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Posted by on Dec 21, 2017 in Blog, Christmas, December Themes |

Sugar Plums Last Minute Christmas Fun!

Sugar Plums Last Minute Christmas Fun!





Sugar Plums Last Minute Christmas Fun!
Spin Art Lollipops

Sugar Plumbs Dancing In Their Heads   Sugar Plumbs Dancing In Their Heads   Sugar Plumbs Dancing In Their Heads   Just tape a paper plate to the turn table of an Fisher Price record player turn it on 33rpms and give a kid a paint brush. Some how they seem to know what to do!

Gingerbread Men In Their Gingerbread Houses

Sugar Plumbs Dancing In Their Heads     

  

Tree Decorating

Sugar Plumbs Dancing In Their Heads     Sugar Plumbs Dancing In Their Heads  These are simple painting and gluing activities.

Sugar Plumbs Dancing In Their Heads These trees were purchased at thrift stores. We just plopped ‘em in the sensory table with beads and ribbon. They know what to do next!




Sugar Plumbs Dancing In Their Heads  This is a store bought magnetic tree, might have been Scholastic. Really can’t remember where I picked this up.

Hand and Footprint Art

Sugar Plumbs Dancing In Their Heads  These snowmen are fabric paint on a carpet squares. Nice gift for parents.

Sugar Plumbs Dancing In Their Heads  Hand print Santa. No need to draw a face, this is so cute as is.

Candy Canes

Sugar Plumbs Dancing In Their Heads  These delicious candy canes were done with just the child’s finger tips. Patterning is an important pre-reading skill!

Sugar Plums Dancing In Their Heads  These were made by using masking tape to cover the paper and create the stripes. Kids paint then remove the tape.

Sugar Plums Dancing In Their Heads  Each child marble painted two canes. Make sure they’re facing the right direction if you want to hang them is shown.

Sugar Plums Dancing In Their Heads  These kids are painting on the under side of paper bowls with masking tape on them to make a pattern to look like peppermint candies. Next let them dry then wrap them in cling wrap to look like wrapped hard candy.



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Posted by on Dec 19, 2017 in Art, Blog, Christmas, Holidays |

Preschool Stained Glass Windows

Preschool Stained Glass Windows

This all started many years ago when I moved into a new classroom and found a box of unused tiles. Some were mosaic some were just 4×4 bathroom tile. I had no idea what to do with them so they sat for a long while. I thought maybe a mosaic or stepping stones for the playground, but they just sat collecting dust. Then one day I had some left over plywood from some other project and my idea started to take form.

Preschool Stained Glass Windows  First I glued the tiles to the boards in interesting patterns. I used E6000 glue because the thing will need to hold up with moisture from lots of paint.

Preschool Stained Glass Windows  We used rollers to apply paint. We used BioColor paints.

Preschool Stained Glass Windows  Next we laid parchment paper over the tiles. We gently rubbed to insure the paper had collected all the paint.

Preschool Stained Glass Windows  The great reveal!  Not the greatest pic but you get the idea.

Preschool Stained Glass Windows         Preschool Stained Glass   I cut the frames out of black poster board. I just cut them to fit and mounted them with tacky glue. Not many sunny days here (WNY)  in the winter but I’m sure they’ll look great with the sun shining through. They turned out better than I expected!

 

 

 

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Posted by on Dec 12, 2017 in Blog, Christmas, December Themes |

Life Size Gingerbread House Before And After

Life Size Gingerbread House Before And After




Life Size Gingerbread House Before And After

A very generous parent donated this cute playhouse to our class.

The playhouse stayed in the closet for a few days while we decided where and when to set it up. On the big day it hit me to assemble it inside out!

This is the story, all about how my life got flipped, turned inside out!

Life Size Gingerbread House  It was a little tricky at first. The instructions were clear enough but turning the folds in the opposite directions didn’t always make sense. I persisted and had it assembled in under an hour.

The Big Reveal
Gingerbread House    The big reveal! The children had a great time decorating this cute house. Hopefully it will hold up and we can use it again in the spring. The outer (now inside) is printed with butterflies and flowers. I saved the box so we can stash it for the long winter.



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Posted by on Dec 10, 2017 in Blog, Christmas, December Themes, Holidays |

Life Size Gingerbread House

Life Size Gingerbread House





Want a life size gingerbread house for your kids this Christmas?

This is a story all about how my life got flipped…turned inside out. lol

One of my preschooler’s generous parents gave us a playhouse like this.


So it stayed in the closet for few days while we decided where and how to set it up. On the big day it hit me to assemble it inside out! I put the thing together with the cute printed part on the inside so the out side is brown, like a real gingerbread house. It was a little tricky at first but remembering that all the folds go the opposite way got easier as I went along.

Life Size Gingerbread House

My previous post was all about our flat gingerbread house display. Those pics were actually last year’s project. This house arrived just in time that we hadn’t begun assembling that yet.


The decoration phase has begun. Gum drops and peppermint candies are ready. Next week we’ll also make marble paint candy canes, and spin art lollipops for our Gingerbread House.

In the mean time, while small groups are working on their decorations others will be inside the gingerbread house with crayons coloring in the preprinted pictures.

Not entirely confident but I’m hoping the house will hold up and be reusable next year.

Next post will be after pics! Stay tuned.


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Posted by on Dec 2, 2017 in Art, Blog, December Themes, Holidays |

You Can’t Catch The Gingerbread Man!

You Can’t Catch The Gingerbread Man!





No matter how fast you run you can’t catch the Gingerbread Man! We’re turning our classroom into a gingerbread classroom! I’ll keep updating as we go. This is part of out Christmas celebrations. We also celebrate Hanukkah and Kwanzaa so watch out for those posts as well.

Begin with the traditional story book. Read other versions and have a discussion about the similarities and differences.

Gingerbread Men

  Raisins, buttons, ribbons, glitter, and a little “teacher glue” (tacky glue). Free pattern on Printables!

Gum Drops

        Free Pattern On Printables!



Lollipops

 You’ll need an old turntable or lazy Suzan. You might be able to use a spin art kit if you have one handy. These are just paper plates. You can do it without poking a hole in the middle just tape the plate to the turn table. Turn it on and let it spin. The kids can use 2 or 3 different colors of paint. When the paint is dry we add tongue depressor stick and wrap in cellophane.

Cookies

Homemade Gingerbread Cookie Recipe.

Gingerbread House

You Can’t Catch The Gingerbreat Man  This is an for pic of our gingerbread house. This was achieved with paper plates cut around the edges. And boarder strips flipped to their white side. I’ll get an after shot when we’ve got it all together!

You Can’t Catch The Gingerbread Man This is the beautiful 3D actual gingerbread house from Inner Child Fun we’re trying to copy.



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