Relief Teaching Ideas

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


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Five Little Monkeys

monkey craft

I am not the greatest singer but that doesn’t matter to a class of 5 year olds! Have a bit of fun & add some singing to your day
This one is an old favourite & lends itself well to simple actions & this craft idea. You can add a popsicle stick to the monkey to make puppets!

5 LITTLE MONKEYS

Five little monkeys jumping on the bed
One fell off and bumped his head
Mama called the doctor,
And the doctor said
No more monkeys jumping on the bed

Four little monkeys jumping on the bed
One fell off and bumped his head
Mama called the doctor
And the doctor said,
No more monkeys jumping on the bed

Three little monkeys jumping on the bed
One fell off and bumped his head
Mama called the doctor
And the doctor said,
No more monkeys jumping on the bed

Two little monkeys jumping on the bed
One fell off and bumped his head
Mama called the doctor
And the doctor said,
No more monkeys jumping on the bed

One little monkey jumping on the bed
One fell off and bumped his head
Mama called the doctor
And the doctor said,
Put those monkeys right to bed!


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M.C. Escher

M.C. Escher tessellating pictures to print & colour…
escher

http://krokotak.com/2012/11/escher-coloring-pages/

If you don’t have access to a printer or want your students to have a go at their own Escher style tessellation pictures, here’s a clever idea from the Art Projects for Kids website.

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http://www.artprojectsforkids.org/2008/02/mc-escher-tessellations.html?m=1

 


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Paper Hand Puppets

frog puppet

These hand puppets are super cute & easy to make! If you don’t have access to coloured card & googly eyes you could use white paper & have students decorate with coloured pencils, crayons or textas.

The instructions show examples of a frog & dragon but students could create any animal using this design!
http://craftideasforall.blogspot.com.au/2010/09/finger-puppets-dragon-and-frog.html?m=1

 


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Contact Paper Collages

contact collages

Pop a roll of contact paper in your Relief Bag & you have an easy craft on hand!

You can stick paper, cellophane, tissue paper, foil, sequins, anything reasonably flat on the sticky side.
You could also take kids on a nature walk and collect fallen leaves & flowers, grass, sand or small twigs to create a nature collage.

Make sure you leave some sticky contact paper free around the edges so you can seal it all in with another piece of contact paper on top.

Guess which one was done by the two year old….?
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Updated February 12th ’14:
It was too hot to play outside today so we had a day of indoor play, craft, & ice excavations!
I didn’t feel like cleaning up a sticky, gluey mess, so I pulled out a roll of contact & we made a colour collage instead.
I quickly drew up a grid, with a different colour marked in each section. I then laid down a piece of contact paper over the top of the grid, sticky side up. We dug through our scraps of paper, feathers, sequins, & anything else we could find, and added it to our collage. After we were finished, I stuck another piece of contact over the top, to seal it all in.
This was a very last minute activity (as you can see from my very quick grid drawing!) You could easily make up better grids or pictures on the computer, print & then laminate them for students to use. They could colour collage letters of the alphabet, numbers, or outlines of cars, flowers, animals, etc…

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Line Art

line art
– Looks complicated but is actually pretty easy!

Filling in for an Art Specialist with no set work for the day? Have an afternoon to fill? This is a great activity to teach students about lines, colour matching & shading.

All you need is A4 paper, black textas & coloured pencils. If you want it to be a smaller project use A5 sized paper & have students draw only 6 dots on their wavy line.

The photo shows examples that I drew up. I keep them in my Relief Folder – just in case!

I love the easy, step by step instructions that can be found in the link below. If I can do it, anyone can!

http://artwithmre.blogspot.com.au/2011/12/line-design-explained-deluxe-edition.html?m=1


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Aikendrum

aikendrum

A good friend of mine introduced me to this Scottish folk song. There are many versions of this song. I like the spaghetti version .

I also love how you can get the kids involved by getting them to choose what Aikendrum is made of.

Check out the link below to hear the tune & see an example of kids creating their own lyrics. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qnW6Ei43rvw&feature=youtube_gdata_player

After they sing the song, students can create their own pictures of Aikendrum & label what he is made of.


Aikendrum Lyrics:

There was a man lived in the moon, in the moon, in the moon. There
was a man lived in the moon and his name was Aikendrum.

And he played upon a ladle, a ladle, a ladle. He played upon a ladle and
his name was Aikendrum.

And his hair was made of spaghetti, spaghetti, spaghetti. His hair was
made of spaghetti and his name was Aikendrum.

And his eyes were made of meatballs, meatballs, meatballs. His eyes were made of meatballs and his name was Aikendrum.

And he played upon a ladle, a ladle, a ladle. He played upon a ladle and
his name was Aikendrum.

And his nose was made of cheese, cheese, cheese. His nose was made of cheese and his name was Aikendrum.

And his mouth was made of pizza, pizza, pizza. His mouth was made of
pizza and his name was Aikendrum.

And he played upon a ladle, a ladle, a ladle. He played upon a ladle and
his name was Aikendrum.

There was a man lived in the moon, in the moon, in the moon. There
was a man lived in the moon and his name was Aikendrum.