Wednesday, March 21, 2012

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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Twine Egg Banner

Happy Easter!  I am in love with my colorful Easter Banner I made this year.  Yes, it's the dreaded twine (I used embroidery floss) over balloons.  Sounds fun and messy right!  Well, gather your favorite colored twine, { I couldn't find twine in the right colors, so I used embroidery floss.} water balloons and some glue.

Step 1:  Blow up several water balloons.  {This can be tricky and make your mind a little fuzzy, but I promise if you endure it will be worth it}.  Don't mind my drop cloth  :-)

Step 2:  Tape down the part of the balloon that you blow in.  Not sure what its real name is. Let's call it the "neck".

Step 3: Mix together equal parts white glue and water.  First I dumped the floss into a cup of the glue/water solution. Umm...  don't do this.  All I got was a huge tangled mess of embroidery floss.  So instead I used a plate of the solution and zig zagged the floss through it so I could wrap a whole bunch at once.  Wrap the balloons in a random pattern with your soaked twine or floss.

Step 4:  Let them dry {I let mine dry for several days until the balloons started shrinking.}  Pop the balloons and then remove using tiny scissors and tweezers.  These are my fabulous eggs with the wrinkled up, popped balloons still inside.  Pretty right?

FINAL STEP:  String them onto any type of twine, ribbon etc. or just put them in a pretty dish for Easter.

Hope this gets you inspired to create something special for your house for Easter too!  Happy Easter!

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Monday, March 19, 2012

Letter W Worm

Whew!  What a week we've had!  This is a simple idea, but the kids REALLY enjoyed it!  We made giant letters out of brown paper, added some brown string to represent sections of the worms body and googly eyes.  Who doesn't love google eyes?  Getting some REAL worms to let the kids explore is always a treat!  You'll be amazed that after a couple of days with your new "pets" even the most timid of kids might venture a feel.  We did it last year and the kids LOVED it!

Happy letter making and good luck inspiring the little people in your lives to learn their letters!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Easter Mantel

Each holiday I am falling in love with my mantel more and more.  It's so fun being crafty and festive!  So.... drumroll please...  here is my Easter mantel.

I decided NOT to go with traditional Easter pastels, but a more modern and bright version of Easter colors.  Over the next two-ish weeks I'll be posting tutorials for all of the fabulous ideas seen on this mantel, plus a few other Spring bonuses not seen here.  PLUS on March 27th one of my tutorials will be posted at one of my favorite blogs, Oopsey Daisy!  Follow via e-mail or Facebook to make sure you don't miss any great Easter ideas!

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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Easter Subway Art

Yeah!  It's Friday and my Big Guy turns 6 today! Feels like he was just born.  Enough about me, let's get to some Easter fun!  I love this printable and I hope you will too.

I don't know about you but I'm tired of Easter Subway art that is all about the bunny.  Although we enjoy Easter baskets and egg hunts at our house I want to glorify the One who rose from the dead on Easter, my Savior.  So I created my own Easter Subway Art to bring glory to Jesus, the Risen One!  I had it printed on canvas in the modern Easter colors.  To download a huge version {to use as you please} simply click on the style you want.

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I went with pastels, jewel tones and modern Easter colors.  Enjoy!

16x20 version {below}

16x20 versions {top 3}

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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Letter t Turtle

Okay, so with all of the excitement with my "You've been Egged" post, this is sort of lame.   But, it's something we actually did and the kids LOVED it.  That's most important to me.  :-)   If you also think this post might be a little lacking, check back tomorrow.  You are going to LOVE what I'm posting!!!  Oh and if you haven't seen the You've Been Egged post, check it out!  It's super fun.  {Think Booed, Easter style}

To help us learn the letter shape for "t" we made silly little turtles using construction paper, tissue paper and google eyes.  First I cut out a t shape from construction paper.  I made the "head" and "front legs" rounded at the end and the bottom of the t pointed.

The kids glued on oval "shells", google eyes and "back legs".  To make the letter shape visible while the turtle wears his shell, the turtle was made out of tissue paper.  Have fun, the kids will love this project and don't forget to check back tomorrow for something you won't want to miss.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Shamrock Sort by Size

Hi all!  I've had so much fun with rainbows that it's been hard to add actual St. Patrick's Day activities.  We did sort shamrocks by size!  Feel free to download the Shamrock Size sort PDF.

Enjoy and Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Rainbow fun

In honor of both the Noah story and St. Patrick's Day we're having LOTS of rainbow themed fun!  We're integrating music, Bible stories, math and art.  What great fun!

To begin the week we HAVE to learn the rainbow song and read the NOAH STORY {there's a Noah song we learn too but I'll post about Noah another day}.

Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple,

red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple,

red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple

makes the rainbow BRIGHT, BRIGHT, BRIGHT!

We made rainbow colored splatter paintings using droppers and all of the colors of the rainbow.  Who doesn't love getting messy at preschool?

Our paint is ready to go!  Check out those fun droppers from Discount School Supplies.

Each and every piece of art turned out so different.  Aren't they pretty?  I can't wait to hang them around the classroom!

We made simple rainbows using 1 inch squares of paper in each color.  This is a great fine motor activity for little fingers!  As the teacher I first draw each colored arch with a crayon and then it gets covered as the squares are placed down.

We use the left over rainbow squares to practice patterning.  We've got to mix in a little math here or there.

For additional math skills we sort objects by rainbow colors using TWEEZERS!  I just love my kid tweezers!  Simply make a HUGE rainbow out of construction paper.

Grab a bucket of colored items for the kids to sort.

We used tweezers which adds entertainment value for me.  :-)  I cracked up watching them attempt to pick up a plastic strawberry using tweezers.

Here are a few of my rainbow sorting helpers!

We practiced writing our names (or the first letter of our names depending on the age) using all of the colors of the rainbow.  Have the students sing the rainbow song to figure out what color comes next.  First I write their name or first letter gently in pencil for them to trace.

We painted our hands to create this super cute rainbow art project.  Paint the pinkie finger red, ring finger orange, middle finger yellow, pointer finger green, thumb violet and the entire palm white.  Help the kids drag their finger tips in an arch (not placing the palm down)  before stopping to make a hand print.

To study color mixing (Science) put a TON of caro syrup in 3 ziplock bags.  To the first bag add red food coloring and seal WELL.  To the second bag add yellow food coloring and to the third add blue food coloring.  Seal all of the bags well!  Then use a light box, a window or simply a white piece of paper to show how colors mix by overlapping portions of the bags.  Don't actually mix the colors, just overlap the bags.

We also make these super cute rainbow/clouds.  I used crepe paper for the rainbows, but of course the store was out of orange and had to use tissue paper for that one.  We actually cut out 2 clouds and then stuffed the "trimmings" in the middle to give it a puffed up look.  Download the cloud PDF

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Sunday, March 11, 2012

W is for Weather

This week we are learning about various types of weather with our preschool students.  The kids know the weather is different every day but don't understand why it rains or snows etc.  We'll read several books about weather, then make some puppets that represent different types of weather.  PDF Weather puppets

Then we play "Guess the Weather".  I might say something like:

"This kind of weather is sometimes very

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Fave Font Friday

I'm always loving getting new fonts that I can use on projects or scrapbooking. 

I hope you like them too!  Download them free here:   I'm Fashionista Delius UnicaseOlho de PeixeKiddishRandom House

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

St Patty's Pomander

I just love this decoration from my St. Patty's Day mantel.  It's puffy, colorful and super fun.  I got the original idea from a Pinterest Pin {I love that place, don't you?} when it was done in pink.


Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Letter V Volcano

Learning about letters is so much fun!  This week we are working on letter Vv.  For our letter shape study we made letter V into a volcano that is spewing lava!

Simply give each child two 1 inch strips of red

Monday, March 5, 2012

Get Egged!

Have you started thinking Spring yet?  My mind can't get there quickly enough and I wish the weather would cooperate and warm up!  One of my favorite parts of Halloween is being BOOed!  It is always such a fun idea and my kids love being sneaky.

Whose kids wouldn't LOVE to see something like this on their front porch?  This year for Easter we will be egging others in our neighborhood. 

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What to do:

  1. Download and print out 2 copies of the "We've Been Egged" and the directions.  There are directions for generic Easter and for a Christian Easter focused on blessing others by leaving them encouraging notes in addition to the treat!

  2. Hide notes or treats in a dozen plastic eggs and secretly hide them in front of 2 houses.  Leave the "We've Been Egged" sign AND the directions in a small basket, cup etc. on the front porch.  You could also leave a yummy treat for the family to share like cookies or homemade bread {just a thought, yeah, I love carbs}.

  3. You can either ring the bell and RUN your tail off {I'm thinking I wouldn't be fast enough anymore for this} OR just leave it on the porch to be DISCOVERED!

Download the generic Easter directions HERE

Download the Christian Easter directions HERE

Have a blast spreading Easter cheer to those around you!  {And don't blame any skinned knees on me}  :-)

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