Thursday, August 17, 2017

Farm Animal Bottle Bowling

For my daughter's Farm Themed Birthday party, I created a set of Farm Animal Bottle Pins for bowling.  They also worked great as decorations that the kids could play with during the party. 


Materials
  • clean plastic bottles of various shapes and sizes (we used milk, veggetable juice, and soda bottles)
  • paint (that is appropriate for plastic)
  • markers
  • drop cloth 
  • paint brushes 

Steps

1. Gather all materials.  (Before you start your project, clean the bottles to remove any liquids, tape, or glue.)
2. Paint your bottles the appropriate colors.  I choose to make three cows (white), two pigs (pink), and one chicken (yellow).
3. After the bottles are dry, draw on the faces and other details.
For your chicken you will need to draw on eyes, beak, and feathers.  For the cow, you will need o draw on eyes, a mouth, nose, ears, and spots (if you choose to make a Holstein). For your pig, you will need to draw on eyes, a mouth, nose, and tail on the back.


4. Complete the animals by painting (or using markers) to finish the details. I used a combination of painting the details and drawing them on with Sharpie markers.  The markers had a tendency to pull the paint off the bottles.


Resources
Crafting by Holiday's Five Perfect Little Piggies makes for a different style of a Pig
Knock the Animals Down 
My Pinterest Page for Farm Ideas 




Saturday, August 12, 2017

Creating a Painting for Dad

For Father's Day this year, my children painted a picture for my husband. I had seen various versions of this on the Internet and Pinterest.


Materials


Steps
1. Gather all your materials.
2. Using the painter's tape, mark off on the paper a word or image you wish to remain white after the tape is removed.
Marking off the image. 

3. After the tape is applied, paint the paper.  Be sure to cover the entire paper so their is no visible white spot left.
My son painting very carefully.



4.  After it is dry, remove the painter's tape to reveal your word or image.
Waiting for the painting to dry.

5. Display your child's art work.
My son's is on the top and my daughter's is on the bottom. 

Resources

Life as Mama 8 Basic Art Projects Your Toddler Will Love 
Adventures in Pinteresting Creative Easy Kids Painting 
A Mom's Quest to Teach's Crafts for Father's Day Pinterest Board 



Monday, August 7, 2017

Fine Motor Skills

There are many ways to help young children develop fine motor skills.  Some of the best ways is for them to practice moving objects of various sizes from one container to another.  Here are a few activities we have done together. 


Beans 

We have a variety of different sized dry beans for the kids to use for crafts and activities.  One day I took a couple of trays outside, some different size containers, and the beans for the kids to explore. They spent the majority of the time moving them from one place to the next.  

Materials 
  • dried beans
  • trays 
  • funnel 
  • containers 
  • broom 





Seasons Bottles 

I had my toddlers help create our Seasons Bottles by putting appropriate items into each of the four bottles.  My daughter really loved putting the items in the bottles but couldn't figure out why she was unable to get them back out. 

Materials 






Our Other Activities 


Teach Me Mommy's Threading Shapes 
The Imagination Tree's Cardboard Beads 

We have used some of these various materials from Learning Resources.  

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Noah's Ark Paper Plate Craft


Materials

Steps

1. Introduce the story of Noah's Ark to your child(ren) with appropriate materials. I have listed some materials at the end of this post to help you get started.

2. You will need two plates per child.  One plate for the background and one to form the boat and rainbow. Cut one plate in half and cut that half to form the boat and rainbow.

3. Color the plates. The larger, intact one should be colored blue for the sky and water.  The boat and rainbow can be colored appropriate colors (or whatever color you little ones would like to use).
Coloring the sky and water. 
Coloring the boat.

4. Glue the boat and rainbow onto the larger plate.
Getting all the necessary materials. 
5. Optional. Before gluing the boat onto the paper plate, your child can attach animals to the plate to ride in the boat. Children can either draw their own animals or find pictures to glue onto their craft. 

2 year old's finished project. 

Resources

123 Homeschool 4 Me's Noah's Ark Craft 
Arsty Craftsy Mom's Noah's Ark Craft 




Friday, July 21, 2017

The Four Seasons

To help my children understand and learn about the four seasons, we created different Seasons Bottles together.

Materials




Winter

My son helped put the items in for winter included snowflake ribbon and red and green pom-poms.





Autumn

My daughter helped with the Autumn bottle putting in orange raffia, leaf ribbon, and orange and brown pom-poms.



Spring 

This one is still waiting to be completed as we gather materials for it. 

Summer 

We placed small sea shells in this bottle and when we get sand from our next trip the shore, we will put some of that in the bottle as well. 



If your children are older, you can have them collect the various items from your home, the store, and neighborhood for your seasons bottles. 

After they are completed, I would recommend gluing the lids onto the bottles.  

Resources 
Mama. Papa, Bubba. Season Sensory Bottles
Sun Hats and Wellie Boots Discovery Bottles: Four Seasons 





Friday, July 7, 2017

Veggie Tales Toilet Paper Rolls


For my son's fourth birthday party, we held a Veggie Tales themed party.  As there are not many options for decorations, I created a lot on my own.

These toilet paper and paper towel roll Veggie Tales characters can be made with or without your children's help.  I painted them all myself but your child could easily do the painting and even the decorating depending upon their age.

Materials

Laura, Mr. Nezzer, Mr. Lunt, and Madame Blueberry 



Steps
1. Gather your materials.
2. Paint your rolls (depending on which characters you want to create, you will need different colors).
Green: Larry, Peas, Mr. Nezzer, Pa Grape, Archibald, Petunia, Junior, the scallions
Red: Bob
Orange: Laura, Jimmy, Scooter, the Peach
Blue: Madame Blueberry
Yellow: Mr. Lunt and Jerry
3. After your rolls are dry, draw faces on your characters.
4. Cut out needed materials for your characters and attach them to the dry, painted rolls.

Larry, Bob, and the French Peas 


We used our characters as decorations and after the party the children have been playing with them.  After almost two weeks, they are still in pretty good shape considering they are just cardboard.

Jimmy and Jerry Gourd
Pa Grape and Archibald 
Petunia and Scooter 


Resources

I saw this image on Pinterest and thought, hey I can make those!
My Party Ideas - Veggie Tales Pinterest Board.
Official Veggie Tales Webpage

We have enjoyed all these movies together as a family.  (Affiliate links are including for products on this page.)


Monday, July 3, 2017

Veggie Tales Balloons

We celebrated my son's fourth birthday with a Veggie Tales themed party.  Since their party items are a bit harder to find and those I did find, were a little too expensive for our budget, I made a lot of decorations for his party myself.

These are our Veggie Tales Balloons.  I used 7 inch and 9 inch balloons.  We also made others for the porch including Jimmy and Jerry Gourd.


Larry Cucumber 

Bob the Tomato 

French Peas 


close-up of Mr. Nezzer 
Pa Grape and Mr. Nezzer 

Scooter and Archibald Asparagus 

close-up of Archibald Asparagus
Mr. Lunt
Junior Asparagus 


The characters who wear hats (like Mr. Lunt and Pa Grape) as well as the asparagus were a little more complicated to draw.  Mr. Lunt was especially difficult as he doesn't have any eyes because they are always covered up by his hat, hair, or something else in the cartoon.


Resources 

Little Lamb Gallery Inspiration's Veggie Tale Party 
Crafty Geek Mom's Veggie Tale Party 
My Pinterest Party Ideas - Veggie Tales 

Here are some Veggie Tales items for your little one.  (P.S. I really liked Celery Night Fever.  Very funny.)


Tuesday, June 27, 2017

What does it take to be a good student?

Advice from a teacher and educator


Daily routine

Following a daily routine is a good first step into being a good student.  
  • Be punctual
  • Have all necessary materials at hand (ask your teacher ahead of time what is required for each class)
  • Be aware of what is required each day - read instructions on board, listen to verbal directions, or begin a daily activity
  • If applicable…have homework ready to be turned in or checked by your teacher. If you need to turn it in via an online system, make sure you click that 'button' that turns it in for you. 

Class Rules 
Almost all teachers have the same rules:

1.     Respect each other and your teacher.
2.     One person speaks at a time.
3.     Be prepared to contribute to class each day.
4.     Plagiarism is not tolerated.
5.     Unacceptable language and discriminatory or threatening remarks are not tolerated.
6.     Raise your hand and remain seated.
7.     All rules and polices are as laid out in your school's student handbook. 

Other ways to be respectful:
1)    If you have a textbook or other course books, bring them to class and maintain them. Bringing your books is important because they are good references and having them covered helps protect it for the future and against any fines you might incur.
2)    Please do not bring food or drinks into the classroom.  Most schools do not allow you to have these items in your classroom.  Plus if it spills, your room might attract insects or other pests which are no fun to be around.
3)    Please leave cell phones in your lockers or have them switched off during class unless your teacher is asking you to use them for class. Every phone has a silent option and I recommend you leave yours silent.  If your teacher asks you to use your cellphone for an assignment, use it for the assignment and not to check social media, sports news or to text your friend or family member. In almost all cases, you will be able to wait 40 minutes until the end of class to see what your best friend wanted to tell you.
4)    Please do not open or put on lotion, perfume, cologne or hair spray in the classroom. This is just a respectful way to show your classmates and your teachers that you see the classroom as a place to learn and not a place to beautify yourself.  Plus some of your classmates or teachers may be allergic to certain scents.  

Plagiarism
Do NOT plagiarize. Do NOT copy from another student, website, or book.  Your work must be original.  All projects should be accompanied by a work cited page or bibliography. If you think someone might accuse you of copying, create a work cited page even if it is not needed. 


Class Requirements
What you do you need for class?  Listen to your teacher and buy what they request. They often have reasons why they like certain things like a three-ring binder to a 5-subject notebook. For example, when I taught World History, I required my students to have a three-ring binder because we had lots of worksheets to include in our unit studies.  

If you can't afford the class requirement, ask for help.  Your teacher may have extra materials.  

Organization is a must when it comes to wanting to get good grades or just passing that class.  Find a system that works for you (and that doesn’t mean leaving everything on the bottom of your backpack or locker). 


Being a Good Student Contract

Most teachers require you to sign a class contract or keep a copy of the class rules in your folder or notebook. These are some basic guidelines that will help you excel as a student if you follow them daily. 

1)      I will be in class and seated when the bell rings.
2)      I will be ready to work.
3)      I will follow directions the first time they are given.
4)      I will bring all necessary materials to class including:
a.    a pen or pencil
b.    my three-ring binder, notebook, loose-leaf paper, etc
c.    my homework
d.    my textbook covered
e.    other materials as requested. 
5)      I will raise my hand for permission to speak or leave my seat unless:  I am going to be ill or there is another emergency.
6)      I will always try.
7)      If I am absent, it is my responsibility to:
a.      get the notes from a classmate or my teacher before/after school.
b.      turn in homework from the date of my absence(s).
c.      schedule a quiz or test make up.
d.      pick up new homework or worksheets.
8)      I will not plagiarize or copy for anyone (including my classmates, siblings, friends, books, or the Internet).




Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Weather Bottles

In order to help my children learn about weather, we created different weather bottles together.


Materials 



Snow

My daughter put cotton balls, snowflake sequins and beads into this bottle to represent a snowy day.
This is a great craft for helping your little ones develop their fine motor skills.




Rain

We placed torn up tissue paper and blue beads to represent clouds and rain.


Sunny Day

We placed torn up blue tissue paper for the sky and a yellow pom-pom for the sun into this bottle. 


You could also make ones for cloudy days, hail storms, hurricanes, clear sunny days among others.  If your children are older, they could help you collect materials from craft drawers and boxes.

Once complete, you can glue the lids onto the bottles to prevent your little ones from opening them.

Resources 

Kids DIYS' Weather Bottles
Teacher 2 and 3 Year Old's Weather Bottles 
Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds Weather Station 

Some weather related times that might interest you or your children.  (affiliate links)