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October 31, 2014

Cardboard Roll Snake Craft

This craft was originally shared over at Brassy Apple. I'm excited to share the tutorial with you here as well. We love washi tape crafts at our house! When I get the washi tape out my daughter jumps with excitement. Our collection has grown to consume a gallon sized ziplock bag...I know, I need to stop. My daughter loves to take them all out of the bag, stack them in different ways and comment about their beautiful colors and designs. Since we have been reading some books about snakes lately we decided to make a simple Cardboard Roll Snake Craft that uses washi tape. 

October 30, 2014

Leo the Lightning Bug Craft

On our latest trip to the library we picked up Leo the Lightning Bug. It's a darling story about having confidence and believing in yourself. As a child I struggled with my own self-confidence so I love reading books to my children that act as a reminder for them to believe in themselves and their abilities. I especially love the concept in this book about "practicing" since we shouldn't expect ourselves to excel in all things on our first try. We made this cute Lightning Bug Craft to go along with the story.

October 28, 2014

Cupcake Liner Turkey Puppet

I love making crafts with my kids that can be interactive for pretend play or that we can use to reenact a story that we've just read. I came across some darling Cereal Box Turkeys over at Plum Pudding recently and I loved them. I decided to make more of a kid-friendly version that my children could help me with and we are using them as Turkey Puppets. We used one of my favorite crafting materials to make them also, cupcake liners.  

October 23, 2014

Paper Plate Turkey Craft

The one thing that's odd about about being a blogger is the fact that I have to be a step ahead in my holidays, always planning and preparing way in advance for crafts I want to do. So while Halloween isn't until next week, I already feel Halloween'ed out and I'm beyond excited to move on to Thanksgiving. A little sad, I know, but I really don't mind since I love crafting so much. That being said, we've already made a trip to the library this week and picked up some of our favorite Thanksgiving books and today we made this adorable Paper Plate Turkey.

October 20, 2014

DIY Turkey Ring for Kids

I recently fell in love with the awesome DIY Spider Ring at Fantastic Fun and Learning. My daughter has been fascinated with rings lately so after seeing the spider ring I made one for her and she loved it! In fact, she loved it so much that I decided to make a Turkey version of the ring. 

October 17, 2014

Static Electricity Butterfly Experiment

Static Electricity is a fascinating subject, especially for preschoolers. Every once in a while someone in my household will touch another family member after unintentionally rubbing their feet on the carpet and will give them an accidental shock. It stirs up all sorts of fun conversations about electricity. My Mom used to be a school teacher and I remember her using this fun static electricity experiment where children charged a balloon and could magically make butterfly wings flutter up and down. I decided to give it a go with my children and it was oodles of fun!      

October 13, 2014

Melted Plastic Cup Pumpkins

My daughter's preschool teacher recently made melted plastic cup apples with my daughter's class. I have since decided they are the coolest thing ever! My 4 year old raved about how amazing it was to watch the cup melt in the oven so quickly and I have been eager to experience this awesomeness for myself... So when I found orange plastic cups at the store you better bet I was all over creating melted pumpkins to be just as cool as my daughter's preschool teacher (wink!).

Preschool Halloween Crafts and Learning Activities

Holidays create a fun opportunity to incorporate crafting and learning activities into preschool. We had a great combination of both crafts, science and learning activities this past week shared from our Creative Preschool Collaborator Group and I'm excited to showcase them here in case you missed any of them.

October 12, 2014

Glow in the Dark Play Dough

Welcome to another edition of the 12 Months of Sensory Dough. This month is all about Glowing Dough. This past week as I've dropped my boys off at school we've been able to see the moon off in the distance in the sky in front of us. The other day it was so big and seemed so close and my daughter leaned over to one of my son's and said, "I'm going to ask Mommy to get a big, big ladder and climb up and get the Moon for me." True story! It was pretty adorable! As I thought about our Glowing Dough challenge and our recent excitement over seeing the moon in the sky each morning, I decided to make Glow in the Dark Play Dough and combine it with moon and star cookie cutters to make our own pretend night sky.

October 9, 2014

Frankenstein Contact Paper Sticky Wall

It's been a while since we've made contact paper sticky wall art. Since I've had Halloween on the brain, I came up with this idea to use different materials to create a Frankenstein. My daughter had so much fun and ended up with a unique looking, spooky creature.  

October 8, 2014

Teaching Children to Make Good Decisions in the Digital World and #Share Awesome Contest

My childhood days of playing video games seem so minuscule compared to the digital world that my own children now live in. Now of days I feel as if we literally breathe technology all day. I watch in amazement as my children navigate through my cell phone, their tablet, and the computer with ease at such young ages. The advancements in technology over the years is very has provided such awesome possibilities and opportunities in the world and for our children!

October 6, 2014

Pumpkin Patch Art

One of my favorite crafts I look forward to this time of year with my kids is making Pumpkin Patch Art. It's become a yearly tradition, along with our Apple and Fall Tree crafts. I felt like I had to get really creative this year because it's our fourth year making pumpkin patch art, but we had a lot of fun coming up with something new and fun!

October 3, 2014

Pumpkin Cutting Practice Jack-o-Lantern Craft

I set my daughter up with a scissor practice tray cutting up orange straws the other day. She loves doing this! Plus I thought the orange color coincided perfectly with Fall time and Halloween! Little did she know I had big plans for those cut up straws to be repurposed into a fun Pumpkin Jack-o-Lantern Craft. Today I'm sharing with you how to turn a cutting practice activity into a fun textured Pumpkin Craft for Halloween.

October 1, 2014

Sponge Painted Ghost Craft

Head over to Cooking with Ruthie today where I'm sharing this simple and adorable Sponge Painted Ghost Craft. You can display it on the fridge or add a hole punch and string at the top and hang it for some spooky Halloween decor!

September 26, 2014

Triangle Ship Craft and Shape Matching Game

Do you ever feel burned out from trying to find new fun and educational ideas to do with your preschooler at home? I am very excited to have joined up with 4 other lovely bloggers to bring you a new Creative Preschoolers Series. Every 2 weeks each blogger will all share a different craft or activity all based on a common preschool learning theme. This week we are sharing activities focused around shapes. I am delighted to show you our fun Triangle Ship Craft that I think your preschooler will love and our Shapes Matching Game. (Make sure to check out the 4 other ideas at the end of this post!)