Custom made crayons


 

Why not make some custom crayons to use at home, for a friend or to add as party favors in your birthday gift bags? 

What you need:

1. Old, broken crayons

2. Silicone muffin molds (any shape will work fine)

3. A baking tray to set the muffins on 

4. A preheated oven set to about 170 degrees Celsius 

Directions:

1. Peel the paper off of your crayons.

2. Place the broken crayon pieces into the silicone muffin molds.

3. Place the muffin molds on the baking tray and place the tray into your preheated oven.  Allow them to “bake” for about 15 minutes.

4. Take the molds out of the oven and allow them to cool for about an hour.

5. Pop the crayons out of the molds and put them to paper!

Just speak!

Danielle 

 
    

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Fête des mères – Mother’s Day

 

DIY necklace by Learn and Play en Anglais
DIY necklace by Learn and Play en Anglais

Bonjour à tous,

Nous avons terminé le projet de fête des mères commencé samedi dernier lors de notre Maternelle Club. Pour ceux d’entre vous qui n’ont pas suivi, vous pouvez trouver la première partie de notre projet ici. Dans ce post, vous trouverez un collier et une carte faites main.

Bien que la fête des mères soit passée, vous pouvez toujours utiliser ces projets pour d’autres occasions comme les anniversaires, ou juste pour dire je t’aime à quelqu’un que vous les aimez. Nous espérons que ce projet rendra quelqu’un de spécial dans votre vie heureux!

Just Speak,

Danielle

Hello Everyone,

We finished our Mother’s Day project this past Saturday during our Maternelle Club. For those of you that haven’t been following along, you can find the first part of our project here. In today’s post you’ll find a DIY necklace and a handmade card.

Although Mother’s Day has come and gone you can still use these projects for other occasions like birthdays, anniversaries or just as a way to tell someone that you love them or that you’ve been thinking about them. We hope that this project will make someone special in your life happy!

Just Speak,

Danielle

Practice writing your message out on a piece of paper first.
Practice writing the message (that will go on your hearts) out on a piece of paper .

 Écrire un message à l’arrière de votre cœur, mais assurez-vous de pratiquer d’abord!

 Write a special message on the back of your heart but make sure to practice first!:

Mère, maman / Mother, mom

Vous êtes spéciales / You are special 

Je t’aime – amour / I love you – love

Merci d’être une super maman! / Thank you for being a great mom!

Now write it out on the back of your heart decoration.
Now write it out on the back of your heart decoration.

Passez maintenant à faire votre carte …

Now move on to making your card…

Younger children can draw freely and skip the writing.
Use the stencils that you used to make your heart decoration on your card.
Use the stencils that you used to make your heart decoration (in the first part of this project) on your card.
Use bunched up scraps of paper to decorate the inside of your hearts.
Use bunched up scraps of paper to decorate the inside of your hearts.
Here's an example of a finished heart on a card.
Here’s an example of a finished heart on a card.

Ensuite, il est temps de faire notre collier d’été fait main!

Next, it’s time to make our DIY summer necklace!

Use a skewer to make it easier to paint your beads.
Use a skewer to make it easier to paint your beads.
Paint your beads
Paint your beads
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Let them dry out.

Vernir les perles après les avoir peint. Le vernis empêche la peinture de se détacher des perles et d’endommager vos vêtements.

Please note that we varnished our beads after we painted them. The varnish keeps the paint from coming off of the beads and damaging your clothes.

Now have the children string their necklaces in whatever order they'd like.
Now have the children string their necklaces in whatever order they’d like.
Very young children can aslo benefit from this activity.
Very young children can aslo benefit from this activity.
Now I'll show you how to tie an adjustable knot for your necklace...


Apprenez comment attacher un nœud réglable pour votre collier:

Learn how to tie an adjustable knot for your necklace:

Here is our finished necklace!
Here is our finished necklace!

Enveloppez votre cadeau avec du papier recyclé:

Wrap your gift with recycled items:

Use some cellophane (we used one that held fresh flowers from the market) as packaging for your gifts.
Use some cellophane (we used one that held fresh flowers from the market) as packaging for your gifts.
Use a stapler to seal the bottom (cut off some cellophane from the bottom if you need to).
Use a stapler to seal the bottom (cut off some cellophane from the bottom if you need to).
Wrap up the necklace in some tissue paper (our tissue paper came from the fresh flowers that we purchased too).
Wrap up the necklace in some tissue paper (our tissue paper came from the fresh flowers that we purchased too).
use stickers  to seal your gift
use stickers to seal your gift
Seal the back of your package with a sticker.
Place the necklace with the hearts and then seal the back of your package with a sticker.
Roll up your card and add a ribbon.
Roll up your card and add a ribbon.
Here's our finished Mother's Day gift, made with love!
Here’s our finished Mother’s Day gift, made with love!

À bientôt!

Danielle de Learn and Play en Anglais

See you all again very soon!

Danielle from Learn and Play en Anglais

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

mamans du monde

"Mothers of the World"
“Mothers of the World”

Bonjour à tous,

Pour le Maternelle Club aujourd’hui nous nous sommes concentrés sur la célébration de mères à travers le monde avec un livre de notre bibliothèque locale (médiathèque La Ciotat) intitulé «Mamans du Monde” (publié par Milan Jeunesse). Vous y trouverez de belles photos de femmes dans diverses situations de tous les jours avec leurs enfants.

Ensuite nous avons dessiné des portraits de nos mères. Comme on pouvait le craindre, certaines d’entre nous ont des moustaches (hihi) et d’autres resemblent à la dame ci-dessous (et oui, c’est censé être MOI!!).

Passez une bonne soirée à tous et j’espère vous voir très nombreux à la classe de demain qui se réunira au Jardin de Ville à 10h00. Au plaisir de vous y voir!

Just Speak,

Danielle

Hello Everyone,

For today’s Maternelle Club we focused on celebrating mothers around the world with a book from our local library (mediatheque La Ciotat) entitled “Mamans du Monde” (published by Milan Jeunesse). Inside you’ll find beautiful photographs of women in various everyday situations with their children.

Afterwards we drew some portraits of our own mothers. As it turns out, some of us were given mustaches (hihi) and others looked like the lady below (and yes, that’s supposed to be ME!!).

Have a wonderful evening everyone and I hope to see many of you at tomorrow’s class that will be meeting at Jardin de Ville at 10:00. See you there!

Just Speak,

Danielle

Here I am! ;)
Here I am! ;)

 

 

shapes and colors

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Bonjour à tous,

J’espère que vous appréciez votre semaine de relâche et que vous vous occupez bien. Je voulais juste partager un projet très simple avec vous qui peut être fait avec des enfants dès l’âge de deux ans. Cette activité s’appelle autocollants, papiers, marqueurs et/ou crayons.

Tout d’abord, choisir des formes d’autocollants sur lesquels vous aimeriez que votre enfant travaille et dessinez-les sur une feuille de papier. Puis, demandez à votre enfant de colorier les formes avec un crayon de couleur de la même couleur (faites le premier à titre d’exemple, si nécessaire).

Par la suite, demandez à votre enfant de faire correspondre chaque forme avec l’autocollant correspondant (un peu plus complexe car à la fois la forme et la couleur doivent correspondre). Et voilà, maintenant vous pouvez féliciter votre enfant pour ce travail bien fait!

Exemple de vocabulaire:
Red- Rouge / Circle – Cercle
Blue – Bleu / Square – Carré
Orange – Orange / Oval – Ovale
Yellow – Jaune / Rectangle – Rectangle
Green – Vert / Triangle – Triangle Purple – Violet / Hexagon – Hexagone
Black – Noir / Pentagon- Pentagone Brown – Marron
Pink -Rose

Hello Everyone,
I hope that you are enjoying your spring break and that you are keeping busy by doing things that you love doing. I just wanted to share a very simple project with you that can be done with children as young as two years old. This activity calls for stickers, paper, markers and/or crayons.

First, choose the sticker shapes that you’d like your child to work with and draw them out on a white piece of paper. Next ask your child to color the shapes in with the same color crayon. Color the first shape in for them as an example if necessary.

In the last part, ask your child to match up each shape with the correct sticker (this is a little more complex as both the shape and color should match up). That’s all, now you can congratulate your child on a job well done!

Example vocabulary words :
Red- Rouge / Circle – Cercle
Blue – Bleu / Square – Carré
Orange – Orange / Oval – Ovale
Yellow – Jaune / Rectangle – Rectangle
Green – Vert / Triangle – Triangle Purple – Violet / Hexagon – Hexagone
Black – Noir / Pentagon- Pentagone Brown – Marron
Pink -Rose

des autocollants / stickers

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Utiliser des autocollants pour développer la motricité fine de votre enfant.

Hello Everyone,

Did you know that stickers can be a great way to get children to develop their fine motors skills? There are countless ways of doing this activity but I only used two during this class. The first one involves the child simply applying stickers to decorate the page as he or she chooses. The second way has the child use the sticker shapes to come up with a scene. In this case the scene was “Springtime”.

Have a great evening and I look forward to seeing some of you tomorrow!

Just Speak!

Danielle from Learn and Play en Anglais

 

capteur de rêves / dream catcher

Dream catcher by Learn and Play en Anglais
Dream catcher by Learn and Play en Anglais
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Use a tea towel to help you manipulate the wire without hurting your hands.
Use a tea towel to help you manipulate the wire without hurting your hands.
Cut a long piece of wool and fold it in half.
Cut a long piece of yarn and fold it in half.
Start with a new piece of wool and knot it just above your previous knot.
Start with a new piece of yarn and knot it just above your previous knot.
Add some hot glue before making another knot so as to hold it in place.
Add some hot glue before making another knot so as to hold it in place.
Now continue to wrap the wool around the wire, making knots and adding glue as needed...
Now continue to wrap the yarn around the wire, making knots and adding glue as needed…
...until you are all done.
…until you are all done.
cut a piece of wool that is longer than the diameter of your circle
cut a piece of yarn that is longer than the diameter of your circle
Now tie the other end of the string to the opposite side of your circle.
Now tie the other end of the yarn to the opposite side of your dream catcher.
Now decorate the second half before tying it to the other side of your circle.
Now decorate the second half before tying it to the other side of your dream catcher.
Add some pieces of yarn to the bottom portion of your dream catcher.
Add some pieces of yarn, ribbon etc. to the bottom portion of your dream catcher.
Add some hot glue to the inside of your beads...
Add some hot glue to the inside of your beads…
...then place your feather into your bead.
…then place your feather into your bead.

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Bonjour tout le monde!

Certains de mes étudiants ont travaillé à fabriquer des capteurs de rêves lors des dernières semaines et j’ai pensé que je devais partager notre projet avec vous. Avant de les faire, nous avons eu une petite discussion sur ce que les rêves sont et le genre de rêves que nous pouvons faire. J’ai expliqué que le travail d’un capteur de rêves est d’attraper tous ces mauvais rêves afin de ne faire que des beaux rêves la nuit.

La semaine prochaine, je vais étendre ce projet avec des dessins et de la peinture, mais pour l’instant je suis très heureuse de la façon dont tout s’est passé.

Passez une bonne soirée et n’oubliez pas,

Just Speak!

Danielle

Hello Everyone!

Some of my students have been working on making dream catchers for the last few weeks and I thought that I’d share our project with you. Before making them we had a little chat about what dreams are and what kind of dreams we can have. I explained that a dream catcher’s job is to catch all of those bad dreams so that we only have sweet dreams at night.

Next week I’ll extend this project with some drawing and painting but for now I’m very happy with how everything turned out.

Have a nice evening and remember,

Just Speak!

Danielle

 

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motricité fine. fine motor skills

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Bonjour tout le monde !

Je commence à explorer un nouveau domaine de l’enseignement qui est la motricité fine , la plupart du temps en se concentrant sur les mouvements des petits muscles des mains, des poignets et les doigts de jeunes enfants. Il y a beaucoup de raisons d’utiliser ces muscles dans notre vie quotidienne (boutonner notre veste par exemple) et nous avons tendance à les négliger.

Comme la plupart des enfants trouverait ennuyeux (au point d’être une punition) de boutonner et déboutonner leurs manteaux maintes et maintes fois, j’ai essayé de trouver des projets faciles qui les aident à travailler ces petits muscles, en pur plaisir.

Pour ce projet, vous pouvez utiliser des boîtes de céréales afin que vos enfants jouent tout de suite ou vous pouvez utiliser du papier imprimante ordinaire (brut ou coloré), puis laminer afin que vos patrons de couture durent plus longtemps. Une dernière chose, si vous choisissez de laminer vos formes, assurez-vous de percer des trous après les avoir plastifier et pas avant.

matériaux:

Cartons ou boites de céréales

Papier blanc ou de couleur

crayons ou marqueurs

plastifieuse (feuilles de laminage)

perforation (utiliser la perforatrice APRÈS plastifier vos cartes de couture)

pelote de laine

aiguille de laine

Amusez-vous et rappelez-vous …

Just Speak!

Danielle

Hello Everyone!

I’m starting to really get into a new area of teaching that’s all about fine motor skills, mostly focusing on the small muscle movements in the hands, wrists and fingers of young children. There are a lot of ways to practice using these muscles and sometimes, those ways are already such a big part of our everyday lives (like buttoning a button on our jacket) that we tend to overlook them.

Since most kids would find it boring (to the point of punishment) to button and unbutton their coat buttons over and over again, I’ve been trying to find some easy projects that would inspire them to work those little muscles out of sheer fun.

For this project you can either use cereal boxes and have your kids play right away or you can use regular printer paper (plain or colored) and then laminate it so that your sewing patterns last longer. Just a little note, if you choose to laminate your shapes make sure that you punch holes in them AFTER you laminate them and not before.

Materials:

Cardstock or cereal boxes

Regular white or colored paper

crayons or markers

laminator (laminating sheets)

hole punch (use the hole punch AFTER you laminate your sewing cards)

ball of wool

wool needle

Have fun and remember…

Just Speak!

Danielle