Oh how I love Spring! And with the Spring theme one can make such beautiful crafts!
Like this handprint tree, with pink fingerprints as blossoms.
The kids made a Spring card for someone special from a white cupcake liner dipped into yellow paint and glitter for the centre.
We prettied up our classroom by making butterflies using paper plates and pegs. I provided small bottles with food colouring: blue, pink and yellow. It was an experiment by itself, because by dropping the different colours onto the paper plate, it mixed and other colours were created: green, brown-ish and purple-ish colours.
These ladybugs adorn the outside glass door. They were very easy to make, two circles(made with a craft punch), and one were cut in half(to create two half circles, a lesson in its own).
We had bird seed in our sensory bin. The first day I added scoops, funnel-type things, and small bottles. I asked the students to see how many scoops it will take to fill the bottle. They could use the funnels to be more accurate. (PS the answer was 6 scoops)
The second day with the bird seed we added flowers, butterfly, dragonfly, flowers etc. pictures in the bin, two of each: find the two matching pictures.
The next two days we played with sand and mini flowers(buttons on pipe cleaners), mini buckets and spades. They “planted” flowers. Great fun!
We “planted” the mini flowers in the dough too. Made some bird nests with eggs inside, used pasta to make creepy crawlies and used bottle tops to create flowers, worms etc. Fun learning indeed! Playdough activities are great for creativity development, since you can create over and over again if you do not like the outcome., and it provides a sensory experience as well.
We planted some seeds in an egg container to see how they grow in the class. We will be planting these out into the garden once they are big enough. Each child had a turn to choose a seed type, made a hole in the soil, planted it and watered it with a dropper. Hand-on learning at its best!
Then we also made grass heads(that still need to grow their grass hair). We will be monitoring them closely.
Other fun learning activities included drawing chalk creepy crawlies. I provided them with a bug book, and they could copy picture from there, or draw their own. Some kids need to have a picture to follow for newly acquired knowledge. Next time I ask them to draw a bug, they would probably be able to do it without the help of a picture.
The students practiced to spell their names with our letters and paper plates. And fine motor skills, hand eye coordination and patterning were developed by beading a worm with beads and pipe cleaners.
On Friday we had an outing, the one that was cancelled two weeks ago because of cold weather, and this time it was a lovely spring day for a picnic at a nearby farm!
A busy week, full of fun learning opportunities! Be sure to check back in for next weeks activities where we will be working around the theme Under the Sea!
If you have missed the previous posts on our weeks learning adventures, you can see them here:
Wild Animal Theme 1
Wild Animals Theme 2
People Who Help Us Theme 1
People Who Help Us Theme
Farming Theme 1
Farming Theme 2