Flannel Friday: Finger Puppet Glove
Today, I present my finger puppet glove. I used to have a puppet mitt at my last library and I found I really missed have that resource here. So I made my own! This was easily done with four simple…
Quotes to inspire a love of nature and play
Exploring, creating, and discovering is how we learn! Focusing on creative learning activities for kids!
30+ Live Life To The Fullest Quotes
Take the ride, live the experience, find your passion. - Charles E Hudson. Collection of quotes on "Live Life To The Fullest"
Inquiring Minds: Mrs. Myers' Kindergarten
In this blog you will see a journey being taken by students and teacher to build up our minds, muscles and imaginations together through inquiry, exploration, investigation, problem solving and teamwork!
10 Playful Spatial Reasoning Provocations Part 2
Our team continues to learn about supporting student’s spatial sense and this post includes 10 new spatial reasoning invitations with printables. Our previous post on spatial reasoning and th…
Sensory Bin with a Hole-y Top
First, let me apologize for the very extended break I took from my blog. I am ashamed! Although, I do have an excuse... Meet my new Cinnamon Conure :-). We bought him nearly weaned, so we were rather preoccupied with feeding, snuggling, and admiring our new little creature! His name is Candy Apple. Isn't he cute??? BUT, back to business! Once again, I have 'borrowed' one of Tom's sensory bin ideas from his blog at Sand and Water Tables. He has a great explanation as to why this apparatus is…
Guest Bedroom Reveal with IKEA - Within the Grove
Our guest bedroom got a facelift! You aren't going to believe this before and after of this space. We teamed up with IKEA for this makeover which also includes a DIY wood slat wall and one of the most gorgeous deep olive green paint colors I've seen.
From Trash To Chihuly: Building 21st Century Skills Through Art In The Classroom
It all started with a field trip to the local trash dump and recycling center. The kids saw so much trash and recyclables in the dumping area. The workers were letting us know that we needed to help by reducing, reusing and recycling. They let us know that we were the solution the our worlds trash problem! When we got back to school, we discussed how we could help here in our classroom. We recycle paper and decided we needed to be diligent in continuing that. They became very intrigued by…
Drip Painting with Kids at a DIY Cardboard Easel
Drip painting is an easy and fun action art activity for kids. Explore gravity in art with drip painting that results in unique artworks every time. Drip painting is an art technique that was popularized by Jackson Pollock (you can see footage of him drip painting in this SF MOMA video). And we've done a little bit of dripping when splatter painting, but! I've been wanting to try a more deliberate drip painting activity with my kids ever since Jamie Hand wrote a guest post for The Artful…
Adventures in Teaching Art
Detail of my documentation panel for #2ndgrade art integration unit “The Forces of Art” #expeditionarylearning #ELart #artsed #scienceandart (at Two Rivers Public Charter School)
Our Marble Run Designs
It is very powerful to give students a picture of themselves working on a creation and listen to their interpretation of what was happening. When students document their work it allows them to self-reflect and gives the educator a deeper understanding of student thinking and learning. I listened to dialogue, observed how marble runs were created, and documented the experience, but when I listened to students explain what was happening from the pictures I gave them, I was amazed at how much…