Link & Learn – Best Of 2011

2011 was a great year for us here at No Time For Flash Cards and one of the best parts of it was how our community has grown. This linky, our facebook andpinterest pages are all thriving and it’s because of you.  I love what I do but I cherish the online community around it. Whether you are a blogger who links up , a teacher who inspires others with your creativity or a reader who participates in our sometimes ( but not usually)heated facebook topics I thank you for being a part of our year. 

This week let’s link up your best posts of 2011- feel free to add a few, I know it’s hard to just pick one.

Have a great week.

Link & Learn – Kids’Crafts and Early Learning Linky

The holiday season is such a fun time for creating memories and fun keepsakes. Kids are never not learning so sharing extra time doing “fun things” ( My son’s words, I think all learning is fun!) like making ornaments, having an indoor snowball fight or making wreath cookies is not just fun, they are learning. 

Link up anything fun , anything educational and anything holiday or not. Don’t forget to visit other blogs too.

Have a great week !

Snowflake Craft For Toddlers

snowflake crafts

You know that stage when everything gets thrown off tables? Bins get dumped? Nativity scenes get wiped out in a single visit from Baby-zilla? Yeah we are knee deep in that right now. It’s fun. This is a really simple classic craft but with a few tricks you can save yourself cleaning up gobs of glue from the floor, your baby’s mouth or hair.  As you can see she loved making this snowflake craft for toddlers and points to it and asks me to hold her up to touch it in the window daily.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some cotton balls, glue, a dish, a paint brush ( pretty wide like an inch or so) and some construction paper. I used 2 pieces one to glue the cotton balls onto and one to use as a backing to make it strong enough to hang it up.
  2. Start by pouring some white glue in a small dish.
  3. Paint the glue onto the paper in the shape of a snowflake.
  4. Add kiddo and cotton balls.
  5. Because the glue is so thin the cotton balls stick but if they pick it back up there won’t be a ton of glue on it.  I rotated the paper as she filled up each arm of the snowflake.
  6. Lable the textures as they explore and make the snowflake- soft, sticky glue , rough ( or smooth) paper.
  7. Let dry and cut around the snowflake and glue onto the 2nd page if you need some extra strength.  Hang up where your little one can see their awesome creation.  snowflake crafts for kids

Books About Snow

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Stella, Queen of the Snow by Marie-Louise Gay is my kind of book. If I were to quote all my favorite bits of this book I would write out most of it. I just love the writing, it’s simple but doesn’t talk down to the reader. The characters are sweet but not saccharine and I love how inquisitive Sam is . Stella is a know it all but not bratty about it at all! Sam has never seen snow before and Stella tells him all about it as they explore the first snow fall of the year.

The Biggest Snowman Ever by Steven Kroll is a cute winter book that holds a fantastic message inside. The book tells the story of a snowman making contest in Mouseville, two little mice work so hard by themselves but it’s just not enough until they join forces. Competition is not a bad thing but sometimes cooperation is even better, I really like this book.