Welcome to Friday which is the last day of term before we break up for the Easter holidays!
Art – Easter/Spring crafts
Here are some ideas for some Easter/Spring arts and crafts ideas – remember they can always be adapted to use what you have around the home! You don’t have to use exactly what is in the picture, we certainly don’t when we are in the classroom. I find one of the most useful things to always have a stock of is paper plates – you can adapt paper plate art activities to any topic and use them in so many ways and they are generally available in supermarkets.
*For the bunny model I would advise making salt dough unless you have some playdough to hand. If you make salt dough then you can keep your model – you can either air dry it or bake it in the oven (oven baking is quicker and tends to give a better result).
Here is a video on how to make salt dough (she calls it playdough but really playdough doesn’t have such a salty base and usually includes oil making it much messier to make at home). You don’t have to include the paint/food dye and can always leave it plain like the bunnies in the example picture.
Thank you Pinterest for the images in the slideshow – Pinterest is great 🙂
Continuing on from our learning earlier in the week I’ve had some lovely ideas shared and have started to put them into a book…but I’d love to hear from some more of you!
Here are the links to the Natural Thinkers videos so far…
…and here is our book so far
We have had quite a few ideas for parsley and rosemary is clearly very popular with lamb. As someone who follows a plant-based diet I often use parsley in my tomato pasta sauces (I agree Aisha it makes it yummy) and roast my vegetables with rosemary. Further developing our knowledge did you know that not only is rosemary used in cooking but in bath, beauty and cleaning products?
Rosemary is also supposed to be good for helping boost your brain, mood, tummy, hair and eye health!
I wonder if it is in any of the products in your bathroom? I have it in one of my soaps.
You can make it into a tea to drink or make rosemary water which can be drunk
or used for sensory play
Rosemary is a mood booster which makes us feel less stressed and has a calming effect which can be useful (especially at the moment). It is also good at keeping moths away! So many many uses for one plant.
Here is a craft you could do that uses rosemary, making rosemary sachets. Again you could adapt it – you might already have little bags to put the rosemary in or you could make your own using scraps from old clothes and sew them together – a great skill to teach (no sewing machine is necessary, unlike in the pictures on the link).
Daily reading is really the most important thing you can do on a regular basis, term-time or holiday time! That and regular exercise – stay active young Toucans.
For those of you who were able to take home the packs prepared do work through them at your own pace. If you have your phonics homework book (the majority of you should) then do the pages that correlate with the phonics we have learnt so far.
Come back and re-watch the videos on the blog and do activities you haven’t had a chance to do yet.
Have lots of fun playing and exploring things the interest you!
Here is a new site that you can use for extending your learning and looking further into some of the topics we have learnt about so far.
This is Dorling Kindersley site. There is a section on Space and if you look under ‘History’ you will find a section on Pirates.
Celebrate all your hard work with some fun dancing just like we do on a Friday. I’ll be thinking of all of you and having a dance too 🙂
Here is our playlist:
…and of course we love this one too!
I look forward to hearing from you and do feel free to stay in contact over the blog and twitter during the holidays.
Happy Easter holidays!
Thinking of you,
Miss Linsley x