WHAT CAN I DO TODAY? [NOOK Book]

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WHAT CAN I DO TODAY? What a fun time the students always had when they first came into the classroom in the morning, before the late bell rang and they were in their seats. The art corner, workbench, and doll corner were always occupied, and little hands were always busy! The art book was always used, and materials were always displayed for the student from which to choose.
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WHAT CAN I DO TODAY? What a fun time the students always had when they first came into the classroom in the morning, before the late bell rang and they were in their seats. The art corner, workbench, and doll corner were always occupied, and little hands were always busy! The art book was always used, and materials were always displayed for the student from which to choose.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781466983250
  • Publisher: Trafford Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/29/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 118
  • File size: 4 MB

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WHAT CAN I DO TODAY?


By Rita T. Matz

Trafford Publishing

Copyright © 2013 Rita T. Matz
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-4669-8324-3


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CHAPTER 1

JANUARY


SNOW MAN OR SNOW LADY

Articles Needed:

(Note:) This activity may be used with or without the electrical parts.

Wide necked bottle
Clear Christmas ball to set on neck
Cord with clear Christmas bulb or small 15W bulb
Red felt or red stocking for hat
Red felt for scarf and earmuffs
Two jewels for eyes
Black buttons
Heavy wire or coat hanger for arms
Spray snow


Insert light bulb inside bottle and let hang out over top of bottle and tape down on bottle sides.

Place clear Christmas bail or any other type ball, if not using electricity, on top of bottle and tape down on neck of bottle.

Place a wire, about 12", around shoulders of bottle to front, on both sides, for arms. Tape securely to bottle.

Cover all with cotton batting, starting at top.

Cut out felt scarf for around neck.

Cut out red hat or use red stocking.

Cut out large red circles for earmuffs.

Glue two jewels for eyes.

Glue black buttons for buttons of snowman.

Use red felt or small black buttons for mouth.

Use larger black button for nose.

Spray with snow, if desire and let dry.

Plug in and light up snowman.


SNOWFLAKES

Articles needed:

White paper
Scissors
String
Tape


Cut white paper into a square.

Fold in half diagonally.

Cross left point over to right side.

Cross right point over to left side.

Cut points, dipping in center.

Cut out small shapes, such as circles, triangles or squares.

Cut out small half circle at center and bottom of folded paper.

Open to a six pointed snowflake.

Hang with string or tape on window.


POETRY

Articles needed:

Poetry book
Blue, black or brown construction paper
Poem "Fenceposts" run off on computer
Crayons or magic markers
Spray snow
Glue


Read "Fenceposts" several times.

Discuss poem.

Run poem off on computer.

Illustrate poem on dark construction paper.

Spray with snow spray and let dry.

Glue poem to bottom of illustrated construction paper.


FEBRUARY


CALENDAR

Articles Needed:

February Calendar
Blue construction paper
Pink Construction paper
Red construction paper
White construction paper
Green construction paper


Run off February calendar.

Glue calendar to blue construction paper.

Cut out various sizes of heart flowers in pink white and red.

Glue heart flowers on blue construction paper.

Use green construction paper for sterns and leaves.

Make leaves in green heart shapes.

Glue sterns and leaves onto flowers.

Make green irregular grass at bottom edge and as wide as the blue construction paper.

Glue to blue paper at bottom


SEEDS

Articles Needed:

Seeds
Egg carton
Top soil
Water
Paper
Pencil


Discuss seeds and their needs.

Using egg cartons, fill with top soil.

Place seeds in each section of carton.

Water slightly.

Place on sill or appropriate place for sun and light.

On paper, record date of planting and dates thereafter of growth.


STORY ABOUT GROUNDHOG

"WILL SPRING BE EARLY OR WILL IT BE LATE?"

Articles Needed:

Story—"Will Spring Be Early Or Will It Be Late?"
Blue construction paper
White construction paper
Small piece of brown construction paper
Very small piece of green construction paper
Very small piece of red construction paper or red crepe paper
Scissors
Glue


Read story and discuss it.

Use blue construction paper for background.

Using white construction paper, cut out a piece as wide as the blue paper and about 3" high, cutting it unevenly for a blanket of snow.

Using brown construction paper, cut out a very small, upright groundhog.

Make a small slit in the snow and pass the groundhog through slit from back to front.

Make a very small red flower with green stem.

Glue flower on snow facing groundhog.

Cut out or draw brown, bare trees.


LINCOLN'S BIRTHDAY

Articles Needed:

Story about Lincoln
Pattern of Lincoln's head
Black construction paper
Lined paper
Scissors
Pencil
Glue


Read story of Lincoln and discuss.

Using black construction paper and pencil, trace around Lincoln's head.

Cut out.

Using lined paper, write four sentences about

Lincoln.

Glue lined paper to bottom of portrait.


ABRAHAM LINCOLN

Our 16th president 1809-1865

Trace and cut out the silhouette of Abraham Lincoln on black construction paper. Mount the silhouette on white construction paper.


WASHINGTON'S BIRTHDAY

Articles Needed:

Story about Washington
Pattern of Washington's head
White construction paper
Lined paper
Scissors
Pencil
Glue
Crayons


Read story of Washington and discuss.

Using white construction paper and pencil, trace around Washington's head.

Cut out.

Using lined paper, write four sentences about

Washington.

Glue lined paper to portrait.

Decorate around edges of lined paper with hatchets and cherries with sterns.


THE FATHER OF OUR COUNTRY

George Washington

Articles Needed:

Black construction paper
Red or blue construction paper


Trace and cut out this silhouette of George Washington on black construction paper. Mount the silhouette on blue or red construction paper.


FLAG FOR PRESIDENT'S DAY

Articles Needed:

White construction paper
Red construction paper
Blue constructions paper
White chalk or white crayon
Scissors
Glue


Use white construction paper for background and hold horizontally.

Cut out seven narrow red strips, the width of the horizontal white paper.

Glue one red strip along edge at top and bottom of white paper.

Leave same width of white paper showing, for white stripes.

Glue two more red strips, one at top and one at bottom.

Leave same width of white paper and glue two more red strips, one at top and one at bottom.

Glue last red strip in remaining area, leaving the same amount of white showing above and below last strip.

Cut out rectangle of blue paper, almost half the width of the flag and large enough to include fourth stripe down from top, right along edge.

Glue rectangle to left side of flag.

Use white chalk or white crayon to make 50 stars or dots to represent stars.


ABRAHAM LINCOLN

Our 16th president 1809-1865

Trace and cut out the silhouette of Abraham Lincoln on black construction paper. Mount the silhouette on white construction paper.


LOG CABIN FOR LINCOLN'S BIRTHDAY

Articles Needed:

Black construction paper
Brown construction paper
Orange construction paper
Scissors
Pencil
Crayons
Glue


Use black construction paper for background.

Construct log cabin using brown uneven strips of paper, making roof and side of cabin.

Glue on black background as constructing.

Draw a side view of a stoned chimney, using brown construction paper.

Draw large stones with black crayon.

Cut out chimney.

Glue chimney to side of log cabin.

Cut out two windows on side of cabin.

Turn project over and glue orange paper behind cut out windows to look like a fire burning within cabin.


VALENTINES

Articles Needed:

Red construction paper
String or ribbon
Scissors
Glue


Using large red construction paper, cut out a large heart.

Continue cutting out hearts until they get very small.

Glue each cut out heart, from large to small on ribbon or string and hang.


VALENTINE BUTTERFLIES

Articles Needed:

Red construction paper
Pink construction paper
Scissors
Glue
Yarn or string


Cut out two large red hearts the same size.

Cut out one heart from each of these.

Using the outer edges of each heart, glue together at points, forming wings.

Cut out two more red hearts from remaining hearts.

Using outer edges of these hearts, glue together at points and glue on top of other points of larger heart, forming double wings.

Using pink construction paper cut out small heart.

Glue small heart over points of hearts to form body.

Cut out two small straight pieces of paper for antennae.

Glue antennae to top of body.

Cut out two very tiny, pink hearts.

Glue each tiny, pink heart to the end of each antennae.

Hang with yarn or string.



VALENTINE TURTLE

Articles Needed:

Red construction paper
Pink construction paper
Scissors
Glue


Cut large red heart for body.

Cut small red heart for head.

Glue head to body, opposite point of heart.

Cut two very small pink hearts for eyes.

Glue eyes to either side of head.

Cut very small pink heart and glue to point of body for a tail.

Cut four small pink hearts for feet.

Glue feet to body.


VALENTINE CAT

Articles Needed:

Red construction paper
Pink construction paper
Scissors
Glue


Cut red heart for head.

Cut two small pink hearts for ears.

Cut very small pink hearts for eyes, nose and mouth.

Glue ears to top of head.

Glue eyes to head.

Invert nose and glue to head.

Glue mouth to head.

Cut very thin strips of pink paper for whiskers.

Glue whiskers under nose.

Cut long red heart for body.

Fold in half and invert.

Glue head to point of folded, red heart.

Cut one long, thin red heart for tail.

Glue tail to round side of folded heart at bottom.

Cut one long, very thin, red heart for feet.

Lay sidewards, opposite tail, at bottom of body and glue.


VALENTINE HEART MAN OR LADY

Articles Needed:


Red construction paper
White construction paper
Scissors
Glue
Yarn or string

Cut large red heart for head.

Cut smaller white heart for hat on head.

Glue hat to head.

Cut small white hearts for eyes, nose and mouth.

Cut out rectangle from white paper for body.

Glue head to top of rectangle.

Cut out two 8" x 1" white strips for arms.

Accordion pleat arms and glue to each side of body at shoulders.

Cut out two small red hearts for hands.

Glue hands to bottom of arms.

Cut out two 10" x 1" white strips for legs.

Accordion pleat legs and glue to bottom of rectangle.

Cut out two small red hearts for feet.

Glue feet to bottom of legs.

Hang with yarn or string.


VALENTINE HEART DOG

Articles Needed:


Red construction paper
Pink construction paper
White construction paper
Brown crayon or magic marker
Scissors
Glue

Using red construction paper, cut out red valentine.

Using pink construction paper, cut out two narrow pink hearts.

Invert red heart for head.

Invert pink hearts and glue on either side of head for ears.

Cut out two small white hearts for eyes.

Cut out two very small pink hearts for center of eyes.

Cut out one small pink heart for nose and invert.

Cut out one small wide pink heart for mouth.

Put brown polka dots around nose.


MARCH


1. THE IRISH A WASHERWOMAN

If there Is one tune that announces the stereotype of Irishness, it Is The Irish Washerwoman. Used as background music for performances of every kind. from the stage-Irish caricature of Old Mother Riley in Music Hall days to the famous 'Irish' movie The Quiet Man starring John Wayne. It has long been the best known of all Irish jigs. Yet, in spite of apparent overexposure, it remains perennially popular with fiddlers and was recorded as recently as 1991 by Paddy Glackin on his album In Full Space (Gael-Linn CEFCDI53). The bowing here is one-stroke-to-a-note. The two quavers before the first bar-line (known as pick-up notes) are not accented.


LEPRACHAUN

Articles Needed:


Blue construction paper
Brown construction paper
Green construction paper
Orange construction paper
Yellow construction paper
White construction paper
Black construction paper
White cotton for beard
Crayons
Scissors
Glue

Use blue construction paper for background.

Cut out an uneven piece of brown construction paper the width of the blue paper and about 2" high.

Glue this brown paper to the bottom edge of the blue paper for ground.

Using green construction paper, draw and cut out a green Leprachaun.

Cut out orange oval for his face.

Glue orange oval to body.

Glue white cotton around face for a beard.

Using black crayon, draw in belt and buckle on jacket and shoes.

Using green construction paper draw a top hat.

Cut out hat and color in band and buckle around hat.

Draw in eyes, nose and mouth.

Using orange construction paper, draw two hands.

Cut out hands and glue to jacket.

Glue Leprachaun on 1eft side of blue construction paper, standing on ground.

Using white construction paper, color in a rainbow and cut out.

Glue rainbow from the Leprachaun to the other side of the paper.

Using black construction paper, draw and cut out a black pot.

Glue pot at the end of the rainbow, on the right side.

Using yellow paper, cut out small yellow circles for gold coins.

Glue coins inside of top of pot and overflowing onto ground.


STORY OR POEM

Articles Needed:


A poem or story about March wind
Blue construction paper
White or gray construction paper
Black crayon
Lined paper
Pencil
Scissors
Glue

Read story or poem about March wind.

Using white or gray construction paper, draw a fluffy cloud-like wind.

Cut out face.

Using black crayon, draw in eyes closed and purse lips to look as if they are blowing.

Glue onto blue construction paper.

Using crayon make long streaks coming from mouth to look like breath.

Write two sentences about the March wind.


POEM

Articles Needed:


March poem coming in like a lion and going out like a lamb
Run poem off on computer
Blue construction paper
White construction paper
Yellow construction paper
Small pieces of yellow and brown yarn
Cotton balls
Crayons
Scissors
Glue

Use blue construction paper for background.

Using yellow construction paper, draw head of lion with ears.

Using brown crayon color in eyes, nose and mouth.

Using the small pieces of yarn, fluff open and mix colors together and glue around face for mane.

Using white construction paper, draw entire lamb, side view.

Color in eyes, nose and mouth areas.

Glue small pieces of cotton onto lamb to look like fur.

Glue lion to upper left corner of blue construction paper.

Glue lamb to lower right corner of construction paper, with nose facing right edge.

If poem is small enough to fit in center of blue construction paper, glue it there.

If not, glue poem to bottom of blue construction paper.


APRIL


EASTER RABBITS TO USE WITH BASKET CART

Articles Needed:


Various colored construction paper—Spring colors
Pencil
Scissors
Pencil
Magic Marker
Brass fasteners
Glue

Cut out two upright rabbits, the same color, from construction paper.

Lay rabbits facing each other and trace a jacket of different color, to fit each rabbit.

Glue jacket on each rabbit as they face each other.

Cut out two bows of yet another color and glue on rabbits and jackets at neck area.

Glue a small yellow circle to back tail of each jacket for buttons.

Using Magic Marker draw in eye on each rabbit.

Cut very thin strips of paper for whiskers.

Glue whiskers to each rabbit, between nose and mouth.

Set aside to use with basket.


CART FOR RABBITS

Using 8" x 10" construction paper and holding it horizontally, fold in about 2" from each edge, top and bottom.

Hold paper vertically and fold in about 1 3/4" from each end.

Holding paper vertically, cut on folded line up to horizontal fold, top and bottom, left and right sides.

Holding paper vertically, bend in each side.

Glue each to form box.

Cut two circles of another color for wheels.

Cut two strips of paper, 1" wide by 10" long.

Using brass fastener connect wheel and end of strip to cart on both sides.

Joining rabbits at paws, connect paws with brass fastener to other end of strip which has been placed between paws.

Fill cart with Easter grass and candy


CHICK

Articles Needed:


White construction paper
Yellow construction paper
Black Magic Marker
Brass fastener
Scissors

Using white construction paper, cut out a large oval for egg.

Cut oval in half using jagged cuts to imitate cracked egg.

Join together at bottom, overlapping ends slightly and fasten with a brass fastener.

Using yellow construction paper, draw and cut out top half of a yellow chick.

Using black Magic Marker put an eye on chick.

Open egg and fasten chick to egg at bottom, using the same brass fastener.

Egg can open and close, hiding or showing chick.
(Continues...)


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    I highly recommend this wonderful book to engage your child in the fun, creative world of arts and crafts.

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