Tuesday, 12 April 2016

The Runaway Pancake

The children in my class absolutely love the story/song 'The Runaway Pancake.' I usually draw the story as we listen to the song and this week we used it a a focus for our activities. 


Playdough... I added some pictures and cooking utensils so the children could retell the story and cook some playdough pancakes!!






Painting... We pretended that the golf balls were the pancake, rolling away.




Cooking.... we made some real pancakes to enjoy at morning tea.



We also made mud pancakes outside, rolled down the hill like pancakes and discussed the properties of different shapes.
It was a lot of fun!!
Niccola

Monday, 4 April 2016

Painting Pebbles

I love using pebbles in all areas of the classroom as they are so versatile. They can be sorted, counted or weighed and can be used in many play situations. Even though I love their natural beauty and potential, I have painted some pebbles to use in the classroom and I thought I would share them with you. They are easy to paint and are a fabulous resource to use in many different areas.
Make some ....

Pirate Treasure

Number Ladybirds


Easter Egg Pebbles


Number Pebbles


5 Little Speckled Frogs


I have also painted some pebbles for my house!!!


Paint some of your own pebbles.
Niccola

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Paper Plate Nests

I hope you all had a very Happy Easter. We had a beautiful Easter weekend filled with lots of eating and catching up with family and friends. I thought I would share with you a simple nest idea that I made with my class. I like to come up with new ideas every year and try to create activities that the children can do on their own. I must admit that this year I wasn't as prepared as I normally am with regard to making Easter baskets as gifts, so I had to keep it quick and simple!!!

Here it is...
Turn a paper plate upside down. (Small paper plates are the perfect size.)


Cover it with white glue (PVA).

Tear brown craft paper into squares and cover the entire plate.




When dry cut down about 6cm in a cross.


Fold the edges in and overlap as you go and staple.


Fill with shredded paper, add a bird and some eggs.



I know Easter is over but I thought you could pin this idea for next year.
Niccola

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Easter Sensory Activity

Everyone has a set of these little plastic eggs that you get from a discount store. They are great to use in all areas of the classroom to hide little treasures in, to discuss and match colours, to count, to write on......the possibilities are endless.
I took them outside and used them in the sensory tub with rice and oats.


The children used scoops to fill half the egg with the rice and oats mixture, looked for the matching colour and joined the two halves together.


The eggs turned into lovely little shakers!!!


They also enjoyed cracking them open and emptying the contents out.


This kept the children busy for a long time and they absolutely loved it.


If you do this activity outside like I did,  you have minimal cleanup!
Happy Easter!!!
Niccola

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Paper Bag Easter Nests

I first made these little nests years ago but they are so cute and easy that I thought I would make them again this year. In case you haven't seen them before, I thought I would show you how simple they are to make.....

You need some brown lunch bags.

Roll down the top of the bag.

Glue some sticks and or some string to make them more realistic.

Add some eggs..... Or rocks!!

What about adding some numbers to the nests to challenge the children. They can add the correct number of chicks or eggs to the nests. I attached leaves to pegs and pegged them to the nests.






Have fun!!
Niccola

Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Alphabet Ideas

Alphabet posters are great in the classroom but why not fill your classroom with alphabet activities and ideas that will encourage all children to explore and learn the alphabet through hands on activities.

Alphabet Magnets....
Put them on tins, trays, cake moulds...not just the fridge!!




Foam Alphabet....
Make alphabet soup.




The Alphabet in Playdough....




 Outdoor Alphabet Weaving....




Alphabet Sorting....




Natural Alphabet




Pasta Alphabet....



Alphabet Bunting....



Leave me a comment with your creative alphabet ideas.
Niccola