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Forsythia Tissue Paper and Twig Craft

Forsythia Tissue Paper and Twig Craft

Budding branches are among the most beautiful and clear signs that spring has arrived. While we do not have the opportunity to see many cherry blossoms around here, we do see plenty of forsythia heralding the coming spring. We made twigs bud with tissue paper blossoms. Pin It Materials: twigs yellow tissue paper glue white paper Directions: 1. First, go outside to collect your twigs. My kids love picking up sticks and this step lasted the better part of a morning! 2.  Glue down your … Read entire article »

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Cherry Blossom Stamps

Cherry Blossom Stamps

Pin It We’re celebrating spring with lots of floral crafts! Here’s a cherry blossom stamp art project. Bonus: you reuse/recycle a soda or water bottle for your stamp. Materials: brown paint pink paint white paper paint brush soda or water bottle Directions: 1. Dilute the brown paint a little with a drop of water and paint the branches and twigs. I showed my kids how you can get thicker strokes by pressing down with the brush. We also examined branches to see how smaller … Read entire article »

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Favorite Easter Crafts for Kids

Favorite Easter Crafts for Kids

Here are some of our favorite Easter children’s crafts we have done this year and in the past: Pin It Plastic Easter Egg Chick, Bunny, and other Spring Animals Pin It DIY Paper Plate and Bowl Easter Bonnet Pin It Easter Bunny Ears Pin It Yarn Easter Egg Ornament Pin It Coffee Filter Easter Eggs … Read entire article »

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Coffee Filter Easter Eggs

Coffee Filter Easter Eggs

We made these coffee filter Easter eggs last year and will probably make some more this year. I love the tie-dye effect! Pin It Materials: coffee filter scissors markers (you can use dried-out markers) water-spray bottles Directions: 1. Trim a coffee filter so that it is egg-shaped. 2. Color with markers. Pin It 3. Spray with water. If you have dried-out markers, now is the time to break them out! Draw with the dried-out markers on the wet surface. Pin It Educational Connections: History/Culture: Why is the egg a … Read entire article »

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14 Children’s Books to Welcome Spring

14 Children’s Books to Welcome Spring

Today is the first official day of spring. On the vernal equinox, the tilt of the Earth is neither towards, nor away, from the sun. In the Northern Hemisphere, spring means the return of warmth and flowers and butterflies. Pin It Here are 14 children’s picture books to welcome back spring with open arms: Pin It And Then It’s Spring, by Julie Fogliano; illustrated by Erin Stead (Ages 3+): A clever little narrative about patiently waiting for the brown … Read entire article »

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Picture Books about Maple Sugaring and Syrup

Picture Books about Maple Sugaring and Syrup

If you live in the northern latitudes, I hope you have had an opportunity to go maple sugaring. If you are too far south, try turning maple syrup into maple sugar candy to explore the science of this delicious treat! Pin It While you are waiting for your pancakes with fresh maple syrup, try these lovely picture books about maple sugaring and maple syrup! Pin It The Sugaring Off Party, by Jonathan London; paintings by Gilles Pelletier: A French-Canadian … Read entire article »

Filed under: 3-5 (Preschool), 5-6 (Kindergartners), 6-8 (Early Elementary), Featured, Home Arts, Science, Spring, Weather

Rain Songs and Poems for Children

Rain Songs and Poems for Children

Pin It Here are some of the songs we are singing and finger plays we are reciting about rain and the water cycle. The lyrics to the first are original (please link and credit if you wish to use them). The rest I have credited where possible–if I have missed any attribution, please let me know! The Water Cycle Song (to the tune of “The Wheels on the Bus”) by Candace Lindemann The sun in the sky … Read entire article »

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Hopping Down the Bunny Trail: Easter Rabbit Ears Headband

Hopping Down the Bunny Trail: Easter Rabbit Ears Headband

Pin It My daughter made these cute little bunny ears at her Pre-K story and craft time so we decided to make them with our playgroup, too. Materials: poster board / oak tag pink (or light blue or light purple) construction paper glitter or glitter glue, Easter/Spring-themed stickers cotton pom-poms in white or pastel colors glue stapler tape Directions: 1. Fold your construction paper in half and trace a bunny ear shape.  This will be the inside of the ear. Folding the paper in half ensures … Read entire article »

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April Showers (Water Cycle Experiments)

April Showers (Water Cycle Experiments)

Mommy, why does it rain? Or, lately, the question is: Why does it drizzle, rain, and pour so much around here? April is the month of showers and we are eagerly awaiting the May flowers those storms will bring. We did two experiments to learn more about why it rains. Experiment #1: Cotton Ball Clouds Question: What happens when a cloud becomes full of moisture? Hypothesis: It will rain. Materials: cotton ball small tray or bowl filled with water Procedure: 1. Ask your child to describe … Read entire article »

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R is for Rain

R is for Rain

Pin It My kids love to water color, so we created water color letters for our study of rain. I outlined bubble letters–the word “Rain” for my daughter (4.5) and just an “R” for my son (2.5).  On reflection, I would have also made a lower case “r” for my son. My daughter painted “in the lines”: Pin It While my son opted for covering the entire page. Pin It Then, they each got to sprinkle salt on their paintings for a … Read entire article »

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