Wednesday, October 26, 2011

My Crafty Side

I decided to step away from the classroom for a bit and show off my latest "crafty" project. A relative of mine had a baby shower and I offered to make a diaper cake. It is truly easier than it looks, and anyone can do it. I rolled a few diapers in the core and held them together with rubber bands, than fanned diapers around the outside. I then hot glued ribbon around each tier to hold the diapers in place. I then hot glued some decorations, letters and placed a Hello Kitty on top. I stuffed the top of the tier with shredded paper and placed it on a cake base. All my items were found at Micheal's and took me approximately an hour to assemble.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Crayon Melting

 Originally I began this project with the children melting crayons while sitting at a table
after a few tries, it was apparent that an easel would probably be the better choice.
At the table  it made for an awkward wrist position for the kids holding the dryer, and at the same time the hair dryer blew the crayons right out from under the tape, and also blew the tray around.

 After switching to the easel it gave the kids a much better holding postion and the crayon stayed in place which made for an easier melting position.

 This project was so exciting not only for the kids but for myself as well. We have done crayon melting before using melting trays, oven, and plain ol' sunshine. But this was a first to use a dryer. It really went over well because the kids could handle the dryer themselves and in seconds they could see the metamorphic change. It leaped from art right into science by allowing the kids to witness a solid change to a liquid.
My feeling is that I want to take this same idea further and more extensive. We shall see how it goes.

Materials: Crayons, tape, paper, dryer
Process: Tape crayons to paper, and let children blow hot air on to crayons.
Notes: I think I would rather use a glue gun to attach crayons to paper to prevent the tape from interfering with the final product. Also make sure to tape down the paper itself because the dryer will blow it right off.

Friday, October 7, 2011

The Outdoor Classroom has Fall Written All Over It

Our Sensory table before

Our Sensory table after we added, cornmeal, rice, beans, gourds, acorns, and pumpkins

The kids enjoy raking up the hay. Although the mess is neverending, which keeps them quite busy

We Made Orange

 In the Project Room today we experimented with color mixing.
 Red and Yellow make..........

  We gave it a shake shake shake

 and we have ORANGE

This was so much fun. I started with open ended questions.
I asked the children how did they think we could make orange. I got a lot of different answers, and we experiemented several times, and finally we discovered red and yellow make orange. My only regret is that I didnt take pictures of our experimental colors.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Exploring the Project Room

It is the beginning of the new year and the Project Room aka "Atelier" is up and running. To ease the children back into the swing of the things, I decided to give them an oportunity to explore the materials. The children found boxes, paint, cups, glue, and other collage materials. Really with no product in mind I am finding that this time in the Project Room in becoming a huge hit. Boys and girls wanting to "build" or "invent". This project is becoming ongoing and only time will tell where it ends up.........

Some have said they would like to build a robot, others a house. Where will we end up?

Egg Carton Painting

This was a great project to kick off Fall!