Parent and Tot Project !

Pine cone
Pumpkin

I had a grand idea and while it didn’t turn out the way I envisioned it was still fun to make with my son and I will share it here.
  1. Gather your materials. You will need pine cones, paint, a green pipe cleaner and a hot glue gun.
  2. Start by mixing red and yellow together to make orange paint. This craft uses a lot of paint so we took this opportunity to have a color lesson and my son loves to mix paint.
  3. My plan was to use a paint brush but my son found that rolling the pine cones was faster and better than a brush. So roll!
  4. Let the pine cones dry.
  5. This is the parent part of the craft, I used a ton of hot glue ! Lay out the first level and then glue together.
  6. Add another layer or two. filling in the gaps.
  7. When you are happy that it looks like a pumpkin twist the pipecleaner to look like a stem and glue it in.
  8. Try not to hurt your husband when you ask him if he knows what it is and he replies ” Cute Grapes!” .

Easy Handprint Bat Craft For Kids

 

It’s October so let’s get ready for Halloween! This easy bat craft for kids doubles as fun Halloween decor. For families that choose not to participate in Halloween this craft can still be useful, simply leave out the red fangs and change up the color scheme.
  1. Gather your materials. You will need black, red and orange construction paper, glue, some crayons, scissors and googly eyes.
  2. Start by having your child draw a bunch of fun night time things on the orange paper, stars, a moon, even and owl would be great! If you can help or little one is still young, or skip it like we did. I added the stars etc… after we were done just for y’all.
  3. Trace your child’s hands on black paper.
  4. Have your child color the hands with a white crayon.
  5. While they are coloring draw a bat head Don’t worry about making mistakes we’ll use the opposite side.and cut out small red fangs.
  6. Cut everything out.
  7. Put two globs of glue on your orange paper for the hands.
  8. Pop the hands on, don’t worry about what sides are up, one of ours is upside down , but make sure they meet in the middle .
  9. Add the head
  10. Glue on the fangs. I usually add the glue then help direct him where to put them, saying things like ” Can you point the triangle down” but if I wasn’t blogging it I wouldn’t be so concerned with how it “looks” . A good tip is to talk about what you are adding saying ” Fangs are big teeth, where should the bat’s teeth go” .
  11. Add the eyes! If your child is still eating things, you can draw eyes on with a white crayon instead.
Song!

5 little bats5 little bats went on a flight
by the light of the moon one night
Mama bat said squeak squeak squeak swack!
but only 4 little bats came back.

4,3,2,1

No little bats went on a flight
by the light of the moon one night
Mama bat said squeak squeak squeak swack!
and 5 little bats came flying back!

Books!

“Stellaluna” by Janell Canon has long been a favorite when teaching about bats. I will warn you it’s a little long for fidgety toddlers but they will still enjoy it even if you skip a few pages. The story follows a little bat who looses her mother and is adopted into a family of birds. She never really feels like she belongs even though she is happy. and likes her bird family. That’s not the end though, there is a surprise reunion and Stellaluna saves the day before the end of this book!
“Where is Baby’s Pumpkin?”

by Karen Katz. This lift and flap book is the newest addition to our Karen Katz collection. My son adores these books. I read this in the check out line 3 times and he was asking for more before I could get my groceries in the fridge. I like this book because it’s a cute and gentle introduction to HalloweenBat  and all the creatures that go along with it. Also there are fun textures to many of the illustrations which help keep little hands busy! 


Chicka Chicka Boom Boom !

 

The classic book Chica Chica Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault was the inspiration for this craft. You may be wondering where the coconuts are and I do have an answer, I totally forgot to make them. So if you want some coconuts on your tree, while painting the truck use some cardboard to make coconuts and paint them the same brown as the trunk.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need a paper towel roll, some newspaper, glue, masking tape, some extra cardboard, some pre cut letters, and green and brown paint.
  2. Start by having your child paint the newspaper with the green paint. I have my son paint 6 small pages ( they were half of a regular page each) , I just kept going until he lost interest.
  3. Let those dry.
  4. Paint the paper towel roll brown and let dry.
  5. Once dry layer the news paper so some of the painted sides face up and some face down.
  6. Roll and secure the bottom with masking tape.
  7. Cut along the newspaper until the masking tape. Do this 4-5 times .
  8. Put glue on the masking tape
  9. Stuff the newspaper, masking tape end first into the roll.
  10. Glue the pre cut letters on, don’t forget to ask your child what letters they are, or label them for the little guys!
  11. Oh and if you remember to add the coconuts, now would be a good time to do that!


Books!

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom: Anniversary Edition by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault is one of my absolute favorite books ever. Many alphabet books are great tools but this one not only entertains it never gets old. It’s text is musical , it’s premise is brilliant in it’s simplicity and kids love it. My favorite line is ” Skit skat scoodle doot. Flip flop flee. ” I hope I am conveying how much fun this book is to read out loud. I have never had a class who didn’t like it and if you don’t have it, you should!
Chicka Chicka ABC is a fantastic board book and shorter version of the longer book. My son loves this book and it’s the perfect amount of text for a toddler, the illustrations by Lois Ehlert are so bright and bold that even very young babies will respond to it! A must have for all bookshelves.

Parent’s Corner : There is help if you need it!

Postpartum Depression
Most of you reading my blog are moms, and if one thing since having my son has become abundantly clear it’s that we need each other. PPD has been getting a lot of press but still so many moms aren’t getting the help they need and deserve. When I read Jenny and Graham Gibbs- Bankston’s tragic story I couldn’t imagine the pain that she must have been in and the grief that those families are left with. Please visit the link to Jenny’s Light, a foundation set up to educate and support those facing PPD and their families.

This is the number for the National Postpartum Depression Hotline , please pass it along to anyone in need 1-800-PPD-MOMS .

A reader Katherine also added this comment which I thought should be included :

1-800-944-4PPD This is the phone number for Postpartum Support International, the largest nonprofit in the world supporting women with perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. The people who answer this number can connect women to resources in every state in the US. Plus, they have Spanish speakers as well.

Thanks Katherine!

Naptime Creation: Halloween Hair Do!

Easy Peasy
Hair Bow

Naptime Creations are fun activities for school age children and parents. These hair bows are incredibly easy, need no glue or hot glue guns and cost next to nothing! Oh and they are really cute too!

  1. Gather your materials. You will need two fun contrasting ribbons, I am using craft ribbon because it’s stiffer and will keep it’s shape well. You also need a hair elastic, some pinking shears and a can from your pantry.
  2. Cut 4 pieces of ribbon, 2 in each color in two longer and two shorter lengths. I used pinking shears to prevent unraveling and i like the way it looks.
  3. Pop the elastic on the can , this will keep your elastic in one place while you tie the ribbons on.
  4. Tie the ribbon on making a snug knot. If the ribbon isn’t even don’t worry you can always cut it later.
  5. Keep tying the ribbon OVER the original knot, with your last layer you want to tie a double knot.
  6. That’s it- told you it was easy peasy!