Easy Magic Wands

Magic Wands


Young children have amazing imaginations unaffected by reality , so art projects that create props for make believe are particularly fun to do!

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some heavy paper, crayons or markers, some glitter ( of course! ) glue, tape and a straw for the handle.
  2. Draw 2 stars or cheat like me and use a cookie cutter as a template on one piece of paper.Your wand doesn’t have to be a star, I like to use some shape we are learning just for reinforcement but remember not all activities have to have a clear cut lesson. Kids are always learning, sometimes I need to remind myself of this too.
  3. Decorate your stars with crayons or markers. I usually tape down the paper so it’s easier for my toddler to do the activity and not worry about the paper shifting.
  4. Time for glue, drizzle it all over.
  5. Add the dreaded or loved sparkles , shake off the excess and let dry.
  6. When dry cut out the stars and tape the straw to the inside. Then glue or tape the two stars together sandwiching the straw. Let dry and voila!
Song!



Little Bunny Foo Fo
o

 

Little bunny foo foo ,
hopping through the forest,
scooping up the field mice ,
and bopping them on the head!Down came the Good Fairy,
and she said ,
“Little bunny foo foo, I don’t want to see you,
scooping up the feild mice and bopping them on the head!
I’ll give you three chances before I turn you into a gooooooon!”Repeat until no more chanc

es! 

**Note to Parents** You are probably well aware by now that a lot of songs, books etc.. for young children like ” Little Bunny Foo Foo” have some violence or maybe words you aren’t comfortable with. Over the years I have used this song especially to illustrate to my students the consequences of inappropriate actions. While clearly I never turned any student into a goon- we were able to use this time to talk about what happens in our class when you bop someone. So while it’s every parent’s right to censor anything in their child’s life, songs like this can be used for good!



Book!

To be honest there aren’t many Fairy books out there I liked enough to recommend but this one is a fantastic book! ” Alice the Fairy” by David Shannon is an exception, as I am sure there are others I just need to find them. I love David Shannon in general and this book is a favorite. My most recent class was read it in French and loved it , I am sure the charm of Alice is the same in any language.


Ball Painting


This activity is super easy to do but will delight your child!
  1. Gather your Materials. For this art activity you will need a ball, I am using a golf ball but if my son was older I’d use a marble or 2! Also a few colors of paint, some paper and a shoe box or shoe box lid.
  2. Place a piece of paper into the box , along with a small amount of paint, then carefully place the ball on the paint.
  3. Tip the box this way and that way and watch the ball “paint” the paper. Younger children will want to catch the ball, so just make sure you are using non toxic paint and a ball big enough not to fit in their mouth.
  4. Repeat with more paint colors!
Song!

Today’s song is the French version of ” If you are happy and you know it” but the literal translation is ” If you love the Sun” . I don’t expect you to sing this exact song with your kids unless you speak French ( in which case ignore my horrible accent ) but I urge you to sing songs in other languages if you know them even if your accent is horrible !


Si tu aimes le soleil!

Si tu aimes le soleil… frappe des mains!
Si tu aimes le soleil ….frappe des mains!
Si tu aimes le soleil, le printemps qui se reveille
Si tu aimes le soleil… frappe des main!

Repeat with:

Tape des peids
Cliques des doights.

Books!

I decided for this “mixed bag” I would focus on one author I love, so today I am showcasing David Shannon! His books make me laugh and every student I have ever read these to has enjoyed his humor and characters too!


” A Bad Case of the Stripes” is about a little girl so worried about impressing others that she keeps changing and looses who she really is. This story is a cautionary tale about being yourself, and NOT being yourself. A great book for older preschoolers and young elementary aged children.

” Duck on a Bike”
is a more than just a story about a duck riding a bike, it’s about trying new things and how if one person dares to do something different they can urge a whole group to change too! This book can be the start of a great dialog between you and your child about trying things that seem impossible!

” No, David!”
is probably David Shannon’s most known book, it it we follow the misadventures of little David and his eventual dicsiplining and hug from his mom! This book is a wonderful gate way into talking about rules with a class, I have successfully used ti as a reminder about rules and why we have them. Kids love watching other kids do naughty things , so this book is always a hit with toddlers on up!