September 30, 2013

Fruit & Veggie Crafts & Activities

Here is our collection of crafts & activities on the theme of "Fruit & Vegetables"!
You could use these to teach kids about eating healthy foods! 
(Except that TV dinner one...but hey, a fruit & veggie cupcake might be your best teaching tool of all! ha)

Click a picture below to see that post, or click HERE to see all these posts.
Have Fun!

September 27, 2013

Green Salad Craft

Our final activity for our "Fruits & Vegetables" week was this fun craft!
LB likes salad, but he usually doesn't like a whole lot of vegetables in it.
So this was a fun way to show him how pretty & colorful a salad can look when there are lots of veggies in it!

  • Construction paper - Green, white, yellow, orange, red, etc.
  • 1 piece of white cardstock
  • Marker
  • Glue

Prep Work:
  • Using different colors of paper, cut out small vegetable shapes. Here are some ideas:
    • orange - carrots
    • yellow - onions or banana peppers
    • green - celery
    • red - tomatoes or red peppers
    • white - mushrooms or onions 

  • Draw a plate shape on the white cardstock and glue it onto another piece of construction paper:

Craft Time!

  • Hand the green paper to your child and have them rip it! The ripped pieces will be the lettuce:

  •  Next, give them the glue and have them glue the pieces onto the plate shape:

  • Then place dots of glue all over the lettuce and have them put the vegetable pieces on.
  • Lastly, give them the glue and let them just squirt it all over the top. This is the salad dressing! :)


September 26, 2013

Fruit & Vegetable Painting

We did another fun craft for our Fruits & Veggies Week.
This one isn't necessarily original (painting and stamping with cut fruits & veggies was probably the first craft ever invented!) 
Nevertheless, it was gobs of fun for LB.
AND we added another fun element while we were at it.

  • Any assortment of Fruit & Vegetables 
  • Paint (fingerpaint, posterpaint, tempera paint, etc. Any form of washable paint!)
  • Paper 

Craft Time!
  • First, I showed LB the colorful array of fruits and vegetables I had on hand: 

  • Then I cut each of them in half.

    • I let LB choose one of them. First we ate one of the halves--(which was awesome! LB was actually interested in tasting some of these vegetables? Miracle of miracles!!)

    •  .....Then we used the other half to paint with! Some of them were a bit slippery, so we used a fork to keep a hold of them (like the tomato):

    Here are some of LB's creations:

    We didn't get to all the fruits & veggies. After the 4th one, LB just wanted to paint his hands.
    So unfortunately, fresh produce lost the battle to what LB called his "Spiderman-hands"! :)


    September 23, 2013

    Pea-Pod Craft

    This week I'll be posting about our theme "Fruits & Vegetables." 
    The first activity is this easy Pea-Pod craft!
    LB had so much fun putting this together, especially because we just read this cute book about peas that the boys LOVED:

    Little Pea, by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

    • 2 pieces of green construction paper
    • Green craft foam
    • 1 piece of white cardstock
    • Scissors
    • Glue
    • Marker

    Prep Work:
    • Lay the 2 pieces of construction paper on top of each other. Draw a pea-pod shape on the top one and cut them out of both.
    • Trace a cup to make 3 circles on the green craft foam. Cut them out 

    Craft Time!
    • Have your child put glue on the back of one of the pea pods, and glue it to the white cardstock
    • Then have them put glue on the round bottom part of the pea pod and put the other one on top so that the top is left open. You might also want to pull it out a bit so that there's room for the foam peas to fit inside. :)

    •  Give your child the marker and have them draw smiley faces on the 3 peas:

    •  Lastly, have your child place the peas inside the pod!

    • You can either glue them in, or just leave them so your child can play with them. We decided not to glue ours and LB has had fun pulling them out, then putting them back inside to "sleep." 


    September 19, 2013

    After School Snack Holder

    I bought this cute Over-the-Door Shoe Holder the other day,
    (at Ross for about $7)
    I was excited to use it to organize my shoes to free up some floor space in the closet. But sadly, my shoes don't all fit in these little pockets!
    This really should be called a Sandal-Holder, and unfortunately I don't have that many sandals.

    So, instead I had an idea to put it up in the pantry as a SNACK-HOLDER for the kids!

    And to make it a little bit more worth its while, I decided to make it an
    After-School Homework-Motivating Snack Holder!
    (Say that 10 times fast!) ha.

    Here's how it works:
    Since I have 3 kids, I put 3 of each kind of snack in each of the pockets.

    Only my oldest is in school right now (LM-1st grade). He has homework everyday, and honestly the hardest part of the day is trying to get him to focus on his homework while the 2 little ones (LB-3yrs, LL-1yr) are constantly distracting and bothering him. It always takes 3 times as long as it should.
    So to keep EVERYONE motivated to get homework time done quickly, the snacks are the reward. :)

    As soon as Homework is done they can get the snacks out of the pocket for that day! We just start at the top pocket and work our way down, which helps so there is no fighting over who gets what snack or whatever.
    Same snack for everyone.

    I have an assortment of snacks right now:
    Granola Bars

    So far it's worked very well. It's nice to already have a snack ready each day and something visual they can see to serve as a good motivator. 

    Have Fun!

    September 17, 2013

    Dinosaur Crafts & Activities

    We recently did a Dinosaur theme in our Preschool@Home.
    It was so much fun!
    Here are the 4 activities we did. Click on a picture below to see that post.
    Or click HERE to see all these posts at once.

    And here are a couple others we've done in the past: