
and to keep them safe from little fingers when an adult is not around.
We watched the bigger snail explore his new home.
We could see his foot moving on the screen and the shiny trail he left behind.
But the most exciting thing to happen was to watch the smaller snail
lay eggs.
I've never seen this happen before and I felt like a proud mama.
We picked up one of the resource books from the library and learned that it will
take 3-4 weeks for them to hatch.
Once the eggs were laid it slimed it's way up the side of the bin.
The children were fascinated.
I borrowed these snail puppets from our district's Learning Resource Centre
to further their interest.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Pete the Cat and Button Play

After our picnic last week where we acted out the story of
Pete the Cat and his Groovy buttons
I set up an invitation for the families to play with buttons
and re-tell the story.
There was a bit of button sorting but the interest was more
about Pete and his buttons.
Re-telling of a story is an important skill for our young pre-readers.
Learning the story by heart and beginning to recognize some repetitive words
was a bit of the work I witnessed this week.
This child was pulling the buttons off and saying "POP! OH NO!"
She didn't attend the picnic but I posted the video on our Facebook page
and her dad showed it to her and her older sister.
Her mom shared with me that after her oldest daughter, who is in grade 1,
saw the video she made buttons and stuck them to her chest with tape and retold
the story for her little sister.
I couldn't ask for a better outcome from acting out and sharing
the story.
One other thing that I noticed is that children are noticing buttons more.