Showing posts with label art. Show all posts
Showing posts with label art. Show all posts

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Child Art Easter Egg Banner

Is your counter top being overrun by your child's artwork?  Mine is.  So is my hutch, and my work desk, and my dresser, and...

I love my kids' artwork, but there is always SO much of it!  My kids are drawing me a new picture every day (I kid you not).  What am I supposed to do with all of their lovely works of art?  You can't throw them away!  What if the kids catch you?  I feel like I am committing a crime every time I sneak a piece of colored on paper into the garbage can.  I came up with a solution that made both my kids, and my tabletops, very happy.

I asked my girls if I could use some of their recent artwork to decorate the house for Easter.  They quickly agreed.  Using my cricut machine, I cut the papers into eggs.  Then, I hole punched the top and strung a piece of ribbon through the eggs.  As you can see from the picture above, the kids were very enthusiastic about having their artwork displayed for the Easter holiday.

Goofy showing me how long the new banner is.

I made two Easter egg banners.  Here is what one looks like hanging up in our window.

A little closer look.

We now have a colorful conversation starter when friends and family come to visit.  My girls have enjoyed showing off their artwork.

For those of you who don't have a cricut machine, here is an Easter Egg Template from Activity Village that you can use to make a banner of your own.

How do you decorate for Easter?  Leave a comment.  Share a link.  I love hearing from you!

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Let's Learn About Families - Preschool Lesson

A Lesson by Bestie - She's amazing!

Lesson Topics: Letter C (hard c sound, writing letter c, & recognizing short words that start with c), Families (differences & similarities)

Letter C:
Bestie started the lesson by introducing Goofy and Brownie to the letter C.  She did this by showing them the C is for Car flashcard.  They talked about the hard c sound.  After they practiced making the hard c sound together, they traced the letter C.  

Activity: Letter C Words Princess Matching
Goofy LOVES the Little People Princess castle that Brownie has in her bedroom.  Bestie came up with a brilliant game using the castle to introduce the girls to short words that start with letter C.  She wrote short words starting with the letter C on white, round labels.  She made two of each word.

Bestie put one label on the bottom of each Little People Princess.

She put the duplicate word somewhere on the castle.  The girls had to put the princess on the matching spot on the castle.  Come on, tell me that's not the cutest idea you've ever heard of!  Goofy told me all about it the rest of the day.


Each child was asked to bring a picture of their family.  They showed their pictures to each other.  First, they talked about the things that were the same: a mommy, a daddy, a daughter, etc.  Then, they discussed the differences: Goofy's family is bigger than Brownie's, different hair color, Goofy has a brother and sister, etc.  Bestie explained that even though they are different, each family is good and loving.  

Art Project: Family Popsicle Stick Puppets
Bestie gave each girl this cute Family Puppet Printable to color.  When they had finished, they cut them out and glued them to Popsicle sticks.  Goofy had so much fun "playing house" with these puppets when she got home.

Homework: The homework assignment was to practice the letter C flashcard (shown above), write the letter C five times, and do something nice for a member of the family.

This is Goofy's letter C homework.  You can see that at first she traced the C's already written on the paper.  Then, I made the dash marks for her to trace.  She decided she wanted to circle the lowercase C for some reason.  Next, I helped her hold her pencil correctly and we wrote a couple of C's together.  Finally, she drew the two on the very bottom by herself.  They are backwards, but it's improvement from the zig-zag lines she usually uses when she pretends she is writing.

Goofy and Brownie are learning so much from Bestie!  

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Monday, March 17, 2014

Leprechaun Beard Pictures

St. Patrick's Day is finally here!  I love this holiday because it's not too terribly commercialized.  It makes for a nice, laid-back holiday.

If you are looking for a fun St. Patrick's Day craft it's your lucky day!  This simple art project will keep your kids busy.

All you will need is a your child's picture green cardstock, red and orange construction paper, crayons, a pencil, scissors, a glue stick, and Elmer's glue.

I photo-shopped some leprechaun hats onto pictures of my kids and printed them out.

I let the kids color their picture.

Look how excited Bud was to color.

Next, you glue the picture to the green cardstock.

Trim the edges of the green cardstock.  Then, cut the construction paper into small squares.  Crunch the squares around a pencil eraser.  Put a drop of glue on the middle of the crunched square, and push it onto the picture wherever you want it to go.  Princess and Goofy didn't want to make beards, so they decorated their pictures instead.

Here's Bud's beard.  Doesn't he look festive?!

Goofy proudly showing me her picture.

Princess did a nice job decorating the border of her picture.

A closer look at Princess' picture.

I must say I'm glad that Bud doesn't have a beard yet.

A final look at all three pictures.  Too fun!

Here are some other fun ways you can make leprechaun beards:
What do you do to make St. Patrick's Day special?

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Friday, March 14, 2014

A is for Ant & Healthy Bodies

Bestie and I have been doing a little Mommy Preschool for our kiddos.  She has been gracious enough to send me her lesson plans.  She has so many good ideas.  I can't wait to share them with you!  

She started the lesson by teaching the girls about the letter A - the sound it makes and how it's written.  Each girl was given a flashcard (shown above).

They went on to talk about their bodies and what makes them healthy.  They discussed things like exercise and healthy food.

To solidify both concepts of the letter A and healthy food, the kids traced the letter A on this darling A is for apple tracing page from Confessions of a Homeschooler.  You could color it too!

Continuing with the discussion of healthy food, the kids were given this Blank Food Pyramid Sheet.  They talked briefly about the different food groups.  Bestie had pictures of the food in each group cut out.  The girls glued the right food group in the right area of the pyramid.  Click HERE to get the pyramid that has the actual pictures in each category.

After discussing food, they did some exercises and stretches together.  Too fun!  You can print off your own Exercise Cards for Kids.

For snack time the kids had ants on a log.  Here are two really cute ways to do ants on a log:
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  2. Ants on a Log (pretzel, peanut butter, chocolate sprinkles) - Flickr Image

After snack time the kids worked on numbers and counting.  Bestie cut all of those cute little shapes out with her Cricut machine.  She used a 1-10 Sticker Counting Sheet from Confessions of a Homeschooler for them to glue the shapes on.  

For their final activity they made these ADORABLE ants. 
Here's what you'll need:
  1. 6 black circles
  2. 4 black pipe cleaner sticks
  3. 2 jiggly eyes
  4. A hole punch
  5. Glue
First you make the antennae by folding a piece of pipe cleaner in half bending the little tips.  Glue the circles together making sure to glue the antennae in between the two head circles.  Using a hole punch, make a hole on the bottom of each circle for the legs.  Push the pipe cleaner through the holes and fold in half to make the legs.  Glue on the eyes and you're done!  

For homework the girls were given the assignment above.  Goofy loved trying on the different exercises.  Jumping jacks were her favorite.  

They were also assigned to draw pictures of healthy food they ate for dinner on this cute little Place Setting Printable.  

*All lessons by Bestie will have this signature at the bottom.

Isn't she so clever?!  What a fun lesson.  Thanks for sharing Bestie.

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