Weekend Repost – Paint The Town Red !

Color Collage !

When children are learning their colors this is a fun activity to support their learning, it’s easy to incorporate shapes and letters too, simply cut paper into those shapes! Older children can use magazines and search for the color and cut it out themselves!

  1. Gather your materials. You will need a white piece of heavy paper, paint, some glue and your collage materials. I am using some foam pieces, tissue paper, feathers and pipe cleaners. Anything will work!
  2. Paint the paper- we are finger painting today but you can use a brush, sponge or roller!
  3. While the paint is drying, let your child explore the collage materials. Ask how they feel, what is the same about all of them, and which ones they like. With toddlers you can label things with their texture, shape and of course color!
  4. Drizzle glue all over the painting or with older children allow them to glue as they go if they want.
  5. Start collaging !

Books!


” Hello, Red Fox ” by Eric Carle is a fun interactive book about colors and the color wheel. Kids will love the “trick” on each page. The trick being that if you stare at a color for long enough then stare at a blank page the complimentary color will appear! This book is great, but not for a group, a class will disintegrate into “Let me!!” and “My turn!” quickly so this is really is best read one on one!


“Freckleface Strawberry” by Julianne Moore is one of the few celebrity books you will see me review, I really like this book. It doesn’t talk down to kids, and the humor is funny for parents and kids alike. I like that her freckles do not go away as she got older too!


” The Little Red Hen Makes A Pizza” by Philomen Sturges is a great retelling of the classic story. Kids will be able to relate to this hen not getting any help for all her hard work. Luckily her friends realize their mistake and do the dishes after she shares her yummy pizza.

Weekend Repost : Mr. Fix it !

Hammer Heads!

This is an old preschool staple, but none of my mommy friends had ever heard of it, so I am sharing so everyone can try this super simple and fun activity.
  1. Gather your materials. You will need some Styrofoam, golf tees, a play hammer and your child. Seriously how simple is that?
  2. Put the golf tees in the Styrofoam – don’t push them all the way in though.
  3. Add your little one and let them pound it in.
  • You will not want to leave them unattended, in case a tee breaks, or small bits of the Styrofoam breaks off. So watch carefully as they have a blast hammering! Oh and don’t tell them they are building fine motor skills too!
Song!


This Is The Way We Build A House

This is the way we pound our nails,
pound our nails, pound our nails,
This is the way we pound our nails, so early in the morning.
This is the way we turn the screw,
Turn the screw, turn the screw
This is the way we turn the screw, so early in the morning.
This is the way we saw the wood
saw the wood, saw the wood,
This is the way we saw the wood, so early in the morning!
This is the way we build a house,
build a house, build a house.
This is the way we build a house so early in the morning!

Book!

” Building a House” by Byron Barton is a no frills look at how homes are built. The bright colors and concise wording is perfect for preschoolers. I love that there is writing on one page and illustrations on the other, makes it super easy to show children the pictures as well as for them to see you follow the text with your finger!
** Since originally reviewing this book, it has become a bedtime book at our house, my 2 year old is thoroughly obsessed!

Weekend Repost – Have A Ball !


Ball Painting

This activity was a huge hit at our house and since I originally posted this last year we have done this many times ! When the weather gets better I am going to try it with a large utility ball and a laundry basket! Have a great weekend!
  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!

Weekend Repost

Toilet Paper Roll

Airplane !


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.