Clay: Don’t Forget the Explore Stage

Clay: Don’t Forget the Explore Stage

I think many times when it comes to material introduction, we jump to the “create and make stage” yet forget the explore stage. Yes! The magic and wonder of the explore stage is crucial! The language of clay! It’s different from playdough. Clay comes from...
Toddler Tales ~ Painting a Gift

Toddler Tales ~ Painting a Gift

Having toddlers make gifts is such a wonderful way to add a personal touch during the holidays. Painting a gift can be a wonderful experience for the toddler and makes a lovely, unique gift. This painting process can also be an essential learning experience for...
Toddler Tales ~ Pumpkin Painting

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...
Birthday Rocks

Birthday Rocks

Celebrating birthdays with classroom traditions is an important component in setting up my class community. Each child’s birthday is celebrated exactly the same — and it is deeply meaningful. I am amazed at the comfort the children take in the sameness of the...
Mother’s Day Masterpiece!

Mother’s Day Masterpiece!

When searching for Mother’s Day gift ideas this year, I came across two ideas that I really liked and decided to combine them. This created a 3 step art project that yielded a masterpiece of a gift. Step One: The painting I decided to try a new technique for the...
Make Your Own Nature Folk

Make Your Own Nature Folk

Making simple nature fairies and people is really quite easy.   Each one takes on its own personality!  I love the leaf dress!   This little one has lovely leaf wings! INSTRUCTIONS:  Begin by gathering nature’s gifts.  I had my students bring in things they...