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We are very lucky to have fantastic neighbors to come over and do crafts that might be a little hard for a toddler to manage. This is a great activity for Preschoolers and School age kids!

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some rocks, paint, paintbrushes, pipe cleaners, sequins, glue, paper , googley eyes , sparkles and a hot glue gun.
  2. Paint your rock and let dry before gluing anything on.
  3. Add some sequins .
  4. Bend your pipe cleaners into antennae.
  5. Hot glue it onto the rock, please don’t let even older children do this, I burnt my finger today and man did it hurt!
  6. Hot glue the eyes on.
  7. Add some sparkles!
  8. Add the finishing touches, we made wings out of paper hearts!


Books!
Today’s books are all by Sandra Boynton, her books are fun, short and perfect for toddlers and young preschoolers. Also as you can see they are an easy read for an older child to read to a younger one.

” Doggies” The simplicity of this book makes me angry that I didn’t think of it! Brilliant and my son begged to have it read to him 3 times !

” Horns To Toes And In Between” is a cute and novel body part book, pointing out all our favorite body parts, the best being our belly buttons of course.” Moo , Baa , La La La ! “Another brilliant and cheeky little book for your toddler to love. My son has already figured out that it’s funny to say that a dog says ” Bock Bock” knowing full well a dog barks! This book is in that same spirit !

 

 

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Letter Of The Week ! Yy !

Yellow Ys !

Y is always a hard letter to do things with, I don’t know about you but I don’t know how to draw a Yak ! This activity reinforces letter and color!

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some construction paper ( one for the Y and one for the background) and a mix of yellow materials. This si great for getting rid of scrap paper! I am using some foam, yellow tissue paper, crayons and dot paint! You will also need scissors and glue.
  2. Draw a fat Y.
  3. Have your child paint, and or color the Y.
  4. While they are doing that cut and prepare the collage materials. The only real rule is that it has to be yellow!
  5. Spread the glue on the paper.
  6. Add on the collage materials, let dry.
  7. Cut out and glue on the other piece of construction paper!

Books!

Todays selection doesn’t really go with a theme, these are the 2 books we are reading over and over at our house right now!

“Where Are Maisy’s Friends? “ by Lucy Cousins is a cute little lift the flap book, where your child helps Maisy find her friends. Toddlers love this book and it’s an easy book for older siblings to “read’ to younger ones. I say “read” because the pictures are easy to decipher and the flaps add a dynamic element! Also it’s small enough to pop in your diaper bag for long car rides!


” Goodnight Gorilla “ by Peggy Rathmann is my son’s absolute favorite book right now. It is an adorable book about a zoo keeper who’s animals follow him home, and snuggle into bed. My son likes to point out mama, dada and he labels the little gorilla snuggling in bed as the baby! It’s very sweet, and a nice calm book to read before bed or nap. Also see if you can find the tribute to Babar in one of the illustrations!

Readers Corner- Activity Request!

Sight Word Bingo

Sight words are tricky for a lot of kids, since so often we encourage them to sound it out, and take their time, with sight words we want to know them immediately. Here is a fun activity you can do at home to help practice these words! I used this game with a 2nd grader I tutored and it worked like a charm! Oh and yes this is for older children, not toddlers and preschoolers!
  1. Gather your materials. You will need some paper, a ruler, a marker, scissors, a paper punch or pre punched shapes, and a list of words your child needs to practice. I am using the Dolch Sight Word list for 1st grade.
  2. Using your ruler make a Bingo Board on a plain piece of paper.
  3. Write in the words and don’t forget to have a free space in the middle of the board!
  4. Write the words that are on the board on small pieces of paper , you’ll be drawing them out of a bag/or bowl when it comes time to play.
  5. Using a paper punch , punch out place holders so that you can re sue the board over and over.
  6. You can also use pre cut shapes or characters, these Spider Man shapes came from a large retailer’s birthday party section and work great.
  7. Here are the steps for playing:
  • Start with a bare board.
  • Have your child draw one of the cut out words from a baggy or bowl.
  • Have them tell you what it says, and find it on their board.
  • Pop the marker ( Spider man in this case) on that word.
  • Keep going until they get BINGO!
As you keep playing you will notice they get faster and faster, if there is a word they are having a really hard time with you can always put it on the board more than once to provide additional opportunities to practice it!

Painting With Water

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No, I am not using child labor to spruce up my house, this activity will amaze you at it’s simplicity and how much kids LOVE it. I used to do this with my class on nice days when they would get stir crazy inside! The key to making this last is to wait to introduce the different brushes and sponges.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some water, and a variety of paint brushes ( make sure they are clean you don’t want to really paint your house). painting with water supplies
  2. Dip your paint brush into the water and start painting! Fences or other unpainted works the best because it will darken when “painted”.painting with water
  3. While you are painting with your child, point out the dry wall and the wet brush and ask them what happens when they paint it. painting with waterLittle exchanges like this are fantastic teaching opportunities. Remember though if they just want to do it in peace, let them you can always recap later.painting with water 3
  4. When your child starts getting uninterested- in a insanely enthusiastic way introduce the next brush. I know that this is hard for people who aren’t used to being surrounded by small kids , but a little enthusiasm goes a long way- feel free to fake it too .My son loved the roller- I gave it to him last and ended up having to go grab a coffee cause he played with it for almost 20 minutes alone! ( by grabbing a coffee I mean from my kitchen , not Starbucks). painting with water 5