Happy Independence Day from Woolsey Academy!
Independence Day celebrations can be confusing, overwhelming, and scary for young children. When I know we are coming upon a holiday that may produce results other than, "Ooohhhh and Ahhhh..." I do my BEST to prepare our little ones with stories, songs, conversations, and art that they can understand and participate in. This gives them a sense of control over what is happening.
This inspired our very own take home "fireworks"!
We made our own "fireworks" with this simple Creative Arts project using our prickly "urchins" from Mother Goose Time "U is for Urchin" lesson during our A-Z Animals theme!
I LOVE to manipulatives and the children do too! They are perfect for building fine motor skills and always come in handy for dough, paint, and sensory play.
The "urchins" fit little hands beautifully and encouraged exploration at the sand and water tables. They were just right for making "fireworks" that our preschool babes could take home!
We began our day outside with PERFECT 70 degree weather, paper, red and blue paints, and these SWEEEEET little "urchins" that we adapted into "fireworks!"
Sweet Gum tree. Ugh....
If you look closely you will see that no sooner did I set out the plastic spiky balls, the children returned with some made by Mother Nature (instead of Mother Goose!)!! We have a beautiful Sweet Gum tree that completely shades our outdoor classroom.
Truth be known, I DESPISE this tree and it's spiky green balls. We literally have thousands of them.
The children LOVE them.
They play with them daily.
They become tea party "food." Balls for target practices, currency for shopping, math manipulatives for adding, subtracting and making into rows, and perfect for making towers that stick together.
I hate the tree because I can rake and rake and rake and still have thousands Sweet Gum balls littering the yard.
Today, I welcomed them and the results were fantastic!
Life is made of moments...
"There isn't anything more full of hope, joy and peace than a child's smile... It captures the mundane and makes it extraordinary." - LaDonna Woolsey
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