Letter of the Week Gg!

Green and Gold
Glittery Gs!

Teaching letters doesn’t have to be all about pointing them out in books, magnets on the fridge or singing the ABCs ( although those are great things to do too! ). Making letters, hanging them up on the fridge or wall and showing your child what they made is a great way to reinforce their learning too!

  1. Gather your materials. You will need two pieces of construction paper, a marker, some green paint ( or colors to make green), glitter, glue and scissors.
  2. Draw a fat G, I had to draw 3 before I got one I even sorta liked.
  3. Mix the paint together! I used blue, green , and yellow glitter paint. Obviously any plain green paint or markers would work just as well. Our goal being teaching about the letter G and the color green all in one shot!
  4. Paint the G
  5. Add the Glitter. You can let the paint dry and spread glue and regular sparkles or use sparkles like these made for card / scrap booking. Just make sure they are non toxic!
  6. Let dry and Cut out the G.
  7. Put glue on the second piece of construction paper and glue on the G !

The Plane ! The Plane!

 

 

Toilet paper rolls pile up quickly in a busy house,
so rescue a few from the recycle bin for this fun and easy craft! It’s not the cutest craft we’ve made but as soon as the glue dries it will become a favorite toy!

  1. Gather your materials. You will need a toilet paper roll, a cardboard box ( a cereal box works great) , some paint, glue, scissors and marker.
  2. Draw the wings and tail of the plane on a piece of cardboard.
  3. Mix a few colors of paint, this is always one of the favorite parts of art time with my son.
  4. Paint the toilet paper roll. Let dry.
  5. Paint the wings and tail . I don’t cut them out before painting because it is much easier to paint it as one big piece. Let dry.
  6. Cut the wings and tail out.
  7. Cut a notch in the end of the paper towel roll, slide the tail in , glue the wings on and your environmentally friendly plane is done!

Books!

” Planes” by Byron Barton is a basic little board book that kept my son’s attention long enough to read it. It’s nothing special but when a child is into planes, or going on a plane ride this is a masterpiece and will fit the bill!

“Amazing Airplanes” by Tony Mitton is a little long for toddlers but a fun and fact filled book all about plane travel. The rhyming text is engaging and surprisingly educational. I really like this book. The illustrations by Ant Parker are really fun too!

” Planes” by Anne Rockwell is another book that won’t jump off the bookshelf at you but if you have a little one that points up to the sky declaring “Plane! Plane! ” every time there is any sound they will love this book.

4th of July Craft For Kids

 

sponge painted american flag 4th of july craft

Fun 4th of July crafts for kids.

  1. Gather your materials. For this flag on the top you will need some white paper, blue construction paper, a sponge, red and white paint and scissors.
  2. Cut the sponge into a long strip and a star. As you can see the star doesn’t need to be perfect!
  3. Cut a small square out of the blue construction paper.
  4. Using the white paint sponge paint white stars on the blue paper. Set aside.
  5. Using the long sponge and red paint paint red stripes onto a white paper.
  6. Glue the Blue paper onto the red and white one and voila you made a cool flag!

  1. Gather your materials. For this flag you will need some white paper, a white crayon , blue and red paint and a paint brush.
  2. Using your white crayons draw lots of long stripes, leaving the area for the stars blank. Then add the stars. This can be hard to do but remember to press hard so that there is a lot of wax.
  3. Carefully paint with blue paint over JUST the stars.
  4. Carefully with red paint paint over the stripes. If the stripes or stars aren’t showing through keep wiping off any extra paint and the crayon should appear.

 

We Will We Will Rock You!

 


We are very lucky to have fantastic neighbors to come over and do crafts that might be a little hard for a toddler to manage. This is a great activity for Preschoolers and School age kids!

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some rocks, paint, paintbrushes, pipe cleaners, sequins, glue, paper , googley eyes , sparkles and a hot glue gun.
  2. Paint your rock and let dry before gluing anything on.
  3. Add some sequins .
  4. Bend your pipe cleaners into antennae.
  5. Hot glue it onto the rock, please don’t let even older children do this, I burnt my finger today and man did it hurt!
  6. Hot glue the eyes on.
  7. Add some sparkles!
  8. Add the finishing touches, we made wings out of paper hearts!


Books!
Today’s books are all by Sandra Boynton, her books are fun, short and perfect for toddlers and young preschoolers. Also as you can see they are an easy read for an older child to read to a younger one.

” Doggies” The simplicity of this book makes me angry that I didn’t think of it! Brilliant and my son begged to have it read to him 3 times !

” Horns To Toes And In Between” is a cute and novel body part book, pointing out all our favorite body parts, the best being our belly buttons of course.” Moo , Baa , La La La ! “Another brilliant and cheeky little book for your toddler to love. My son has already figured out that it’s funny to say that a dog says ” Bock Bock” knowing full well a dog barks! This book is in that same spirit !

 

 

Mouse Craft For Kids

preschool mouse craft We love the book Fredrick by Leo Lionni and many other picture books with mice as main characters so making a little mouse at art time today was a perfect fit. Using recycled materials for art isn’t just frugal it’s also a lesson in creativity for kids. What can they make with a recycled box? Crafts like that give them a few suggestions. If your child is strong enough to cut through cardboard have them do the cutting, it’s great for building hand strength.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need a small cardboard box from your recycling bin, a marker,pipe cleaner, glue, googly eyes, some paint and a paintbrush.mouse craft supplies
  2. Cut your box flat and draw one large Oval and two smaller ones.mouse craft template
  3. Draw a nose and whiskers on the large oval with a black marker. I drew mine in when it was dry but it would be much easier to do it before.
  4. Have your child paint the ovals. Let dry, I sped up the process by wiping the excess paint off with a paper towel.mouse craft for kids painting
  5. Cut out the ovals out .mouse craft pieces
  6. Glue the ears and eyes on.mouse craft ears
  7. Poke a hole near the bottom of the body and attach the pipe cleaner (I cut mine in half) for a tail!mouse craft for kids

Books About Mice

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brave

Sheila Rae, the Brave by Kevin Henkes is a fantastic story about Shelia a little mouse who is not afraid of anything until she looses her way… luckily her little sister who is afraid of somethings knows the way home and proves to her older sister that you can be be afraid sometimes and still be brave!

Fredrick

Frederick by Leo Lionni is a fable about the importance of imagination. When all the mice are working hard to gather things for winter Fredrick is quietly taking in the sun, and colors they will need to help get them through the dark, cold hungry days ahead. The other mice don’t see why this is so important until everything they have gathered runs out and they need Fredrick and his imagination to help them make it ! Great commentary about art being vital. Your toddler may not pick up on that but you will !

If_you_Give_a_Mouse_a_Cookie

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie (If You Give…) by Laura Numeroff if you haven’t read this yet I am really shocked, grab it! It’s a fun book about what happens when you give a mouse a cookie… the demands keep flowing but so will your child’s imagination and enjoyment. Children love these books, and because they are short you will notice that they will start “reading” them to you very very soon. Fun stuff!