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Our Giant Elf Queen.

Posted on May 11, 2017 at 1:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Sometimes before Christmas our Preschool purchased new shelves. They came in big flat cardboard boxes. We desided to make something out of the boxes and this is the result of one of the boxes. Our own Elf Queen. Her name is Bothildur wich is a name from an old Icelandic Folktale. She is made of recycled material except for the paint. 

Potter's Wheel experiment!

Posted on March 1, 2016 at 8:20 AM Comments comments (0)

As I'm a ceramic artist I was curious to see what the children would do with clay on the potter's  wheel so I brought mine to the school. I centered the clay and then helped the children to make a hole in the middle. After that they where on their own. I was amazed to see how good contact they made with the clay and the spin. It was a fun thing to do. 

Wonderful pictures of children playing

Posted on July 14, 2013 at 7:15 PM Comments comments (0)

I want to share with you this wonderful site with lots of beautiful pictures of children playing, exploring, inventing and experiencing.

Creating the human form

Posted on July 13, 2013 at 8:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Still learning about the form. Now we were creating the human form with found objects collected in the woods. 

Worth reading!

Posted on June 18, 2013 at 11:10 AM Comments comments (0)

I just have to share with you this article from Teacher Tom's blog. I like this approach and would like to give it a try. It takes a bit of practice I imagine, when you are used to give kids a direct statements as "do this" or "do that", but it is probably worth the effort to make the interaction beetween you and the child more effective and friendly.

Moving the forest

Posted on June 16, 2013 at 9:25 AM Comments comments (0)

As I've said before we like to take a hike in our surroundings. Luckily for us we have a small forest within our town and we often go there to explore, climb trees, run and play.  When back in school we think about how much fun we had in the woods  but we could not be there all the time so we decided to make a miniature one to help us remember the good times. 

So the first step was taking a hike to our forest where we spent the day exploring and collecting the things we needed for our miniature woodland. 


Then back in school the second step was preparing the platform for our little forest. We decided to use a cardboard box and for a start we dressed it in newspaper. Just for fun I will tell you what is written there on one of the newspaper sheet we used. "Lets stop the bullying". Isn't that a good advice?


Well, the third step was painting the platform and arranging the trees, bushes, stones and all the things a forest needs. 


Finished. We can play in our miniature forest using small objects to represent ourselfs, climb trees, run and explore. This was an entertaining and educational project.

More about outdoor study.

Posted on June 11, 2013 at 9:50 AM Comments comments (0)

We are still exploring the form and now in the three dimensional level. Making beautiful sculptures as well. 


Let the kids play there own games and get messy.

Posted on June 8, 2013 at 6:50 PM Comments comments (0)

I found this video on vimeo and I recomend watching it. Very entertaining and worthy of consideration


How Akha Kids Play from Mia Baker on Vimeo.

And here is a link to an artical from The Grass Stain Guru. Just see for yourself.

Learning about form

Posted on June 7, 2013 at 1:30 PM Comments comments (0)

 Learning about form and making artwork using found objects in one of our hiking tour.  

I Can Show You I Care

Posted on June 5, 2013 at 12:05 PM Comments comments (0)

 "I Can Show You I Care: Compassionate Touch for Children"  is a book by Susan Cotta based on a true story.  In my school we read this book for the children on regular basis and practice the method. It is amazing to see how well it works. The children learn to accept and give a helping hand for both physical and mental discomfort. It helps them to connect with each other in a good and caring way and improves their social skills. Here is a good article about Compassionate Touch.

Here is one version of our boards of "helping hands". Whenever a child uses compassionate touch it takes a print of its hand and attach it on the wall of helping hands. 

Here is another version of our helping hands. We printed our hands directly to a wall to form a tree. Then we created the "tree of compliments". Every child wrote down a phrase of compliment to give to another child. Then we attached the compliments to the tree. 

"You are a good friend"   "You have beautiful eyes"


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