“Busy Bear” Suitcase inspired by Paddington

paddington movie activity pack for kidsDid you read Paddington Bear as a child? I did and I am so excited to be able to share it not only as a book but as a movie with my own kids. I was asked to share this sponsored post about the brand new Paddington movie that will be in Theaters January 16; From the beloved novels by Michael Bond and producer David Heyman (HARRY POTTER); with a fantastic cast including Nicole Kidman. I can’t wait to check out the new film and I am using my daughter’s excitement about the film to help me keep her busy during our upcoming holiday travel. If you aren’t familiar with Paddington let me catch you up.  Here is a little more about the film and how they took it from page to screen.

So you might be wondering why I am promoting a movie. Movies can be amazing launching pads of more learning especially when there is a whole bunch of non screen options for learning that go with it. Not only can you use your child’s excitement to dive into all the Paddington books by Micheal Bond but you can create a fun  Busy Bear  suitcase filled with FREE printables to learn on the go. Here is how we made ours.

paddington bear busy bag

Gather your materials, You will need a paper mache suitcase ( or a plain tote bag ) , some acrylic paint, paint brushes, some baker’s twine, pencils and colored pencils, and the following free printables :

Connect the Dots

Paddington Story Starter

Paddington Memory Game

Map Game

Learn to Draw Paddington’s Hat

Paddington Word Search

Paddington Fill-in-the-Blank

Paddington Coloring Page (1)

Paddington Coloring Page (2)

Paddington Coloring Page (3)

Paddington Coloring Page (4)

Paddington Coloring Page (5)

Paddington Coloring Page (6)

When I print out printables like these I always make master copies and keep them in a file so that when my kids ask to do another one I can easily make copies instead of finding the link again, hooking up the printer… just a little tip I wish I’d known way back when.

Time to paint your suitcase. paddington bear movieMy daughter loved this. Using ” big kid” paint was a treat and she was totally into it. While she painted we talked all about our upcoming trip as well as all the other places we both want to explore. After painting we grabbed our globe to check out where Paddington Bear was from ( Peru) and where he was when he was found ( London). We chatted about travel and tried to think about how Paddington might feel being so far from home.

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While she finished up painting the other side I gathered the colored pencils and tied some baker’s twine around them. busy bear paddington

When the suitcase was all dry it was time to pack it full of the printables.

paddinton bear printables

She couldn’t wait until our trip, she had to do some of the activities right away. paddington bear printables bagShe was especially proud of the lipstick she drew on Paddington!paddington bear busy bag briefcase

How have you used movies as launching pads for more learning with your kids?

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As stated above this post is sponsored by The Weinstein Company. The busy bear suitcase craft is my own idea.

Winter Crafts and Activities For Preschoolers

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I love winter crafts and activities. I think because although I grew up in Canada I now live in Washington State where we might get one good dumping of snow every winter. Winter crafts and activities have stepped in to fill the void of snowflakes, snow, and snowmen in my life! I love all these winter crafts and activities for preschoolers and my kids have too. We will have even more coming soon so make sure you follow us on Facebook and Pinterest especially my No Time For Flash Cards board on Pinterest to stay up to date with all the rad ideas we are doing.

winter activities for preschool

Snow Window Sensory Play

snowman craft for preschool
Snowglobe Snowman

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Painting Snow & Color Mixing

snowflake crafts for kids
Cotton Ball Snowflakes

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Winter Sensory Bin

snowman crafts for preK
Letter Snowman

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Footprints In The Snow – Winter Playdough Play

snowman crafts for kids
Marshmallow Snowman

science for kids
Snow Science – Easy experiment for kids

snowman craft
Snowman at Night

glitter and confetti popscicle stick snowflake christmas ornaments
Popscicle Stick Snowflakes

snowman treat container
Snowman Playdough Giftswrite letters in the snow
Writing In The Snow – Pre-Wrting Activity

Snow Play
Winter Train Table Play

winter craft for kids
Cork Stamped Snowflake Toddler Craft

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Sensory Snow

SPICE JAR SNOWMAN BLOCKS
Spice Jar Snowman Blockswinter activities for kids
Arctic Ice Sensory Play

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Emotional Snowmen

Marshmallow Snowflake Kids Craft
Marshmallow Snowflake

paper plate snowman craft
Snowflake Snowman

hole punch snowmen
Hole Punch Snowflakes

make a magnetic snowman
Magnetic Snowman

snowflake garland
Snowflake Garland

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Winter W Letter Craft

Cutting Practice Thanksgiving Wreath

Thanksgiving wreath craft cutting practice Whenever we do a craft ( not open ended art) I try to mix in a few things. Usually some color or letter recognition, maybe some tricky fine motor  skill development with small bits and pieces, or cutting practice! This Thanksgiving craft is all about cutting practice. For little guys it’s all about getting the grip right, hand position, and control.  Cutting isn’t something that most kids have to be tricked into doing many love it and our Cutting Station is a great idea for those kids.

Gather your materials. You will need a paper plate for each wreath, some glue, construction paper ( this is a great craft for scraps!), some glitter glue ( it’s not really a craft according to my daughter unless it has glitter), and some raffia.cutting practice

Start by cutting the middle out of the paper plates and cutting the construction paper into easier to hold strips. Older kids can do this themselves. cutting wreath collage for thanksgiving

Start cutting! cutting practice thanksgiving wreath for preschool My son joined in on the fun too. cutting skills wreath

When they have cut to their heart’s content add some glue. cutting practice scissor skills wreath

Add the paper in a pattern or randomly. scissor skills thanksgiving activity for kids

Time for glitter glue. This glitter glue is great because it doesn’t get everywhere like regular loose glitter but it does take a long time to dry if you make globs.paper cutting skills wreath

Add some raffia-ish ribbon and hang it up. thanksgiving wreath craft

 

Books About Thanksgiving

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A Plump and Perky Turkey by Teresa Bateman is such a cute and funny book about a town that needs a turkey and the hilarious lengths they go to to find one. The town is sadly outwitted by the turkey and end up eating shredded wheat for thanksgiving. The illustrations kept my little man interested when he was a toddler but he only started understanding the dark humor at around 4. I love this book because of the humor makes me giggle. My son was a little off put by the idea of the towns folk eating the turkey and was relived when he escaped before they shoved him in the oven. I like that he is starting to understand that the meat he eats is actually a cooked animal, we take that for granted but for many young kids this is a huge realization!

two bad pilgrims

Two Bad Pilgrims by Kathryn Lasky is a fantastic book that some parents might not like but kids will love it and learn a lot in the process.  It’s about two boys who really did sail abroad the Mayflower and whose behavior really was bad.  There is a ton of not usually shared information about Pilgrims in this book and as someone who studied colonial history I am in LOVE with this book. The format is a mix of non fiction and comic strip like narrative. I would read it to kids 5 and older although younger children might like just the narrative. There is a ton of info in this book and it would be a wonderful tool to talk about how history books don’t always tell the whole story.

Thanksgiving

Twas The Night Before Thanksgiving by Dav Pilkey was such a treat to read. It’s a reworking of the classic Christmas poem, with a Thanksgiving twist.  A bus full of kids head off to the turkey farm the day before Thanksgiving and are immediately enamored with the birds. When a child asks the farmer what the axe by the door is for… well let’s just say the truth is told and the kids fall apart. They don’t stay down for long though, the kids outsmart the farmer and their teacher to save the turkeys from the axe. Somehow the author finds a way to make the possible slaughter of these happy friendly, named turkey’s funny. My son was giggling while I was kinda nervous that they’d get the axe! Great rhymes throughout this hilarious book!

 

For more Thanksgiving books check out our round up of Thanksgiving books by clicking on the image below.

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Handmade Christmas Gifts – Candy Terrariums

Christmas candy jars DIY gift I wish I could say I thought this idea up, because it’s SO cute. I didn’t. I adapted this Easter idea into handmade Christmas gifts for my kids to pass along to someone special. These candy terrariums also make fun Christmas decorations or center pieces! They are quick and easy to make which means they are perfect Christmas crafts to make at a party! Here is how we made them and as a side note all this Christmas candy is seriously testing my resolve with my Whole30 challenge. If these are still around on Christmas day I think I may have a nibble or two! Here is how we made these candy terrariums.

 

Gather your materials. You will need some green and while candies, a foil Santa or snowman, and foil Christmas tree. I got all of our stuff at Target but you can find them on Amazon ( these are affiliate links)  here : Santa, Snowman . You will also need some double stick tape, a mason jar , and some baker’s twine ( dollar spot at Target… go now! No they didn’t pay me to say that I just love Target something fierce).candy terrariums for Christmas gifts

Start by putting double stick tape on the bottom of your Santa and tree. I had to put a few pieces.Christmas candy jars

Hold it down for a minute.christmas candy mason jars

Add the green “grass” we used holiday M&Ms that come in red, green, and white Christmas candy centerpiece

And the light dusting of snow!christmas craft mason jar candy scenes

Pop the lid oncandy jars for Christmas and tie some baker’s twine around the top. Seriously these are so easy and so cute! Also in the days since my kids have made these and they haven’t asked once for a candy. I think that the lid is a deterrent. Their gingerbread houses they made at the gym didn’t last nearly that long. Maybe they are sneaking them when I am not looking but I don’t think so.candy terrariums for christmas easy DIY gift

 

Books About Santa

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Christmas Morning

Christmas Morning by Cheryl Ryan Harshman  wasn’t what I expected , it was more. It’s written in the spirit of ” The House That Jack Built” and the text builds and builds starting with snow falling on a house as children sleep and ending with Christmas morning. What I wasn’t expecting is that the author tells the story of The Nutcracker , albeit a very simplistic version, in the rhyming text as well.  The illustrations of the Rat King are a little frightening but nothing that will prevent you from reading it.

How Santa Got His Job

How Santa Got His Job by Stephen Krensky is a fun and surprisingly practical story about Santa and how he developed the skills needed for his one of a kind job.  It starts with Santa as a young man and as he keeps bouncing from job to job he acquires skills like going in and out of chimneys as a chimney sweep with ease and without getting dirty,  develops a relationship with reindeer as a zoo worker and gets chubby eating all the food at a all night diner gig!  There are more but i don’t want to spoil the story. My son loved it, especially once the elves showed up, which was when the toys did too! I know when i was a kid I wanted to know how Santa got his job, and there are movies dedicated to this so this book  jumped on the bandwagon and did a great job , it’s very cute!

how santa lost his job

How Santa Lost His Job by Stephen Krensky is the second book by this author all about Santa. This time it’s about how he lost his job because of an over zealous elf intent on innovation. The elf is sure that he can invent a machine that can be more efficient than Jolly old St. Nick or can he? I love the commentary about how machines can’t really ever replace people and that being Santa is about much more than just delivering gifts.

 

 

 

 

Easy Turkey Crafts For Toddlers and Kids

easy turkey crafts Hello! If you are new here check out No Time For Flash Cards on Pinterest and join our Facebook community for more great ideas.

We have one more Thanksgiving craft to share later this week but I wanted to round up all our easy turkey crafts for toddlers and kids in one great place.  I love making turkey crafts but must admit I can’t stand eating the real thing and fill up on sides instead. I hope that you can find something fun to make from our turkey craft ideas to get your kids excited and interested in learning more about Thanksgiving.

cork turkeyt craft for kids

Cork Turkey Craft

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Fingerprint Turkey Cards

thanksgiving math idea for preschool
Counting Turkeys

glitter sun catcher turkey craft for toddlers
Sun Catcher Turkey

pinecone painted turkey craft for kids
Pinecone Painting Turkey Craft

no mess thanksgiving day craft
Paper Bag Turkey Craft turkey cork color sorting
Color Matching TurkeysPaper Plate Turkey Craft
Paper Plate Turkeyfeather finder game
Turkey Feather Gross Motor Gamefoam turkey magnet edit
Turkey Magnet

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Clothes Pin Turkey

potato print turkey craft for thanksgiving
Potato Print Turkey

3d hand print turkey craft for toddlers
3D Hand Print Turkey

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Fact Family Turkeys

Thanksgiving arts and crafts for toddlersTurkey Baster Painting

shape turkey craft for kids
Shape Turkey Craft

Handprint Turkey Thanksgiving Kid Craft

Hand Print Turkey Craft For Toddlers

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Turkey Feather Match

Do you have some fun easy turkey craft and activities for toddlers and kids? Share them in comments!