Thursday, November 30, 2017

Christmas Games with Bows!




originally posted 12-3-12

Here is the first activity for our "Presents" - themed week! 
Here are some fun activities you could do for a Christmas activity or even a Birthday!

You will need:
  • A bunch of gift bows (You can buy them fairly cheap this time of year. I actually bought this big bag of bows 3 years ago and have barely made a dent in using them---so finally I can put them to good use!)
  • 2 big bowls or buckets or bins.
  • A child or children with lots of energy!





Here are a few easy game ideas:

1. Bow Run:
    • Place 2 buckets each at opposite ends of the house. Fill one of the buckets with the bows.
    • Have the child pick up one bow at a time and run it to the other bucket, then run back to get another one. Continue until all the bows have been transferred. Then do it again!
      • OR you can have the child place a bow on their head and walk slowly to the other bucket and drop it in.
      • OR you can have them balance a bow on their arm(s).
      • AND/OR you can have them find 2 matching bows at a time and take both of them. (Here's LB(3) playing):



2. Bow Pick-up Race

    • Have your child grab handfuls of bows and throw them up in the air. Then time them to see how fast they can pick up all the bows and put them back in the bucket.
      • OR you could choose a color and have them just pick up bows of that color. (Here's LB in action!):


3. Bow Hunt
    • Just like an Easter egg hunt---only with BOWS! Hide all the bows in a room, or all around the house and have your child(ren) search for them.


4. Bow Fight
    • Place a long jumprope or string or line of pillows in the middle of the floor to section the room into 2 equal halves. Have team A on one side, team B on the other.
    • Each team starts with an equal number of bows. Set a timer for 2-3 minutes and say "go!" Everyone picks up the bows and throws them to the other team's side of the room! 
    • When the timer beeps everyone drops all the bows and counts how many bows are on their team's side. Whichever team has the least amount of bows wins.
    • Then play again!

Monday, October 16, 2017

ABC Ghosts - Halloween Game for Kids!




originally posted 10-11-2013

Our final "Ghosts" themed activity for the week was a hit. Especially since LM(6) was home from school to enjoy this fun game with us!  It's a great way to add a little learning and fun to your Halloween this year. :)

Supplies:
  • 4 sheets of white craft foam (mine are half-size sheets)
  • Scissors
  • Marker
Prep Work:
  • You can draw lines (or just cut by eye) each sheet into 8 rectangles:




  • Then, with each rectangle form it into a ghost shape by cutting the top to make it round, and bottom to make it zig-zagged, like this:


  •  You can even stack a couple rectangles and cut 2 at a time!
  • You'll have 32 rectangles, but you only need 26 ghosts for the alphabet. You can either cut them all into ghosts and use the extras for something else, or just leave the others as rectangles for something else later.



  • Draw faces on the ghosts. Just 2 eyes and a smile. :)
  • Then, write all the letters of the alphabet on each ghost. I decided to write them in lowercase to help LB(4) work on recognizing them.



Time to Play!
There are many ways you can use these cute little ABC ghosts. Here's what we did:

  • I laid all the ghosts on the table face-down.
  • LB(4) and LM(6) took turns:
    • One of them would pick a ghost and say the letter and the sound the letter makes.
    • The other one would then think of a word that starts with that letter. Then they'd switch.


The boys really loved this activity! It was great practice for LB(4) to recognize letters and their sounds. Thinking of words for him was a bit tougher. Sometimes he needed help, and sometimes he thought of some good words all on his own. It was a fun way to learn!
LM(6) also had fun. Eventually instead of just saying the word he thought of, he wanted to act it out and have us guess. This was a fun addition that I never even thought of! He came up with some great words that were tough for us to guess!
All in all, fun & learning was had by all. :)

In need of craft supplies--like craft foam for this fun activity?? Check out our post on the best kid-craft supplies for great prices on Amazon! We've got some good recommendations. :)

Happy Halloween!

Friday, October 13, 2017

CANDY CORN MAN



originally published 10-14-2011

I found this idea on this blog: Mrs.Schmelzer's First Grade
I thought it was so cute. We just had to give it a try!

We ripped up black, orange, & white construction paper and glued them on the paper candy corn. 
Then we took strips of black paper and folded them accordion-style.
We glued them on, and glued on hands and feet.
Then we added some googly eyes and a nose & mouth!

All done! 
Need paper? Get this huge pack of construction paper for a great price! Use it for this craft and all our other fun Halloween Crafts!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Scrapbook Paper for an AMAZING Price!!!!

Scrapbook Paper is so much fun to use for crafts. 
It adds another fun element of color and design to any creative creation. Sometimes, however, pretty papers can be pretty expensive. BUT, I found some AMAZING DEALS for some SUPER CUTE paper on Amazon. 

Each of these come with around 50 sheets of 12" x 12" papers. So many fun designs and colors it's hard to choose which to get! 

So get some cute papers and get crafting!





Also check out our post on the 10 basic and essential craft supplies we recommend for crafting with kids!


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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

10 BEST Craft Supplies for Kids!


We have made a LOT of crafts.
And done a LOT of activities.
And about 90% of these can be done with 10 basic supplies:

1. Construction Paper
2. Craft Foam
3. Paint
4. Glue
5. Glue Sticks
6. Yarn
7. Googly Eyes
8. Craft Sticks
9. Scissors
10. Hole Punch

I've looked all over Amazon, and have found some great deals on these supplies.
You will get a LOT of use out of these, and will have a good supply on hand for when your children want to be creative and have fun!
And these products on Amazon are a great price for the quantity and quality you get.
So get Creative and have FUN! :)


    

    


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