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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Paper Doll Craft

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Paper Doll Craft

In my round-up of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day educational ideas for very young children, I mentioned paper doll chains. My kids enjoyed making them while my four year old and I spoke about embracing diversity and valuing people for what’s on the inside. 1. “Accordion fold” a piece of white paper and draw the outline of half of a child. Make sure hands connect all the way to the edge of the paper. 2. Cut on the … Read entire article »

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S is for Snow

S is for Snow

We haven’t done a lot of alphabet work because I believe in letting the kids’ interest and the rhythms of the season drive the activities we do together. My oldest seemed to just pluck the alphabet from the air–a puzzle, a few refrigerator magnets, and an alphabet book or two and she just knew all of her A,B,C’s. Since my son has shown a strong interest in letters recently, and we’ve had a great time playing in … Read entire article »

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New Year’s Traditions: Gold Bracelet Craft from Chile

New Year’s Traditions: Gold Bracelet Craft from Chile

We went to the library looking for New Year’s picture books for kids and found this is definitely an unfilled niche.  We did discover, however, Happy New Year Everywhere!, by Arlene Erlbach. The book details New Year’s traditions throughout the world, including New Years celebrated at other times of the year, like Chinese New Year and Rosh Hashana. Each tradition has an accompanying craft or recipe. The book seems to be out … Read entire article »

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Simple Ornaments: Have a Ball!

Simple Ornaments: Have a Ball!

My kids make homemade gifts for family, friends, and teachers. Two years ago, my daughter (age two and a half at the time) made these very simple ornaments that even a toddler can make. Materials Glass globe ornaments* Paint * We tried with plastic this year but the paint really did not stick.  I am going to experiment with mixing glue and paint and seeing if that works better. If you have tips, please let me know. Directions 1. Take … Read entire article »

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Edible Dreidel Dessert Craft

Edible Dreidel Dessert Craft

We actually first made this yummy craft last year with a friend who runs an awesome music program for kids on Long Island (Shake and Make Music). We had a lot of fun so we decided to do it again this year.  Although we are not Jewish, most of my heritage is so this is something I want to be able to share with my kids. Materials: Marshmallow Chocolate Hershey’s Kiss Pretzel stick Nutella (or honey or Marshmallow Fluff) and knife … Read entire article »

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Pine Cone Turkey

Pine Cone Turkey

It’s turkey time! I’m a vegetarian but most of the family loves their turkey.  Thanksgiving is all about counting our blessings and one of those is a full table–with family, friends, and plenty of tasty food. And my son is really into the birds when we visit them at a local farm or at the Audubon center–he loves yelling “gobble, gobble” and hearing them gobble right back at him. Materials: pine cone five (5) or more leaves (pressed will work … Read entire article »

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Cascading Leaf Spiral

Cascading Leaf Spiral

For those of you who live further north, your leaves have probably already fallen.  On Long Island, ours didn’t really hit their peak until the last week of October and the forests are still a riot of color here. One resourceful friend of mine in Texas has a friend in Vermont ship her a package of leaves so the children may experience the autumn hues.  Fall is one of my favorite parts of living in the … Read entire article »

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Songs for Four Seasons

Songs for Four Seasons

We like to sing songs while our crafts dry. For our Four Seasons of the Apple Tree Craft, we used these songs. The lyrics for the first are of my own composition. If you use it, please attribute it to me and if you post it on the Internet, please link back here. The others I found without attribution (unless otherwise noted) on various listserves. If you are the author … Read entire article »

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Zoom, Zoom, Zoom, We Are Going to the Moon!

Zoom, Zoom, Zoom, We Are Going to the Moon!

For our summer crafts and story and circle time, we started learning about our families and then explored the natural world around us. Then we set our sites on the stars! We climbed aboard our rocket ships and zoomed up to the moon, visited a few planets, and then swung by the stars. Here’s how we made our rocket ships: Materials: Cardboard Tube Tinfoil Poster Board (we used red and blue) Stickers (for decorating your rocket) Scissors Glue Jar Top or Glass (for tracing a … Read entire article »

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Slithering Songs

Slithering Songs

Usually I do not post the theme songs I use with my kids because I did not write them! Most of the time they are anonymous pieces I find on the Internet. Maybe I should, though. Here’s a song about snakes that I wrote, based heavily on typical preschool counting songs: Five Little Snakes by Candace Lindemann (start with five fingers up) Five snakes molt their skin to grow some more, (children can reach for the sky) One slides away … Read entire article »

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