Friday, 23 September 2016

Our Classroom - Five for Friday

 We started our week with one of my favourite books: The Very Hungry Caterpillar. After reading it, we had a fun sequencing activity using this printable from School Time Snippets and a caterpillar craft.

The weather has been awfully cold here in Finland, but I decided to enjoy my bike before winter comes. I took a bike trip to an island nearby and it was great!

My kids’ fine motor skills are getting better and better every day. These two drawings are of me and my colleague, Nea. Aren’t they cute?

My colleague made this hopscotch using stickers. The kids wanted to make the numbers themselves, so when they’ll finish all of them we’re going to laminate them. It’s so much fun!

Our tree is blooming day by day. We add a flower every time a child says or does something nice/funny.

I’m tired now so I should go to bed. It’s waiting for me, it’s cosy and soft. Have a nice weekend!

Sunday, 18 September 2016

It's Time For a Freebie!

Yes, you read that right! I think I've been quite lazy lately and I have to do something about it!
So here it is, a way of making up for it: a checklist that's perfect for a nature walk. I added photos and text, so it's suitable for kindergartners, as well as primary school kids.
Let me know if you have any suggestions of things to add. Enjoy!
Click on the image to find the resource in my TPT store :)
If you like this post, you might also be interested in:
Grab It While It's Free! - Bathroom Rules Posters and Flashcards
Yoga for Children - with a Free Printable

Friday, 16 September 2016

Autumn and Halloween Activities - Five for Friday Linky Party

 Five for Friday is a weekly teacher linky party where bloggers post five random things about the past week. This linky party is hosted by Doodle Bugs Teaching, so if you’re curious to see lots of fun teaching ideas, hop over to this website.

This has been a great week! And tomorrow we have a board game day, so it’ll be even better!

Helsinki is the perfect place for children to learn through play: there are lots of free museums, parks, forests, farms, botanical gardens, etc. This week we took the children to the playroom at the National Museum to teach them about jobs and careers. There’s a huge room with a throne, puzzles of former presidents, a shop, a factory (with toys and a conveyor belt), a bakery, even a place where children can build a house using fake bricks. It was crazy fun!

Friday we made a fresh batch of playdough. For some of the children, it was the first time and they really enjoyed kneading it.

The teachers decorated their windows for autumn and I took a couple of pictures.

M.'s window

We have started planning the Halloween party activities, and so far we agreed on having a different theme for each room. Because I’m from Transylvania, we’ll have a Dracula theme, another group will have a Pumpkin theme, and the oldest kids will decorate their room for Dia de los Muertos. I'm very excited!

My colleague made these adorable monsters

I’ve been working on some new Halloween flashcards and mazes, which will be 50% off in my TpT store. But until then, you can enjoy some of my Halloween resources from last year.
I'd love to hear your favorite activities for Halloween parties! I will send one of the resources above to all those who leave a comment. :)

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

How to Make Kinetic Sand

Friday is our science day and the kids love it! Sometimes we combine weird things in our sensory bin to see how they react and other times we do science experiments.

Last week we made kinetic sand from 6 cups of sand, 2 tablespoons of dish soap (we used Fairy), 1 cup of corn starch, and a cup of water. We first combined the water and soap in a large container and used a whisk to make foam. Then we mixed the dry ingredients, and added the water mixed with Fairy.

We added some extra water while playing, because it became a bit dry. You can always add more water if it’s too dry, or more sand/corn starch if it’s too liquid.

You can then give the kids some cookie cutters, straws, sand toys, plastic cutlery and let them have fun for hours!