Letter of the Week ! I i !

Ice Cream I !

Who doesn’t love ice cream? This activity can help teach the letter I , but it can also be used as a lesson about shapes and a simple math lesson. We only put on one scoop but you can add as many scoops as you can count!

  1. Gather your materials. You will need 3 or more pieces of construction paper, crayons, scissors, glue and cotton balls if desired.
  2. Start by drawing a large I . Don’t cut it out yet.
  3. Have your child color and decorate the I, let them know that it’s going to be the cone of an ice cream cone. Ask them about the shapes they normally see on a cone, if they tell you a shape ask them to draw it on the cone. If they aren’t quite there yet, don’t push. It’s more important they are enjoying this activity , then us adults trying to cram in 4000 lessons into one. Go with their flow!
  4. While they are coloring and possibly drawing diamonds or other fun shapes, cut out one or more half circles for the scoops or ice cream. I made my scoop look more like ice cream but if you are using this as shape lesson simply use a perfect half circle.
  5. Cut everything out and glue together. Glue the I on the backing paper first, then the ice cream.
  6. Add more scoops if you want, and you can make the ice cream 3D by gluing on a few cotton balls.
  7. Let dry.
Books!


” Ice Cream , The Full Scoop”
by Gail Gibbons is a fascinating book all about, you guessed it, ice cream. It touches on the history of the tasty treat, how it was made in years past and how it is made today. As someone who once called St. Louis home, I was happy to see it also talks about the very first ice cream cone that debut at the 1904 World’s Fair in good old St. Louis! This book is not for toddlers or young preschoolers, it may even be too long for some 5 and 6 year olds. The delivery is fun with a lot of pictures so even if the whole book is too much, bits and pieces in small does much like ice cream is perfect!

“Manana, Iguana” by Ann Whitford Paul is a great book. It is a re telling of Chicken Little with a fun twist. The sky isn’t falling in this tale, instead Iguana is throwing a fiesta and although her friends say they will help, they all back out. She stands her ground and in the end they learn that you don’t get to have your cake and eat it too! The best part about this book is it’s use of Spanish mixed in with the English text. Small children will pick up on these words quickly and any exposure we as parents can give our children different languages is a benefit to them.

These Jelly Fish Don’t Sting!


Paper Plate
Jelly Fish!

This Jelly Fish was a BIG hit with my little guy, which surprised me because I would have thought he was too young. Of course once we finished it he pulled off all the stingers, but he had fun making it!
  1. Gather your materials. You can use regular paper, paper plates or even coffee filters for the body. We used markers to color the body, but paint, crayons or even stickers, would work just as well. I have extra gif wrap for the stingers but any paper or even ribbons would work.
  2. Decorate! Remember to let your child go to town, color as much or as little as they want. If your child is a quick finisher you can try to do the art along with them and taking your time will likely encourage them to spend more time on it too.
  3. Cut your paper plate in half.
  4. Fan fold your gift wrap or paper for the stingers. Older children can paint or color some paper and help you fold it , with younger or impatient ones I would suggest using a paper like this gift wrap that already has a pattern. Too many steps can be too challenging for little guys.
  5. Cut the folded paper in strips. Attach them to the underside of the paper plate, use glue if your little one can wait to play, tape if they can’t!
Song!


I’m a little fishy , watch me go!
I swim fast and I swim slow.
When the day is over , it’s time to sleep
I swim up high and dive down deep.



Books!



” Fish is Fish “
by Leo Lionni is a fantastic fable about a minnow and a tadpole and how friendships can endure even when the friends change.

” Don’t eat the teacher!” by Nick Ward is a silly book about a shark with a lack of self control, a good book to help teach self discipline.

” Gilbert de le Frogponde : A swamp story.”
by Jennifer Rae is a fun story about a lazy frog who outwits 2 chefs who have come to the swamp looking for a frog to cook!

Do The Robot !

Recycled
Robot !

Kill two birds with one activity! This is a great way to reuse paper grocery bags and encourage your child’s imagination with some fun home made pretend play!

  1. Gather your materials. You will need a large brown grocery bag, a marker, some paint, a few pipe cleaners, scissors and stickers if you want. I had a stapler in there but only because I made the head hole HUGE and had to make adjustments.
  2. If like me you have a grocery bag with printing on the outside you will want to turn it inside out. It will make the bag wrinkly but my son didn’t seem to mind one bit.
  3. Cut out large arm openings, you don’t want holes because the bag will rip, instead you will need large openings from the bottom to the shoulder.
  4. Cut a large head opening. Here is should be a hole.
  5. Draw some fun roboty buttons and dials. I asked my son what he wanted and he said “button” as he pointed at my shirt so that’s what we did. There is no wrong way to do this!
  6. Add fun stuff like stickers, or cut out foam shapes, the sky is the limit. We added small star stickers.
  7. Start painting! We used a foam brush because it spreads the paint thin and you will want to have a quick drying robot costume since no child wants to wait to make believe!
  8. Add another color or two!
  9. Add some pipe cleaners for added flair – I threaded them through and bent all the ends so there were no sharp edges. Let the paint dry.
  10. Have fun playing robot!

Magnet Mania !

Naptime Creations
Fall Foam Magnets!

I LOVE FALL! I am so excited to get my pumpkin decorations out and I am already trying to figure out how to buy more without annoying my husband. So for this weeks Naptime Creation ( crafts for the school age crowd ) I decided to make some fall decorations that can be useful too!
Gather your materials. You will need some foam sheets- they can be found at most big box stores, in multi packs or individually. A pen, glue, scissors, some glitter glue and magnetic strips.
  • Decide what designs you want to make. I decided on a fall leaf, an apple, a jack o lantern and candy corn!
  • For the leaf you will need to draw a leaf on one piece of foam. Cut it out. Lay it on face down a second color of foam and outline it with room to spare so that color will stick out. Cut the second leaf out. Glue the top on the bottom and add some gold glitter!
  • For the Apple cut out a red apple shape , brown stem and green leaf. Glue the stem on the back and the leaf on the front. Let dry.
  • For the jack-0-lantern draw a pumpkin, cut out, cut a small green stem and cut out three small black triangles, and a semi circle for the mouth. I cut the top with pinking shears for the zig zag . Glue together and add glitter to the eyes.
  • For the candy corn, draw the whole shape of the candy corn in orange and cut out. Next lay the orange on top of the yellow and trace only what you need and cut out. Repeat for the white layer. Glue them together. Beware since making this magnet I have been craving candy corn !
  • Let everything dry until you can see no more white glue at all, then apply the magnet strip. Even though this is for older children please make sure that if you have a little child in your house you use magnet pieces large enough not to be a big hazard.
  • Pop them on your fridge !
  • You’re A Hoot !

    Owl Puppet !

    This craft is a fun way to encourage pretend play which our kids are not getting enough of according to the experts! So many toys and activities are passive and we need to get them using their imaginations, it will amaze you what comes from their little but very creative heads! So make a puppet and encourage them to have a puppet show!

    1. Gather your materials. You will need an old cereal box or other cardboard, some paint, a paintbrush, popsicle sticks,a pen, glue, some buttons for the eyes, and scissors.
    2. Draw a big oval, 2 small ovals, a triangle and some wings ( wings aren’t pictured because I added them later – but you can do it right away! ).
    3. Have your child paint the large oval a light color, we chose white.
    4. Paint the triangle and the wings a darker color, we used brown.
    5. Paint the eyes a bright fun color , ours are red. Let everything dry.
    6. Paint the popsicle stick any color you want.
    7. Cut out , or have your child cut out the shapes.
    8. Glue the triangle onto the top of the oval.
    9. Glue on the eyes.
    10. Glue the buttons in the middle of the eyes.
    11. Glue on the wings.
    12. Glue the popsicle stick to the back and let everything dry.
    13. Have a hoot !
    Song!

    The Little Brown Owl

    Hoo Hoo
    Went the little brown owl one night
    Hoo Hoo
    Went the little brown owl,
    Hoo Hoo
    Went the little brown owl one night ,
    And they all went hoo hoo hoot!

    But we all know owls go ,
    la di da di da!
    la di da di da!
    la di da di da!
    We all know owls go
    la di da di da
    they don’t go hoo hoo hoot!

    Books!

    ” The Owl And The Pussy Cat” by Edward Lear and Stephane Jorisch . The classic poem is brought to life with whimsical but pretty illustrations. The story of true love sailing off on a beautiful pea green boat is a classic for a reason, it’s melodic and will appeal to children in many age groups. I had to memorize this in grade 3 for Madame Griffin and still hold it dear to my heart!

    ” The Sleepy Owl” by Marcus Pfister is a cute little story about an owl who overslept. The author is well known for his “Rainbowfish” character but don’t overlook this adorable and happy story!