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I Can Eat a Rainbow!

I Can Eat a Rainbow!

I’m no nutritionist but I know that eating a rainbow of fruits and vegetables is a great way to get a variety of healthy vitamins! While we are studying rainbows, we are also checking out nature’s spectrum of colors. And vivid colors in the flesh of fruits and vegetables signals a high level of nutrients. Getting children to eat healthy is wonderful but teaching them how to make healthy choices is even better. “Eat a Rainbow” is … Read entire article »

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Chocolate-Covered Pretzels

Chocolate-Covered Pretzels

Valentine’s Day may be over but we’re still enjoying some of the treats we made.  The biggest hit was these chocolate-covered pretzels my daughter made.  They are so simple and the heat is so low to melt the chocolate that your preschooler or even toddler can do them with very little help.  You can customize the sprinkles for other holidays, too. All you need is Baker’s Chocolate, Pretzels (twists or rods), and sprinkles. 1. Melt chocolate on … 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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Our Handmade Christmas Gifts

Our Handmade Christmas Gifts

My family reads this blog (thank you!) so I did not want to post these until after they had received their gifts.  They would still make lovely Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, and other special day gifts so I wanted to share them! For the grandmothers and great-grandmother and aunt, the children made these votive candle lanterns: Materials: pressed leaves or flowers tissue paper mod podge glitter glass bowl or candle holder (we got ours for $1-2 at Michaels) Directions: Apply a layer of mod … Read entire article »

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Christmas Tree Ornament – On Pins and Needles!

Christmas Tree Ornament – On Pins and Needles!

Every year, my daughter makes homemade ornaments for our tree and for family and friends.  This year, my toddler joined the tradition with the simple glass globes.  I’ll be sharing last year’s beaded snowflakes later this week.  This year, we made a whole Christmas Tree! We used a kit purchased from Oriental Trading but these are materials you can easily find nearby if you are short of time or prefer not to order.  I just find … 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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Apple Tasting

Apple Tasting

My kids love the opportunity to taste different varieties of the foods they love at local farms and markets. I was lucky enough to participate in an apple tasting with my daughter on the day I volunteered at our preschool co-operative. Once the tasting was over, the teaching assistant, who has an amazing traveling science museum called Science on the Move, whipped up a delicious peanut-free dip for the apples! Creating an apple tasting for your … Read entire article »

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Corn Husk Dolls

Corn Husk Dolls

Since it is harvest time at the farms around here, we decided to make a corn husk doll. Unlike most of the crafts I post on here, this is really one for older kids or adults.  However, little ones can be helpers and I think there is a lot to be gained from them observing their older siblings and parents as they prepare for the changes in the season.  And younger children can decorate, dress, and … Read entire article »

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