Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Bottle Top Ideas

I have a bowl in my kitchen full of lids from milk, juice and cool drink bottles. I never let anyone throw them away because they are soo useful.

Here are a few simple ways to recycle your collection of bottle tops.

Game Pieces

Alphabet Sorting



Water Trolley - Matching lids to bottles



Christmas Alphabet

Number Bingo

Wheels for playdough cars


 Making Pictures

Start recycling your lids and get creative!!

Monday, 13 April 2015

Rope People

I love school holidays. We are half way through and are having such a relaxing time. My daughter finished her crocheted blanket, my son is doing a painting for a school art project and my youngest is in the process of making a teepee. 

I did a workshop with Juliet Robertson on Saturday and learnt so many wonderful things and feel so inspired. 

My sister is an art teacher and we spend countless hours talking, crafting, and sharing ideas for our schools and homes.
Yesterday she popped in for a coffee and crocheted me another basket for school while I made some little rope people. All was completed by the time we had finished our drinks!!

The rope people can be played with in the sand, garden, block area...or really anywhere!!
They could be used in so many ways from story telling, games, ordering, counting, role playing or even throwing and catching. 
This is the rope I used. 

I hope we inspired you to do some 30 minute craft.

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Crochet Prints in Playdough

A lovely little girl in my class would often get dropped to school by her Grandma and she told me she loved to crochet. I asked her if she could possibly make me some coloured crocheted circles to use in the classroom, and she whipped up some beautiful circles. I told her that it didn't matter what size they were or what colours they were.

The children have used them in the block area, with little animals, with figurines and on the wonder table with painted pebbles. They love to stack them up, spread them out or use them as stepping stones.

The other day I had some lovely strawberry scented playdough and added various utensils, including rolling pins on the playdough table. Before I knew it, the children were getting the crocheted circles and using them on the playdough table to make some beautiful prints.

I love it when children initiate their play and learning by finding uses for materials on offer.

Monday, 30 March 2015

Natural Materials and Easter

Here are a few very simple ways to use natural materials in the classroom or home to stimulate and encourage imaginative Easter play.

Wooden eggs are lovely to hold and cook with.

Add some wood chips, wooden bowls and wooden spoons for some egg recipes!

Painted pebbles or just regular pebbles make fabulous egg substitutes.

Invite children to make their own nests.

Paper bag nest.

Stick and wool nest.

Add some chicks, rice and shredded paper to the paper bag nests and some numbers on leaves.

Happy Easter!!

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Easter Basket

This cute little Easter basket can be made with coloured paper, card or material like I did. 
I had lots of material I wanted to use so I came up with a cute and easy little Easter basket.

Get the children to paint the material. I chose lovely pastel colours and circle stampers. My fabric was 21cm x 21cm.

It's always interesting to watch the children tackle an activity like this. Some children like certain colours or like to paint methodical patterns and some children like to mix the colours together.

When the material is dry, put it through the laminator.

To cut the basket I used a paper template and held it on the top of the fabric to make sure I was cutting in the correct place. 
Hold the basket in place and punch a hole in the sides. You could also staple the sides together.

Attach the handle with some ribbon or string.

Fill your basket with some shredded tissue paper and some Easter treats!!