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Thursday, March 19, 2009

Spring Exploration

Today I planned our spring nature walk, of course here comes the rain as we are putting the coats on. We went outside anyway, it was just a few drops. We found lots of spring signs, but no robins. I have yet to find a robin at school. At my house there are probably about 50,000(OK, that's an exaggeration), but at school none. We found lots of fun other things though and I let them play on the playground for a few minutes--a little rain is good for the soul.







When we went back inside we painted some beautiful spring flowers. I decided that since Tuesday flew by I was just going to have today as a laid back kind of day, easel painting is pretty subdued, yet still beneficial.

For the craft we used:

Pre-cut stems
glitter paint
construction paper
glue

I had cut some different sized stems from green construction paper. I gave all the children a 12x18 piece of paper and let them glue the number of stems to the paper they desired--it worked out to be three or four. After the stems were on I put their paper on the easel and allowed them to add their flowers. When these dry I like to hang them on the wall because they add so much color and character.







The book we read today was called, "Planting a Rainbow," by Lois Ehlert. This book is a good book to show the different types of flower "starters"; bulbs, seeds, and seedlings. I also thought it appropriate because it talked about the colors of the rainbow again.

Remember how I said I came home Tuesday and was just peachy? Well, I think I'm having a delayed reaction. Today I came home and slept for an hour, and I still am exhausted. That will teach me to pretend I have just as much energy as someone half my age!

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2 comments:

Brienna said...

I am always trying to think of different ways to use my easel display, I like that they glued something on then took it and painted on it, great idea to use to art mediums:)

Jen said...

Wow, what beautiful flowers!!

Jen
Creative and Curious Kids!