Checking out the moon phases box. This successfully ended the morning-long tantrum by Miss E for 10 minutes. I made my original moon phases box when I was student teaching in a first grade classroom. Pulled out the “Space Unit” box and found all kinds of fun activities for this week.
I'm so excited to already have 350 families signed up take the free Family Canvas Challenge! That's 350 families across the world who will be carving time out of their busy schedules to do art together and create a meaningful masterpiece 😄Will you join us?
If you haven't heard about the challenge yet, it starts Friday and it's an opportunity to create a layered canvas with your kids over the next 4 weeks. I will send you a supply list, steps, & tips to add 8 layers of different materials to your canvas.
A few FAQs I wanted to answer:
1) You don't have to start on Friday, I'll send you the whole challenge on the first day and you can go at your own pace.
2) It's for families with kids from toddlers to teens!
3) You don't have to do all of the layers, do what works for your family and what your schedule allows.
4) You can substitute different materials based on what you have available. * ✨Click the link in my profile to join! ✨* PS. see my stories from today to see our last layered canvas that's hanging in our dining room!
My kid pretty much goes to the coolest preschool. Each week this fall she's gone to "farm school" and learned and explored out in nature, taken care of the animals and eaten snack from the garden. Such a cool first school experience. #puremichigan#msuextension
With my daughter's last day of fall farm preschool tomorrow (yes she goes to school on a farm and it is is amazing), it is the perfect time to bring out our farm count and graph activity. Free #ontheblog if you need a good intro to graphing. #linkinbio
C is for cutting box. We made a mini version of one of our favorite fine motor activities for C week. A bunch of scissors, all different types of paper and an empty bin to put the scraps into. Easy fun!
We used to call these cootie-catchers when I was little. My girls call them fortune tellers, which makes more sense 😆
Did you make these as a kid or do your kids make them now? What do you call them? So much fun to be had with just a piece of paper and a pen!
C is for Cookie! We LOVE these alphabet cookies. Plus they come with cards that make it easy to differentiate. Little sister can match letters and work on sequencing letters. Big sister can work on what letter comes next and beginning sounds.
My friends Julia and Megan over at @kidartlit are hosting a fun reading & art challenge that starts next week. If your little ones love books and creative activities, this challenge sounds like a great combo of both!
It's a free, week-long challenge and starts on October 17th. Head over to @kidartlit for more details 📚🖌🖍😄
Today's activity was this cute hex bug bat. We got the idea when we saw @redtedart's instagram stories last week and they made hex bug people. We've adapted it and made this bat. The blog post will be up soon.
Because I no longer get updates as to what he learns at school and what he knows I thought today I'd find out what he knows about Autumn so I can base our activities in the next 2 weeks on those. He thoroughly enjoyed writing on the post-it's (he did get bored in the end) and sticking them on his 'idea chart' I really love how he took to this simple activity and now we have loads of great ideas for activities. #lbukletslearn
My girls are obsessed with making little paper characters and accessories 👧🏻🐶 They first came up with this paper doll idea on our Airstream trip when we had very few toys for them to play with.
They spend hours drawing the characters and accessories and then many more hours playing with them. They have made people, animals, food, beds, books, lockers... anything they want to play with, they will make!
While the girls were at school today I made this stop-motion video with some of their characters to surprise them 😜
Do your kids ever make their own toys?
I used an app on my phone called Stop Motion to make this in case you or your kids want to give it a try! It's super easy to use.
So whilst scrolling through @buggyandbuddy's feed after our rocket activity yesterday, I found these awesome cd spinners. T had already decided he wanted to decorate CD's so it was obviously meant to be! They are awesome! Pop over to their blog for details. #lbukletslearn
I have a gift for you! 🎁 I wrote a blog post this week about the variety of skills that my kids have learned in our art space over the years. I wanted to offer you something that would help you encourage these skill-building explorations for your own kids. ✨So I put together a FREE e-guide for you with 8 Invitations To Create (art prompts) that are based on these skills...
✔️Science and investigation
✔️Making Toys ✔️Collaboration
To get the free e-guide, just click the link in my profile. Or go to TheArtPantry.com/not-about-art
Ok so our process art may need more practice! Today's invitation to create art for #artstartchallenge didn't produce too much art, but we had fun grating, blending and smudging. T decided to make a T with a top hat! I have always known this boy prefers structure, maybe we need to keep trying! #lbukletslearn
I'm a bit late in posting this but yesterday's #lbukletslearn was all about making his own dinner. T managed to make himself a wrap pizza and cut up some cucumber. He ate it all and asked if he could make his own dinner another da. T seems to really be enjoying these little learning sessions each day #lifeskills
He's so proud of his zombie. He did a fabulous job, he did need me to hold it still while he did the sewing and needed help with the stuffing but he did really well. He particularly liked sewing on the button. #lbukletslearn thanks to @redtedart for the post think this may be the start of many felties!!! #boyscrafttoo#finemotorskills
It's so tempting to call a child that hates tags in their clothes as SENSITIVE. It's normal to label a child that has meltdowns as BAD. .
What would happen if we changed the way we talked about kids?
What if instead of seeing a child being 'bad' we saw a child that is UNIQUE.
They are worthy.
They are enough.
What if we taught them to EMBRACE their likes, dislikes, sensory preferences, strengths, and struggles?
Wouldn't the world be a better place?
I'd like to introduce you to The Superkids Activity Guide, by Dayna Abraham. It's aimed to empower ALL kids to speak up, share their powers, and learn why they do the things they do in order to advocate for themselves.
The book has a manifesto that I stand by 100%. You can learn more about the #superkidsmovement (link in profile). You can also join the Superkids Movement!!!! JOIN HERE>>@superkidsguide
Anyone else's children love qixels? T got these for himself yesterday and has not stopped making with them. So much so, we've now started running out of colours!! He loves that this is a craft actually geared towards boys and can't get enough of them. (Not an ad, just love them!!)
In a London Training Course, Maria Montessori, talking about observation and cautioning against "boredom or tiredness of observing" and encouraging us to observe patiently said, "We have to be prepared to observe phenomena which are not obviously interesting." Like maybe seemingly random doodling. She goes on to say, "Otherwise, what would happen to those observers, who are waiting, let us say, for an egg to hatch? Or who wait for a physiological phenomenon, not knowing exactly when it will take place?" And oh what "physiological phenomenon", what natural work took place on its own and my patient waiting and observing was treated to witness here! Swipe to see. • 2nd frame. She was pretending to write the name of one of her aunts. "Maryka. Maryka. Maryka." Over and over she was saying her name and pretending to write it until she realized, you'll see in the very beginning of the video, that the ending syllable of Maryka is the same beginning sound of her name, Cara. So she'll start exploring her name--"Ca... ra..., Ca... ra," she'll say again and again. Until she started isolating phonemes more--"Ca... rrr..., Ca... rrr..." And then this--"Ca... rrr... and aaa. Ca... rrr... and aaa." Isolated the phonemes/sounds in her name on her own (and that's the reason why we chose a phonetic name😀)! • 3rd slide. And amidst these seemingly random doodles, she tries to make /c/, and in this video you'll see her make /l/ for Lucia and /i/ for Ia--two of her cousins; she sometimes pretends those are her names. • Had I sat her down with lessons and presentations on these--drill her on how to isolate phonemes or give her worksheets to write the letters--I would have robbed her of these own discoveries! And myself of witnessing and enjoying these "physiological phenomenon", these natural work of the child. Oh, the child's inner drive! What a journey (and sometimes I imagine myself on a scenic road trip) it is to just let her take the lead, to let her steer and navigate and explore the path, and to sit back patiently, enjoying the ride and view. #montessori#montessorionmars#montessoriphilosophy#sensitiveperiod#sensitiveperiodforlanguage#horme#montessorichild#latepost
Gearing up to go letterboxing for the first time this weekend. Have you ever done it?? Any tips or tricks? You print out clues online, solve the clues to find a hidden box that contains a rubber stamp to stamp in your log book. Then you use your special stamp to stamp in their log book so they know who has found their treasure. Then put the box back for the next person. #letterboxing
I knew I'd find some way to use these giant dice. Simple addition practice (roll, add, find the number, point to it) for big sister and number identification for little sister (swipe to see her set up).
Why buy toys when you can make them? Teach your kids to make stuffed toys based on drawings using this simple method. Even my four-year-old can do this!
details here: http://www.mamasmiles.com/toys-based-drawings/
I have #minecraft obsessed kids. My oldest (9) wanted to take a pic of his creation to post on the Lego website. He saw the idea on the box, but we couldn't find anywhere to upload. I'll surprise him in the morning with this post instead. 😘