- 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.
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- Filed under: Animals and Insects, Arts and Crafts, Featured, Patterns, Teaching Ideas Learning about PATTERNS through this LION-MANE making activity by Cheryl Villareal on Mar 5th, 2011
I was browsing the net looking for ideas to teach my little kids about patterns. A lot of really cool ideas came up but I didn't have much time to prepare for them. Moreover, the art ideas I saw were not that easy for young children to do. I wanted one that did not take too long to make but would get the point across. I didn't want them to take too long figuring out how to do it that they forget why they were doing it in the first place.
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- Filed under: Arts and Crafts, Christmas, Colors and Shapes, Featured, Holiday crafts, Patterns, Teaching Ideas Colorful Mitten Christmas Wreath by Cheryl Villareal on Dec 11th, 2010
I've seen a variety of Christmas wreaths in various blog sites this season. I loved most of the ideas but I wanted to come up with something different and unique. Last year, my kids made a puzzle wreath! It turned out to be really cute and I'll try to post a blog about it as soon as I find those pictures! This year, we wanted to make a hand print wreath but the other class had already done it a week ahead of us. So we thought of something else. M... Read More » Tags Share Comments (1 )
- Filed under: Arts and Crafts, Christmas, Holiday crafts, Mothers' Day, Patterns, Skill development, Teaching Ideas Necklace Making by Cheryl Villareal on Aug 26th, 2010
Here's another fun activity to help develop children's fine motor skills! In this activity, they will have to carefully hold the string and insert the beads. You may be surprised to learn what a tedious job this actually is! A lot of children still have difficulty holding the string properly, others cannot figure out how to pull out the string from the other end of the bead, and still others, cannot figure out how to insert the string. Hence, the... Read More » Tags Share Comments (0 )
- Filed under: Colors and Shapes, Edible crafts, Fathers' Day, Featured, Holiday crafts, Mothers' Day, Patterns, Skill development, Teaching Ideas, Valentines Day Fruit Loop Bracelets by Cheryl Villareal on Jul 31st, 2010
Children.. and even adults love eating fruit loops! So why not use this to further strengthen the lesson? This specific activity is actually a lacing activity that helps develop fine motor skills. It would also be easier for older kids to do since young children’s fine motor skills are not yet fully developed. Still, the end product works for all ages. The teachers simply need to assist the young children more in doing this activity.
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