This spring break, I found myself back at Towey Recreation Center, along with fellow volunteers, cleaning up the playground. Many folks came out for a great cause and we were able to get the job done pretty quickly. Everyone painted the baskets and other poles with flowers, picked up trash and raked. Unfortunately, I found myself sweeping up glass from the basketball court. I imagined a kid hurting themselves on it and that motivated me to try and clean every inch, including rocks and dirt that just kept blowing away. In the end, the playground looked good as new. Hopefully, kids will come out to play on it in the coming months.
On the class of March 23rd, the kids made fish Share the post “Paper Fish Lesson Plan” FacebookGoogle+LinkedInPinterestTwitterEmail
In recent weeks at Penn Treaty we’ve had a greater turnout at afterschool art, and are excited to prepare for our Spring Art Show! Towards the end of March we began distributing art boxes to … Continue reading Penn Treaty Welcomes In Spring
The children at Towey Rec. Center worked with some edible materials for this week’s art activity. We started with using marshmallows as stamps. With a little green paint we stamped some ‘shamrocks’, or 3 & 4 leaf clovers. The young artists then decided to use a bit of yellow paint to stamp some gold coins creating a big pot of gold! Keeping with the St. Patrick’s Day theme, we drew big shamrocks on paper with glue, and sprinkled salt everywhere the glue was. After they dried a little, we used a watery paint mixture to add some color to our art. Just a dab of the paint and the color spread through the salt creating beautiful crystalized clovers.
On one Thursday after school at Towey Rec., the young artists there were challenged to make a craft called ‘God’s eyes.’ These ‘Ojos de Dios’ are associated with the Huichol and Tepehuan Indians, and were made as spiritual gifts for favor and protection. Using tree branches, yarn, and a lot of patience, they wrapped their way to some beautiful creations. First, they had to chose which 2 sticks they wanted to use as the “cross”. They were long, short, thin, and thick. The young artists then chose yarn in multiple colors to get the look they wanted.
Clay modeling was a huge hit at Towey this semester. The kids here range in age from 6-14, and they all absolutely love working with the clay. After finishing other activities, they always want to create some new ceramic masterpiece! We encouraged them to make pinch pots, as well as animals, and they came up with some very creative ideas of their own. After all pieces were molded, dried, glazed, and fired in the kiln, the children had beautiful pieces that many thought of as gifts for family members.
How to make pinch pots with preschoolers: Form a chunk of clay in the palm of your hand. Instruct students to make the clay into a ball. Show them how … Continue reading Pinch Pots
Project Title: Preschool Authors Description: Children have the opportunity to write their first book! Materials: Crayons, paper The children at Samuels have begun writing their very own books! We asked the … Continue reading Preschool Authors
Project Title: Learning the alphabet with clay! Book Title: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Description: Learning the alphabet with clay Author: Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault Grade level or Target Age Range: Preschool Vocabulary: … Continue reading Learning the Alphabet- with clay!
Project Title: Winter Scenes Book Title: It’s Snowing! Author: Olivier Dunrea Description: Making a winter scene for the end of the winter season Grade level or Target Age Range: Preschool Vocabulary: recycled material, … Continue reading Winter Scenes