Pumpkin Store

Dramatic centers based on the idea of a store are always popular.  
Who doesn't love to shop!?
And what better store to have at this time of year than a Pumpkin shop?

There's lots to do at this little stand!   

There's the buying and selling of pumpkins and plastic apples...

And of course, the weighing and comparing of the different products...  
A good shopper must be sure he is getting his money's worth!

And for the particularly tidy shopkeepers, there's the merchandising of the products.  

For example, ordering the pumpkins from largest to smallest, 
or creating an arrangement of the pumpkins on little stands.  
(For the stands, I provided pieces of the trunk of a birch bark tree.)

Fall - I Spy Sensory Bin

We like to switch the materials in our Sensory Bin every month
 to reflect either the season or the monthly theme.

This month our sensory bin contains:

Leaves (from the Dollar store)
Plastic rakes
Ornamental Corn
Mini Pumpkins
Plastic scale (for comparing the weights of the different materials)

After interest in playing with these items waned, I turned the bin into an I Spy game.

It would be best if the items I had included for the game had a Fall theme. 
But since I didn't have more Fall items other than what was already in my bin, I just used what I had on hand.     

As you will see on the poster, I included some cookie cutter shapes
 and various toys from around the classroom.

I also added a bunch of extra items to the bin that were not on the I Spy sheet to make the game more challenging.

For instance, I included both a red dinosaur and a blue dinosaur so that the students would have to find not just a dinosaur, but the dinosaur that was the correct colour.  

I will change the items up next week for Halloween to include skeletons, ghosts, and other Halloween items.  


Spider Art

is a season
 with beautiful colours
 fresh crisp air
 and lots and LOTS... 
of spiders. 

I don't know why they spin so many webs in the fall.  Are there not more flies to catch in the summer?  

But there they are across every doorway, bush, and window.  Waiting for some poor unsuspecting victim.  And usually the victim seems to be me!

The only upside to having spiders and webs at every turn is that it gives you an excuse to do lots of fun spider activities in class!  It's part of the season!

Spider Art Activity #1 - Marble Painted Spider Webs


Black paper
White paint
Box or plastic bin (in which to place the paper as you roll the paint covered marbles)  
Spider images

The kids love rolling the marbles around on the paper. 
 Even the boys who never do art come a runnin' to make this project.

Once the student is finished marble painting his web, just help him tape a piece of string to the back of his coloured spider.  Tape the other end of the string to the back of the "web" so that the spider dangles in front. 

 Easy, cute, and lots of fun!  

Spider Art Activity #2

Another fun spider activity we did this week was handprint spiders.  

It's another craft requiring little teacher prep, but offering a cute finished product that the kids enjoy making.


Spider web image
Paint (one or two colour choices)
Googly eyes
Paper fly wings and bodies (or little plastic flies would be fun too)
Add some glue to the paint if you want to have students add sparkles to their prints.  It will help the sparkles stick better.  

Paint one of the student's hands with a paintbrush and help him make a print on the spider web.  

Then paint the student's other hand and turn the paper to help him make a second print that overlaps the first. 

Students can then add googly eyes, sparkles, and a fly if desired.  

Note:  Make sure that you don't paint the student's thumbs or your spider will have too many legs!  

Here are the finished products hanging on our brick wall.  

I made a giant spider to go in the middle.  Folding the legs made him look a little more 3D!

About Me Art

Ah, a new year, a new group of wee characters with all of their endearing qualities (and a few little quirks mixed in)!

We started the year by having all of the students create an image of themselves.  

As you will see in the photos, we didn't encourage cookie cutter art or "perfection."  I always love seeing lots of variety in the finished projects.  

Once all of our little people were up on the wall the title for the display read:

 "We are all different.  There is nobody else just like ME!"  

And I think the images that the kids created prove just that!

As part of the About Me theme, our students also glued some triangle and square shapes together to create a house.  

They glued on some circle shapes for the heads of their family members (bigger circles were provided for the adults' heads) and then they drew on the faces and the bodies.   

 Below, I have a sample image for this project.

Unfortunately, the kiddos' projects (which looked far more interesting and creative than this sample) were whisked off to their homes before I could take any pictures!

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