Parent’s Corner : Make This Tonight!

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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!

Olympic Torch Craft For Kids and Toddlers

olympics activities for kids
The Olympics are a big deal in our family, my grandmother was a medalist in the 1932 games and to honor her as well as the games in Beijing we will be doing Olympic activities all week!This Olympic torch craft will be fun to do for younger children but older ones will be able to appreciate the significance of the Olympic torch , to learn more about it check out this site .

  1. Gather your materials. You will need a paper towel roll, some red paint, orange tissue paper, aluminum foil , glue, scissors and a paint brush.
  2. Start by painting your torch red.
  3. While your child is painting rip the aluminum foil into small pieces, if you are doing this with an older child they can use scissors to make pretty designs like the real torch!
  4. Spread your glue on the top half of the roll.
  5. Add your aluminum foil.
  6. While your child does that cut your tissue paper into flames.
  7. Add glue on the inside and stuff your tissue paper flames inside.

 

Letter Of The Week ! Aa !

Alien
A !

There are lots of options for introducing the letter A, apples, alligators, ants to name a few but I chose to do alien since my son has shown interest in them lately. Use your children’s interests when choosing your activities , it will be more meaningful to them and everyone will have more fun !

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some construction paper or cardboard, black foam or paper , some paint, glue, scissors and a pipe cleaner.
  2. Draw a big A on the cardboard/ construction paper.
  3. Have your child paint the A in fun bright colors, we used the dot a art paint dobbers.
  4. Keep going with a new paint color! Let dry.
  5. While your child is painting cut out 2 big alien eyes, and a mouth out of the black foam sheet or construction paper.
  6. Cut out your A and add your glue. As you can see I forgot to cut it out. …so just pretend I did.
  7. Add the eyes and mouth, let dry.
  8. Poke two small holes in the top of the A and thread the pipe cleaner through. Bend it to make fun antennae.
  9. Glue the A onto a full piece of paper and voila!

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Note about Learning Letters

Spend time pointing out letters to your child throughout the day. A simple ” What do you see?” is a great way to start , there is no need for you to point out what they miss, just follow their lead. Have them help you read recipes, mail and signs at the store – yes toddlers too! Children need to see that letters are everywhere and when they learn in context they retain what they have learned well. So don’t limit yourself to just these activities, use them for what they are, a fun way to introduce a letter, but focus on learning in a comprehensive way- which for young children must include play! Don’t forget to sing, and read all kinds of books!