“Sky Colour” Imagination & Art Activity

I have always been a big fan of the books by Peter H. Reynolds. If you teach in an elementary school I highly doubt that you have never read “The Dot”. Many of my kinder students had read that particular book, so I decided to try out “Sky Colour”.

Sky Colour is about a girl name Marisol who is a great artist! Her class is tasked with creating a mural and she decides to paint the sky. But when she goes to begin, she realizes that there is no blue paint… How can she paint the sky without blue paint?

Marisol goes home and notices that at different times of the day, the sky changes colours… Blue, orange, purple, black, grey…. Hmmm…

Marisol goes to school the next day with a renewed ambition and she raced for the paints and began mixing every colour! The sky she paints is every colour! When her classmate asks her, “What colour is THAT?”, Marisol responds, “THAT is Sky Colour!”. 

As a class, we began talking about how things can look differently to each of us! Whether it is the sky, the ocean or even…. our problems! But what we learned was that there is no ONE right way to paint the sky, the ocean etc., and there is no ONE right way to solve a problem.

The students were then given the opportunity to create their own sky! Using (precut/rationed) tissue paper of many different colours, students made a sky collage. Each student’s creation was wonderful and drastically different, but none the less, a sky!

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Measurement Station

Just like you, I am constantly thinking up new centres to bring into the kindergarten classroom. Being that we are talking a little bit about measurement this week, I thought that this station would be perfect! I actually was shown this centre in one of my education classes at the university. I loved how it incorporated hands on activities, small motor skills and math all in one! There is room for a lot of variety in this station. Here are different ways that you can explore measurement in this station:

  • Predict which design is the longest and shortest
  • Cut a string the same length as each design that you have created. Put all of the strings together and have students decide which string belongs to which design.
  • With the matching string stationed at each design, have students string on as many beads to each string as possible. Which string/design has more beads? Which string/design has less?
  • Using stacking cubes, line them up on the tape of the design. How many cubes did it take to complete the design? Which design had the most cubes? Which cube has the least?

How else could you explore measurement with this station? Have you tried similar stations? I’d love to hear about them!

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“The Way I Feel” Emotion Emoji Activity!

Since the beginning of the year, I have been working with the students to explore behaviours. When we began the year, we started with books that helped us reinforce the behaviours that were expected within the classroom and at school. While setting these standards and expectations are incredibly important for your classroom management, I felt like we also needed to spend time discussing and exploring the deeper roots of these expectations. I wanted to stress to my students that ‘having feelings, whatever they are; is okay!’ But what is important are ‘the choices we make on how to deal with our feelings’. It is okay to be angry, but it is not okay to take our anger out on our classmates, teacher or objects in the classroom etc., Instead, what can we do to deal with our anger? “We can take a time out!”, “We can go into the quiet tent!”, “We can take a deep breath!”. By pairing emotional education alongside behavioural expectations, students will understand their feelings better while also using the behavioural expectations as a guide to appropriately responding to those emotions.

“The Way I Feel” by Janan Cain, is a great book if you want to cover a variety of different emotions in one lesson/read. While this book in particular does not offer suggestions on how to deal with each of these emotions, it is wonderful for describing each emotion.

I wanted to pair this book with a fun, hands on activity that continued to pursue the identification of different emotions. Obviously I made my way to Pinterest when I came across the blog of The Curious KindergartenShe had a lesson about emotions and turned to emojis! “BRILLIANT!”- I said to myself! I knew that emojis would be an immediate hit with my students and would instantly hook them on the activity.

I made the play doh on my prep….. well… the first batch. I looked for a “no cook play doh” recipe and found one! Easy enough… Except it turned out resembling cake batter rather than play doh… Panic starting to set in I ran to one of the ECE’s in my classroom. She confirmed that “No…. it’s definitely not suppose to look like that…”.. So we compared recipes. Everything was the same… except- HOT WATER.

  1. Mix the flour, salt, cream of tartar and oil in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Add food colouring TO the **boiling water** then into the dry ingredients (colour optional)
  3. Stir continuously until it becomes a sticky, combined dough.
  4. Add the glycerine (optional)

I guess the hot water activates some of the components in the ingredients. Once I added the hot water to my NEW batch, it instantly worked. I used yellow food colouring and left out glycerine.

I gave each student their own ball of play doh and each table group had an emoji emotion chart, eyes and gems. The students were tasked with recreating different emojis from the chart and identifying what they were.

It turned out to be a big hit! We went way past our usual allotted time because they were so engaged and focused! The clean up was easy and putting all the gems back into their specific dishes also acted as a great sorting activity 😛

Moving forward, I am going to be focusing on specific feelings that I often see in our classroom. The activities that will accompany these lessons will encourage us as a class to think about how best to handle each of these emotions. What would be a good choice in handling this feeling, and what would be a not so good choice?

Have you tried this kind of activity? How did it go? What story did you read?

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