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Winter Snowflake Fairy

Winter Snowflake Fairy

We made a Flower Fairy in the spring and a Leaf Fairy in the fall. Before the first day of winter, my daughter made a snowflake fairy. Pin It She really took charge of the process and had a great time with it. Materials wooden bead embroidery floss for the hair three chenille stems (body/legs, arms, wings) material for the clothing (we used a coffee filter snowflake and some tulle I had) Directions 1. First my daughter cut a snowflake from a coffee filter … Read entire article »

Filed under: 6-8 (Early Elementary), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 9-11 (Elementary), 9-11 (Elementary), Featured, Winter

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays!

From our family to yours, have a Happy Holiday! Pin It Pin It … Read entire article »

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How to Make Cinnamon Applesauce Ornaments

How to Make Cinnamon Applesauce Ornaments

Pin It My daughter first made cinnamon applesauce ornaments in her preschool class and I was just so fascinated by them! I couldn’t believe that cinnamon and applesauce together would dry solid and sturdy enough and that the applesauce would not attract pests. Spices are natural preservatives and pest repellents, as I know from our apple pomanders and the dough does indeed dry solid but you need to give it time. Materials: Applesauce Cinnamon Cookie Cutters Embellishments Directions 1. Mix equal parts applesauce and … Read entire article »

Filed under: 3-5 (Preschool), 3-5 (Preschool), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 9-11 (Elementary), 9-11 (Elementary), Featured, History and Culture, Home Arts, Smell, Touch, Winter

6 Picture Books for Chanukah

6 Picture Books for Chanukah

Last night our Jewish friends began their celebration of the miracle of Chanukah.  Although my husband and I are not Jewish, most of my family is. And we want the children to learn about festivals, beliefs, and traditions from other culture. Whether you are celebrating Chanukah or just want to share these books with your kids, here are 6 children’s picture books about Chanukah! Maybe next year I will have eight! Pin It Maccabee!: The Story of Hanukkah, … Read entire article »

Filed under: 0-3 (Babies and Toddlers), 1-2 (Toddlers), 3-5 (Preschool), 3-5 (Preschool), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 5-6 (Kindergartners), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 6-8 (Early Elementary), Featured, History and Culture

Homemade Ornaments the Kids Can Make

Homemade Ornaments the Kids Can Make

Here are some of the homemade ornaments the kids have crafted each year…more on the way! Pin It Beaded Snowflake Ornaments Pin It Beaded Wreath Ornaments Pin It Marbleized Globe Ornaments Pin It Pins and Beads Christmas Tree Ornament … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1-2 (Toddler), 1-2 (Toddlers), 3-5 (Preschool), 3-5 (Preschool), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 9-11 (Elementary), 9-11 (Elementary), All Ages, Featured, History and Culture, Winter

Paper Plate Christmas Tree Craft

Paper Plate Christmas Tree Craft

Pin It My daughter filled in the sentence, “During the Holidays, my family likes to _____” with “decorate the Christmas tree”. Eep! With my husband on National Guard duty last week, we haven’t gotten ours, yet! So, here’s are mini trees my kids made from a paper plate and two coffee filters and decorated with a chocolate wrapper. Plus, they got an extra chocolate treat…so it is an all around win! How do you decorate your Christmas tree? … Read entire article »

Filed under: 3-5 (Preschool), 3-5 (Preschool), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 6-8 (Early Elementary), Featured, History and Culture, Winter

Beaded Wreath Ornament

Beaded Wreath Ornament

We made this Christmas wreath beaded ornament using a modified daisy chain technique. Pin It My five year-old daughter is really into beading. Most seasons we create beaded ornaments to hang from the chandelier. This year, I thought she might be ready for the challenge of a simple bead-weaving technique. Since we are using pipe cleaners instead of wire or cord, it is even easier–no need to double-back through the beads. Materials: 36 green beads 6 red beads 2 green chenille … Read entire article »

Filed under: 6-8 (Early Elementary), 9-11 (Elementary), Featured, History and Culture, Winter

Share a Spirit of Giving This Holiday Season

Share a Spirit of Giving This Holiday Season

In the hustle and bustle of a busy month, it is easy to lose the “reason for the season”. Whether you are celebrating a religious Holiday or not this month, December is a good time to pause and reflect. To me, more important than academic or financial success, is raising children who have a sense of joy, fulfillment, gratitude, and generosity. LeapFrog asked me to share Tips for Teaching Giving as part of their weekly Holiday Countdown. I … Read entire article »

Filed under: All Ages, Volunteering

How to Make an Even Simpler Medicine Bag

How to Make an Even Simpler Medicine Bag

My daughter made a DIY medicine bag / pouch of her own design, inspired by some of the traditional ones we saw. When my three year old son saw his sister’s, he wanted to try, too. So, I simplified the design into a drawstring pouch for him. Pin It Materials: soft felt thick embroidery needle yarn or embroidery thread beads and feathers, if desired Directions: 1. Trace and cut a circle from the felt. Pin It 2. Thread the needle (My daughter can do this … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, History and Culture

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hope you enjoy your feast tomorrow! My daughter has been diligently working on her costume for her kindergarten Thanksgiving party. Pin It She was very insistent on doing much of it herself and it took all of my restraint not to help her along or interfere. I gave her one of my old t-shirts and she fringe-cut the bottom and sleeves: Pin It And then she beaded the fringe: Pin It I tied off the bottom of the fringe for her after … Read entire article »

Filed under: 6-8 (Early Elementary), 9-11 (Elementary), All Ages, Featured, History and Culture