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Plastic Water Bottle and Tissue Paper Snowman

Plastic Water Bottle and Tissue Paper Snowman

Both of my kids made this plastic bottle snowman craft in their classes this December. In their classes, they used a 2 liter soda bottle but I thought it would look neat with any sized bottle–you could make an entire family of plastic bottle snowmen from water bottles, sports drink bottles, soda bottles…any plastic bottle! Materials: plastic bottle with the label removed white tissue paper or tissues styrofoam ball (available in craft stores) sticks or pipe cleaners/chenille stems (for arms) toilet … 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, Weather, Winter

You’re A-MAZE-ing! Simple Photo Valentine with a Maze

You’re A-MAZE-ing! Simple Photo Valentine with a Maze

My daughter cannot bring candy in with her Valentines so we could not use lollipop Valentines. Instead, we usually use pencils. This year, she wanted something different and we found a bag of inexpensive heart mazes at Michaels. So, we made these “A-MAZE-ing” class photo valentines. First I took a photo of my daughter holding a giant poster board/oak tag heart. I ‘shopped a clip art hear-shaped maze over the heart. This way, there is a … Read entire article »

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Salt Ceramic Heart Ornaments for Valentine’s Day

Salt Ceramic Heart Ornaments for Valentine’s Day

We’ve made salt ceramic heart ornaments for the last few Valentine’s Days but I’ve never had the time to post them before! Salt ceramic is great because it is non-toxic and air dries to a nice sheen. You can color it in advance or paint once it is dry. Salt ceramic is shinier and harder than salt dough and does not need to be baked. We have fun measuring the ingredients out, flattening the dough, cutting … Read entire article »

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New Year’s Interviews with Your Children

New Year’s Interviews with Your Children

Our children change so much every year and I wish I could bottle up a little of this precious time with them. Despite my compulsive documenting through photographs and notes, the days fly by. One fun tradition is to interview the children every year at New Year’s. I think I originally saw this idea from Amy at TeachMama.com. I asked the kids about their favorite color, their favorite activities, their favorite memories, and more. I also … Read entire article »

Filed under: All Ages, Featured, Intrapersonal, Winter

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

From our family to yours: Happy Holidays! What can I say? The end of the year has been trying for our family but so much more so for other families in our region. We have each other and our memories we are building together. Each year since our eldest was two, we have included a family portrait she has drawn on our New Year’s card. Though I wasn’t sure anything could beat the floating baby inside Mommy … Read entire article »

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Rudolph and Friends: A Reindeer Footprint Craft

Rudolph and Friends: A Reindeer Footprint Craft

Holly, a friend of mine, posted this family reindeer footprint craft and was kind enough to allow me to share it with you. Isn’t it adorable? If you are looking for a Christmas or winter craft to do this weekend, just get out your paints and feet and you’ll have a sweet reindeer keepsake–you can even include Rudolph. Materials: brown, black, and red paint white paper frame (optional) Directions: 1. Paint a foot of each family member with brown paint and … Read entire article »

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

March: Yup, In Like a Lion!

March: Yup, In Like a Lion!

While we still haven’t seen the kids’ much-wished-for snow, March entered like a lion with a wet, cloudy, chilly day. As in past years, we will be reading In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb, by Marion Dane Bauer, and making some sort of craft, like our lion and lamb masks from last year. Last year we created a March weather bar graph of lions and lambs. This year, my daughter will also create a chart … Read entire article »

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How Sweet it Is: Maple Sugaring

How Sweet it Is: Maple Sugaring

Each year we visit a local family farm for their Maple Sugaring demonstration. What a hands-on (and tasty) way to learn about Native American and Colonial culture and history, chemistry, the weather, and ecology! We followed the maple sugaring process from start to finish. First, we learned a bit about the sugar maple (which is so important that New York, Vermont, Wisconsin, and West Virginia share it as their state tree). Farmer Bob gave a talk on how … Read entire article »

Filed under: 3-5 (Preschool), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 9-11 (Elementary), All Ages, Bodily-kinesthetic, Ecology, Featured, History and Culture, Home Arts, Logical-Mathematical, Science, Spring, Taste, Weather, Winter

Pasta Snowflakes

Pasta Snowflakes

While waiting and wishing for snow, my kids have been making snowflakes. They really enjoyed making snowflakes from pasta. It is a fun material with lots of fine motor practice! Materials: dried pasta of various shapes white or blue paint glitter craft sticks or coffee stirrers blue or black construction paper glue Directions: 1. Paint the pasta blue or white and add glitter. Let dry. 2. Paste three craft sticks or coffee stirrers in an asterisk shape (*) on the construction paper. 3. Use the sticks as … Read entire article »

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Cat Got Your…Heart?

Cat Got Your…Heart?

Each year around Valentine’s Day, we create animals using heart shapes. This year, my daughter wanted to use some fun Valentine’s paper to make a cat–she’s quite pleased with the results and named her kitten “Valentine”. Materials: patterned or unpatterned paper in pinks and reds heart stickers or a heart punch (optional) glue a white sheet of paper Directions: 1. Plan out your artwork. Decide how to break down your chosen animal into heart shapes. If you are stuck, use half-hearts (the … Read entire article »

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