In this fortnight we continued our theme of Animals by making origami paper snakes. Long bits of various colored cardboards were cut and prepared for the children. Each chose two strips of paper, and started folding them onto each other according to my example. In the end, they added goggly ‘eyes’ and a small red strip for the ‘tongue’. Finally we watched a video song about snakes that introduced them and their habits, while the children ‘hiss’ed with their snakes, and made them ‘coil’ and ‘slither’.
In the next session, we had a review on colors, numbers, and shapes. Balloons of various colors were blown and thrown around the classroom, and the children were asked to pop certain colors, and to count. Next, the children each received a collection of dried markers, from which they chose certain colors in certain numbers, both of which they named, and started making shapes of them, either on the ground using rubber bands or pipe cleaners, or on paper with glue.
The children also made little fish from plastic plates. I drew a general outline of a fish with an upper fin and tail on the plates, and the children cut them or I helped them with it. Then they colored their fish, stock ‘eyes’ on it and ‘fins’ while the ‘tail’ was already on, and in the next session I punched and passed a bit of blue string through their fish and then they let their fish ‘swim’. We also sang the song “One Two Three Four Five” as the children ‘caught their fish’ in the air and ‘let them go’.
In the final session, we also sang the song “If you’re happy and you know it”. I brought my beginner’s violin to class, showed them the instrument, its four strings, and how each string has a different sound as we move the bow over it, starting from the stronger to the lighter sound. Then I played our most listened-to songs and the children had to guess which song it was. Some of the kids also held the violin and moved the bows over it to create a sound.
In the end, they all received a cut bit of cardboard in the shape of a violin and tried to pass through the four strings of pipe cleaner as its four strings.