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Friday, 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!)

Our week all focused around this fun book Ship Shapes by Stella Blackstone. Within it you will find beautiful illustrations on each page and an opportunity to see what shapes you can spot while sailing the open sea. The text doesn't really rhyme or have fantastic rhythm, but I love that the simplicity provided lots of lingering on each page and discussion about shapes.


To go along with the story, we created this triangle ship, reminiscent of what you might find inside the book. I was fond of the idea of using lots of triangle shapes because I wanted my daughter to get the extra practice of cutting out triangles.
Supplies you will need:
  • Ship Pattern
  • 12 x 12 blue cardstock paper
  • half a sheet of blue construction paper (4.5" x 12")
  • white cardstock paper
  • various colors of cardstock paper (whatever colors you want to make your boat)
  • scissors
  • pencil
  • glue stick
  • crayons
1. Print off the ship pattern and cut out all the pieces. Use a pencil to trace all the pieces onto the different colors of cardstock paper your child wants to use for their ship. Have your child cut out all the ship pieces. This is great scissor practice for a preschooler. 

2. I also drew a pattern of triangles along the bottom of a piece of blue cardstock paper for my preschooler to cut out to use for the waves in the ocean.

3. Glue your half sheet of blue construction paper to the bottom of your blue 12 x 12 cardstock paper. Then glue the pieces of your ship onto your paper starting with the bottom of the boat. When you glue your blue waves onto your paper, layer them on top of your boat just a little so your boat looks like it's inside the water.

4. Finish your craft by using crayons to add details to your picture. Trace the insides of your triangle sails and color designs in your water with white and blue crayons to mimic the Ship Shapes book.


To review and practice all of our shapes I also made this simple Shapes Matching Game for my preschooler to play this week. I have made the Matching Game Printable available for you also. 

After playing the matching game several times the cards served great for talking about shapes. I asked questions like "What shape is this?" "How many sides does a triangle have?" "What is the first letter in diamond?" 

Check out the Shape ideas from the other Creative Preschool Bloggers!

Pink Stripey Socks- Make and Play with Shape Dice
Artsy Momma- Shapes Busy Bag
A Little Pinch of Perfect- Build and Learn Shape Factory

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Nature Dragonfly Craft

I was pretty excited when PBS asked me to make these fun Nature Dragonflies for them. They turned out gorgeous! Head over to PBS Parents to find the full tutorial of how to create your own. This craft was adapted from the original Delightful Dragonflies found over at Twig and Toadstools.

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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Halloween Spider Craft

I am obviously having a thing for spiders lately. The funny part is in real life I am dreadfully horrified of spiders! For some reason in craft form though I find them pretty adorable. The other day I ate the last wedge of my Laughing Cow Cheese with my lunch and as I looked at the container and saw two hole punches already made in the sides of it, a light bulb went off in my head that this container needed to become a fun Halloween Spider Craft. You won't believe how simple this is to make too!

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Supplies you will need:
1. Start by taking the lid off your cheese container. Use your hole punch to punch four holes on each side of the container, trying to line up the holes on each side the best you can. My container already had a hole on each side, so I only had to punch 3 holes on each side.

2. Paint the lid off of the cheese container. While the paint is still dry, sprinkle black glitter all over the top of the lid. Also, paint the entire outside of the cheese container. Let it dry completely. If you plan on hanging your spider you'll need to paint the bottom of the cheese container too.

3. When your paint is dry, thread your four pipe cleaners through the holes in your cheese container, lining up the holes on each side. Bend the pipe cleaners to make spider legs.

4. (Optional) If you want to hang your spider, now is the time to make a hole punch at the top of your spider and tie a knot with white string through it.

5. Once you have put the legs in your spider, you can put the lid back on your cheese container. Ours stayed securely on, but if you want to add some glue to the inside edge to keep it firmly in place you can. 

6. Glue on your googly eyes.

These are fun just as a sitting spider and also as a hanging spider Halloween decoration. We hung ours coming down a lamp in our front room to scare all of our guests. Hee hee!


Friday, September 19, 2014

31 Halloween Crafts for Kids {Plus Mega Cash Giveaway}

Halloween is such a fun time of the year for crafting with kids! I have put together a round up of 31 of my favorite Halloween Crafts, all from fabulous Kid Craft Bloggers. You will find all of the essential crafts for Halloween here including pumpkins, witches, spiders, ghosts, bats and Frankenstein!

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You'll find the crafts categorized and linked below the pictures. After checking out these fun crafts, I hope you leave feeling inspired to get crafty with the children in your life!

Pumpkin Crafts
 Paper Plate Pumpkins with Lacing Practice from I Heart Crafty Things
Pumpkin Suncatchers from Here Comes the Girls
Pumpkin Paperweights from Artsy Momma

Pumpkin Patch Art from I Heart Crafty Things
Pumpkin Button Craft from JDaniel4sMom
Circle Stamped Pumpkins from I Heart Crafty Things

Witch Crafts
 Witch Craft from I Heart Crafty Things
Witch Legs from Tippytoe Crafts
Footprint Witch from Sweet and Lovely Crafts

Popsicle Stick Witch from Crafty Morning
Witch Silhouette from Mrs T's First Grade Class
Paper Plate Witch from Toddler Approved 

Bat Crafts
 Cardboard Roll Bat from Crafty Morning
Cupcake Liner Bats from I Heart Crafty Things
Hand and Footprint Bat from Fun Handprint Art Blog

Bat Printmaking from Tiny Rotten Peanuts
Coffee Filter Easy Bats from Fun-A-Day
Egg Carton Bat Craft from Fantastic Fun and Learning

Ghost Crafts
 Cotton Ball Ghost from The Chirping Moms
Footprint Ghosts from Crafty Morning
Shaving Cream Paint Ghost from Hands On As We Grow

Paper Plate Ghost from Mommas Fun World
Cupcake Liner Ghosts from I Heart Crafty Things
Puffy Paint Ghost from No Time for Flashcards

Spider Crafts
 Paper Plate Spiders from I Heart Crafty Things
Spider Headband from Fantastic Fun and Learning
Pipe Cleaner Spiders from Mama Miss

Itsy Bitsy Spider Hand Puppet from Lalymom
Styrofoam Spider Craft from Paging Fun Mums
Handprint Spider in Lacing Web from Mom Endeavors

Frankenstein Craft
Footprint Frankenstein from Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dog Tail

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Recycled Fruit Cup Spider Craft

A couple months ago I shared a Ladybug craft over at PBS using a recycled fruit cup. With Halloween coming up, I wanted to show you how simple it is to also make a spider using a fruit cup. All of the googly eyes make this one an especially fun craft for kids! 

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Supplies you will need:
1. Start by using your scissors to cut the outside rim off of the fruit cup. (An adult should assist with this part.)

2. Use your hole punch to punch four holes on each side of the fruit cup, trying to space them as evenly as you can.

3. Use your acrylic paint to paint the outside of the fruit cup. The fruit cup may require a couple coats to cover it completely. (From my experience, tempera paint does not adhere well to these type of plastic cups so stick with acrylic paint.) Let the paint dry completely.

4. Put a generous amount of tacky glue onto your large pom and put it onto your fruit cup, making sure not to cover up the holes on the sides.

5. Cut your 2 Fuzzy Sticky in half to end up with 4 pieces. String the 4 fuzzy sticks through the holes in the fruit cup, lining up the holes on each side. Bend the fuzzy stick on each end to look like spider legs.

6. Lastly, use tacky glue or school glue to glue on your small googly eyes. Poisonous spiders have 6 eyes, non-poisonous spiders have 8 eyes. 

Now have fun playing with your little spiders, or use them as spooky Halloween decor around your house.

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