Saturday, May 26, 2018

the weighing table

The white kitchen scale only lasted a week before it stopped working, drats! I need to shell out for a nicer one. The tray to the right of the white scale holds our people blocks (blocks of the children themselves), the cylinders are weighted, and the cute little wooden balance scale on the right drives me batty as the tin plates fall off ALL THE TIME.
But, that doesn't keep the children from playing with it so I guess it's okay. The best part is when they run off to another area in the room and bring back new items to weigh. We also have a balance scale out in our play yard, and an old school step-on scale that has seen better days.

Friday, January 26, 2018

circle circus

This is a project I did in when I was in first grade class with a visiting art teacher. We created our circles with black paint and used crayon to add our color. I recently happened upon my happy paper of circles and thought how much fun it would be to revisit it with brighter colors and markers for a more fine line feel to it all. Are you ready?

 Materials 
large sheet of sturdy weight paper 
acrylic or tempera paint in three shades of one color 
shallow dish or paper plate 
assortment of cylindrical containers such as yogurt containers, paper cups, etc 
markers
Set up your plates with your paint. Here we used two shades of blue and two different sized containers. Dip your container into the paint. And make a print on your paper.
Repeat the printing process until you have covered your paper with a circus of paint-happy circles. Here is where you can change it up by using only one color, two colors or a trio of happy colors.
Gather your markers and get to doodling. You can have your kiddo stick with dots or stripes or they can jazz up the spaces with squiggles and stars. Use all the colors in the markers pack or use just one or two colors. 

Your kiddos can make one ENORMOUS piece of art or several all summer long. Try making one in each color of the rainbow. Save the artwork and repurpose it as gift wrap. Make a tiny print using a drinking straw for your circles and toothpicks dipped in watercolor for your designs. Happy summer!

Saturday, August 26, 2017

art supply storage, a work in progress

We have open shelves in the classroom that we use to store the art supplies we use most often. Paint, glue, paper, paint cups, etc. are all housed here.
For the past few years we have been using these decorative plastic bins I foudn at various dollar style stores. While handy, they are visual clutter with all the different colors. We have greem pink, orange, blue...yikes!
For our work day, I picked upa couple cans of grey spray paint to pant the bins so they would all be the same color. While it's not my dream storage, it will do for now.
Not too bad. I want to switch out the fabric bins for all grey, we use them to store the children's rest items. My dream to switch out all the plastic for wicker and rattan baskets. It might get spendy, but I think I am going to start looking for some. Can you imagine how pretty it would be?

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

end of year tea party

strawberry themed cuteness 
with real tea cups, saucers, and tea! 
eats fit for a tea...
and of course we dress up
as our favorite book characters...
such as lions who paint...
strawberries in disguise...
or lions who are friends with mice...

Monday, May 29, 2017

strawberry science

When we raead The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear, we have a lot of fun with strawberries. Here, the chidren are weighing and comparing their strawberries they brought from home. We have a variety of scales for the children to investigate with.  I bring extra berries that are locally grown for those who forget or are unable to bring one. I haven't had a strawberry allergy yet, but if we do, we of course change the fruit to something safe for everyone.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

scent tubes

I think I found these on zulily, or maybe it was at Tuesday Morning. Either way, I am quite fond of them. The tubes are made of sturdy plastic with screw on tops/bottoms. One lid has holes punched into it so that these make for pretty nifty scent tubes, albeit large tubes. The tubes measure about 15", I think, mayne 13". They are large enough so that the children can only hold one in each hand at a time. I like to add items from my own garden to them so we can begin a discussion of what is in your garden or yard. Our community is designated rural with many of the children very familair with gardening and growing. If I had children in my room with different home environments, the discussion would be different. Here in the tubes we have basil, rosemary, oregano, and lavender.

Friday, May 26, 2017

time for lunch

A dolphin, a striped momkey, and a kimochi, all ready to be fed....this could get interesting...