Wake up Spring!
Here’s a simple craft to celebrate the arrival of Spring. You’ll need,
• brown paper “lunch” bags- roll top down to form a “nest”
• “nest” fill- shredded paper or Easter basket “grass”
• Spring themed cupcake liners or any colour of your choice- fold in half
• wiggly eyes or small pom poms to substitute as “eyes-” attach an eye
• triangles of yellow construction paper for “beaks”-attach one “beak”
• children’s craft glue
Wake up Spring!
Let’s celebrate Noruz– the Iranian festival of Spring!
Bring a hyacinth bulb and flower to “show and tell” about.
Give each child a piece of white paper, a green felt pen or crayon, and a purple coloured “Bingo” dabber to share with a small group. Children draw the green stems of the hyacinth plant. Dab on the purple hyacinth blossoms.
~ a hyacinth
“Gung Hay Fat Choy!”
Make a lantern!
~ make a lantern
Here is a simple, affordable craft idea using a red paper plate (red is a “lucky” colour), a golden pipe cleaner (cut into half), black tissue or construction paper rectangles, white craft glue and multi coloured sparkles. Of course, you can always embellish the lantern by adding on gold washi tape pieces or brightly coloured tissue paper bits.
Use your bits and bobs and imagination!
Simply one of the easiest activity ideas!
Children love to explore sensory bins* or tubs! For this one, I used~
• a baking pan
• magnetic letters
• plastic tongs * helps to promote finger gripping strength and dexterity
Combine the rice and letters. “Play” together! Talk about the letter. What is its name? Let’s find something that begins with this letter!
Talk, talk, talk!
* Supervise small children and add age appropriate items to the bin.
Yes, my darlings! It is World Literacy Day!
Make a word!
What are you reading? Whom are you reading to?
Snuggle up beside a loved one and listen to a story. Talk about the story.
Talk about your favourite character? Is the character brave or timid, kind or selfish? What was the problem? How did the story end? Did you like this story? Why did you like it; has something similar ever happened to you? What would you change?
•Are you a Writer?
Think about a happy moment in your life.
Write a short story about that moment.
Print a message to the world; help the leaders shape a better place. Write a letter to an author.
Draw your story or message. Ask an adult to “scribe” your story. Be brave; sound out the words!
Be a reader and a writer!
A sample of a child’s letter to author, Brian Wildsmith~
“Two Mr. Brian Wildsmith,
I like yur pictures but I’l askt Don’t sciBoL
The Little Wood Duck is messy!”
Printing with Sidewalk Chalk!
Live, Love, Learn!
Scatter kindness like confetti!
You Can Help! Consider filling a shoebox or back pack with basic school supplies. I promise you that your donation will be appreciated by a student and teacher. Your donation will help those in need.
Some basic items appreciated by Primary Students ~
• boxed paint set
• plain notebooks
• plain white paper
• glue stick
• soft, cloth pencil case
* children’s scissors
• children’s white glue
• children’s felt pens and crayons
Here are two activities, easy to create and guaranteed to delight your little learners. Most of the items can be found at home or in a classroom setting. We sourced our magnets, canvas and dinosaurs from a local Dollar Store.
These are Science based activities so we begin with a discussion about Magnet Safety. Adult Supervision Required!
Another talented teacher created this “favourite” activity~ The Dinosaur Maze.
… take a dino for a walk
• a small canvas- Dollar Store
• permanent felt marker to draw a maze* onto the canvas
-* the maze can be simple or difficult
• two plastic dinosaurs
• 2 round medium sized magnets
-attach a round magnet (use a glue gun to secure the magnet to the dino) to the base of each dinosaur
• horseshoe magnet or strong magnet wand
Take the dino for a walk along the maze!
•The Discovery Bottle
1 two litre clear plastic bottle
lid- I taped the lid with washi tape.
pipe cleaners cut into pieces- the glittery, the better
bolts, nuts, large sized paper clips
a powerful horseshoe magnet or bar magnet
Place the above items into the clear bottle. Tighten the lid!
Let the children use the bar magnet to discover which items can be pulled within the bottle!
A colleague and I came up with a fun way to make a simple stick puppet!
We sourced Michael’s and purchased a package of foam “heads.”
Have the child glue the “head” onto a wide Craft Stick. Use cut up scraps of coloured foam, paper, or wool for hair. Glue on wiggly eyes. We had some glittery heart stickers on hand, so the children used them for the “lips!” We added pipe cleaner eye glasses for a whimsical effect. You could easily add a crown for a royal touch!
The children enjoyed this simple craft. Michael’s has a wide array of foamie shapes from flowers to animals. Use your imagination and make some stick puppets.
Create a simple puppet theatre for your characters from an empty cereal box! Then, sit back and enjoy the dramatic play that you have inspired!
We traced a pair of sunglasses to create the raccoon’s mask!