Thursday, April 22, 2010

Earth Day and Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly

I know the parents are going to LOVE the TRASH art we made today in honor of Earth Day. We keep a bin in our art center full of things that can be recycled into art. I had to be creative to day to show them how you can use them again in other ways.. not just art . I got an old peanut butter jar and we brainstormed what it could be and then how to decorate it. We made a jar to hold pens. I LOVE Rosanna's hat she made ! If you have things at home that you would like to get rid of and would not mind the kids using it for art, please bring it in. Creating 3D Art really makes a child think " outside the box".

We made Earth painting with our hand prints !

We picked up LITTER ! L is for Litter. Why not reinforce some phonics while we are saving the earth ? :)

We read " There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly ". I have this cute little decanter to use when we read this book. She was originally a Mrs Claus and held candy. Can you tell her belly is a window? As we read the children placed the items in her belly . ( Her head pops over. ) Kids LOVE being interactive with a story and the listen SO MUCH better - just waiting for their part ! Both groups asked me " CAN WE DO IT AGAIN!??" It will be on the table in the morning for them to play with as they come in.

Nice little book I picked up at my favorite teachers education resource store yesterday afternoon for 25 cents! ( Salvation Army ) Nice timing too , huh?

To celebrate one of our favorite books " There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly" , Randy did fly swatter painting with the kids outside. I took pictures just as they got started . I had heard about this before but hadn't tried it. Then I read how Teacher Tom used it in his classroom and decided to give it a whirl. The kids loved it.

Lastly , one more song from the KIDDOS CD about bugs !


  1. And then we ate lunch on paper plates. I am such a loser. I had intended at least for today to use REAL dishes to reinforce the idea of taking care of our earth. gah..

  2. You went to Salvation Army w/o me????

  3. Yes Ms Beth , I did. :) Mom needed a bite to eat while she was taking her chemo and I got a little side tracked...