February 4, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

Chicka chicka boom boom,  will there be enough room? Come and reserve your place for our next workshop!

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Make a Present

How many times have you lost the twisty thing to close the bag of panetone (a traditional cake from the Milan area,during the Christmas season)? Or maybe you need a cute way to attach the gift tag onto a present.  Need place card holders for your dinner table?  The kids at ARTiculation360’s last workshop of the year, got to make the solution to all these possible dilemmas:

Aren’t these clips adorable?

First we read:

There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bell is a very funny story about an old lady who swallows just about every Christmas thing you can imagine.  Why did she swallow the bell? I wish she’d tell…and she does, but you’ll have to read the book to find out the answer!  The kids got some great ideas about how to decorate their clips:

Then, they cut…

…they glued…

…and they even make a gift bag to put their presents in!

Happy holidays!  We hope everyone had as much fun as we did!

It’s a Christmas Deal, 3 Games in One!

Have we got a deal for you. Instead of just one game, we have three!  Print these sheets out and you can to play Four In A Row, Christmas Memory or Go Fish!

First print out 1 each of these cards onto heavy weight paper: 1). Cut the excess paper off along the top line of each sheet. Put the two boards top sides together and tape along the seam on the backside of the boards. Your board should look something like this: 2). Print 1 copy and cut out cards:

3). Print out 2 copies each and cut out cards:

Great! Now you are almost ready to play!  To play Four in A Row you will need lots of makers.  Choose 4 different colors and you will need 20 makers of each color (so you will have 80 markers all together).  We use bottle caps, you can also use poker chips, paper circles or anything you want to maker the spaces.  Now you are ready to play!

For 2 – 4  players (see variation for options with more players).

Object of Four in a Row  is to cover 4 spaces in a row (horizontally,
vertically or diagonally).

  1.  Decide who the dealer will be and who will go first. Players choose a color..
  2.  Each player is dealt 3 cards.
  3.  The first player chooses one card from her hand, uses 1 of her chips to cover 1 space with the corresponding picture (she must say what the picture is before putting down her chip) and discards the card.
  4. The dealer gives her a new card. The next player plays one of her cards and so on for each player.
  5. Wild Card means that the player that holds the card may put a chip on any uncovered square and the discards the card.  Take 1 Away means the player that holds the card can take off one chip from another player  and then discards the card. Anyone may use the free space, it’s used as though a chip already covers it (you  don’t actually have to cover it with a chip).
  6. The first player to cover 4 spaces wins.

*Variations- if you have more 6-8 players, players can play as a team- 2 people are assigned 1 color, sit seperately and are still dealt 3 cards each.

OR you can also use the deck of cards to play Christmas Memory or Go Fish! We know you know how to play Memory, so we won’t explain it.  In case you don’t know how to play Go Fish, here’s how it’s played:

The Object of Go Fish is to win the most sets of 4 cards by asking players for them.

1. Each player is dealt 5 cards.  The dealer puts the undealt cards in a stack in the middle.  The player on the dealer’s left begins by asking if another player has a card from his hand. (For example- Johnny do you have any gingerbread men?) If that player has it, he gives Johnny all his gingerbread men cards.  If he does not, he responds ‘Go Fish’ and the 1st player must draw a card.

2.  If the player gets the card he asked for, he goes again.  If he doesn’t get the card from another player, but then draws the card because another player said ‘Go Fish’ and the card is the one he asked for, he may have another turn. When the player does not get the card he asks for, nor draws the card he asks for, play passes to the next person on the left.  When a player has a pair, he may take the matching cards out of his hand.

4. The game continues until all cards are drawn and then pairs are counted. The player with the most pairs wins.

Snow Globes

Snow Globes are great, you can hold a little bit of winter in your hand any time of the year!  One hour wasn’t enough time to let the kids sculpt their own figure to put into the bottle, but we wanted to have the kids make some with their own personal touch.  Each kid drew a winter scene.

To make the pictures water proof, we laminated them (you can also use transparent packing tape). Then kids poured in the water and sprinkled in some glitter (for snow). The last step was to make a snowy lid:And tadah……

Click here if you want to learn how to make your own snow globe.  The lids were made  with a homemade polymer clay, click here for the recipe.

The second workshop finished a little early, so they got to have an indoor snowball fight.

How did we do that?  Sorry, but that’s a post for another day…

Christmas Flip Flop

It’s Gingey Flip Flop! This is a game that is a lot of fun and will get kids talking in English in no time at all!

Preparation:  Print the template 4 times and cut the cards out (there will be 40 cards in total). You will need either a bell (like the desk bell in hotels) or a bean bag.

This game needs 2-4 players.

The object of the game is to win as many pairs of cards as you can by identifying pairs.

Place the bell (or the bean bag in the center of the table).  Shuffle the cards and deal an equal number of cards to each player.  (If there are 3 players, you will need to take out 2 pairs so that there will be 36 cards). Each player keeps their stack of cards in front of them and face down.

Decide who will go first.  One player at a time must flip over a card, eventually forming another stack of cards in front for each player, but with the cards face up. Cards must be turned face out first, so that the other players will see the picture first.

The first player to see two identical gingerbread men face up on the table, must ring the bell (or grab the bean bag) and identify how the pair is the identical same. The similarity can be that they are both happy or sad, they have green or orange buttons, or because the backgrounds are the same (orange, blue or green). If that player answers correctly, she earns that pair of gingerbread men.  If a player flips over a card and the card immediately under it is identical, players may ring the bell (or grab the bean bag) and identify their similarity. Otherwise, once a card is covered up it isn’t used to make pair, until it becomes the top card again.  Once a player has turned over all her cards, she can take the pile of face side up cards and play continues until all the cards are paired.

Be careful….If you ring the bell (or grab the ball) by mistake, or a player does not identify the similarities correctly, she must give a card from her stack to each player. Once all a players cards are gone, she is out of the game.

The winner is the person that collects the most pairs! Good Luck and Have Fun!

Tree Ornament

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An ode to Mrs Whitsle and Miss Cathy:  When I was in the third and fourth grade I had 2 really amazing teachers, we did so many fun things in their classes-among them was making a yarn wrapped wreath with our school picture in it as a tree ornament. When I told my mom what project we did, she said she still hangs that ornament on the Christmas tree every year.  Isa and I went through many versions of different projects trying to find just the right one to do and of course we came back to the old tried and true.  So to Mrs. Whistle and Miss Cathy the projects that we did with you so many years ago (I won’t say exactly how many), are really oldies but goodies and I hope you know how your labors of love are still being carried out today (and across time and miles and miles of distance).

This was a great project for all ages for a manual exercise. Many of the kids had a difficult time getting the rhythm of how to pass the ball of yarn through the center hole in the beginning,n without dropping the yarn ball or letting the yarn get too long. Eventually, everyone got the hang of it and finished. Instead of a school picture, the kids drew something Christmas-y to put inside. They did a fantastic job and the decoration came out beautifully.  And of course, they did it all in English!