Monday, March 16, 2015

DIY Reggio Preschool Color Light Blocks

I've been coveting a set of color light blocks for our class, but they can be a bit pricey.  Luckily, I found this wonderful tutorial (and adapted it a little.)  You simply hot glue rectangles of transparent colored plastic (I cut up a set of colored plastic binder dividers) between 8 Jenga style blocks (I used two tins full of the Pavilion Jumbling Tower sets from Toys R Us, which seem to be in stock all year round for about $7 each.)  The result looks super pretty, especially when the children stack them up in the windows.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Preschool Collaborative Art: Reggio Inspired Stitched Drip Drop Cotton Rounds Classroom Tree Project

This multi-day art project was not only a wonderful opportunity for children to build on their exploration of the beauty and science of trees; it was also an opportunity to strengthen collaborative social skills, make predictions, practice color identification, color mixing, creative expression, math concepts (such as counting, comparing, contrasting, shape recognition, and sorting), as well as exercise important pre-writing fine motor skills.

Children painted by using pipettes to drip watercolor paint onto cotton rounds.  The rounds were then set on paper towels to dry. 

At the next class, the children were excited to see the dry rounds, and also the beautiful result left on the paper towels (we actually framed the paper towels.)

The children were shown how to carefully use needle and thread to stitch the cotton rounds, and they were invited to work together to create lengths of garlands embellished with buttons, sequins, and beads.

The garlands are now hanging on our 3D tree at the classroom journaling table.