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Month: January 2012

Magic Milk Colors

Magic Milk Colors

 This was something I had heard about a long time ago but never tried. I don’t know why I waited so long to try it, especially since it turned out to be so much fun.   We started by filling a shallow dish with milk.   Then we put a few drops of food coloring in the milk.   We used a tooth pick to put a bit of dish soap in the center of the food coloring. As soon as the soap…

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Feather Painting

Feather Painting

 The ostrich feather is one of the children’s favorite items in the classroom at the moment. They love feeling the very soft, small feathers around the bottom and then the stiffer, longer feathers above.   It’s not a real ostrich feather of course. I found it at Michael’s craft store last week. It looked like an ostrich feather to me so I brought it into the classroom as part of our African animals theme.  Since everyone was interested in the feathers,…

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Monkey Play

Monkey Play

Here is a fun monkey craft that we made with the two-year-olds today. It was a little difficult for them to do and I ended up having to help everyone quite a bit. It would probably be more appropriate for three- or four-year-olds but the children really wanted to make monkeys today and this was the only thing I could think of with the supplies we had on hand. They turned out very nice in the end and they are…

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Fun with Foam Noodles

Fun with Foam Noodles

 At the end of the summer, I bought a couple of those foam noodles that kids play with in the pool. They were very cheap because it was the end of the season but once I bought them I didn’t know what to do with them. Some time later, I read about this idea although I can’t remember where. I cut the noodles into two- and three-inch pieces and set them out with a package of toothpicks.   At first the…

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Colored Pasta Bracelets

Colored Pasta Bracelets

 This week we have been learning about the Maasai tribe of Africa. Two of our favorite books are Papa Do You Love Me? and We All Went on Safari. While reading these books and looking at pictures of members of the Maasai tribe, we noticed the colorful jewelry that the Maasai people wear. Today we made our own colorful bracelets out of pasta.   To color the pasta, I added about five drops of food coloring to 1/4 cup of water. …

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Sticky Board Fun

Sticky Board Fun

Recently I read about making sticky boards on several different websites and decided to try it out in our classroom. The results were wonderful! The children absolutely loved it and it was inexpensive and easy to make.  To begin, I found a piece of stiff cardboard and covered it with white paper.   Next, I covered the white paper with clear contact paper, sticky side up.  At first I taped it to the top of a table and we tried sticking…

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Crocodiles

Crocodiles

  This craft is a fun way for children to work on their fine motor skills.  Before beginning the activity, I cut out a crocodile shape for each of the children.  Then I folded them and drew guidelines for cutting.  The children in our class love to cut with scissors so they were eager to begin. Cutting on the guidelines required a good amount of hand-eye coordination.  Some of the children just wanted to cut and went a little overboard,…

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Elephants

Elephants

One of our favorite books this week is Little Elephant’s Trunk by Hazel Lincoln. This book tells about all the ways an elephant can use its trunk. I found an easy elephant craft at busybeekidscrafts.com that we made after reading the story again today.  For each elephant, I gathered these supplies:  Two grey paper ovals Two ears cut form grey paper Two goggly eyes One pipe cleaner A small piece of string (for the tail) Two clothespins One glue stick…

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Stripes and Symmetry

Stripes and Symmetry

After looking at pictures of zebras with their black and white stripes, we made our own zebra stripes. We used black paint to make the stripes on one half of a piece of white paper. Then we folded the paper in half… and rubbed it a bit.  When we opened it, there was a very pretty symmetrical set of stripes.  The children were too young to understand the word symmetrical but they did understand that both sides of the paper…

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African Safari Part 2

African Safari Part 2

After flying to Africa in our pretend plane, we grabbed our binoculars and set out on a safari adventure.  We made the binoculars by cutting a paper towel roll in half and stapling the halves together like in the picture. We also attached a string so that we could wear them around our necks.  Earlier in the day, I hid our plastic animals around the school. When it was time for the safari, we walked around and “spied” the animals…

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