Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Wallpaper Prints

I recently visited a fabulous wallpaper shop as I was thinking about wallpapering my bedroom. When I was there, I saw amazing samples and asked if I could take some to use at school. They happily gave me many samples and I thought I would share one idea that was particularly easy to do. 
These wallpaper prints are so effective and could be used to make wrapping paper, cards, pictures....etc.

Wallpaper Samples
These are just some of the samples I was given.

I have used these wallpaper samples for collage, drawing and colouring. 
As many of my samples have raised prints and are very durable, I decided to do some prints with my class.

Wallpaper Prints

You will need a roller, a tray and some paint.

I chose gold paint because I thought it matched the wallpaper design beautifully.

Get the children to roll the paint all over the wallpaper.

Lay the wallpaper on clean paper and get the children to rub the paper gently.

Lift the wallpaper to reveal your print.

I think it is lovely, don't you?
Check out your local wallpaper or decorating shop and see if they would be happy to give you some samples and see what you can do with them.

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

10 Natural Materials to Add To Playdough

Are you looking for some inspiration to promote investigation, creativity, exploration, fun and learning at the playdough table. Here is a list of items that can be easily found, are free or very inexpensive and and will keep children engaged for ages!

1. Dried Pasta

2. Leaves

3. Pebbles and Stones

4. Sticks

5. Dried Beans, Peas and Rice

6. String

7. Bark

8. Sea Tumbled Glass

9. Gum Nuts

10. Shells

Add one or any of these to your playdough and watch your child learn through hands on play!
I love using natural materials in all areas of my classroom and I am always looking for new ideas.
I'd love to hear from you.

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Shapes and Playdough

Playdough is one of my classroom staples and I change the colour, purpose, utensils and outcome to suit my programme. I try to present the activity differently so that it is attractive and motivating.

Here are some examples of how I have incorporated basic shapes at the playdough table.

Have some fun with playdough.

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

14 Ideas from 2014

2014 was a great year!!
It's not often I set goals for the year and actually follow through with them but this year I actually did. I set out to do some writing and a few creative projects and actually finished them!! I had a great year at school also and thought I would share some of the most popular activities from school.
Here are my top 14 activities from 2014.

It was actually hard to choose 14 but I think these are my favourites for different reasons. See you next year with new ideas, activities and fun.

Happy New Year to you and your families and thank you for your support over 2014.

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Christmas In The Classroom

Reindeer Food

This is a favourite activity that I do each year. The children enjoy making the reindeer food and of course it is fun to take home and sprinkle on the lawn on Christmas Eve. I download the little poem from the internet- there are hundreds to choose from and attach it to the bag. I have tried paper bags, but the little plastic zip lock bags are great for my little kids- less mess!!

I put out oats, glitter in shakers and Christmas confetti.

The children spoon, mix and shake to make it just right.

The reindeer love this combination!!

Playdough Christmas Stocking Counting

I cut down some plastic bottles and attached some Christmas stockings. These had numbers on them. The children put the correct number of playdough presents in the stockings.
I added some extra number cards, pegs and some little Christmas decorations to further enhance the activity.

I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas.