Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Reading and Reflecting: Purposeful Play

Fall 2017



Purposeful Play
by Kristine Mraz, Alison Porcelli, and Cheryl Tyler

SECTION I - ALL ABOUT PLAY: THE REASONS, RESEARCH, AND RESOURCES
Chapter 1: Play Isn't a Luxury. It's a Necessity.
Chapter 2: Balanced Play: How It Makes Kids' Lives Better
Chapter 3: Creating Playful Environments

SECTION II - THE WORK IN PLAY: USING PLAY FOR SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL GROWTH
Chapter 4: Caring Kids: Teaching Empathy Through Play
Chapter 5: Playing Together: Teaching Kids to Collaborate and Negotiate
Chapter 6: Play and a Growth Mindset

SECTION III - THE PLAY IN WORK: THE WHOLE DAY CAN FEEL PLAYFUL
Chapter 7: The Power of Tapping Into Student Interests
Chapter 8: Lighthearted Teaching: Supporting Meaningful Goals with Playful Tools and Charts
Chapter 9: Inquiry Is a Play Mindset: Learning How to Learn


Saturday, September 23, 2017

Sticky Note Collage

Sticky Note Collage (Brick by Brick)

Making a collage is a standard type of activity in preschool and kindergarten rooms. Assembling a lot of different materials to create a larger visual item is a time-honored art form. In fact it is so familiar that often we overlook it as a creative endeavor. But preschoolers still enjoy making collages and experimenting with this visual art form.

In our art camp last summer, we created a collage with sticky notes. These collages were group efforts with different colors, sizes, and shapes of self-stick notes. We got most of our notes from the dollar store.

Sticky Note Collage (Brick by Brick)

We used our magnet boards as a base for the collages. But you could use large pieces of paper. Or even create the collage directly on a wall.

Sticky Note Collage (Brick by Brick)

Sticky Note Collage (Brick by Brick)

This activity is great for all ages of preschoolers. Since no glue or other adhesive is involved, younger preschoolers can easily enjoy doing this activity. And our pre-kindergartners and kindergartners really enjoyed it, too.

Sticky Note Collage (Brick by Brick)

Just make sure you have lots of notes on hand!

Sticky Note Collage (Brick by Brick)

If you leave the collage out for several days, preschoolers can add to it or rearrange it. They can take notes off and replace them later.

Sticky Note Collage (Brick by Brick)

Add even more creativity with pens or markers. Children can draw or write on the notes before or after sticking them on the collage.