Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Salt Dough Recipe

Making salt dough ornaments is always an exciting open-ended activity. It’s even more fun when the children make their own salt dough. They enjoy getting their hands in flour and kneading dough. Here’s a very easy recipe that they can follow step-by-step.

• 4 cups of flour
• 1 cup of salt
• 1 ½ cups of water
• food colouring (optional)

Mix dry ingredients and then pour the water. Use more water if the dough doesn’t come together.


https://www.dropbox.com/sh/5ygomnsxrqx6exp/AACvK2G8CyoRxWYv_iufB3yOa?dl=0


You can then use cookie cutters to make different shapes, make holes with straws so you can hang them in the Christmas tree, use beads, sequins, glitter, and silk paper to decorate them.





Sunday, 4 December 2016

Winter Creation Station

December is here, which means that we opened the first few envelopes of our Advent calendar. The kids are extremely excited about the surprises the elves have prepared!

Tomorrow we’ll set up a winter creation station with play dough and props. I want to encourage the children to explore more, to come up with their own ideas, rather than just doing what I show them. If you want to know more about process art, you can read this blog post.

The winter creation station is easy to set up. You need place mats or trays, play dough (I made it with flour, water, and salt - click for the recipe), and any small objects that the kids can press into/onto it. We will have buttons, googly eyes, glitter, beads, and stickers.

What else would you add?






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Thursday, 1 December 2016

Snowman Bowling Game

Here in Finland everybody has an advent calendar in December. It’s a big tradition, or so I’ve been told. Kids enjoy opening the envelopes to see what’s inside. You know how kids are about surprises, no matter how small they are.

This year, we’ve made an advent calendar with songs, rhymes, games and dances. The Snowman Bowling Game is one of them.

What you need: paper cups, googly eyes, glue, construction paper, buttons, and a hole punch. You can be more creative and don’t even need these craft supplies – use sequins, markers, paint, play dough, anything that comes to your mind.

Instructions: Make the snowmen, then find a white ball that’s heavy enough. Each snowman counts as 1 point. Have fun and enjoy!




Snowman Bowling Game


Here in Finland everybody has an advent calendar in December. It’s a big tradition, or so I’ve been told. Kids enjoy opening the envelopes to see what’s inside. You know how kids are about surprises, no matter how small they are.
This year, we’ve made an advent calendar with songs, rhymes, games and dances. The Snowman Bowling Game is one of them.

What you'll need: paper cups, googly eyes, glue, construction paper, buttons, and a hole punch. You can be more creative and don’t even need these craft supplies – use sequins, markers, paint, play dough, anything that comes to your mind.

Instructions: Make the snowmen, then find a white ball that’s heavy enough. Each snowman counts as 1 point. Have fun and enjoy!

Snowman Bowling Game


Here in Finland everybody has an advent calendar in December. It’s a big tradition, or so I’ve been told. Kids enjoy opening the envelopes to see what’s inside. You know how kids are about surprises, no matter how small they are.
This year, we’ve made an advent calendar with songs, rhymes, games and dances. The Snowman Bowling Game is one of them.

What you'll need: paper cups, googly eyes, glue, construction paper, buttons, and a hole punch. You can be more creative and don’t even need these craft supplies – use sequins, markers, paint, play dough, anything that comes to your mind.

Instructions: Make the snowmen, then find a white ball that’s heavy enough. Each snowman counts as 1 point. Have fun and enjoy!

Snowman Bowling Game


Here in Finland everybody has an advent calendar in December. It’s a big tradition, or so I’ve been told. Kids enjoy opening the envelopes to see what’s inside. You know how kids are about surprises, no matter how small they are.
This year, we’ve made an advent calendar with songs, rhymes, games and dances. The Snowman Bowling Game is one of them.

What you'll need: paper cups, googly eyes, glue, construction paper, buttons, and a hole punch. You can be more creative and don’t even need these craft supplies – use sequins, markers, paint, play dough, anything that comes to your mind.

Instructions: Make the snowmen, then find a white ball that’s heavy enough. Each snowman counts as 1 point. Have fun and enjoy!