Wednesday, June 28, 2017

A Different Easel

I switched our easels from painting to sensory boards and because of
that I created a new easel from a large cardboard box.
Day 1 the children used foam paint rollers that were cut in 
different textures.
This easel encouraged the children to use their whole body.
Stretching really high and bending low.
Day 2 I put out feather dusters.
They were harder to paint with as they were very floppy.
And they don't hold as much paint as the rollers did.
One unique action they did offer was a splatter.
Which kept me busy wiping it up off the floor.
Day 3 and we used foam brushes.
By this day the children were having lots of fun mixing the colours
and moving the paint trays around the box.
If we were not going into summer holiday we would of thought
of an idea of what to use the box for next.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Hot Rock Art

Just a few days of school left and I'm trying to use materials
that are already in the classroom.
So I pulled out our warming tray, rocks and crayons.
The children put mittens on to prevent any surprises with the warmth off the tray.
Since the rocks are already warm the crayon begins to melt right away.
Is this art or is this science?
A bit of both and a whole lot of fun.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Soothing Jars

I had an excess amount of baby food jars so we created soothing jars.
The order of putting the ingredients in the jar
varied from child to child.
The ingredients were sparkles,
corn syrup,
and tinted water.
Once they had all three ingredients in we made sure the lid was put
on tight.
To help prevent and leakage the children sealed it with tape.
Finally the fun part - shake and watch.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Snail Garden 2017

For the past several years we have created a garden,
in our classroom,
just to observe snails.
We start with soil in a plastic container with a lid.
The children spend a morning spraying water on the soil 
to make it damp.
Next we sprinkle wheat grass seeds all over,
and spray more water on it.
We put the lid on the container (to act like an incubator) and within 
two days the seeds
begin to sprout.
After 4 or 5 days the grass has grown 
and we spend some time cutting it with scissors.
Finally the garden is ready to welcome some snails.
I found three on my front door step.
It doesn't take the snails long to begin to investigate their new home.
When we are not observing the snails we cover the container
with window screening and use yarn to tie it down.
Even then it's great to watch how they move
across the screen and leave their slime trail behind.
As the snails settle in I move the container to another location
so I could post information about the snails.
We feed them fruits and vegetables to see what they like the most.
They didn't really like apples or watermelon
but really like cucumbers.
Everyday we spray the garden with water to keep it moist.
We keep a close eye on them because they like to escape.
Tomorrow is our last day of StrongStart so we will take the garden outside 
and re-locate the snails.