Monday, September 18, 2017

Sticky Sensory Bin

I started by putting wood pellets in the two tubs.
 Then I added a Pringles can that I had covered with brown paper 
then with contact paper - sticky side out.
 Finally I added acrylic leaves in the side with the Pringle can
 and acrylic acorns in the other tub with a big coffee can
that I had cut a hole in the top.
 It was a mistake putting the sticky can into the tub with all the wood pellets
because they stuck to it and left little room for the leaves.
 It worked better to put the sticky can on the tray between the two tubs
The children's fingers stuck to the can while they tried to stick leaves on.
It was a struggle keeping the can upright sometimes.
 She tried sticking an acorn to the can but it was too round.
The other tub wasn't played with as much.
The children were more curious about sticking leaves to a can
rather than dropping acorns in a can.
It was fun picking everything off to clear space.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Inspired by Hydrangeas

 I picked some hydrangeas from my garden and set them up
as an inspiration for painting.
 Blue, purple and white paint was offered on a small plate
with old fashioned shaving brushes
 The size and shape of the brush is perfect for little hands to grip.
 And they worked great for mixing the paint and dabbing or swiping on the paper.
 This is my attempt, I may make a large painting using this technique.
 Small amount of green paint was offered in a milk jug lid.
I couldn't find any tiny brushes so I cut coffee stir sticks shorter.
 Love all the different movement I can see in this painting;
dabbing, swiping, swishing, stopping and lifting.
This turned out to be a fun colour mixing activity.
She made the colour of the ocean.

Taking the activity one step further and getting his fingers involved.

The following photos show the concentration and enthusiasm of 
one child as she explores the materials.
One of my favourite parts of this job is watching and enjoying
the children.





















Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Room Hunt

I saw this great back-to-school idea over at Teach Preschool
that I thought would work great for me
at a new school with new families.
It's a scavenger hunt of sorts of places and things in the school
that StrongStart families would want to know
where they are located.
Each child got their own hunt on a clipboard with pencil
and off we went.
The printed word under each picture is to invite the grown ups to read
and promote literacy.
One child has been attending this centre for a couple of years
so he acted as our guide.
The concept of finding an item in the picture then checking it off
was new for some children.
I purposefully had the gym as the last picture
so we could stay and play.




Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Subbing

Well retirement didn't last too long for me.
Only one week into the new school year and our district asked if I could sub.
Even though I've had a wonderful summer and did enjoy last week when
I didn't have to wake up early and be at school
I was excited to come back to play with families.
Our first day we made play dough.
I collected lavender from friends' gardens to add.
The lavender is a bit fragrant as it sits but becomes more so 
when it is touched.
The children use rolling pins to work the dough while building the muscles in their whole hands.
And they pinch off the blossoms working those smaller muscles.
Making them stronger through play.
We pretended to plant seeds in rows.
And make butterflies.
Today we added more tools, like these round wooden napkin rings
and silk leaves.
It is fun to be back even for a little bit.