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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Easter Egg Sensory Play and Learning

I put together an Easter Egg Sensory Bin for my daughter last week and it was a hit! We are still working on recognizing our numbers so I decided to incorporate some learning in the bin with number and color matching.  

I used 12 eggs, 2 of each color of green, purple, orange, yellow, pink and blue. I also covered 6 empty toilet paper rolls in coordinating colors of paper and cut them in half. I placed them in the bin. There is also a bucket of coordinating colors of Poms. (We received our Poms for free from but all opinions expressed are 100% our own.)

Before breaking the eggs apart, I wrote a matching number on each side of the egg. I realize it looks more like a matching game, but since we did use a couple of each color of eggs, at least she had to sort through each color to find the match.

Once she made sure she had the right match, we talked about what number it was and she got the fine motor practice of putting the egg together.

Once she started matching the numbers together I did not give her any direction at all. I just let her explore the bin. She matched all of the numbers and to my surprise, matched all of the eggs to the coordinating colored toilet paper rolls even though I didn't tell her to. We still have this bin put together and I think I might add numbers to the toilet paper rolls in order from 1-12 so she can match them that way also.

She also discovered how fun it was to add the split peas inside the eggs before connecting them together. She shook them like musical instruments with a giggle and a smile on her face.

The Poms got dumped into the bin at some point and she started opening up eggs and putting them inside.

It was fun to see her shove as many poms and split peas in the eggs as she possibly could and still try to close the eggs. She kept saying, "Mommy, did I put too many in the egg?" 

It turned out to be a beautifully colored, spring sensory bin and my daughter has loved it! 


Wednesday, August 10, 2011

"Red Light, Green Light" Collage

We decided to do one more activity with "Red Light, Green Light" before taking it back to the library. I saw this fun idea to make a collage in "The Mailbox Magazine" and knew Luke would enjoy it.

The vibrant colors of the paper and cars are reminiscent to what is in the story so it goes along well with it. I hunted through my husband's cupboards in the garage and found some electrical tape to make the roads. Being able to help cut the tape and put it on the paper wherever Luke wanted was his favorite part.

The great thing about electrical tape is that it easily peels off your paper without leaving any marks in case you make an error or want to change something. This made it ideal for using it with a preschooler.

I let Luke look at some free clip art images with me to help decide which cars he wanted to add in his collage. I tried to make sure to pick black and white ones so he could color them how he wanted to, but the police car was already colored. I thought it was cute how he wanted a police car on there to catch the race cars driving really fast.

After coloring and cutting out the cars, just simply glue them onto the roads however your choose. Simple and FUN!

Happy Crafting!!

Monday, August 8, 2011

Story Time "Red Light, Green Light" with activities (sorting, patterns, charting & name practice)

We have done tons of crafts and painting lately so we decided to switch it up this week and do some other activities after reading "Red Light, Green Light" by Anastasia Suen. Luke has had a bug this week and had a fever for several days and I am sooooo glad he is finally feeling better today!

This is a fun book about a little boy playing and talks about different types of vehicles, roads and obviously the meaning of the red light and green light. It was a very simple book and it was fun to look through the pages and find different things that were out of place like a pencil used for the white lines in the road, etc.

After reading the book we started by making a stop light out of construction paper. I traced a cereal bowl onto a piece of red, yellow and green construction paper, and then had Luke cut them out. He hates cutting circles, so this was perfect practice for him. hee hee We then glued together two pieces of black paper lengthwise and glued the circles onto it in the correct order.

After discussing what each color meant on the stop light, we got out some objects we had that were red, yellow and green to do some sorting. We started with blocks. After they were all sorted, I had Luke estimate which circle he thought had the most blocks on it and which had the least. Then Luke counted them to see if he was correct.

Then we sorted legos. Before we started the activity I gathered a couple handfuls of red, yellow and green legos and put them in a bowl.

After Luke sorted the legos we estimated again which had the most and which had the least.

I thought it would be fun to introduce using a chart with Luke so I made this quick one on Microsoft Word before we started this activity. As we counted the legos, I had him color a rectangle for each lego in the appropriate column.

When we were all done coloring, we counted how many there were of each and wrote that number in the space at the bottom of the chart.

Estimating was a little hard for Luke on this round because I made sure to make the amounts only 1 apart from each other. I thought this was a great way to start to introduce using charts and graphs with Luke and he really it.

I also made this simple chart so we could practice making patterns with the legos.

I started the first pattern by placing down red, green, red, green and then asked him to continue the pattern to the end of the row. He grasped the concept very quickly and came up with the next two patterns by himself. Then on the last row I had him use all three colors of the stop light.

This is how it looked when we were finished. This was a big hit for Luke! I didn't know he enjoyed patterns so much so we will definitely be doing more stuff like this in the future.

To go along with the theme of the book, I printed off letter highway print-outs for us to race some cars on for letter and name writing practice. You can print them out HERE. I mixed the pages up and had Luke put the letters in the correct order all by himself.

Then we used a small car and traced all the letters just how he would write them. You can see the smile on his face in this picture. What kid doesn't like racing a car along a track? These printables are absolutely fabulous and I am so happy to have found them. I plan on printing out his middle and last name too so he can practice it this way.

Since Lila was still taking her nap I seized the opportunity to continue playing with Luke by making some lego cars with him to race around his letters. I felt like a kid again digging through the box of legos looking for cool little pieces to add to our cars. It was so fun laughing with him about the little characters we added to our cars.

This was our only girl race car driver and we made sure she was wearing a helmet so she wouldn't get hurt.  :)

Here is super cool dude wearing a super hero cape.

These little guys were a hoot, one with mullet-type hair and one wearing a witch hat.

And this was Luke's pride and joy vehicle. He decorated it so fancy with the little flames coming off it everywhere. He couldn't wait to drive this guy around his letters.

I did a couple races with him where when I said "Go!" he had to trace the "L" and "u"  and I had to trace the "k" and "e" to see who got done first. Then we switched letters. I let him win every time.  ;)

All of these activities took up a couple hours but you could spread them out for a couple days.

Happy Reading & Crafting!!

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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Story time "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" with Crafts

We had fun today being inspired by the famous Eric Carle book "The Very Hungry Caterpillar". I've seen some awesome caterpillar prints around blog land lately using a balloon and thought my boys would really enjoy this technique.

Before we actually painted our caterpillars we had fun making one out of our balloons first.

Don't you just love how kids find joy in the simplest of things??

Anyways, on to our balloon painted caterpillar. Here is mine pictured below. They are so simple to make.

Simply dab a small balloon into paint and place it onto your paper. The caterpillar in the story has touches of blue in his body so we put some blue into our green paint and swirled it around a bit before dabbing our balloon into it.

While we waited for the caterpillar to dry we had fun watching some You Tube videos of caterpillar's transforming into butterflies. I just love the time lapsed clips that show the whole process. My boys were amazed by it. And since we didn't actually have any cool caterpillars around our house to watch the process, You Tube was next best. haha

Then we came back to our caterpillars and added some finishing touches like eyes, nose, antennae, lets. I just love this picture of Luke below. He was so proud of his picture and all the details he was adding. He even added eyebrows.

I love that my children are very artistic! They didn't want to stop at just making a mere caterpillar like I did. They had to create the whole scene. At one point Andy said, "I need some white paint now so I can paint the white clouds in the sky like the real artists do." Oh, my sweet Andy...if he only understood how much of a REAL artist he is!

And this is why I enjoy creating things with my children. Not only are the paintings simply stunning, but it shows the creativity and color of a child. I just want to soak in their sweet innocence and beauty every day. My children are my greatest blessing!

I also printed out these cute Very Hungry Caterpillar size sequencing pictures from 1+1+1=1. I had Luke practice putting them in order from smallest to biggest, biggest to smallest, etc. and I also did some simple math problems with them. This story is obviously way out of my 6yr old's league, although he loves crafting with us in good fun, so he didn't need this step. 1+1+1=1 has several other printables you should check out.

So now that the caterpillars are done, we wanted to do something with a butterfly so we decided to make some wax butterflies. We did this last Fall making leaves, but I thought it would be fun to make butterflies.

1. Start by printing out a butterfly clip art picture from the Internet. I printed mine 4x6 size.

2. Place a sheet of wax paper on top of the butterfly and use a permanent marker to trace the outline of the butterfly.

3. Place the wax paper onto your ironing board and put crayon shavings over the butterfly print.

4. Place another sheet of wax paper on top of the crayon shavings, covering the entire butterfly.

5. Place a kitchen towel over the wax paper and apply your iron to the towel. Just enough to melt the crayon shavings below.

6. You are left with what looks like a big mess. haha But just turn it over and cut along the outline of the butterfly you drew.

7. And you are left with this. Pretty fun stuff!! You can even punch a hole in them and hang them some where with some string if you want to.

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Happy Crafting!!
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