- Filed under: Arts and Crafts, Earth Day, Featured, Messy art, Night and Day, Teaching Ideas Full Moon Art with Bottles and Toothbrushes by Cheryl Villareal on Nov 7th, 2016
When learning about Day and Night, there are a variety of activities the kids can do. For this article however, I'm going to focus on the art. Children are so used to the moon's crescent shape, that creating a full moon art was actually surprising to them. Some even told me the moon wasn't round. I of course grabbed this opportunity to talk about the different phases of the moon. An experiment with a styrofoam ball and a flashlight would also be ... Read More » Tags Share Comments (0 )
- Filed under: Colors and Shapes, Featured, Hands can feel, Messy art, Playdough, Science Experiments, Senses and Body Parts, Teaching Ideas Scented Playdough: Sense of Smell by Cheryl Villareal on Sep 5th, 2012
It's always fun to learn about our senses through a variety of experiments, wouldn't you agree? For our unit on the sense of smell, one of the activities we did with the kids was to create our own scented play doughs! Oh what fun the kids had, they were so proud of their works and couldn't believe they made it themselves. Who know play dough was so easy to make?
I got the recipe from eHow.com but I didn't follow it to the dot, I just adjusted ... Read More » Tags Share Comments (2 )
- Filed under: Arts and Crafts, Featured, Fine arts, Messy art, Teaching Ideas Puncher Pointillism at Ayala Museum by Cheryl Villareal on Jun 22nd, 2012
From April to May, the Ayala Museum held a bunch of art workshops for the kids. One of these focused on George Seurat’s famous pointillism art! I love how complex and simple this activity can be!
So before the actual art activity, a brief intro about George Seurat and pointillism was given.
From wikipedia: Pointillism is a technique of painting in which small, distinct dots of pure color are applied in patterns to form an im... Read More » Tags Share Comments (5 )
- Filed under: Arts and Crafts, Featured, Messy art, Science Experiments, Teaching Ideas, Transportation Hot Air Balloon Craft for Kids! Up up and away! by Cheryl Villareal on May 16th, 2012
I love playing with paper-mache! The activities and the outcomes that can be done with them are countless! During our lesson on different kinds of transportation, we made some HOT AIR BALLOONS!
It was fun to see the different reactions from the kids! Some of them were really excited, while others like myself got weak on their knees at the thought of riding a balloon several hundred feet above the ground!
What y... Read More » Tags Share Comments (0 )
- Filed under: Animals and Insects, Arts and Crafts, Colors and Shapes, Featured, Fine arts, Messy art, Stories, Teaching Ideas Eric Carle Collage in Brown Bear Brown Bear by Cheryl Villareal on Nov 27th, 2011
The kids have always loved BROWN BEAR, they love learning the different colors while also seeing the pictures of different animals! Moreover, they enjoy singing the song while looking at the pictures.
This time, we wanted to try and make collages. So we had them pick which color they wanted and we mixed 2 other complimenting colors with it. So if they picked green, we’d give them GREEN, YELLOW and WHITE. If they picked PU... Read More » Tags Share Comments (2 )
- Filed under: Arts and Crafts, Eyes can see, Fine arts, Hands can feel, Messy art, Senses and Body Parts, Teaching Ideas Splatter Painting like Jackson Pollock by Cheryl Villareal on Nov 5th, 2011
Well, I showed you Michelangelo and Van Gogh... now another famous artist of the fine arts is Jackson Pollock. Now Jackson Pollock’s art is more on the abstract side. He is well known for his splatter paintings. At first look, I thought… “what’s so hard about that?” but give it a try and you’ll realize it’s not as easy as it looks. Sure, it’ll look great no matter what, but he’s work is definitely different… definitely the wor... Read More » Tags Share Comments (1 )
- Filed under: Arts and Crafts, Colors and Shapes, Featured, Fine arts, Messy art, Teaching Ideas Modern Day “Starry Night” Inspired by Van Gogh by Cheryl Villareal on Nov 3rd, 2011
For art month, we’re learning all about the famous artists and their unique painting styles. They will serve as inspirations for our art activities. Now when I say inspiration, it means that we WON’T copy exactly what the artist did but probably learn something from it.
Yesterday, I posted about our Sistine Table painting which was inspired by Michelangelo. You can check that out HERE. Well today, it’s Van Gogh’s turn to shin... Read More » Tags Share Comments (2 )
- Filed under: Arts and Crafts, Eyes can see, Featured, Fine arts, Hands can feel, Messy art, Senses and Body Parts, Teaching Ideas The “Sistine Table”- Painting Like Michelangelo by Cheryl Villareal on Nov 2nd, 2011
Who says preschoolers are too young to learn about fine arts? It’s always better to start young right? For the entire month, we have decided to teach our little kiddos about the famous artists and their unique artistic styles! To start off, we introduced them to the famous Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti or simply Michelangelo!
First, we showed the kids his famous painting on the Sistine chapel. They did not completel... Read More » Tags Share Comments (2 )
- Filed under: Family, Featured, Fine motor skills, Flowers and Plants, Messy art, Role Play, Skill development, Stories, Teaching Ideas Our Self-made Cardboard Playhouse by Cheryl Villareal on Oct 8th, 2011
Whenever I see old boxes coming from soaps, shoes, gifts or the like, I often want to keep it in hopes of finding a purpose for it in the near future. I’m guessing most preschool teachers agree with me too! We like to keep all sorts of stuff, especially boxes! Regardless of how small or BIG the box may be, we just want to keep it because we feel throwing it away will make us regret it in the future.
Just a few weeks ago, on our unit o... Read More » Tags Share Comments (1 )
- Filed under: Arts and Crafts, Colors and Shapes, Featured, Hands can feel, Messy art, Patterns, Senses and Body Parts, Skill development, Teaching Ideas Sponge Stamping with Shades of Blue by Cheryl Villareal on Oct 2nd, 2011
Last year, we let the kids do some SPONGE PAINTING as a extension on our lesson about squares. The kids had so much fun playing with the sponges because of their unique texture but the teachers also had to be careful not to give the kids too much paint because they tended to let the sponge absorb too much and squeeze out ALL the paint. As fun as this may be, we weren't prepared for a messy activity that day.
So instead of just lettin... Read More » Tags Share Comments (1 )