Saturday, 26 October 2013

Pumpkin Time

This week we started our Halloween unit with all kinds of pumpkin fun!  Some of the crafts that we created were...

Coffee filter pumkins - dip a coffee filter into orange food colouring and let dry.  Make a ball with newspaper to place into the center of the filter and pull the sides up then glue.  We added a construction paper stem and the older children wanted to draw faces on theirs.

Pumpkin Patch - children stamped their palm prints onto paper and then added a fingerprint stem.  When dry, they added the vines.

Puzzle Pumpkins - I saw this craft on the net, but didn't pin it so I have no idea where I saw it.  The children drew a pumpkin shape on orange paper and then cut it into strips.  They glued the strips onto a piece of black paper putting their pumpkin back together.  They then added a stem and face features.

I created this recording worksheet to use while measuring our pumpkin.  After measuring, I placed the pumpkin in the center of the group and they drew what it looked like in the large square on the worksheet.

Friday, 18 October 2013


This past week we did a unit on owls.  It's a short week so we had to pack in a lot in the four short days we had! 

I found this adorable sock owl at Danielle's Place.  As we used a hot glue gun, it was teacher assisted, but the children enjoyed making the craft and they were super easy to do.  I couldn't quite get how she made them, but I think she used the bottom part of the sock... I cut the bottom of the sock off and used only the top part.  We used white socks so made Snowy Owls.   I used a hot glue gun to seal one end and the children added stuffing to their 'tube'.  They then chose their eyes that I had pre-glued and placed them on their owls.  I used the glue gun to attach them.  We folded down the top and sealed it in the middle at the top of the eyes.  I then sealed the edges of the fold.  They chose their beak and placed it on their owl and then chose wings for either side.  The eyes, beak, and wings were precut out of felt.  These would make cute little owl bean bags to use for games as well.

I printed the barn owl template from Learn Create Love; we used crayons and pencil crayons to colour them.

We also made paper bag puppet owls.

Our October project was on Owls.

Enjoy these free games that I created...

 I also found many free owl activities on the internet.

Owl Preschool Pack

Free Owl Themed Printable Activities from Teachers Pay Teachers

Owl Dot-to-Dot

Owl Dot-to-Dot 2

I am an owl.  Worksheet

O is for owl.  Worksheet   

Barn Owl Fun Fact

Friday, 11 October 2013

Gobble, Gobble

As you know, I live in Canada so this weekend is THANKSGIVING!!!  I have a lot to be thankful for and am very grateful to be living in this wonderful country and thankful for my family and friends.  This week we discussed all the things that we have and how thankful we are to have them.  We discussed the meaning of the holiday and how busy the farmers have been all year so that we have delicious food to eat.  The children are all looking forward to their feast to celebrate the harvest.

My older crew is into making fans from just about anything right now so I incorporated that interest into our turkey craft.

The younger crew glued feather shapes and a circle on top to create their turkey. 

The older crew coloured and then wove paper to create their decorative corn.  The younger crew coloured and then glued on bits of coloured paper for their craft.

We discussed the Pioneers and life in the early days of settlement in Canada.  No surprise that none of the children wished they had experienced life without electricity or running water!  We tied the unit into Thanksgiving by discussing how the early settlers grew most of their own food and cared for animals on their land.  We also discussed how life for pioneer children differed from their lives today.  We made Jumping Jacks from the Black Creek Pioneer Village website.

Here is the template I created to make the corn.

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Thursday, 3 October 2013

Fall Fun

It's finally here... my favourite season!  We have been enjoying the cooler days and spending a lot of time outdoors.  The squirrels in the area are busy scampering around the forest collecting nuts, leaves are changing from green to beautiful reds and yellows, and the geese overhead have been honking their departure. 

Fall is such a wonderful time for craft activities.  Here are some of the projects we have been working on.

Framed Leaves - on one of our walks, the children chose a leaf to bring back with them.  We used mac tac (contact paper) to preserve the leaf and they created a frame from coloured popsicle sticks then added a pipecleaner for hanging.

I thought these fall leaves were super cool.  Cut out the template shape and the children simply had to fold it accordion style.  We used a glue stick to ensure the leaf stayed together and of course, they used them as fans!

Fall Pictures

Fall tree - the children cut out a circle shape and folded it in half then they opened it up and dropped paint onto the circle.  They then folded it over to smoosh the paint.  When dry, they glued the circle onto a tree trunk cut from construction paper. 

I found this play clay fall craft on the internet.  I think we needed to press the leaf in harder for the brown wash to catch the veins of the leaf, but the children were happy with their leaves.  They used the extra clay to make whatever they wished so everyone went home with a baggie of creations.

Check out my website for more fall activities and free printables.