Elephant CDs

Do you still have your old CDs from way back and have no idea what to do with them? Well why not turn them into animals?

This week, our class studied the concepts of long and short! So to further strengthen the discussion, we had them make elephant CDs and play with its long nose! As I showed them a sample, I also showed them how the nose started short and grew longer and longer! It’s really easy to do and the kids had a lot of fun stretching their elephant’s nose!

What you will need:

  • An old CD
  • Art Paper (1-4 colors)
  • Googly Eyes
  • Yarn (Any color)
  • Scissors
  • Glue

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Step 1: Cut the ears and nose of the elephant. Also cut a small circle to cover the hole in the middle of the CD. You may use different colors for the different parts!

Step 2: Cut some yarn for the elephant’s hair! You can be as silly as you want to be with the hair color! If yarn is unavailable, you may use art paper instead.

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Step 3: Fold the nose

Step 4: Glue on the circle to cover the hole

Step 5: Flip the CD, and glue on the ears

Step 6: Flip the CD back up and glue on the nose, googly eyes and hair

In the picture above, we only used 1 color and used black art paper for the hair.

We tried to do it again, and the result was better.  The pictures below are the children’s works! We let them used a variety of colors for the parts, and black yarn for the hair.

You can also try doing other animals like dogs, cats, lions, etc. Just be creative! I’m sure it’ll be a lot of fun! And if you do try these other animals, do send me an email or post a comment! I’d love to hear all about it!

A Response to Circle Stamping

Teacher Regine Aniban from Little Presidents’ Learning Palace used the circle stamping activity for her pre-toddler class! According to her, the kids really had so much fun stamping the circle! It was a very simple yet also creative and enjoyable activity. She shared some photos with me through facebook and allowed me to share it with you, my dear readers. Enjoy!

Thank you Teacher Regine! 🙂

Materials used….

Kids at work…

Finished Products!


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Thank you Teacher Regine for sharing this with us! 🙂 I’m glad you were able to use my activities!

For all other readers out there, if you have a response or activity you’d like to share! Feel free to contact me!

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View my original post here:  Circle Stamping


Circle Stamping

Here’s a really fun… and maybe a little messy art activity for all ages! The older kids can do this, and the younger kids will definitely love this! It’s so easy to do!

What you need:
  • A variety of objects with circle shapes(bottle caps, old chess pieces, toys, marker caps, tissue tubes etc.)
  • At least 3 or more colors of paint (the more the merrier!)
  • Bond paper
  • Apron or smocks

Step 1: Start off by collecting all those round objects! Make sure they vary in size! Also, some circles may be hallow like the bottle caps and others solid like the bottom part of chess pieces. This makes the end product really nice!

Step 2: Prepare the different colors of paint for your little ones. Put the paint on plates or containers which are shallow so they wouldn’t have a hard time getting the paint

Step 3: Dip and Stamp!


Step 4: Show off your work! 🙂

Ladybug Ladybug!

Besides circles, we are also currently discussing the color red! Hence… the red apples and now, the ladybug! 🙂

We started off by reading the Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle! We did however have to simplify it since we were dealing with toddlers! After telling them the story, we showed them our ladybug! I let them play with it a little and later on asked them if they wanted to make a ladybug of their own! So if you want to make one too.. here’s how!

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What you will need:

  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Red construction paper
  • Black construction paper
  • Googly eyes

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Step 1: Pre-cut the body, wings, antennas, legs and spots on the red and black construction paper as shown above.

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Step 2: Glue on the black spots on one side of both circles

Step 3: Fold the circles and glue them on each side of the ladybug’s body

(For the toddlers, this part can be a little tricky, so be sure to help them out.)

Step 4: Add more circles on the outer fold

Step 5: Glue on the eyes, antennas and legs.

(For our toddlers, we had to help them glue on the legs)

Step 6: Let your ladybugs fly!

Red Apples

Here is a painting/pasting activity for the kids! It’s really easy to do and my 2-year old students really had fun doing it! 🙂

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What you need:


  • Small paper plates
  • Red paint
  • Glue
  • Red Japanese Paper
  • Brown Construction Paper
  • Green Art Paper

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Step 1: Cut the paper plates into apple shapes.


Step 2: Cut small circles using the Japanese Paper. (You may also use a different kind of paper)


Step 3: Cut the brown paper into stalks and the green paper into leaves


Step 4: Mix the paint with the glue. Make sure not to put too much glue. 1/4 glue, 3/4 paint.


Step 5: Paint the paper plate “apple”


Step 6: Stick the small circles


Step 7: Stick the stalk and leaf on top.


Step 8: Have fun hanging them on your door or posting them on your wall! 🙂


Yummy Fruity Bracelet

Children.. and even adults love eating fruit loops! So why not use this to further strengthen the lesson? This specific activity is actually a lacing activity that helps develop fine motor skills. It would also be easier for older kids to do since young children’s fine motor skills are not yet fully developed. Still, the end product works for all ages. The teachers simply need to assist the young children more in doing this activity.

Since we’re still on our topic of circles… we decided to have the children make their own fruit loop bracelet!  Since my students are still in the pre-nursery level, they needed much of our assistance. Once we were done, they were all smiles and proud to show off their bracelets. At first, they were even unsure if they wanted to eat it or not. Some of them wanted to take it home and keep it! Still, it was a lot of fun watching them slowly nibble the fruit loops off their wrists!

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What you will need:


  • Fruit Loops (amount varies on the number of kids)
  • Small plates
  • Nylon thread or yarn



Step 1: Cut the nylon or yarn to the size fit for the child’s wrist.

Tip: It’s always better if it’s too long rather than too short. Leave some allowance.


Step 2: Give the children a small plate and some fruit loops to get started.

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Step 3: Insert the fruit loops one by one. Try a variety of colors.

Step 4: If you think there are enough fruit loops on, tie the ends of the nylon/yarn together. Make sure to tie it properly so it doesn’t break off later on.

Step 5: MUNCH Time!


NOTE: To teachers and parents: It may get a bit messy while the children are eating, but don’t worry! We can easily clean up afterward. Let them have their fun!

The Colorful and Round Caterpillar!

This week, the kiddos are learning all about the circle shape! Shapes are such a fun thing to teach because there’s just so many things we can do! Though, we do have to restrict ourselves from doing too much cause we might ran out of activities for future lessons. (hehe)

For our circle activity, we decided to have the children make caterpillars! If you’re a kindergarten teacher, I’m sure you’ll agree with me when I say there are several ways in making a caterpillar! You can use thumb prints, egg carton, tissue rolls and many many more! It’s all about creativity! In our case, we used construction paper cut into circles. Before the activity, we read the story The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. We actually already read this story when we were studying the days of the week, so this was more on a review.

Another note to teachers, it’s okay to retell stories to kids. You can stick with the same story for one whole week, depending on the children’s interest. Young children easily forget things, so telling the story over and over again helps them remember it. Moreover, when you retell a story, you can focus on different parts each time you retell it. In our case, we first focused on the days of the week several weeks ago. Today, we focused on the caterpillar itself and what it looked like. In the future, we can use this book again and focus on food next! That’s the great thing about books, there’s so much you could learn from it that sometimes we don’t even notice! When you retell a story, you not only let the child remember the story more, you also let the child love the book more. Hence, develop his/her love for reading!

After retelling the story, it was time to make our own caterpillar! Just follow these simple steps:

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

  • Glue
  • Puncher
  • Scotch Tape
  • Red yarn/ Red marker
  • Googly eyes
  • Fuzzy wires
  • Construction paper of various colors (Cut into circles)


STEP 1: Lay out the circles for the child to see. Let them select the color of their choice. 5 circles per child will do.

Tip: You may let the children name the colors as they pick it out.

STEP 2: Punch two holes on the head for the caterpillar’s antenna

Step 3: Glue the tips of the circles together. (I usually start with the tail so the head comes out on top)

Step 4: Insert the fuzzy wire into the hole. Tape the wire at the back to prevent it from falling off.

Step 5: Glue the eyes in place

Step 6:Use the red yarn to make the caterpillar’s mouth. If not available, you may use a red marker instead

Step 7: (For older kids)

For older kids, the teacher may prepare legs shaped like letter L and have them glue it on. For younger kids however, the teacher may simply leave the caterpillar as is or glue on the legs herself. (It would still be too difficult for their tiny hands)

Have fun making your colorful caterpillars and displaying them around the classroom! What are other fun ways to make caterpillars? Do share!