Saturday, 14 April 2018

Oobleck Frog Pond

If you haven't made oobleck before,  you need to do it as soon as possible. You can read more about how amazing oobleck is and how to make it here.

Last week we learned about frogs and their life cycle, and we made these messy frog ponds with food colouring, corn starch, and water. The kids enjoyed getting their hands dirty with gooey oobleck. We used frog hoppers, because they are easy to wash and good to practice colours.

I suggest placing a large garbage bag under the box where you'll make the oobleck, for easy cleaning afterwards. 

Have fun!


Monday, 2 April 2018

Fun Easter Activities

Hi! It's been a while, but I hope these activities will make up for that. The kids had a wonderful time getting ready for Easter: they painted eggs, planted grass, and made cute chick and bunny crafts.

The kids all wanted to make these chick crafts, even though we had some other ideas to choose from. We used paper plates for the eggs and crepe paper to decorate them. The older kids also cut the chicks.


Planting grass seeds was also a success. We had a large trash bag on the table, to make sure the cleaning will be easy and quick. The kids followed the instructions and did everything on their own. We used decorated milk cartons to plant the seeds in.




 
K. also taught the kids how to dye eggs with shaving cream and food colouring. It's so easy and fun (+ it smelled goooood). We had small plastic trays for each kid, then they sprayed shaving foam, dripped some food colouring, then rolled their boiled egg through it. 


Let me know which of the activities is your favourite. Mine was definitely the egg dyeing.

Saturday, 17 March 2018

St. Patrick's Day Activities

These last couple of weeks have been all about the St. Patrick's Day party. The kids were extremely excited knowing about the party on Friday. I must say that I am not a big fan of parties, because they change the daily routine and make the kids act all hyper, but seeing them laugh, dance hand in hand, jumping and giggling, reminded me why we have these events.

We had a photo booth with laminated printables that I’ve found online, some natural juice, green balloons, a bubble machine, and Irish music. 

Here are some photos of the activities that the kids enjoyed. 

Decorating shamrocks


Our photo booth

Photo Booth

Eggsperiment - Osmosis and Green Eggs and Ham

Experiment with egg, vinegar, food colouring

The eggshell dissolving

Gold coin hunt - we had a hunt with coins hidden throughout the room


Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Sunday, 4 March 2018

St. Patty's Day Pack

Dear friends,

I have been working hard on updating this resource pack, because it is one of my oldest products. I have added a couple more mazes and have improved the aspect of the other printables. I hope that you will like it!

If you have already downloaded the previous versions, all you need to do is go to this link to get the updated product.

This pack contains:
Flashcards for your Word Wall or for vocabulary games;
Tracing and coloring books;
Roll the dice and mark the number;
Tracing worksheets;
Color by number worksheets;
Math games with clothespins;
Tracing worksheets;
Letter matching game;
Clothespins math game;
Flip Books;
St. Patrick’s Day Ten Frames;
Writing paper;
Mazes.

Have a wonderful spring!

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/St-Patricks-Day-Activity-Pack-80-pages-1723257







Thursday, 1 March 2018

Yoga for Children - with a Free Printable

Hi! I hope you are enjoying a sunny day, wherever you are! Here in Copenhagen it’s nice, warm, and sunny. If, however, the weather where you live is not that nice, I have something to brighten up your day - it’s a freebie!

I’ve been looking for yoga resources for kids and I have reached the conclusion that it’s better to create my own. Something easy to use, even with beginners. So I made this yoga bag with flashcards.

Why yoga?
Yoga helps children develop their gross motor skills, while also enjoying themselves. It’s an activity that children can do to lighten up, rewind, or calm down.

Yoga can be done through stories, music, with puppets, and games – so it’s fun!

It helps kids learn to respect nature, themselves, and others. Yoga also promotes mindfulness, creativity, and confidence.

Some suggestions for doing yoga with children:
  • choose the timing properly – not after lunch, or on a full stomach;
  • think of what mood you want to get the kids in: you can do morning yoga, to get a boost of energy, or before going to bed, to calm them down and get them in a sleepy mood;
  • if you have a garden or a park nearby, take the yoga lesson outside, to enjoy the green grass and fresh air;
  • find a place large enough so that kids will have plenty of space to move freely;
  • children can perform yoga with bare feet, but for hygiene purposes, they should use slippers
  • establish certain rules for the yoga class: no eating, use the bathroom before class, wear comfortable clothing, enjoy yourself, while also allowing others to do the same, etc.
Now here’s the freebie I promised. You can download it for free by clicking on the image below. Enjoy!


https://www.dropbox.com/sh/80s2zb561obxgsr/AABvGPPto0toiLCgck2mNWLba?dl=0






Monday, 12 February 2018

Morning Circle Routine and a Freebie

Can you believe it’s already February?! I started working at a new kindergarten and with all the new things happening I lost track of time. I’m excited to share with you some photos of our morning circle area and a new freebie I have in my store.

I have a mixed group at the moment: only seven children, but with different language skills, ages, and interests. I’m trying to find fun things to do for our morning routines. So far, songs, dances, and movement games seem to maintain all of them engaged.




We have already learned a couple of songs that we sing often during morning circle:
The next step is to make a song bag with all these songs. If you want to learn how to make that, click on the photo.

http://www.grumpydumpling.com/2017/08/a-fun-musical-vocabulary-game-from.html

Apart from these, the kids loved playing the Mystery Box. I finally got a cute box that we can use for the game. Before we used a textile bag from IKEA.

http://www.grumpydumpling.com/2017/08/a-fun-musical-vocabulary-game-from.html

I’m also planning on introducing “Question of the Day”. For those who don’t speak English, I will print the flashcards out, while with the others I will have additional questions.

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Questions-for-Morning-Circle-K-1st-2339449?aref=w9rushnm


If you want to get more ideas for morning circle, read these blog posts:
Oh, almost forgot. Here’s the freebie that I promised.


https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Centre-Posters-Art-Area-Building-Area-Reading-Corner-Dramatic-Play-Area-3649042


There are other resources in my TPT store that could be useful when planning your morning routine with the kids.

Have a wonderful week!

Ilinca