Monthly Archives: October 2017

Halloween Toilet Paper Roll Crafts

The fun and “spooky” options are endless with this fun craft! If you have kids in the house, you’re going to have tons of toilet paper or paper towel rolls.  All you need to add is a few craft supplies and some creativity.  Wrap each roll in the main color of the halloween character you’d like to make, decorate accordingly and add google eyes.  The kids will have a full day of fun playing with these spooktacular buddies.

WHAT YOU NEED:

– Craft rolls or empty tolite paper rolls

– Colored card stock or construction paper (green, white, black & orange)

– Scissors and jagged edge scissors if you have them

– Craft glue

– Googly eyes

– Black pom pom puffs

– Black and white markers

– Cheese cloth or toilet paper

 

Static Ghosts

Halloween Science: Static Electricity Dancing Ghost

This fun activity combines seasonal fun and science. It’s nearly Halloween, but this craft could work for any holiday or season!

Here’s what you need:

  • balloon
  • tissue paper
  • markers
  • scissors
  • tape
  • sweater or your hair

Cut out your Halloween shapes from the tissue paper. We chose a ghost and a bat. After cutting out the bat, I colored the white tissue paper with a black marker and waited for it to dry.

Tape the bottom of your ghost, bat, or other Halloween shapes to the table. (This is very important otherwise, they will stick instead of float).

Rub the balloon on a sweater or a head of hair to gather some extra electrons. Move the balloon over your Halloween shapes. The balloon is attracted to the tissue paper. The tissue paper will rise up. As you move the balloon around, the tissue paper will move as well.

Crystal letters

Most kids love the letters in their name. This activity is sure to delight, as they can trace and shape their names in pipe cleaners and make shimmery and unique crystallized names or letters.

What you need:

  • Pipe cleaners
  • String (yarn, fishing line, etc)
  • Pencils or wooden skewers
  • Scissors
  • Glasses or plastic container {one for each color}
  • A container large enough to hold your name {if doing your name as a single piece written in cursive}
  • Borax
  • Food Coloring {optional, if you want colored letters you can dye the borax solution or use colored pipe cleaners}
  • Liquid measuring cup
  • Tablespoon
  • Heat Safe Mixing Bowl

Shape the letters or names with the pipe cleaners, then suspend them from the strings. Fix the string to the pencils or dowels.

Measure out 3 tablespoons of borax per cup of hot water. Mix well until all the borax is dissolved. You’ll want at least three cups worth to start. If you want to color the borax, add food coloring once the mixture is complete. Carefully place the letters or names in the solutions and let it sit overnight.

Crystal Names

STEAM and Montessori

“Play is often talked about as if it were relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.”– Fred Rogers

This article from ideas.demco.com is the perfect example of why Montessori works in today’s ever changing educational atmosphere.

Young children learn about the world through hands-on exploration. According to developmental psychologist Jean Piaget, preschool children have strong intuition and imagination. Even though their ability to understand abstract concepts is still developing, they can begin to attach concepts to concrete situations. The discoveries that they make on their own belong to them and provide a scaffold upon which other learning is built.

We need to provide preschool children with many opportunities to discover their world. Preschoolers don’t know that they are not “supposed” to know about science, technology, engineering, the arts and math; if we do our job right, the children we work with will think the opportunities we plan for them are fun — even as they learn! When young children explore and learn STEAM concepts with no fear of being “wrong,” the learning they accomplish will become permanent. This knowledge will benefit the children as they progress in school and are presented with abstract concepts in these areas.

STEAMHere are some ideas for hands-on STEAM activities that are both enjoyable and instructive for preschoolers.

Science

Young children enjoy planting seeds and watching them grow, but they want it to happen right now! One way to give them that immediate satisfaction, while still learning about plant growth, is through the plant-growing simulation at BBC Schools. Children can experiment with the amount of light and water that a plant gets, and they can repeat their experiment as often as they want.

Another activity to help preschoolers learn about plants is to put white flowers in clear vases filled with colored water. The children can observe how the flower petals change color as the plant “drinks” the water. This experiment provides lots of opportunities for questions and conversations.

Technology

Preschoolers are very comfortable with electronic devices, especially those with point and swipe capabilities. The standard (QWERTY) keyboard, however, can present a challenge for them. Printable paper keyboards can help with this. Children can practice finding the letters of their names, coloring the keys with a highlighter or colored pencils. As children start to learn sight words, they can practice “typing” them on the paper keyboards.

Engineering

Young children are natural engineers. They enjoy building, and they like the challenge of trying to make something bigger and taller. A great online project for preschoolers is the O.R.E.O. Project from Projects by Jen. The children stack Oreos, one cookie on top of another, as high as they can before the tower topples over. They can then compare their results to those of their classmates and to those of other participating classes around the world.

Arts

Young children love playdough, color and surprises — this activity combines all three! “Magic Play Dough” starts as a ball of white dough in a plastic bag. But as the children knead the dough, it changes color. The balls of dough could each have a different primary color (i.e., red, blue, yellow) in the center. After the children have “magically” changed the color of their dough, they can share their dough with someone who has a different color. As they mush the two colors together, more magic happens. As the children talk about what is happening, make a chart and introduce secondary colors (e.g., red + blue = purple).

Math

As children start to learn about numbers, it is important for them to learn that there are many ways to represent each amount. This knowledge will prepare them to learn about regrouping and renaming for multi-digit addition and subtraction. A fun way to practice this skill is to play a simple dice game. The children roll the dice and then record the number in multiple ways: tally marks, the dice face, the numeral, and a ten frame. To keep the dice from bouncing around the room, put them in small plastic containers (e.g., empty baby food containers) to use as shakers.

As you can see, with a little imagination and preparation, it is easy to do STEAM activities with preschoolers.

Cute Halloween Snacks

These little spiders are so cute and incredibly easy for the kids to make. All you need are mini donuts, m&ms, and pretzels. Break the pretzels and stick them in to the donuts to create legs, use m&ms for eyes. The youngest kids might need the pretzels broken for them, but the three and up ages shouldn’t have a problem!