Monday, December 2, 2013
etsy shop. I'll give a little tutorial on how you can make your own. I wasn't planning on making these this year since so many people just use their phone for their calendar, but a neighbor of mine wanted to buy four for Christmas presents so I went ahead and made up a few.
Monday, November 25, 2013
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Tinker Lab and modified it slightly to use in my after school class with children that are only between the ages of three and five. Sometimes I need a quick activity to fill in the last five to ten minutes of the class and I find that a game works better than reading a story at that hour of the day. Yesterday, it worked out that I just used this game with the Kindergarteners and it was the perfect activity.
I picked up a package of these blocks at Michaels. With a Sharpie I drew a different simple design on each surface. Two children played at a time. I gave them each a sheet of paper divided into 6 squares with the same selection of Sharpies that I had drawn with. They used the wood block as dice. Each child drew what came up on their dice. The winner was the first to fill in all the squares with each of the individual designs. I was amazed at how easily they were able to translate what they saw.
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
1. You will need to choose a bowl to use as the form. It's preferable to pick something with straight sides so that after everything dries you can easily detach the paper mache from your form or model.
2. Cover the outside of the mold with petroleum jelly. This prevents the paper mache from becoming attached to your mold.
3. Mix flour and water so that it is the consistency of white glue.
4. Tear newspaper into small strips.
5. Dip the newspaper in the flour mixture and remove the excess with your fingers. (Some children do not enjoy this messy aspect).
6. Cover the bowl with one or two layers.
7. Allow to dry overnight.
8. Add one to two more layers.
10. Paint with tempera or acrylic.
Friday, October 4, 2013