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Our 'evergrowing' - Recycling Tree

For those who missed, please view 'Recycling tree activity'

Our Recycling tree has won much appreciation since last October '12, from the time we all started constructing and nurturing it. It occupies the corner of our art center where one finds something new happening always! It could be easily moved along with us as we shifted our art center to a new location!
The children insisted that we have to find the right corner for our tree as soon as we moved in. It was quite easy to carry the whole thing and place it, with a little sticky tape/ double sided tape, to keep its branches in place. We also added a few more branches to accommodate more stuff. It is wonderful to notice new branches every  now and then :)

It is 'evergrowing' and LOVED by all of us!!!

Here is how it looks nowadays :)




Enjoy a lovely spring weekend!

Nature Play - Springtime activities

With the schools closing for a short break during spring time, our 'nature play' group enjoyed their picnic -painting- fun get together, sharing things they do during their activity time with everyone. They had great fun with leaf printing and interesting group play ideas.
The Nature Play group had collected various leaves, flowers and petals and dried them, pasted them carefully on to their scrap books.



 How exciting it is to collect leaves, fallen petals, flowers and stuff.



We placed them in thick books to press and dry them. After that we placed those thick books under a big stack of books. After about a week, we found them nicely dry and ready to paste.




We found this nice mulberry tree growing among our trees and it is the white mulberry tree. So we talked about it a little and had fun picking and tasting the fruits. The ripe ones were a bit sticky to touch and tasted sweet. Not everybody found them tasty though.


A small fluffy white flower!!!! How beautiful!! It is the c…

Mithu and Mithi - Stories and craft making activity

The second story chosen for the reading - story telling - craft session, was 'Mithu and Mithi' by Mohini Bakshi - published in 1971.
It is a beautiful folk tale from India, about a pair of parrots called 'Mithu' and 'Mithi', who loved each other very much! A sweet tale expressing their love and friendship and how much they care for each other. The children enjoyed the story and wanted to share it with their families. They also decided to enact the tale as we read out the story aloud and watch the characters come alive!!!




After working on the book covers we also made some photo frames and pasted some parrot cutouts on them!
We'll be back with more stories as we explore new ones!
Enjoy!

Stories and craft making activity

It has been a month since I introduced story telling along with craft making session at our art center. We read a story together and decide the crafts that we can create, related to the story we just read! I think it is a good concept and wish more children could take part shortly. The reading part might not sound very interesting today, as children are much more into the gadget world and TV.  It is always better to do a trial session before enrolling for the activity. Rest assured, it is presently a totally let-me-do-my-stuff and fun activity and the children are loving it....I am sure the experience will remain as one of their beautiful memories always!

To start with, we chose a very VERY old book from one my book collections - Lucie Attwell's Storytime tales - published in 1971(now listed under rare and collectibles).
' The Rainbow Princess' ( one of the stories from the book) is a charming tale about a princess and the dress she wished for...... The children were grea…