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Tree trunk for group collage – painting with a variety of brushes

 

 

 

Tree trunk – painted with a variety of brushes

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You will need:
Long piece of corrugated or brown cardboard
Brown paint – some mixed with white to lighten it and some with a splash of black to darken it
Brushes – large and small paint brushes including cheap house painting brushes, dishwashing brushes, toothbrushes and what ever you have
Flat paint containers
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Method:
I placed the long rectangle of corrugated cardboard on the table and invited the children to all paint the cardboard using a variety of brushes and tones of brown paint. Its best to place the paint in a flat container. The children loved painting and experimenting with a variety of brushes. Once the painting was complete and dry we used the cardboard to create the tree trunk and branches of a tree. Autumn leaves were added to tree (summer if its a summer theme)

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Notes:
This is an ideal activity for the younger children as the cardboard can withstand lots of paint
If you don’t have cardboard use A4 paper and join it together to create the branches and trunk
Newspaper is not ideal as it will get soggy and holey!
The cardboard soaks up quite a bit of paint so mix enough
Sawdust and wood shavings will be very effective. Add glue to the paint if using them

Themes: Autumn, Summer, Trees and wood, Brushes

CAPS Outcomes

Subject: Life Skills
Study area: Creative arts
Create in 2D
• Working in different formats and paper sizes and brushes of different sizes to work with increased detail
• Drawing and painting using the week’s topic
Variation of paper size and format: encourage working in different scales

Integration: Subject: Languages (Home)
Skill: Handwriting
• Develops small muscles and fine motor control skills
• Develops eye- hand co-ordination through play e.g. drawing and painting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Under and over strip paper construction

Under and Over Paper strip  constructionDSCN6248   Themes: Under the ground, opposites, colours

You will need:
Base paper
Strips of coloured paper about 1.5 cm wide and in varying lengths
Glue and glue brushes
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Process
I did this activity with the 4-6 year olds. I would not present this activity to the 3 year olds. Most of them were able to get the hang of it after some guidance. The end product was pleasing. Some children chose to use one colour only while others enjoyed changing the length of the strips.

I showed the children how to fold each end of the paper strip over, paste some glue to the one  folded section and then position the strip on the base paper. DSCN6233
More glue was attached to the other end and attached to the base paper creating an arch. I suggested the children hold the paper strip with their finger for a sort while to be sure its secured.
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The children continued adding strips going over and under the strips they had already pasted to the base paper.
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Once completed you need to dry the construction flat.

CAPS outcomes
Subjects, study areas, skills, content and integration
Life Skills   Study area: Creative arts

Create in 2D
• Variation of paper size and format: encourage working in different scales

Create in 3D (constructing)
• Fine-motor and sensory co-ordination: (eye-hand-mind) manipulation of scissors and other tools and equipment.
• Craft skills and techniques: cutting, pasting, tearing
• Create freely using a range of materials: paper strips
• Encourage development of skills through manipulation of the materials

Integration: Subject: Home language
Skill: Handwriting
•  Develops eye- hand co-ordination through play e.g. drawing and painting

 

 

 

 

 

 

Autumn leaves – cutting



Themes
:Autumn, Leaves, Trees, Hands

I saw this idea on Pinterest and adapted it to use with my autumn theme.

I recently purchased some yellow contact sticky paper on sale. Clear contact paper will be effective too.
I drew an outline of a leaf using a black koki pen. I folded the edge over so it would be quick and easy to pull off the paper for the children when I set out the activity.

Since the toddlers are limited with their cutting skills I cut red and yellow paper into strips and they enjoyed cutting it up and watching the pieces fall onto the sticky paper. Once the leaf was well covered I pasted a clear sheet over and cut out the leaf shape.

I painted a tree on the window and attached the leaves. With the light shining behind the leaves it was very effective.

Notes:
• Make sure you can pull off the sticky paper easily when you present it to the children – its tricky to get the two layers to separate
• Be well prepared
• Some children just could not resist putting their hands on the leaves so some leaves never made it to the tree
• This activity is best suited to the 4-6 year olds
• If you don’t have contact paper, it is still effective on paper using glue • Instead of cutting the strips of paper, the children could tear the strips into pieces

CAPS outcomes

Subject: Life Skills
Study area: Creative arts

Create in 3D (constructing)
• Fine-motor and sensory co-ordination: (eye-hand-mind) manipulation of paint and other tools and equipment.
• Fine-motor and sensory co-ordination: (eye-hand-mind) manipulation of scissors and other tools and equipment.
• Craft skills and techniques: cutting, pasting, tearing

Subject: Home language
Skill: Handwriting
• Develops fine motor control using scissors to snip paper strips
• Develops eye- hand co-ordination through play e.g. cutting
• Develops small muscles skills through finger play, e.g. cutting

I applied the same concept to an activity I set out for the babies. I attached a sheet of clear contact paper to a low table. The babies enjoyed attaching and moving collage items on the contact paper. Some babies were more interested in sliding collage items under the paper, pulling off the masking tape and feeling the sticky surface with their hands.

Easter bunny ears – head bands

Easter bunny ears

These bunny ears were made by the children to wear on our Easter dress up day.

The full instructions for making these Easter bunny ears can be found in the Easter theme manual. The picture is self explanatory.

Rhymes and songs to use with the bunny ears

Let the learners all make some bunny ear head bands and wear them when saying and dramatising some of these Easter rhymes and songs:

Rhyme/ song: See the little bunnies sleeping (click on this link to hear the tune and song)
See the little bunnies sleeping till it’s nearly noon
Come and let us gently wake them with a merry tune
Oh how still, are they ill, wake up soon
Hop little bunnies, hop, hop, hop
Hop little bunnies, hop, hop, hop
Hop little bunnies, hop, hop, hop
Hop little bunnies, hop, hop, hop

Shorter, Easier To Learn Version
See the little bunnies sleeping
Till its nearly noon
Come and let us gently wake them  with a merry tune
They’re so still, are they ill?
Wake up soon.
Hop little bunnies hop, hop, hop.
Hop little bunnies hop, hop, hop.

Baby bounces high
Baby bunny bounces high (Jump high)
Baby bunny bounces low (Jump low)
Baby bunny blinks his eyes (Blink eyes)
Baby Bunny waves good-bye (Waves)

Mrs Bunny twitches her nose
Mrs Bunny looks funny when she twitches her nose, (Twitch nose)
Mrs Bunny looks funny when she wriggles her toes, (Wriggle toes)
She’s got two floppy ears and two big feet, (Use hands for ears and show feet)
I love Mrs Bunny ‘cos she’s so neat. (Arms around and hug body)
Mrs Bunny stretches. (Stretch)
Mrs Bunny flops. (Flop)
Mrs Bunny hops and hops and hops and
Mrs Bunny hops and stops. (Hop and then hold up hands to show stop and stop hopping!)

Hop little rabbit
Hop, little rabbit, hop, hop, hop,
Hop, little rabbit, don’t you stop.
Hop, little rabbit, one, two, three.
Hop, little rabbit, hop to me.