Best of 2008 Count down ! #1

Rainy Day Rainbow

Well here it is, our number one project of 2008! I am tickled that this was so loved because I love it too ! Thanks to all of you for making 2008 so wonderful for us , and we hope that 2009 brings you much joy, love and lots of learning!
Happy New Year !
  1. Gather your Materials. For the Back of the rainbow I have used some extra wrapping paper but you can use anything, in the past I have used brown grocery bags taped together and it looked great! Glue is great for older preschoolers but if you are worried about the mess or if you have a glue eater ( I know I do! ), try some double stick tape!
  2. Draw a rainbow, it doesn’t have to be perfect or even good, the paper will cover it .
  3. Get scrap paper or if you don’t have that you can color some the colors you want. Then hand the paper to whoever loves to rip things, my 14 month old loved this part of the project.
  4. Decide what order you want and start putting the paper in the arches.
  5. Keep going and going- roll it up and wait until the next rainy day to add more scrap paper to it.

In my classroom a few years ago I used this activity as an alternative to going outside when it was raining, throughout the week we would save scrap paper and on a rainy day add it to our rainbow. The children who were 2-3 loved it and when it was done were very proud when I hung it up where their parents could see it. A long term project is a great experience for little ones, so don’t worry about finishing it in one try!

Best of 2008 Count down ! #2

Candy Mold
Crayons

I had a blast making these crayons and by the sounds of it so have many of you. Aren’t they easy? For Christmas I bought some super cheap silicone muffin tins at the dollar spot at Target and they turned out great and eliminated one step, which is always a plus!I wasn’t the least bit surprised that this activity came in at number 2 on our best of 2008! Hmmm what will be number 1? Tune in tomorrow!

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some crayons ( about 4-5 per mold), an oven , disposable muffin liners, and a candy mold. I bought this candy mold from Micahel’s for less than $2 !
  2. Take the paper off the crayons, and break them into smaller pieces. Place them in a muffin tin . * Some readers have had the wax bleed thogh the liners, foil liners will avoid this.
  3. Melt. Our oven was set at 220, and we watched it like a hawk with the oven door a lot. It will smoke if it’s too hot.
  4. Pour into the mold and let sit for an hour or until it’s cool. I used a cookie rack under the mold to keep it stable.
  5. Pop out of the mold.
  6. Get drawing !

Snowglobe Snowman

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When I originally posted this snowman craft I had a feeling it would be a hit, sure enough I have seen a bunch of these snowmen on my readers blogs and it came in at number 3 on our countdown – Best of 2008! One reader also emailed me to let me know she used a ziplock instead of contact paper with awesome results!

 

  1. Gather your materials. You will need a paper plate, some orange and black construction paper, 2 buttons, some sequins, sparkles, contact paper, scissors, double stick tape, a stapler, and some ribbon. I also used some paint because my son wanted to paint and I like how it looks but you can skip this step if you want.
  2. Have your child paint the paper plate, and let dry. If you use a sponge paint brush the paint will go on lightly and dry fast.
  3. While they do that cut out a nose from the orange paper, a hat and some coal for the mouth.
  4. Cut a rectangle of contact paper and fold in half , make sure it’s big enough to cover the hole you will be cutting in the plate.
  5. Peel back the contact paper backing and let your child shake the sparkles on it.
  6. Add some sequins.
  7. Fold the contact paper so it sandwiches the sparkles , seal it. You may have to use some tape to make sure it’s sealed and nothing falls out.
  8. Cut out the middle of the plate.
  9. Add glue to the cutout middle for the coal mouth, nose and hat. Obviously older kids can do this themselves but it gives toddlers a great guide to be independent.
  10. Add the face pieces.
  11. Add the button eyes.
  12. While your child is adding the face pieces , attach the contact paper to the inside of the paper plate ring, I used double stick tape cause it holds contact paper well.
  13. Staple the face to the belly, I use staples with coated paper plates because glue doesn’t always work very well.
  14. Add the ribbon as a scarf to cover the staples.

Best of 2008 Count down ! #4

Letter of The Week !

Our letter activities have been big hits all year long, and for those of you who missed them during the holidays, they will be back next week!

Here is the full list of our first round of letters! Click on the letter to see the full activity.

A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H
I
J
K
L
M
N
O
P
Q
R
S
T
U
V
W
X
Y
Z

Also you may notice by looking at the dates I posted each letter that I didn’t do them in the same order as the alphabet, that was intentional. I introduced them to my son as he showed interest in something that I could bridge them to, I wanted them to be taught in context and have meaning to him so that he retained that knowledge . So don’t feel that you need to follow the alphabet or my rotation, follow your child!

Best of 2008 Count down ! #5

Custom Roadway

I originally posted this in the summer, my son still plays with it daily, it is still in great condition and I have since made a second one, with a Home Depot and a Church ( my son’s favorite destinations). A friend did a cool version of it with sharpies as a outline and her son colored it in, very cute! I wonder what activity will be number 4?


  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!