What Can Kids Do With Clay?
The Pine Tree group showed interest in clay art this week.
The children loved this activity! They got their hands and their minds working together in new ways.
Clay comes from the earth and is a natural material.
Children love playing with natural materials such as sand, water, sticks, rocks, pinecones, and clay. Clay art is a fun and educational activity.
There are numerous educational benefits to playing with clay.
Children will show many parts of themselves through clay experiences.
The Pine Tree children worked in sensory activities using playdough toys, making tea cups, spiders, Christmas trees and snowmen.
The Pine Tree group had a lot of fun with this activity as they had to make their imagination 3D!
Clay play can be very soothing activity for students.
Working with clay is a positive way to express emotions, and a good stress reliever,
since it is generally an unhurried activity and is also a calming pastime.
Children can take their time using their imagination and creativity.
Pine Tree clay art activity was a successful and enjoyable activity for the children.
Kid Led Comic Club
Pine Tree's very own grade 5 student has asked to take on a leadership role by creating her very own club. This student has a love for art and wanted to share this love with her peers and the younger children in Dawn and Dusk.
Every Tuesday and Thursday until 4:30pm our new art teacher showed the students that comics can be made with different art mediums such as pencil, marker, pencil crayons and inks. Every comic club the aspiring artists added new details to their comics by using the new techniques and ideas our Grade 5 leader taught to them.
Kids wrote comics about their favourite things such as Dragon Ball Z and Pokemon or gained inspiration from their own imaginations. Dawn and Dusk kids would be beaming with excitement whenever it was comic club day "Comic club is the best!" "I wish comic club was everyday" were some of the most common phrases said by the club members.
Comic Club was truly a very successful club and was completely kid ran, with only support and supplies from educators! The leader of comic club had an assistant to help her set up and teach the younger kids in Oak Tree. Having kids teach kids was different and exciting for everyone and Pine Tree will definately be trying this out again!
Sports, Sports and More Sports!
We put a lot of emphasis on sports games at Dawn and Dusk. It helps children develop many physical and physiological qualities. It is also very important to be able to play as a team. We believe that when children play sports, they acquire new skills that will help them in the future.
This month in the Oak Tree group, we held many sports games, such as basketball, football, soccer, and much more. We encourage children to find their confidence and have the opportunity to play with other players in a team and learn to respect the opinions of others. It's an amazing feeling to see the smiles on their faces.
We mostly played sports in the morning before school. Being active in the morning gives you a boost of energy for the whole day, and the children go to school in a great mood. We also try to diversify our games and are always looking for something new and interesting. For example, children were very fond of playing with hoops, and they also enjoyed playing badminton so we will continue to build on those skills.
We know that all children are unique and will develop their skills at their own pace. We really try and encourage the children to try new games, practice new skills and have fun while they engage in different types of sports. Children can gain so much from their experience playing sports whether it be how to kick a ball, how to play as part of a team, or maybe even what to work on for next time they play!
Koats for Kids!
The Pine Tree group has been so excited to collect winter clothing for 'Koats for Kids' from October 11 to November 4. They made posters to advertise that they are collecting winter items and their posters have been posted all around the school! It's been so exciting for the kids to help give to other kids in need!
Here are a few of the posters the kids made.
After posting some posters and going home to tell their families, we gathered some donations and did some inventory!
Some of the pine trees wanted to do a group photo. And yes, some were laughing while falling to the ground just for the picture. Ha ha ha ha!
The Pine Trees have counted all the items they've collected over the weeks and they've even received more donations since.
Now that we've come to the end, the group has collected about 140 winter clothing items! We're so glad they have enjoyed collecting donations for families in need without expecting anything in return. We're so proud of the pine trees for becoming quite the philanthropists! I wonder what the pine tree group will do next?