Vote Vote Vote !!

Voter Flag!

I am not sure how many of my readers know but I am Canadian living in the US, so I am unable to vote in this American election. However I can still remind all of you who are able to get out, get in line and VOTE! Today we made a fun flag, well I made most of it, my son was taken with coloring the pole which was fine too. We are going to take it around town today to remind all of those who can vote, to have their say!

  1. Gather your materials. You will need 3 pieces of white paper, 1 blue, 1 red , markers, glue, scissors , a star paper punch and a gift wrap roll.
  2. Start by having your child use blue and red markers to color the pole. If they are older they can write words like “vote” “America” “election” etc… on it. My son loved this step so much it’s all he did!
  3. While they do this you do the craft, oh wait that was just us. While they color you can cut out the paper shapes, if they are older have them help or do this all on their own. You will need 4 short and 4 long red stripes , one blue square ( well it’s really a fat rectangle..), and a whole bunch of white stars. My son took a break from coloring to try the paper punch.
  4. Start by gluing the blue section on.
  5. Add the stripes
  6. Add the stars
  7. Check on my son who is still coloring the pole , and a little bit of my kitchen table.
  8. Let dry
  9. Using the last piece of white paper – write a message. Campaign if you want , or just write something like we did ” Vote Today!!”
  10. Glue that to the back of the flag, add some clear tape for stability.
  11. Glue the flag to the pole
  12. Get your message out, be heard!

Letter of The Week V v !

Vegetable
V !

I really wanted to do a “Vote V” but the idea was too abstract for my 23 month old, however I would encourage older children to clip pictures of candidates out, make mini ballots and go for it! Also it may seem like taking the kids along to vote tomorrow is a hassle but it’s a great education for them, if I was able to vote I’d be tagging my little man a long with me!

  1. Gather your materials. You will need a sturdy piece of construction paper or card board ( cereal box) , some white paper, crayons, glue and scissors.
  2. Start by making a big V on the cardboard.
  3. Draw 4-5 vegetables , if your child is able to have them do this. I try only to do the steps that my child can’t.
  4. Have your child color the vegetables if you drew them, talk about what they all are, ask if they like them etc…
  5. Time to color the V ! Don’t forget to talk about the letter itself, if your child is old enough ask them what starts with V and what sound does it make.
  6. While your child is doing that cut out the colored veggies. My son grabbed the mushroom and decided he didn’t like it, another reason for making 5, some may be subject to harsh toddler treatment!
  7. Add glue and add the vegetables to the V, let dry.
  8. Cut out and if you want glue it to another piece of paper.

Book!

” Eating the Alphabet” by Lois Ehlert is an alphabet book extrodinare! Wonderful paintings of fruits and vegetables seem ultra simple and it is but somehow the way the author has pieced this simple book together is brilliant. Maybe it’s that children learn about food at the table multiple times a day and feel proud being able to identify not only some of the letters but some of the pictures too! From a teaching standpoint I love that there are both upper and lower case letters on each page! This book will grow with your child, and beware it will also make you
hungry!

Additional Activities Here are a few other fun art activities for a vegetable theme :

Mushroom , Potato and Onion Printing.

 

 

 

Recycled Crayons with Vehicle Themed Candy Molds

 

candy mold crayons for kids

In preparation for my son’s 2nd birthday , I have been playing around with making fun loot bag gifts. Here is my favorite so far, candy mold recycled crayons. Super easy to make, kids love to use them to color and a huge bonus being that my son who eats every art supply under the sun seems to leave these alone!

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some crayons ( about 4-5 per mold), an oven , disposable muffin liners, and a candy mold. I bought this candy mold from Micheal’s for less than $2 !
  2. Take the paper off the crayons, and break them into smaller pieces. Place them in a muffin tin .
  3. Melt. I used paper liners but the no pan needed liners are the best.
  4. Pour into the mold and let sit for an hour or until it’s cool. I used a cookie rack under the mold to keep it stable.
  5. Pop out of the mold.
  6. Get drawing !

 

Candy Gram

Happy Halloween

We hope you have a fantastic Halloween, and don’t forget about our parade of costumes tomorrow! If you haven’t already feel free to send in pictures of your little ones in their costumes and I will post them in our parade tomorrow.

Here are all of my Halloween Activities all in one place:

~ Trick or Treat! ~