We were given some new to us toy tools and some big cardboard boxes. So, we created a Cardboard Tool Bench.
This includes shelves to store the tools, a pegboard to hang tools, and a work surface that includes a ruler.
Some of this will be used for free play, but I am also brainstorming way to incorporate some structured learning. Initial ideas: build a Lego tower that is 4 inches long, compare the length of these 2 toys, what letters make up the words on the sign, ect. I am looking forward to seeing what else they come up with.
Until we create again. Kippis!
We have completed our newest #cardboardcreation a Pirate Ship!
It is the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. So we decided to do a unit on it. Keep reading to see the activities we created!
Categories: Cardboard, Crafts, Imagination, Science, Theme Day
Tags: Art, Cardboard, Friends, Imagination, Learning, Science, Theme
A really likes most aspects of art, so today we played Roll A Monster. (From Twin Dragonfly Design). But instead of using Felt, we drew our monsters.
Categories: Activity, Art, Homeschool, Imagination
Tags: Activities, Art, Colors, Counting, Creating, Drawing, Follow Directions, Homeschool, Imagination, Learning, Taking Turn
We are part of the Virtual Kids Book Club. Here they choose a theme with a related book, and then activities to go with it. The suggested activities are also divided into: sensory, alphabet, math, science, & imagination.
This week is Pirate week. We started it off with using one of our Kiwi Crates: Secret Agents. From this box we used the secret message pens. A & S had to decode the message.
From there they went to build their pirate boats. They spent a lot of time decorating their boats. Here we also used our secret message pens that show up under blacklight.
Some days I have some fun activity planned for A & S. And some days we just do instructured free play.
I truly love listening & sneaking glimpse at the kids when they are playing. (I try not to interrupt too much when I can help it.) There is so much (& researched backed) that they are learning through play.
Cardboard boxes have always been a big hit with us (see activities like Bulldozer), but they don’t always need to be elaborate creations. Lately A & S & friends have been using simple boxes for tons of imaginary play. This includes: speed boats, restaurant, trains, spaceships, etc.
We have been reading several books about water, exploring the seas, and submarines. Papas Mechanical Fish by Candace Fleming is a wonderful book. So we decided to build a cardboard submarine! This was our first cardboard creation that I actually created a plan for first.
Today we decided to spend our morning doing a creative art project. First we cut pictures out of a magazine. Then using glue sticks (slightly less messy than squeeze bottles) attached them to a big paper. Then we proceeded to complete the picture by drawing what we thought would go with it. We cut out a skirt & A drew the rest of the person. We cut out a blob & S saw a butterfly & then a person. We cut out a shoe & made it a hat. The possibilities are endless!
SLILLS: Fine Motor (cutting, gluing, drawing), Imagination, Storytelling
I found this cute post by MmmCrafts called TravelWees and decided I needed to try it! And I have to admit, I love how she turned out!
What a fun little craft to make. This one is a gift and I look forward to seeing where she goes!
What a fun morning surprise for A & S! I created a fun, with moving parts, bulldozer!