Link & Learn – Best Kids Activities From 2014

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I am on a plane right now headed to Texas and I remembered I hadn’t written my Link & Learn post yet. This week I am featuring all the very best activities for 2014 and today is no exception. I  would LOVE to focus on your very best post of 2014.  Best can mean a lot of things from most popular, most pins, most views… or just your favorite. Whatever measure you use is all up to you but I just want to see what you think your best post was.

For more fun ideas check out our No Time For Flash Cards Facebook Page

Also I want to ask you – does Link & Learn work for you? Is this something we want to keep doing every weekend? I am open to all opinions as I am re-evaluating this in the new year.



Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas 2014 fbMerry Christmas ! I hope you and your family have a fantastic holiday and more importantly a new year filled with health and happiness. Thank you for being a part of our 2014, it was an amazing year and we have high hopes for 2015.

Tomorrow we launch a week of our favorite posts from this year. Some are posts from our own No Time For Flash Cards archives and many are from other crazy talented and creative bloggers. You won’t want to miss so many fun ideas.

Merry Christmas,

Allie and family.

Painting Fortune Cookies – New Year’s Eve Activity For Kids

new year's even activity for kids You don’t have to keep your kids up until midnight to celebrate the new year but it is nice to have some extra special activities. The start of a new year is the perfect time to think about what lies ahead and make predictions. One fun way is to crack open a fortune cookie and read what’s inside! Just eating a fortune cookie is fine but you can take it up a notch and paint fortune cookies for a special New Year’s Eve activity and treat.

Gather your materials. You will need some regular fortune cookies, food color, a little milk, an ice cube tray, and paint brushes. You may also want some paper towel and a plate for your work surface. fortune cookie painting new years eve activity for kids

Mix your color with just a tiny bit of milk. You can use water if you are dairy free but the milk adheres just a little better. new years eve activity for kidsInvite your cookie artist and let the fun begin. While she carefully painted I dotted one of my own.painting fortune cookies for new years eve family activity

I loved it when she decided to dip dye the fortune cookie. fortune cookie painting new years activity for kidsIt looked beautiful but it never really dried making the cookie mushy. It’s best to paint just a little without too much soaking in.new years eve activity for kids

Make sure you have a handful of cookies for each kiddo because she just kept painting and painting!new years eve activity for children

Link & Learn – Holiday Activities !

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Happy Holidays!

I would love for you to share any holiday activities about any holiday you love. It can be Christmas, Hanukkah, Canada Day, Thanksgiving, Ramadan, Easter…. you get the idea. Anything meaningful for you, not just the holidays celebrated in the coming weeks.  I am always looking for ideas for all holidays to share on Pinterest – and believe it or not Valentines posts are already being pinned… I refuse to do it yet!!

I will have some fun ideas for New Years Eve soon though !



Nativity Crafts & Activities For Kids

nativity crafts for preschool I had so much fun planning Christmas activities for my class this year. I never minded teaching in classrooms where we did not celebrate but I sure had fun this year teaching something I never have outside of Sunday School before. Here are some great ideas and nativity crafts that I used ( or wished I’d had more time to) in my classroom and a few for older kids too.  I hope you have time to squeeze one of these great nativity crafts into your playtime before Christmas.

 

Nativity Activities & Sensory Play

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Nativity Scene Find & Fill Scavenger Hunt is a great way to teach the Christmas story to young kids.
This Nativity Small World from Imagination Tree lets kids play with all the figures.
This nativity activity would be great with a Sunday school class or as a family tradition the way Toddler Approved does it every year.
I love this nativity sensory bin from Golden Reflections
Sun Hats and Wellie Boots has a lovely Nativity Tree.
You might want to see how Happy Hooligans created their nativity sensory box too.

 

The Holy Family & Manger Crafts

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This paper bag manger from I Can Teach My Child is brilliant!
I love this nativity wreath from Rainy Day Mum
How cute is this paper roll nativity scene from Happy Hooligans?
This nativity sun catcher from Housing a Forrest is beautiful.
I did this nativity scene sun catcher with my class this year. Not only does it help teach shapes it shines in any light.
This nativity silhouette from Joyfully Weary is simple and beautiful!

Wise Men Crafts

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I love these Paper Roll Three Kings from Red Ted Art
These Stick Wise Men from Made By Mollie’s Mom would make great puppets!
Don’t forget about the camels the three wise men came on. Red Ted Art shows us how to make the camels too.
My son loved making these Wise Men out of travel sized shampoo bottles.

 

Angel Crafts

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I love this sweet angel craft from Toddler Approved.
You can make a beautiful angel sun catcher like we did!
What’s not to love with these toilet paper roll angels from NurtureStore ?
Toddlers can have fun making this coffee filter angel too.

 

Christmas Books Without Santa

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Check out this book list filled with Christmas books without out Santa.