I’m on Etsy!

Wow!  I sure have my hands full lately, but to add to the craziness I’m working on selling some ADORABLE handmade products!!!  I saw a version of these at a craft show I attended and fell in LUV, so I just had to make some myself.  I figured, if I loved them that much, other people might like them to so I started making them!

I have more to come, but these are the completed items.  They are all available in black, white, antique white, brick red, ocean blue, sage green, and walnut brown.  Check them out at my Etsy Shop – Among the Aspens!

Merry Christmas!

3-D Christmas Trees

Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle all the way…  Oh how I love Christmas!  My house is decorated, presents are wrapped (well, some of them) and Christmas music is playing.  I just love this time of year and the celebration of Jesus’ birth!

My Preschoolers made these adorable 3-D trees using the “cheap” version of paper plates.  You know the kind where you have to use 2 or 3 in order to keep your food from flopping off your plate?  Anyways, have your kids paint TWO PLATES each green.

After they dry… most likely over night, cut one of plates in half like shown below.

Cut the second in half first.  Then with one half cut it in half again making fourths and with the other half just trim off about 1/4 of that and throw it away.  See picture below for clarification.

Get your hot glue gun all warmed up.  (This is a grown up job!) Glue the 2 halves together.

Glue the portion just smaller than a half on next.

Lastly glue the fourths onto the tree.

Once this is completed ask your kiddos to decorate with whatever you have lying around.  I’ve used sequins, pom poms, foam stickers etc.  Enjoy your cute Christmas trees!  They add such fun and festivity to the classroom!

Enjoy and Merry Christmas!


Little Lamb Ornament

Awe!  I just love looking at this sweet ornament!  My daughter made this adorable ornament years ago at church and we still hang it on our tree. 

I’ve re-created it for my preschool students and I thought I should share it with you as well!  First print out the template here:  Little Lamb Ornament PDF

Cut out the lamb and trace it onto white craft foam.  You can get 4 on a 12×18 sheet of craft foam which costs about $ .89 at Michael’s.

Cut out the craft foam heads.

Have kids cover the lamb shape with cotton balls, insert a photo and display on the tree!!!  Viola!  An adorable ornament for all to see!

Enjoy and Merry Christmas!

Candy Cane Paper Patterns

Good morning all!  I don’t know about you, but we’re having a warm December so far.  It’s been in the 40’s-60’s for weeks with no end in sight yet.  For Denver, Colorado, that’s warm.  Don’t get me wrong, I like the nice weather…  I just want to add a little cold and snow in here and there.  🙂

This week in preschool we’re working on lots of things for Christmas, but one is patterns particularly with Candy Canes.  Last week I posted a candy cane painting project.  Today we’re making Candy Cane patterns using construction paper.  It’s great fine motor building for their little fingers to have to pick up tiny bits of paper.  We made these cuties!

For the 3 year olds we keep the patterns simple using ABAB.

First print out my Candy Cane Pattern Printable here:  Candy Cane PDF.  There are two on a page.

Secondly add a strip of glue over the candy cane shape and ask your kids to create a pattern using small bits of paper.

For the Pre-K Students their patterns got a little more complicated!


Enjoy and Merry Christmas!

Candy Canes YUM!

Hi all!  I hope you have enjoyed the Nativity Pre-K Pack I posted this week.  It’s so cute and I can’t wait to get started with my own preschoolers.  Next week we’ll be focusing on candy canes for our math unit.  The academic standards we will be focusing on are patterning and positional words.

I created this cute printable as one of the many ways we’ll practice patterning.  More ideas to come next week, I promise!

Ask the students to color the candy cane in a pattern or in our case, we’re water coloring a pattern onto the candy cane.

For the younger group 2’s-3’s you might want to start the pattern for them and see if they can complete it.  I would do a simple AB pattern like red, white, red, white OR green, red, green, red.  Patterning skills take time to develop and some kids might not be ready yet.

For 3’s who have had lots of pattern exposure or Pre-K I would challenge them to harder patterns like AAB (example:  red, red, green) or ABC (example: red, green white) or harder patterns if they desire.

Download Here:  Printable Candy Cane Christmas Patterns

Learning to use patterns will help them greatly as they get older and have to be able to recognize patterns in math problems they are doing.

Enjoy!  Cute clipart is from sweetclipart.com

CHRISTmas Pre-K Pack

I love Christmas, but the reason I love it has nothing to do with Santa or presents.  For me and my family we love celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ!

There are tons of Pre-K packs and Kindergarten Packs out there, but not many that are based purely on the story of the birth of Christ and the characters from that story.

I have a FREE 4 Page Mini Pack you can download.  Please share this mini Pre-K pack with your friends by “pinning it”!  The mini packs includes:

-Letter Jj Writing

– Number Writing

– Ordering by Size

– Tracing shapes

In addition I have created a 20 page pack for $1.50.  You can buy the full pack by visiting my SHOP.

The full pack includes the items listed above as well as: 7 Puzzles, Stick Puppets, An easy-to-read decodable book, Nativity character sorting, Cutting Practice, Straight line tracing, Angled line tracing, Letter Jj Hunt Game, Beginning Sound Activity, Character name tracing, and Nativity Math Patterning.  It provides you 15 activities of Pre-K fun covering lots of Language Arts and Math Standards!!

Visit my SHOP to purchase the full Pre-K pack for $1.50.

Enjoy!  Happy teaching and Merry CHRISTmas!!!

These adorable graphics are from The Crafty Clip at mygrafico.com

Fall Leaf Number Book

It’s starting to feel a little more like winter everyday, but it’s not here yet.  Let’s celebrate Fall a little longer with this cute leaf counting book.

On each page have the students stamp the correct number of leaves.  On page one, stamp one leaf.  On page two, stamp two leaves etc.

I created this fun flip book using different sized construction paper.  I used foam stamps that I bought at Discount School Supply.  You could also glue on actual leaves or use leaf stickers.The kids love “reading” their book and counting leaves.  I hope this gives you a fun idea for Fall or for letter “Ll”.

Happy teaching!

Give Thanks Book

To practice writing and to help our kiddos recognize all they have to be thankful for we made these simple, yet adorable “Today I am Thankful” books.  I got the graphic for the cover from the girls at Eighteen25 so pop on over to download it.

Every day the kids were asked to trace the words, “I am thankful for” and then do their best to sound out what they were thankful for and draw a picture.  Here are some examples of their adorable work.

Who isn’t thankful for ice cream really???

Download the blank printable here.

Hope you enjoy writing about all you are thankful for, just like we did!


Distressed Block Turkey

Gobble, gobble says the turkey, gobble, gobble…  What turkey isn’t distressed this time of year?  🙂

I made the cutest little block turkeys with my preschool kiddos.  I have seen several versions of this on Pinterest.  Just adorable!  I especially love the little tufts of feather on the top of their heads.

Simply cut 2×4 wood into blocks.  Paint them brown and distress the edges.  We glued painted on wooden spoons to the back that I got at Hobby Lobby.  For the head/neck we used paint stir sticks.  You can get them free at Home Depot or Lowe’s.  I got mine at Home Depot.

Add a face using paint pens, glue on a feather, add a ribbon and a cute little heart and voila, you are left with a great decoration. 

It looks great on my mantel, but they would also make cute little place card holders on your Thanksgiving table.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!


Fingerpainting Turkey

I love, love, love this adorable turkey!  The kids had so much fun getting their little fingers sticky in paint.  We started by using a simple drawn rainbow shape.  On each level of the rainbow my preschool kiddos used their fingers to “dot” paint onto each arc.  Making dots and staying on the rainbow is a great fine motor skill.  Then they closed their hand into a fist, we painted the pinky end of their entire hand brown and stamped it into the turkey body.

After it dried we added eyes, a beak, a waddle and some legs.  They turned out so fun, festive and cute!  This would be an easy at-home project as well as a preschool or Kindergarten project.

Enjoy and Happy Thanksgiving!

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