Wampanoag Village Craft Play

Wampanoag Village

Craft Play

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Make your own paper plate teepees and toilet paper roll canoes to play in your own Wampanoag Village this Thanksgiving!

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The frogs loved learning the story of  the Wampanoag Indians helping the first pilgrims. For the week before Thanksgiving we played with our village that grew everyday! I started by adding green felt across our science center. Then added a blue flannel strip for a river running through.

Wampanog Teepee

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At our Art Center I had Paper plates cut in half The Frogs colored them. Then they used the tape to attach two small leather strips to the center top. I used Leather because I had some left over from another project, you could use sticks! Then we folded it around into a cone shape and stapled it closed.

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Wampanog Canoe

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Gingerbread Play Dough Recipe

Gingerbread Play Dough Recipe

  I whipped up a batch of Gingerbread Play Dough to accompany our letter of the week the Letter G. My frogs love play dough so I filled the table with gingerbread cookie cutters, scissors, buttons, rolling pins, cookie sheets and Letter stamps. During our circle time we read The Gingerbread Man and The Gingerbread Baby! Gingerbread Books  

Gingerbread Play Dough Recipe

Makes a large batch!

I start by setting the water to boil on the stove. Using a large mixing bowl I add the flour, salt and Cream of tarter. I like my play dough to really smell so I add A lot of Cinnamon and Ginger. In a separate small measuring bowl I add the oil, food coloring and boiling water. Then I just pour the hot water mixture into the large bowl of dry ingredients. Using a large spoon I mix it all together, if it's sticky I add a little more flour if it's dry a little more water. When it's all mixed together I then kneed it until I get the texture and feel I want. I have a class of ten and this batch makes enough for everyone to play! gingerbread-play-dough-play gingerbread-play-dough-create gingerbread-play-dough-fun gingerbread-play-dough-mix gingerbread-play-dough-supplies          

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Magic Painting Preschool Art Ornaments

Magic Painting Preschool Art Ornaments

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Just drop, glop your paint, fold and open to see the magic painting inside!

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The frogs and I were working with our letter of the Week Letter G. My introduction to the frogs was to glop the paint onto the center of the pre - folded paper.

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After they were done with the paint they folded the paper and then using their finger softly smoothed out the paper. Then as they opened their paper the magic appeared!

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So we decided to call them Magic Paintings! After they were dry I used my new Laminator  to turn them into Ornaments!

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Paper Plate Crow Craft

Paper Plate Crow Craft

This cute Paper Plate Crow Craft is great to accompany the story Six Crows by Leo Lionni. I used the Crows to create our Thanksgiving Bulletin Board We Have Lots to Crow About. To get started you will need: paper-plate-crow-craft-006-600x800 As with any craft it is fun to mix up mediums and explore, you can find whatever you have on hand to decorate your crow. One of my little frogs added pumpkin seeds and they looked so cute! I think next year I'll try to dye the seeds black! First, cut one paper plate in half and then used a hole punch to add the holes. paper-plate-crow-craft-002-800x600 paper-plate-crow-craft-003-800x600   I punched a hole on each side of the uncut plate, and one hole on the inside of the cut plate. Using the brads I attached the plates to create the crow body. I did this work and had it ready for paint because we just don't have enough time in class for my Frogs to finish. paper-plate-crow-craft-008-800x600 I like to set out all the supplies and then walk away and let them create! paper-plate-crow-craft-009-800x600 paper-plate-crow-craft-010-800x600 paper-plate-crow-craft-011-600x800 paper-plate-crow-craft-012-800x600 After the crows were dry I added them to our Fall Bulletin Board! paper-plate-crow-craft-089-800x600   To complete our board I added our Footprint Turkeys only this year the Frogs used finger paint to create their turkey feathers! It just so happened to work with our Letter of the Week Letter F!   we-have-lots-to-crow-about  

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Fall Stained Glass Leaf Window Art

Fall Stained Glass Leaf Window Art

  Always a fun addition to our classroom fall decor fun and easy to do with only four ingredients! Lets get started for this craft you need: Stained Glass Acron 2 To set up the art center I added equal parts water to liquid starch in a small cup with a paint brush. The trick is to fill the entire center cut out with tissue paper, no holes. To help my Frogs I cut the tissue paper into large squares so as to make it easier to fill the space. I have the Frogs start by paint the water starch mix onto the Styrofoam tray in the middle of the paper pattern. They ten place the tissue paper on the wet center when finished slow paint the mix over the top and let dry. When dry they should pop off the tray. If you don't have a tray you and use wax paper to paint and dry it on. When dry hang in your window! paper-plate-crow-craft-116-800x600