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December 2017

Holiday Craft: Snow Slime

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Today is our annual Holiday Concert and we are super excited! So in the spirit of the holiday season we thought we would share a great holiday craft: snow slime! This craft is great for sensory development as well as cognitive skills associated with the process of mixing ingredients and predicting outcomes.

 

Materials

  • Liquid starch
  • White school glue
  • Artificial snow for Christmas crafts (optional)

 

Instructions

  1. Stir ¼ of the bag of artificial snow into ½ cup of white glue.
  2. Then, stir in ½ cup of liquid starch.
  3. Stir and mix with your hands. If the mixture is too sticky, add more starch, if it is too stringy, add more glue. Add in more craft snow if you are using this ingredient.
  4. Let children play with the slime.
  5. Incorporate winter animal props if you would like.
  6. Talk about how the ingredients formed the slime and what role each ingredient played.

 

Source: https://frugalfun4boys.com/2015/12/22/how-to-make-snow-slime/

 

The Hundred Languages

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The Hundred Languages of Children is a key concept in the Reggio Emilia Approach to Early Childhood Education. It emphasizes that children are capable and active learners that can express themselves in a multitude of ways. Below is a poem written by Loris Malaguzzi regarding the hundred languages of children and a video from Rye Nursery School explaining this concept even further.

The Hundred Languages by Loris Malaguzzi (translated by Lella Gandini)

No way. The hundred is there.

The child
is made of one hundred.
The child has
a hundred languages
a hundred hands
a hundred thoughts
a hundred ways of thinking
of playing, of speaking.

A hundred always a hundred
ways of listening
of marveling, of loving
a hundred joys
for singing and understanding
a hundred worlds
to discover
a hundred worlds
to invent
a hundred worlds
to dream.

The child has
a hundred languages
(and a hundred hundred hundred more)
but they steal ninety-nine.
The school and the culture
separate the head from the body.
They tell the child:
to think without hands
to do without head
to listen and not to speak
to understand without joy
to love and to marvel
only at Easter and at Christmas.

They tell the child:
to discover the world already there
and of the hundred
they steal ninety-nine.

They tell the child:
that work and play
reality and fantasy
science and imagination
sky and earth
reason and dream
are things
that do not belong together.

And thus they tell the child
that the hundred is not there.
The child says:
No way. The hundred is there.

Check out this video as well: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mQtLOu99BfE

Poem Sourced from: http://www.innovativeteacherproject.org/reggio/poem.php

 

 

Featured Book: “The Snowy Day” by Ezra Jack Keats

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Today we are sharing something that we haven’t done in a while: a featured book! And to go with the coming winter season, we decided to feature “The Snowy Day” by Ezra Jack Keats.

This book is great for ages preschool to grade 2.

This story captures the feeling of wonder and excitement on a snow day when you are young. The main character Peter is endearing and relatable. It is a great read aloud book for parents and children together, or in the classroom, and there are a lot of ways to extend this book into an activity, including plays you can find online, and art activities like the one below.

One of our favourite parts of this book is the illustration. The bright colours and collage like style are truly whimsical.

For an audio reading of this book visit: The Snowy Day Youtube Reading

Source: Keats, Ezra Jack. The Snowy Day. The Viking Press, 1962.

Image Source: Scholastic

 

For an activity to accompany this book consider: PUFFY PAINT TRACKS IN THE SNOW

Materials

  1. Toy figurine
  2. Red paper (to make cut out of peter)
  3. Blue paper
  4. Glue
  5. Shaving cream
  6. Craft stick
  7. Bowl
  8. Paint brush

Instructions

  1. Cut out the shape of Peter in his red snowsuit out of red paper.
  2. Mix equal parts glue and shaving cream in a large bowl with a craft stick to make the puffy paint.
  3. Paint your blue paper with the puffy paint. Cover it thoroughly.
  4. Use your toy figurine to make footprints and tracks in the puffy paint.
  5. Glue peter on top of the snow.

Activity Source: The Joyful Weary Blog The Snowy Day Activity