Art & Storytelling: Apples by Nikki McClure

This week we worked off Nikki McClure’s, Apple. Her wonderful paper cuts are bold and graphic and her single word storytelling format allows for children to fill in the blanks and use their observation and imagination to tell the rest of the story. We warmed up...

Purple Monster Playdough

Because the weather is becoming cooler and unpredictable I’m planning full-hour lesson plans for indoors. We finished off each class with purple sparkle play dough. Inspired by The Imagination Tree I added googly eyes and pipe cleaners for monster...

Plaster Keepsakes

  I was first learned about how simple plaster casting was from the Artful Parent. This project was such a hit last year that I had to do it again. My students enjoy the process of making impressions in play dough and the parents love the product of a plaster...

The Five Senses: Smell

Students are LOVING The Five Senses theme! Our third week’s focus was “smell” and we kicked off the class with lavender scented purple sparkle playdough. MaryAnn Kohl’s Play Clay recipe is hands down my favorite homemade playdough. Below is a...

Play Dough: Bugs and Reptiles

Play dough is fast becoming my favorite open-ended project. Students will walk straight up to a play dough table and need no direction or guidance to get started. I set out an array of tools: rolling pins – some texture some flat play dough scissors knives Along...