I’m Thankful For ..

These Three
Canadian Books!

Monday is Thanksgiving in Canada, so even though I won’t have a chance to sit with my family and eat too much turkey I can share a little about Canada with all of you. Whether you celebrate Thanksgiving in October, or November, or not at all these books will teach you a little about a wonderful country I am thankful to be from.

Happy Thanksgiving!

” ABC of Canada” by Kim Bellefontaine is a cute little book that is a perfect little introduction about Canada for toddlers and preschoolers. The text is short, the colors are bright and the illustrations are both fun and accurate. I was happy to see things like the northern lights, Calgary Stampede and of course Z is for Zamboni !

” Anne of Green Gables” by Lucy Maude Montgomery was the first book I read cover to cover that didn’t have any pictures. It is still and always will be a favorite, in a world where so many books are filled with things I am not sure I want my child to read, at least not yet… this book is filled with old fashion values and fantastic writing . I can’t wait to read this aloud to my son. ” M is for Maple, A Canadian Alphabet ” by Mike Ulmer. This book will make you feel proud to be from Canada if you are Canadian and teach you something about your neighbour if you are an American. It will also teach your children things about the country they live in and why we feel pride when we hear names like Terry Fox, Anne with an E and Gretzky! I love this book and have since I first read it during teacher’s college in Thunder Bay, if you can be happy about being in Canada during a very cold Thunder Bay winter you can be happy about it anywhere.

There are so many more wonderful books, and authors if you have a favourite book by a Canadian author leave me a comment to share it with everyone!

How Does Your Garden Grow?

flower craft
This color matching activity is perfect for preschoolers most toddlers will try to eat the lentils ( which will likely be spat out ) and if you are as lucky as me they will manage to grab the bowl full of lentils and pour them on your kitchen floor!

  1. Gather your materials. You will need a few different colors of construction paper, some glue , scissors , a pen and of course some dried beans or lentils.
  2. Draw a simple flower on one piece of construction paper and layer your other pieces under it and cut them all at once.
  3. Have your child glue the flowers on a full piece of paper.
  4. Drizzle glue all over the flowers, and add your lentils. I chose to match the colors and use this activity as an opportunity to teach about colors, but simply allowing your child to choose which lentils or beans should go where is great too!
  5. After your have finished gluing on the lentils, you can add stems and leaves or anything else you think will complete the artwork!


Song!

Little hunk of mud

Oh I wish I was a little hunk of mud!
Oh I wish I was a little hunk of mud!
I’d be ooey , I’d be gooey on everybody’s shoey,
Oh I wish I was a little hunk of mud!

Additional activities

Pouring is fun!

As my son pointed out quite clearly, toddlers love to scoop and pour and there is no reason to limit your child to the sand in the sandbox or water in the tub ! I got these lentils in the bulk section of my super market and they are great , they are too small to be a real chocking hazard and are naturally colorful. So grab a bowl and some measuring cups and let your toddlers explore the sounds of the lentils falling from a cup, and feel how smooth they are in their hands!

 

Send In The Crafts !

New Feature !

I have been getting amazing craft ideas sent to me to try out, so I have decided to have a regular feature where readers crafts are featured !

To be a part of this all you have to do is email me the details of your craft, pictures and / or a link to your blog ! There are no limits on what the craft is, as long as a child with or without assistance could make it .
Easy right?

I will be starting this feature next week – so send them in!!

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Art Is Messy!

Ribbon Painting!

I’ve been waiting to do this art project for ages, I have used yarn with awesome results in the past but didn’t have any handy. I was prepared to do a project myself a long side my son , but as it turned out he was able to do it with no help! I must warn you , it was messy!
  1. Gather your materials. You will need paper, paint, a plate for the paint and ribbon , yarn or string.
  2. Cut a short piece of ribbon for your child, the younger the child the shorter the ribbon, the longer it is the harder it is to control.
  3. Pour some paint on the plate .
  4. Dip your ribbon in the paint and then touch your ribbon to the paper. I was shocked at how my son caught on fast, of course the ribbon went into his mouth a bunch too.
  5. Add another color!
  6. Keep going until the mess becomes too much or your little one has had enough! We stopped when paint made it onto the eyebrows!
  7. Just a note about art activities like this- something I always try to do is allow my son to pick out his own paint colors, today he picked orange and yellow and I added in pink since he has been having a hard time recognizing pink , so this was a fun time to reinforce it!

Song!

I thought this song about pigs in the mud was fitting after such a messy art project!


Three Little Pigs

Three little pigs rolled in the mud,
Squishy , Squashy felt so good,
The farmer took one pig out,
Oink oink oink, the pig did shout!

Continue with 2, 1

No little pigs rolled in the mud,
They all looked so clean and good,
The farmer turned his back and then,
All the little pigs rolled in the mug again!

Books!

” Action Jackson” by Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan is a great book not only about Jackson Pollock but also about how an artist goes through the artistic process, their influences and what their life is like. This book is perfect for older children but my son loved looking at pictures and Jackson Pollock’s dog! I would suggested this for anyone with budding artists!

” Painting with Picasso” by Julie Merberg and Suzanne Bober is a sweet little board book and only one in a series of “Mini Masters” by the authors. This book and all in the series will introduce your child to famous art work in their own home or stroller because they travel well too!


Popsicle Stick Crafts : Coasters

 

summer craft for kids

 I love popsicle stick crafts and I made this craft for the first time while sick with mono in 1994, I was couch bound and bored to tears, and my sister needed coasters for her college dorm room. So since all I ate for 6 weeks were popsicles I made the coasters out of the sticks. She still has them 14 years later

  1. Gather your materials. You will need many popsicle sticks, markers, glue, a paint brush , small dish and some water.
  2. Start by using the markers to color half of the popsicle sticks. Permanent markers will work the best, but you can use regular ones and seal it later.
  3. Lay out the other half on a scrap piece of paper.
  4. Cover it with glue.
  5. Lay out your colored sticks on top going in the opposite direction.
  6. Let dry.
  7. Mix glue and water together to make a seal, you can also buy craft sealer at a art supply store but , I am way too lazy to drive 20 minutes just for that! I did 4-5 easy coats, applied after the previous was dry. If you are not using permanent markers your colors will run when you brush the glue glaze on it. I liked the effect! I haven’t had any color running since the seal but I would test it out on a washable surface first!
  8. Let it all dry and make some coffee!