Get Your Library Card Ready…

Brand Spanking New !
( well to me)

These books and are too cute to miss, so put away the classics ( just for today) and run to your library and crack open something new!

” The Bus For Us” by Suzanne Bloom is a insanely simple but totally engaging book. My son loved it because each page brings a new vehicle to the bus stop, and I loved it because of the children represented were diverse. There is a good repetitive rhyme as well.



Sink or Swim “
by Valerie Coulman is my new favorite book, it’s about a cow who is determined to learn how to swim. He seeks out advice, gets all the equipment and never gives up! The story is a wonderful lesson about tenacity in the face of adversity . The cow just keeps trying!

“The List” by Hazel Hutchins is a really sweet story about a generous queen eager to shower a neighboring kingdom’s new prince with all the best gifts, and her little daughter who in the end provides the best and simplest of them all. Very cute and a good lesson about the bestthings being free, simple and from the heart.

Naptime Creations: Vroom Vroom!

Custom Roadway

This is the perfect example of necessity being the mother of all invention. However after showing some neighbors who are 5 and 7 what I made they were interested in making their own, so I am sharing the how to. Younger kids will need some help but this would be a fun thing to make as a family project.

  1. Gather your materials . You will need a brown paper grocery bag, black, green and any other color you choose construction paper, double sided tape , glue, scissors, colored pencils and contact paper.
  2. Cut your bag open so it’s wide , trim the bottom piece off and save for later.
  3. Using black paper and yellow colored pencil design your roadway.
  4. Once you have decided on the design , cut it out . Cover your bag with green construction paper, glue it down, then tape your roadway down I say tape because you may want to move it , tape is easier to move.
  5. Start adding scenery like a pond.
  6. You can use the extra grocery bag paper to make a house or other buildings too.
  7. Tape your scenery down.
  8. Add a contact paper cover to make it sturdy and keep everything in place.
  9. Add some Hotwheels and have hours of fun!

Letter Of The Week ! J j !

Jelly Bean J !

I know what you are thinking, there is NO way you can do this craft with your child because they will eat the jelly beans. I did it with a class of 3 year olds and laid down the rule that if they did not eat any jelly beans while doing art, they got to have 3 after they were done.
It worked. Now at home with mom and a 20 month old thi
ngs were a little different , as long as he was presently eating a jelly bean he would happily glue others on, and not eat those ones. You can also draw some paper jelly beans, but that doesn’t make the same impact, which when you are introducing a letter impact counts.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need 2 pieces of construction paper, something to draw with ( we used pencil crayons) , glue , scissors and of course jelly beans! We used natural ones that are so yummy, also the color doesn’t run in the glue.
  2. Draw a big upper case J.
  3. Have your child color and draw on it. My son went to town on this step today. Don’t cut it out until later.
  4. Add the glue. I dotted glue all over so that my son would see he was supposed to be putting the jelly beans on. I found with older kids giving them a number and telling them to put that many glue dots works well, then the jelly beans can go on, and you can repeat.
  5. Add the jelly beans.
  6. Let it dry completely.
  7. Cut the J out and glue it onto the other piece of construction paper, you will NEED to do this because the weight of the jelly beans needs to be supported by more than one layer.
  8. Don’t forget to pop this on your fridge and point to it often and ask your child why in the world there are jelly beans on the fridge! I bet they’ll tell you because J is for jelly bean!

Song!

5 Little Jelly Beans!

5 little jelly beans,
I wish I had more,
I ‘ll eat the red one ,
now there are four!

4 little jelly beans,
tasty as can be,
I’ll eat the green one
now there are three!

3 little jelly beans,
Only a few,
Ill eat the pink one
now there are two!

2 little jelly beans,
eating them is fun,
I’ll eat the blue one,
now there’s only one!

1 little jelly bean,
the last one for me,
I’ll eat the purple one,
I’m happy as can be!


Additional Activities!

Click here for easy instructions on how to make an
alphabet fishing game for your little one!

Reader’s Corner : Look What They Made

Move Over Monet… You’ve Got Competition.
Look At These Artists!

Avery is showing off her bunny ears , you can find out how to make your own here !
Noah made a fantastic Buzzy Bee. It’s perfect!
Click here to get the instructions.


Jackson is concentrating hard on his terrific traffic light, it looks great!
Find out how he did it here.

AJ wrote out his whole name for this Custom Caterpillar , and put it on a tasty green leaf!
Good work ! Click here for the how to .

If your little artist wants to share their masterpieces
contact me and I will feature them !

Name That Bug!

Custom Caterpillars!


This is an easy and fun way to practice learning the letters in their names, or you can number the sections and have your preschooler put the numbers in order!
  1. Gather your materials. You will need some constriction paper, something to trace a circle with, crayons or markers, a pipe cleaner, tape , scissors and glue.
  2. Start by tracing and cutting out circles in different color construction paper , you will need one for each letter, and one for the face.
  3. Give your child a full size piece of construction paper and have them color it, they can draw a cool backyard scene or something more abstract!
  4. If your child is able have them write the letters, even if they are messy and too small or to big- it’s more important that they do it if able and it not be perfect than us stepping in and doing it “right”.
  5. If your child is not writing yet, while they color write out the letters, and do a face on the extra circle.
  6. Spread some glue on the background paper.
  7. Pop the letters on.* Sorry no picture, it was an art playdate and I was talking too much and forgot to take a picture of this step !
  8. Bend the pipe cleaner into fun antennae
  9. Tape it to the back of the face circle.
Song!
Herman the Worm

Video


Sittin’ on a fence post chomping on my gum
( chomp chomp chomp)
Playing with my yo yo
woo woo
When along came Herman the worm
And he was THIS big
And I said ” Herman WHAT happened?”
And he said ” I ate my sister! “

The next 3 verses substitute in brother, mother and father.
The final verse is as follows:

Sittin’ on a fence post chomping on my gum
(chomp chomp chomp)
Playing with my yo yo
woo woo
When along came Herman the worm
And he was this tiny
And I said ” Herman what happened?”
And he said ” I burped.”

Books!

” Bugs! Bugs! Bugs!” by Bob Barner is a good book for little ones interested in bugs, but not ready for a full non fiction science book. Various bugs are introduced with a fact about them, and the coolest part of the book is the page with the life size illustrations of all the bugs. The illustrations are bright and fun and the length is perfect for toddlers and young preschoolers.

” Bob and Otto” by Robert O. Bruel is a lovely story about 2 friends who must part ways , in this case because one is a caterpillar who needs to build a chrysalis and the other an earth worm who needs to dig deep into the ground. What I like about this book is that it goes on to explain that the earth worm’s digging is vital for the trees to grow so that the caterpillar can eat the leaves and turn into a butterfly. I like the lesson about how we all play a part!

” The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle is a classic, that most preschool teachers like myself can recite from memory. It really is a fantastic book, not only does it explain the life cycle of a caterpillar/ butterfly it also is useful for lesson about day of the week and healthy eating! It was a childhood favorite of mine and if the fact that he fell asleep holding his ” Pillar” is any indication it is already one of my son’s favorites too!