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  • Sunday, January 03, 2016 1:51 PM | Anonymous member

    There are many different recipes for fake snow, but you can quicklysnow11 make this one with things you already have around the house!

    Materials:

    • Baking soda
    • Shaving cream
    • Glitter (optional)

    Directions:

    1. Add one cup of baking soda to a bowl.
    2. Add shaving cream slowly, stirring until you have reached the consistency you want.
    3. Add glitter (optional).
    4. Check out the link below for other recipes and creative ideas for how to play with the snow once you have it!!

    Adapted from: http://www.kidsplayandcreate.com/pretend-fake-snow-recipes-for-kids-how-to-make-snow-paint-snow-clay-for-kids/

  • Sunday, January 03, 2016 1:45 PM | Anonymous member

    Adapted from http://day2dayparenting.com/5-winter-crafts-toddlers/Cotton Snowman - Early Intervention Support

    Materials:

    • cotton balls
    • clear contact paper or glue
    • construction paper
    • scissors
    • stapler
    • black marker

    Directions:

    1. Cut three circles for the snowman- or make Olaf shapes- from the contact paper.
    2. Staple the contact paper to the construction paper, backing side up, to form the snowman. OR: glue in the shape of a snowman.
    3. Your child can peel off the backing and place cotton balls on the contact paper.  
    4. Your child can glue pre-cut snowman parts.
    5. Add arms and hair with the marker.

    Kuffner, Trish. The Toddler’s Busy Book. Illus. Laurel Aiello. Minnetonka: Meadowbrook Press, 1999. Print.


  • Tuesday, December 01, 2015 5:34 AM | Anonymous member

    This is a great project for making handmade cards or wrapping paper!

    Materials Needed:

    • Potatoes
    • Knife (for adults)
    • Paint
    • Paintbrush
    • Glitter
    • Sparkly pipe cleaners
    • Glue
    • Paper (White or craft paper)

      Directions:

      1. Start by cutting your potatoes in half and carving out designs/lines in it. I would look for a potato that is the very round to make it look like a ornament bulb. Have the kids take a paintbrush and paint on Christmas colors.
      2. Have them stamp it on a white piece of paper (or craft paper roll) and sprinkle with glitter.
      3. Take a black marker and draw a small rectangle on top of each ornament shape. Cut short pieces of pipe cleaner and twist it at the bottom to make it look like the string for the ornaments.

      Adapted from Craft Morning.

    • Monday, November 30, 2015 5:41 AM | Anonymous member

      These are a fun way to personalize teacher gifts or give something to that relative who already has it all!  These are made from air dry clay but you can also make it with salt dough or cinnamon (smell great!).

      Materials

      • Air dry clay
      • Cookie cutters
      • Stamps (letters or images)
      • Paint
      • Paint brush
      • Straw
      • Ribbon
      Directions
      1. Roll out the air dry clay so that it's about 1/4 inch thick.
      2. Use cookie cutters to make appropriate shapes.  Stars, round ornaments, angels, candy canes, gingerbread men, etc.
      3. Using the straw, cut out a hole for the ribbon to slip through at the top.
      4. Using stamps, make a design.  For teachers "a b c" might be cute.  Or other holiday words like "joy" and "hope".
      5. Paint the air dry clay.  Use gold, silver, green, red, etc.
      6. Allow to dry--probably 24 hours.
      7. String a ribbon through the hole.
      Other ornaments kids can make can be found here.  

      Adapted from The Artful Parent.
    • Sunday, November 01, 2015 9:47 PM | Anonymous member

      Materials 

      • Brown, red, yellow, orange and black (or other) construction paper
      • Googly eyes
      • Scissors
      • Glue
      • Print out of poem (below)

      Directions

      1. Trace each child's shoe and cut it out to make the body of the turkey.
      2. Trace each child's hand on red, orange, and yellow construction paper and cut them out to make the turkeys feathers. (It's easiest to just trace their hands once and then use them as a template for the other colors.)
      3. Help the kids glue their feathers down and then their turkey body on top of the feather.
      4. Cut a triangle out of the scrap orange paper for a beak and a squiggly gobbler out of the red paper. (Make sure to have the kids point out the colors and shapes while their putting their turkeys together.) Glue the eyes, beak, and gobbler on as pictured.
      5. Read the poem together. During this part you can have the kids point out the letter of the week in the poem or find site words depending on where they are in their development.
      6. Have kids glue the poem on.  (Text below)


        This isn’t just a Turkey 
        As anyone can see, 
        I made it with my hand and foot 
        Which are parts of me. 
        It comes with lots of love 
        Especially to say, 
        I hope that you have a very 
        HAPPY THANKSGIVING DAY!

      Adapted from Mamas Like Me.


    • Sunday, November 01, 2015 9:25 PM | Anonymous member

      A project perfect for all those acorn caps you see around this year!

      Materials

      • Acorn caps
      • Markers 
      • Liquid school glue
      • Play dough
      Directions
      1. Color the inside of the acorn caps with the markers.  
      2. Spread out the play dough in a container--casserole dish, etc.  Place the acorn caps securely into the play dough.  
      3. Fill the caps up to the top with the liquid glue.
      4. Wait for them to dry for 48 hours.  Check periodically to see how the colors and glue change.
      5. Use the acorn jewels for all sorts of different games!  They can be treasure to hunt for, money to use playing store, or anything else you can think of! 

      Craft is from Kiwi Crate.   

    • Wednesday, September 30, 2015 3:26 PM | Anonymous member

      Use this handy guide to help identify the leaves in your neighborhood next time you go on a walk!  Check for size, shape, and color when making classifications.  

      http://preschoolmom.com/files/Leaves/LeafChart.pdf


    • Wednesday, September 30, 2015 3:19 PM | Anonymous member

      This craft made it's Parents of Tots debut at last year's Apple Tot Time, so all credit goes to Bonnie!

      Materials

      • Paper
      • Apple
      • Dull knife
      • Paint: red, green, and brown
      • Paintbrush
      Directions
      1. Cut the apple in half.  Insert the dull knife solidly into the skin of one half so that it becomes a handle.
      2. Dip the apple in red paint and print it on to paper for however many apples your tree will have.
      3. Dip your thumb into green paint and dab two thumb prints at the top of each red apple for leaves.
      4. Use the paintbrush and brown paint to draw a branch coming out of each apple and attaching onto a larger limb.

    • Monday, August 31, 2015 10:13 PM | Anonymous member

      Materials
      Popsicle stick
      Scraps of red and green felt
      Scissors
      Glue
      Google eyes
      Black marker (for personalization if you wish)

      Instructions

      1. Cut an apple shape from the red felt. Cut a leaf shape from the scrap of green felt.
      2. Glue the google eyes and the leaf onto the apple.
      3. Glue the whole apple onto the popsicle stick about halfway down the stick so that the apple isn’t floppy.
      4. Wait for it to dry and personalize with your name on the stick, if you wish.


    • Monday, August 31, 2015 9:34 PM | Anonymous member

      This is a delicious science experiment!  Our family has discovered a new favorite variety of apple through this activity--Pinata apples!

      Materials

      • Five different kinds of apples
      • Large platter
      • Plates for all participants
      Process
      • Come up with a way to keep track of which variety of apple is which.  You can eyeball it if they all look different or come up with a way of labeling them.
      • Start by asking your child to describe the apples.  Are they all the same colors or different colors?  What colors are they?  Are any speckled or streaked?  Are they round or square?  Are they wide or tall?
      • Ask your child to predict (make a hypothesis) about which variety he/she will like the best.  Why do you think that?  Based on color?
      • Taste the apples!  Everyone should the taste the apples in the same order.
      • As you taste a variety, ask your child to describe it.  Is it sweet or sour?  Do you like it or not?  Is that what you expected it to taste like?
      • Ask everyone to vote for a favorite apple.  Compare these results to the predictions.

      Bonus points if you pick the apples yourself first!  Join us for apple picking at Brooksby Farm.  Check out the calendar for more info.


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