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✂️DIY Pipe Cleaners ♻️Paper Mache 🦃Turkey• Thanksgiving Inspired Craft•

Thanksgiving Holiday is a time to gather together and spend quality time with the family; and for us, making crafts allows us to be together while expressing creativity, advancing fine-motor skills, and most importantly, having fun! This ✂️DIY Pipe Cleaners ♻️Paper Mache 🦃Turkey craft is another fun Thanksgiving-Inspired activity children have enjoyed creating. 

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What you will need:

  • ♻️recycled toilet paper roll,
  • recycled brown tissue paper for turkey's body (or you can use a different color),
  • mache paste for paper mache application (we are using this Mod Podge),
  • pipe cleaners to make turkey's tail,
  • recycled packing peanuts,
  • feathers,
  • paint (we are using these washable finger-paints),
  • googly eyes,
  • pom-poms,
  • a glue gun.

DSC_0049Using paper-mache technique, apply tissue paper to cover toilet paper roll.

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"He does it with his hands, by experience, first in play and then through work. The hands are the instruments of man's intelligence." - Dr. Maria Montessori, The Absorbent Mind, p. 25.

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The child is a worker and a producer. … The child's work belongs to another order and has a wholly different force from the work of the adult. The child’s work is done unconsciously, in abandonment to a mysterious spiritual energy, actively engaged in creation. It is indeed a creative work. Dr. Maria Montessori, 'The Secret of Childhood', Orient Longman Limited, 200.

DSC_0104Insert pipe-cleaners into the packing peanuts to make wings. 

DSC_0104  We used a glue gun to make pom-poms-mouth.  

DSC_0104  We also used a glue gun to attach pipe-cleaners to the roll.

DSC_0104Paint the packing peanuts with different colors.

DSC_0104Let the child explore his/her creativity!

DSC_0104While the paint was still wet, Adrian attached the matching color feathers. 
DSC_0104Our Thanksgiving Inspired🦃Turkey.

Whether you 🎉celebrate Thanksgiving 🦃holiday or not, the 🗓Month of November is a month of 🙏Gratitude, and I am wishing you a blessed, bountiful and a happy Holiday Season and a Happy 🦃Thanksgiving! There is always something to be thankful for! And it is not the happy people who are thankful, but rather thankful people who are happy. So, I am wishing you much happiness and many special family times this holiday season!

We did another Thanksgiving Craft also using paper mache technique: see here "🙏Thankful 🌳Tree🍂 • 🦃Thanksgiving Inspired ✂️Craft."

For more on holiday-inspired unit study, see here our activities round up "🦃Thanksgiving Inspired Homeschooling 101 Unit Study."


🙏Thankful 🌳Tree🍂 • 🦃Thanksgiving Inspired ✂️Craft•

As 🦃 Thanksgiving is approaching, we try to slow down, reflect, and be thankful for all the blessings we are so fortunate with. By instilling gratitude in my children, I hope to ensure that they will have all the tools necessary to meet every situation with a mindset of abundance, appreciation, and joy. Gratitude, a powerful mindset of "having enough," can bring the fullness of life, and we as parents and teachers can play a vital role in helping our children learn a lifelong appreciation for what we already have, rather than what we do not. So, today, I asked Adrian to self-reflect and think about which things make him happy and what he is thankful for. “Each day, each season, each cycle offers something of beauty. Let us notice and give thanks.” – Diane Mariechild. And to display Adrian's gratitude-reflections, we will be making a 🙏Thankful 🌳Tree🍂.

DSC_0050What you will need to make a🙏Thankful 🌳Tree🍂:

  • recycled paper-towel roll,
  • Mache paste for paper mache application (we are using this Mod Podge),
  • recycled brown tissue paper for the tree's trunk,
  • pipe-cleaners for brunches,
  • hole puncher,
  • besides Adrian's Thankful Hearts, to decorate our Thankful Tree, we are using wooden maple leaves, laminated dried leaves we have collected during nature walks and DIY play dough leaves children made. 

DSC_0050Cut the bottom of the paper-towel roll in strips, so that the tree will stand. 
DSC_0050Using paper mache technique, cover paper-roll with brown tissue paper to resemble the trunk. 
DSC_0050Once the ♻️roll is dry, make holes and insert double-twisted pipe-cleaners as branches. 
DSC_0050I laminated dried leaves to use as decorations in addition to Adrian's Thankful Hearts.

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“Gratitude means thankfulness, counting your blessings, noticing simple pleasures, and acknowledging everything that you receive. It means learning to live your life as if everything were a miracle, and being aware on a continuous basis of how much you’ve been given.” ~ Marelisa Fábrega

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Paper-clips work great instead of ornament hooks. See here "🍁Fall-Inspired Odd & Even" activity using these wooden maple leaves. 
DSC_0074-2Adrian is thankful for Julia, Mam, and Dad. His world is small yet but plentiful. 

DSC_0128Adrian decorated his Thankful Tree with DIY play dough leaves (see how he made them here). 

DSC_0026 The ends of pipe-cleaners can also be used to attach decorations to. 

DSC_0026Adrian is also thankful to himself for himself.

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We also added felt leaves, acorns, and pine-cones as decorations.
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“In the past I always thought of gratitude as a spontaneous response to the awareness of gifts received, but now I realize that gratitude can also be lived as a discipline. The discipline of gratitude is the explicit effort to acknowledge that all I am and all I have is given to me as a gift of love, a gift to be celebrated with joy.” ~ Henri Nouwen

Happy 🦃Thanksgiving! I hope your Holidays are blessed, bountiful and joyful! 

We did another craft using paper mache here "✂️DIY Pipe Cleaners ♻️Paper Mache 🦃Turkey• Thanksgiving Inspired ✂️Craft."

For more on Thanksgiving-Inspired activities, see here "🦃Thanksgiving Inspired Homeschooling 101 Unit Study." 

For more on Peace education, read here "Montessori ☮️PEACE Shelfie (Grace &Courtesy, Gratitude, Pillars of a Peaceful Character)."


🦃Thanksgiving 🌽Inspired DIY Simple ➖ Subtraction Math Lesson

This Thanksgiving Inspired DIY lesson on Subtraction uses materials you probably have at home. (Please note that this lesson should be presented to a child who already understands the concept of numerals at least till ten and the concept of addition; see the links below.)

DSC_0055There are different ways you can explain the mathematical operation of "subtraction" to a child -  the process of taking away/removing objects from a collection: a 🦃 hen/turkey ate the kernels (thus the difference is less by what the turkey ate) or a child can use fine and gross motor control to punch out holes/kernels we are subtracting or to cut the subtrahend kernels. 

  
DSC_0055 Hands-on subtracting (taking away 6) by hole-punching 6 kernels. 

DSC_0043  The 1st number (from which we are subtracting from) is called a minuend, while the number being subtracted (2nd number) is called the subtrahendThe result is called the difference.
DSC_0055Subtracting/taking away can also be presented by cutting, thus resulting with less of something.
DSC_0055Once the equation is solved, a child would choose the correct difference/result of the subtraction from number stickers.

See here a 🎥 video- post "Beginning ➖ Subtraction (Montessori 🔢 Math 🎥Lesson)." For Addition Math work, see here "Montessori Math Simple ➕ Addition using Marble-Counters" and here a 🎥 video-post "➕Addition Strip Board (Montessori 🔢 Math 🎥 Lesson)." Also see here an extension to Montessori Strip Board: "➕Addition Strip Board Making 🔟’s (Montessori 🔢 Math 🎥 Lesson)."

For more on themed unit studies, see here a summary post for the month of November "🦃Thanksgiving Inspired Homeschooling 101 Unit Study" and here a summary post with all activities we have done during the month of🍂September and🎃October in a post "🍂Fall & 🎃Halloween Inspired Homeschooling 101 Unit Study." Also here see what we did in 2016 "🦃Thanksgiving-inspired activities (2016). "


🍁Fall-Inspired Odd and Even (Numbers & Counters)

Montessori Odd and Even Math activity (also called Cards and Counters) concretely teaches a child what number is odd and what number is even, a concept which can otherwise seem very abstract to a child. 

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First, place numbers randomly on the rug and ask your child to set numbers one through ten horizontally at the top of the rug. (You want to make sure that your child knows numbers one through ten before introducing the concept of odd and even.) Then ask your child to place counters under each number, corresponding to that number's quantity. 

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You can use traditional Montessori Numerals and Counters material (buy here) or you can make it yourself: you would need numbers 1-10 and 55 counters (use marbles, wooden dots, holiday-inspired small objects, etc). We are using fall-inspired maple leaves instead of traditional red wooden counters.
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This presentation makes it very obvious for a child to see when a number has a counter without a pair/on its own: meaning that the number is odd. As opposed to, when all counter-leaves have a complete set of pairs - meaning that the number is even.   

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See here "❤️Odd & Even (Montessori 🔢 Math 101 🎥 Series 🎇)" a video-post where Adrian summarizes how to determine which number is odd and which one is even.

DSC_0142See here our Christmas Odd and Even lesson.

p.s. The Montessori math curriculum is generally introduced in the following order: (1) Number Rods (introduce at around two years of age), then (2) Sandpaper Numbers, (3) Spindle Box, (4) Numbers Memory Game, (5) followed by Odd and Even activity as shown above.


🌻Fall Harvest Inspired 🍡Popsicles 🌾Scarecrow DIY Craft

Crafts are an amazing activity to bring the family together and express creativity. Hands-on crafts also promote the development of muscles in the hands and fingers, improving fine motor skills which are essential in early formative years. Moreover, crafting encourages critical visual-processing skills such as pattern recognition, detecting of spatial rotation and sequences. Lastly, problem-solving skills are developed as a child often has to determine the steps needed to bring the desired craft-project to life. Holiday crafts are especially fun since they bring the sense of excitement while children enjoy using themed materials. Today, we are making a friendly Harvest Inspired Popsicles Scarecrow. 

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What you will need:

  • ♻️ recycled 🍡 popsicle sticks,
  • orange paint (we are using this one),
  • 👀 googly eyes,
  • pom-poms,
  • red pipe-cleaner for the mouth,
  • hay,
  • a glue gun.

DSC_0295Secure the popsicles by gluing two horizontal popsicle sticks to the back.
DSC_0295Flip the craft over, and glue one stick on the angle to define a hat & paint it orange.
DSC_0295Using a glue gun, secure eyes, nose, and a mouth. 
DSC_0295Using a black sharpy, draw stitches.
DSC_0295Adrian suggested gluing one stick to the back to make the scarecrow stand up like a picture frame. 

Our friendly scarecrow is ready! Happy Fall everyone and Happy Harvest!

Please see here a summary roundup of all our activities we have done during the month of 🍂September and 🎃October: over 20 of them arranged by the area of study in a summary 📃post " 🍂Fall & 🎃Halloween Inspired Homeschooling 101 Unit Study."