Friday, 29 November 2013

Wild West

For the past two weeks, we have been having a root'n toot'n good time exploring the wild west.  Here are some of the crafts we created...

Covered Wagon - we covered a tissue box with brown paper, the children drew on wheels and we stapled a piece of white paper for the cover.  I purchased horses at the dollar store to pull our wagons.  A HUGE hit with the kids!




Horse Paintings - they did a great job... horses are hard to paint!



Horse head from Learn Create Love - they painted the printout of the horse's head and then, when dry, added a wool mane and googly eye.



Coffee Filter Cowboy Silhouette from Tippytoe Crafts - these turned out SO cool!


Cowboy Hats - the children cut out the hat shape and added a band then we stapled it to a strip of fun foam that was measured to fit their heads.  (I cut the little guys' hats for them)




And finally, the older crew did this cowboy boot writing project from Bookmaking With Kids.





For my kinder crew, I created a different writing activity than the one on the website.






Some songs we enjoyed were...

I'm A Little Cowboy 
(Sung to: "I’m a little teapot")

I’m a little cowboy. Here is my hat.
Here are my spurs
And here are my chaps.
As soon as I get up,
I work all day.
I get on my horse
And ride away.

See The Ponies 

See the ponies galloping, galloping down the country lane.
See the ponies galloping, galloping down the country lane.
See the ponies coming home all tired out, all tired out.

Home on the Range

Oh, give me a home where the buffalo roam
Where the deer and the antelope play
Where seldom is heard a discouraging word
And the skies are not cloudy all day
Home, home on the range
Where the deer and the antelope play
Where seldom is heard a discouraging word
And the skies are not cloudy all day.



Here are some games I created for this theme.

 


 
 
 
 

 
 



Monday, 18 November 2013

Dinosaurs

The past two weeks we have been enjoying a unit on dinosaurs.  Sorry for the lack of pictures, but I was having so much fun with the children and the activities that I forgot about my camera!  This was definitely a favourite for everyone.  I have a huge bin of dinosaurs and the children used them for sorting activities as well as during play time.  They set up some really neat play structures using the blocks with the dinosaurs.

Some of the crafts we enjoyed were...

Fossils - we pressed dinosaur skeletons into Plaster of Paris to create fossils.

Pterodactyls - I used this photo as inspiration.  I cut the body part from felt so the children could flap the wings.  They LOVED these!  There is a printable template here.



T-Rex Skeleton - the children put together a cut and paste activity sheet.



We also made these stand up dinosaurs.

Some of the songs we enjoyed were...

Charlotte Diamond's Dicky, Dicky, Dinosaur

Dinosaurs Lived Long Ago

Dinosaurs lived long ago
When the Earth was new
They were very big and strong
Very scary too.
Some of them had plants to eat
From the ocean floor
Some of them would rather eat
Another Din-o-saur!

We also watched some of the episodes of Harry and His Bucketful of Dinosaurs on You Tube.