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Posted by on May 27, 2019 in Blog, Father's Day, June Themes |

Father’s Day Gifts

Father’s Day Gifts

In in honor of our awesome dads here are a few of the nice Father’s Day Gifts our kids have made over the years. I’ll add more as our teachers create more beautiful gifts for dads.

Father’s Day Gifts Picture Frames

Father’s Day   This cute picture frame holds a photo of Dad’s little kiddo wearing an apron, cooking hot dogs on the play grill, just like Daddy!

Father's Day Gifts  This picture frame holds a pic of Daddy’s little bidding artist.



Father's Day Gifts  “I Love You To Pieces” will be the saying on the card that accompanies this gift. Inside the container we’ll put in couple fun snack size Reece’s Pieces bags. Love you Dad!

Father’s Day Gifts Handprints

Father’s Day Gifts  Dad Rocks! These cute picture holders will be so nice on Daddy’s desk.

Father's Day Gifts  My Dad Can Fix Anything! This cute little hand print holds the nuts and bolts for Dad’s next project.




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Posted by on Apr 28, 2019 in Art, Blog, Mother’s Day, Spring |

Mothers Day

Mothers Day

MOM

Mothers Day   M🖐M this little handprint mom is so cute for a new mom’s first Mothers Day. 




Mothers Day  The teacher used masking tape to spell Mom. The children then painted over the tape. When it was dry the teacher carefully removed the tape revealing the name Mom. 

Handprints For Mom

Mothers Day   First, this is a simple heart with baby’s first handprint and planted in a pot. So cute for a first Mother’s Day.

Mothers Day  This flower pot took a bit more work! Four handprints and the cute little poem in the middle make this flower great for babies to give to their mom on their first Mother’s Day

Mothers Day   Tiny little bugs on the finger tips. Very cute. Paint the hands’ palm brown, the fingers and thumb are painted green

Mothers Day  Bejeweled poem for mom. The toddlers enjoyed glueing  all the jewels on the card for their Mom. 

Old School Ideas

These ideas are tried and true old school Mothers Day cards and gifts.




Mothers DayOriginally the poem was mimeographed and glued inside the tea pot with a tea bag stapled inside. This little tea pot is very fragile some 30 years after it was made! Cut these out so that the handle is the fold. Have your kiddos decorate the front. You’ll have to add the poem and a tea bag. 

Flower Basket for Mothers Day

Mothers Day  These flowers baskets are perfect for young toddlers to put together. Cut out enough for each in your care.

You’ll need Have lots of flowers cut from magazines, seed packets, or seed catalogs. You’ll also need a plastic strawberry quart container. The one we used has a grid almost. Like this… Quart basket .

You’ll also need brown paint and a paper plate or small tray used for the paint. Glue sticks or glue bottles will also be needed.

Begin by having the child dip the strawberry basket into the brown paint and the print it onto the basket cut out. Have the children do this several times to give the effect of a woven basket.

Next have the kids glue on flowers of their choice, keeping the handle free of any flowers.

Finish with a little bow on the handle. (Not shown)

Now let it dry and sign the back with a Mother’s Day message.



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Posted by on Apr 13, 2019 in April, Art, Blog, Easter |

Easter Fun!

Easter Fun!

 

Here’s a mashup of lots of different ideas for Easter Fun with preschoolers.

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These cute transparent eggs were found in at a Dollar Store. They are being used in a toddler room.

Easter Fun!

The children worked on a large egg shape, dipping the ends of paper towel tubes into pastel colors and printing onto the paper.   

Plastic eggs dipped in matching paint
This is a color transfer art project. The children paint their large white paper egg shape with vinegar. Next they lay small pieces of tissue  paper (bleeding) onto the wet vinegar. Let their work dry then peal the tissue paper off to reveal the colors. 

 Tissue paper & vinegar on lg egg

Easter Display

This is a nice Easter display that’s a three step process. First the kiddos paint paper eggs with a mixture of shaving cream and glue. The teacher, Miss Jenna mixed in a bit of paint to get pastel colors.

Easter Fun

Then Miss Jenna cuts out a basket and begins getting the grass ready.

Easter Fun

Last we added our Easter baskets and grass. Ready for the Easter Bunny!

Easter Fun

If your school is like ours there are thousands of plastic eggs around. We dumped them into the sensory table for a huge matching challenge.
Eggs In The Sensory Table
A site called pocketofpreschool.com has tons of other centers for Easter activities.
Pete The Cat is fun any time of year!
Indoor Egg Hunt

Here in the North East we often have to hunt for our Easter eggs indoors. If Easter is early there might still be snow on the ground! So for the little ones we hide our eggs in plain sight.

Hide Eggs in Plain Sight



Colorful Bunnies

Visit alphamom.com to see this and hats for every holiday!

Rabbit Ears     Paper Plate Bunny Ears
Colored Eggs

This are just one of the ways you can color eggs. Here we used shaving cream and liquid water color.

Shaving Cream & Food Color   Roll eggs in and let stand for 3-4 minutes
There’s always the traditional way to color eggs. Use vinegar and food coloring.
Easter Fun!
iheartartsncrafts.com has 16 different ways to color eggs!
You Tube’s Crafty Panda has 25 cool ways to decorate eggs.



Cotton Bunnies 

Simply cut out the center of  paper plates, use the center for the ears. Just cut the center circle in half  and add the pink part. Now add the cotton balls. Last add Popsicle stick on back, masking tape worked best for us. We’re using these for our Easter parade!

Cotton Bunnies





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Posted by on Apr 2, 2019 in April, Art, Blog |

Rain and Rainbows

Rain and Rainbows

Rain and Rainbows

If you live in the North, March is not necessarily sunny. It’s likely cold and rainy. Not exactly a good time to make rainbows. If you wait a few weeks and do the rain and rainbows theme at the beginning of April, it will probably make more sense for you and the kiddos.

April Showers

In order to make a rainbow you need rain. We have some really fun and wet activities to help children understand that rainbows start with rain.

      Rain and Rainbows   

For this drippy art project you’ll need paper, glue, liquid water color, crayons, pipettes, and cotton balls. First, the children color rainbows on their paper. While they’re busy with that mix up some blue glue. Make the mixture very runny. The children use the pipettes to run the glue across the top of the paper. Pick up the paper and let the glue drip straight down. When they have the drips as far as they like they can add their cotton balls to the top to form clouds. 




   This is a teacher made toy to bring to the water table. The teacher poked holes in the bottom of a plastic Dollar Store container and the kiddos make it rain.

   I found this pic on the internet somewhere on the internet. I see what looks like Velcro circles on each rain drop. This could be a matching game with letters, numbers, names…you program your rain drops to your needs.

   Puddle jumping game. This game comes from nurturstore.co.uk. Teachers make this game. The game is highly adaptable to numbers, letters or math problems. All you need is construction paper, scissors, tape, and a permanent marker.




Rainbows

Rain and Rainbows    Rain and Rainbows    Rain and Rainbows

Every child got to add their hand print in this huge project!

Rain and Rainbows    

Three different classrooms three different rainbows. Three year olds made first rainbow display.  Four year olds who used tempura paint to make the next display of rainbows. The last rainbow was made by 4 year olds with different materials for each color. 



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Posted by on Mar 24, 2019 in April, April Fool's Day, April Themes, Blog, Easter |

April Fools Day

April Fools Day

Turn April Fools Day into a whole week of fun! Your preschoolers will be amazed when they open their bananas at breakfast and they’re already sliced! 🍌This does take some prep work so if you have lots of kiddos for breakfast you might need to do this the night before. Watch how it’s done.

Mommypoppins.com has some very cute things preschool teachers can modify for fun in their class.



Brownies anyone?  Make that brown E’s! Later in the day offer brownies for a special snack time treat. Present them to the children and watch their faces as they reach for brown E’s! Of course, you’ll have actual brownies waiting for them. lol

April Fools ;) Brown E's

Backwards Day

This is lots of fun for the kiddos. Try running circle time backwards, sing your greeting song last, play your games first. You’ll know what works for your room.

Backwards Day    Backwards Day

Your little ones will be fooled when they wake from nap and all the chairs are turned backwards at the tables! If you can make it happen eat snack with the children’s backs to the tables. Backwards Day!

Wacky Wednesday

Wear your socks mismatched like these kiddos at simplykinder.com

Wacky Wednesday




Crazy Hair Day

Teachers and kiddos will have fun with this. Make your hair as crazy as you dare! Please don’t post the pics of teachers (or kids) anywhere public!! lol There are a couple of fun books to read on crazy hair day.

Yes Day!

This is the day to give them what they want! Have a party, eat ice cream, or make smoothies. If your kiddos are old enough bring our balloons,  if not how about bubbles?  Make it a festive day. Say “Yes!” as much as you can. Remind the kiddos to say yes when they can as well. You could turn it into a kindness lesson. Its a day to review rhyming words, opposites, and matching concepts. Have a great week!




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