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The children and I have been busy in the Art Studio creating  a Dragon for our parade. We are behind because it is so big and took a long time to form, make the paper mache (which the children LOVED the most). Today we coated it with flour and water paste, some children REALLY loved the goo of that texture. It has be interesting to watch what part of the  DRAGON develoment process each child liked, from our idea to 3D form to texture – and next week color. img_1637 img_1634Red, yellow and gold- then what? Not sure, building the form from boxesimg_1627img_1628

The children were coming up with ideas for our dragon.

The children were coming up with ideas for our dragon.

img_1638 but I am sure they will think of something.

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How to ENGAGE the child for long periods of time.

Meaningful Mapping what can you find on a map? Questioning

Making paste and Analyzing  its tactile qualities- “dry ,wet, slimy, sticky, experimenting.

Building with magnets. WHAT can I build?


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Children like to play in an adult world

Cheap fun!

Playing with water and sand a great measurement activity!

Have you ever watched a child play? They like to play as if they ARE adults. They even mimic adult language. Children are sponges, they are receptive learners. They build their vocabulary by listening to others. Children often act out their experiences, they use gestures, voice inflections and words they really don’t understand. “I actually am not going to go there tonight” stated one 3 year old playing in the housekeeping center. She was really talking about her experiences, listening to a particular situation she had overheard. Children build on their knowledge by building experiences, taking action on their own. Meaningful experiences shape the direction of how the child feels about himself, and his surroundings. Positive interactions DO make a difference with the child’s self worth. Simple achievements make big learning steps for children. Openness both to failure and accomplishments makes a child flexible and able to make adjustments to attain goals. Children need to fail to test the limits of new ideas, explore possibilities and overcome defeats.
Watch a child to really learn about building conceptual thinking, accessing situations and developing plans. Water play is a perfect choice to build knowledge, water and sand play can be an indoors and outdoors, depending on weather. Large Tupperware tubs with food coloring, sea shells and sea creatures can excite children, give them basters for added fun. Watch them calculate the amount of sand or water needed to fill a bucket , change the color of the water, or fill a cup with more water. Let the child direct play, he will actually have a lot more fun than YOU telling him how to play.

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Flower power- easy flower masks.

How fun is it to have supplies on hand to make a special project.

Precut flowers- I use a Sizzex( from Michaels craft store) or hand cut diffferent shapes and sizes

Paper plates, tempra paints, glue, pipe cleaners, elastic string

Kids love these masks, they are easy, and children come up with all sorts of imaginary play. This can be extended from reading/ singing, ” Over in the garden”.  Add  jewels, sequins, buttons, other plants, and bugs into the flower masks.  More flower projects , stay tuned. We had a flower parade and added our crepe paper streamers.


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