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Patriotic Kids’ Crafts for the Fourth of July

Patriotic Kids’ Crafts for the Fourth of July

Here are some of our favorite kids’ crafts for the Fourth of July–perfect for celebrating America on Independence Day, Flag Day, Memorial Day, or any other patriotic holiday. Pin It Patriotic Pinwheels Pin It Paper Mosaic American Flag Pin It Glittery Fireworks Pin It Red, White, and Blue Patriotic Ice Pops Pin It Hand Print Bald Eagle And if you are looking for more inspiration, check out my Patriotic American Kids’ Crafts Pinterest Board for crafts and activities I have found all over the Internet! Pin It   … Read entire article »

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Handprint Bald Eagle for the Fourth of July

Handprint Bald Eagle for the Fourth of July

Pin It We’re gearing up for our Fourth of July celebrations and talking about the symbols surrounding Independence Day. My daughter made a patriotic handprint bald eagle to watch over the festivities. Pin It We found a great book at our local library, Red, White, Blue, and Uncle Who?: The Stories Behind Some of America’s Patriotic Symbols, that explains many of the symbols we associate with our nation. The kids are enjoying the brief, illustrated, mostly age-appropriate information. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Ecology, Featured, History and Culture

Patriotic Ice Pops

Patriotic Ice Pops

Pin It Nothing quite cools during hot summer days like an ice pop. We love our Tovolo Star Ice Pop Molds and wanted to try to make red, white, and blue patriotic Popsicles. The challenge is a natural, non-toxic blue food dye and, after much experimenting, came up with this recipe: Ingredients one ripe banana 6-8 large strawberries a quarter cup of blueberries (optional) chilled lemonade 4 oz cup of banana or vanilla yogurt honey or sugar (just for the blue layer) red cabbage Directions: 1. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, Home Arts, Summer, Taste

Fireworks!

Fireworks!

Each year we try to paint fireworks with a different technique and this is my favorite effect, yet. Pin It Materials: wax paper black or dark blue paper red, white, and blue paint glitter Directions: 1. Cut circles of various sizes from the wax paper. Fold the circles in half, then fold in half again, and fold once more. Snip the tip in a V-shape and make cuts at the outer edge. You can also cut triangles along the side. This is just … Read entire article »

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

8 Picture Books to Enjoy in the Summer Sun

8 Picture Books to Enjoy in the Summer Sun

Pin It   Last year we shared five of our favorite picture books about summer and here are three more summer children’s books to add to our list: Pin It Summer’s Vacation, by Lynn Plourde: Summer is personified as a carefree young girl in this modern legend. In the illustrations, she has the tan, breezy-barefoot look of a girl enjoying summer to its fullest. However, there is a lesson about responsibility entwined in the story. When Summer plays too … Read entire article »

Filed under: 0-3 (Babies and Toddlers), 3-5 (Preschool), 5-6 (Kindergartners), 6-8 (Early Elementary), Featured, Summer

Happy Father’s Day!

Happy Father’s Day!

Hope you have a lovely day with the fathers and father figures in your lives! Here are the photo montages we made for Daddy and Papa: Pin It Pin It … Read entire article »

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Favorite Father’s Day Crafts and Books

Favorite Father’s Day Crafts and Books

I hope that you have a special father, grandfather, or uncle in your children’s lives to celebrate this weekend! Here are some of the gifts the kids have made for their Daddy and Papa in the past and books we like to read to get ready for Father’s Day: Pin It Popsicle Stick Key Boxes Pin It Recycled Mosaic Coasters Pin It Father’s Day Photo Montage Pin It Glue Batik Garden Banner Pin It Tin Can Pencil Holders Pin It 7 Picture Books for Father’s Day Looking for … Read entire article »

Filed under: All Ages, Featured

Glue Batik Father’s Day Banner Craft

Glue Batik Father’s Day Banner Craft

Pin It We’ve been eager to try out this kid-friendly glue batik craft technique that I saw a few years ago at  That Artist Woman. Essentially, you create a glue-resist on fabric with the blue glue gel (we used Elmer’s) and then paint over with acrylic paints or fabric paint. We decided to make Father’s Day garden banners to celebrate Daddy and Papa. Materials: fabric (we used canvas bags from Michael’s but almost any white fabric would work) glue gel … Read entire article »

Filed under: 5-6 (Kindergarten), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 9-11 (Elementary), 9-11 (Elementary), Art, Featured, Home Arts

How to Grow Grass Caterpillars

How to Grow Grass Caterpillars

Pin It We actually made our grass caterpillars in April as part of our Earth Day explorations but our “quick grow” grass seed was not quite quick enough. Our little caterpillars did eventually become big fuzzy grass caterpillars, however, and I wanted to share them with you. Our live caterpillars from Insect Lore just arrived and we are excited to see their metamorphosis into butterflies! In the meantime, we enjoy caring for these grass caterpillars. Materials: nylon stockings/knee socks … 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), Ecology, Featured

Live Chat with Jessie Hartland, author of Bon Appetit! The Delicious Life of Julia Child.

Live Chat with Jessie Hartland, author of Bon Appetit! The Delicious Life of Julia Child.

Pin It I hope you will join the Random House Children’s Books Read and Play Community tonight (June 4, 9pm EST) for a Live Chat with Jessie Hartland, author of Bon Appetit! The Delicious Life of Julia Child. My daughter loves this book and I cannot wait to hear more about the author’s process! If you cannot make the chat, feel free to leave a question below and we’ll make sure to ask it during the … Read entire article »

Filed under: 6-8 (Early Elementary), Home Arts