Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Pine Cone Mobile

My kids know that I am always admiring natural materials in parks, on the side of the road, in our garden- basically everywhere!! They are used to me stopping the car and jumping out to collect something. This was the case with these beautiful pine cones.
I had just dropped one of my kids at afternoon sport and I noticed loads of pine cones on the ground.
I have used these in the past both inside and outside the classroom, but this time I thought I would let my children paint them to hang in our new classroom.

I put out some bright coloured paint, thick brushes and glitter in shakers.

When they were dry, I tried some string around them and hung them in the classroom.
 I think they look amazing.

I love bringing natural materials inside so everyone can appreciate their beauty from a different point of view. What do you think?

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Perfect Little Peg People

Over the years I have made a collection of peg people to use in the classroom to support various concepts and themes and so I thought I would share them with you.
The children love playing with them and they are easy to make.

Firstly, buy some wooden pegs at a discount store. Some come with bases so the pegs can stand up.

Now get creative!!

Number Elves
Children can create a magical scene with these little elves.

Alphabet People
These are a great resource for school or home.

An all time favourite. I have made numerous different sets!

I couldn't have mermaids without pirates!!

Playdough People 
I put out pegs, various drawing materials and playdough. The children designed their own characters and used them in the playdough to create various play scenarios.

We were exploring the colour red so I made some red fairies for the discovery table.

Have a go at making some peg people for your kids and let me know how you get on.

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Mother's Day Gift

Mother's Day is fast approaching and I always have to allow plenty of time for my three year olds to make a special gift for their mum. We have been very busy for the last couple of weeks making a gift, wrapping paper and a card. 
It's often tricky coming up with an idea that young children can make for their parents.
Last year we made necklaces which were very cute. Check them out here...

This year I stumbled across a great pack of tea towels while I was doing my grocery shopping. They were in Coles and cost $3.00 for a pack of 4 tea towels. As I have twins in my class I chose two different colours- red and white.
Those of you that teach, or are a parent to three or four year olds, know that art and craft activities have to be very simple. I think this gift is perfect for this age child to make on their own.

I drew a chalk heart on the bottom of the tea towel ( dress makers chalk would be perfect but I couldn't find mine so I used chalkboard chalk)

The children stamped their pointer finger in the fabric paint and onto the chalk line.

They continued until they had stamped finger prints around the entire heart shape.

We used white fabric paint on the red tea towels and red fabric paint on the white tea towels
Once the tea towels were dry, I ironed them to set the paint.

I think the Mums will love them, don't you?

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Fishing For Names

I teach a class of three and four year old children and at the moment I am working on lots of name recognition activities. 
This is a great outdoor activity that involves three of my favourite things- water, recycling and STICKS!!

Using an empty plastic milk container, I cut out various fish shapes and wrote each child's name on a fish. I punched holes for eyes (the bigger the better) and put them in the water trolley.
The children then had to make their own fishing rod and catch their name fish!!!

The fishing rods were made by winding a pipe cleaner around a stick and bending a little hook on the end.

This was a tricky activity but a fun way for the children to find and identify their name- even if some caught the fish with their hands! This could be done with letters of the alphabet, numbers, colours or just as a fine motor activity.
Have fun


Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Bottle Top Ideas

I have a bowl in my kitchen full of lids from milk, juice and cool drink bottles. I never let anyone throw them away because they are soo useful.

Here are a few simple ways to recycle your collection of bottle tops.

Game Pieces

Alphabet Sorting



Water Trolley - Matching lids to bottles



Christmas Alphabet

Number Bingo

Wheels for playdough cars


 Making Pictures

Start recycling your lids and get creative!!