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Hoo Do You Love?

Hoo Do You Love?

My daughter loves birds, owls especially. And Valentine’s Day is a time for sharing the love so we were very inspired by these Valentine’s Day Owls from Molly at Mommy Coddle. Owls are a perfect animal for Valentine’s Day because while most owls have round facial discs, the barn owls (sometimes called “monkey-faced”) have heart-shaped facial discs. We modified the design two years ago to create this owl, which is mainly my cutting and my then-two-year-old-daughter’s … Read entire article »

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Beaded Valentines Heart Ornaments

Beaded Valentines Heart Ornaments

My kids love to bead and spend a lot of their independent art time just stringing beads on laces, chenille stems, ribbons, and more. So, for this project, we crafted beaded heart ornaments. Materials pony beads of various Valentine’s colors smaller, plastic, crystal beads of various Valentine’s colors chenille stem fishing wire or floral wire red or pink ribbon Directions: 1. Add pony beads to the chenille stem.  You can create a pattern, like my daughter did, or just add them at random, like … Read entire article »

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Jesse Bear, Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear (And The UPS Store Giveaway)

Jesse Bear, Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear (And The UPS Store Giveaway)

“Wanna wear shorts! Don’t wanna wear jacket! Nooo hat!” Sounds familiar? Then you probably have a toddler! They’re adorable, funny, and very, very stubborn. We offer only weather and age-appropriate outfits, give them choice within those boundaries, and still, it is ten degrees below zero and your toddler wants to wear sandals! We created a paper doll project that helps young children understand and choose weather-appropriate clothing in every season. Materials templates (you could also use photographs) markers/crayons/pencils and stickers/glitter/etc. scissors laminate … Read entire article »

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Chinese New Year Dragon

Chinese New Year Dragon

Happy New Year! What? I’m late for the New Year?  Not if it is Chinese New Year we’re celebrating! If you’ve ever had the chance to enjoy a Chinese New Year celebration, you know how rich the tradition is! In anticipation of the start of the Year of the Rabbit on February 3, we made paper chain dragons: Materials construction paper googly eyes feathers tape glue Directions: 1. Cut paper into 1 inch wide strips. 2. Tape two ends of a strip together to form a loop.  … Read entire article »

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Playful Penguins

Playful Penguins

At a recent trip to the local aquarium, my daughter was captivated by a waddle of African penguins. (A group of penguins on land is called a waddle, nesting in a group they are rookeries, in the water they are part of a raft. A large group of penguin chicks is a creche.) So, we borrowed a few penguin-themed books from the library and made these penguins out of cardboard toilet paper tubes and construction paper. Materials: cardboard … 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 »

Filed under: 0-3 (Babies and Toddlers), 1-2 (Toddlers), 3-5 (Preschool), 3-5 (Preschool), Featured, Literacy, Touch, Weather, Winter

January Verse

January Verse

We’ve started reading a morning poem last month.  I got this idea, plus the tip about a great site to find poems, Can Teach, from My Montessori Journey.We’ll be adding images and props and continue to recite this throughout the month. January January sparkles. January’s bold. January huffs and puffs. January’s cold. … Read entire article »

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Snow Day! (Wordless Wednesday)

Snow Day! (Wordless Wednesday)

Our first toboggan ride and the first snowman of the season! Linked up at: 5 Minutes for Mom and Wordless Wednesday (official HQ). … Read entire article »

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New Year’s Noisemaker

New Year’s Noisemaker

For most cultures, New Year’s is a time for new beginnings.  The traditions usually involve cleansing the home of bad energy and welcoming in luck and prosperity.  Most likely the origins of the use of noisemakers and firecrackers on New Year’s Eve is to frighten away “evil spirits”. We’ve made the “rain maker” style noisemakers using water bottles or toilet paper tubes in the past so I decided to try these simple paper plate noisemakers.  These … 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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