Showing posts with label kids. Show all posts
Showing posts with label kids. Show all posts

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Dinosaur Stomp File Folder Game




When school is out for the summer the kids think that their learning is done until school starts again.  But I find ways to secretly teach new concepts.  Usually, I do this through games.  This summer I decided to make some file folder games for my kids to play to help them keep learning.

Bud needs to work on the knowing his left from his right.  I created the dinosaur stomp game to teach him this concept.


I made these little dinosaur feet, some with an L and some with and R on it (representing left and right of course).  After cutting them out and laminating them, I threw them all over the living room.  I turned on some good stomping music.  Then, I would call out either left or right and Bud would try to step on a foot with the correct letter on it.  Goofy played along as well.


These are the little dinosaur footprints.  Feel free to save the picture to your computer and make your own dinosaur stomp file folder game.


Here is the cover I created for the file folder.  Now, if I make more dinosaur games I have a place to keep them.  (Again, feel free to save your own copy.)

Do you have any favorite summertime learning activities?

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Red, White, and Blue Paper Swirls




4th of July is right around the corner.  That means it's time to DECORATE!  My kids always enjoy being part of the decorating process.  Last year we made paper chains for the windows.  This year I thought we'd make some paper swirls to spin in our entryway.


All you'll need is some colored cardstock, scissors, a pencil, a bowl/plate, tape, yarn/string, and stickers/glitter glue (optional).


Pick your favorite color of cardstock.  Trace around the bowl/plate to get a nice circle.  *Tip: don't use one that's too big.  I tried a plate that filled the whole 12 x 12 cardstock and my swirl didn't spin as well as the others.


Draw a swirl ending in the middle of the circle.  Cut out the circle and then cut along the line until you get to the middle.  This was wonderful scissor practice for Goofy.


Tape a piece of yarn to the middle of the circle.  After that it's time to decorate the swirl.


The stickers were fun, but my girls especially liked squirting glitter glue all over their swirls.


We love sparkly swirls!


This craft also helps children work on their fine motor skills.  Bud was very meticulous about putting his stickers exactly where he wanted them.


Here are a couple of our completed swirls.


Another look at the swirls.  Can you see all of the pretty glitter?


Bud couldn't wait to hold them up and watch them spin.


Here they are in our doorway.  The kids sat and watched them spin and spin!


What are some of your favorite 4th of July crafts?

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Friday, June 26, 2015

April Fool's Skunks & Brownies




I had to show a picture of the cute April Fool's Day tricks my kids played on me this year.  Goofy made the paper skunk in preschool.  When she came home she said, "Sorry mommy, I accidentally let a skunk in the house" and held up the skunk.  SO CUTE!

Princess came home from school and said she had a brownie for me.  She then proceeded to hand me the "brown-E."  I love it!  It can be so much fun pulling little pranks on each other.

What are some of your favorite April Fool's Day tricks?  Comment below.

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Monday, June 22, 2015

Pom-Pom Easter Bunny Noses




Nothing like a little crafting to liven up the holidays.  We've made bunny ears and bums, Easter egg banners, and paper rocking birds.  This year I thought we'd try something new - bunny noses.

This craft is so fast and your kids will love it.  All you need is a Popsicle stick, pipe cleaners, pom-poms, and a glue gun.  Start by cutting your pipe cleaner to the whisker size you like.  I let my kids choose their nose and whisker colors.  Glue the pipe cleaner to the Popsicle stick.  Glue one a pom-pom nose and you're done.  It is really that easy!

My kids loved hopping around the house pretending to be little Easter Bunnies.

What's your favorite Easter craft?  Let me know in the comments.

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Friday, May 1, 2015

Felt Christmas Tree

 

I haven't posted for quite a while because I thought I had lost most of my pictures.  Lo and behold, as I was organizing pictures on my computer I FOUND THEM!  Yay!  Yay!  YAY!

That being said, get ready for a barrage of pictures and posts.

To start, here is a little Pinterest success story.  I have seen many felt trees for kids on Pinterest.  My felt collects dust in a bin in my closet and I finally decided to use it.

First, I covered a foam board from the dollar store with white felt.  I then cut out a large, green Christmas tree.  I created a star, ornaments, candy canes, and holly berries to go on the tree.  Embellish with jewels and you're done.

My kids had a blast decorating their own little tree and now I have a flannel board for other crafts.  Win-win!

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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Masking Tape Mummies



While browsing on Pinterest I came across these masking tape mummies.  I thought they were pretty cute, but I wanted to personalize them a little more for my kids.


I printed off black and white pictures of my kids.  You could print them directly onto cardstock.  I glued mine to some cardstock and then cut them out.  Give each child their own little picture.  Let them put masking tape all over.


They will love having their own, personalized mummy.




My kids decided they wanted their mummies to have scary eyes.  I let them use markers to add the finishing touches on their mummies.  These little guys followed my kids everywhere they went that day.

Do you have a favorite Halloween craft?  Leave a comment or a link to your craft below!

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