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  • Saturday, July 29, 2017 4:26 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Get your preschoolers and kindergartners ready for the new school year with an alphabet-themed book and craft.

    Found on I Heart Crafty Things


    Supplies you will need:

    • light blue cardstock paper
    • brown cardstock paper
    • green cupcake liners
    • 1-inch circle punch
      (optional)
    • small alphabet foam stickers (We used Dotty Letter Foam Stickers that we received from Craftprojectideas.com. They can be found, along with several other varieties of alphabet stickers, at your local Walmart in the crafts section.)
    • scissors
    • glue


  • Thursday, June 01, 2017 9:03 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    National Peanut Butter Cookie Day is on June 12th.  Get your kids involved in baking a special treat!



    Best Ever Soft Peanut Butter Cookies


    Prep Time: 15 minutes

    Cook Time: 24 minutes

    Total Time: 40 minutes

    Yield: 30

    Serving Size: 1 cookie


    Ingredients

    • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
    • ½ cup butter, softened
    • ½ cup granulated sugar
    • ½ cup packed brown sugar
    • 1 large egg
    • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
    • 1 and ½ cups all-purpose flour
    • 1 teaspoon baking soda
    • ¼ teaspoon salt

    Directions

    Preheat the oven to 350 F. Line 2 baking pans with parchment paper, if desired.

    In a large mixing bowl, cream together the peanut butter, butter, sugar and brown sugar. Beat together until smooth & creamy best if using a stand mixer or hand mixer.

    Add the egg and vanilla extract and continue to mix until well combined.

    In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt. Stir in the flour mixture to the butter and sugar mixture and mix until well combined.

    Using a cookie dough scooper or making the dough into 1 inch balls. Roll in white granulated sugar if you desire and place on to baking sheet.

    Using a fork, press down on each ball of dough to slightly flatten and creating a criss-cross pattern.

    Bake for 8-9 minutes. Let cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes and then transfer to a wire rack.

    These keep well for a couple of days in an airtight container.


  • Thursday, June 01, 2017 8:47 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Found on Glued to My Crafts blog.


    Supplies:

    * Free Template Printable {Download HERE}
    White Cardstock
    * Color Printer
    * Paint {pick a theme, a favorite color – whatever your heart desires!}
    Paper Plate
    * Paint Brush
    Baby Wipes

    Directions:

    * First download and print the free template printable on white cardstock.
    * Squirt some paint on a paper plate.
    * Paint one of your child’s hands and press it on the printable, next to the grill to create flames. Repeat if desired.
    * Add other embellishments you see fit. Then display/gift proudly!


  • Monday, May 01, 2017 8:48 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Fingerprint flower cardsThis project is adapted from Activity Village.

    Materials:

    • Pink and purple finger paint
    • White paper
    • Pink card
    • Scissors
    • Glue

    Directions:

    1. On the white paper, print 3 flowers in a line. 
    2. Use a purple finger print for the centre of the flower, and add pink fingerprints around the outside as petals.
    3. For the roses, dip a finger in pink paint and another in purple. Swirl the two fingers together in a spiral so the colours mix.
    4. Fold the card in half. Cut out the flowers and glue the painted strip down the front of the card.
  • Monday, May 01, 2017 8:41 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This project is from Blimpy Girl.  Brown Bag Frog Puppet

    Materials:

    • Paper bag
    • Printout
    • Scissors
    • Double sided tape or craft glue
    • Googly eyes (optional)
    Directions:
    1. Print out the PDF.
    2. Cut out the pieces.
    3. Allow your child to attach them to the paper bag in whatever way they want!


  • Friday, March 31, 2017 12:40 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    This activity is adapted from Learning as we are Growing.  

    Materials

    • Washable Tempura Paints

    • Paint Brushes

    • Wipes or a wet hand towel

    • Paper

    Directions

    1. Choose colors for the flowers.
    2. Place hand prints and foot prints.
    3. Paint the stems and leaves.
  • Friday, March 31, 2017 12:15 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This activity originally appeared on the Melissa and Doug blog but has since been taken down.  You can find it, and other springtime sensory walks/ scavenger hunts on Pinterest!  I picked this one because I love the inclusion of the senses in addition to the actual spring things!

  • Wednesday, February 01, 2017 11:40 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This science experiment is adapted from Inspirational Labratories.Candy Science: Dancing Hearts

    Materials:

    • container/jar (Height is more important than width. A mason jar may be best.)
    • baking soda
    • vinegar
    • water
    • candy hearts
    Directions:
    1. Mix 1/2 tablespoon of baking soda in 1 cup of water. Add to container. Add enough baking soda and water solution to make liquid level at least a few inches high.
    2. Measure out 1/4 cup of vinegar.
    3. Add few candy hearts to your baking soda and water solution.  Observe the bubbles.
    4. Slowly add 1/4 cup of vinegar to your baking soda, water, and candy hearts.
    5. Watch the candy hearts rise and fall. They appear to dance around the container doing flips and all sorts of fun stuff.
    6. Play with the amounts of baking soda and vinegar to get more or less bubbles. Some of the candy hearts might stick to the bottom of the container. Push them around and they should rise up again. If the hearts float on the top, push them down or drop in a few different hearts.


  • Wednesday, February 01, 2017 11:26 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    These activities are taken from the site Pre-Kinders.  Valentine Candy Sorting

    In my house, we have tons of Conversation Heart candies all the time.  What I like about these activities are that they force the kids to earn the candy and I can pick different activities that are age appropriate for each child.  The pages include sorting, counting, graphing, and pattern recognition.

    Materials:

    • Sheets
    • Conversation hearts made by Brach's
    • Crayon

    Directions:

    1. Download and print the appropriate pages, found at http://www.prekinders.com/valentine-math/ and http://www.prekinders.com/candy-heart-patterns/
    2. Count out the appropriate number / color of conversation hearts for your child depending on what sheet they are doing.
    3. Discuss the results.
    4. Let them eat the candy :)



  • Saturday, December 31, 2016 3:10 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Adapted from Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dog Tail.

    Easy Recipe for Sensory SnowMaterials

    • Large bowl
    • Blue glitter
    • Baking Soda
    • Water
    • Peppermint extract or essential oil

    Directions

    1. In a large bowl, dump in one box of baking soda.
    2. Sprinkle in blue glitter.
    3. Add a few tablespoons of water at a time until it sticks together.  Don't add to much water!

    Now your sensory snow is ready to imaginations!  Add some penguins or polar bears to see what your kids will do! 

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