Reader’s Corner- Re-post by request!

Make your own crayons!

Thank you Ellen who sent in this awesome activity and pictures! She is a mom with an elementary aged daughter who helped and a preschool aged son who got to play with the end result! Here’s the how to!

  1. Gather your materials. You will need an Oven set at 275* , a muffin tin, with liners, and all those old broken crayons we all have laying about. New ones would work too!
  2. Line your muffin tin with paper liners, and about half full with the crayon bits.
  3. Bake for about 8 minutes, watch them closely because they melt fast.
  4. Take them out of the oven once they are melted and let cool for 30 minutes.
  5. Remove the liners and get coloring! If they break put them aside and do it again!

Thanks again to Ellen for letting us share this !

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Mr. Fix it!

Hammer Heads!

This is an old preschool staple, but none of my mommy friends had ever heard of it, so I am sharing so everyone can try this super simple and fun activity.
  1. Gather your materials. You will need some Styrofoam, golf tees, a play hammer and your child. Seriously how simple is that?
  2. Put the golf tees in the Styrofoam – don’t push them all the way in though.
  3. Add your little one and let them pound it in.
  • You will not want to leave them unattended, in case a tee breaks, or small bits of the Styrofoam breaks off. So watch carefully as they have a blast hammering! Oh and don’t tell them they are building fine motor skills too!
Song!


This Is The Way We Build A House

This is the way we pound our nails,
pound our nails, pound our nails,
This is the way we pound our nails, so early in the morning.
This is the way we turn the screw,
Turn the screw, turn the screw
This is the way we turn the screw, so early in the morning.
This is the way we saw the wood
saw the wood, saw the wood,
This is the way we saw the wood, so early in the morning!
This is the way we build a house,
build a house, build a house.
This is the way we build a house so early in the morning!

Book!

” Building a House” by Byron Barton is a no frills look at how homes are built. The bright colors and concise wording is perfect for preschoolers. I love that there is writing on one page and illustrations on the other, makes it super easy to show children the pictures as well as for them to see you follow the text with your finger!


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!