Saturday, 22 August 2015

Little house in the forest

There are many different kinds of folk tales, with thousands of regional and cultural variations, but they all share a few common characteristics. At the most basic level, we can say that a folk tale is a story passed down orally from generation to generation. The action usually take place around the forest, field or small village. You can call it Dramatic play but for us it is Great Performance our favourite tales.
First of all, should be little house - like this:

Oh, sorry, this is no too little house, first was this:

Both houses, made out of card board boxes, stable enough, roof attached with hot glue, painted with acrylic paint.
Enjoy our play!

Some decoration and props made by children.

Friday, 21 August 2015

We are going camping.

We are going camping! Who does not know how exciting it is!Just make a check list what you will need and let children collect whole stuff!

Bring some outdoor! Natural mosaic is great activity for fine motor skills and science!

Create your own camping finally!

But the most exciting activity to sleep inside the tent!
So, sleeping bunny, sleeping.....

Thursday, 13 August 2015

Ginger bread in Russian style

Ginger bread usually appears on Christmas time, but Russian folk story about round bun knows every child whose parents or grandparents speak Russian. That is how we learn about wild animals, shapes and colours by using folk tale. Original tale is here
 and just watch this amazing cartoon here or here English version (I hope you will get the idea of story)!
Children play with animals, repeat words, and sing with round bun his song.

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Оригинал хорош, но Маршак создал шедевр

Вот, наткнулась в процессе подготовки к уроку...Порадовалась еще одному подтверждению. Но Милн тоже хорош))) Не могу не поделится.
Баллада о королевском бутерброде

Friday, 17 April 2015

Easter Bread and Pysanky

Together with spring coming great celebration - Easter!
I was born in Ukraine, amazing country great artists and great arts.
One of them - Ukrainian Pysanka - Symbol of Life, Renaissance, and Renewal!

We tried to create some of them!

We tried our best!
More Easter activities you can see here

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Easter fun!

I don't know why rabbits bringing for us Easter Eggs, but it is really fun Egg Hunt and actually anything what is connected to Easter eggs! We started to make chicken and rabbits for our Easter eggs! The best material which we used - salty dough or play dough. You can check our classes in Art

Great spring celebrations

Spring always bringing for us many great celebration. Very close this year coming Pesach (Passover), Catholic Easter and Orthodox Easter. As a multicultural country Canada celebrate all of the them, so children  begin to learn about those great celebration.

Over two and a half thousand years ago, G-d saved the Jewish people and took them out of slavery in Egypt, leading them through the Split Sea and into the land of Israel.
Each year we celebrate our redemption from Egypt by reading the story of Passover out loud during the Passover Seder. (read here)

Passover is biggest spring celebration for jewish people. We tried to learn about names, characters and stuff for Passover with our little children. For our class I prepared seder plate.Last year we spend a few classes to make a Seder plate matching game - children could match parts of seder plate with pictures on it. This year I brought this game and was very happy that my children still remember what to do.

To make a matching game "Seder plate" you will need:
Big paper plate
Six muffin cover
One styrolfoam egg
White  masking tape
Crumpled red and brown tissue paper
Small plastic bottle and clear plastic container
Piece of green, yellow and brown felt.
Cotton balls
White glue, glue gun, markers,
What to do:
We made a bone by covering two q-tips. For the end of shank I used brown finger puppet base(we were making once finger puppets and I still had couple. You also can use round piece of brown felt stuffed with cotton balls and glued on another end of q-tips)
Cut out leaf of green felt and also three- four ribbons(that will be celery stalks) Draw lines on the leaf. Ribbons take together and cover one end with white masking tape.
Cut styrolfoam egg in half and glue yellow circle on the middle - that will be egg. You actually can use whole egg - paint it light brown?
Cut 3-4 small ribbons of green felt glue them together and one side connect twisted napkin. Start to wrap it with masking tape - that will be horse radish root.
Glue crumpled tissue paper on the card board circle - haroseth. Make sure that you glue it very well because my one-year old took off all tissue balls in one minute!
Print out names (I had celery instead parsley) and glue them in to muffin covers. 
Ta-da! Now you can start to play with your children!

Next class we will talk about matza  and bread, we will look for the bread and collect all crumbs!
So we need a brash to clean our house.
Then, you will need:
Feathers, masking tape,pop sickle stick ribbon.
Let children to connect feathers to masking tape, explain the order.
Roll attached feathers, at the end attach pop sickle stick, tie with ribbon.

Ready to clean up house!
Happy Passover!