Letter of the Week ! Dd !

Dragon Ds!

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some construction paper, red tissue paper, a marker, a googly eye , glue and scissors.
  2. Draw a big fat D with your marker, have your child color it of you want and cut it out.
  3. While your child is coloring it, cut out small triangles to make the dragon’s spikes!
  4. Glue along the straight side of the D.
  5. Add the triangles.
  6. Cut out a small circle add it for an eye, glue the googly eye on top.
  7. Cut out some tissue paper fire
  8. Glue on to finish the dragon D !

Books!

” The Paper Bag Princess” by Robert Munsch is one of my favorite children’s books ever. It’s sassy so be prepared but it’s got a wonderful message under it’s sassiness! Girls can be strong, can outwit dragons and don’t need a man! I love it!!

” Puff the Magic Dragon” by Peter Yarrow and Lenny Lipton is a beautiful book. The illustrations are outstanding and a perfect accompaniment to such a beautiful story and children’s classic!

Tissue Paper Art for kids of all ages!

Weekend Re-Post!
A new activity will be posted Monday.
Hope you are all enjoying your weekend!

I have been getting requests for some more complicated crafts for older siblings so today I am offering up two crafts using the same materials that will keep preschoolers and school age kids busy!

Twisted Tissue Flowers

You may remember this art project from your school days, it was a favorite of mine as a student and teacher. Some preschoolers have the dexterity for this craft but generally I would suggest this for Kindergarten and up.
  1. Gather your materials. You will need tissue paper in your desired colors. Some card stock, or better yet an old cereal box or other piece of light card board. A pencil or small marker and some glue.
  2. Cut the tissue paper into squares no bigger than 2×2 inches.
  3. Draw the picture you are going to make. Don’t worry if you make a mistake the tissue paper will cover it anyway.
  4. Take one or two pieces of paper and place your marker or pencil end in the middle.
  5. twist the tissue around the end
  6. Dip in glue and place on picture.
  7. Keep going until your picture is done!

Easy Peasy Tissue Collages

  1. Using the same materials as above – tissue paper, cardstock or construction paper and glue.
  2. Spread the glue around the paper and start putting the paper on!
  3. It’s that simple, you can do several layers and like my son they may decide to move pieces around after gluing them. That’s okay too!

When It Rains , It Pours!


Pasta Pouring!

Giving young children ample opportunities for sensory activities is more important than most parents realize, yes they can be messy but get the Dust buster on standby and let your child explore.

  1. Gather your materials. This activity is what you make it. All you need is some uncooked pasta, a container and something to scoop with.
  2. Pour the pasta into the container and make a big deal about it pouring into the container and NOT onto the floor. I was really surprised by how careful my son was this morning doing this. When a piece would fall onto the floor he would exclaim ” Uh Oh” then pick it up and pop it back in. I was shocked , but happy.
  3. Introduce different things to scoop and pour with. We used different sized containers and a measuring cup.
  4. Interact with your child while they are pouring, use words like “fill” “pour” ” empty” and “full” with preschoolers ask them how many scoops it will take to fill a cup , then count it out, grab another container, take bets and repeat!
  5. When you notice that the pasta starts making it on the floor more and more often, it’s time for the dust buster, Don’t wait too long, sensory activities go from fun to disaster fast, so stay on your toes, the learning a is worth it!

It might be yucky outside but we can make our own Sunshine!

Sparkly Sun

  1. Gather your Materials. Grab some yellow paint, crayons or markers, some paper cut into a circle or a paper plate, and something to make the rays. I am using left over streamers from a party, but painted strips of newspaper , regular paper cut in triangles or even ribbon would be cool. Glue or tape to keep the rays in place and the most important thing of all, sparkles.
  2. Let your child go nuts covering the body of the sun as much or as little as they want. My son loved these foam paintbrushes I got at home depot for under a dollar each.
  3. With older children have them decide how many rays they want, ask them the number and ask them to count the rays out as they are putting them on. Remember if your child is counting incorrectly, don’t freak out just say something encouraging like ” Oh you almost got it! “- and model the correct counting.
  4. Once the rays are on, spread some glue on the sun and make it sparkle! Let it dry and give it a good shake on the porch or over a sink before letting your child play with it if you want to avoid a sparkly house.
  5. Remember to talk to your child about what they are making, you don’t need to lecture them about the earth and the sun, but you can ask them what they know about the sun, ask them how it feels when the sun is out etc… but as always don’t push it. Kids especially toddlers and preschoolers resist learning when pushed.

Song!



Mr. Sun

Mr. Sun, Sun Mr. Golden Sun,
Please shine down on me!
Oh Mr. Sun , Sun Mr. Golden Sun,
hiding behind a tree!
These little children are asking you ,
to please come out so we can play with
you,
Oh Mr. Sun, Sun Mr.Golden Sun,
Please shine down on me!


Books!

The books today are my “son’s” favorites! They are all board books because he is still young, the great thing about board books is that they are easier for the little guys to turn the pages and of course resist tearing.


” Toes Ears & Nose” by Marion Dane Bauer
“Clap Hands” by Helen Oxenbury
“Diggers” by Fiona Watt and Rachel Wells

Quick Fixes!

5 Minute Sparklers!
These are short, fun and easy activities to bridge the gap between two larger ones. I use them when I need some time to do something like unloading the dishwasher, or simply take up some time in the witching hour ( after nap but before Daddy gets home! ). Use these short activities whenever you need somethting fast but fun!
  • Calendar Coloring. Out of construction paper, in a rush and don’t have time to protect your kitchen table? Use your desk top calendar with the previous month’s page still attached. The pad is heavy enough to protect even a nice table, and the paper is large enough that even a toddler with insanely long arms like my son will not be able to color off the paper! My son loved finding letters on the paper, and colored long enough for me to get dinner into the oven!
  • Ice Scooping. Late in the afternoon the last thing I want to do is change my son’s outfit ONE MORE TIME so instead of getting out the water and allowing him to splash I filled his bucket with ice cubes, and let him scoop them like sand. NO mess and he had a blast!
  • Can Towers. Despite getting a very minor burn from a hot oven door my son is persistant about warning me about the hot stove, which is sweet but he tries to touch it every time! So I keep his little hands busy with can towers. Tomato paste jars are his favorites, they are small and perfect for a toddler’s hands.
  • Let them play clean! I love mops with washable heads, I feel confident allowing my son to clean with them knowing that even if he manages to put it in his mouth , I know it’s free from too much grime.
  • Hanger Helper. My son has been handing me hangers while I put away laundry for a long time, I have started counting them with him now too. He likes to say ” One, Two!” it’s a start! It also helps me have fun doing something I loathe !