Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Youth Arts Festival Day 2 and Day 3

Day 2 and Day 3

Youth Arts Festival 2016! 

Lego Art

Pop Art Day, Comic Books, Cartoons, Pop Culture

Princesses, My Little Pony (Fluttershy, Rainbow Dash, Rarity), Link from Legend of Zelda, Mine Craft ghasts

Ultimate Lego Design

Wings, Mosaic, and Vignette

Story and Snack for older kids

My daughter read almost nothing but bad Kitty Books for all of second grade, so she insisted we feature this in our story class for my son entering 2nd grade.

"Bad Kitty" by Nick Bruel
  • Nutella Sandwich w/ M&M's and marshmallows
  • tuna and crackers
  • goldfish

"Roger the Jolly Pirate" by Brett Helquist

  • Pizza
  • Olives
  • Pepperoni
  • Jolly Ranchers

Edible Story Art

Monkey and Rabbit

Mine Craft Art

Monday, June 6, 2016

Summer Art

Some of the Fun From Day one of 

Youth Arts Festival 2016! 

I teach a Lego Art Class for 5-7 year olds and one for 10-15 year olds.  I am doing "Story and Snack for older kids" as well because I have a break between Lego classes and we can't get enough food art!

Lego Art

Brick Sculpture day
8  princesses!

Ultimate Lego Design

Dioramas and Vignettes day

Story & Snack for older kids

We read about a pig who tricks a wolf into slaving for him all day in order to avoid becoming his dinner.  Then made blue jello "baths", ate a "nice dinner with dessert", and made a roller massager out of bubble gum!  This really is the class for my 6 and 8 year old, but my 3 year old liked it too.

Edible Story Art

"Elephant and Puppy" Day

Kinder Arts & Crafts

Circle Day

Mini Figure Art

Mine Craft Art

Made a crafting table, TNT, and a fishing pole

Jewelry Making

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Webelos Adventures In Science

This badge looks so much fun!  
"An experiment is a “fair test” to compare possible explanations. Draw a picture of a fair test that shows what you need to do to test a fertilizer’s effects on plant growth."

"Visit a museum, a college, a laboratory, an observatory, a zoo, an aquarium, or other facility that employs scientists. Prepare three questions ahead of time, and talk to a scientist about his or her work." 
This was a great activity the girl scouts did for their Night Owl Badge!

"Build a model solar system. Chart the distances between the planets so that the model is to scale. Use what you learn from this requirement to explain the value of making a model in science."

I thought even if the distances are to scale, the planets could still be cookies!  Look close--these cookies are Earth and Jupiter.  In this pictures we are getting ready for 4-H clover bud camp where the participants are going to learn about space!

"With adult assistance, explore safe chemical reactions with household materials. Using two substances, observe what happens when the amounts of the reactants are increased."
I did this with 3 year olds and at a pack night, tons of fun!  We tried this scented rainbow science and sensory play, although I would just do one or two colors for the webelos.

Explore properties of motion on a playground. How does the weight of a person affect how fast they slide down a slide or how fast a swing moves? Design a fair test to answer one of those questions. 

Study the night sky.  Sketch the appearance of the North Star (Polaris) and the Big Dipper (part of the Ursa Major constellation) over at least six hours. Describe what you observed, and explain the meaning of your observations. 

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Roaring Laughter Bear Adventure

Here is an mad lib template of my own making to help cub scouts have fun writing their short story for the Roaring Laughter Adventure Badge.  

Writing is very hard and not fun for a lot of boys this age,  but they can certainly tell silly stories, so if the leader wants to play scribe--that is a good and a template saves a lot of writing time! 

Requirement #3: Create your own short story (“Summer” Mad Lib). Remove some nouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs from the story, leaving blanks. Without telling the story, have a friend insert his or her own nouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs in the story you created.  Be creative, use lots of describing words like colors, numbers, squishy, stinky, scratchy, etc.  Think of ridiculous things that could happen.  Have fun!

Requirement #4 With a partner, play a game that makes you laugh.  Example ("Apples to Apples Junior" or the ever popular minute to win it “face the cookie”)

Monday, April 18, 2016

Teacher Appreciation Door Decorations

I was just thinking as I finished up a door decoration for my daughter's class that I've done nine of these wall sized art projects over the years and it is a shame I haven't taken many pictures of them. I did find some of my ideas on the computer though.  So my blog entry today is just my ideas over the years for door decorations.  I usually pick the ideas based on something I know about the teacher or the class.  Most of my sketches are pretty rough, I wish I had more pictures:(  Most of the door decorations have cutouts for the kids to write their names on thats what all the little cutouts are in the pictures.  For the ninja one we wrote all the names on the background in ninja script, it was a lot of fun.  For the teacher that liked Hawaii, we took pictures of all the kids in the class surfing and put them on surfboards instead of writing their names.  The fishing boat was the first one I ever did and a friend helped me, it was cuter than the picture.  One teacher had a zoo theme all year so we did a monkey.  Another teacher liked to play the guitar so we put a guitar on her door.  One teacher had a VERY rambunctious class that was always getting "carried away", so we did the ant picnic for her.  This year I just did pop art because I like pop art and I'm about out of ideas.

their names on.  

Friday, March 25, 2016

Nursery Easter Lesson


I got the text out of the LDS New Testament Stories, and the pictures are from "Baby's First Easter"

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Cadette Special Agent Badge

Lots of fun, Lots of work!

Fingerprinting Gathering Activity (requirement #1)
First we fingerprinted all the girls and made a chart showing how many fingers were loops, whorls, and arches.  Compared it to the national average!

·       CSI Party, play detective! (requirement #1)

We had a crime scene and then solved the case to find out who killed Jack Duck!

20 minute rotations
Careers: Crime Scene Photographer requirement #5
Photograph crime scene and girls each got a suspect list
Reading Body Language, Detecting Lies requirement #4
 Girls acted out all the suspects and different types of body language cues.  Girls got to read clue #1 which eliminated one suspect with a body language clue.
Play Detective requirement #1
Girls solved a case using fingerprint minutiae.  Girls got to read clue #2 which eliminated one suspect with a fingerprint clue
Forensic Lab requirement #3
Make fake-blood droplet cards and analyze the difference shapes of blood droplets based on angle and distance. solve clue #3, a blood spatter clue.
Eyewitness Activity
Girls learn about the unreliability of eyewitnesses and try their hand and drawing suspects.  Girls get the suspect's shoe print for  clue #4. 
Careers: Forensic Document Examiner
Girls learn to look closely at handwriting and look for clusters of similarities to make an identification.  Girl's use writing samples to identify who left the note found at the crime scene for clue #5.

Bonus: not forensics at all, girls learned about handwriting analysis which is like a personality test and was totally fun!!

We had a small snack and drink between one of the rotations because this was a long activity with a lot of work for the girls to do!

Our clues had to be in order, but the rotation order was flexible.

When girls finished clue #5 we let them open the "Whodunnit" envelope and read the solution to the mystery and get their Special Agent Badge!

CSI Mystery Party:
Crime Scene Scenario
Suspect List
Suspect Statements
Clues #1-5
The “Whodunnit” statement!

We based ours loosely off the CSI Date, but added two more suspects: Rita Booke and Anita Faber.

Rotation #1
Crime Scene Photography By the Book 
·      Enough photography checklists for each partnership at the rotation to have one.
·      Enough cameras for each partnership at the rotation

5 minutes Give a list of of careers in forensics, explain the purpose of crime scene photography and how to do it correctly.
10 minutes Have girls be Crime Scene Investigators!  Take pictures according to the FBI handbook, read “the crime scene” scenario and “The suspect list”.
5 minutes to rotate

Rotation #2 
Reading Body Language, Detecting lies 
·      Suspect statements
     list of body language clues and what they indicate
·      optional:  a hat or clothing prop for each suspect

3-5 minutes instruction on how to read body language and detect lies (not making eye contact, blushing, raising vocal pitch, touching face, scratching nose, fidgeting, repeating words like honestly or truthfully, leaving out details in a story, or changing the story when told repeatedly, blinking frequently.)

10 minutes read suspect statements and start guessing who did it and why!
5 minutes rotate

Rotation #3
Investigation Activity 
·      Minutiae Chart 
·      "Sticky Fingers Case" available from internet, pencils

3-5 minutes instruction on the importance of minutiae in identifying fingerprints
10 minutes solve the “sticky fingers” case answer these questions as they work through the case:
What type of finger print pattern is each finger of the suspects?
Is this combination of fingerprint patterns common? No, extremely rare.
Find two minutiae on the suspect’s fingerprints.
Try to match the crime scene fingerprints to the suspect prints.
Was the suspect at the crime scene? Yes
Was the suspect most likely right or left-handed? Right
Are the location of his prints at the crime scene consistent with a customer or a thief? Thief-they are on the cash register.
Is it surprising that the prints on the display case don’t match the thief? No.

Rotation #4 
Forensic Science Lab 
·      2 packets red Crystal Light (enough to make 2 quarts) (you may want to make a new cup for each rotation)
·      2 teaspoons boiling water
·      Paper cup
·      Straw
·      Coffee Stirrer or Capri Sun straws
·      White construction paper
·      Ruler
·      Measuring tape
·      Something to protect walls and floor like a disposable tablecloth, butcher paper, newspaper, large cardboard box.
·      Instruction papers, pencils
·      Optional: aprons or paint shirts

3-5 minute instruction on what Forensic Science is, how it helps solve crimes, and how to do this science project.
10 minutes to make blood spatter cards and to compare them with cards made by the other girls and solve clue #3
5 minutes to rotate
Don't focus too much on blood aspect since these are middle school girls, just have fun with the shapes!

20 minutes: Have a break between rotations for a snack.

Rotation #5 
Eyewitness Activity (requirement #2 and/or #5)
·      Computer(s) if using the “Art of Detection” game from the internet OR make your own with
     a photo suspect, video suspect, or guest suspect to run through the room
·      Pencils; paper

3-5 minutes discussion on forensic sketch artists, how learning to drawing certain shapes and features is like learning a language, the more you draw the larger your drawing vocabulary is.  Most people don’t pay attention to shapes and spacing of eyes, eyebrows, noses, and face shapes.  Most people do notice hair color and skin color.  Discuss why eyewitness accounts are often very unreliable and why that might be (weather, stress, health, personal bias).  Explain what the Innocence Project is and share a story about wrongful conviction. 
10 minutes Try drawing a suspect.  Girls can even describe someone they know to their partner and see how they do. 
Solve the footprint clue. (requirement #2)
Answer to Art of Detection:

Rotation #6  
Forensic Document Examiner 
3-5 minutes: Talk about how handwriting always varies and no one writes the same way every time.  Talk about how a "cluster of similarities" can be used to indicate a match between a known writing sample and an unknown document.  Talk about the main points to compare.
10 minutes: match up handwriting samples and

For fun: Handwriting can give a peek into your personality.  Make a writing sample and analyze it.
Slant of base line
Size of letters
Dots on i and crosses on t.
Neatness of letters

When girls think they know who did it, let them read “Whodunnit” and get their Special Agent Badge!