Tuesday, December 6, 2016

A Roaring Fire and Toasting Marshmallows

My latest find at the thrift store is this fake fire.
 I set it on stones with several tubes for logs
and turned it on.
A mantel was made by covering a few boxes with paper
and voila we have a cozy, inviting spot.
The little ones were intrigued.
It's like watching the fire on tv.
Some of the older children asked if it was real.
We held our hands in front of it - does it feel hot or cold?
What does a real fire feel like?
Several times in a morning I'll see a parent and child 
sitting together on our 'couch'
in front of the fire.
I think I'll add a basket of story books.
I imagine it may feel like being home for some families that have an open fire.
By the end of the first morning a few children made marshmallows
and were roasting them.
Pretending they were hot and blowing on them to cool
them off.

This morning I put out strips of paper and a stapler and
encouraged families to make paper chains to decorate.
It reminded me of a childhood memory of making lots and lots
of paper chains to decorate the house.
The children worked hard to make the loops and staple them
When one chain was long enough we hung it on the mantel.
What other decorations could we add?

Monday, December 5, 2016

Sponge Painting Trees

We did a simple but pretty art piece this week.
Cut a sponge into a triangle then into three pieces;
small, medium and large.
 Dip the sponges into green paint and press onto the paper,
 creating your tree.
 We used q-tips dipped in yellow, white or red paint to decorate the tree and background.
 I like using q-tips because the size is right for the children to grasp
and to limit how much paint will go on at one time.
This child added a few more large sponge prints to make her tree taller.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Gingerbread Creation Donation

Each year our StrongStart program creates a gingerbread creation with 
our big buddies.
Then we donate it to a community fundraiser that raises money
for our local Boys & Girls Club.
The little buddies started in our classroom decorating the house
and the train.
Then we got together with our big buddies to make lots of trees
to fill out the board.
They worked together to coat an ice cream cone with green frosting
then decorated it with candy.
I wonder how many candy didn't make it on the tree?
Time to prep the board with lots of frosting
to secure the house, train, tracks 
and all the trees.

Once it was altogether the buddies looked to find their tree.
I delivered it last weekend and then on Monday we went and toured 
all the displays.
And look what we found on our creation...
a post card from our gingerbead cookies.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Milk Carton Gingerbread Houses

Our interest in gingerbread is going strong so I put out some small milk cartons,
brown paper and glue for the children to make their own play
gingerbread houses.
 We used glue and tape to attach the paper.
The children learned how to cover each side and fold a piece
over top for the roof.
The children love using the tape dispenser.
 Over on the glue gun table I put a container of trim
that they could use for the decorations.
As the day passed children started looking farther for decorations.
They used buttons, cupcake liners and more colourful tape.
Next week we will use some of them, that didn't go home,
for a small world play.