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Gingerbread People

Last week, we read several different stories about gingerbread people.  We read the Gingerbread Boy, Gingerbread Baby, Gingerbread Girl and Gingerbread Mouse.  It was nice to see how the children were able to compare and contrast the similarities and differences within the stories. The story the Gingerbread Mouse is nothing like the other three stories, yet some children were able to tell me that I picked the story to read because the mouse lived in a Gingerbread house while the other three books were about cookies…I was VERY impressed!

During the week, the children were given gingerbread cutouts to paint brown.



Towards the end of the week, the children were given various materials and were instructed to decorate their gingerbread person anyway they chose.   2013-12-13_10-36-52_666


Each individual gingerbread person was its own masterpiece!




2013-12-13_10-36-19_427Often we have parents, both current and prospective, make comments about “arts and crafts”. Many parents think we do art projects just because they are cute and fun.  These are true statements, but it’s important to know that there is a great deal of learning going on when doing an art project. Here is a list of some… Continue reading

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Week

Last week, we wrote a post on Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Math. Today, we are going to show you what else we did during  Chicka Chicka Boom Boom week.

The kids enjoyed a variety of art activities.  We learned that the simplest of art projects were the most liked!

For the above activity, we put out brown and green paint and told the children to make a coconut tree from the book Chicka Chicka Boom Boom.  We love to see the variability in the abilities of the different ages.  This next activity we clipped paper to both sides of the easel and left strips of dot stickers in the tray.  We gave the children no directions, just that they could put as many stickers on the paper wherever they would like.

Notice the stickers in the corner in the picture on the right?  The little boy who made who placed those stickers said they were his Chicka Chicka Boom Boom trees.

During circle, we explored a real coconut and charted what we saw, what it felt like, sounded like and smelt like.  After we played a modification of the… Continue reading

Valentine Yarn Hearts

Here is a fun art activity for Valentine’s day.  We used four colors, but you can use more or less.

Here is what you will need:

  • paint
  • heart cut outs (2 per child)
  • strings of yarn



First, dip yarn strings in paint.  Use a paintbrush or something else to make sure the string gets full of paint.  Leave ends paint free.






Next, have kid place a string for each color they desire on the heart cut out.  They can zig-zag the string, pile it up all in one spot, however they choose.  Just make sure that an end of each string is sticking out as it will need to be pulled at the end.


The final step is the cool part.  Take a second heart and place on top of the first, with the strings in between.  Gently place your hand on top so not to squish too hard but so the paper won’t move.  Have the child pull out each string at one time.  This will be your final result:

We sent one heart home and used the other to decorate… Continue reading

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