Reader’s Corner- Re-post by request!

Make your own crayons!

Thank you Ellen who sent in this awesome activity and pictures! She is a mom with an elementary aged daughter who helped and a preschool aged son who got to play with the end result! Here’s the how to!

  1. Gather your materials. You will need an Oven set at 275* , a muffin tin, with liners, and all those old broken crayons we all have laying about. New ones would work too!
  2. Line your muffin tin with paper liners, and about half full with the crayon bits.
  3. Bake for about 8 minutes, watch them closely because they melt fast.
  4. Take them out of the oven once they are melted and let cool for 30 minutes.
  5. Remove the liners and get coloring! If they break put them aside and do it again!

Thanks again to Ellen for letting us share this !

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Reader’s Corner : Look What They Made

Move Over Monet… You’ve Got Competition.
Look At These Artists!

Avery is showing off her bunny ears , you can find out how to make your own here !
Noah made a fantastic Buzzy Bee. It’s perfect!
Click here to get the instructions.


Jackson is concentrating hard on his terrific traffic light, it looks great!
Find out how he did it here.

AJ wrote out his whole name for this Custom Caterpillar , and put it on a tasty green leaf!
Good work ! Click here for the how to .

If your little artist wants to share their masterpieces
contact me and I will feature them !

Parent’s Corner : Recall-O-Rama

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Consumer Product Safety Commission

I don’t know how I missed it but my son’s crib was recalled a month a go. Mommy guilt aside, all yesterday was spent confirming that Babies R Us would refund the purchase of a new crib once the manufacturer’s voucher arrives , finding a crib we want and belly aching over what to do in the meantime.

The new crib was bought last night, don’t get me started about the fact that the only crib that fits our needs and was available in the next few weeks was $100 less than our voucher will be for. I hope Babies R Us doesn’t spent all that extra cash in one place, hopefully they save it for a rainy day. It’s now staring me down from the front hall daring me to put it together while my husband is at work. I put the other one together by myself 8 months pregnant so why not now?

So no art today between a crib needing to be put together and my cranky sleep deprived son who enjoyed his Pack n’ Play so much he slept in it for all of 5 hours ( Did you know it gets light out at 4:40am ? I do now. ) . I hope this link has no bad news for you but knowledge is power ( as frustrating as it may end up being) a fun new post will be up tomorrow morning !

I reposted a fun space painting activity below, check it out!

Fishing For Letters Game


alphabet activity

This fishing for letters game was a favorite in my classroom and is really easy to make. Tuck those kids in , grab some scissors and start cutting, by morning you’ll have a fun game to play with your kids!

  1. Gather your materials. You will need multiple colors of card stock or sturdy construction paper, a marker, scissors, eyelets and an eyelet setter ,or you can also use paper clips!
  2. Draw a fish to make a template. Make sure the tail is large enough to write a letter on it. Cut it out and use this to trace all the fish.
  3. Start tracing the fish on your card stock/construction paper. I normally trace one for every two fish.
  4. Get comfy on your couch, and cut! Layer two or three pieces of paper to make it go faster but be careful , the paper can shift.
  5. Add a letter on the tail and a smile too. If you are using paper clips add an eye too!
  6. If you are using the eyelet option, add the eyelet as the eye for each fish. The eyelet should be magnetic, double check though since some are so heavily coated with paint the fishing pole may not pick them up!
  7. I am using a fishing rod that came with a Melissa and Doug puzzle but you can easily make one with a chop stick, ruler or blunt knitting needle. Add some yarn or ribbon with a strong magnet on the end and you are set!
  8. Wake your baby ( aren’t they always our babies? ) and show them the new game!


Additional Activities

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