Snowflake Garland

snowflake garland

My son loves “sprinkles” also known as glitter, and I love them when they are being used correctly. The other day it was “snowing” in our kitchen aka my son was dumping large quantities of glitter on the floor while running away from me.  I haven’t been able to completely de-glitter my kitchen since so I thought what the heck it’s already a mess let’s make these snowflakes.  I love using cupcake liners for snowflake crafts because for the life of me I can’t make pretty circle snowflakes any other way. This is a great winter craft but you can also use clothes pins between the snowflakes to clip holiday card on!

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some cupcake liners, scissors, blue ribbon, glue, glitter and a good dustbuster.snowflake garland
  2. Start by folding your liners into triangles.snowflake garland
  3. Make cuts into them to make snowflakes. My son got the hang of this after a few tries, one liner he simply demolished but he made 3 really cool ones, I made the rest.snowflake garland
  4. Lay your snowflakes out and add glue. snowflake garland
  5. Add your glitter. I love the flexible plastic place mats I have for this because I can bed them and pour the extra glitter back into the jar easy peasy.snowflake garland
  6. Let dry .
  7. Thread your ribbon through the cuts.  The paper is so light that they will stay in place on your ribbon without slipping.snowflake garland
  8. Thread the rest of the snowflakes on and hang up!snowflake garland

Books



Animals in Winter by Henrietta Bancroft is part of the Let’s-Read-And-Find-Out Science series and it doesn’t disappoint. I love this series and when I find stage 1 books I am always excited. Non fiction books for 2-5 year olds are hard to find but every single book in this series has been a gem. This book explains hibernation, seasonal migration and why some animals don’t do either of those things! Great illustrations round out this great read!

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Un-Brella by Scott Franson is such a cool book. There is not a single line of text in the book , and it’s not missing a thing! The illustrations are so vivid, so layered and tell the story perfectly. A little girl has a magical umbrella that brings sun on a snowy day and snow when her yard is green and sunny. My 2 year old was beside himself laughing and saying “No no” to the little girl wearing her swim suit in the snow. Grab this book and enjoy!
Stella, Queen of the Snow by Marie-Louise Gay is my kind of book. If I were to quote all my favorite bits of this book I would write out most of it. I just love the writing, it’s simple but doesn’t talk down to the reader. The characters are sweet but not saccharine and I love how inquisitive Sam is . Stella is a know it all but not bratty about it at all! Sam has never seen snow before and Stella tells him all about it as they explore the first snow fall of the year.

Winter Sun Break !

 

My mother in law was asking me what I could make with hand prints besides a turkey, and this sun topped my long list of crafts. We all need a little sun during the dark days of winter, this craft is so easy and fits well with themes likes space, seasons, and learning about weather !

  1. Gather your materials. You will need a paper plate, some construction paper, yellow paint, a paint brush , a container, glue and scissors.
  2. Start by tracing your child’s hand a few times on a piece of construction paper. I am using yellow paper but white or orange would work too. In a class you can do one of each child’s hand if you want to make a large sun as a cooperative project.
  3. Cut out.
  4. Have your child paint the paper plate yellow. We are using a number of different paints, for variety but plain yellow paint , crayons or markers are all great.
  5. Add some sparkle paint, bet you thought I was done sparkles just because the holidays are over!
  6. Paint the cut out hands. My son decided he wanted to dip them in the paint and the result was really cool. You can also simply use the brush if you prefer.
  7. Let dry.
  8. Glue the hands on the under side of the plate.
  9. Bask in the glow!!
Song !


Mr. Sun, Sun Mr. Golden Sun,
Please shine down on me!
Oh Mr. Sun , Sun Mr. Golden Sun,
hiding behind a tree!
These little children are asking you ,
to please come out so we can play with
you,
Oh Mr. Sun, Sun Mr.Golden Sun,
Please shine down on me!

Books!

” The Sun Is My Favorite Star”by Frank Asch is a great true introduction to astronomy for young kids. The book walks the line between story book and non fiction with figurative language but will keep kids interested while teaching very very basic facts about the sun. The illustrations are interesting and seem to glow all by themselves. “Un Brella” by Scott Franson is such a cool book. There is not a single line of text in the book , and it’s not missing a thing! The illustrations are so vivid, so layered and tell the story perfectly. A little girl has a magical umbrella that brings sun on a snowy day and snow when her yard is green and sunny. My 2 year old was beside himself laughing and saying “No no” to the little girl wearing her swim suit in the snow. Grab this book and enjoy!

Mitten Match Game

Mittens are great , easy to draw , easily identifiable by even really little guys, and they show up in some wonderful books ( see below) . Your child can help make the mittens or you can do it , either way they will love this little home made game, and be learning too!
  1. Gather your materials. You will need 3 pieces of white paper, a marker, some construction paper ( any color but use the same color for all of it), some small containers, double stick tape or glue , paint and scissors.
  2. Start by drawing 3 mittens on 3 separate pieces of paper.
  3. If you have an older child who needs more of a challenge you can do a hat and scarf as well, but little guys may get confused on whether to match the item or the color , so start small if you aren’t sure.
  4. Have your child paint the mittens, one color for each page.
  5. My son was hard to convince to use only one color, so I had an extra page for him to use all of them on after he did the mittens.
  6. Let dry and cut out.
  7. Using double stick tape or glue use construction paper as a backing. This will make them sturdier so they last while being played with!
  8. Using the small containers match your mittens!
Books !


The Mitten   by Jan Brett is visually impeccable, each page is so full of details that you will find yourself staring at them long after you have read the words. The story is about a little boy who looses a mitten and what happens next. It’s a sweet retelling of a Ukrainian folk tale but the detailed and layered illustrations really steal the show!

 Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown is a classic for a reason. My son has loved it since day one and it really does a great job of calming before bed, like all great bedtime stories should. As a teacher I hated this book probably because it’s not a great book for groups I admit I was wrong, this is a gem ! Also for those of you who aren’t familiar with it, there are mittens in the story, which is why it works well with this activity!

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Letter Of The Week! W w !

Winter W !


Letter Of The Week is back! My goal with these activities is to have fun while introducing letters, research suggests that parents and teachers need to make sure that letters are taught in context! So don’t worry about following some list, follow your child! Provide a print rich environment, point out various letters throughout the day, and capitalize on their interests , if they are enjoying themselves it will stick! I chose to start with W because it’s my son’s favorite letter and the day we did it we were snowed in!

  1. Gather your materials. You will need 1 piece of blue construction paper, 2 pieces of white paper, a white crayon, glue, scissors and some white pom poms.
  2. Draw a large W on your blue construction paper.
  3. Have your child color the W with the white crayon. We opened the blinds to look at the snow for some inspiration!
  4. While your child is coloring, cut out some small snowflakes. If they are able have your child do this step!
  5. When they are done coloring, add some glue.
  6. Add the snowflakes.
  7. Add some “snowballs” – pom poms!
  8. Let dry.
  9. Cut out and glue or tape onto the 2nd white paper.
Books!

“Animals in Winter” by Henrietta Bancroft is part of the Let’s-Read-And-Find-Out Science series and it doesn’t disappoint. I love this series and when I find stage 1 books I am always excited. Non fiction books for 2-5 year olds are hard to find but every single book in this series has been a gem. This book explains hibernation, seasonal migration and why some animals don’t do either of those things! Great illustrations round out this great read!

“Holly’s Red Boots” by Francesca Chessa was a delight to read. Holly wants to go outside in the snow but can’t find her boots. It’s a cute story and the pictures are scrumptious! My son loved that the dinosaur was wearing her boots and wanted to read that page over and over. I also loved that when she does go outside her mom has her baby sibling in a baby carrier! Fun book!