Christmas is here…along with my rapidly emptying wallet! I went to the shops to find decorations for our Christmas plant (there’s no room for a tree in our tiny house), and everything i liked was so expensive! 5 euros for 1 decoration! What the…!!! If i am not mistaken, is there not a crisis in Greece at the moment?! Who the hell is going to buy anything at that price! I dont even want to know how much money you need to decorate a huge tree!
So with 5 euros i bought 1 kilo of air-dry clay that i used to make all the decorations for our “tree”. Add some paint, left-over ribbon and lights and hey presto! The Christmas spirit is here!
Last week was Jumping Jack week with my little students. We traced the body parts, coloured them, stuck on random stuff, cut them out and assembled them with those “split-clip” thingys and string. The kids loved them. Attention: little boys really like to pull that string to make them REALLY jump, and ripping may occur! Haha!
Last week we made mobiles! I found the idea in a fantastic book i bought while on holidays in Australia….but now i’ve lost it! Dont even remember what its called…Paper Crafts something. Im so upset. I’ll post the name of the book if i find it. Fingers crossed.
The kids eyes looked like they were going to fall out of their heads with excitement when i showed them a small version of what we were going to make. Was a good chance to learn about colours, shapes, the weather & solar system (though i doubt they’ll remember anything about that).
Here’s the template i made if you want to do it too. I printed it on A3 paper, because the diameter of my circle was 25cm. I used a cutting knife to cut the lines inside the green circle beforehand because i didnt want the kids to slash themselves in the middle of the lesson! So all they had to do was colour both sides and then cut the big outer circle with scissors.
Watch out if you use paint because the card can get a little damp and lose its shape.
Its a bit tricky to fold it out the first time so ive tried to simplify it using colours.
Goodluck! Send me pics if you do it…i want to see!
3D collage stuck onto the back of an old tile / Using everything from beads & pine cones to old broken fridge magnets & pebbles from the beach / Made by Lydia during our private English lesson.
My beautiful students love when i bring over my huge roll of paper…so one week we decided to put it to good use. They lay down and i traced their bodies, then they filled themselves in. This was a good way to learn the names of body parts, colours, and also talk about tall, short, big & small etc. I love how the styles of drawing change with age…
Top: Alexia 5yrs old, Eleni 4yrs old
Bottom: Lydia 8yrs old, Stavro 4yrs old
Here are some fish we made before the summer holidays with all the kids i tutor. They’re flexible and so cool…if you run and hold them behind you it looks like they’re swimming! Not too good when you want the kids to sit down and learn :)
As promised here is a photo of my dough version of Kyra Sarakosti or “Lady Lent”. I love her! Make with flour+water+decorate with happiness. Bake for 15 minutes at 200 degrees or until all rozy and brown.
My husband is in love with her too and wont let me break her legs off! He feels sorry for her. But it’s tradition!
Here are some sitting chickens the kids made for Easter! We’ve made them in different sizes, coloured them with crayons and on some we used crepe-paper for the wings and crest. To make them use the template below, fold and cut along the orange line.. The wings and any extra bits can be made by using the left over pieces after all the cutting. Watch out because younger children find it a little difficult cutting around the tail bit. But its all worth it. They are all so cool i wanted to steal them and take them home all for me!