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kids activitiesFun and learning is everywhere and I can’t wait to see what you are going to share this week. This week we explored rainbows, Dr.Seuss, and I added new stickers to our favorite letter sound activity. Make sure you check back later this week to see what we did.

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Woodcut Printing { adapted for toddlers}

woodcut printing for toddlers 1While we were learning about China for Chinese New Year months ago we read about woodcut printing.  I was going to do it with my toddler with foam but my daughter didn’t have the strength or  dexterity to press hard enough into the foam to make a permanent designs so we adapted. This project will work for toddlers but older children will still love it. Woodcut Prints are normally carved and older children can do them with foam ( meat trays thoroughly washed were always my favorite!) , ivory soap and even erasers work . Did you carve yours in math class with your compass? No? Well if you did it’s the same technique. Our adaptation reverses the technique but for a toddler experience I think it was still fun intro into print making.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some card board, good double stick tape, popscicle sticks, paint, paint brushes, some glitter glue ( optional but everything is better with a little sparkle) and white paper. woodcut printing for toddlers 3
  2. Start by adding the double stick tape to the cardboard. wood cut printing for toddlersIt’s tricky but forgiving, even if the tape is lumpy everything will be OK.  I loved to see how hard she was working. You will need at least 4 or 5 pieces in random spots for popsicle sticks to stay on. You can absolutely use glue but make sure it’s all dry before moving on to step 4.woodcut art project for toddlers
  3. Next add the sticks.  Stick them on and press. wood cut printing for toddlers and kids
  4. Add your paint. woodcut painting for toddlers
  5. Flip and print onto the paper. Add more paint as needed and keep printing layering it if you want. toddler woodcut printing
  6. When your child is done printing add some flair if you want. My daughter was adamant about adding glitter. art projects for toddlers
  7. Let it all dry and display or use for wrapping paper!toddler wood cut printing

 

Animal Track Painting

I can’t even remember what inspired this, I know my son thought of it but I can’t remember now what preceded me saying ” How about making animal tracks?”. All I remember is that he bounded to the table, which is not always the case . This is a fast project, to stretch it out introduce new paint colors , new animals and more paper one at a time.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some fun toy animals, a plate, paper,markers and paint.
  2. If you want you or your child can draw some scenery.
  3. Spread some paint on your plate and dip your animal in.
  4. Start making some tracks.
  5. Add the next paint color and more paper if you want and keep going.
* After we painted we went for a walk outside and pretended to look for and follow animal tracks. We tippy toed for mouse tracks , hopped for bunny tracks and stomped around the patio when we “found” elephant ones. *Books !



Animaliaby Graeme Base is iconic in teaching circles, you can loose yourself for hours in the detailed illustrations. The book is an alphabet book on steroids! Each page had a wonderful paragraph in each letter such as for the letter L ” Lazy Lions lounging in the local library.” The pages are filled to the gills with pictures of things that start with that letter as well. Parents and kids a like will fall in love!

“Peek-a-Zoo!”by Marie Torres Cimarusti is a vibrant lift the flap book that goes through sounds different animals make while playing peek a boo with the reader. What I like about this book is that the flaps offer a chance for your baby or toddler to anticipate what animal it hiding as well as the sound , so it grows with them. Also the flaps are large enough that little hands can grab them and won’t get frustrated.
“Is Your Mama a Llama? “ by Deborah Guarino is a classroom favorite, I don’t know many preschool teachers who can’t recite most of this book . Readers follow Lloyd the llama as he riddles his way through a bunch of animals until he find the one he calls mom. I like the mix of animals in this book, a little different than your average zoo or farm collection.