Cut your toilet paper roll in half, each half will make one flower so you may cut as many as you like. To fill our vase we cut two rolls for a total of four flowers. To keep the mess contained I use these plastic trays I was lucky to find for free from a doctors clinic. On the tray for each child I set out four coffee filters, four toilet paper half rolls watercolors and an eye dropper. I found to get the brightest color the less water you have the better. Then they are off on their own adding colors, when finished I had them roll the toilet paper roll in the left over watercolors on the tray. Then set aside to dry.
To assemble your flower I used a hole punch to make a hole in the center of each coffee filter. Then using a small bead with a hole we threaded the pipe cleaner through the bead and then folded down to create your flower center. Next take the bottom of the pipe cleaner and pass it through the hole of you coffee filter and then add your toilet paper roll. When pulling your flower through be careful to not pull to hard the filters rip easily. Next time I do this I will use a larger size filter so you can pull them farther down into the toilet paper. However, that being said my guys really loved the flat round look and very few pulled them for a fuller look. When finished they made beautiful center pieces for our Mothers Day Party!
This week our Letter of the Week is "Y". This year we tried a new technique to painting with yarn, I like to call Yarn Snap. Easy to set up and kids kids really enjoyed the noise of the yarn snapping and the paint slapping onto the paper. I added our Letter Y art to this years Alphabet Book!
I used a Styrofoam Tray or any washable tray, and wrapped it with the yarn, using the tape to seal it to the tray.
Then I slipped the paper under the yarn on the tray, because this was for our Alphabet Book our white paper had the Letter Y. Then paint the yarn when finished pinch and pull the yarn up and letting go to snap splatter the paint onto the paper. This art activity could truly be hours of fun!
This year to celebrate Earth Day The kids planted Green Bean Seeds! I like to use a clear cup, this way you can see the seed start to root, then sprout and grow Tall! I love to use Organic Green Bean Seeds because they grow so fast and dramatically! I start by writing the name of each child on a clear plastic cup. They then fill their cup to the top of their name with dirt using a small measuring scoop.
they then plant three seeds, and then add water. Always important to talk about what a seed needs to grow, careful not to add much water.
We then set their cups in the window. At our next class most of the seeds had begun to root.
When we came back from the weekend the kids were surprised to see how tall the sprout had become. After only two weeks in our windowsill the plants were ready to go home!
Fun paper plate craft to accompany one of my favorite authors, Mister Seahorse by Eric Carle. There are many different ways to create your seahorse using the basic paper plate form. Last year we used watercolors and buttons for our Let's Make a Seahorse. This year I wanted to experiment with tissue paper, for a new look. the children started by painting the glue over their paper plate seahorse. Then placing on top of the glue, I'll be honest this was messy but the kids really enjoyed the painting of the glue. As always I like to put out options so they can make their art their own. I had small buttons and sequins. Some took two days to dry! When dry cut around the edge of your seahorse. I then added them to our Ocean themed Bulletin Board: All things Bright and Beautiful!
I like to set up our Art Center so they can work with little help from me. In this case to help keep the glue mess contained I set a small plastic dish of glue on their tray with a foam brush. I cut out two Seahorses from one plate, with older children you could draw the shape and have them cut out. I love these Styrofoam trays, I use one tray for the whole year all their art work pops right off when dry!
Always a must with this Art Mister Seahorse by Eric Carle! Enjoy!
This was a fun way to play with our Letter of the Week "X", X marks the spot of a treasure hunt! For our sand I used one bag of flour combined with one small 8oz bottle of baby lotion. To add our treasures I added beads, really you could add whatever treasure you have on hand! As I like to do I took photos of some special beads and pinned them to the board above our sensory table, The kids had fun searching for the diamond shaped beads. I added tongs and a small bowl for them to collect, count and sort!