Friday, May 3, 2013

Are You Ready For Mother's Day?

We are so exciting to be new authors on this blog!  :)  We can't wait to share our classroom ideas with you all  at the Teaching Blog Round up.

So who are we?  We are Palma & Sarah, two kindergarten teachers from California.  We present at conferences and we own a business on Teachers Pay Teachers called KFUNdamentals.  Our motto is "Keep the FUN in the FUNdamentals!" 

Colored butcher paper and trim make each hat unique.
We want to share our Mother's Day Hats and Necklaces.  Our hats include a math activity as the children are given 20 cents to "shop" for items to decorate their hats with.  
And our necklaces are made from recycled scraps of paper.  

Paper beads are made from junk mail.

Here is what you need to make the hats:
~2 different colors pieces of butcher paper (about 30" X 30")
~Glue & water mixture (50:50)
~Paintbrush (2" wide)
~2 bowls that nest nicely
~A variety of decorations to trim the hats:  ribbon, lace, buttons, silk flowers, fun foam, etc.

Glue mixture is 50% glue & 50% water.

Students glue 2 pieces of butcher paper together:

The glue softens the paper.  Students can mold the paper to the bottom bowl, place the 2nd bowl on top, and quickly roll up the sides.  This is the most fun for them!

Remove the bowls and set the formed hat aside to dry overnight.  
The next day, have students "buy" the items to decorate their hats with.
You can find more info here on my blog:  

Mother's Day Necklaces:

The necklaces are made from long triangles (about 1 1/4" X 3 1/2") of colorful magazine pages.  
Students roll the triangles snuggly around a round toothpick, 
adding glue after rolling it half way up the toothpick.  

At first, you will want to start the rolling for the students & let them add the glue & finish rolling.  
Then, let them try it all on their own.

Allow the glue to ooze out the sides and coat the outside
of the bead.  This will seal the bead & give it a shine.
Here is a close-up of the beads.
We string the beads with glass beads between the paper beads.
We string the beads on stretchy necklace elastic.  You can find detailed directions on our blog:

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We hope you enjoyed our first post on Teaching Blog Round Up and we'll see you all back here tomorrow!
Palma & Sarah

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