The children worked on the most beautiful salt dough ornaments for Thanksgiving last week. We made two batches of salt dough, added powdered paint, and then mixed the yellow and orange paint into the dough.
The results were bright, vibrant ornaments! Some children chose one color, and some children chose to mix the two different colors. Then we cut out the ornaments and pressed a variety of seeds and beans into them. Lastly, I baked them in the oven at 200 degrees for a few hours. I hope they looked lovely at Thanksgiving!
Squiggly and Bumpy Art!
We tried a new painting technique last week as well! It was extremely simple and cheap supplies, that anyone could do at home. We drenched pieces of yarn into a cup of glue, then we laid the yarn in a design on a piece of cardboard.
Once the yarn had dried overnight, we painted the board with these beautiful fall metallic paints.
The last process art activity we did was making “bleeding tissue paper” turkeys for Thanksgiving. The children were calling our turkey feathers a giant feather factory;)
Each child was given five our six feathers, and a bowl of different colored tissue paper. They simply painted over their tissue paper with water and we let it sit overnight. The next day we peeled off the tissue paper to reveal the most beautiful colors underneath.
Each child drew on their turkey’s face, and we added the feathers to the back of the turkey body for the finished turkey!
The children came into the classroom last week to find a new activity set up on the light panels. I drew each of their names in a large dark marker on white paper. They could trace over their names using different colored crayons for fine motor practice, letter development, and repetition practice. I have begun to introduce everyone to their names with a capital letter first, followed by the lower case letters. Many of them say, “that isn’t my name.” It is important to see their name written in a variety of contexts, and begin to understand the lower case-capital letter connection.
On the other light panel I put a large jar of gems for them to cover their name with the gems. Using the light panel with this literacy work is a wonderful way to engage their senses while children work on a more traditional “paper/pencil” task. They are able to sit at the light panels for longer periods of time, and the light holds their interest longer than just desk or seat work.
Look at the concentration…
We had a new fall play dough table set up the past few weeks. I made a batch of orange play dough and added cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg to give it a nice fall scent. Then I made a play dough tray packed to the brim with leaf gems, pumpkin gems, wooden acorns, and leaves attached to popsicle sticks.
We read this great fall book a few mornings, and we decided our room needed a batch of pumpkin soup!
We made a large tub of orange colored water; added gems, scoops, bowls, and egg beaters. They went right to town mixing, stirring, and chatting about their “soups.”
We have been counting so many things this fall! Leaves, pumpkins, ghosts, and much more! It was time to put our counting knowledge and transfer it to number recognition. I set up this math table before the holiday, to work on our numbers! The table had Handwriting without Tears Number Cards. These cards are made it the tiniest piece of sandpaper, so children can trace the numbers with their fingers. There were wax “wiki stix” that they could use to shape into the numbers, cork boards, beans, gems, and wooden numbers. Children could freely explore the table throughout the week. Some children made the numbers on the cork boards, and then counted the corresponding amount of gems.
Then Ms. Melissa and I worked with each child to create a number page in their learning journals. We traced the sandpaper numbers, drew the numbers on the chalkboards, counted the numbers, and lastly dotted the numbers in our journals. They worked hard to write the numbers on their own, or using small dots as a guide. Most everyone in the class has 10 pages filled with the numbers 1 – 10! I hope they are noticing numbers all around them!
We also had a great time setting up some very simple marble runs during free time in the classroom!