Classroom Projects

Kindergarten

Kindergarten Survival Backpack

What’s in the bag?

Mini Soap (home made)

Make hand washing fun again!

Ingredients: vegetable glycerine melt and pour soap base, powdered goat milk, honey, vanilla extract

Sourdough

Materials: sourdough starter (aka Martha) *put in fridge ASAP*, Amy’s sourdough biscuit recipe card

Make tasty biscuits! Stay tuned for a tutorial from Amy re: the care and keeping of your sourdough

***If you already took home a sourdough starter from us, we did not include one in your child’s pack. Let us know if you  need a new one!

Masking Tape

Start collecting all of your household recycling/clean trash. Your child can use these items and the tape to create ‘maker space’ creations (they know this terminology and will understand what you mean).

Can you make a vehicle? A robot? A home? An animal?

Blue Painters Tape

This tape can be easily removed from surfaces like floors, rugs, etc.

Ideas: Use the tape to create a maze or walking labyrinth, or roads for toy cars. Mark out a path throughout the house and try moving along it in different ways (jumping, crawling, walking backwards, toe-to-heel walking, giant steps, etc)

Easy DIY Playdough

Materials: container with blue lid has pre-measured ingredients (½ cup corn starch and 1 cup baking soda).

Transfer to a saucepan, add ¾ cup water, and cook on medium for 4-5 minutes until a ball begins to form. Let the mixture cool, and enjoy! Use the container for playdough storage.

You could also add food coloring or essential oils before heating!

“Oobleck”

Materials: container with green lid contains corn starch, clear plastic pipette is in the big envelope.

Have your child slowly add water to the corn starch, one pipette full at a time. Oobleck is ready when it takes on the properties of a non-newtonian fluid (it will be runny when held in an open palm, but firm up when you apply pressure).

Optional: read Bartholomew and the Oobleck by Dr. Seuss to accompany this activity. Online version: http://fliphtml5.com/pvcg/xivi/basic

Post Cards

Materials: 5 post cards, class address list, 5 post card stamps

Draw a picture on the blank side and include a short message on the back.

Two post cards are pre-addressed (so hopefully everyone gets at least one piece of mail). Your child can choose three more classmates to send a postcard to. Feel free to use the class list to send more mail over the next few weeks!

DIY Version of Sleeping Queens card game

Materials: pack of index cards (you will need 79 to make the game), google doc with activity directions

Click here for directions: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1yxszOqRldFqpz-s5fF-9jeHBBI8XDsA_M_kci1FwB2Q/edit?usp=sharing

Let us know what theme you choose for your game and what characters you created!

Growing bean/peas and grass

Materials: potting soil, seed starting cups, seeds

Plant bean/pea seeds in the four cups provided. Place on a tray and water thoroughly. Continue to keep soil moist. Eventually these can be transplanted outside!

Use a small container (empty yogurt or tofu containers work well) to plant the grass seed. Continue watering periodically and watch the grass grow!

Letter books (Handwriting Without Tears)

Everyone is working at their own pace through these books. They are meant to be a choice for those who are interested, and not a chore.

We encourage kids to start letters from the top, and to ‘bump’ the bottom line to ground their letters.

Stitching

Materials: Embroidery hoop with in-progress work or new fabric (needle is attached), replacement fabric and extra embroidery floss in the envelope.

Stitch away! Some children have a specific vision in mind. For others, it’s all about the process.

Extra challenge: can you stitch your name? Pro tip- write it on the fabric first.

Tiny Book

Materials: Tiny book (in envelope), markers

Create your own tiny story!

Captains (1st Grade) 

Mups (2nd & 3rd Grade)

Friday Art Project:

This week’s art project is making leaf-print Mandalas :

http://krokotak.com/2015/09/leaves-prints-mandalas/. For this project, you will first need to spend some time outside collecting various leaves (different sizes and shapes work great.) Then you will place one side of the leaf in paint, and then carefully place the paint side of the leaf on the paper to make a print. If you do not have paint you could always do a leaf rubbing style Mandala with crayons or colored pencils.  

Here is a bit of background to share with your children about the history and significance of Mandalas.

What is a Mandala?

The source of the word Mandala is from the ancient Indian language Sanskrit and means a circular form with a symbolic meaning. The Mandala represents wholeness and life and you can find it in many traditions such as Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, Native American traditions, Judaism, and more. Mandalas are circles. The Mandala symbolizes the essence of our existence because you can find it on all the micro and macro levels of life.

They exist everywhere around us; in the flowers, in sea shells, in fruits, in snowflakes... everywhere! In everything that has a center, that radiates inside and out, there is this perfection called Mandala.

Introducing Mandalas to Your Children (pre-activity):

First, explain what Mandalas are (see above.) Ask your child where they see Mandalas around or outside of their home. For example, the clock on the wall is a Mandala, the bottom of your water bottle is a Mandala, buttons on your shirt, etc.

Ask your children where they see Mandalas on their bodies. In their eyes, faces, tops of their heads, belly buttons? Your whole body is a Mandala. The belly button is the center of it.

Middles (4th & 5th Grade)

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