We have been trying to focus on kindness and respect. So today we have created our Kindness Tree. The goal is to notice and record kind acts by others. Not kind acts that you have done but kind things that you see others doing. We are part of a community and want to focus on seeing good in others and not just trying to get “bonus” points for yourself. The more you see good in others will hopefully help you practice good deeds on your own.
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 day off from school, rain, & a bit of a cough means it is the perfect day to finally try Pouring Paint!
First we set up some large cardboard boxes on the floor (easiest way to contain the mess with 2 kids), & got our supplies ready. A & S each picked 3 colors to start with.
We had 1 cup for each color. Then we added Pouring Medium to each cup & stirred it well.
We got a new Kiwi Crate the other day. This time I decided to use it as part of a larger Project Based Learning unit. So we started off with sitting on the stairs & “seeing that our house has floated into space”. Then the (pretend) phone rang and it was mission control asking A & S for their help in building a rocket ship & exploring space. In addition to their rocket ship they also built their Control center.
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 I spent less than $3 on golf tees to use with my extra pegboard & Rubber bands. This has been well spent money!
I took an spare cardboard box, used painters tape to secure pegboard to the box. Then I handed A & S some golf tees and rubber bands. They are having a blast!
A & S had fun trying different ways to push or pound the tees into the box.
A is making different shaped with the golf tees. Then they had a great time adding rubber bands.
Fun was had by all, and it continues even days later!
SKILLS: Fine Motor, Shapes, Colors, Imagination, Independent Play, Cooperative Play.
So we had the opportunity to watch a College hockey game at our alma mater a few weeks ago with family. This was a first for S, but A’s second game. The kids enjoyed it, especially the live marching band. And after we got home it was all S could talk about. So I grabbed some cardboard box, tape, & scissors & got to work making a couple hockey sticks and a puck. I ended up putting some plastic knives between 2 pieces of cardboard before taping them together for added stability. And it worked like a charm.
Skis or ice skates, whichever you would call them the kids are having a blast today!
A & S have been wanting to go ice skating, but it is a bit too cold for the outside rink. So today we turned the newest delivery packages into skis! (Or as A calls them, ice skates).