Thursday, October 12, 2017
Monday, October 9, 2017
Every year we read this amazing book called Color Zoo by Lois Ehlert. We use her inspiration of making animal faces using simple shapes to create our own animal faces. Each child is given a picture of their favorite animal and we decide together what shapes should make the different features of the face. I provide them with precut shapes and they assemble the faces. I must say that this year is definitely our best batch of animal faces yet! We got to make some really fun faces like rhinos, giraffes, and elephants. Check our your child's amazing creations, you are about to be blown away!
Friday, September 22, 2017
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Thursday, July 27, 2017
Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Making rainbow pasta to use for crafts is easier than you think.
Here's What You Need:
- gallon ziplock bag (You need to use name brand bags, cheap bags will leak. We learned this the hard way the first time we made it.)
- rubbing alcohol
- pasta variety of your choice
- food coloring
Here's What You Do:
- Put 1/4 c rubbing alcohol in the bag.
- Put 10-20 drops of food coloring into the bag. (If doing blue pasta, put 20 drops. The yellow color of the pasta makes it necessary to do extra blue.)
- Add 1 c of pasta.
- Shake bag until pasta is dark in color and evenly coated.
- Let dry over night spread out on a paper towel.
Thank you to Brilliant Beginnings preschool for the recipe!
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Is your school celebrating Dr. Seuss's birthday this week? We have so much fun on Dr. Seuss day. We have a read-a-thon and do activities relating to his books.
If your child is encouraged to dress up on March 2nd, here's an easy, 5 minute Cat in the Hat bow tie.
What You Need:
1 felt square
washi or painters tape
What You Do:
2, While it's pinched, lay some yarn across the top.
4. Tie the yarn to the desired length. Voila!
Now add some whiskers, a real or paper Cat in the Hat hat and you're on your way!
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Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Is anyone else bummed about the groundhog's six more weeks of winter? Here in Utah, the weather is just teasing us. Yesterday it was sunny and 65 degrees. This morning we woke up to snow. Being a California girl at heart, I was not very excited. I tried to convince my husband that I wasn't getting up until it stopped snowing, but he didn't think that would go down with the kids very well.
If you are missing the beautiful green of spring and summer like me, I have just the solution for you!
We had a lot of fun growing grass this year and creating some fun characters with some funky hair. (Sorry about the bad pictures, I had to snap a few before these guys went home the next day.) We like to use clear cups so the kids can observe the roots and grass as it starts to sprout.
We found this fast growing grass seed at home depot and they weren't kidding. It did grow really fast.
I printed some cartoon eyes and mouths on sticker paper. I used the kind that you find in the address labels section that is a full sheet. I also printed each child's name so they could watch their grass head grow.
We filled the cup half way with dirt
Push seeds into the dirt.
Filled the rest of the cup and put it in the window to get sunlight. I watered it every other day and pretty soon we had some long haired grass heads.
Brandon thought it would be fun to cut his hair into a mohawk.
Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Here's a great activity that's as simple as it comes. Do the items sink or float? Before the kids were allowed to touch water, we made predictions and sorted the items between what they thought would sink or float.
After testing everything, we discussed our predictions.
To create a little bit of flare we added a writing component to the activity. The kids drew pictures or wrote letters or words to represent the items that sunk and floated. Do you see that cute little "roc?" I was so proud of the kids for trying letters and sounds to create words. And that adorable little two legged dog is pretty fun too.
Click here for a free printable of our sink/float chart to use with your little ones.
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