Wednesday, November 25, 2015

I Wish I May, I Wish I Might-Star Headband

      Our kids love nursery rhymes. We did nursery rhyme themed costumes for Little Bo Peep and Hey Diddle Diddle.  This time, I decided to have us explore Star Light, Star Bright as it is one of my favorites from childhood.  Kids look so cute in homemade headbands.   For this nursery rhyme, we made a star headband.

"Star light, star bright,
The first star I see tonight;
I wish I may,
I wish I might,
Have the wish I wish tonight."
by Anonymous (19th century nursery rhyme)

I Wish I may, I Wish I Might-Star Headband Craft

You will need:
  • Free Printable Star (or make your own by tracing a cookie cutter onto yellow paper)
  • Black construction paper
  • Craft stick
  • Scissors
  • Tape (optional)
  • White Glue
  • Stapler
  • Glitter (optional)
  • Black marker (optional)
     Fold the black paper in half lengthwise, then fold it in half again lengthwise.  Cut along the folds.  You can either make one or two head bands per sheet.  You need two black strips which can be stapled together to fit the child's head. If  you are using glitter, have the child add a little glue and glitter to the star before it is cut out.  Then, once dry, cut out the star.  If desired, color the craft stick black.  Otherwise, you could leave it plain or use a dark colored craft stick.  Tape or glue the star to the craft stick on the back side.  Then staple or tape it to the headband.  If you wish to hide the staples, you can cover with an additional black strip of paper which can be glued on to mask the staples.  That's it!  These headbands are a lot of fun to wear while reciting the nursery rhyme.

For MORE ways to engage kids in playful learning with NURSERY RHYMES, please visit the links from the Early Childhood Educational Team (#TeachECE) below:

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Exploring the Senses Using Cardboard Tubes

     Our kids have always loved playing with cardboard tubes.  As soon as the paper towels are off the roll, they are off and running turning it into a telescope or coloring it with markers.  I decided to take advantage of this, and do some sensory exploration using cardboard tubes.

Exploring the Senses Using Cardboard Tubes
You will need:
  • One empty paper towel roll per child  (That's it!)
  • Something fragrant such as a flower or candle (optional)
Have children explore their sense of vision, smell and hearing by:
  • talking through the tube and not using the tube to note the differences in the sound of their voices
  • listening through the tube with no added sound
  • scratching the tube with fingernails away from the ear and then making a scratching sound on the tube when it is right next to the ear-Is the sound amplified?
  • look at a partner without the tube, then with it while closing one eye. What are the differences? How does the tube change the focus?
  • find something fragrant such as a flower and smell it with and without the tube.  What are the differences?

Here are more 5 Senses Activities from The Early Childhood Education Team. #TeachECE
Number Sound Boxes by Munchkins and Moms
My Five Senses Book by Still Playing School
5 Senses Theme Activities for Preschool by The Preschool Toolbox Blog
Writing Letters in a Sugar Cookie Sensory Tray by Mom Inspired Life
Exploring the Alphabet with Your 5 Senses by Growing Book by Book
Winter Theme Alphabet Sensory Bin by The Educators' Spin On It
My Christmas 5 Senses Book by Life Over C's
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