{Around the Web} Chick Art

I love seeing all the wonderful and creative crafts posted on the web!  So much information is at our fingertips and I’m so thankful.  Below is a collection of my VERY FAVORITE chicks that I found on the web and believe me, I combed through a lot of sites.  🙂

Chick by Fun Hand print and Foot Print Art

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Paper Plate Easter Chick by Simple as That

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I like this one for it’s pure simplicity.  Paper plate chick by Crafts for Preschool Kids

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And if you are ever wondering what to do with all that scrapbooking paper you never use… here’s an idea!  So cute!  Hey Chick – MadebyMolliesMom

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And one of my favorites is a chick made of pom poms by me!!  It’s in a washed out eggshell and so cute!  You can do traditional yellow or branch out.

Spring Craft Baby Bird by Creative Preschool Resources

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Happy crafting with your little ones!

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Need more rainbows?

Need more rainbow ideas?  Here are a few that I found on-line, but for this DIYer I think the google page is actually even better than pinterest.  Sometimes I just need to see an idea and I can make it my own without clicking through to a website.  Hope you enjoy these ideas.

Google Image Page

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Cloud Craft from Live, Learn, Love

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Rainbow Paper Strips by The Nerd’s Wife

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Happy rainbow crafting and Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!

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Snowman Glyph

Do you wanna build a snowman???  (Sing along, I’m sure you know the tune)  I sang that line over and over during this project with my kiddos.

If you’ve never heard of a glyph before you’ve got to check this out.  This is a super cute snowman project, but the best part is that each one will look unique and different based on each child’s preferences.  snowman glyph pic

Each child will answer various questions about winter and class favorites.

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They then each build a fun and unique snowman.  My students just loved this project!snowman1

Oh my goodness they look so cute hanging up in our classroom.snowman2

Who wants to make some?  Download the printable here.snowman3

Happy snowman building!

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Snowflake Valentines

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I know that they aren’t actually snowflake Valentine’s, but that’s what my students are calling them.

vday doily 3Aren’t they simply adorable?   I love each and every one and I can’t wait to put them in the students’ scrapbooks.vday doily 2Right now they are decorating the walls coming into the school.  Simply find round paper doilies, (I found mine at my local grocery store!) paint and some cute little hands.

I backed mine on construction paper to make the pictures POP a little off of the walls.  So cute!!

Happy Crafting!
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Valentine Bingo Printables

I love a good old fashioned Bingo game and my students love it too!!  What better time to play than Valentine’s Day?  Here are a few printables to make your child’s Valentine’s Day special and full of fun.small bingo boards pic

I like to let the kids mark the letters they have with candy hearts.  YUMMY!  Download the printables below.

Valentine Bingo Heart Boards (Print on Cardstock)

Letter Calling Cards

Happy Valentine’s Day!!

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Feed the Penguin Game

Hi all!  I hope you are enjoying Winter.  It was downright cold here in Colorado for about 4-5 days (like a high of 15) and now we’re going to have a week in the 50’s.  Oh how I love Colorado weather!  Anyways, this week at Preschool is letter “Pp” week.  We are of course learning about Penguins and played a super fun counting game.feed penguin cover

I printed out the game cards numbered 1-12.  I told the kids that the penguins were hungry and needed to be fed the correct amount of fish.  We used Swedish fish, but you could also use Goldfish or pictures of fish.feed penguin 1

I hope you and your little ones enjoy this counting game as much as we did!feed penguin 2

You can download the JPEG of each number to manipulate the size as desired here:

1    2    3    4     6   7   8   9   10   11   12

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Home School Space

I can’t wait to show you the adorable home school space that I created for my daughter.  Ready???  Here it is!   Ally desk coverIt’s Thursday now and I have nearly completed my daughter’s first week of home school in conjunction with running my Preschool.  Whew!  It’s actually been really good and she has enjoyed helping out in the Preschool class.  Besides that she’s practicing lots of life skills, like reading aloud to kids, engaging them in meaningful conversation and guiding them without giving answers.Ally desk 3

Prior to the start of our week I created a special work space in my office for her.  I just love all of the cubbies for her various classes and supplies and the color scheme is simply delicious!  I was pretty lucky that I had everything already in my house except for the desk and the cubbies.  I got those without breaking the bank at IKEA.  Wahoo!Ally desk 2Of course I had to leave lots of space for her to display work, pictures of her family and reference sheets.   You’ll see that even on day ONE we’ve already put up art work and projects.Ally desk 1

This space is going to get LOTS of use, but is reserved for SCHOOL ONLY.  She has her own “fun desk” space upstairs in our loft.  This space is located in the basement right next to my desk.  It has worked out perfectly so far!  I hope God continues to bless this endeavor over the next 6 months!  How about you?  Do you home school or have you ever thought of doing it?

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Christmas Trivet

Yup, I’m here again with a post-Christmas, Christmas project.  {Sigh, again}  HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!  Pin this idea for Christmas next year.  I love having my preschool students create a gift for their family that can be saved and used at Christmas year after year.  This year we created Christmas Trivets.  trivet cover - Page 001

Don’t know what a trivet is?  Well, it’s that thing you put on your wood table to protect it when you have a hot dish to serve.trivet 1 - Page 001

We started with a 6×6 white tile from Home Depot.  I think they were $0.48 each.  I purchased cork contact paper to stick to the back to keep it from scratching that table you are trying to protect.trivet 2 - Page 001

I had all of the kids paint a Christmas tree.  I helped them with the tree part and they added their own ornaments and tree trunk.trivet 3 - Page 001

Allow them to dry overnight.  Next, use a protective clear coat of spray paint to protect their beautiful artwork.  We painted giant pieces of paper and wrapped them up with a bow.  Simple, but oh so cute!trivet 4 - Page 001

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Glass Ornaments

Merry Christmas!  What? It’s nearly a week after Christmas?  {sigh}  We’ve been so busy with family fun that I’m not posting until a week after Christmas.  Oh well, pin this idea for next year!  🙂glass ornament cover - Page 001

Each year I make a dated glass ball ornament with my Preschool students.  You can usually get the plain glass ball ornaments at Michael’s or Hobby Lobby 50% off which makes them affordable. glass ornament 3 - Page 001

Each year I do something different.  One year we made glass balls with their handprint in a bright color like yellow, red or green.glass ornament 2 - Page 001

In my Pre-K class we made white handprints.  I turned their little fingers into cute little snowmen.glass ornament 5 - Page 001

Another fun option is to do a white handprint.  Then open the top of the ornament and pour in 2-4 acrylic paint colors.  You’ll need a lot of paint.  Swirl the paint around to make sure the whole ball is covered inside.

Turn the ornament over onto a cup to drain.glass ornament 6 - Page 001

Expect a lot of paint to drain out.glass ornament 8 - Page 001

Which one will you make {next year}?  I love them all!  They create great keepsakes for the families to keep for years to come.glass ornament cover - Page 001

Happy crafting and Merry Christmas!

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