Monthly Archives: February 2013

Masters of Art I: Paul Klee

Our Masters of Art series has begun! Our first project was inspired by Paul Klee’s drawings, lithographs and statement that, “Drawing is like taking a line for a walk”. I showed a few examples of Paul Klee prints and had the children guess what they were. We also talked about how he played with continues…

Sewing

Sewing is a wonderful fine motor skill craft. It can easily be adapted for all ages. Students 18 months to 4 years worked on burlap which I purchased at our local fabric store. Burlap now comes in a multitude of beautiful colors. I chose white so embroidery thread of any color would show nicely. My…

Clay Leaves

Lately I’ve been inspired to try more advanced instruction with my students. Deep Space Sparkle has given me endless ideas for painting, drawing, and clay projects. Patty Palmer does an amazing job with her tutorials. She has a wonderful web store complete with pdf booklets covering many topics including “Easy Clay Projects” where I got the…

Raspberry Canes

The newest edition to our edible garden is a raspberry patch. YUM, I can’t wait! Inspired by a good friend I have decide to grow more fruit that once established will produce year after year. My family loves raspberries and I imagine my students will too. My Tuesday 4pm class of 4-6 year old students…

Strawberry Babies

We are back in the garden and taking weekly action to get edibles back in the ground!!! Our second planting took place on 1/29/13 in our four x four beds in the square foot gardening layout.. My Tuesday 4pm class of 4-6 year old students planted 16 Strawberry babies donated from a good friend and studio…

Water Beads

Water beads, the newest craze in toddler sensory activities! Try them and you will know why. The fascination with water beads shouldn’t be under estimated or reserved for the toddler age, in fact my older students got a huge kick out of exploring them, especially my 5-8 year old boy students! In fact, this time…

Play Dough: Bugs and Reptiles

Play dough is fast becoming my favorite open-ended project. Students will walk straight up to a play dough table and need no direction or guidance to get started. I set out an array of tools: rolling pins – some texture some flat play dough scissors knives Along with fun objects to create texture or make…