Penguin Bookmarks

Last week Thursday was World Penguin Day – a day that we celebrate every year at our school. Why? Because our mascot is a penguin. Penguin activities are a great way to not only learn about penguins (there are 18 species), but also to create school spirit.

One of the activity ideas our principal came up with this year was to make bookmarks. I love reading and immediately decided that I would do this. The materials needed were: tongue depressors, a black marker, an orange marker, and some felt.

Creating Bookmarks. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2019

The children loved making their bookmark and enthusiastically came to my table when I called them. Some children had trouble cutting the felt so I helped them. After I had traced the outline of the penguin onto the stick, they mostly worked independently. At the end of the day, all the bookmarks were lined up on my table. I left them to dry overnight and the children took them home the following day.

Some children immediately took out their current read from their backpack and inserted their bookmark. Seeing that made me smile as I knew that what they had made would be used. My sample is also being used and it works quite well.

Seeing the uniqueness of each bookmark brought a smile to my face as the creation reflects the personality of the creator. I am hoping that each time my student uses their bookmark, they will smile when they think of the day they made it.

Would you make a similar bookmark?

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(This post is linked to Trent’s Weekly Smile challenge.)

A Class Project

Something is afoot in room 7. Fabric strips are out, craft glue is readily available, and crayons litter the tables. Small hands are eagerly colouring Christmas balls, cutting strips of fabric and painting hands.

Teachers are busy too: gluing, cutting and organising.

The students are working hard on their secret project. Once the work has been completed and has been displayed, I will show you the result of all the current activity.

What do you think the class is working on?

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A Self Portrait

Each year in my classes, we create our self portraits. I try to find different ways to present them and to make it interesting for the children to do. I create one of myself as an example for my students to see. In doing the example, I also see whether the idea would work.

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A self portrait. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

This year I cut the boxes from the IKEA furniture into rectangles. I asked the children to paint their rectangle using tempura paint. The rectangles then became the background for their portrait. Choosing their favourite colour, they drew themselves on a piece of white paper which I then glued onto the piece of cardboard they had painted. Once I had glued on the photo I had taken and printed of them, I asked them to write their name on the final product in black marker.

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A group of self portraits. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

These portraits are currently hanging on the wall outside of the classroom. When I take them down, they will be glued onto the binder containing their portfolio. These portraits are a representation of how the children are drawing and writing at the beginning of senior kindergarten year – and hopefully they will become a childhood memento.

Thursday SpecialDo you create self portraits?

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(This post was inspired by Paula’s Thursday Special)

Crafting Hands

This summer I have seen a few hands creating something beautiful for us to look at and admire. I have enjoyed watching the artist from China paint in ink drawings:

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Chinese artist. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

I have seen an old woman cutting paper to create paper art:

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Paper cutting. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

I have seen hands modelling clay to make small creatures:

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Modelling clay. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

I have seen the intricate carving into wood:

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Wood carving. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

I have seen a sidewalk artist create art with chalk:

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Creating art with chalk. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

And I have seen my own hands create a bedspread for my bed:

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Hands crocheting. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

Hands can create beautiful things and I enjoy watching them at work.

A-Z blogging challengeWhat have you recently seen hands create?

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(This post was inspired by the A-Z Challenge)

More Than a Snowman

File:Olaf the Snowman.pngAs I have mentioned in a previous post, my kindergarten class loves the film Frozen. In order to capture their interest, I have done many activities with them that are centred on the film. A well-loved character of the film is Olaf, the snowman that Elsa and Anna created when they were children. During the past week, the students in my class created their own snowmen using clay.

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Do you want to build a snowman? © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

The above picture shows the results of their efforts. What is not seen, however, is the joy the boys and girls had in rolling the clay and forming the three balls that made up their creation. What is not heard when looking at the photo is the children’s chatter at the table while they were creating their very own Olaf. Each photo that we take has that little bit extra to it – a piece of the memory that has not been captured in the picture.

Do you enjoy building snowmen?

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This post was inspired by the Weekly Photo Challenge hosted by WordPress)

Kindergarten Art

When we think of Art, we often think of the Masters: Renoir, Monet, Picasso. However, each of us have a little artist inside – an artist which we often give free reign when we are young. I have many little artists in my kindergarten class. They love it when the paints come out – whether the paint is tempura or watercolour. The children had experimented making paper with the ECE and, instead of them taking the rough paper home unmarked, I thought they could paint on it with watercolours. Once the paint had dried, I mounted the artwork on some yellow card:

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Completed works of Art. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

I liked how the yellow showed up the colours of their painting. With pleasure, I placed the paintings inside the frames:

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Framed Kindergarten Art. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

I was pleased with the result. I helped the children gift wrap their work in tissue paper and they carried it home to give to their moms for Mother’s Day. I am sure this Kindergarten Art will grace many tables for years to come. And serve as a reminder to the children that they all have a little of the artist in them.

Do you allow your inner artist reign to create?

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(This post was inspired by the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Work of Art)

A Turkey for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving in Canada is coming soon and in preparation for the holiday, I did an activity with my grade 1 class: we spoke about what it means to give thanks, what we are thankful for – and of course what we eat for the Thanksgiving dinner.

For the holiday craft I chose to help the children make a turkey. (If you are interested in doing this craft you can visit which is where I found the instructions). Using colourful pieces of construction paper, I traced their hands (three times) and their feet (amidst some giggles). They were excited to create the craft as they had seen what mine looked like:

My Turkey Craft. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2012

Once the feet had been traced, the children practised their cutting skills:

Cutting the parts of the turkey. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2012

And then the gluing got underway:

Gluing the turkey parts together. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2012

Once the turkey had been assembled, I asked the children to write at least five words on the bird which expressed what they were thankful for. Previously we had brainstormed and written the words on the board. I helped them find the words once they had told me what they wanted to write. The result? Beautiful turkeys that were similar to mine, and yet had their own individual characteristics:

Turkeys created by a grade 1 class. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2012

An even closer view of some of the turkeys:

Close-up of their turkeys. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2012

And I could not resist recording the outcome from another angle:

View of turkeys from another angle. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2012

When I compare the children’s result to mine, I find they did a good job. And I know they will proudly carry their turkey home on Friday in time for Thanksgiving.

Do you enjoy making holiday crafts?

This post was inspired by the Weekly Photo Challenge at The Daily Post. The prompt this week is Mine)

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2012