by Dana Patterson on Mar 22, 2012
I started with using words that ended in -at, -an and -ar.
Keep those Easter eggs!!!!! This is an awesome way for your little ones to learn their words!
All you need is:
- plastic Easter eggs
- label maker (that is the one I have and a favorite mama item)
It’s so easy and can really help with learning! I found this on good ‘ol pinterest here
. Twist the egg around and there you have it, several different words! Happy egg making!
There are endless possibilities with this!
by Dana Patterson on Mar 19, 2012
Do you remember my previous bunny craft? Here is another cute bunny idea! Thank you pinterest! The actual blog is here. Check it out!
My daughter begs for crafts, so I have to get creative (or look on pinterest). I found this craft and had everything we needed. Here is what I used (a little different than what was in the link):
- paper plate (I cut the outside ring off. The other site calls for large white card stock).
- three pipe cleaners (two black one pink)
- cotton balls
- 2 larger googly eyes
- white construction paper
- pink construction paper
- 3 pink pom poms
This is another pretty self explanatory craft. It’s also a lot of fun for a two year old. Here she is:
She loves crafts!
She’s so proud!
Happy of her work!
by Jamie Hinckley on Mar 09, 2012
We did a lot of fun stuff this week for preschool. The thing I like about this preschool swap arrangement is that I only teach every four weeks. It works out great because you don’t get burnt out and you have plenty of time to come up with creative things to do when it is your turn.
So its letter R for me! R is for Rainbow! There are so many fun rainbow crafts to do! I really had to pick a couple of them so I would have time to do everything else. The rainbow cupcakes were the kids favorite of course! They were pretty simple too!
All you need to do is use white or yellow cake mix and prepare it as the directions say. Divide the cake batter equally between 4 or 5 bowls and add food coloring to each bowl. Put a small scoop of each color in the cupcake papers and bake as directed!
This is a great cross curricular activity since it includes language arts for the letter R, life skills in baking, and science for food coloring. The kids really enjoyed helping mix the colors together and scooping them into the cupcake tin.
The easiest why to get your frosting in your pastry bag!
We also made some rainbows out of fruit loops! How cute are these! Click here to download your own rainbow/fruit loop template. I wouldn’t leave your final project out on the counter unsupervised if you have a dog… I made that mistake!!!
We also read “The Little Red Hen” and “Little Red Riding Hood” during circle time. I had the kids raise their hands every time they heard me say the word RED. Then we made collages out of everything RED we could find!
by Dana Patterson on Mar 09, 2012
Look at that cute bunny!!
I am very partial to Easter! I love all the hunts and the reason for the season, BUT I especially love it because my husband asked me to marry him on Easter (yes, my ring was in an egg). So, here is my girl’s first Easter craft.
All you need is:
- white cup
- pink grass
- googly eyes
- pink pom pom
- white pipe cleaner
- pink and white construction paper for ears
- school glue
- glue gun
It’s pretty self explanatory. I had to use a glue gun for the pipe cleaner (I used one and cut it in half and then cut it in half again). We did the ears first and my 2 year old immediately saw that it was a bunny.
Here she is making it:
Gluing the ears!
She loves it!
She’s so proud of her work!
Enjoying her new craft!
by Jamie Hinckley on Feb 28, 2012
“Qq” is a hard one… there are not a ton of things that start with the letter Q. There is Queen of course, but since we had just done K is for King I didn’t want to go there. So instead, we did Q is for “Quack!” It ended up being a lot of fun!
During circle time we reviewed our numbers, letters, and letter sounds. Then we introduced the letter Q by singing “Five Little ducks Went Out to Play.”
Five little ducks went out to play
Over the hills and far away
When old mother duck said, “Quack, quack, quack”
Four little ducks came waddling back
Repeat and count down to one
One little duck went out to play
Over the hills and far away
When old mother duck said, “Quack, quack, quack”
No little ducks came waddling back
But when old Father duck said, “quack, quack, quack, quack, quack!!!!!”
All five ducks came waddling back!
We made theses cute little paper plate ducks. The ducks stand up on their own but can also lay flat and slide right into a page protector in their alphabet binders we have been working on.
1 paper plate
yellow paint (or yellow crayon)
orange and yellow construction paper
2 googley eyes
1. Let the kids paint or color the paper plate yellow. When the plate is dry fold it in half.
2. While it is drying, fold a piece of yellow construction paper in half. Help them trace their hand on the yellow paper. Having them trace their own hand or their friends hand is a great fine motor activity for little guys! Plus, they love doing it!
3. Cut out the traced hands out and make a circle for the ducks head with the left over yellow paper. Make a beak and duck feet with the orange construction paper. You want to keep the duck feet connected with a 3 to 4 inch thin rectangle. Fold in half along the thin rectangle connecting the feet.
4. Glue the feet to the bottom of the open plate, putting one foot on each side. Glue on the head, beak, and eyes. Use the cut out handprints for the ducks tail feathers byt gluing one hand to each side of the paper plate.
Here it is standing up
We also painted with Q-tips. The kids had fun with this and thought it was great to paint with something other than a paint brush or their fingers. The pictures turned out pretty cute. I glued a couple Q-tips to the paper so the kids would remember what they did when they look back at their picture in their alphabet books.
Painting with Q-tips
Even the younger kids enjoyed this activity
by Jamie Hinckley on Feb 14, 2012
I have the best six year old ever! He woke me up today at 630am… yes you read that right. 6:30am!!!! He snuck into my room when it was still dark out. I heard him whispering over to me, “Mom, I made you a Valentine. It has a note on it, but you can’t see it in the dark.” He slipped a cut out heart he had made from construction paper into my hand. In my drowsy state I saw him sneak over to his Daddy and do the same thing. He also put a hand cut out flower he made on top of his four year old brother (who happened to have snuck into our bed unnoticed last night).
Seriously…. how cute is this little note! I am in shock that he thought to do this all on his own and woke up early while the rest of us slept to make us each a Valentine. In all honestly I didn’t think he though of much besides skateboarding, climbing trees, and learning stunts on his bike. He is a true boy through and through so this gesture of his really made my day.
Translation: “Mom you are the best I love you I tinck you are so cool. From Casey”
There are definitely days when I wonder where these little monsters of mine came from, but on days like today I think how really incredibly awesome my kids are. What a cool kid!
On another note, a friend gave me this tray of marshmallow fudge this morning. So yummy! Love sweet friends like this… I need to do more things like this for people because it really has made my day!
Thanks for the yummy treats Sherri!
by Jamie Hinckley on Feb 10, 2012
We had so much fun learning the letter L with our preschool class. (For those new readers, I have a preschool swap program with a couple friends that have kids the same age as mine. We trade off who teaches every couple weeks. It really works out great!) So it was mine turn to teach the letter L. We had a blast Leaping like a Lion, making our own lion masks, decorating the letter L with Leaves, making L’s with play dough, and making a cute Lady bug take home project.
L is for Ladybug!
Ladybug supplies needed:
black construction paper
1 paper plate
Very simple… cut a paper plate in half and let the kids paint it. Once it is dry have the kids glue it on a pre-cut ladybug head and body. I used a hole puncher for the spots and crinkled construction paper strips for the legs. **This is a cross-curricular activity since it covers, art, science, and math. Take time to help the kids count the ladybug spots and talk about ladybugs and insects!
L is for Leaves!!!
The kids really enjoyed this one! Even though it is winter out we were able to find enough leaves to do this. It was different for the kids so they thought it was pretty cool.
Coloring our lion masks
The fun part about making lion masks is running around pretending to be one!
Lion Mask Materials
wide popsicle stick
by Jamie Hinckley on Feb 07, 2012
My six year old never attended official preschool. I sort of did my own thing and worked with him at home. At the beginning of the school year my little monkey came home and wouldn’t tell me what he learned. He said I wouldn’t know what it was anyway. I assured him that I had gone to school before too. He said that he was sure I had no idea what natural resources were since I had never mentioned them to him before! Funny boy!
So today he came home blabbering on and on about George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. He was going on about how they did this or that and how long ago they lived. Then he demanded to know, “how could you have not told me about them before!” Love this kid!
He was also disgusted to learn that there use to be a public library that would only let white people check out books. Good job little six year old… you are already wiser than all your ancestors! He was excited to tell me about how this 9 year old boy refused to be bullied and worked to get the law changed so that everyone would be able to check out books. Oh how I love this smart little guy!
Anyway, here is an easy yet incredibly adorable Valentine’s Card you can make at home with your kiddos. It’s so easy and is a great card to make for Daddy’s and Grandparents! I made this card with the kids I babysit.
All you need to do is cut out three large hearts from construction paper. Let the kids paint or decorate them. When they are done, use a thick black marker and put and “I” on one, “Love” on the other, and “You” on the last one. Take a picture or your little guy holding each heart. Use the pics to make a cute Valentine’s Card. Top it off by having your little guy write a letter in his or her own handwriting.
Here is one of the pictures up close! Melts my heart!
The cover of the card
Too cute for words!
by Jamie Hinckley on Jan 20, 2012
Yep, my turn to teach preschool again. We had a lot of fun learning Hh! There are a lot of things you can do with the letter H since Hand print starts with H. However, I feel like I have done the hand print projects to death lately so I went another direction.
We talked about our Hearts and how to take care of our bodies. The kids seemed to enjoy it. We did a couple different projects this week.
Decorating the letter H with hearts. This was really simple, but is great for fine motor development. The hearts are small so they had to work to pick them up and glue them on. I used a heart hole puncher sort of like this one to make the hearts. I got mine at Michaels for a under $5 though. I scrap book a lot and slowly like to build up my stash of supplies.
I put glue all over the H to save them the trouble of trying glue each tiny heart individually
The final product!
The kids are in the process of making their own alphabet book. Each week we learn a new letter and do a couple crafts to represent that letter. They all have their own binders full of plastic sleeve protectors to store their projects in alphabetical order. When we finish all our letters they will have their own little book to review their letters.
Here is the other project we did for the alphabet book for letter Hh. It is pretty self explanatory. They kids loved it… really anything involving paint is a big hit with the kids.
Painting his heart!
Too cute! Perfect for his alphabet book!
by Jamie Hinckley on Jan 12, 2012