- Filed under: Fall, Flowers and Plants, Teaching Ideas Colored Leaf Wreath by Cheryl Villareal on Sep 19th, 2011
Here in the Philippines, we only have 2 seasons: Summer and Rainy. But in other parts of the world, there are 4 - winter, spring, summer and fall (made you sing didn't I?) Anyway, though we don't have those seasons here, there is never anything wrong with teaching a little more. Most kids actually know all 4 seasons even more than our own because of all the cartoons and TV programs they often watch.
So though we cannot gather REAL leaves ... Read More » Tags Share Comments (0 )
- 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: Arts and Crafts, Colors and Shapes, Featured, Fine motor skills, Fruits and Vegetables, Seasons, Skill development, Spring, Teaching Ideas Lacing Red Apples by Cheryl Villareal on Aug 12th, 2011
Lacing is a very difficult task to do, especially for the little ones. No matter how many times you explain it to them, they still have difficulty understanding the concept. But that's okay, because at their age, it's their EAGERNESS TO LEARN that'll get them far!
At first, the kids feel frustrated with lacing activities. Because they can't understand it, they refuse to continue doing it. But eventually, they get the small idea that all you ne... Read More » Tags Share Comments (2 )
- Filed under: Arts and Crafts, Featured, Flowers and Plants, Seasons, Spring, Teaching Ideas Finger Paint Cherry Tree Pop Art by Cheryl Villareal on Aug 3rd, 2011
Another school year just started for us and we wanted to introduce paint to the kids by starting with the finger paint. I have had experience with kids in the past that cried when we tried to make them paint with their hands! They just didn't like the idea of getting their hands dirty! So finger painting is actually a small step for the child to slowly understand that it's okay to get some paint on their hands.
Besides finger painting, we were... Read More » Tags Share Comments (0 )
- Filed under: Arts and Crafts, Featured, Seasons, Summer, Teaching Ideas The Easy Way to Make a Beautiful Sunset Painting by Cheryl Villareal on Jul 18th, 2011
I love sunsets. I don't exactly know how to describe it... but I do have one word for it. Magical. I feel that the way the sky lights up and the colors mix together as the setting sun goes to hiding is just too beautiful for words to describe. Which is why I also fall in love with pictures and paintings that are able to capture this beauty.
Now, I have always been a fan but I personally can't paint that well. It looks easy to do but is re... Read More » Tags Share Comments (1 )
- Filed under: Arts and Crafts, Eyes can see, Featured, Seasons, Senses and Body Parts, Summer, Teaching Ideas Funky Sunglasses for Summer by Cheryl Villareal on Jul 9th, 2011
Everyone, especially the kids, loves a good pair of sunglasses! Kids especially love trying them on regardless of the size or color! Hand them some shades and they'll wear them one by one! So if ordinary shades already work wonders for them, imagine how much more exciting it would be for them to create and design their own.
What you will need
What to do
Step 1: Trac... Read More » Tags Share Comments (2 )
- Filed under: Animals and Insects, Edible crafts, Featured, Sand and Sea, Seasons, Spring, Summer, Teaching Ideas Digging for Gummy Worms! by Cheryl Villareal on Jun 16th, 2011
Worms are often a child's favorite play thing and an adult's worst nightmare! I remember playing with worms and caterpillars myself when I was younger...but now that I'm all grown up, I can't even imagine touching one! However, as a preschool teacher... I think this is one of the fears we have to overcome!
As long as none of my children ask for it or we don't into such a situation, I'd rather not play with worms! (haha) But I wouldn't wan... Read More » Tags Share Comments (1 )
- Filed under: Arts and Crafts, Featured, Sand and Sea, Seasons, Summer, Teaching Ideas Sand Bottles with Rock Salt by Cheryl Villareal on Jun 7th, 2011
I'm sure most of you have already seen sand bottles whenever you go to the beach or just randomly displayed in houses or restaurants. I've been very fond of these since I was young and have always been curious how they were made. As I grew older, I also slowly realized how it wasn't so difficult to make after all.
Now that I knew how to make it, it was time to let the kiddos try it out! The thing is, I didn't have enough sand! The sand I ... Read More » Tags Share Comments (2 )
- Filed under: Animals and Insects, Featured, Sand and Sea, Seasons, Summer, Teaching Ideas Silly Foot and Hands Lobster by Cheryl Villareal on Jun 1st, 2011
Summer reminds me of the beach and all the wonderful sea animals. Often, we do fish projects and crafts in school that we neglect all the other beautiful sea animals. So this time, why not try something new? Why not make a silly little lobster with those little hands and feet! I saw the idea from Moments of Mommyhood and I instantly knew I had to try it!
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Eyes and mouth print o... Read More » Tags Share Comments (1 )
- Filed under: Animals and Insects, Featured, Messy art, Sand and Sea, Seasons, Summer, Teaching Ideas Starfish Art with Rock Salt by Cheryl Villareal on May 27th, 2011
I remember being so amazed with starfishes when I was younger. I used to think they were just star-shaped rocks! I was so curious how they moved and how they become "alive". It was only when I visited a beach during my teen years that I finally saw starfishes move and even piling up one over the other! They were really fun to watch and are something you can't miss during the summer season.
So for our theme on sand and sea, we decided to have ... Read More » Tags Share Comments (0 )