I haven’t been feeling great this week, so activities have been on the simple side.
Eloise traced a gingerbread man cookie cutter onto packing paper, I cut them out paper doll style, she decorated.
The classic Christmas paper chain.
Eloise has been loving all of the free Christmas themed pattern block mats from prekinders.com.
December 4, 2009 5 Comments
Today was our first snowfall that stuck, so of course a first snowman of the year was a necessary activity. It was a small snowman for a small snowfall, with a baby carrot for a nose.
December 1, 2009 5 Comments
These were done by me, but I couldn’t resist sharing for those with slightly older or more dexterous children than mine.. or those who have just as much fun with these projects as the kids do.
A traced coloring book page- Eloise squealed with delight when this one came out of the oven.
Folded and cut like a paper snowflake- the fold lines show a little, but mostly disappeared with cooking.
Has anyone else tried this project? Share yours with me!
November 27, 2009 2 Comments
This is as quick and classic as the hand print turkey, and it’s a must to squeeze in this week. Ask a little one to finish the sentence, and write the first thing they say, without suggestions or prompting. What are your children thankful for?
November 25, 2009 2 Comments
It’s a good week for a mess free busywork craft. Beads and pipe cleaners are always a favorite here! Plan ahead with some ornaments, make some jewelery, or just start playing and see what happens.
November 24, 2009 No Comments
Eloise and I made Thanksgiving place cards last year using a fork speared apple slice and orange paint to stamp a little pumpkin shape onto each folded notecard. She drew crayon stems on each, and I wrote each family member’s name.
This year she remembered them, and wanted to use them again. My mother is much better than I am at saving things like these, and she still has all the cards from last year’s dinner. We recreated the project again today and made a card for Ira to match the rest, since he wasn’t with us just yet last year.
November 20, 2009 2 Comments
This was a project I had on my to-do list for months, just waiting for some #6 plastic to come along in the kitchen. Imagine my glee when I realized I had dozens of lids made of just the right stuff that had come with the foil bakeware I’ve been using to stock the freezer! #6 Plastic is typically found in clear, thin lids like these that come on takeout containers, and it’s what the infamous Shrinkydinks of the 80′s were made of.
I cut a flat piece, gave Eloise a quick lesson on the seriousness of a permanent marker, then let her have at it. I may pick up some colored Sharpies for future projects, but black worked for today. Ignore any small grooves in the plastic, as those will vanish in the shrinking process.
I cut a hole for hanging, then it went into the oven on a piece of foil at 350 degrees. We both watched with excitement as it curled up, shrank to a fraction of its previous size, and flattened back out again. The whole process takes only 60 seconds or so, and then it should be removed by an adult and pressed flat in the few seconds before it cools. It will then be not only smaller, but much thicker and harder, too.
These could be pendants, ornaments, gift tags, wine charms… I found myself making a few too many of my own once she had lost interest!
November 19, 2009 7 Comments
Yesterday’s big batch of cranberries is cooked and canned for Thanksgiving and plenty of other winter meals. The natural gelled consistency it takes on makes me think of finger paint, so I spread some of the extra on freezer paper, and that’s what we did this morning- licking fingers encouraged!
November 18, 2009 8 Comments
While washing a bunch of fresh cranberries today, Eloise and I both noticed how much fun they were to play with in water. I put a couple bagfuls into a water filled dishpan for another Thanksgiving themed touch table, and we talked about how cranberries are harvested that way.
November 17, 2009 No Comments
Why yes, this is another completely preschooler directed project. Process over product!
She announced that she needed to decorate paper with “lots of collections”, and was intrigued to learn the collage process has a name- a name besides “Mama just cleaned out the depths of the art supply box”.
November 13, 2009 No Comments