Saturday, April 15, 2017

Toilet Paper Roll Chicks

For a quick craft, I decided to make toilet paper roll chicks with my two littles. 


Materials 

  • paint brushes 

Steps 

1. Gather all materials.
2. Paint toilet paper rolls yellow.  My son and daughter used both paint brushes and finger painted.

3. While drying, cut out beaks. Just small triangles will do.

4. After your paint has dried, glue on googly eyes, beak, and feathers.



5. If you wish, you can attach construction paper feet.



Resources
Crafty Kids at Home's Spring Chick Craft 
Happy Hooligan's Toilet Roll Peeps 
Free Kids Craft's Paper Loop Chick 


These look adorable!

Friday, April 14, 2017

Paper Plate Chick

For Easter, I decided to make some paper plate chicks with my two littles.


Materials


Steps 

1. Gather all materials.


2. Paint paper plate yellow.

3. While paper plate is drying, cut out yellow circle for face and orange beak and feet for the chick.

3. After paper plate is dry, glue yellow circle, eyes, and beak onto paper plate.


4. Select several feathers and tape onto back of paper plate.

5. Tape feet onto the back of the paper plate.





Resources

About A Mom's Paper Plate Chick Craft 
Clare's Little Tots' Paper Plate Chick  


Image from Clare's Little Tots Page

The Madehouse's Paper Plate Hand Print Chick 

These books about chickens look really cute.  We haven't read them, so please comment if you have enjoyed them.



Friday, March 17, 2017

St. Patrick's Day Print



To celebrate St. Patrick's Day, my son made a print of Shamrocks to hang in our kitchen.

Materials



Steps 

1. Gather all materials
2. Put some green paint on a tray.
3. Rubber-band the three corks together to create your 'stamp.'

4. Allow your child to dip the corks into the paint and stamp onto the paper to create shamrocks.





5. Paint the stems of the shamrocks with a brush.



Resources 
(the images used below are from the websites provided in the links)

Crafty Morning's Wine Cork Shamrock Craft for St. Patrick's Day 
Crafty Morning's Apple Shamrock Stamp Craft for St. Patrick's Day 


The Pinterested Parent's St. Patricks Day Crafts 




Saturday, March 11, 2017

George Washington's Birthday

On February 22, 1732, the first President of the United States of America, George Washington, was born in Virginia  (still a colony of Great Britain at the time). It is celebrated as Presidents Day on the third Monday in February.

We celebrated his birthday in our household by reading Meet George Washington by Joan Heilbroner starting on Presidents Day and continuing during lunch for the week.  My son also created a George Washington mask.

Facts about George Washington 

  • first American President (April 30, 1789 - March 4, 1797) 
  • surveyor 
  • Commander of the Continental Army 
  • President of the Constitutional Convention 
  • Gentleman planter 
  • married Martha Dandrige Custis (in 1759) 
During his presidency, Washington 
  • established a Supreme Court
  • established position of Attorney General 
  • created the Department of Foreign Affairs 
  • Created position of Secretary of State 
  • established official currency of United States
  • established what would become United States Navy 

George Washington Mask 

Materials 



Steps 

1. Gather all materials.
2. Cut out center of paper plate to create a hole for your child's face.
3. Draw and cut out hat on blue construction paper.


4. Glue on cotton balls and hat.


5. Attach craft stick on back.
6. After drying, your child can play with their mask.



A Selection of Places to Visit to Learn More 

Independence Hall

Valley Forge NHP Visitor Center 

Other Activities for Children 

  • create a model of Mount Vernon
  • sew colonial clothes 
  • practice handwriting by copying out the speeches and letters of George Washington 
  • create a map of the battles that Washington fought in during the Revolutionary War 



Resources

Mrs. Karle's Sight and Sound Reading List of Presidents Day Activities 
Lakeshore Presidents Day Masks 
The Lemonade Stand's Presidents Day Favorites 
George Washington's Mount Vernon 




Saturday, February 4, 2017

Valentine's Day Name Love Bugs


Materials




Steps

1. Gather materials.
2. Trace hearts onto construction paper.
3. Cut out hearts.  If your children are ready to use scissors, have them help you.
4. Trace your letters for your names onto the hearts.


5. Color in your letters.



6. Draw feet for your love bugs. Cut out your legs.



7. Attach hearts together.  We taped them together on the back.
8. Attach legs onto hearts.  We taped them onto the bottom.
9. Draw little hearts and cut them out.  Attach hearts onto the antennae.


10.  Attach the antennae onto the back of the first heart.


11. Glue on googly eyes onto the first heart.


12. Hang in your house.



Just like our Snowman Craft, we completed this as a family to decorate for the holiday.

I saw this craft on several pages including: From ABCs to ACTS.


Some items to help you celebrate Valentine's Day.


Friday, January 27, 2017

Book Club: Joseph had a little overcoat

We have been faithfully go to the library every two weeks since before Thanksgiving.  My toddlers love it and I am also enjoying the journey back to reading.

Each month my son will choose two to six books to borrow from the library.  I try to steer him towards books we do not own and at least one book each trip that his sister will also be able to read (i.e. board books).

I selected two of the books during our second visit in January 2017: Joseph had a little overcoat by Simms Taback and Groundhog stays up late by Margery Cuyler.


Story

Joseph had a little overcoat is adapted from a Yiddish folk song and set in Poland.  Joseph's overcoat gets worn, so he turns into various articles of clothing until it becomes nothing.  The moral: You can always make something out of nothing.

The work of Taback is "colorful and antic and silly, and it's studded with little visual treats and hidden surprises." (Ingall, Marjorie. "Illustrious." Tablet Magazine. N.p., 8 Feb. 2011. Web. 25 Jan. 2017.) 

Teaching with Joseph had a little overcoat 

History

A very straight forward way to use the book is to learn more about the song and the history of Poland (age appropriate for your child).


Arts & Crafts

There are many different ways to approach this book using arts and crafts.

  • Mixed Media - Your child can create their own artwork based upon the style of the book. 
  • Flip book of the articles as they change in size 
  • Weaving 
  • Fruits and Vegetables - I have listed below a few ideas but there are a multitude of craft options when using fruits and vegetables as a starting point.  Some of the ones depicted in the book are: watermelon, carrot, cucumber, potato, apple, squash, radish, corn, tomato, lettuce, and cabbage. 
  • Barnyard Animals - There are also a lot of options to for animals such as puppets, paper plates, etc.  Some of the animals depicted are: chickens, turkey, cat, dog, cow, horse. 
  • Flowers - There are different flowers depicted on several pages including roses, tulips and daisies.  
  • Sewing buttons - Your child can learn the basics of sewing or practice fine motor skills with buttons. 



Extension

As a family, one could collect gently worn clothes that are outgrown and donate them to a local shelter or church.

If sewing is possible, children could take worn clothing and turn it into something else.  They could cut it down to a smaller size for another member of the family.  Or the clothing could be turned into an apron or plush animal.

Make a list of the fruits and vegetables depicted in the book.  When shopping, you and your children can pick out the fruits and vegetables you wrote down to prepare at home.



Recycling

This book also offers the perfect opportunity to talk about reusing items and recycling items.



Resources and Ideas 

Live Oak Media Activity Guide (Materials)

PBS Kids Cornerstones Building Blocks of Literacy (Materials)

The Book Fairy Blog (Book Review)

The Artful Parent (Mixed Media)

Art Bar Blog A Happy Place (Weaving with Kids)

Pigs Do Fly (Veggie Stick Puppets)

Kroger's Kindergarten (What's Growing in Your Garden)

Images from PBS Kids and Simms Taback.







Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Pollyanna 2016


My husband's family holds an annual Pollyanna party each December in which my in-laws and his sisters and brother-in-laws exchange gifts.  Everyone who is able to attend in the family (children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, etc) loves the good food and the good company.  This year was no exception to the excitement and fun we all shared together as an extended family.

Dinner

This year my Aunt prepared various appetizers and asked the family to bring either an appetizer to share or a dessert.

My husband and I decided to bring something kid friendly (and it turned out to be a hit with the grownups, too).

We made peanut butter and jelly sandwiches using four different types of jellies and jams.
Before adding the jelly and peanut butter we cut some of them into holiday shapes using cookies cutters.  (Any of the left over pieces of bread were saved so we could take a trip to the park and feed the ducks.  You could also use them in various baking recipes as well.)




We also prepared some applesauce and fruit cup containers to look festive. 

The fruit cups we turned into Santa using a black permanent marker, a gold metallic marker, and some black construction paper and glue.  My son helped me but the belts onto the fruit cups. 




And we made reindeer out of the applesauce cups.  We glued on eyes, a nose, and taped on pipe cleaners for antlers.  We gave one a bow to be Clarice from the Rudolph television story. 





There was also a Joyous veggie tray. 


My aunt prepared a meatball buffet (which included four different kinds of meatballs and sauces which included marinara, Swedish, buffalo, and sweet & sour.





She also had a pierogi and kielbasa casserole and a Rustica Meat and cheese platter. 



Another Aunt prepared a Pea Soup as well as bacon-wrapped sausages. 


Dessert

My aunt had different candies in beautiful jars on display (and for snacking).  We also had cakes and cookies for dessert baked and brought by aunts and a cousin.




Games

My uncle has several trains set up (around the Christmas tree upstairs) as well as several downstairs. My son was thrilled with them last year and even more so this year because he was allowed to blow the whistle for the train.

Gift Wrapping 

We wrapped two 'willing' teens for fun as well.  My step-son was wrapped by cousins and his grandparents while his cousin was wrapped by other family members.  Both were very nice to put up with our family's silly ideas of fun.



Crazy Sock Exchange 


As a family, the adults participated in a sock exchange.  Each person who wanted to participate brought a pair of socks and filled them with various items (such as candy, gift cards, pens, etc).  Then we all picked out a pair of socks.  


After the exchange we tried on our new crazy socks!





Here are some ideas for your Holiday Party

Stockpiling Moms Christmas Sock Exchange 
Purex Sock Exchange Ideas 
Crafty Morning Reindeer Applesauce 
The Nerd's Wife 50 Winter Holiday Class Party Ideas 
Mil Dicas de Mae Santa's Fruit Cups 
Tiny Prints Christmas Party Games 
Women's Ministry Toolbox Christmas: Wrap It up Game