Based in San Francisco, iteachkids.org is an early childhood education blog by Tiva Lee Samaru. HER posts explore; through videos and other resources - original early childhood education curricula and ideas for enrichment classes, as well as, tips and tricks for classroom management and general childcare.

Upcycle, make, use

Upcycle, make, use

A little insight into the inspiration behind our first arts & crafts activity.

It's great to be able to turn old things into something new. It's especially impressive when this is done to enhance your enrichment classes. Handmade props carry so much appeal, character, and sentiment. Maybe that's a biased opinion, but if you saw our students' reaction to our props, then that would further affirm our statement.

In a world where DIY-ing is a thing, we thought it fitting to have an Arts & Crafts Segment.

The sole purpose of this segment is to show you how easy it is to make your own props. Trust when we say, your students will love you more for it!  You don't need distinctive crafting skills to craft up cool props. It merely requires effort. 

So today we come to you with paper lanterns and glue, a scissors and a stapler, sequins and an old tee-shirt, old strips of material from an old rug, garbage bags and a few other things, in a bid to show you how easy it is to make some cool ocean themed props.

Given that our current theme is "Ocean", we picked five sea creatures who we thought would go hand in hand with some paper lanterns we had lying around. We then put our tools to work and crafted up some paper lantern goodness.


Take a look!

So if you want to craft up some cool ocean sea creatures of your own for your next ocean-themed class, then feel free to watch our video. You will see the tools we used and the finished product in motion! We are confident that these five little paper lantern sea creatures will be a great addition to your teaching props and urge you to keep up with the DIY lifestyle!  

Get Down With Some DIY,

Tiva & Randa

Moving and grooving

Moving and grooving

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