Relief Teaching Ideas

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

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A Duck Craft That Really Quacks!

duck quacker

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:
More specific instructions on making it quack:

Here’s one that we made!


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Popstick Jigsaws


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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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….?

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…