Sunday, January 20, 2013

::Wacky Owls::

Here's a close up of the owls we made for the January board. They're a little funky and kinda weird but I like them. I got the inspiration from this idea on the website smaller
Here's my owl:
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The eyes are made out of egg cartons and the body/wings are construction paper that the kids designed.
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::January Board Update::

 I updated my board. It needed something else and I finally decided on owls. They filled in the open space on the board and continued on the whimsy feel that the board already had. Pin It

Thursday, January 17, 2013

::Sugar Snow Hand Prints Trees::

Yesterday we made something fun. We made hand print trees and added sugar for snow. It was my boss' idea and they turned out so pretty! This top one is the one my boss made:
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Pretty simple project: take a piece of construction paper for the background and a piece of construction paper for the snowline. Using a sponge to make a tree trunk and also to paint the kids hands. After making the tree, glue the white snowline. When the paint is dry, use a glue stick and draw wherever you want snow to be. Sprinkle sugar over the glue and tap off the excess sugar. 
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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

::December Wrap Up::

I realized I forgot to post some of our other projects that we did in December. Our room looked great. The kids made snowflakes and we hung them from the ceiling and we had lots of wintery things up!
 Here's something we did with water colors.
 They drew their scene with crayon and then painted it out with water colors. Then we used a hole punch to make snow flakes.

 I love this one. It's such an unusual perspective for a snowman. They turned out so cute!
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Monday, January 14, 2013

::Blog Lovin::

Have you heard of Bloglovin? If you're an avid blog reader, it's the best thing ever! I read and follow a lot of blogs of all sorts. I love being inspired by other people and it challenges me to be more creative. However I used to only follow my blogs through my blogger account and that was kind of annoying to be honest. I didn't like that you don't really get a preview of the post and everything is just jumbled together.

Bloglovin, however, is a dream. You get a preview of the post with pictures included, you can like posts so that you can quickly reference things you enjoyed reading, and you can organize all the blogs you follow by genre. You can also mark a post as read if it doesn't look like something you want to read. It's awesome. Oh...and they have an app! So you 'll never get behind on your blogs!

If you're an avid blog reader, I really suggest you try out bloglovin. It'll revolutionize the way you read blogs. You can even follow this blog on the site. Just search for Miss Robert's Room on the bloglovin website or click the link on the side of my blog.

Happy Monday friends!
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::Melted Crayons::

I hate to see things go to waste. We spend a lot of money on supplies for the kids at work and when they get mostly used up, sometimes we have to throw them away. Crayons is one of those things that we throw away a lot of. Once they're too small to color with, we just toss em.

I remembered my mom used to do things things with those old broken crayons when we were kids. We melted them to make cards and art or we melted them into molds and made new crayons. So I decided I was going to do that with our old crayons at work so they wouldn't be wasted. 
 I went through our crayon boxes and picked out all the rejects. I peeled all the wrappers off and divided them up by similar colors cause I thought that would make it easier when I was making the crayons. Here's a helpful hint: only use wax based crayons, like crayola. Brands like Roseart aren't wax based and won't melt.
Once they were all peeled I chopped up the crayons into smaller pieces and placed them in a silicon baking pan. I tried to mix all the colors up so that there was a equal amount of bright and dark colors. 
 Next you just pop them in the oven and let the crayons melt, this is what they look like when they come out of the oven. I put them in an oven pre-heated at 500 for about 15 minutes. 
Once the crayons have dried you just pop em out of the pan and they're ready to go! A friend of mine did this for her child care but used a heart shaped pan and those turned out super cute as well. 

Hope you enjoyed this little DIY! Save some crayons and make your own! It's a great project to get your kids involved with too. I had mine help me search for small crayons and take off the wrappers. 
Happy Searching! 
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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

::Little Foxes::

Here's our cute little foxes. They turned out so adorable, I couldn't be happier. The girls wanted to add bows  to their foxes which I thought was totally cute.
Here's my two favorite little foxes. 
Here's the template for the fox. Sorry there's so many pages...I couldn't fit them all together. 
The first page can be copied or traced on white paper.
Once these two pages are put together they can obviously be copied or traced on orange.
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::January Boards::

January boards always allude me. I never can decide what to do. Do I go with a New Years theme? Keep it winterish? I never know. Last year I decided on a New Years board because I've never done one before. I knew I wanted to include a boom box just because it's fun. So I settled on a "Jamming into 2012." The kids all made musical notes to tie it in. 
This year I wanted to do a whimsical forest themed board. I wanted it to be fun and different. Here's a picture of what it looks like now. I think it needs something else but I haven't decided on what quite yet. 
Here's the cute little foxes that my kinder's made and our adorable toadstools.
I think it's coming together pretty well. 
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::Toadstool Project::

I'm in the middle of working on projects for my bulletin board. I decided to go with a whimsical forest theme. It's wintry but not "Christmasy." So here's the toadstool's we made and the pattern I made trace it all out. The board is coming along really well. I'll share that tomorrow. 

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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

::Christmas Break::

Every December we have Christmas break....or what has been deemed "winter break." Schools are closed for 2 weeks but child care is still open. This year we were closed the week of Christmas and open for 3 days after New Years. I had the older kids, which is great. They are so much easier on breaks. However they do get board a lot easier so I had the idea to have a "snowball fight" in the classroom.

It was awesome. The kids had a blast. We turned over tables and used chairs to create hiding spots. We ripped up newspaper to create snowballs. We played a couple different versions to keep the kids interested. We ended up playing for about an hour.

The first version was just a free for all. We threw the balls in the middle of the classroom and gave them about 5 or 10 minutes to blast each other. The second version was we divided up the snowballs and the room in half and divided the kids into 2 teams. We gave the kids 5 minutes to try and get all the snowballs on the other team's side. The team with the least amount of snowballs on their side won. The final version we played was called "ambush." We sent someone outside and had the kids spread out throughout the classroom with snowballs. The goal was for the student to make it from one end of the room to the other without getting hit by a snowball. It was a fun game even though no one made it to the end. If we had access to a bigger room, like the multipurpose room, where we could spread out a little more the game might have been a little bit more successful.

Either way. Any game we played. The kids loved it. And I would definitively do this again. Pin It