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Forest and Woodlands Activities and Crafts Round-Up

Forest and Woodlands Activities and Crafts Round-Up

In almost every season we love to go out hiking in the woods. We never know what forest creatures we’ll find! And we love seeing how the trees change over the seasons. There are so many great lesson plans, crafts, activities, songs, and books for studying the forest! The Forest-Friendly Linky from the Smart Summer Challenge* really made me want to get out and explore the nature surrounding us! Some of the ones from our participants (and … Read entire article »

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Butterfly Coffee Filter Craft

Butterfly Coffee Filter Craft

After we released our butterfly friends it just seemed like there was something missing from our home. So, we made one of our favorite crafts: coffee filter butterflies.  This is such a simple little craft and the children love both the process and the results! (I’ve joked that my next book should be titled, “101 Crafts with Coffee Filters,” because I love this strong, versatile material!) Materials: two coffee filters markers (including dried-out markers that you were about to … Read entire article »

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B is for Beans

B is for Beans

After our Bean Plant Life Cycle Experiments, we used beans to make a letter “B” and spell the word “beans”. This is a simple activity that can be modified for almost any letter and small material. It is a fun way to build manual dexterity, practice tracing, and make the connection between the letter, the sound, and the meaning. And it is easy to adapt for more advanced learners by allowing them to spell out the … Read entire article »

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Celebrate World Turtle Day with this Craft for Preschoolers

Celebrate World Turtle Day with this Craft for Preschoolers

Happy World Turtle Day! Every year on May 23, the American Tortoise Rescue sponsors World Turtle Day. Beyond learning about turtles and tortoises, the American Tortoise Rescue wants us to take action to help these reptiles survive and thrive. Why do they need our help? There are a number of human-created risks to turtles. Our cars crush them as they try to cross the road, we have destroyed their habitats and nesting grounds, there is an active … Read entire article »

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Shaving Cream Art (Tactile Fun!)

Shaving Cream Art (Tactile Fun!)

Studies have shown that students physically involved with learning score higher on subsequent exams–and we’re not just talking about the toddler, preschooler, kindergartner set.  The effects are demonstrable even at the college and graduate level. Research into cognitive development strongly suggests that this sort of physical stimulation during learning builds a deeper understanding of academic skills. Children in need of speech therapy may especially benefit from speech activities using tactile sensations. Plus…it is just plain fun to … Read entire article »

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March Lion and Lamb Masks

March Lion and Lamb Masks

We’ve been enjoying our March poem and updating our calendar with the lion or lamb to match the weather–and the weather has given us plenty of opportunities to choose both!  Last week we had 75 degree weather and then it snowed yesterday! We made lion and lamb masks to help us with our daily weather observations. Lion Masks Materials: paper plate orange and yellow construction paper, cut in 1″ x 4″ strips brown construction paper (for ears) glue (we used Elmer’s disappearing … Read entire article »

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Irish Spring: A Shamrock Sun Catcher Craft for Kids

Irish Spring: A Shamrock Sun Catcher Craft for Kids

Hope the green is sprouting up in your neighborhood!  Have you found any four-leaf clovers? We are starting to see the signs of spring in our yard and so our crafts are turning green, too!  And this craft is green in more ways than one–it re-purposes cardboard tubes from toilet paper or paper towel or gift wrap rolls. Materials: cardboard tube green paint green glitter green tissue paper green chenille stem X-ACTO knife single hole punch Directions: 1. Cut three segments from your cardboard tube. All … Read entire article »

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The Colors of the Wind (Windsock Craft and Charity Book Drive)

The Colors of the Wind (Windsock Craft and Charity Book Drive)

This weekend, we finished up our Book Drive for Reach Out and Read.  I’m waiting on the final count but feel confident there were well over 700 books collected, possibly quite a bit more, over triple the number I was able to collect last year. We owe our success to the support of Lovin’ Logistics and Joel DeGregorio, owner of the Mt. Sinai The UPS Store franchise. He provided not only a public drop-off for the … Read entire article »

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On the Wings of a Butterfly

On the Wings of a Butterfly

We love making butterflies (usually from coffee filters) and two years ago we heard about The Butterfly Project. Here’s the information from the site. 1,500,000 innocent children perished in the Holocaust. In an effort to remember them, Holocaust Museum Houston is collecting 1.5 million handmade butterflies. The butterflies will eventually comprise a breath-taking exhibition, currently scheduled for Spring 2012, for all to remember. They prefer 2D butterflies and I wanted to help my daughter create something special for The Butterfly … Read entire article »

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Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

Dr. Seuss is a favorite at our house (and probably yours, too) for his fun language play and timeless messages. We put together a quick craft to go with The Cat in the Hat. Materials white posterboard red construction paper glue scissors Directions 1. Cut out a tall hat shape from the posterboard. 1b. Note: If you do not have enough posterboard for an entire hat shape, you can cut a band out separately (like we did). 2. Cut a second band for the hat … Read entire article »

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