Monday, October 28, 2013

A popping good time

On this day we were exploring corn. We have a nature table where I leave a small sensory bin open with popcorn and small cobs for the kids compare. They are able to remove to kennels from the cobs with tweezers, as wells as use spoons and other tools for transferring to help them explore. It's messy but it's small enough that they can keep it under control.

I would love to tell you that in daycare world I set up everything the night before. That like Mary Poppins and Nanny Mcphee I am made of magic and presto a room cleans itself and I have all the time in the world to test a activity before I actually do it with the children.

In the real world the kids sometimes help me set up the activity and we make it work and in the case of the rolling popcorn painting. After we talk about the way the corn looks and feels we head over to the craft table, my idea was to roll the bubble wrap in the paint to make it look like corn
example A.
The kids talked and decided it would work better if they painted each little bubble rather then pouring the paint onto the paper and rubbing it around.
Example B

I think they were right!

I wish I had taken a picture of our floor because they made about 35 prints between the 3 of them and thank goodness I had some extra sheet ready because they were having a little business/painting meeting that went on for a good hour. I just kept refilling the supplies and they just kept creating. Guess I don't have to always have everything planned after all.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Sticky Leaf Art

Sticky paper is my new best friend. Martha Stewart stamps and I have always been best friends,  I love that they are so durable and that the kids can use them.
This activity was so simple to set up and the kids put it together themselves.
The ages of my lil's for this one is between 2-5
    As I set up the table, I asked the kids to run around the yard and pick out some leaves.
 I explained to them that their paper was sticky and that I would like them to punch out some shapes from the leaves they collected and the rest was creative kid magic.

 Somehow, my snowflake punch got put away in my fall bin so I am wondering if I will find the pumpkin punch in the winter bin come Christmas. The snowflake still made for a good design though.
 Some lil's decided so make their own shapes using their new found scissor skills.
 The best part of about this project was it kept them involved and they enjoyed watching what each other was creating and chattering away.
 The final product was wonderful and we sealed it with another layer of sticky paper.

Watch out for more sticky work coming to a window near you!