- Filed under: Animals and Insects, Business and Services, Featured, Fieldtrip Suggestions, Flowers and Plants, Games and Activities, Lifestyle and Events, Museums and Galleries, Reading and Language, Senses and Body Parts, Teaching Ideas, Tips for Parents Mind Blown at the Country’s First World Class Science Museum: The Mind Museum by Cheryl Villareal on Mar 1st, 2012
Some time last year, I started seeing posters and banners about a new Science Museum rising in Taguig. Being a teacher, the news of a new fieldtrip site was naturally very exciting… but learning that it would rise at the Fort Bonifacio Taguig boiled up various expectations for me. I started imagining just how cool this place might be and wondered what they would have to offer that other museums didn’t have. I eagerly waited for more news an... Read More » Tags Share Comments (1 )
- Filed under: Arts and Crafts, Christmas, Featured, Hands can feel, Holiday crafts, Magic Art, Messy art, Science Experiments, Seasons, Senses and Body Parts, Summer, Teaching Ideas, Winter Ice Painting with the Kids by Cheryl Villareal on Aug 28th, 2011
When doing art with kids, one thing we need to remember is that the LESS structured it is, the MORE their creativity shines! As Teacher Tom once said, "It is not our job to be creative, it's the kid's" This line stuck with me and I always remember this when doing an art activity with the kids.
Last year, I came across this ICE PAINTING activity while browsing some blogs. There were several blogs with this activity and I felt really curi... Read More » Tags Share Comments (1 )
- Filed under: Colors and Shapes, Featured, Fine motor skills, Games and Activities, Magic Art, Skill development, Teaching Ideas Magical Circles with Crayon Rubbings by Cheryl Villareal on Aug 15th, 2011
Kids love magic, and the fun thing about teaching toddlers is that you DON'T need to know the difficult tricks 'coz it's easy to get things pass them. Now with art, there are also TONS of magic tricks you can do with the kids. A lot of which they can do by themselves!
One favorite is the CRAYON RESIST activity.
We did this a year ago and the kids were totally amazed! We drew a boy/girl using a white crayon without the kids knowledge an... Read More » Tags Share Comments (2 )
- Filed under: Featured, Games and Activities, Messy art, Sand and Sea, Science Experiments, Senses and Body Parts, Teaching Ideas Making and Playing with CLEAN Mud by Cheryl Villareal on Jul 14th, 2011
As a kid, I always had fun whenever playtime involved getting messy. I liked running in flood, playing food fights and even stepping on mud! The messier it was, the better it got! But as I grew older, I also slowly became aware of all the gross and icky stuff that goes with these messy games..all the germs and various stuff which I hate to mention. As soon as I realized these, messy play time was over.
Kids nowadays enjoy the same me... Read More » Tags Share Comments (0 )
- Filed under: Animals and Insects, Edible crafts, Featured, Games and Activities, Senses and Body Parts, Skill development, Teaching Ideas Feed the animals by Cheryl Villareal on Nov 4th, 2010
Just a few days ago, I shared the Pin the Nose on the animals activity. Most of the kids already knew which nose belonged to which animal even before we started. This time, we tried learning about the other things animals do with their noses.
The kids all know that noses are used for smelling, but they have yet to learn how some animals use their noses for eating and picking up objects. To introduce to them how elephants eat, we prepared a sim... Read More » Tags Share Comments (0 )
- Filed under: Animals and Insects, Featured, Games and Activities, Teaching Ideas Pin the Nose on the Animals by Cheryl Villareal on Nov 1st, 2010
We were on our topic on noses and wanted to see if the kids knew which animal had which nose. The game is similar to Pin the Tail on the Donkey, only they aren't blindfolded and we're using the noses!
Before anything else, we first showed them the pictures of animals with different noses. Some animals had long noses, others had short noses! Some had big noses, some had small noses! Later on, we showed them the different noses and even mixed it... Read More » Tags Share Comments (1 )
- Filed under: Featured, Games and Activities, Role Play, Sand and Sea, Senses and Body Parts, Teaching Ideas Let’s Walk Barefooted by Cheryl Villareal on Oct 10th, 2010
What can your feet do? I can use my feet to walk, run and jump! But did you know your feet can also feel things? We asked the children to bring a pair of slippers for our week's topic about the feet! Instead of wearing shoes to school, they wore their slippers. And after a short discussion about the feet, it was time to take them for a SENSORY WALK.
Now, this could have been a lot more fun outdoors, unfortunately, the school I work at does n... Read More » Tags Share Comments (2 )
- Filed under: Colors and Shapes, Featured, Games and Activities, Science Experiments, Senses and Body Parts, Teaching Ideas Looking through colors by Cheryl Villareal on Sep 17th, 2010
Just recently, I shared a post on binoculars for the kids! This turned out to be a very successful activity! The kids not only enjoyed playing with it, but they also had fun making it!
This reminded me of an activity I did last year which I called Looking Through Colors. The materials are teacher-made, and the kids really look forward to using and playing with it.
What you will need:
Old cardboard or folders
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- Filed under: Arts and Crafts, Featured, Games and Activities, Role Play, Science Experiments, Senses and Body Parts, Teaching Ideas Binoculars for Kids by Cheryl Villareal on Sep 12th, 2010
After reviewing what our eyes can do, we decided to let the kids goof around with some binoculars! If you have real binoculars, it'd be great to let them try the real thing before the activity! This would be a first for several of them! My past students would usually take a second look through the binoculars because they can't understand why things are suddenly appearing closer or farther! Afterward, let them make their own to play with! And of c... Read More » Tags Share Comments (1 )