Monday, December 20, 2010

More Holiday Crafts and Fun

Decorating an orange with cloves...
Use large push pin tomake a hole in the skin of the orange.
Push clove into orange.
Cover orange completely with cloves and hang with a ribbon as a fragrent ornament.

 Making a beaded tree...

Bubble making...
An eye dropper, a small container of dish soap, a piture for water, a bowl for mixing, a whisk, and a towel for clean up.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Mandala Work...other ideas

Mandala is the Sanskrit word for circle. A mandaal can be any of various geometric designs symbolizing the universe. Mandalas are often used as an aide for focus and meditation.

As part of our classroom's study of the cultures of Asia the children are learning about Mandalas. Here are just a few art projects they have worked on which incorporate a mandala theme...

 These are mandalas made from triangle cut from magazine pictures and glued onto a circle...
 Here are a few photocopied images for coloring and inspriation...
 Here is a fabric madala (see earlier tuttorial post)...

 Some mandalas can be made just by gluing different shapes and colors together...


Sunday, October 24, 2010

Making Prayer Flags To Promote Peace, Compassion, Strength, and Wisdom

The primary classroom has been studying the continent of Asia and recently learned about Tibet. They have been making Tibetan prayer flags to hang around the classroom and in their homes. Traditionally, prayer flags are used to promote peace, compassion, strength, and wisdom. A prayer flag is a colorful panel or rectangular cloth often strung along mountain ridges and peaks high in the Himalayas to bless the surrounding countryside. Blue symbolizes sky and space, white symbolizes air, red symbolizes fire, green symbolizes water, and yellow symbolizes earth.

Capturing the Colors of Autumn

Leaf printing activity: collect leaves, coat with fabric paint, press onto shirt or other fabric, blot off excess paint, enjoy.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Celebrating the Change of Season With Autumn Themed Work

Taking a moment to remember to breathe, the pinwheel helps with focus.

Colorful corn kernels picked by little fingers or tweezers.

Pouring, scooping, and tonging with containers reflecting the beautiful colors of autumn.

Cutting and collage work.

Science activities including a study of leaves and turtles.

This is an easy activity to make: Just color copy a variety of leaves and laminate the actual leaf to match to the picture.

Other science activities include a study of magnets.

Can magnets work through water? Magnetic fsihing.

Counting objects 1 through 5.

Counting fish 1 through 10.

Dried Apple Slices for Snack....Yum