Put A Lid On It !



Nature Jar!

Toddlers and Preschoolers love to find things, this activity uses that natural curiosity and combines it with some fresh air ! We went to a nearby beach but you can do this at a park, forest or even your own backyard!

  1. Gather your materials. All you need is a glass jar and somewhere to discover nature!
  2. Start finding things to put in your jar. My son thought this clam shell was pretty cool but it was too big! I like to put a layer of sand or grass in first and then put larger things on top. With older children I would set out a mini scavenger hunt ( find 3 rocks, 5 leaves, 4 shells…) , toddlers will have a blast just picking things up and popping them in the jar.
  3. I tried to find all different shells, pointing out what color they were to my son, but he was more interested in rocks! Still I was shocked how well he walked along the beach searching for rocks to pop in!
  4. Keep going until the whining or in our case the rain starts.
  5. Pop the lid on and take the nature home with you to recount your day later!

* Recounting an activity is a great thing to do with your child, it is actually a very important skill and is important for early literacy , so sit down even with toddlers and pull out your jar and talk about what you did at the beach/park !

There Is Something In The Water

Fancy Foam Fish

This activity isn’t just about a fancy fish, putting on the sequins one by one is great for fine tuning fine motor abilities! Although some younger preschoolers would love this , I would probably not do this with toddlers, sequins have a way of finding there way onto tongues and into mouths!
  1. Gather your materials. You will need 2 pieces of foam sheets, a marker, scissors, glue and some sequins. If you don’t have foam sheets fear not, plain old construction paper works too.
  2. Draw an outline of a fish on one piece of foam and cut out.
  3. Lay the first fish on the second piece of foam and draw a slightly larger outline and cut it out.
  4. Make small cuts into the tail for a 3D effect, don’t cut too far or you may cut the tail off!
  5. Cut a small mouth and hole for an eye. The larger outline underneath will make it look like there is a mouth and an eye! You could also use a gooley eye instead of cutting a hole. Glue the two pieces together.
  6. Add lots of glue dots!
  7. Add your sequins!


Books!

For some great books about Fish click here !

Song!

Shark Attack!


Baby Shark
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Baby Shark
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Mama Shark
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Mama Shark
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Daddy Shark
doot doot doot doot
Daddy Shark
doot doot doot doot

Here comes a Swimmer
doot doot doot doot
Here comes a swimmer
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SHARK ATTACK
doot doot doot doot
SHARK ATTACK
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No more Swimmer
doot doot doot doot
No more Swimmer
doot doot doot doot

Thanks for Dinner
doot doot doot doot
Thanks for Dinner
doot doot doot doot


Name Bugs – Cursive Handwriting Craft

craft for kids

 


  1. Gather your materials. This is such a fun and easy project, all you NEED is something to write with , some paper and scissors. After that grabs anything you have on hand to decorate, paint, sequins, pipe cleaners, sparkles- anything goes!
  2. Fold your paper lengthwise so the fold is on the bottom.
  3. Write your name in cursive handwriting ( This is a great way to get your kids to practice too, I had an after school group doing these with all sorts of words not just their names.)
  4. Cut out around your name.
  5. Open up and see the outline of your bug ( or alien, or butterfly or monster… go with whatever appeals to your child the most).
  6. Get decorating!

* You can also have older siblings write their preschool or toddler aged siblings names and have the little guys do the decorating ! Cooperative projects have long been shown to actually foster cooperation between children, even if it doesn’t always seem to be working that way!

Arrrrr Matey!

Newspaper Pirate Hat


  1. Gather your materials. You will need one section of the news paper ( min 4 pages) , a stapler ( I can not find mine so I used some left over snowflake brads) and something to decorate your newspaper with. We are using the do*a*dot*art paints I reviewed yesterday.
  2. Have your child decorate/ paint both sides of the newspaper. I actually really really like using the dobbers cause they dry FAST!
  3. Fold the paper in half, and the corners down.
  4. You may need to tape the corners down if the newspaper is thick.
  5. Now fold the bottom up, and secure with a staple, or if you are disorganized like me and can’t find your stapler, get creative!
  6. Pop it on and go pillage something!

Song!

Click Here for a Pirate Song Arrrr !

Books!


” Pirates Don’t Change Diapers”
by Melinda Long is a really touching look at older siblings, inside a funny book about pirates. The pirates need Jeremy Jacob’s help finding their treasure, but he needs their help babysitting his baby sister. My favorite part of this book is when Jeremy Jacob realizes that the baby is gone and he gets really worried . Also even when he is offered up his choice of treasure, he picks something for him mom, how could I argue with that?

“Pirates Ahoy” by Hilary McKay is a interesting book, the book revolves around 2 cousins and their day at Gran’s house where they play pretend. I like that this book is about pretend play, most kids now days don’t get enough chance to do this, but the test is awkward and seems too sophisticated for the general premise of the book. The author needs to pick one age group to target and go for it, the story itself suits younger kids but the wording and the figurative language used is above most preschoolers heads.

” Busy Boats” by Tony Mitton is a fun little book packed full of good information about boats. The text is short , rhymes and matches the illustrations perfectly. It’s hard to find non fiction books that small ones will sit for and listen to, the cartoon characters in this book will grab and keep your child’s attention , I also like how small the books are, perfect for car rides and longer travel!

New Stuff for Summer Break !

Naptime Creations!
The school year is quickly coming to an end and I can hear the anxiety for all of you who now have more children to keep busy! Don’t fear, throughout the summer I will have more projects for older children and tell you how to adapt the easier ones for your school agers too, that way you aren’t doing 50 projects a week all with different materials! The projects just for older children will be called Naptime Creations!

Recycled UFO!

  1. Gather your materials. You will need an old CD, some washed out singled serve applesauce containers ( you can also use egg carton cups) , paint, a paint brush, some foam sheets ( or colored paper) , glue and scissors.
  2. Paint the 2 plastic containers. Set aside to dry.
  3. Cut the foam sheets or colored paper into small shapes.
  4. Glue onto the CD. This is a great opportunity to learn about patterning, I did a very simple pattern but depending on your child’s age they could use many colors and a sophisticated pattern. Let this dry.
  5. Cut more shapes out to use as windows and doors for your UFO.
  6. When the paint it dry glue your windows and doors on.
  7. Glue the CD onto the bottom container first.
  8. Glue the top on .
  9. Let dry completely.