So much to be thankful for…

Thanksgiving
Garland

My son was born on American Thanksgiving so a day that used to mean the day before shopping became very very significant in my life. There is nothing I am more thankful for than him , and his health and happiness . That inspired me to make a long term project leading up to Thanksgiving. Depending on how old your children are they can do a few steps like my son or all of this project.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need a grocery bag, ribbon, plain paper, markers, clothes pins, hot glue gun and glue, paint, cookie cutters or other stencils.
  2. Draw various leaf shapes, either free hand or using stencils.on your grocery bag. Do one for each spot along your garland. I used cookie cutters!
  3. Using the markers have your child color the leaves, we are doing this as well as painting just for added effect, feel free to skip one.
  4. Have your child paint the leaves. We are using a sponge to paint, we haven’t sponge painted in a while, but don’t limit yourself use whatever you will most enjoy. Let dry
  5. While your child is painting , lay 2-4 feet of ribbon face down on your counter, hot glue gun your clothes pins to it. Let dry.
  6. Cut out ( or have your child if they can use scissors, even if it’s not perfect) the leaves.
  7. Glue the leaves to the ribbon and clothes pins.
  8. We aren’t done yet! Using the same stencil trace the leaf pattern on a stack of plain paper.
  9. Cut out.
  10. Add things you are thankful for on these pieces of paper from now until Thanksgiving, at dinner you can un clip these and share them. With toddlers ask them what things they think are special, or love. I am always scrambling to think of what I am thankful for , especially since at that point in the day I just want some wine! Also this will help teach your children about recognizing all we do have , all we have to be thankful about throughout the whole month not just on Thanksgiving day.

Book!

Thanksgiving is also the day that I don’t big my husband about football one bit. I am so so so not a fan but I am trying not to be so angry while watching, or rather while doing something else while my boys watch. This book – although a board book was really enlightening and my son loved it too! Thanks to my husband’s coworker David who suggested it !


” Touchdown : My Football Book” by David Diehl is a short, to the point and completely entertaining little book. It explains so much about football in the absolute easiest ways. My son has started to show a love of football, helmets and tackling and this book is a great injury free way to harness that love!

Sent In By You ! …. sort of

Incredible
Ice Bergs!

Last week when I was updating my blog roll I came across this awesome idea for some homemade bath toys! Bath time won’t be a struggle if your little one has a cool ice berg with a toy frozen inside. This is a great lesson about water, temperature and weather too, perfect as winter approaches.


For full instructions and more adorable pictures
check out
Glamour Moms

Thank you Lyndsay for letting me share this!

Vote Vote Vote !!

Voter Flag!

I am not sure how many of my readers know but I am Canadian living in the US, so I am unable to vote in this American election. However I can still remind all of you who are able to get out, get in line and VOTE! Today we made a fun flag, well I made most of it, my son was taken with coloring the pole which was fine too. We are going to take it around town today to remind all of those who can vote, to have their say!

  1. Gather your materials. You will need 3 pieces of white paper, 1 blue, 1 red , markers, glue, scissors , a star paper punch and a gift wrap roll.
  2. Start by having your child use blue and red markers to color the pole. If they are older they can write words like “vote” “America” “election” etc… on it. My son loved this step so much it’s all he did!
  3. While they do this you do the craft, oh wait that was just us. While they color you can cut out the paper shapes, if they are older have them help or do this all on their own. You will need 4 short and 4 long red stripes , one blue square ( well it’s really a fat rectangle..), and a whole bunch of white stars. My son took a break from coloring to try the paper punch.
  4. Start by gluing the blue section on.
  5. Add the stripes
  6. Add the stars
  7. Check on my son who is still coloring the pole , and a little bit of my kitchen table.
  8. Let dry
  9. Using the last piece of white paper – write a message. Campaign if you want , or just write something like we did ” Vote Today!!”
  10. Glue that to the back of the flag, add some clear tape for stability.
  11. Glue the flag to the pole
  12. Get your message out, be heard!

Letter of The Week V v !

Vegetable
V !

I really wanted to do a “Vote V” but the idea was too abstract for my 23 month old, however I would encourage older children to clip pictures of candidates out, make mini ballots and go for it! Also it may seem like taking the kids along to vote tomorrow is a hassle but it’s a great education for them, if I was able to vote I’d be tagging my little man a long with me!

  1. Gather your materials. You will need a sturdy piece of construction paper or card board ( cereal box) , some white paper, crayons, glue and scissors.
  2. Start by making a big V on the cardboard.
  3. Draw 4-5 vegetables , if your child is able to have them do this. I try only to do the steps that my child can’t.
  4. Have your child color the vegetables if you drew them, talk about what they all are, ask if they like them etc…
  5. Time to color the V ! Don’t forget to talk about the letter itself, if your child is old enough ask them what starts with V and what sound does it make.
  6. While your child is doing that cut out the colored veggies. My son grabbed the mushroom and decided he didn’t like it, another reason for making 5, some may be subject to harsh toddler treatment!
  7. Add glue and add the vegetables to the V, let dry.
  8. Cut out and if you want glue it to another piece of paper.

Book!

” Eating the Alphabet” by Lois Ehlert is an alphabet book extrodinare! Wonderful paintings of fruits and vegetables seem ultra simple and it is but somehow the way the author has pieced this simple book together is brilliant. Maybe it’s that children learn about food at the table multiple times a day and feel proud being able to identify not only some of the letters but some of the pictures too! From a teaching standpoint I love that there are both upper and lower case letters on each page! This book will grow with your child, and beware it will also make you
hungry!

Additional Activities Here are a few other fun art activities for a vegetable theme :

Mushroom , Potato and Onion Printing.

 

 

 

Recycled Crayons with Vehicle Themed Candy Molds

 

candy mold crayons for kids

In preparation for my son’s 2nd birthday , I have been playing around with making fun loot bag gifts. Here is my favorite so far, candy mold recycled crayons. Super easy to make, kids love to use them to color and a huge bonus being that my son who eats every art supply under the sun seems to leave these alone!

  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 Micheal’s for less than $2 !
  2. Take the paper off the crayons, and break them into smaller pieces. Place them in a muffin tin .
  3. Melt. I used paper liners but the no pan needed liners are the best.
  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 !