Category Archives: Arts and Crafts

Autumn leaves


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Autumn is here and our playground is full of leaves.

This beautiful scenery (our playground) and some activities I’ve seen in pinterest gave me the idea to do this craft.

It’s an easy one and children loved it.

First it all we used white cardboard paper and we placed some pieces of crepe paper (in different colors) in the pattern we wished. We let our imagination run wild with this technique.We made random patterns and  it was lots of fun.


Then we sprayed liberally with water. The more water we sprayed on the crepe paper the more intense the color transferred.

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We pressed down to make sure the water penetrates and we left them for 10 minutes. After that we removed the layers and we let them dry and We waited until the next day to paint the trees.


Using the black/brown watercolor and a paint brush, we painted a tree trunk on our horizon line. Then we dipped our paintbrushes into the black/brown watercolor and we made some little puddles at the top of our tree trunk.  With our straws we blew the watercolor up and across our paper to make branches.  We continued making puddles on our trunks or on branches and blew the watercolor in various directions.

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When it was completely dried  (it didn’t  take long) we collected  some dry autumn leaves from our playground. The leaves were very dry so they crunched up nicely. We crunched our leaves and we glued them where we wanted the leaves to be. And… it was done! Aren’t they pretty?

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Drawing cartoons

My first art lesson with my 3rd graders we learned to draw faces, I made my own  cards inspired in the game “PICK AND DRAW”.
They enjoyed very much this activity and here you can see some pictures

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Guising at Halloween



Yesterday we had our traditional Halloween party at school, we wore fancy dresses or disguises and we worked very hard decorating our classrooms and our school as a haunted house. Javier the head of studies and our three teacher assistants inspected all classroom in the Halloween decorating contest.  After accepting bribes, succumbing to threats, consuming horrible treats, and studying the decorations and costumes, the three judges selected three first prizes and three second ones. We’ll know the results the next Tuesday!!

We also watched some videos, learned about the origin of Halloween, ate sweets and cakes, danced, did some Halloween themed crafts, told scary stories and played. We even had an experimient !! We had lots of fun!!

A sneak  peek at our decorations

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Origami frogs and waterlilies


In order to finish our Monet gardens here you have some videos with instructions to create your own origami creatures. Working with our own hands is a good activity to do, because you can take a flat piece of paper and turn it into a three dimensional object. This type of manipulation helps us understand spatial reasoning.

Practice origami has a lot of benefits like developing eye hand co-ordination, sequencing skills, attention skills, patience, temporal spatial skills, math reasoning etc. 

First it all, a frog

Then, a waterlily

Finally, a snail

Starting our Art lessons!! MONET


Last year we studied several painters, but unfortunately we didn’t have enough time to finish our Monet project. We  read  this awesome book “Claude Monet: Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Artists

We also watched some presentations and videos about the painter and his masterpieces, and we started our work inspired in “Monet’s water lily paintings” and this blog and we watched this presentation made by me 😉 Monet project.ppt

After that, I displayed on the table some different materials and the students chose what they wanted to use in their paintings. Here you have some of our work that we did today (I got the pictures but the quality on my cell phone isn’t the greatest. Sorry for that) I’m eager to see the results of it!!!!

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Mythology in Art. Museo del Prado field trip


I am finally getting a chance to update you guys on our field trip!

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On Friday we went to the Museo del Prado of Madrid to take a tour, called “Mythology in Art” as we did last year: A morning at Prado Museum.  Our tour was fabulous!  We learned that gods and goddesses in mythology lived lives very much like soap opera stories and they did very bad things.This tour was really good at taking the circumstances depicted in the art and presenting them in ways that were relatable to the kids’ modern lives.  The kids and I are all excited about learning more about these Greek and Roman mythological beings.

Here are some of the paintings. Click on them to hear the comments.