Thursday, October 20, 2016

Spider Halloween Craft

originally posted 10-29-14
Looking for a quick and easy Halloween craft for kids? You've come to the right place!
This cute spider craft is about as quick and easy as they come. Check it out!

  • Construction paper in black and green
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Googly eyes
  • Marker

Craft Time!

1. Cut out a black rectangle, and 6 green strips:

2. Do a fan-fold on each of the green paper strips:

3. Glue 3 of the strips to one side of the rectangle, and the other 3 to the other side.

4. Glue on 2 googly eyes, then draw a smile with a marker.

All done! 
Enjoy your spider, and 
Happy Halloween!

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Apple Buddy - Back to School craft for kids


  • Craft foam or construction paper in red, green, & black
  • 2 googly eyes
  • 1 white pom-pom
  • Glue
  • Marker

Get it all ready:
  • With the red foam or paper, cut out a a big apple shape. 
    • (an easy way is to cut out a circle first, then trim the top and bottom inward to make it look like an apple!)

  • With the green foam or paper, cut out:
    • 4 green circles (for hands & feet)
    • 1 leaf
  • With the black foam or paper, cut out:
    • 4 rectangles (for arms & legs)
    • 1 skinny triangle (for the stem)

Craft Time!

  • When it's all ready to go, sit down with your child and help them put it all together:
    • Glue all the foam & paper pieces on
    • Glue on the eyes & nose
    • Draw a smile with the marker

And there you have it! Your child's very own Apple Buddy!
Starting another school year is always fun.
Starting it with an Apple Buddy is even better. :)

Have fun!

Friday, April 1, 2016

Spring Kite Craft for Kids

Originally posted 4-17-13
'Tis the season for KITES!
And if you don't have enough wind to go out and fly one,
Get out some paints and paper and MAKE one!

How to make it:
  • Out of a piece of white paper, cut out a kite shape.
    • Let your child paint (we used watercolors) their kite however they desire (this was LB's job)

  •  Get out another piece of white paper and have your child paint it however they desire (this was LL's job, AND her very first time painting! She loved it.)

  • After the papers have dried, use a hole-punch to make a small hole in the bottom corner of the kite.
  • Cut a long piece of yarn (however long you want it for the kite string), and tie it through the hole.

  • Out of the other sheet of painted paper, cut out 3 (or more) bow-shapes. Start at the top of the kite string and tie the yarn around each one, working your way down the string.

There you have it!


Monday, February 29, 2016

Build a Dinosaur!

(re-post from: 9-5-13)
Our recent theme for Preschool@Home was DINOSAURS!
One of LB's favorite activities was this one.
And best of all, it was easy as pie to put together!

  • Green craft-foam (Or you can use construction paper. The foam is just a bit more durable.)
  • Scissors

Prep Work:
  • Using the craft foam, cut out the following shapes: 
    • 1 big half-circle
    • 1 medium triangle
    • 1 medium square
    • 1 medium circle
    • 3 small rectangles
    • 3 small long triangles
    • 3 small squares
    • 4 small triangles
    • 3 small circles

How to Play:

  • Lay out all the shapes and show your child how to build a dinosaur. You can use the shapes however you wish. Here are the general ideas:
    • The big half circle is the body
    • The medium triangle, circle, and square are good for heads
    • The small shapes can be used for legs, tails, spikes, necks, etc.
  • Then let them go at it, building whatever kind of dinosaur creature their heart can imagine.

LB(3) had so much fun with this, and it was also a good review of shapes. Bonus!
LL(1) also had fun playing with the shapes, and they held up under her squishing and squashing. Just had to make sure she didn't try to eat them. :)
And when LM(6) got home from school he created some great prehistoric creatures too. 
Fun for kids of all ages!
Now that's what I'm talkin' about.

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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Snow Day Activities!

Snowdays come, and snowdays go. 
But one thing that never changes is the endless amount of energy that kids are born with -- come snow or shine!

Here are a bunch of ideas to have fun on your next snowday,
 while also burning off some of that endless kid-energy when you're cooped up inside!

(Some of these are Holiday activities, but now you're well prepared.
Because you never know when a snow day is going to hit!)

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Most kids are already pretty good at running amok. Here are some ideas to get your kids RUNNING with a purpose!

You're kids are probably jumping for joy that they don't have to go to school. Keep them JUMPING with these fun games!

Instead of hunting for something to do all day---just send your kids on a TREASURE HUNT!

Just as endless as your kids' energy--there are endless amounts of ways to get them up and moving. Here are a few more examples:

After you burn off a little energy, have your kids sit down to read, do a puzzle, play with toys, color, watch a movie, etc.
Then when they start getting bored again, whip out another energy-busting activity!

Hope these ideas help make your next Snowday a success!

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