Pom Pom Mittens Craft For Preschool

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This fun little winter craft is simple to set up and fun for a wide range of abilities. You can make this a lesson about matching or textures, or you can just grab a hodgepodge of materials and let the kids create with wide open boundaries. I asked my daughter what she wanted to add to mittens and she looked at me like I was asking the dumbest question ever. ” Uh pom poms of course!” I thought that would be a fun contrast between the smooth card stock and the soft squishy pom poms so I raced to get them before she changed her mind. I made my own mittens too because it’s much more fun to create with someone else. I urge you to try to avoid samples to show kids, crafts are limited enough already samples tend to limit children’s creativity even more. I choose to craft along side her adopting some of her ideas into mine to model collaboration from time to time.

Gather your materials. You will need some card stock, yarn, a hole punch, pencil, scissors, white glue, and whatever collage material you are using. I think the pom poms are awfully cute. mitten craft

Start by folding your card stock in half. mitten craft

Next trace or have your child trace their hand. mitten craft

Cut out and voila you have just cut out two mittens. cut out pom pom mitten craft

Decorate. I hadn’t put out any markers or planned to have her draw but this is exactly why I love having all our materials within reach while we craft because she can grab what she wants to use. pom pom mittens craft for wintertime

Time to get the pom poms out and glue. pom pom mittens preschool craft

Add them to the card stock.

Can you tell she is upset in this photo? pom pom mittens countingShe had just counted all the pink pom poms and realized she was one short to have the same number on each mitten. A quick trip to the bathroom ( What? You don’t store extra art supplies under your bathroom sink?) and I was back with a few more pink ones.mitten craft for kids Once they are all glued on let dry. mitten craft for preschool

Punch a hole in each and attach a string. mitten craft for kindergartenI can’t help it I am going to add a warning that you all probably do not need but I can’t help but include. Please please do not allow young children to play with anything with a string like this unsupervised. If your child wants to play with their creations simple skip the string all together. All our activities are meant to be made with adult supervision and involvement. mitten craft for winter theme

Book

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snow the mitten

The Mitten by Jan Brett is the perfect match for this craft and such a sweet book about a mitten that somehow keeps stretching as more and more animals crawl inside. That is until the bear sneezes! The illustrations are busy in a beautiful way that will have your children finding new things every time you read this book. The really amazing thing about this book is how it appeals to such a range of ages. My classroom of 2 and 3 year olds read this book the same week my son told me his had. He’s 8.

 

45 Valentine’s Day Activities For Preschool

valentine's day activities for preschool My daughter is itching to get our Valentine’s Day crafts from years past out and up on our walls. I told her we need to finish packing up all the Christmas stuff first. We were off to a good start but then the stomach bug hit and we’ve been stalled ever since. As a compromise I have gathered up all our old favorite Valentine’s Day activities for preschool, added some from our favorite blogs and put them all in one place so she ( and all of you) can decide what we are going to make this year.

valentine's day ideas for preschool

Melted Pony Bead Heart Wind Chimes
Cork Love Bugs
Frozen Vinegar Heart Valentine’s Day Science! by Inspiration Laboratories
Heart Sun Catcher for Toddlers
Toilet Paper Roll Heart Stamps from Teach Preschool

valentine's day ideas for preschool

Valentine’s Day Rainbow
Valentine’s Day Truck
Valentine’s Day Yarn Heart from Hands On As We Grow
Heart Memory Game
Air Dry Clay Hearts from Let’s Explore

valentine's day crafts for preschool

Paper Hug
Woven Heart Mobile by The Imagination Tree
Valentine’s Day Discovery Box
Stained Glass Crowns from The Artful Parent
Heart Shaped Pizza

valentine's day ideas for preschool

Mosaic Heart Valentine
Valentine’s Day Tambourine
Valentine’s Day Heart Window by Fun At Home With Kids
Heart Chalkboards
Paper Heart Patterns

preschool valentine's day activities

Playdough Valentine’s Day Bakery
Recycled Paper Hearts
Collage Heart Craft
Valentine’s Day Doily Watercolor Art by Creative With Kids
Heart Bead Wands

preschool valentine's day ideas

Love Potions
Color A Heart Game from Toddler Approved
Heart Sun Catcher
Tie Dye Hearts
Crayon Shaving Heart Art by Buggy and Buddy

valentine's day ideas for preschool

Shake Painted Valentine
Doily Heart Butterflies
Puffy Heart Wreath
H is for Heart
Frozen Heart Recycled Crayons

preschool ideas for valentine's day

Heart Color Match
Heart Butterflies by The Artful Parent
Apple Print Valentines
Heart Bird Feeders
Valentine’s Day Photo Wreath

valentine ideas for preschool

Love Bomb
Marbled Salt Dough Heart from Twodaloo
Marshmallow Heart
No Glue Heart Suncatcher
Heart Garland from Hands On As We Grow

 

Did we miss one of your favorites? If so leave a link in comments to YOUR favorite valentine’s day craft and I’ll be sure to add it to my Valentine’s Day Ideas For Kids & Families Pinterest board!

Freeze & Free – Preschool Science Experiment

preschool scienceHave I mentioned we are getting super excited for our upcoming trip to Disneyland? Well we are. I am not sure who is more excited me or the kids but one thing is for sure is that we are using this excitement to drive our activities. This preschool science experiment was also driven by a fun day at school. I work upstairs in then 2-3 class while my daughter is downstairs in PreK and last week the older kids were melting ice to free objects under the ice. She had so much fun I decided to adopt the idea for even more fun at home the next day. Of course using our Anna Magiclip Doll just added to the fun. Fun isn’t all my daughter was working on either between squeezing the pipettes, and digging the beads out of the ice she managed to work on a bunch of fine motor skills too.

Gather your materials. You will need a plastic container, some fun beads ( these ended up being so important, you’ll see), some eye droppers or pipettes, an Anna doll ( or any big item you want to freeze), water, a container for the warm water, a tray, and some paper towel.science forpreschool

Start by pouring a little water into your container. Add most of the beads. Let freeze.freeze anna from frozen scicence experiment

Add the Anna doll face down more water and the rest of the beads. The reason I did this in two stages is so her body wouldn’t all be at the very top. I wanted to make my daughter work to free her!

Let freeze ( this took hours).freeze anna in ice science experiment for kids

Get some warm water, the pipettes, some paper towel, and an eager excavator ready.freeze and thaw science experiment for kids

Pop the ice out of the plastic, turn it over and place it on the paper towel so it doesn’t slide everywhere.

Start squirting it with warm water.frreze and thaw anna frozen science experiment for preschool

My daughter was determined to free Anna as Elsa and Olaf watched.thawing anna scicence for preschool

She got some beads first. Then part way through she stopped and looked at me seriously saying ” Mom this is the amazing part of life!” I took that to mean the activity was a major success.freeze and free science frozen

There was a hold made by a air bubble under Anna so my 4 year old started shooting the hot water into it!frozen science idea for kids

We refilled the water and kept going. freeze anna science experiment for kidsShe caught a bead on the end of a pipette!fine motor frozen activity science

Finally we freed Anna and Elsa gave her a hug but that wasn’t the end of the fun. anna frozen science

 

hug frozenShe informed me that she had to free the rest of the beads.

Kid Crafts & Activities { Add your link! }

rp_link-learn-2014-455x178.jpgAre you stuck at home this week due to weather? Or like our family a bug that knocked you all out? I hope not but if you are look no further than this list!

I am asking all who link up today to link up indoor activities that keep cabin fever at bay and can brighten up a sick day too.

I would link to a bunch of my own but I am going back to bed to try to fight the end bit of this bug away so I am well enough to teach this week. Stay well, wash your hands, and get lots of rest!



Winter Math Game Inspired by Frozen

frozen party game I had no clue what to name this game. After watching Frozen for the 15th time and yes if you must know I still cry when Anna steps between Hans and Elsa, my daughter and I brainstormed some ideas. We thought about making a Sven craft, then some snowflakes but we already have so many snowflake crafts … then this popped into my head. What if we used my daughter’s favorite movie EVER as inspiration for a gross motor math game? I wasn’t sure it would work but I knew we had to try. Well it did work and she loved it! Using your child’s interests is so important when doing educational activities at home. At school they won’t always get a chance to have such targeted ideas presented to them and at home it’s a great way to entice them to do something educational , how can they resist when it’s all about their favorite movie/book/character… etc… Also worth noting is that this would be a FUN Frozen party game for birthday parties. I’d write names on the snowflakes and have the party goers retrieve their own and the birthday boy or girl grab the frozen heart in the middle.

This could easily be adapted to any theme – you just need a basic shape, some things for the numbers, and stuff to walk over. You’ll see.

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The Rules Of The Game:
*Roll the die and retrieve the number snowflake you rolled without falling off the snowflake ( you can decide what constitutes falling off the tape).
*Walk back to the start and drop the snowflake.
*After they have retrieved a designated amount of the snowflakes ( we did 3) they can go retrieve the frozen heart at the middle.
*If they step off the snowflake or step on any of the pom poms they must start all over again.

frozen inspired snowflake game

How To Set It Up

Gather your materials. You will need some painter’s tape, some pom poms, snowflakes, a marker, and a die or two.  You may also want a heart gem to make the center heart. The one we are using was a tree ornament my daughter created herself but seemed perfect for this activity.frozen party game

Start by making the number snowflakes we were just doing 1-6 to match the number she rolled but if  you are playing with 2 dice and working on addition or subtraction you’ll want all the possible sums/differences.frozen inspired math game

Pop the tape on your floor. snowflake gross motorI am too nervous to use this on my newly re-stained wood floors so I stick to our living room carpet. My daughter even helped.frozen birthday party games

Now place the pom poms randomly. These are ice bombs and if you step on one you must return all the snowflakes you have earned and start again. don't slip off the snowflake

Place the numbered snowflakes on the tape. snowflake game for preschool

Make a little snowflake to act as the starting point.

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Play! frozen inspired math game

Roll. snowflake game for kids

Walk.

Pick up the snowflake. slip snowflake

Avoid those ice bombs!Slip off the snowflake

Roll again and again until it’s time to gather the frozen heart in the middle. There are so many ways to play with this idea. I hope we’ve inspired you to create something for your kids!

This was the perfect game after a few sick days to just get up an move a little. By using something she is great at ( numbers are her thing) mixed with something she is not… balance not so much her thing… I created a challenging but fun activity.