Wednesday, 22 April 2020

Play dough instructions for parents (first approach to salty dough)

Dear parents!

It is visual instruction for parents to approach salty dough with your children. Salty dough has a long history, but now it is common in every home where are young children as a Plasticine, any type of clay or actually Play dough. dough is my favourite because it is everything in one box - math, language, logical thinking, science and art. Moreover, it is amazing activity which engage children and parents to spend time together. Video is 22 minutes long, so get one hour your spare time to create with your child something very special.

Wednesday, 15 April 2020

Salty dough the easiest way to sculpture.

My dear friends! This post on how you need to prepare for our next activity. Unlike the previous activity, there is no dangers, so the task of parents is to prepare materials, tools and just follow my next post!
So, be ready to have on your working table:
- flour in the container (to easily get it);
-water, in a bowl with a wide neck (to easily get it);
- fine table salt, any brand;

- any measuring container (it can be a measuring cup, coffee cup - remember it might be dropped and broken - do not give your favourite, a small container for dressing, any container is about 100-150 grams)
- a bowl and a spoon (mix ingredients);
- a board for modelling (any cutting board, you can use half of the plastic binder);

-tools: plastic knife, spoon, fork, table knife (not sharp, so it will be safe for your child), school scissors, convenient for the child, rolling pin for the dough;

- paper napkins or towels;
-good mood (very important😊)
Be prepared that something may mess or spill and remind the child that this is his or her activity, but you, of course, will help clean it up.
Through this activity we will learning concept of full, half filled, count, manipulate, expand logical and cognitive thinking.
Please read or tell you anything about weals:

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Please, print or draw for your child recipe 

Thursday, 9 April 2020

Are you ready to decorate eggs?

My dear friends! We can start online session in a convenient time but you should be prepared for master class.So you need:


Colouring solution + container  to dip eggs in solution;
Wax crayons (my students found out that Crayola works the best);
Candle on the plate or tray;
Stick with head pin in it;
Good to have loop to manage egg in colouring, but you can use a spoon for it;

First, and for youngest children may be used plain stick thin and ticker, if you have a pin with ball just push it in stick on top. Nail instead pin also works.

And, last but not least - warmer for wax.
Today, I was so exited to see that my students made it very easy:

Fill up the jar with water ( it will be more stable), and fix one or two spoons on top with tape. Than more spoons you fixed on top than more colours of wax you can melt.
Arrange warmer as showed on the picture and light candle. Put few small pieces of wax crayon in spoon and explore how it melt in a spoon. Wax should not boil, just melt.

When wax melted dip the stick in a wax and make a dots on the eggs. If possible use different colours of wax. wait until wax completely dry and dip the egg in liquid colouring. Keep few minutes, take out and dry with paper towel.


Tuesday, 7 April 2020

How to make tools and instruments for decorating Easter eggs.

Easter eggs - painting online!

My dear friends!

Today was such a wonderful sunny day, real spring! Bright green leaves of tulips show up from the moist black earth, the sky is so high and blue, and we are still locked in our homes, even more than before.
And yet, no matter how sad it is to sit at home, no one cancelled the wonderful spring holiday - Easter.
What does our Canadian children associate with this Holiday? Of course - colourful eggs!
You can paint paper eggs with markers, you can paint plastic eggs with paint ...
Or, you can try to paint real eggs with hot wax and, believe me - beyond all religious beliefs, this is a fascinating activity for children and adults.
Of course, this painting requires certain skills and special tools, but we will try to make it with any stuff available in any home. After all, did you stock up with colouring for eggs? Then everything else, I am sure, can be found at your home. We will try to conduct our online master class in a few days later. For the beginning, try to collect the necessary materials. You will need:
- stainless steel spoon (which is not used any more)
- a jar or a bottle with water
- paper tape
- candle
- wax crayons
- jars with liquid colouring for eggs 
- any wooden stick
- pin with the ball
Wow ... well, that’s it!
Oh, I forgot - a toilet paper roll πŸ˜€ (did you stock up?) Or just napkins - to dry the eggs.
I ask everyone, who interested PM me your e-mail. Well, I think you have ZOOM installed.
It’s not difficult to paint eggs, even 4-5-year-old children are able to do this, of course, under the supervision of adults because we will work with a candle, open fire.
Tomorrow I will tell you how to prepare tools for our master class.
See you!

Tuesday, 25 February 2020

It is time for Spring...

Yesterday was amazing weather. Children were playing outside and enjoyed bright sunshine. But today dark clouds covered sky and looks like winter still does not want to retreat...
OK, lets make something special!
Today we making a little Sun out of salty dough.

Two cups of flour
One cup of salt
One cup of warm water - easy!
Measure ingredients - So much fun!

We knead the dough for about five minutes to get rid of the air inside, otherwise our Sun may crack.
We knead the ball into a pancake (not very thin, we still need to put a stick in );
Making long stick like your finger, divide into equal pieces (we consider who got how much😊)
We make short sticks from the pieces and glue them  on the pancake with the water.
Gently turn over to burlap fabric or fine mesh and put a barbecue stick in.

Let your masterpiece dry on a wire rack for 3-4 days, or dry in an oven at T 120 * F for 2-4 hours.
We usually paint our works when they are completely dry with acrylic paint, but this time we tried water colour on raw dough. The result exceeded all expectations!
Push the stick in a flower pot and enjoy your own Sun in your house😊πŸ₯°

Share your kids' work in the comments, huh?

Wednesday, 12 February 2020

Water colouring trees

Water colouring is easy... if you following some rules.
Painting happen with water (not with paint 😊)
Wash the paintbrush before touch another paint.
Dry before doing details.
Today SKs invited GR.2-3 for painting time.

and how it happened

 we had fun together!