Posts Tagged ‘friday craft’

I love everything about autumn — cool, crisp air, trees changing into rainbows of red, yellow and orange while their leaves fall like rain, sweaters and knitwear, winter squash and brussel sprouts. It truly is the most wonderful time of year.

Halloween is right around the corner, and I’m getting quite excited. Ever since I was a kid, Halloween has been one of my favorite holidays. I love to dress up (what child who grows up dancing doesn’t?) but it is also amazing to have a holiday dedicated to eating candy and scaring people. Every October, I would go home and make Halloween decorations to put up in the living room window, daydreaming about hosting the best black-and-orange party ever, and count down the days to October 31. Our apartment needs some sprucing up for fall!

Jill and Steve, Evan’s parents, apparently read my thoughts and sent the most wonderful autumn care package, complete with Calvin and Hobbes books, nuts, beef jerkey, various fall-themed decor, a sweet card and a full bag of holiday candy corn — including the best candy corn, the pumpkins. Thank you so much for spreading the holiday cheer all the way over here in Korea! We love you guys!

Last week, I found out that my kindergarten class is growing up. Next week I will begin teaching them science and social studies, which sadly means the end of Friday crafts :( I was so bummed to find that out, since doing creative things on Friday had been a really great outlet for me and the children both. I’ve consoled myself with thoughts that science experiments would be cool too, but they just won’t be the same. To top it off, the kids don’t know crafts have been nixed, so I’m the lucky one that gets to tell them.

Since last week and this week are the last crafts we’ll make together, I wanted to do some over-the-top, spooky decor for our classroom. Each classroom in the school has a different theme for Halloween, and my class has vampires and bats. Two weeks ago, we made paper draculas.

They were cute, but nothing compared to the bats we made last week. I found the outline of a bat wing online, blew it up and had the kids each color some for their bat. From there, I took their colorful wings, and glued them to a piece of black construction paper, wedging a pipe cleaner (cut in half) in the middle. After, I stuffed black socks full of newspaper for the bat bodies, then stapled the ends shut. From their, I hot-glued eyes, pipe cleaner mouths and construction paper ears on to the socks, along with the wings. The final touch was made by hanging them with fishing line from the ceiling. Not to toot my own horn, but these were a lot of work, and absolutely worth it. They turned out terrific!

This weekend, I am going to poke around to find a suitable costume for Halloween festivities at school and around town. There will be raging parties at both Radio Star (where we spent the World Cup) and Deepinto (home of the amazing brunch) on October 30, and a horror movie marathon (and taco bar) at Radio Star on Halloween proper. Lots to look forward to!


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It is Friday craft day, which I normally love, except that this week the theme was ORIGAMI. *silence*

Normally, people would get excited about folding colorful paper into beautiful shapes, but ever since I was a kid I could not get the hang of origami. I would struggle through lessons while my peers seemingly magically transformed their construction squares into graceful cranes and hearts.

Evan, Mike and I spent the first half-hour of our morning attempting the crane. It was a massive fail. None of us could seem to get to the directions where you suddenly had two pointy “legs.”

A Korean teacher, Ji Young, created this work of art in about 2 seconds.

After that mess, I decided to recreate a heart, which I know for certain I mastered as a child (I used to fold middle school notes in the shape of a heart). My folding paper skills remained pathetic at best. Origami is not easy! I got as far as this:

Nothing like a heart, eh? It was only then that I remembered I could do the heart for like, two weeks, before I forgot and started cheating by ripping the paper a bit. Little girl FAIL.

In the end, Mike found a “cootie catcher” printable online, titled Fortune Teller — and thank goodness I was able to put it together while my kids read from their Reading Street book, otherwise I would have completely embarrassed myself in front of a bunch of six and seven-year-olds.

In the end, my kids successfully colored and folded their way to fortune teller perfection. They also loved the game aspect, which made it all that more fun for them.

I haven’t given up on this stupid heart origami yet though. I’ve convinced myself it is the directions, and not me. I stumped a few of the Korean teachers with it too, until one found new directions and folded this for me:

I’m going to dissect it and figure it out. New mission!

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I love Fridays. For elementary students, that usually means a vocabulary test and a word search, but for kindergarten it means arts and crafts! Every week I get to dream up a craft based on the week’s theme, and sometimes I try to go above and beyond. This was one of those weeks!

For the past seven days, my students and I have been exploring the “Aquatic World” — animals and plants that call the freshwater and saltwater communities home. I decided we would make rainbow fish this week, so I cut out fish shapes out of poster board and made little strips of colored paper and tin foil to make “scales” for our underwater buddies.

No surprise, this craft was based on the beloved children’s story “Rainbow Fish,” about a gorgeous, glittering fish who overcame his vanity, shared his shiny scales and was forgiven by his fellow flounders.

I was always hypnotized by the iridescent scales as a child, and hoped the tinfoil could have the same affect on my kids. My awe with the artwork helped me jump straight into the words, and get lost in the story. I’ve always loved just melting into a good book, just like the rest of my family of “greedy readies” (as my parents called us).

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