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Bugs and Flowers Sensory Bin

Last week Zoey wrote about her garden sensory bin. I thought it was completely amazing, and could not wait to come up with my own variation. This bin uses the same base (brown colored rice) which looks exactly like mulch. Mini pots are holding flowers, but I am hoping my children will also use them to sort the different types of bugs.

That’s the wonderful thing about sensory bins; they are literally bins overflowing with learning opportunities. Looking forward to seeing those little green thumbs!

MATERIALS USED:

– A large plastic bin
– Brown colored rice (tutorial here)
– Plastic bugs
– Mini flower pots
– Silk flowers
– Gardening gloves
– Tweezers
– Rake
– Shovel
– Watering can

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Owl Babies Art Activities

My first year of teaching I discovered a wonderful book, Owl Babies, written by Martin Waddell, and beautifully illustrated by Patrick Benson.

Three baby owls awake one night to find their mother missing. “Where’s mommy?” they wonder. Exactly where mommy is makes a wonderful story. In subsequent years, I have read this book to all my classes for Mother’s Day, and have found that it never fails to capture the children’s imagination. After reading the book, the children love making their very own owls, painted with bubble wrap, to take home. I like to extend this curriculum later in the week. We often have a group discussion about owls, their habitats, and the fact that they are nocturnal animals. I then like to follow up with some feather painting.


OWLS – MATERIALS USED:

– Our owl template
– Construction paper
– Large googly eyes
– Feathers
– Paint
– Bubble wrap
– Glue

FEATHER PAINTING – MATERIALS USED:

– Stiff feathers
– Paint
– Construction paper

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Mother’s Day Gift Bag Craft

Mother's Day Gift Bag Craft

I always like the children to make their own wrapping for their Mother’s Day gifts. I have found that paper bags, when decorated, make the perfect gift wrap.

The flowers on our bags are paper cupcake liners that have been pressed onto colorful blobs of paint. We spread the paint by smoothing it over with our hands. Brass fasteners were used to attach the flowers (some children will need help with this step). We then pasted some stems and leaves on, and added bright pom poms, in the center, to complete our flowers. As a final step, we punched holes in the bags and tied them with a colorful yarn. The completed bag is the perfect compliment to any Mother’s Day Gift.


MATERIALS USED:

– White paper bags
– White cupcake liners
– A variety of paints
– Brass fasteners (brads)
– Pom poms
– Our leaf and stem template
– Construction paper
– Yarn
– Hole punch
– Glue
– Scissors

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