Link & Learn – Crafts and Play For Kids

kids craftsToday my baby turns two and in her honor I hope that everyone chooses 2 awesome links to add to our link up. If you have just stumbled upon our blog welcome and let me tell you a bit about what Link & Learn is all about. Every week I invite readers who are also bloggers to link up to activities on their blogs. Our goal is to make a weekly master list of fun and activities for kids. We aren’t exclusive, in fact we love new participants and welcome anyone wanting to join in.

I hope your week is filled with fun and laughter!

 

Link & Learn

It’s been a great week here playing vet clinic, making a huge messy fish and I can’t wait to post our special activity for Martin Luther King Day so please come back tomorrow to see it. Now I want to see what you did, what did your kids learn this week and what post are you most eager to show our readers?  Link it up and check out the other brilliant early learning and kids’ crafts ideas that are shared.

Oh and don’t forget about our reader survey ! The survey helps us to know how to keep No Time For Flash Cards growing to meet our readers needs.

Have a great week !

New Years Eve Activity For Kids

new years eve scavenger hunt for kids

I wish I’d thought of this earlier but they had a blast and it was great to reminisce as a family as we look forward to 2012.  Every family member contributed to the activity and making the memories that made 2011 such a fantastic year.

 

  1. Gather your materials.  I originally thought of making a wreath but when I saw my tinsel tree I grabbed it. Either works. You will also need some ribbon – ours was sheer and HARD to write on, plain cotton strips would be the easiest to write on but sheer is so pretty. You will also need some small containers ( eggs work great) to hide the memories in , some paper to survey your family for their favorite events/memories  and some pipe cleaners for the tree topper.
  2. Start by asking your family for the top 12 events of the year – we tried to do one per month but it was closer 3 per season. We went around the table at dinner letting everyone add whatever they wanted. Hearing every one’s proudest and most special moments was in itself a great activity.
  3. Using pipe cleaners make a 2011 tree topper. I admit I did 2012 first and had to fix my mistake. Pop it on the top.
  4. Cut 12 pieces of ribbon. Write the memories onto the ribbon. Hold the ribbon tight and writing is easier. Use a permanent fine tip marker.
  5. Pop them in your containers. I was going to use eggs but I have NO clue where they are. Luckily I had a package of 12 paper favor boxes. Putting these together took longer than the rest of the activity. I need to find th0se plastic eggs.
  6. Hide them – how many can you see?
  7. Find them!  Read the memories as they are found.
  8. Tie them onto the tree and keep going until you find them all.

Happy New Year !

I hope you and your family are blessed with fantastic memories of 2011 and countless opportunities to make great ones in 2012.

Quick Fun For Busy Days

As I prepare for even more family to arrive at our house, double check recipes and check my 100 lists for the 100th time I can’t forget about my kids. They still need fun fast things to do bewteen gazing at the Christmas tree and shaking presents. Here are some great fast fixes and quick fun for the days ahead.

Train Track Painting ( above)

 

DIY Light Box

Wrapping Paper Patterns

Potato Masher Painting

Gingerbread People Play-Doh

Dry Erase Mazes

 

 

Southern Snowman

by Katy

We live so far south that we very rarely get to experience actual snow.  When we do get snow, it’s often not enough to make a snow man. Even so, there are lots of holiday songs and stories about snowmen, so I thought I’d show my son how snowmen are made with a little play doh.

I used black and white play doh for this activity.

I went ahead and rolled all of the pieces in advance. My son has a lot of sensory issues, so he’s not a big fan of play doh. I still run him through the motion of rolling the big pieces, but if he had to do it all himself, we’d have a meltdown before we finished.
So, we took each white ball, rolled it once or twice in his palm, and then stacked them. He was extremely resistant to the play doh with his left hand, so we switched it up and used his right–much better!

We then took the smaller black balls and helped him use his pointer finger to press them into the snowman creating eyes, a nose, and some buttons. We’ve worked on using pointer finger before, so this is a good  way to reinforce that skill. Overall, using one finger was much better than using his whole hand.

When you’re finished, you have a snowman guaranteed not to melt.

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Katy is a mom of one who loves art, mystery novels, and anything involving peanut butter–she blogs about raising her little miracle at Bird on the Street.