Creating pictures in the style of Eric Carle’s illustrations:
1.Collect as many leaves and pieces of fabric as you can find of all shapes and sizes.
2.On a piece of plain white paper, position fabric and leaves vein side up in a pattern that you like.
3.Lay another sheet of plain white paper over the top of the materials.
4.Turn a crayon on its side and gently rub over the top sheet of paper. Make sure you do your rubbing on a flat, hard surface
5.The image will magically appear on the paper! Experiment with different crayon colours and material arrangements to create one-of-a-kind leaf masterpieces.
6.Now cut shapes of all the food the caterpillar ate.
Set up your own in-house "salon" with your little ones:
To do: Start by tracing their feet, draw on toenails, and let them use nail polish for a mini pedicure. If you’re feeling brave, offer to let them give you a pedicure after their practice round on paper.
I am a big fan of playdough in nursery. I think it should be available most days to train those finger muscles to become writing muscles. For this recipe, you’ll need the following ingredients:
2 Tbsp oil
2 and half broken crayons (same colour)
2 cups water
3 cups flour
1 1/2 cup salt
2 Tbsp. cream of tartar (not essential but it helps to make the play dough smoother)
First, chop up 2 and a half crayons (this is an ideal way to use those small bits of crayon left around).
In a large bowl, mix together the dry ingredients (flour, salt, cream of tartar)
Next, heat the oil in a pan. Add the chopped crayons. Stir until the crayons are completely melted. Slowly stir in 2 cups of water while stirring. Certain types of crayons will either make a clumpy and gooey looking liquid. Other types will make a smooth liquid once the water is added. Either way is fine. Just keep stirring.
Slowly, stir in the dry ingredients. The dough will pull together in a ball over the heat. Once the dough pulls together, dump it out onto a cutting board or counter. Let the dough cool until you can tolerate kneading. Knead the dough for a few minutes until smooth.
A very similar activity to the one last week:
This term in music we are going to be learning some Spring songs. We'll also be looking at different animals you find in the spring and the kind of sounds they make.
Your tasks this week are:
1) Watch the video 'Spring is Here', learn the words and actions and sing along! Also, what animals are in the song?
2) What sounds do the animals in the song make? Can you make sounds like those animals?
3) Can you tell me about a time when you've seen one of the animals in the Spring Is Here song?
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