Monday, October 9, 2017

World Smile Day

In honor of World Smile Day, we have found our two favorite activities to help encourage the kids to smile, laugh and be active. The first activity is a fun way to get kids outdoors, take them for a nature walk around the school. Have them enjoy the beautiful October weather.

Nature Faces

Supplies for Nature Faces:
  • Various natural materials such as: Leaves, flowers, moss, grass, rocks, pine cones, acorns.
  • Sidewalk chalk
    Instructions for nature Faces:

  • Gather natural material , have the children choose all kinds of different items
  • On the nature walk have them draw circles and create funny faces with the natural materials they find.
     Our Second Activity is a fun one for kids to do indoors on those chillier days or rainy days. Smile Grams are a creative way to show some kindness around the classroom.

Smile Grams


Instructions on Creating Smile Grams:
  • Take a picture of each child with their biggest smile.
  • Enlarge the picture and cut out only the Childs smile.
  • Using red construction paper cut out red lips.
  • Glue the smiles to the red lips.
  • Have the children decorate the lips with stickers and glitter.
  • Have the children write a special note on the back of the lips but don’t have them sign their name. 
  • Put the smile, the smile gram and a couple of poems in an envelope and have the children turn their mail into you and you can disperse the envelopes around the classroom, in Friday folders or cubbies.
    Here is a poem to include:
    Smiling Is Infectious
    Author Unknown
    Smiling is infectious,
    you catch it like the flu,
    When someone smiled at me today,
    I started smiling too.
    I passed around the corner
    and someone saw my grin.
    When he smiled I realized
    I'd passed it on to him.
    I thought about that smile,
    then I realized its worth.
    A single smile, just like mine
    could travel round the earth.
    So, if you feel a smile begin,
    don't leave it undetected.
    Let's start an epidemic quick,
    and get the world infected!
    Special note:
    Please pass this along
    It’s the Random Act of Kindness way!

Monday, September 25, 2017

Balloons around the World day!

Need a fun project for kids to do? We have just the project for your classroom!!
They get to create their own globe! 

Items needed:
·         A round balloon
·         Recycled newspaper
·         Bowl of water-flour mixture (one part flour for two parts water) or use starch
·         Continent Outlines
·         Blue Liquid Tempera Paint
·         Paintbrush Assortment
·         Washable Fine-Tip Markers

1.     Teacher preparations: Tear strips of newspaper about 1 inch wide, and blow up and tie a round balloon for each child.
2.     Have students apply paper-mâché to the balloon by dipping strips of newspaper into the water-flour mixture, make sure they wipe off the excess mixture, then continue wrapping the strips around the surface of the balloon.
3.     Have the students cover the surface completely at least three times. Let it dry overnight. The balloon can then be popped and will tear itself away from the inside of the dried globe.
4.     Have students paint the entire surface of their globes with a layer of blue paint.
5.     Print out the Continent Outlines and have students color and cut out each continent.
6.     Show students a globe of the Earth and help them glue their continents in the appropriate location on their balloon globes.
7.      Encourage students to mark an “X” on the location where they live!

Friday, September 22, 2017

National Talk like a Pirate Day!

Ahoy there Matey's
It’s National Talk like a Pirate day!
We have fun Pirate Activities to do in your Classroom!

Teachers this be a creative way to get your shipmates started with the day!
You can come up with Pirate names to give each child for the day and give them an eye patch or pirate hat to start off the day.
All you need to create this is some expo markers.

Tis Be Arts and Crafts time!
Grab some paper, Paint and a Scallywags hand and paint the hand as shown in the photo, then have them stamp it on the paper.
Have the children use a marker to add the face once its dry and decorate the pirate cap with white paint.


What pirate doesn't like TREASURE?
On a piece of construction paper, write a math problem out for each child to solve.
Have them trace their hand prints and cut them out or cut out treasure chests and have them glue the treasure to the hands/chests showing how they solved the problem.

Argh you ready for some Language Arts practice?
X marks the spot! Print out words that all have the AR sound in them and hide the x's around the classroom for the mateys to find. Have them write out the words on a sheet of paper, then have them give a sentence with that word in it.