Relief Teaching Ideas

Sharing ideas to help make relief teaching fun, enjoyable, and meaningful.


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14 Different Hand Print Animals

There are so many cute ideas for handprint crafts out there but i really love how different these ones are to the normal ones you see!!

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Show the kids these examples & see if they can either replicate or come up with their own designs.

If you have an old style projector in your room you could also have some fun with shadow hand puppets. Can they guess each others animals?

http://krokotak.com/2013/04/14-ways-to-make-handprint-animals/


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FREE Shoe Printable Craft

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Print off on card for students to decorate & colour. Use wool or string to lace up.

If you have a junior class see if you can buddy up with an older class so they can help the little ones lace & practice tying up the shoes.

You can find the original source & printable here:
http://krokotak.com/2013/03/tie-the-shoe/


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Japanese Fan Craft

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Cut coffee filter in half, then cut out the centre. Decorate fan with textas. Turn coffee filter over, glue on your craft sticks in order from one side to the other. Glue them onto the coffee filter and on top of each other in the centre of your fan.
If you don’t have coffee filters you could use white A4 paper & cut into a rainbow shape.

Instructions can be found here:
http://www.activityvillage.co.uk/japanese_fan_craft.htm

You can also print & decorate these Japanese fans:
http://www.thecraftyclassroom.com/CraftJapanFanPrintable.html

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A Duck Craft That Really Quacks!

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So we tested out making one of these yesterday. It works! & so cute!
I wouldn’t always keep the supplies for this craft in my Relief Bag but instead have them on hand if I ever get an early morning phone call to come in for a junior class.
This craft matches up really well with the 5 Little Ducks Song & also these picture books:
-‘Quack! Daisy, Quack!’ by Jane Simmons
-‘Splat the Cat & the Duck with no Quack’ by Rob Scotton
-‘Duck on a Bike’ by David Shannon

Here are the instructions: http://preschoolbookclub.blogspot.com.au/2012/06/five-little-ducklings.html?m=1
More specific instructions on making it quack:
http://pennycarnival.typepad.com/penny_carnival/2008/08/a-duck-craft-th.html

Here’s one that we made!

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Popstick Jigsaws

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Yesterday I found these wide popsticks at The Reject Shop – $2 for a pack of 50!
Today we used them to make some simple jigsaw puzzles.*
Normal popsticks would work just as well.
In the classroom students could:
-Draw a character or scene from a book
-Write out spelling words
-Write out times tables
-Draw and label a diagram for science (eg: life cycle, cross section, experiment)

*Tip – Sticky tape the popsticks to the table when drawing. Makes it MUCH easier!

To make self checking jigsaws, add a picture or line design to the jigsaw. If they match up, the student knows they have put the puzzle together correctly!

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Grumpy Cat

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Grumpy Cat by Britta Teckentrup

Simple text & illustrations. Great for junior primary.

After reading students can:
– Write what made the cat so grumpy, what makes them grumpy & what they would do to cheer the cat up.
– On a simple cat head shaped piece of card, they can make a 2 sided picture of the cat – 1 side grumpy, 1 side happy.
-Can create either a mask or a puppet with their 2 sided picture.
– Discuss how ignoring or leaving someone out can make them sad. What can they do if they see someone sad or by themselves in the playground.
– Role play using puppets/masks