Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Valentine learning fun

I know this is incredibly late but I thought I would at least post some valentine pictures so I can have record of what we did that week.

Valentine basket: wrote letters and sent them to family members as well as each other.

Craft: Love bug. Cute and simple

Fine motor: sorting beads, counting activities, stringing beads, valentine erasers


Clips on a heart basket

Science: magnifying glasses to examine rose petals

Weaving ribbons

Dressing basket: includes buttons, snaps, zippers

Played shape memory with cards from 1+1+1

Upper and lowercase alphabet match


Tuesday, March 8, 2011

stArt - A Balloon for Isabel

Some books just scream "Craft!" We recently got a book at the library that did just that. We picked up A Balloon for Isabel by Deborah Underwood is a cute book about a porpupine who wants more than anything to get a balloon for graduation like the rest of the animals in her class but the porcupines are not allowed to have balloons. She tries several different ideas to "pop proof" herself until she finally comes up with a plan that works.

The girls LOVED this story. I can't even count the number of times I've read it. It really is a cute story and think it is worth a read.

Here are the pictures of the main culprit who loved the story. First we started with a toilet paper roll.

Then we poked some toothpicks through it. This step took a lot of help from me if not entirely me. I had the girls count out the number of toothpicks.

Next we added Isabel's pop proof idea - gumballs. We used pom poms to represent the gumballs as I didn't want to buy a whole bunch of sugary gumballs.

Lastly the girls drew faces on the rolls. I know they could have been more elaborate with faces, arms, painting etc. but the girls still liked them and it's the idea that counts. Thanks for reading!

To find out more about combining stories and art check out A Mommy's adventures. For other great craft ideas check out Red Ted Art.

Ooddles of Noodles

This past week for church one of the props I had to prepare for the kids was a bowl of spaghetti noodles. Well, not being one to waste anything, I used it again for the girls to play with when we got home. I put some letter magnets in it and had the girls tell me the sound of the letter when they found it. Great fun. Lydia looks forward to the props I have to prepare each week. She may be a stage crew girl in the making.

I have to apologize for my blogging absence for the last month. I have a back log of a few blog I will be posting in the next week or so. I went through a bit of a funk last month but it feels like it is finally lifting and I am back to my "normal" life. Keep checking for the rest of my posts this week.
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