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
doot doot doot doot
Baby Shark
doot doot doot doot

Mama Shark
doot doot doot doot
Mama Shark
doot doot doot doot

Daddy Shark
doot doot doot doot
Daddy Shark
doot doot doot doot

Here comes a Swimmer
doot doot doot doot
Here comes a swimmer
doot doot doot doot

SHARK ATTACK
doot doot doot doot
SHARK ATTACK
doot doot doot doot

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.

Letter of The Week ! P p !

Pink and PurplePasta P !
It is always fun trying to find words that start with the letter of the week, Pasta was an obvious choice for my child since it is a staple in his diet and was one of his first words. It always helps to find familiar things to reinforce and of course colors are a perfect add on!

  1. Gather your materials. You will need 2 pieces of construction paper in P colors, some P color crayons, glue and some pasta!
  2. Draw a Fat P on the paper, if your child is older have them draw it.
  3. Color the P using the P color crayons , there are a many of P colors ( Purple, Pink, Periwinkle) – this is great fine motor practice and I was able to start my morning coffee while my son colored ( the truth comes out! ) .
  4. When they are done coloring if they are older have them put glue on the P, if they are still little dot the P with glue.
  5. Start adding the Pasta.
  6. If they enjoy this add more dots of glue and keep going. My son used to only take things off but he actually added every single piece of pasta on, I was very proud!
  7. Let dry and cut the P out and glue onto the 2nd P colored paper!


Books!

These books get very mixed reviews from parents, some love the messages, some think it’s too little too late with a sassy main character. I urge you to find them at your local library or book store and decide for yourself.

” Pinkalicious” by Victoria and Elizabeth Kann. I was initially told about this book and its authors by another mom whose son loves this book. So don’t think that just because the cover looks rather feminine that your boys won’t love this book too! The little girl eats far too many pink cupcakes and before she knows it she has turned pink. To return to her normal self she needs to eat her vegetables.I like this book, and can see why kids do too. I don’t think that all characters can be perfectly pious meek and mild but I do understand when parents are leery of introducing characters that they see as disobedient to their kids. Go read it and decide for yourself!


“Purplicious” is the sequel to “Pinkalicious” by Victoria and Elizabeth Kann. In this one Pinkalicious is teased and made fun of because she is still wearing her favorite color, even though everyone else is wearing black. She is sad and no one knows what to do, except a new girl at school who shows her how to mix pink with blue to make purple! A lot of the bad reviews I have read about this book center around the bullying and teasing and parents often wrote that their child at 4 or 5 have never seen that kind of teasing, as a former preschool teacher and director I can sadly assure you that if they were in school at all- they have seen it, maybe not as bad as Pinkalicious did but take the rose colored glasses off it’s hard to be 4 ! I think it’s better to let children know that they don’t have to be ashamed of someone is bullying them, to ask for help and to overcome it. This book can be a useful tool for that message.