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The Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, our music partners, have shared these fun music activities for early childhood development
If any current band students are interested, they are also offering a private lesson package with a discount specifically for 321 families! Please view the flyer below and if interested, fill out this Google Form:
FIBER ARTS – The one and only Amy Crews has offered lots of fun ways to keep busy and do fun projects with things you have at home.
Hello Fiber Artists! Below is a fun craft that you can make out of things that you have at home. We made this pompom mobile in Fiber Arts last year and my dog Sally helped me photograph it! This mobile is hanging in Hazel’s room and every time I see it it makes me smile. There’s just something about pompoms!
- A very nice stick
- Things to make pompoms out of:
- T-shirt yarn (instructions below)
- Plastic bag yarn (same instructions as t-shirt yarn)
- Anything else that you want to add to your mobile (little toys, bells, leaves)
It’s simple, make pompoms, arrange them how you like them (it helps to lay it flat on a table while you play with placement of your objects), tie them on with different lengths of string and yarn (use double knots!) and then hang it up somewhere where it will make you happy!
Making T-shirt yarn
The best T-shirts to use are the ones without side seams and without too much printing. Some light printing is okay. If this is your first time making t-shirt yarn practice with plastic bags (if you have any around). Also, use the best scissors that you have – it makes a big difference in how easy it is to cut the shirts. For younger children they may need help at this step – you are cutting through several layers of fabric.
Note: Plastic bag yarn makes the best pompoms! They are easy to make and poof out into lovely round balls, t-shirt yarn doesn’t work quite as well, the pompoms look a little like fat spiders unless the fabric is very thin.
This is a nice tutorial that shows several ways to make pompoms out of things that are in your house. When you are tying the string around the middle of the pompom it really helps to wrap it twice when you are making the first part of the knot. Then you can pull it tight without having it slip apart as quickly. The most important thing is to get that tie around your pompom as tight as you can without breaking your yarn or hurting your hands!
When you’ve finished that and made way too much t-shirt yarn try finger knitting or finger crochet! You can make all kinds of things!
Finger knitting is a great intro to knitting. This is a good tutorial and you can find all kinds of fun things to make with your knitting. Make sure when you’re knitting that it’s not too tight – you need to be sure that your fingers are comfortable and you can slip the knitting off whenever you want. If you want a break slip your stitches onto a pencil so that they don’t come undone.
Finger crochet is lots of fun. This tutorial show a chain and a double crochet. You can do a lot with these two stitches or even just stick with the chain to make an excellent jump rope! A rope out of t-shirt yarn is heavy and works pretty well for jumping.
I hope you have some fun with these tutorials. We miss you all very much and can’t wait to see you again in Fiber Arts Club!
Lots of love,
Amy and Hazel
GARDENING – Once again, Amy Crews graces us with more useful information on how to easily garden in your home with the food you already have.
Hello Gardening Friends!
Gardening is a great way to bring the spring inside – and sometimes you get something delicious to eat as well. Here are a few ideas for gardening at home!
Regrowing from scraps
You can regrow a lot of vegetables from the scraps that you would throw away.
- Celery, lettuce and scallions will regrow from the root end if you put them in water and you get more!
- Beet, turnip and radish greens from the top if you put them in a shallow dish of water. Beet and turnip greens are delicious to eat in a salad and radish greens are a wonderful treat for small animals like guinea pigs and rabbits.
- Herbs like basil and rosemary will root in water and continue to grow. Try to pick ones that are super fresh.
- Potatoes will sprout in a glass of water and grow a very nice vine and produce potatoes if you pot them in soil (make sure to put them in a pot with plenty of room!).
- The top of a pineapple will keep growing and make a beautiful houseplant!
Here is a link to one resource, there is a ton of information about there if you google ‘regrowing vegetables from scraps’ – https://www.apieceofrainbow.com/veggetables-herbs-regrow-kitchen-scraps/ .
A sprouting jar is a great way to grow really tasty greens quickly, you will have something delicious in a few days. Here are some instructions https://www.treehugger.com/green-food/grow-your-own-sprouts-jar.html When sprouting seeds it is very important to rinse the seeds at least twice a day – this is to keep them well watered and also to make sure that they stay clean enough to eat! The sprouts are a great snack alone or on a sandwich or even a pizza. This requires purchasing seeds but some of the mail order companies have sprouting seeds available.
And the BEST for last!
Edible Schoolyards just launched this absolutely beautiful page of gardening activities to do at home!
Mr. Marc of “Dance Advance” has offered these great videos!
- On The Go – This animated music video features Mr. Marc singing a song, driving, and riding on all the different means of transportation.
- Zoo Song – Mr. Marc sings a song about all the different animals at the zoo.
WHO AM I? ANIMATED SERIES
- Sea Creatures – Can you guess the Sea Creature?
- Jungle Creatures – Can you guess the Jungle Creature?
- Ocean Animals – Can you guess the Ocean Animal?
- Feelings – Animated music video with different faces and feelings
- Monkeys – Count all the Monkeys in this fast paced and fun music video
Mr. Marc also has information available for events and classes this summer. Check it out here!
Roselyn Yudelowitz – Mindfulness & Meditation instructor (she’s a licensed therapist!)
- Roselyn is offering one on one 30 minute meditation classes. If you are interested, please contact Courtney (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.