The Ants Go Marching!

Easy Egg Carton Ant !

This summer we have had a spider living on our front porch and my son’s favorite thing in the world is to go find an ant and throw it in the web, it’s fascinating and the inspiration for today’s activities!

  1. Gather your materials. You will need 4 sections of egg carton, 2 pipe cleaners,scissors, some paint, paintbrush, glue and googley eyes.
  2. Cut out three sections of egg carton.
  3. Cut out a fourth by itself.
  4. Have your child paint the larger piece of egg carton.
  5. While your child is painting cut two holes in the top of the single egg carton piece and thread half of one pipe cleaner ( snip them all in two) to make antennae.
  6. Have your child paint the single carton with the antennae . Let dry.
  7. Glue some googly eyes on, I was rather impressed that my son did this step with no help, one eyes was glued on upside down but allowing children to do it themselves is more important than it being “right”. It’s hard as a parent to do this, but so important.
  8. Cut small holes in the ant and thread the other three half pipe cleaners through.
  9. Glue the head right on top of the first section .
  10. Don’t forget to share your cookies with your ant!

Song!

The ants go marching one by one, hurrah, hurrah
The ants go marching one by one, hurrah, hurrah
The ants go marching one by one,
The little one stops to suck his thumb
And they all go marching down to the ground
To get out of the rain, BOOM! BOOM! BOOM!

The ants go marching two by two, hurrah, hurrah
The ants go marching two by two, hurrah, hurrah
The ants go marching two by two,
The little one stops to tie his shoe
And they all go marching down to the ground
To get out of the rain, BOOM! BOOM! BOOM!

The ants go marching three by three, hurrah, hurrah
The ants go marching three by three, hurrah, hurrah
The ants go marching three by three,
The little one stops to climb a tree
And they all go marching down to the ground
To get out of the rain, BOOM! BOOM! BOOM!

The ants go marching four by four, hurrah, hurrah
The ants go marching four by four, hurrah, hurrah
The ants go marching four by four,
The little one stops to shut the door
And they all go marching down to the ground
To get out of the rain, BOOM! BOOM! BOOM!

The ants go marching five by five, hurrah, hurrah
The ants go marching five by five, hurrah, hurrah
The ants go marching five by five,
The little one stops to take a dive
And they all go marching down to the ground
To get out of the rain, BOOM! BOOM! BOOM!

The ants go marching six by six, hurrah, hurrah
The ants go marching six by six, hurrah, hurrah
The ants go marching six by six,
The little one stops to pick up sticks
And they all go marching down to the ground
To get out of the rain, BOOM! BOOM! BOOM!

The ants go marching seven by seven, hurrah, hurrah
The ants go marching seven by seven, hurrah, hurrah
The ants go marching seven by seven,
The little one stops to pray to heaven
And they all go marching down to the ground
To get out of the rain, BOOM! BOOM! BOOM!

The ants go marching eight by eight, hurrah, hurrah
The ants go marching eight by eight, hurrah, hurrah
The ants go marching eight by eight,
The little one stops to shut the gate
And they all go marching down to the ground
To get out of the rain, BOOM! BOOM! BOOM!

The ants go marching nine by nine, hurrah, hurrah
The ants go marching nine by nine, hurrah, hurrah
The ants go marching nine by nine,
The little one stops to check the time
And they all go marching down to the ground
To get out of the rain, BOOM! BOOM! BOOM!

The ants go marching ten by ten, hurrah, hurrah
The ants go marching ten by ten, hurrah, hurrah
The ants go marching ten by ten,
The little one stops to say “THE END”
And they all go marching down to the ground
To get out of the rain, BOOM! BOOM! BOOM!

Books!


“Diary of a Spider “ by Doreen Cronin is a very clever book with some pretty funny bits of humor that I laughed my way through. It was too long to hold my son’s attention but older preschoolers would love it. The overall theme is that spiders aren’t all nasty and that they have fears too, a great lesson for kids !

” beetle bop” by Denise Fleming is a beautifully illustrated book with a melodic rhyming text and fantastic descriptive words. The pages are saturated with color and the pictures are all done from a bugs perspective so feet, birds and lizards all seem huge to the reader and you start to see what it might be like to be so small! My son loved this book and so did I !

” Two Bad Ants” by Chris Van Allsburg is a very interesting story of two ants who decide not to return to the colony and hang out in a sugar bowl eating instead. Of course nothing is as it seems and they have quite an adventure trying to avoid all the dangers of a kitchen, realizing in the end that being a part of a colony isn’t so bad! This is a cute book for older preschoolers who will love trying to guess what each new adventure the ants face really are- they include a toaster, hot coffee and an electrical outlet.


Letter of the week ! K k !

King
K !

I hope this activity is useful to someone because as I write this my son and I are covered in glitter despite bathing !

  1. Gather your materials. You will need 2 foam sheets ( construction paper is a fine alternative) , some glue, sequin, glitter , scissors and a pen.
  2. Draw a big K on one of the foam sheets.
  3. Cover the K in glue .
  4. Add sequins ( proud mama side note- he didn’t eat a single sequin! You may notice glue on his lips though..one thing at a time.)
  5. While your child is doing this step draw and cut out a crown in a contrasting color foam, add some glue to it.
  6. If you dare, cover it ( and possibly your child and kitchen) in glitter.
  7. Let everything dry.
  8. Cut out the K
  9. Glue the K onto a piece of construction paper and glue the crown on.
Song !

The Grand old Duke of York!

The Grand old Duke of York,
he had 10000 men,
he marched them up to the top of the hill,
and he marched them down again!

When they’re up they’re up,
and when they’re down they’re down,
and when they’re only half way up,
they’re neither up nor down !

* I normally sing this one time fast, then slow then super fast !

Parent’s Corner : Make This Tonight!

Groovy
Growth Chart!

I was browsing online for Christmas presents and saw a growth chart for $25 dollars, I thought to myself, hmmm wonder if I could make that. Here are the results.
  1. Gather your materials. I used a piece of cardboard from a crib box, a bunch of different colored card stock, double stick tape, white glue, two circle paper punches, eyelets, ribbon , scissors and a marker.
  2. Measure your card board. Most growth charts start at 2 feet, I used a 4 foot piece of cardboard, figuring my 6 foot tall teenager would not care to use a growth chart so it doesn’t have to be any bigger than that.
  3. Carefully cut out the outline.
  4. Start covering it with card stock. On this step all I used was permanent double stick tape. I laid the card stock with the edges hanging over so I could fold the edges around to cover the sharp cardboard. Tape on the under side as well.
  5. Lay your next piece of paper down, put some tape over the first piece, this will make the whole thing stronger.
  6. When you are done with the base layer, cut out and tape some lighter card stock down the center – this will have the actual measurements on it.
  7. Once it’s all taped down using a meter stick or measuring tape, make your measurements. I should have used some fun stamps, and my embossing tool but it was late and I went for the oh so easy crayola marker.
  8. Decorate the chart. I used two different sized circle paper punches, and punches circles out in the same colors I used for the base layer.
  9. Attach the circles using glue and foam stickies.
  10. Add two eyelets at the top.
  11. Thread some ribbon through and you are done!

We Are The Champions!

Gold Medals!

This is a fun and easy craft for your little ones to get into the Olympic Spirit. You can make them before doing your own mini Olympics ( see below) and then have your very own medal ceremony!

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some cardboard ( an old mac and cheese box is perfect) some gold sparkly paint, double stick tape, a paintbrush, some ribbon or streamers, and some markers for decorating the medals.
  2. Draw two identical circles on the card board.
  3. Have your child decorate the circle with crayons or markers.
  4. Add a few globs of paint.
  5. Cover the two circles with paint and let dry.
  6. Cut the circles out.
  7. Using double stick tape ( glue would work too- just let it dry) tape the streamer onto the back of one circle , make sure the loop is large enough to make it over your child’s head. Add another layer of tape and the front side of the medal.
  8. Have a very adorable child who likes things around their necks model it for you :)
Mini Olympics!

My past as a daycamp leader was in full force today as I toted a bunch of balls to the park to host our very own playground Olympics! We had three short but fun events: Rhythmic Gymnastics, Track and Field and Basket Ball. Here is how we did it!

Rhythmic Gymnastics : To make our ribbons I used a Take and Toss straw and threaded the ribbon through then tied a simple knot. It doesn’t wreck the straw that way and you can even re use the ribbon!

We shook the ribbons high, low fast and slow!

Track and Field: I used a some left over streamers from Valentines day and tied each end to a small tree at the playground. We lined the boys up and bribed them with cookies to run, turns out the bribe wasn’t needed at all- they repeated the race again and again without asking once for the cookies ( which was good cause we needed them to convince the two to get back in their strollers at the end of the day! ) .

Basket Ball: Grab a pop up hamper, and all the balls you have. I hung the hamper on a tree support because it was windy, but do what works for you. This was such a hit, they kept going and going!

World Flags Banner for The Olympics

flags of the world banner for olympics

A special event like the Summer Olympics is a great way to get children interested in other subjects like geography. This is a fun way to decorate a classroom or house during the Olympics too! Chose your favorite countries for this world flag banner and cheer them on as they go for gold.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need color pictures of flags in an atlas or online, some markers, white paper, double stick tape or glue and a long piece of ribbon.
  2. Show your child a number of different flags and have them choose which they want to recreate. I would urge them to choose countries other than their own to do since this is a chance to learn about something new.
  3. Fold the paper , one side will be for the flag , the other to write the name of the country on the back.
  4. Color your flag.
  5. Write the name of the country on the back.
  6. Make multiple flags.
  7. Using double stick tape put one piece at the top by the fold in the paper , and one at the bottom, place your ribbon on top of the tape near the fold. Press down to seal both sides. Repeat this for each flag.
  8. Hang up and show off the worldly masterpiece!

 

Book!


” Swifter, Higher, Stronger: A Photographic History of The Summer Olympics” by Sue Macy

On my quest for some Olympic picture books at my local library I didn’t find any, but I did find this. A fantastic book for older school age children. There is a lot of text but there is also plenty of pictures with short blurbs that will appeal to younger kids. Do not expect preschoolers to sit for this, but you may enjoy reading it, I found it very interesting and the collection of photos was great!