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Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day! We made these great collagraphs in art at the Fox Hill School Kindergarten that I thought I would share today. 
I learned the technique in my online art class from Deep Space Sparkle this summer. I learned in my class that collagraph refers to the collage board where materials are arranged. I used a pizza box cut into small squares. My teacher had her 2nd graders make the collage boards but I decided to make them in advance for my Kinders. I think it was the correct decision for my little ones because the print making was WAY more fun than making the boards! I cut heart shapes out of foam sheets and foam shelf liner and glued them to the cardboard squares. In my online class the teacher had the kids make flowers and those looked cool too. You could really make any shapes you like and by using different materials to glue to the board, the prints have varying textures.
First I had the kids use gold shimmery watercolors to cover an entire piece of 9 x 12 watercolor paper.
 Then we set those aside to dry while I read The Shape of My Heart by Mark Sperring. Next I gave each child a paper plate with pink, red, white and fushia acrylic paint on it. 
They brushed the colors onto the collage plates and made prints on the gold colored background (which was dry by the time I read the story!)
They LOVED making the prints and their creations look amazing! I had no idea it would be such a big hit. 
Next time I will have them paint several background papers because no one wanted to stop at just one!

If you would like your own copy of The Shape of My Heart, click on the picture below to purchase it from Amazon!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

My Name in Chinese!

Here are a few more simple Chinese New Year activities that the kids loved!

Ms. Michele at the Fox Hill School Kindergarten found this great website that will translate names into Chinese characters! http://www.chinesetools.eu/names/  I used this website to print out each child's name on card stock. The kids painted large craft sticks with red tempera paint.
Once they were dry, they glued the craft sticks to the card with their Chinese name on it. 
We added a little string to the top and each child had their own Chinese wall hanging with their name it! They look so cool!
As a fine motor activity we had the kids cut along lines on the side of a folded piece of construction paper.
They had to be careful not to cut all the way across the paper!
Then we  opened them up and taped the uncut sides together. Voila! Easy peasy Chinese lanterns!
They look great decorating the Chinese restaurants in our Dramatic Play areas!

If you would like to purchase any of the books we are reading at the Fox Hill School for Chinese New Year, click on the pictures below to order from Amazon!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Welcoming the Chinese New Year!

Chinese New Year is being celebrated all over the Fox Hill School! In the block area, some children made a copy of our Chinese dragon out of blocks! So cool!
 These lovely ladies are dressing up in the Chinese clothing and pretending to work and eat at the Chinese food restaurant that we have created in the Dramatic Play area.
 Some kids practice their fine motor skills and try to use chopsticks to sort the buttons and pom poms!
 At free play, this group of aspiring engineers made the Great Wall of China out of Unifix cubes!
So much fun and such great learning during our celebration of the Chinese New Year!

If you would like to purchase any of the books we are reading at the Fox Hill School for Chinese New Year, click on the pictures below to order from Amazon!