Masketeers

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It’s Carnival Time! Instead of making a whole mask, the kids gigantic face parts – and it really brought out the silly in them.

You don’t need too many supplies:

  • cardboard
  • tempera paint
  • glue
  • scissors
  • wooden skewers

IMG_2555To make the masks just draw out a body part, cut and paint. When the paint is dry, glue the skewer onto the back and…wahlah you are done.

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Texture Collage

tree002It’s been a busy year so we’re a bit behind on our posts. We did this project back in October, when it was actually fall, but we’re only getting a chance to share it now. And here we go:

Frottage is such a fun way for kids to learn about textures.

1) First the kids had to learn the name of textures so, we created various textures inside very large bottle caps  (we used sand paper for rough, some plastic drawer liner for bumpy etc etc)  and used them in a game. We put 1 bottle cap at a time inside a bag and the kids had to feel to learn the name of each texture. (Later we created another set of bottle caps with matching textures so that the kids played a  blindfolded memory).

2)  Next, we gave the kids some crayons and some paper and they went crazy and did rubbings on everything and everyone! It’s such a simple exercise and the kids had so much fun doing it! When they were finished we analyzed the textures and gave them a name.

Untitled-23) Finally we began our project:

  • The kids did crayon rubbings again on bits of fall colored paper (except brown).  They had an idea of what worked and what made better textures this time around.
  • Next, tore the paper and  they glued them onto a larger paper to create a background. For this step, we said no scissors.
  • They did the same thing to make the trunk and branches of the tree, this time scissors could be used.
  • The next step was to cut the leaves out of  newspaper and glue that onto their tree
  • It was a bit hard to see the tree and leaves, so we also got in a little practice shading.  The kids had to outline the tree and leaves using colored pencils, shading darkest on the outside and getting lighter towards the center.  This was probably the hardest part.
  • The last step was to cut out the letters f-a-l-l- and sponge paint them on.

Among the games we did to learn textures was to do this word search.  Inside the circles the kids had to frottage textures – which didn’t work for all the textures.  I think if we to redo this we might just draw pictures of things with those textures.

Texture wordsearch

How to Make a Super Catcher

 

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Our latest arts & crafts activity is a very simple toy that children all over the world have known and have loved for ages. It’s know by many different names, but the fun is always the same…we call it the Super Catcher!

Supplies:

  • 1 plastic water bottle
  • a few pages from a newspaper or magazine
  • decorative tape and stickers
  • electrical tape
  • 2 or 3 different colors of string about 50 cm long

Step 1: Cut the bottle in half and keep the part with the opening (this should be done by an adult).

Step 2: Cover the edge with the decorative tape (so that it won’t cut you) and decorate the bottle with more tape and stickers.

Step 3: Crumple up the newspaper or magazine pages into a small ball. Make sure you squish it tightly and then cover the ball with the electrical tape (it’s pretty elastic and will help maintain the ball shape).

Step 4: Take the string and tie it around the ball. Use some more electrical tape to fix it to the ball. Tie a double knot around the neck of the bottle to attach it.

..and now you are ready to play! Hold on to the neck of the bottle and try to catch the ball inside your Super Catcher! How many times can you make it in?

Monster Coat Hanger (or scarf hanger or note hanger or anything hanger)

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We read the story of The Gruffalo at this workshop, so time to do a craft was pretty limited – but that doesn’t mean we didn’t have fun.  The kids made these really silly monster coat hangers.

Here’s what you will need:

  • a piece of cardboard or wood panel
  • paint
  • a paint brush
  • a pencil
  • a clothespin
  • glue
  • a paperclip or something to hang your monster from

Step 1: sketch out your monster in pencil.  (We used cardboard for the sake of cost, but a small wood panel would work even better)

Step 2: glue on the clothespin.

Step 3; paint in the monster.

Step 4: after the monster is dry, attach your paperclip to the back and hang on a wall.

Pretty simple and yet still really cool!

Thanks to Mr Printables.com for this really fun idea!

How to Make a Catapult Game

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There is something so fun about flinging things in a catapult. Did you know you could use them to learn English too?  We’ve turned ours into a counting game and here’s how:

Step 1:  Gather your supplies:

  • 5-8 popsicles sticks
  • 4 rubber bands
  • a cap from a plastic bottle
  • acorns
  • a cardboard egg carton
  • pens
  • tempera paints
  • small pieces of paper (we used a large hole punch to cut out circles, but squares, triangles, dodecahedrons, etc will work fine)

Step 2: Paint each of the holders a different color.

Step 3: Write numbers 1 – 9 on small scraps of paper.  (This number depends on how many places for eggs your carton has).  Once the tempera is dry, place the numbers inside each of the holes.

Step 4:  Decorate your acorns.

Now to make your catapult.  There are a million ways to make a catapult, we combined a few ideas to make an easy to follow idea using this we had around the house.  Here’s how we did it:

Step 5:  Stack 2 popsicle sticks one on top of the other and bind at one end with a rubber band (let’s call this Stack A).  Make another stack of 2-4 popsicle sticks and bind both ends with rubber bands (let’s call this Stack B).  Make sure the rubber bands are wrapped fairly tight so that the sticks don’t slip.

Step 6:  Open Stack A and slide Stack B in between the two sticks.

Step 7:  Use another rubber band to bind the two stacks together, making an ‘x’ where the two stack intersect.  Glue the cap on.

Step 8:  Put an acorn into your catapult and have fun playing your game!

Challenge – if you are already pretty good at saying your numbers, you could make this into a math game and start adding up your points!

Brown Bear Word Match

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It’s been a while since we’ve done something on Brown Bear.  This is pretty simple, just match the words to the correct pictures.  A fun way to use this in a classroom is to divide the kids up into teams.  Give each team 1 worksheet and 1 pencil.  Each person on the team may connect only 1 word to an animal and then must pass the pencil onto someone else.  The first team to finish the worksheet correctly gets 4 points, the next gets 3, then 2, then 1.  Since this game takes very little time to play, we laminated the sheets so we can use them more than once.

Brown Bear is a great book to get ESL kids reading and writing.  Usually we read together so that they know the rhythm and the chant of the book first.  When we read the words, it is easier because they know what the word means.