Friday, January 27, 2012

Interactive Learning Wall for Kids: Snowman

This is a great activity board for teaching children about
  • shapes (rectangle, circles, triangle, square)
  • sizes (biggest circle, smallest circle)
  • colours (choose colours for the buttons, hat and arms that you think the children need to learn)
  • counting (3 buttons)
  • emotions (turn mouth upside down to make a sad snowman)

    • 2 sheets of light blue Bristol Board
    • 1 sheet of white Bristol Board
    • orange, purple, brown and black construction paper (1-2 small sheets of each)
    • Velcro
    • clear plastic packing tape
    • scissors
    • pencil
    *You will also need to bring at least the first 2 items to a store for lamination, unless you have access to a large laminater. The rest of the items can be laminated on a small, personal-sized laminater, if you have one.

    *I apologize for the formatting issues I encountered while writing this particular post.

    Instructions - Part 1:
    1. On the white Bristol Board, draw 3 different sized circles for the snowman: one that is about 12.5 inches in diameter (across), one that is about 10.5 inches across, and one that is about 8.5 inches across. (You can likely find bowls in your kitchen that have approximately the same length of diameters. Turn them upside-down and trace around the edge for the perfect circle.)
    2. Cut the circles out.
    3. Draw and cut out of the black construction paper:

    - a rectangle that is about 10.5 inches by 1.5 inches
    - a square that is about 5.5 inches on each side
    - 2 small circles, about 1.5 inches in diameter (across)
    - a crescent shaped mouth, about 5.5 inches wide
    4. Cut 3 circles out of the purple construction paper that are about 2 inches in diameter.
    5. Cut 2 "stick arms" out of the brown construction paper that are about 9.5 inches long.
    6. Cut a triangle out of the orange construction paper that is no more than 3 inches on any side.
    7. Laminate all items, including the 2 pieces of blue Bristol Board.

    Instructions - Part 2:
    1. Using clear plastic packing tape, tape the 2 laminated sheets of blue Bristol Board horizontally to a wall, one directly on top of the other (make sure there is no space between them). The bottom sheet of Bristol Board should be taped as close to the bottom of the wall as possible, so that the little kiddies will easily be able to reach this activity board. Leave no edges of Bristol Board untaped, since little kiddies will find a way to take down the activity wall in no time!
    2. Cut 6 strips of the "soft" Velcro, that are each 5 inches long.

    3.      Measuring 8 inches from the bottom of the blue Bristol Board, stick 2 of these pieces horizontally, one on top of the other, to the blue Bristol Board.

    4.     Measuring 10.5 inches inches above the Velcro you have just stuck on, place the next 2 pieces of Velcro, in the same fashion.

    5.    Measuring 7.5 inches from this Velcro you have just stuck on, place the last two pieces of Velcro to the blue Bristol Board.

    6.    Cut out 2 pieces of Velcro (soft side) that are 2.5 inches long. Place one piece, horizontally, 3.5 inches  from the last Velcro you applied to the blue Bristol Board. Stick the second one, horizontally, 2.5 inches above this.

    7.    Cut out 2 pieces of Velcro (soft side) that are 2 inches long. Place them at a 45 degree angle, about 3 inches to the side of, and about 1 inch above the middle two (5 inch) strips of Velcro. 

    *Note the white Velcro in the middle of the circles.

    8.    Cut 6 strips of the "scratchy" side of the Velcro, that are each 5 inches long. Stick 2, horizontally, one on top of the other, to each of the 3 white circles.

    9.     Stick the 3 circles to the blue Bristol Board (largest on the bottom, smallest at the top).

    10.   Cut out 2 pieces of the scratchy side of the Velcro,  each 2.5 inches long. Stick one to the middle of the black rectangle, and the other to the middle of the black square.

    11.   Stick the black rectangle to the Velcro directly above the top white circle you have placed on the blue Bristol Board. Stick the black square to the Velcro directly above this.

    12.   Cut out two pieces of the scratchy-sided Velcro that are each 2 inches long. Stick them 2 inches from the end of the stick arms you want closest to the snowman's body. Attach the stick arms to each of the diagonal pieces of Velcro on the blue Bristol Board.

    13.   For the snowman's face, cut out four 1 inch strips of the soft side of the Velcro. Stick all four of these strips onto the smallest white circle: 2 where you'd like the eyes to be, one for the nose, and one for the mouth.

    14.   Cut out four 1 inch strips of the scratchy Velcro. Place one on each black circle eye, one on the orange triangle nose, and one on the crescent mouth. Stick the parts of the face on.

    15.    Cut 3 pieces of soft Velcro that are each 1.5 inches long. Place them in the middle circle of the snowman, where you'd like the buttons to go.

    16.    Cut 3 pieces of scratchy Velcro that are each 1.5 inches long, and place them on the 3 purple buttons for the snowman. Stick the buttons to the middle circle of the snowman.

    17.    Now that you're finished, let the kids play with the snowman, or use it to teach sizes, colours, shapes, numbers or emotions.

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