## Shape Turkey Craft For Kids

When you are teaching shapes it’s easy to fall into a rut, this activity is a great example of how to mix shapes into art seamlessly. This is a fun way of including Thanksgiving crafts into your math lesson.

1. Gather your materials. You will need Various colors of construction paper, googly eyes, scissors, glue and markers.
2. Give your child a piece of construction paper you have cut into a big square, have them decorate it with markers ( or crayons) if they are old enough you can ask them to draw the very first thanksgiving, or maybe a farm scene. If they want to just go abstract that’s perfect too.
3. While your child is drawing cut out 5 hearts 4 large and one tiny.
4. Next cut out a large oval, a rectangle , a small circle and a triangle.
5. Time to start gluing! Start with your hearts. Arrange them so that the points are down , they are going to be the feathers.
6. Next glue the oval lengthwise over the bottom of the hearts.
7. Now the rectangle. When something has to be glued in a certain direction I like to add the glue first so my son can see how it goes without me looming over him, then he can succeed on his own!
9. I did the googly eyes because my son was trying to put it in his mouth (will it never end?) , also add the triangle and tiny heart for a beak and waddle.

Song!

I have a turkey, big and fat.
He spreads his tail and walks like that.
His bowl of corn he would not miss
And when he talks, it sounds like this
Gobble Gobble Gobble!

## Sail Boat Craft

We live by the water and one of my son’s favorite things to do is to jump in the Ergo and check out the boats at the marina. We decided to make our own today. Here is how we did it.

1. Gather your materials. You will need A paper towel roll, the top of an egg carton, some tissue paper, glue, paint scissors and tape.
2. Paint the egg carton. We used the dot a art paint, because it goes on with very little mess and had a playdate shortly after art time but any paint will do, just keep it thin so it doesn’t saturate the carton.
3. Next up the paper towel roll mast!
4. While your child is painting, cut the tissue paper into a sail.
5. Glue onto the mast.
6. Add a layer of tape on top to keep the sail in place. You don’t have to do this but I find tissue paper is so flimsy that I did 3 layers and needed glue on the bottom and tape on top.
7. Glue the mast onto the boat, I poured a ton of glue and stuck the roll into it. Let dry.
8. Voila , your boat is beautiful and environmentally responsible!

Books!

” Boats” by Byron Barton is a board book that has been read continually since it came home form the library a week ago. Perfect for toddlers who will appreciate the simple text and bright fun pictures, this book is a great for anyone with a child who like mine screams ” Boat, Dingy! Boat!” whenever they are near water!

” An Island in the Soup “ by Mirelle Levert is an award winning book , and it’s easy to see why. The story follows a little boy who refusing to eat imagines a fantasy world in his bowl of soup, it rains peas and carrots and he encounters a bad fairy but in the end he eats his delicious soup. The illustrations are perfect although the bad fairy’s unibrow is very very frightening!

” Busy Boats” by Tony Mitton is s cute little book that uses cartoony characters to help explain all about boats and how they work. This is a perfect book for children who’s attention isn’t held by a non fiction book, but wants to know more about boats!

## Paper Plate Pig Craft

Toddlers and young preschoolers will love painting the paper plate, but the small pieces to glue will require a lot of adult help but 4 and 5 year olds will love it!

1. Gather your materials. You will need a paper plate, 3 sections of an egg carton , scissors, some pink paint ( or red and white) , a paint brush , some black paper and glue.
2. Mix your paint, I know I have been saying this a lot lately but this simple step of mixing colors is such a fast and easy color lesson and kids love to mix things!
3. Paint the paper plate . While your child is doing this cut the egg carton into 3 pieces, one whole cup and two half ones. Also cut 2 small black circles and two tiny rectangles for the eyes and nostrils out of the black paper.
4. Paint egg carton pieces. You need to paint the inside of 2 egg carton pieces and the outside of the other.
5. Glue on the eyes.
6. Glue on the snout.
7. Glue the nostrils on.
8. Glue on the ears.
Song!

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

” Grunt” by John Richardson is a classic running away from home story. This one is about a pig who is different from all his siblings and can only grunt instead of squeal, and thinks that because he is different his family must not want him. Of course in the end mama is overjoyed to see him come home and he discovers his family does love him. I am biased against books like this cause I just don’t like them, I don’t like that a child( or piglet) has to run away to find out they are loved. Maybe it’s just my own pet peeve , regardless this book is ok, but I won’t be adding it to my bookshelf.

” Pigsty” by Mark Teague is more my kind of book. Silly but with a good message. Wendell has a messy room and his mom calls it a pigsty, soon enough pigs start showing up! At first it’s cool , Wendell has fun with the pigs but it’s not long before the pigs are too much and even Wendell can’t take it. I think this book has a great message about responsibility, and how sometimes fun gets to be too much .

” Piggies” by Don and Audrey Wood is a great counting book for little guys. Toddlers love this book. You will probably notice your child touching their fingers as you read this delightful story about little piggies.

## Toilet Paper Roll Rocket

1. Gather your materials. You will need an empty toilet or paper towel roll, some paint, a paint brush, some red or orange tissue paper, a piece of construction paper some glue, scissors and a little aluminum foil .
2. Paint the roll the color of your choosing, while your child is painting cut out some flames using the tissue paper.
3. While the roll is drying have your child color the piece of construction paper if they want, it will be made into the nose of the ship so let them know you will be cutting it. Sometimes young children will get really upset if you don’t give them ample warning that you are altering their masterpiece.
4. Meanwhile cut some long strips of aluminum foil.
5. The roll should be dry enough to glue the aluminum foil strips on, while your child does this, go head and cut a circle out of the construction paper and cut half way into the circle to make a cone.
6. Glue the cone on the end of the rocket. It’s easiest to put glue in the cone and then place the roll inside it. Hold it there a minute or two.
7. Glue the flames on the bottom inside.
8. Blast off!

Song!

Blast Off!

Climb aboard the spaceship
we’re going to the moon,
we’re going to blast off soon,
and buckle up real tight,
cause here comes the countdown
so count with all your might!
10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1,
Blast off!!

Books!

” Babar Visits Another Planet” by Laurent De Brunhoff is a sentimental favorite of mine, I think I had my school library’s copy out from Kindergarten to 2nd grade! It is on the longer side so I would not suggest it for young preschoolers who have a hard time with long books. Also I read it in the original French so I never noticed the present tense , reading it if English is your first language you may find some passages a little off…but don’t worry the kids won’t notice!

” How to Catch a Star” by Oliver Jeffers was an awesome library find. The illustrations are fantastically simple, and support the equally simple yet effective storyline about a boy who wanted a star of his own. I love this book, and your kids will too!” Roaring Rockets” by Tony Mitton and Ant Parker is a fun rhyming book about rockets. Even toddlers will enjoy the cartoon like pictures and zippy text. Also the last page is devoted to explaining the parts of a rocket and other facts!

## Ball Painting

This activity is super easy to do but will delight your child!
1. Gather your Materials. For this art activity you will need a ball, I am using a golf ball but if my son was older I’d use a marble or 2! Also a few colors of paint, some paper and a shoe box or shoe box lid.
2. Place a piece of paper into the box , along with a small amount of paint, then carefully place the ball on the paint.
3. Tip the box this way and that way and watch the ball “paint” the paper. Younger children will want to catch the ball, so just make sure you are using non toxic paint and a ball big enough not to fit in their mouth.
4. Repeat with more paint colors!
Song!

Today’s song is the French version of ” If you are happy and you know it” but the literal translation is ” If you love the Sun” . I don’t expect you to sing this exact song with your kids unless you speak French ( in which case ignore my horrible accent ) but I urge you to sing songs in other languages if you know them even if your accent is horrible !

Si tu aimes le soleil!

Si tu aimes le soleil… frappe des mains!
Si tu aimes le soleil ….frappe des mains!
Si tu aimes le soleil, le printemps qui se reveille
Si tu aimes le soleil… frappe des main!

Repeat with:

Tape des peids
Cliques des doights.

Books!

I decided for this “mixed bag” I would focus on one author I love, so today I am showcasing David Shannon! His books make me laugh and every student I have ever read these to has enjoyed his humor and characters too!

” A Bad Case of the Stripes” is about a little girl so worried about impressing others that she keeps changing and looses who she really is. This story is a cautionary tale about being yourself, and NOT being yourself. A great book for older preschoolers and young elementary aged children.

” Duck on a Bike”
is a more than just a story about a duck riding a bike, it’s about trying new things and how if one person dares to do something different they can urge a whole group to change too! This book can be the start of a great dialog between you and your child about trying things that seem impossible!

” No, David!”
is probably David Shannon’s most known book, it it we follow the misadventures of little David and his eventual dicsiplining and hug from his mom! This book is a wonderful gate way into talking about rules with a class, I have successfully used ti as a reminder about rules and why we have them. Kids love watching other kids do naughty things , so this book is always a hit with toddlers on up!