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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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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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African Safari

African Safari

This week we have a been getting ready for an African safari trip. We have been reading lots of books about Africa and about the animals we are hoping to see there. We found Africa on our classroom map.  After talking about how far it is from us, we discussed the best way to get there. Some of the children thought we should drive or walk (or even use our capes to fly!) but we decided that it would be…

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