i was in charge of an intergenerational sunday school time on the topic of the holy spirit. we made these wind catchers to demonstrate that even if you can’t see the wind, you know it is there because the fabric moves. with church and preschool sharing space, we share these now too.
the children are surrounded by streams of color that move with every passerby.
i am surrounded by the reminder that goodness and peace are moving with us.
p.s. to make one you need a panel from old wire shelving units and about 20 thrifted scarves. : )
we discussed ways that animals adapt to winter and hid some of our nuts to eat at home.
a paper “cave” glued to old mat board, covered with kleenex and paper towels, then nuts hidden inside.
we covered the cave hole with another kleenex.
that way families didn’t know we had nuts in there.
welcome to winter!
how about making yourself a fireplace!
still from this painting project, we cut flames and glued them to a big paper.
(here we are showing our favorite pages from christmas books.)
if you don’t have a bridge/boat, the kids think you could use chairs or a table on its side. : )
when we have to wait (which i try HARD to avoid), i’ll invite the children to copy me.
sometimes it’s too strange to do more than stare or laugh, though.
thanks, carol, i don’t think i’ve ever seen a photo of this in action…they are so cute!
another year, another web.
this time an elephant came out to play.
our egg carton elephant named ellie.
one elphant went out to play upon a spider’s web one day
she had such ENORMOUS fun that she called for another elephant to come…
two elephants went out to play… (you get the idea!)
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then we had some elephants walk on our own paper spider webs.
note: this activity was done during a week long camp
called “way back when…” for 4 & 5 year olds at our local museum.
oh, joy of joys. a praire delight. on the day we learned about clothing way back when, we washed our picnic cloths (so they would be clean for dress up as kerchiefs, bonnets, or superhero capes).
mr. vic came and told us about how water was hauled from a well into the house. this is a real and functioning windmill. he helped the preschoolers use the hand pump to fill our washtubs.
then since we couldn’t take them to the dryer, we hung them in the kansas sun.
someone down the hall donated a stack of yellow notebooks. perfect for yellow week!
the kind of writing that happened was unique and so fun to see.
the “office” expanded quickly from one table to two.
there was only one child who said what i was thinking…
this doesn’t look like water…
we change our water daily and add different things:
yellow food coloring
yellow paint (this makes an opaque yellow
apple scented bubbles
and my favorite of the week: banana extract
we also move the mirrors to different spots. over the water table, next to it, one on each end, etc.
when i say EARTH DAY, you say EVERY DAY!
we were graced with beautiful weather and moved as many of our preschool activities outside as we could.
earlier in the week we did a two-part project of painting earths.
first the children painted green land masses (VERY tricky to not paint the whole plate green!).
later in the day we added in blue water AROUND the green land.
and since it is X week and we are looking for treasure all week, some glitter was added.
this planet really is a treasure.
happy earth day 2009.
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earth day 2010 here.