Visual Report Summer Fun Extravaganza 2016

We had a fun craft workshop again with Simone, Flatto81 and Hiyoko Imai. To fit our theme ‘Summer Fun’ I prepared summer like craft, wind chimes in Japanese style. Japanese wind chimes “Furin” are typically made of thin glass to give refreshing sound. I chose clear plastic cups to look like glass. I also made wind catchers of summer icons, dyed wood beads and designed own stickers. You can see the resulting works in the photo gallery below.

Thank you very much to Simone from Jacaranda Tree Montessori Amsterdam for organizing such a fun event. Also than you to all who joined our workshop. I hope you have a nice summer holiday with your ‘Furin’.

Summer Fun Craft Extravaganza, Saturday 2 July @ Jacaranda Tree Montessori

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Hello,

I’m collaborating with Simone from Jacaranda Tree for Summer Fun Craft Extravaganza. This year we don’t have the Tanabatakai but you’ll have summer fun with your little one, just like last summer.

We’ll be making;

Wind Chimes/Kyoko Kinder Kunst Klas

Paper Fans/Hiyoko Imai

Paper Sculptures/Flatto81

Play Dough Making/Jacaranda Tree Montessori

also some Japanese refreshments and Japanese goodies;

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Kyoko Kimono

Please note:
* One of us will be at each station to help you, but parents should be prepared to participate with your child too.
* Bring an apron or old shirt! You may get dirty.
* All ages are welcome. Older children will be able to work on the crafts more independently; younger children will need more assistance from their parents. Even little ones will enjoy absorbing all the impressions and the parents will get to enjoy the craft projects (also fun!).

Date: Saturday 2 July 2016
Address: Veerstraat 48, top floor

To sign up for the 10:30 – 12:00 session, click here: http://www.jacarandatreemontessori.nl/shop/summer-fun-craft-extravaganza-morning/

To sign up for the 14:30 – 16:00 session, click here:
http://www.jacarandatreemontessori.nl/shop/summer-fun-craft-extravaganza-afternoon/

There is space for 28 children in each session. This event always sells out, so be quick! You are welcome to invite your friends to sign up too.

 

 

Visual Report Festive Craft Extravaganza 2015

 

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Easy! Uncooked Play Dough Receip

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You can find those ingredients in most Dutch major supermarkets except green tea powder (you can use food coloring instead). I use 200ml measuring cup.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup salt
  • 1 and 1/4 cup plain flour
  • 3 tbs lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tbs oil
  • (1/2 tsp green tea powder)
  • Food coloring

Method

  1. Mix all dry ingredients together in a medium sized bowl.
  2. Add 1/4 cup of boiling water, lemmon juice and oil.
  3. Stair until dough becomes smooth.
  4. Mix food coloring.

Notes

This makes 2 play-doh® sized lumps. I usually make two colored lumps and keep each in a play-doh® container.

 

 

 

 

Festive Craft Extravaganza, Saturday 12 December

Come join us in our latest creative collaboration; a festive craft extravaganza for kids.

Simone of Jacaranda Tree Montessori has organized this holiday season craft event for many years. This year Flatto81 and I will join Simone!

I’m working on some fun Christmas crafts. There will also be cookie baking, wrapping paper making, singing festive songs and more!

Please note:
* One of us will be at each station to help you, but parents should be prepared to participate with your child too.
* Bring an apron or old shirt! You may get dirty.

To sign up for the 10:30 – 12:00 session, click here: http://www.jacarandatreemontessori.nl/shop/festive-craft-extravaganza-morning/

To sign up for the 14:30 – 16:00 session, click here: http://www.jacarandatreemontessori.nl/shop/festive-craft-extravaganza-afternoon/

There is space for 35 children in each session. This event always sells out, so be quick! You are welcome to invite your friends to sign up too.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

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design: Hiyoko Imai

Craft workshop in Dutch school

When my son was in group 2 at his Dutch Montessori school I was asked by his teacher to give a craft workshop. There is a craft event once a year in his school which is organized by parents. That time the event was combined with a charity event. So the children were to make art works and sell them at school to raise donation money. In Montessori schools typically classes are mixed with different ages. So my group was a mixture of group 3~6. This was my first workshop to older Dutch children. Therefore I chose the theme carefully under these points:

  1. fun for both boys and girls
  2. technically not too easy not too difficult
  3. leaving a lot of freedom to put their own ideas
  4. the work should look like finished art work

Here are some pics of the results. These young artists made such beautiful art works 🙂

Theme: ” Making your own tree and insect ”

Material: modeling clay, acid free paper, fresh herbs, dried beans, tempera, wires, etc.

Tools: hammer, scissors, straw, glue, etc.

Time: 2 hours with 15min break in between

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First half time: we blew some brown paint with a straw. While the painted paper was being dried we made leaves by hammering fresh leaves in between papers.

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Second half: First I showed some pictures of insects to explain their body structures. The children chose their favorite insects to make.

With a case and frame the works looked more finished.

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