Sunday, March 31, 2013

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter!

Friday, March 29, 2013

iPhone Art Gallery

Need a one of a kind gift for an auntie, grandma, mother-in-law or mom?  Check out this iphone case on Shutterfly.  Super cute!  Think beyond photos...scan your child's art and a create a personalized phone case with your child's artwork!

Thursday, March 28, 2013

The MCP Easter Basket---finished

Somewhere in the photo is a blue Easter basket.  The children did an egg-cellent job!  Want to see the before photo?   Need more ideas for bulletin boards?  Look under the 'Bulletin Boards' label on the MCP blog.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

White Mice

Our MWF classes were delighted to receive a package Ireland. The box had some weight to it and the children passed the box around to feel the weight.  I wrote "What is in the box from Ireland?" on some chart paper and the children began to guess.  Here is a list of their guesses:  a spider, a toy for our school, a watermelon, a mouse, a little boat, a very big toy, a little cave for the mouse, an egg, some fruit, a cantaloupe, candy, stickers, a helicopter toy, a new shirt, a Wii game, a calendar for kids, Legos, K'nex, a leprechaun, gold, some pictures, a big box of postcards, some 'Brave' movie stuff, a toy car, some heavy toys, some pineapples and a toy dinosaur.

We talked a little about what could and could not be in the box (I had yet to open because I wanted to be surprised with kids).  A sealed package would not contain a live animal or real fruit because animals would not survive and fruit would spoil during shipment.  I slit open the packing tape and slowly opened the package, burst out laughing and told the children, "We have mice!"  On top of a package stuffed with  candy was White Mice candy.

To say the children were excited about the candy would be a gross understatement.  We have been tasting the candy everyday at snack time. It has been a blast!

We also received an envelope with a letter and pictures from the children.  We learned where they live, how old they are, what activities they enjoy and more.  We have started our reply and look forward to sending our new Irish friends something from the United States.

Our primary focus during this ongoing unit is that children and their families all over the world are very much the same in many ways.  Mommy and Daddy go to work, children go to school, families eat supper and celebrate holidays together, children play, families love each other and on and on.  

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Sunday, March 24, 2013

I'm so Egg-cited!

Tired of dying Easter eggs the same old way?  Looking for a project for spring break?  Check out the 'how to' on these tie dyed eggs.  The pattern and color comes from silk ties.  This  project would require adult help for most age groups or adult supervision depending on  your child's age.  It might motivate Dad or Grandpa to clean out their ties.  You can also purchase ties at your local thrift store.  

How to---

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Easy Easter Eggs

The children made these beautiful Easter eggs.  We cut  out eggs and strips of colored and patterned scrapbook paper with craft scissors.

The children applied a line of glue on their egg and added the strips of paper.  Our 3 y/o and our preK classes created these eggs and did an egg-cellent job (you saw that one coming, didn't you?)

We let the eggs dry and then trimmed the excess paper for a pretty Easter craft.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Won't You Be My Neighbor?

Happy Birthday, Mr. Rogers!

It is hard to imagine that Fred Rogers has been gone from our neighborhood for ten years (March 20, 1928 – February 27, 2003).  There is something to be said for programs like Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood, Captain Kangaroo and Romper Room.  All provided a high standard for children's television programing. 

You can still visit Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood and enjoy songs, videos and games.
Also, check out the remix of Mr. Rogers singing The Garden of Your Mind .

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Easter Is Egg-citing!

 We have a lot of really great Easter activities on the shelves. Here is what's happening for Easter at MCP...
Lacing cards made from wallpaper and brown paper bags.

We are counting and gluing eggs onto baskets.

We are matching numbers and letters.  

We are painting Easter eggs.

We are tracing and cutting Easter eggs for our Easter basket bulletin board.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

1001 Things to Spot on a Farm and Other Stories

Great books about the farm and farm animals...

Friday, March 15, 2013


For the letter U---
We tape our letter under the table.
Clear out the chairs.
Place a small rug on the floor.
Put some crayons in a small bowl.
Two children crawl under the table and color. 
They LOVE it! 
Need a rainy day activity? Want a new coloring activity? Tape a piece of paper and let your child color under the table. Crawl under the table with your child and color up some fun!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Sculpture Unit 2013

This is the fourth year for our sculpture unit.  Each child in our preK program creates a sculpture.  This project takes two class periods to create the sculptures, one class to paint and two class periods to glue on the collage items.

You will need---
*LOTS of cardboard tubes.  We store the tubes in kitchen size garbage bags---3 bags of tubes was enough for 30 students.
*Sturdy paper plates
*Hot glue
*Collage items

*Glue two paper plates together to create a sturdy base for your sculpture.
*Some of the tubes are cut at an angle or fringed.  I did this by request this year. Next year, I will have tubes pre-cut or fringed to save time. I also plan to hole punch some on the ends.
*Paint sculpture and use one inch foam brushes.


Painted Sculptures    

Tissue Paper
One little artist added tissue paper squares to her piece...
Finally, we add puzzle pieces, googly eyes, poms, die cuts, pipe cleaners, playing cards, etc.
Your child can continue to add to their sculpture at home.  Paint, add office stickers, glue more collage items, write a story about the pieces or add more tubes.

Check out these past blogs for more ideas and places to go in the Peoria area to see sculptures.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

The Happy Chicks

Our TTh class will be exploring the farm and farm animals.  We  read The Happy Chicks and created these cute little chicks.  Children were to snip around the yellow oval and then follow teacher directions.