Julia 6 years Feed

Thanksgiving Craft - a Clay Turkey

At her Montessori school, Julia made a turkey from oven-baked clay. It took children few weeks to complete the project: they each had to mold, bake, and then paint over with lacquer their own turkey - just in time for Thanksgiving ๐Ÿฆƒ.

DSC_0297-001Julia used scotch tape to adhere fresh autumn leaves to turkey's tale to give it a fuller effect.

DSC_0380.JPGThe original.

DSC_0297-001Turkeys' back.


Children made this lovely nature display to decorate our learning space. They also used this clay turkey in a Thanksgiving-Inspired Forest Animals Sensory Bin.

Read more about our Fall-Inspired Activities here

Play-Dough: making Mommy and using spaghetti pasta

Today, Julia and Adrian are working with play-dough. They love it as they can "work" together; they learn to share tools as well as play-dough; they chat and laugh, and most importantly, this activity allows them to express themselves creatively, be innovative, refine their fine-motor skills and it is fun! Today Julia is making me (her Mommy), and after a box of spaghetti spilled on the floor, Adrian gladly asked for some to use for his creative project! 

DSC_0045.JPGJulia made few sketches first, to practice facial features.


DSC_0045.JPGI love to see those little fingers at work! And so does he :)

Do your children enjoy play-dough? I would love to hear your ideas.

Animals of the ๐ŸŒWorld Puzzle & Animals Movement (Swim, Walk, Fly)

Animals of the World puzzle (buy here) is an incredible 300 piece puzzle, featuring hundreds of animals from around the world in their native land.  

DSC_0847This 300 piece puzzle requires precise sorting, patience and determination. The process is lengthy, but so rewarding as the child learns geography, such as continents, oceans, and its spacial relation, and zoology including types of animal: herbivore/carnivore,  animals natural habitat, food their eat, method of procreation, and more.  

DSC_0024.JPGJulia then matched Wild Animal figurines (buy here) to those pictured on the puzzle. 


We then discussed animals' movement, and Adrian sorted them in groups: those that swim, walk, and fly.
A" control of error" chart allows the child to check the work using the control-answer cards.
Adrian then did simple matching: picture to picture.

DSC_0037-001Finally, Adrian matched animals (buy here) to pictures.

You may download for free "Animal's Movement - Swim, Walk, Fly" from Montessori Print Shop here.

For details about matching activities read here a post "Language Objects with Matching Cards."

Also, read here a post "Land, Air, Water Matching Activity." 

Read here "World Animals and its Continental Habitat" post.

Making Numbers from pipe-cleaners and play-dough

To continue our number exploration, we are making numbers from pipe-cleaners! Julia has made most of them, but Adrian noticed that 10 was missing, so he started to work on it right a way.




 And what about making numbers from play-dough?

DSC_0010Julia really enjoyed making numbers from play-dough. She decorated them with beads, and Adrian enjoyed tracing them - a variation on sand-paper numbers :)


Read here how we use  Sandpaper Numbers with marbles

The Power of Imagination ๐Ÿ’ซDisney World Magic Kingdom

"If you can dream it, you can do it!"  

                                                                Walt Disney

... And it is so important to dream: to wish for impossible, to desire unachievable, to strive for inconceivable! Because all these concepts are relative - to our current knowledge, to current progress level, and to our evolutionary advancement. In imagining and pursuing our dreams, we advance as a society: "flying machines" are invented, the most beautiful and inspiring pieces of art are created, the most eloquent masterpieces are written ... And it all starts with the power of imagination, with a thought that is creative ... "It's kind of fun to do the impossible" said Walt Disney, and I trust that he had a lot of fun, as he created a place where dreams come true ... "when you believe in a thing, believe in it all the way, implicitly and unquestionably" said Walt Disney, and so we shall!

Castel Walt Disney

Cinderella Castle, Magic Kingdom Park, Fantasyland.

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"All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them" said Walt Disney, a man who "helped change the national consciousness; [who] got people to believe in the power of wish fulfillment--in their own ability to impose their wills on a recalcitrant reality"  Neal Gabler. 


  BelleEnchanted Tales with Belle, Magic Kingdom Park, Fantasyland.


Move-it-shake-it-dance-play-it-00Move It! Shake It! Dance & Play It! Street Party, Magic Kingdom Park.

BearDancing with Bears from Jungle Book, Magic Kingdom Park, Main Street U.S.A.

We would not be able to invent a new idea, or design a device, or advance a method, or write a book or paint a picture without the creative power of imagination, which is pivotal in the achievement of success in any field. "Imagination is the ability to form a mental image of something that is not perceived through the five senses ... What we imagine with faith and feelings comes into being. It is the important ingredient of creative visualization, positive thinking, and affirmations" Remez Sasson


BuzzMeeting Buzz Lightyear.

Character-meet-buzz-lightyearMeet an Out of this World Friend in Tomorrowland, Magic Kingdom Park.

Meet Tinker Bell at Town Square TheaterMeet Tinker Bell at Town Square Theater, Magic Kingdom Park, Main Street, U.S.A.

FullSizeRenderWaiting to meet Mickey Mouse at Town Square Theater, Magic Kingdom Park, Main Street, U.S.A.

FullSizeRenderMeeting Mickey at Main Street USA - Magic Kingdom.

Grand FloridianGrand Floridian Hotel. 


FullSizeRenderWalt Disney World Railroad - Main Street, U.S.A.


Walt-disney-world-railroad-Main Street USAWalt Disney World Railroad - Main Street, U.S.A., Magic Kingdom Park.

Walt-disney-world-railroad-fantasyland-00Walt Disney World Railroad - Frontierland, Magic Kingdom Park.

FullSizeRenderWalt Disney World Railroad - Fantasyland, Magic Kingdom Park.


Liberty-square-riverboat-00Waiting for the Liberty Square Riverboat, Magic Kingdom Park, Liberty Square.


Keep dreaming, keep wishing, keep imagining!
 August 2016.