DIY Pilgrim Hat and Bonnet

Each year I have my kids dress up for our Thanksgiving Feast.  Last year we were turkeys.  Gobble!  Gobble!  This year we went for the traditional Pilgrims.  Such cuties!  For the little ladies we made bonnets out of 18×12 construction paper.  To make these simple bonnets lay your 18×12 construction paper horizontally.  Cut half way down the paper at the 6 inch mark and the 12 inch mark.  Then pull those 3 sides together and staple to create a bonnet.

For the gentlemen we simply made construction paper hats and attached them to construction paper bands.  No pattern necessary!

The kids enjoyed their delicious feast!  Happy Thanksgiving to you all!

Indian Hats

Thanksgiving is upon us!!!

To continue practicing our number recognition skills we made Indian feather hats with numbers on them.  They are simple, but if you are looking for something easy for your kiddos, print the feathers for the hats here:

Feathers #1-4 with counting spots for 3 year olds

Feathers #1-9 for kids age 4-5

Just print the feathers, cut them out, color if desired.  Glue them to a long strip of paper which will work as a head band.

If you’d like to extend the activity you can ask the children to create a patterns using shapes or stickers on the head band.

Enjoy!  Happy teaching!

Leaf Count

Did you have fun with the corn counting activity?  Here’s another activity that helps the students practice number recognition and number ordering.Numbers, numbers everywhere!  It’s so important for preschool kids to begin recognizing numbers.  My goal is for my students to recognize numbers 1-10 for my 3 year old class and 1-20 for my Pre-Kindergarten class.

Currently we’re working on 1-6 in Preschool and 1-10 in Pre-Kindergarten.

You can download the Preschool and Pre-K Leaf Count Activity Here:  Preschool Leaf Count,   Pre-K Leaf Count

Enjoy & Happy Counting!

 

 

Fall Mantel

This year my Fall Mantel is SUPER SIMPLE.  By far my favorite part is the ruffle banner that I made.

Simply buy 1-2 yards of orange felt.  Cut it into 2-3 inch wide strips.  The goal is to be consistent.  If you choose to cut the strips 3 inches wide, cut them all at 3 inches wide.

Use a simple needle and any kind of thread to create a ruffle.  (see how I ran the string through the middle of each ruffle?) I didn’t measure or anything, just eyeballed it.  I love the way it turned out!  Make your own before Thanksgiving!Have a great Thursday!

Counting Corn

It’s harvest time!  This year to practice counting and to celebrate the harvest, we cut out corn cobs and counted the correct number of corn kernels to glue on each one.

For the little guys (age 3) I cut the corn out.  Their job was to put the corn in order from 1-5 using number identification and then to glue the correct number of corn kernels on the correct corncob.

For the Pre-K kids (age 4-5) they were in charge of cutting out their own corn (numbers 1-10), gluing them in order and gluing on the correct number of corn kernels on the correct corn cob.

You can download the printables here:  Preschool corn 1-5    Pre-K corn 1-10

Enjoy!

I’m back!!

Hi everyone!  So I have to put a paper bag over my face, hang my head and say I’ve slacked for months!  I really enjoyed blogging, but when I received the news that I couldn’t create it into the business I was hoping, I lost steam.

I feel guilty that I stopped blogging all over dinero, (or lack thereof) but I did.

Regardless of the details, I’d like to start blogging again.  I’m still teaching, I still LOVE teaching and I LOVE being creative with my kids and students.  I won’t blog everyday, because I can’t handle that, but when I have something fun to to share with you, I will.

I hope you’ll forgive me for my months of being absent and once again enjoy occasional teaching/kid/crafting related posts.  Maybe another day I’ll write a longer post explaining where I’ve been, but for now I’d just like to say, “I’m BAAACKKK!”

Olympic Par-tay

The Olympics are coming and I can hardly wait to watch the games with my own kids and cheer on The Good Ole U-S-A!

To get the kids in the Olympic spirit we held a little Preschool Olympics party complete with crafts, a couple games and USA inspired snacks.  We started by creating our visors with the Olympic Rings.  I bought foam visors at Michael’s in several colors.

What good athlete doesn’t need something to keep the sun out of their eyes?

Yup, you see right we used toilet paper rolls to make the rings.  They worked perfectly!  Just grab some acrylic paint, foam and toilet paper rolls.  Then, start stamping.  The kids will love them!

After making our visors we made a paper plate discus to throw during our games.  Just use two paper plates and glue them together to form a disc.  {Ahead of time, I added some dried pinto beans in between the plates to add some weight.}  We also used construction paper and wooden skewers to make flags.  We will use both the flags and discs during our games.

Now for the fun stuff.  Strap on your visor and let’s play.  To be honest, it was nearly 100 degrees outside when we had our party, so we did crafts in the shade, played two Olympic games and then had snack time, also in the shade.

GAME #1 – Discus throw

The kids had to stand in a line and take turns throwing their discs. It was so funny to watch them attempt to throw it like a Frisbee.  It was a tricky skill for them.  🙂

We used the flags to mark where their discs landed.  The goal on their next turn was to throw it further then they did the time before.  That way they competed against themselves and it took the pressure off of getting first place.

The second game we did was a simple race.  The kids loved getting out in the heat and running their little hearts out.

After those 2 simple games the kids were hot and sweaty.  We opted out of additional games to gather in the shade and have some snacks.

One of our snacks was large pretzels dipped in white chocolate and red and blue sprinkles.  The other was a layered treat.  Blue jello on the bottom, white whipped cream in the middle and topped with fresh strawberries. Yummo!  I apologize that I didn’t get pics of the snacks, but I think they are pretty self explanatory.

Are you inspired to have an Olympic themed party with the little ones in your life?  Come check out my blog, Creative Preschool Resources for lots of ideas for living, learning and playing with your preschool aged child.

 

Summer Made Simple: Straw Art

I am in “FULL SUMMER MODE” and am finding it hard to sit down to blog.  In fact, if I’m being completely honest I just don’t want to.  I’m enjoying my family way too much.  So, if my appearances here are hit and miss please forgive me.  🙂  Family comes first.

Last week my kiddos and I made the prettiest art project! 

It is really simple.  Find some paint, straws, paper and paint brushes.

Begin with your “blow-ed” flowers.  {I watered down our paint a smidge to make it easier to blow}  Place blobs of paint around the paper and have your child blow the blobs into flowers.  This will have them huffing and puffing for sure.

Once you’ve completed your desired flowers they might look something like this…After that dries, use both yellow and green paint to add stems.  I kept the paint separate and had the kids dip their brush in both colors before painting each stem.  It gives a nice effect.

After the stems and leaves dry water down your paint to a water color consistency {or better yet, use watercolors} and paint the entire background blue.  I think they turned out just lovely and can’t wait to display them in our home!

Happy summer and happy painting!

Summer Made Simple: Edible Painting

Yup, that’s right.  I said edible.  It’s super simple, very easy and the kids loved it.  I love the glossy texture to the paintings.  They are so fun!

Simply mix light corn syrup and food coloring together in several small dishes or cups to create the colors you desire.  Have the kids or adults draw a picture using black crayons onto construction paper.

We chose to do a guided fish drawing, meaning that Mommy walked them through the simple drawing step by step.The first {top} one was done by my 6 year old Big Guy and my daughter, my Sweet Girl {8}  did the second one.  The last one was my example.

This would be fun used as scribble art for a little child.  Have them scribble a black blob and have an older child fill in each section with lots of colors.  Flowers would also be pretty.

I didn’t begin the project telling the kids that the paint was edible.  I waited until they got some on their arms and then said, “Well, lick it off.”  I got the strangest look from my son.  Then of course, once he knew he wanted to eat the “paint” straight from the container using the brush.  He had to be told no.  🙂

I think this would be fun with little ones too.  Put them in swim suits, tape their paper to an outdoor table and pour the “paint” on to their paper.  Let them use their fingers to paint the pictures and then have them play in the sprinklers to wash off the sticky sugary paint.

Allow the paintings to dry for a couple days before displaying them.  They dry perfectly shiny like the picture above.

We added a little learning into our project by discussing warm (red, orange & yellow) colors and cool (blue, green & purple).  The goal was to create a warm colored fish surrounded by a cool water scene.  My son almost freaked out when he accidentally started painting the fish head green and remembered that it was a cool color.  I assured him it was fine.

**  As a side note, we used a 12×18 piece of paper and it took a LONG time to paint.  I’d recommend a 9×12 piece instead. **

Happy crafting and happy summer!

(((( DISCLAIMER – Ummm… 3 days later I found my Big Guy with a blue mouth.  After asking him what in the world he had been eating he sheepishly said, “I was licking my fish project.  It tastes SO GOOD!”   Ha ha ha!  In calling it Edible Paint I didn’t actually intend for them to eat it after they made it. ))))

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