Kid crafts

Foam snakes playdate

Posted in Kid crafts, Molly, Playdates on June 24th, 2010 by jen – 2 Comments

I hosted a playdate to create wacky foam snakes by blowing air through a simple, homemade bubble-making device. I found the idea in my Family Fun magazine. The kids dipped bottles into bubble solution,

Foam snakes

used their little lungs to blow into the bottle,

Use your lungs

to make a foam snake appear out the bottom.

Making a snake

There's a snake on the ground!

Bubbles are fascinating

Letter of the week – N

Posted in Kid crafts, Letter activities, Molly on June 15th, 2010 by jen – 1 Comment

Our N week began during our weekend roadtrip to North Carolina. We went to visit Grammy for her 80th birthday.

Shocked again

Again, our week was short due to our trip, but we did make our N for nest,

N is for nest

watched Finding Nemo,

findingnemo1.jpg

and worked on learning family names. I created flashcards of all our names. Molly then used milkcap letters to spell them out.

milkcap names

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Letter of the week – X

Posted in Kid crafts, Letter activities, Molly on June 13th, 2010 by jen – 1 Comment

Our X week was very short due to a long weekend trip. I tried to get Molly to show her X like Vanna White, and this is what we got!

X is for x-ray

Finding things to do during X week proved to be a challenge. (I chose not to use xylophone since it does not phonetically sound like x.) Here Molly is water coloring over a crayon tracing to create a wax resistant painting.

Wax resistant painting

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Letter of the week – P

Posted in Food, Kid crafts, Letter activities, Molly on June 1st, 2010 by jen – 6 Comments

Molly pulled out her Crazy 8 cards and asked, "Can we play patterns?" It was the perfect impromptu game to start off our P week.

Bug patterns

We made a pink pig for our P craft.

A pink pig

After 2 attempts to get the dough right, we were finally able to make whole wheat soft pretzels. Molly helped me roll them, "paint" them with egg whites and sprinkled them with salt.

Painting pretzels

We made some bubble wrap prints,

Bubble wrap prints

and finally played with the pattern blocks she got for her birthday.

Pattern blocks

Molly had so much fun painting with our homemade puff paint. You can see a video of her painting here.

Our little Picaso

For our stART project, we made blueberry pancakes just like Curious George in Curious George Makes Pancakes.

Curious George Makes Pancakes

Blueberry pancakes

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Letter of the week – I

Posted in Kid crafts, Letter activities, Molly on May 24th, 2010 by jen – 4 Comments

We worked on the letter I this week, starting out by making an ice cream cone with sprinkles and a cherry on top.

Sprinkles and a cherry on top

Molly wanted to paint, so I printed a picture of Isa the Iguana (from Dora, of course!) for her to create her masterpiece.

Isa the Iguana

Molly did a great job making an igloo, using royal icing as the glue. She kept asking to eat the marshmallows, and eventually she was given the OK! She also loved that she got to eat some of the igloo for an after nap snack.

Icing igloo

We've been working our way through I Spy A to Z. Molly really enjoys look and find books.

We spent some time exploring The New York Philharmonic Kidzone. We learned about instruments in the orchestra, sorted mixed up instruments, played an instrument matching game, had a percussion showdown, and created our own musical mingles. Molly really liked playing on Mommy's computer!

NewYorkPhil

The weather was nice at the end of the week for us to spend some time outside painting with colored ice cubes.

Ice cube painting

We did some learning with inchworms.

Inchworm patterns

Inchworm size sorting

You can't go through I week without making ice cream. We tried to make "ice cream in a bag" like in chemestry class. The result? Molly ended up drinking a milkshake instead. :(

Ice cream in a bag

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Letter of the week – A

Posted in Kid crafts, Letter activities, Molly on May 18th, 2010 by jen – 2 Comments

Molly loved her A alligator. Several times she took it off the fridge and pretended that it was eating Daddy!

I originally saw this idea in an issue of Family Fun, but have since seen it all over the blog world. We made an apple print painting. Molly really enjoyed painting her apple green, and then using it like a stamp. I tried to get her to paint a red apple, but she only wanted green! The stubborness of a three year old...

We learned a little about ants. We made "ants on a log" for lunch one day. Molly ate one piece, then decided it was more fun to use pretzels to scoop out the peanut butter and raisins.

Molly also practiced sorting the big and little ants.

We incorporated our stART project into our Apple Pie Day celebration. In addition, I found a clip counting activity that coordinated with the Ten Apples Up on Top theme.

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Apple Pie Day celebration

Posted in Celebrations, Kid crafts, Leah, Molly, Playdates on May 17th, 2010 by jen – 4 Comments

May 13th was National Apple Pie Day. So, what better way to celebrate than to have a playdate to honor the day. We began with a reading of Dr. Seuss's Ten Apples Up on Top.

We then made adorable yarn apples.



And topped off our celebrating by eating mini apple pies.



Leah was actually awake to play with the other younger siblings. This picture had to be captured very quickly since they didn't stay put very long!

Letter of the week – V

Posted in Kid crafts, Letter activities, Molly on May 9th, 2010 by jen – 4 Comments

Our V week began with some pretty violets in a vase. This is what you get when you bribe a 3 year old with a treat if she'll smile for a picture!

We did a science project this week - the old school baking soda and vinegar volcano. Molly loved it! We did it at least 4 times.

We listened to Bob & Larry's Sunday Morning Songs all week and watched VeggieTales: Minnesota Cuke & The Search for Noah's Umbrella.

For our stART project (A Story + Art = A Great stART), we read The Surprise Garden. The story follows three young gardeners as they plant surprise seeds and anxiously await to see what vegetables have grown.

Molly then used vegetables as stamps to make a veggie print. She used a red onion, green pepper, squash, carrot, and celery. All the different shapes and textures were fun to paint with.

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Letter of the week – R

Posted in Field trips, Kid crafts, Letter activities, Molly, Playdates on May 3rd, 2010 by jen – 3 Comments

We made an R for rabbit. At dinner that night, Molly was asked what letter she made. She responded with "R," and then when asked what animal it was she excitedly answered, "A bunny!"

This project took a few days to complete. Molly didn't quite grasp the idea of coloring the entire rainbow arch the correct color. She just wanted to color the number. She eventually came back to it and at least got half the rainbow colored.

Molly worked on her fine motor skills by lacing beads on to pipe cleaners,

then we arched them to make our own bead rainbow!

We met some friends at Rita's Italian Ice for a sweet treat during R week. Allison's Italian ice must not have been enough; looks like she wants a taste of Molly's custard too!

We ended our week working on some math skills. First we did rainbow clip counting,

then worked on rainbow size sorting. Molly did really well comparing the sizes of the rainbows so we could put them in order.

This week I also hosted a playdate to make felt flower hair clips so that we were all ready to show our pretty May flowers! These girls sure do love each other!

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April showers bring May flowers

Posted in Kid crafts, Leah, Molly, Playdates on May 2nd, 2010 by jen – 2 Comments

I hosted a playdate to make felt flower hair clips so that we were all ready to show our pretty May flowers! Each of the kids made two and then were off to play. I saw that Molly was still at the table and realized that she was glueing the rest of the flowers together all by herself!

This is what happens when you ask three year olds to hug to pose for a picture!

The big kids were sweet to make hair clips for their little sisters too.

Leah was taking a nap during most of the playdate, so I had the girls model their new hair clips together.

Molly has proudly worn her flower hair clips for days now. We've even found them in bed with her!

Edit: This project is super easy! Cut two different size flowers out of contrasting felt. Stack the flowers and sew a button on top. I had the kids glue the pieces together so they had more to do than just pick out colors. Then hot glue on to your choice of clip. Happy crafting!