Try this healthy Polar Bear snack. Here are the ingredients.
1/2 of a English Muffin
Blueberries for the eyes and nose.
Banana slices for the ears.
Skittles (OK- they aren’t so healthy but they are fun) for the mouth.
Audience participation story:
Cut two tag board mittens and sew them together with yarn. Hand out small stuffed animals to your audience and have them put them into your giant mitten as you read the story. At the end of the story flip the mitten up into the air and let the stuffed animals fly. The kids will love this element of surprise!
The animals in the story are: a mole, rabbit, hedgehog, owl, badger, fox, bear and mouse. I had difficultly finding a mole and a badger stuffed animal. I created a badger by coloring a skunk with a permanent marker. For the mole, I modified an ant-eater by stuffing his nose in flat and securing with a stitch. You can also have doubles of stuffed animals if you want each student to add an animal to the mitten. All my stuffed animals were purchased at a thrift store.
White mitten hunt:
This is so easy! Just toss a white mittens or gloves (one per student) in a large snowy area. Invite students to find one mitten. After all the mittens are found have students lay them out in a row and count them out-loud together. This is also a good time to discuss animal camouflage. Ask students: were the white mittens hard to see in the snow? Do some animals change their coat colors for winter? What kinds of animals change their fur color? Why do you think this helps them?
Cut two matching mittens out of paper. Connect mittens with scrap yarn. Use a sponge roller to paint each students hand. Add the handprint. I keep a dishpan of soapy water and a towel right on the table so students can wash up immediately. Moms love this cute winter memento.
Happy New Year! 2015 has welcomed us with a beautiful light snow and bitter cold. A fresh slate, a hot cup of coffee and a nice warm dog at my feet, I am ready to move onward and upward as I start on 2015’s ideas and projects.
I have been thinking about the creative process in general. I believe that everyone is gifted in one way on another. Carpenters, hair stylists, seamstress, computer geeks, actors, artists and bankers all are gifted in very different ways.
While new research does not totally support the right-brain/left-brain theory I am going to refer to this for convenience sake. Left brain people are usually strong in analytical and math skills. Right brain people generally have a holistic, artsy approach to life. In general, I am a right-brain, so I have to admit that it was a long time before I realized that my very left-brain husband was also a creative type. Engineers(left brainers) solve problems. Sometimes, boring problems, but they can fix a lot of things! Engineers have figured out how to build bridges, bring running water into our homes and make computers work. Have you every seen computer code? Looks like mumbo-jumbo to me! Now that’s brilliant creative brain work in action!
Right brainers operate differently. I know, because I am one! I find myself sometimes flooded with ideas. Ideas are great- until you try to pursue them all. The end result can be that nothing gets completed. So here are some loose rules that I have adopted for myself to make sure things get done.
Best Wishes for the New Year my friend!
This activity is always a big hit at camp. The kids absolutely can’t wait to hammer nails in “Santa’s workshop”. The “toy machine” is just a large piece of painted cardboard that is leaned up against the saw horses.
The photos below show the actual set up:
Two seven foot 2 x 4s are screwed into the sawhorses to prevent the 2 x 4’s from bouncing off. Then, we predrill nail holes 2 1/2 inches apart.
Next, we gently tap in three inch nails into the pre-drilled holes, leaving about 2 inches of nail above the wood. We invite the kids one at a time to hammer in two nails per child. Children wear kids size safety glasses. These are available at Home Depot. The really little kids sometimes need some hand over hand guidance as we hammer the nails together.
Are there other Santa’s workshop ideas out there? Please share!
Ho! Ho! Ho! Merry Christmas!
Here are some of the resources I used for my woodpecker program. I highly recommend Bearport Publishing’s book, Woodpecker, by Dee Phillips.
Lucy Cousins’ Peck, Peck, Peck is a delightful little book complete with holes. My preschoolers thought Peck, Peck, Peck was really funny. I also turned the kids loose with a circle hole punch to use with their coloring page. They really liked this too.
The oscillating woodpecker craft came from: made by joel. Joel has provided some really wonderful, inexpensive crafts on his website.
Here is the link: http://madebyjoel.com/2013/06/oscillating-bird-science-toy-for-kids.html