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A is for Apple Sun Catchers

A is for Apple Sun Catchers

We make new sun catchers for our windows every season. There are a few ways to make easy sun catchers and this is the simplest! For the early fall, we made apple sun catchers with an upper and lower case letter “A”. Materials: permanent (“Sharpie”) marker plastic (from a clear plastic bag, packaging, folders, whatever you have on hand) tissue paper (for whichever color apples you want, plus green for the leaf) glue glitter (optional) to hang: either glue stick OR a hole … Read entire article »

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Delicious Democracy

Delicious Democracy

How do you communicate the basis of democracy to the under 5 crowd? With ice cream, of course! I checked in with my daughter to see if she knows who is president (she does) and how he got to be president (she did not). I explained that people vote for the president.  We skipped over the whole “electoral college” thing but I’ll explain later how you could make that a part of this activity for older kids. Then, … Read entire article »

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What Do Mayflowers Bring? Pilgrims!

What Do Mayflowers Bring? Pilgrims!

We’ve been reading a lot of Thanksgiving books about feasts and Turkeys and about that perilous Atlantic journey in the Mayflower.  My daughter is fascinated by ships and we looked for a few pictures of what the Mayflower may have looked like online.  So, we headed outside to gather materials to make our own Mayflower. I came up with this craft as we went along so hopefully I can be more or less coherent in sharing … 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 »

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

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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Spin a Spider Web

Spin a Spider Web

OK, I know that they are generally benign and quite important to our ecosystem but the eight-legged things just freak me out, okay? Still, I got over my fear so that we could study some spiders.  I didn’t even flinch earlier in the year when we visited Rosie the tarantula at our local nature center.  To her credit, neither did my daughter (who got a heck of a lot closer): Since it is nearing Halloween, we got … Read entire article »

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Gone Batty!

Gone Batty!

I found these toilet paper roll bats on Filth Wizardry (what a great blog name!), via The Crafty Crow. I recommend clicking over to Filth Wizardry because she has awesome pictures of the step-by-step and also because her husband added LED lights (!) to the bats’ eyes. Materials: Toilet paper tube Black paint Black construction paper Googly eyes Directions: 1. Fold in opposite sides of one end of the toilet paper tube to form the bat ears. 2. Cut a slit up either side … Read entire article »

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Paper Pumpkin Craft

Paper Pumpkin Craft

Our home has been completely invaded by pumpkins–real, decorative, and crafted! Here’s my daughter’s latest pumpkin project–a toilet paper roll and construction paper pumpkin that is a great paper-cutting activity. Materials: toilet paper roll orange paint orange construction paper green chenille stem glue scissors pencil ruler Directions: 1. Paint the toilet paper roll orange and let dry. 2. Take a piece of construction paper that is approximately twice as long as the toilet paper roll. Fold the construction paper in half and mark off lines, every 1/3 of … Read entire article »

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Bats! Songs, Finger Plays, and Jokes

Bats! Songs, Finger Plays, and Jokes

We’ve been reading about and making our own bats. Here are our songs, finger plays, and jokes about bats for preschoolers and kindergartners. As always, I credit and link where I know the author. If you are the author and I haven’t credited you, please let me know! I’m a Bat by Mary Flynn (sung to: You are my Sunshine) I love the nighttime, The dark, black nighttime, And that is when I fly around. I am nocturnal. I … Read entire article »

Filed under: 3-5 (Preschool), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 6-8 (Early Elementary), Fall, Science, Songs

Yarn Pumpkin

Yarn Pumpkin

We made a yarn pumpkin, similar to this yarn egg we made for Easter.  This requires some manual dexterity and patience but it is very simple and relaxing and I think it looks lovely hanging from our chandelier! Supplies: Balloon School Glue Orange Yarn Green Pipe Cleaner Directions: 1. Inflate a balloon of any color until it is round. 2. Tie four strings around the pumpkin, knotting at the top, to create eight “sections”.  Paint the yarn with glue. (Note: I did this … Read entire article »

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