July 9, 2016
Comments Off on Can We Paint?
Part of the fun of having my school-age children for the full day in the summer is their desire for doing art projects. The challenge for me is to continue to find ways to teach techniques, expanding learning while considering current interests.
This activity met the requirements of wanting to paint and wanting something finished to take home. I wanted to reinforce the importance of not over painting until it was a mud color/ or knowing when to stop. We have been having lots of play involving rainbow colors and patterns. For storytime I’ve been reading Eric Carle books. Putting this all together and pulling from my Pinterest boards I pulled together the materials for spinning chameleons. I was inspired by a colorful chameleons project on Tippytoe Crafts.
We started with finding a coloring page that provided the size and position the children wanted for their chameleons.
I traced the page from Hedgie’s Desk and made a stencil for our spinner cut-out while the children got started painting paper plates using tempera paints.
I couldn’t waste all the tempera paint spread over the paint tray, so I showed them how to do a print by placing paper down on the tray. I them went for a lesson on symmetry by folding that paper in half, pressing and opening. Did this twice rotating 180 degrees between each print/fold and press. We’ll use this texture paper later for another project.
Once the back plate was painted the children chose to switch to watercolor for the top plate. They all went with blue for a sky look. Some will add a construction paper branch for the chameleon to be climbing along.
I loved how they used every paint brush from the brush box. 🙂
To finish we traced the chameleon shape onto the top plate, cut it out (remember to place an eye) and glued the branch into place. We used a colored googly eye. Notice the branch helped with providing a tail for our chameleon. Last was push the brad through and we had our finished spinning chameleon.
The children enjoyed the changing chameleon that occurred as the top plate was spun.
(For those wondering about the punched holes. We recycled some left-over plates from a prior project. The holes didn’t affect this project.)
January 6, 2016
Comments Off on Oh, Elmer’s Special Day!
We have our hands on books all day long here.
We also like retelling using our flannel board.
Then we have our interactive ebooks both borrowed and owned.
A favorite ebook that always loaded on the iPad is Elmer’s Special Day by Oceanhouse Media. (I have found Oceanhouse Media is a great first source for interactive book apps.).
With 2 children here today that love to paint it was no surprise child directed learning lead to a painting activity. This one came about after enjoying the interactive Elmer’s Special Day book app multiple times. Elmer’s Special Day allows for a variety of extension activities about color, being unique, and friendship just to start.
You can use one of the available patterns online (find some on my Elmer’s Pinterest board), but I just drew out the simple Elmer elephant shape to fit the larger paper we were using. With small paint pots of multiple colors and cotton swabs gathered, the children provided the fine motor and creative imagination needed for this activity.
They asked for the elephants to be cut out to take home. Which I did as cutting skills are still about learning to work the scissors right now.
January 10, 2014
Comments Off on Have You Ever Wondered About Snowmen at Night?
In exposing children to books so that their world expands it is important as part of that to help them understand the parts of a book. Title pages, author, illustrator, beginning, middle and ending are all easy to develop an understanding of. In many of the picture books used for infants through preschool there are no “dust jackets”, especially with an introduction (found on the inside lap – I always thought of as the fly) or opening question to get you excited about what you will find once you start reading. So when I find one you can be sure I use it.
Our library copy of Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner had a great one and it was nice to be able to start this reading and extension project off from there.
“Have you ever wondered about the secret life of a snowman? Maybe one morning his grin is a little crooked, or his tree-branch arms have drooped, and you’ve thought…. what do snowmen do at night?”
How much more fun to peak the interest in a story, than to just start right in reading? Some interesting answers to this opening.
As a follow up activity we took black paper – a little different for a snowman picture – and some unusual painting tools to make a snowy night time background for our snowman.