R-tworx: Duct Tape Wallets

Last week at R-tworx we created our own duct tapes wallets.  It was sticky and surprisingly messy!  We all had a great time.  Have a go at creating your own duct tape wallet or purse… or maybe even shoes and clothes?  Let us know how they turn out!


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Garden Club: Butterfly Gardening

The theme of the month at the CFY Garden Club has been butterflies.  We have been busily growing both our butterfly plants and our caterpillars to be ready for the garden.  Here are some photos of our progress!


Creating Grass Heads – April After School Program

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Making grass heads was a super fun activity to kick off our Spring Gardening season even though the weather was still cold and snowy.  Groups were divided by grade and met on Mondays in April to create their own grass head and get in some much needed playtime.

How to make a Grass Head:

  • Stockings (feet) or Sockettes
  • Cup, Saucer or Small Pot
  • Grass Seed or other seed
  • Glue Gun
  • Permanent Markers
  • Googly Eyes
  • Elastic Band (For nose)
  • Any other decorations

1. Decorate you pot or saucer as desired.

2. Wet the inside of the Sockette and add a hand full of seed.

3. Spoon in soil until you are satisfied with size.  Tie like you would a balloon.

4. With the tied end sitting in the pot, begin to decorate.  Add eyes, twist a nose and tie with an elastic band, add earrings or jewelry.  Whatever you like!

5. Fill the cup, pot or saucer with water and let it soak up the Grass Head.  (Watering from above is really messy).

6. Hair should grow between 7-14 days.

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For our Winter Themed after school program the Pre-K – Gr 1 classes took part in snowball relays, snowman decorating game and snow dough.

To take part in these activities read below:

Snowball Relay:

You will need:

  • Spoons
  • Styrofoam Balls
  • A large space
  • items to mark the start and finish (such as hula-hoops)
  • items to weave in an out of (such as pylons)

How to play:

  • Have kids pick up a Styrofoam ball and place it on the spoon
  • They must then walk with the ball on the spoon through the pylons to their teammate
  •  They will then transfer the ball to their teammate who must return to the start with the ball.
  • Try with different sized “snowballs!”


Decorate a Snowman Game:

You will need:

  • Toilet Paper
  • Scarf, Hat, Buttons, Nose (we cut ours out of construction paper)

How to Play:

  • Pick a “Snowman”.
  • Have the other children wrap the child up in toilet paper.
  • Dress the snowman.


Snow Dough:

What you will need:

  • 1 Cup Cornstarch
  • 1 Cup Hair Conditioner

How to make:

  • Mix the ingredients together in a bowl and play!  Keep in an air tight container
  • Add glitter or food coloring to make it more fun!




R-tworx: Pumpkin Pinch Pots

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A jack-o’-lantern (sometimes also spelled Jack O’Lantern) is typically a carved pumpkin. It is associated chiefly with the holiday Halloween. Typically the top is cut off, and the inside flesh then scooped out; an image, usually a monstrous face, is carved onto the outside surface, and the lid replaced. During the night, a candle is placed inside to illuminate the effect. The term is not particularly common outside North America, although the practice of carving lanterns for Halloween is.

In folklore, the myth says that Jack was getting chased by some villagers from whom he had stolen, when he met the Devil, who claimed it was time for him to die. However, the thief stalled his death by tempting the Devil with a chance to bedevil the church-going villagers chasing him.

Jack told the Devil to turn into a coin with which he would pay for the stolen goods (the Devil could take on any shape he wanted); later, when the coin/Devil disappeared, the Christian villagers would fight over who had stolen it. The Devil agreed to this plan. He turned himself into a silver coin and jumped into Jack’s wallet, only to find himself next to a cross Jack had also picked up in the village. Jack had closed the wallet tight, and the cross stripped the Devil of his powers; and so he was trapped.

Jack only lets the Devil go when he agrees never to take his soul. After a while the thief died, as all living things do. Of course, his life had been too sinful for Jack to go to heaven; however, the Devil had promised not to take his soul, and so he was barred from Hell as well. Jack now had nowhere to go. He asked how he would see where to go, as he had no light, and the Devil mockingly tossed him an ember that would never burn out from the flames of hell. Jack carved out one of his turnips (which was his favorite food), put the ember inside it, and began endlessly wandering the Earth for a resting place.

He became known as “Jack of the Lantern”, or Jack-o’-Lantern.

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Visit: How to make a pinch pot HERE

R-tworx: Kandinsky


Our first R-tworx session of the season began with bold colors and interesting textures inspired by the art of Wassily Kandinsky.  This artist is best known for his painting “Concentric Circles” which is the most reproduced abstract artworks in the world! Our students played with bold rainbow colours and texture plates to achieve a layered background.  The circles were painted on separate paper, cut and assembled after their backgrounds had dried.  The class had children from ages 6 -12 and each child was able to contribute a stunning and original piece.   For a complete tutorial please visit: HERE