Toddler Tales ~ Pumpkin Painting

One of my favorite October traditions is pumpkin painting! We take our annual trip to the pumpkin patch and the next day, we paint our pumpkins! It is such a fun and easy activity and the kids get to be more creatively involved than they do with pumpkin carving. Full Disclosure: This activity is an […]

Fall Leaf Investigation

One of the perks of fall is the gorgeous weather and a leaf investigation is a great excuse to go outside which makes it a wonderful addition to your fall activities! To begin our leaf investigation we read the book, Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert. This book displays creations that have been made with nature […]

5 Year Blogiversary! Tossing Glitter and Give-Aways!

I am speechless! I can’t believe it has been five years since I started Fairy Dust Teaching!  I had no idea how much it would grow. I still remember asking my daughter – “Do you think I will reach 100 followers?” Today Fairy Dust Teaching is heading towards 20,000 followers. Crazy pants! Thanks to you, my […]

Light & Shadow Provocations – Rosa Parks ECEC

Last week, I mentioned that I would be sharing a few of the light and shadow provocations I saw at Rosa Parks ECEC. These provocations were magical and inviting. They also added ambiance to the rooms. As beautiful as the pictures are, they can only attempt to capture the magic that the “real thing” provides. […]

Nature Inspired Provocations – Rosa Parks ECEC

Recently, I – along with the other members of ORIN (Oklahoma Reggio-Inspired Network) – had the pleasure of touring Rosa Parks Early Childhood Education Center. This is a Reggio-Inspired preschool in the Union Public School district. This school is beautiful inside and out. For the purpose of the ORIN meeting, the teachers had created nature-inspired […]

How to Set-Up A Simple Outdoor Math Center

Creating simple centers outdoors is not only easy but economical.  To demonstrate this – I want to share a simple center.  This center could be a solo activity or group collaboration. OBJECTIVE: Sorting, Classifying, & Pattering. Sorting and classifying objects not only teaches children about attributes and relationships, but also promotes thinking logically and applying rules. MATERIALS: […]

Autumn Collaborative Painting

I love group paintings. I began by setting out a canvas I had painted black.  I put out a variety of fall colors including purple (tempera). I just let the children paint.   I put the canvas out everyday for a week.   I just let it unfold as the children decided what colors and items to […]

A Fall Nature Table – How to Create Your Own

GUEST BLOGGER:  Elizabeth des Roches Elizabeth des Roches is a Wild Waldorf Mama & a Vintage Crafts Explorer.   Just over 3 years ago – she & her husband decided to sell their house in Toronto after buying a beautiful old house in the French countryside.  They packed up her books & materials, his tools & […]

Leaf Lanterns Tutorial

 Susan at River Bliss blog created these amazing lanterns!   She has provided a detailed tutorial at: I love Susan’s blog for her wonderful reflections and musings inspired by the Upper Hudson River where she lives.  It is worth putting on your blog reading list. I am going to make some lanterns for my porch […]

Thankful Turkeys

This is a simple project. All you need are four simple items: brown construction paper colored copy paper clothes pins download of the hand and leaves: CLICK HERE  Cut out brown thankful hand. Write four things you are thankful for – one on each leaf! Cut out the leaves and glue one to each finger. […]

Leaf Sewing!

What you will need: Leaves, hole punch, child’ plastic needles and yarn. This one of my favorite fall activities!  There are two ways to do this! Hole Punched Leaves  Using a hole punch – make holes around the edge of the leaf. Or let the children make the holes.  Magnolia leaves are very strong! Let […]

3-D Trees – The Four Seasons (Part 2)

This article continues a series on 3-D habitats and science topics. To learn how to make a brown bag tree, please refer to Part 1. Today, I am going to share how I use these simple bag trees to construct the four seasons.  You can have the children each make their own seasonal tree or […]

Free Thanksgiving Download

This is a quick and easy project. I wanted something the children could take home and put out to share what they are thankful for. I made two simple black lines and then copied them on colored paper. Simple. I love the clothespins.  I think there are a lot more projects in the future using […]

Got That Thanksgiving Feeling. . .

We have been busy bees in the kindergarten making all kinds of wonderful stuff.  Here are a few of the things in process.  I will post finished work tomorrow!  I have been having too much fun, forgetting to take photos! There are about five projects undocumented! Sometimes it is nice just to enjoy the moment […]

Crack! Yum!

I have an old nutcracker – I think it came from my grandmother.  Every fall I put it out as a center choice.  I first check to be sure there are no nut allergies and make all the necessary precautions.  (With some children – it is not possible to even have the nutcracker out.)  If […]

Drawing Lesson – Two Feathers

One of my favorite things to do with children is teach them how to draw.  I begin by taking them through the process step by step.  I use basic shapes and lines.  I do one part and then they do it – following my demonstration.   While everyone is doing the same drawing – each one […]

Designing Leather Outfits

 This is a fun way to use leather and fabric scraps.  It helps to build critical fine motor skills and a child’s capacity to make decisions about design, size, portion, and function of the leather/fabric scraps they select. Step One:  Put out a selection of scraps for the children to choose from. Step Two:  Let the […]

Native American Unit in Switzerland

In 2005, I received a Fund for Teachers fellowship to travel to Europe to see early childhood classrooms.  I had the delight of spending a few days in a kindergarten in Winterthur, Switzerland.  They were studying the Native Americans.  Here are a few of their class projects.  The teacher had cut out border strips into […]

The Trading Post!

The Trading Post is open! Every November I open a trading post in my classroom.  I found a great character at a thrift store in Dillon, Colorado who I call Trader Joe.  He comes to my classroom with a box of nature treasures. Everyday until Thanksgiving break, Trader Joe opens his Trading Post in the […]