Classroom Ideas

Elf on the Shelf 3D craft (4-5 yo)

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Was supposed to post this 2 weeks ago, but as usual, work got in the way. Anyhoo, this is a very simple Elf on the Shelf craft but has gotten many compliments in school.

Materials:

a cut out of the Elf, art paper, scissors, crayons, cellophane tape

Directions:

1) Print out Elf picture

2) Let the children color it then cut it out

3) On another piece of paper, let the children draw the picture you intend them to draw, or let their imaginations go wild (depending on age. The older your kid is, the more accurate their drawing will be. Otherwise, draw them an example, and ask them to copy it, which was what I did with my kids)

3) Fold the Elf’s bottom and knees, so it’ll look like he’s sitting down.

4) Fold the cellophane tape in such a way that when you stick the elf, it’ll look like it’s sticking out of the paper, for the 3D effect. (Refer to the picture attached)

5) Tada! Your very own Elf on the Shelf! πŸ™‚

Baa Baa Black Sheep Lolly-stick Puppet Show!

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IMG_4767We had so much fun making these! After we were done, we had a little ‘puppet’ show! How? We sang the Baa Baa Black Sheep song, of course! πŸ™‚ The kids couldn’t wait to perform it at home too πŸ™‚

It’s very simple! Just print out the pictures from this template, cut it out, then stick it on a lolly/ice-cream stick. And voila! Your puppets πŸ™‚

To perform:

1) We need at least 2 people.

2) Go behind a cabinet. Make sure you aren’t seen by the audience πŸ™‚

2) Sing baa baa black sheep and pop out each character as you sing the song. For example, when you sing “baa baa black sheep”, show the sheep; “one for my master”, show the master and so on πŸ™‚

Happy making and performing!

Baa Baa Black SheepΒ template.

I Can Sing A Rainbow

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IMG_4744I love the “I can sing a rainbow” song (You can find it on youtube :)) and missed singing it with the kids from my previous school, so I decided to teach it to this new group too. To reinforce what we learned, we made this rainbow craft. It’s really simple.

Materials needed:Β paper plate, pictures of stuff we see in the sky (we had a sun, hot air balloon, and a plane. Template below)

To-do:Β Cut the paper plate into half. Draw the outlines for the colors of the rainbow.

Instructions:

1) Color the rainbow

2) Color the sun, hot air balloon and a plane. You can add the clouds too, which my kids did πŸ™‚ OR you can use cotton balls πŸ™‚

3) Cut out the pictures.

4) Glue them on the rainbow πŸ™‚

Template for the pictures:Β I can sing a rainbow template Have fun! πŸ™‚

Another Elmer the Elephant craft idea :)

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IMG_4739As I was browsing the net for some craft ideas, I stumbled across a few that inspired me and gave me this idea for Elmer the Elephant πŸ™‚ (I’ve done another craft for the Elmer and the Lost Teddy Bear. You can find it here.)

This one’s pretty straight-forward really.

This is the template:Β Elmer craft

To make it more ‘fun’ I used the fasteners for Elmer’s ears so the kids can move them up and down πŸ™‚

Great children’s books to check out and read-aloud to your kids! :)

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brown bearCame across this post when browsing my facebook page…

These are some really great books to read to your children. Some of my favorite from the list are:

1. Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney and Anita Jeram

2. Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson

3. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle (OF COURSE! :))

4. The Napping House by Audrey Wood (I’ve not read this book myself but from its synopsis, it sounds like a charming little story which I’d love to read to my kids :))

5. Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See? by Eric Carle (Also one of my all-time favs!)

For the complete list, click here.

Hope you can find something that tickles your fancy! πŸ™‚

A project a day to keep Boredom away! :)

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dad-book-awesome-projectsIt’s SUMMER and if your kids aren’t in any summer camps, you might enjoy/need/want this! πŸ™‚

Stumbled upon this when FB browsing and thought this might be too good not to share. I’m so gonna get this book! Nope, no kids yet, but I welcome anything inspiring to do with kids! πŸ™‚ Who knows, some ideas for my future storytelling sessions?? *read: HIRE ME!* πŸ˜›

ClickΒ hereΒ to check out the table of contents and tell me you aren’t tempted to buy the book! πŸ˜€

OR read this on 2 of some great projects taken from this book! πŸ™‚

Pete the Cat and His 4 Groovy Buttons

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9780062110589We liked EVERYTHING about this book! It’s such a simple, straight-forward story, yet my kids (4-5 year olds) in school enjoyed it immensely! They not only loved the story but also the bright, beautiful illustrations. I was quite surprised they loved the book. I guess that’s how all children’s books should be written – clear storyline, straight-forward & simple; basically KISS – (my definition: Keep It Simple & Straight-Forward)

How I read/presented it
1) Get the children interested in the story:Β I asked them if they’ve ever lost anything. How did they feel about it? Then weave in Pete the Cat and ask them how do you think he felt when he started losing his groovy buttons? What do you think he did?

2) Pete has this really cool-nonchalant look.Β Use this to add character to this story. After losing the first button, one of my students asked me, “Why does Pete have that look on his face? He just lost a button!” I just said, “Well, that’s coz Pete’s a cool cat! Guess what he did after losing this button?” Have the children guessing the outcome. Some even said, he’s gonna get a new shirt! Some said, he’s gonna cry.

3) I animated the story and gave it ‘life.’Β I kinda animated Pete and imitated his nonchalant look. I asked my students to try it too. They had so much fun doing it.

4) Added some words of my own to give Pete more ‘character’.

5) Encouraged involvement and participation.Β I sorta ‘created’ my own tune for Pete’s song in this story and invited the children to sing along with me. And each time Pete loses his button, I asked the kids guess what Pete will do next/how do you think he’ll react? This way, it’ll make this simple story, more interesting.

Most importantly, get the children involved in the story. It’d make story time so much more fun!

You could turn this into a great storytelling session too! Just use your imagination and you’ll have so much fun telling and dramatizing it; yes, even without the book πŸ™‚ I might try doing this when I get the chance πŸ™‚

After that we had an art & craft session. We made our very own cats! πŸ™‚ This one’s made by yours truly hehe Found the idea here.

And this is what I made to show the kids before starting the activity.

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