Kids Educational Craft Ideas – Alternatives to Using a Paint Brush

Painting opens up a world of colour and communication for children and is a wonderful way for them to create. There are many simple and exciting alternatives to using a paint brush.

String painting is easy and is a great way for children to pattern paint. You just wrap some string around a small wooden block (this could be a building block that your children play with). A square or rectangle shape is better, but make sure that it is big enough for the child to hold easily. To aid in your child’s learning, it is best to have a variety of different sizes handy. Prepare some paint and pour it into some old polystyrene trays or any tray that you can afford to use for lots of painting activities. Dip the block into the paint and press on the paper and you’re done!

Marble painting is another way for children to have fun and also learn hand eye coordination whilst creating different patterns. Prepare some paint and put it in a container that has deep sides, such as an old baking tray or a shallow cardboard box. The top of a shoe box is an excellent example providing that it is still strong and intact. Put some paper in the bottom of the tray with a small amount of paint (you can use two or three different colours at a time). Drop a marble in the tray and let the children move the marble backwards and forwards, sideways etc. to create their own work of art.

Finger painting develops the child’s sensory skills as they feel and touch the paint. Put some paint on an old table and let the children put their hands in it and make their own designs. If you do not have an old table that you can use, then you can always put some plastic on the table and this will suffice.

Please bear in mind that most paints are easily washed off surfaces and hands with hot soapy water but please check the instructions to be certain! Once the children have finished their painting, put a piece of paper on top and peel it off. Put it somewhere to dry and then they have a print of their art work to show to family and friends.

Here are some other quick tips and alternatives that your children may enjoy that can also be used for printing…

  • Cotton bud painting can encourage children to paint in a different way, which develops fine motor skills.
  • Cotton wool has a different feel and texture to it.
  • Paint rollers are fun to use on large rectangular areas. So this would be ideal for example, if you are planning on painting a red cardboard bus.
  • Cotton reels and corks can be used for pattern painting.
  • Sponges cut into different shapes can be a great way to recycle and you can use both their rough and smooth sides in painting. Some examples of shapes you can use are rectangles and circles and a diamond or star. You can also purchase sponge shapes from a good toy shop, or you can order them from educational supply magazines.
  • Other ideas include the cardboard rolls inside household foil and plastic wrap, plastic forks or jar lids.

Just remember to let those creative juices flow.

Teaching Supplies

Teachers are those who educate and train students on a course of study, lesson plan, or a practical skill, including learning and thinking skills. Teachers across the world adopt different ways to tutor and assist students in their learning procedure. This is commonly termed as the teacher’s pedagogy. While deciding what coaching method to use, a teacher will need to consider a number of factors. Supplies required for teaching play a very important role in the entire process of imparting education. Supplies help and aid a teacher to carry out the process of teaching smoothly and effectively. These supplies are basic tools, which assist to convey the message from the teacher to the student.

The teaching supplies used often tend to vary from grade to grade. While a play-school teacher may require a specific set of supplies, a college teacher tends to require a totally different set of supplies. Traditional set of supplies include pencils, erasers, pens, sharpeners, organizers, pencil boxes, pins, books, games and in certain cases, patriotic items. Apart from this, any other stationery material used in order to impart knowledge and information also come under the perspective of teaching supplies. Overhead projectors, liquid crystal displays (LCD), and computers have also proved to be an important form of teaching supplies.

Contrary to the traditional set of supplies used, there has also been an increase in the use of more modern and advanced set of teaching supplies. Introduction of the Internet and tremendous increase in the development of educational software have revolutionized the process of teaching. Both teachers and students alike are now accessing a huge plethora of websites and software in order to improve the quality of education. They have now joined the list of already existing teaching supplies used. With a rapid increase in development and competition, there now exists the need to focus on the use of new and improved teaching supplies.

A suitable combination of both traditional and contemporary teaching supplies should be used while teaching to derive maximum possible benefits.

How Employers Can Help You Receive A College Education

Employers may not seem the most obvious choice to go to for tuition and education assistance, however employers are one of the leading providers for education programs and education assistance for their employees. Employers provide education assistance in a number of ways:

* Direct pay tuition assistance: The employer pays up front for the course, certificate, or degree program. The employee has no out of pocket expense.

* Reimbursed tuition assistance: The employer pays for the course, certificate, or degree program after the employee has successfully completed the program. The employer may pay after each course or only after the certificate or degree is completed.

* Educational/Professional Development travel assistance: The employer may pay for travel expenses related to travel to educational programs including courses at distant institutions or conferences/conventions.

* Time off without having to use vacation/personal days: If the employee needs to rearrange their schedule to make time for education, the employer may provide time off with pay. In addition, if the student is pursuing a distance education course or program but has to travel to campus or a residential education requirement the employer may allow the employee to attend without using vacation time. Employers may also provide time off without the need to use vacation time to attend college visits with your dependents.

* Direct Pay or Reimbursement for education supplies and tools: The employer may purchase or provide textbooks, supplies, or tools such as computing equipment.

* On the Job Training: This is training provided to the employee by the employer while the employee is working. Many employers have developed comprehensive training programs that mix classroom and experiential learning. Some employers have arranged with local community colleges to provide credit for the completion of such programs. If this is not the case with your employer, then prior learning assessment at a college or university may be an option to receive credit for on the job training.

* Assistance for spouses and dependents: Some employers will even provide educational assistance for the spouses and dependents of their employers. This may include tuition assistance for private elementary or secondary education as well as assistance for postsecondary education.

* 529 College Savings Program: The employer may offer a college savings program as a part of their benefits package. As a part of this program, the employer may match contributions made by the employee into the program.

While many employers provide comprehensive details on the education assistance they provide, some either provide no details, particularly if it is a small business, or would be willing to do far more if asked. This is particularly true for employees who are pursuing education in a field of study that would help them in their present position and if the employer believes that supporting the employee’s education will cause the employee to continue with the organization for a significant amount of time after the course, certificate, or degree program is completed.

In exchange for supporting education, many employers require some benefits in return. These may include any number of things, but typically include one or more of the following:

1. The employee will seek education at an institution that is of high quality – often demonstrated through the fact that the institution is accredited by one of the regional accrediting bodies.

2. The employee will earn a certain grade in the course or a certain grade point average in the certificate or degree program. This requirement varies widely from employer to employer and may require the employee to earn a certain grade in every course. In contrast, if the employee is completing an entire degree program they may only be required to earn a certain grade point average.

3. The employee may be required to stay with the organization for a certain length of time after completing the course, certificate, or degree program. This may be a standard length of time (such as one year) regardless of the length of the education pursued or it may be a length of time based on the length of the course, certificate or degree being pursued.

4. The employee may be required to give back to the organization in the form of in service or one-on-one training for other employees.

If your employer is willing to provide educational support for you, your spouse, or your dependents, it is important to get the details of that support in writing, particularly if beginning a lengthy degree program. Even if the employer currently offers tuition assistance or other education benefits as a part of the regular benefits package it is important to discuss your educational goals with your employer and ensure that these benefits are not going to be discontinued after you have started the program. It may be beneficial to write an agreement between you and your employer – particularly if your employer is providing benefits that are not documented as part of the regular benefits program.

Even if your employer is not willing to provide educational benefits in the form of those above, every employee learns skills on the job which may be documented and used in order to earn prior learning assessment credit at a college or university. It is important that employees maintain accurate and comprehensive records on their own of training they complete on the job, new skills they gain on the job, and how these skills were gained. Whenever possible, maintain examples of work completed as a method of demonstrating the achievement of objectives for prior learning assessment.