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Archive for December 2011

I love parties!!  I love to plan parties and pretend to plan parties, and my daughter loves this, as well.  This craft is a perfect craft for a New Year’s Eve party for preschoolers.

What you need:

– Paper plate
– Different shapes cut from construction paper to be used as eyes and a mouth.  You could also add triangle shapes and pom poms to be used as party hats for the clock.
– Party blowouts
– Glue
– Scissors

Instructions:

– Have children make a paper plate face (eyes and mouth).  They can draw the face or use cut-outs. 
– Make a small hole in the center of the “face” and insert the party blowout.  We used this as the nose, but if children prefer, they can add this to the mouth of the clock.
– Add the numbers 1-12.  You can write these numbers, have children write them, or use number stickers.  This project is great for children who are just learning to write.
– Add the clock “hands”.

Let children have fun blowing into the “blowout” and watching the clocks nose “grow”.

This is a great project that teaches children about time and the start of a new year.  It is also one  that can teach children about germs, and how they should only use their clock noisemaker.  But most importantly, it is a project that allows children to use their creativity and have fun celebrating 2012!!

– Michelle

Making party hats is a great activity for children of all ages and a fun way to ring in the New Year.  Having a variety of materials available will make it even more exciting and allow the children to make their own creative hats.

Here’s one that my daughter and I did last year, while welcoming in 2011.

What you need:

– Hat template (we used this one from Nickjr.com)
– Different colored construction paper
– Glue / tape
– Embellishments (different shapes cut from construction paper, glitter, paint, crayons, markers, stickers, pom poms, ribbon
– Hole punch

Directions:

-Print the hat template from above, trace onto construction paper and cut out (older children can do this step themselves).
-Let the children decorate the hats however they choose.
– When the children have finished decorating, fold the hat and glue it together.
-Punch holes on each side of the bottom of the hat to attach the ribbon.  You can put a knot in the ribbon to attach or tape the ribbon to the inside.

Wear your hats and enjoy yourselves, while welcoming 2012!!

Happy New Year!!!

– Michelle

It’s so hard to believe that within a week, we’ll be celebrating the start of a new year.  Here’s a craft that my daughter and I did last year.  One that allows children to use their creativity, and one that uses old paper towel rolls.  My favorite type of craft!

What you need:

– paper towel rolls
– wax paper or tissue paper
– rubber band
– crayons, markers, stickers, and other embelishments
– glue
– hole punch

Directions:

– Wrap a small piece of wax paper or tissue paper around one end of the paper towel roll and attach using a rubber band.

– Using the hole punch, make a hole in each side on the top of the paper towel roll.

– Ask your children to decorate the paper towel roll however they choose.  Have a lot of different materials available for children to choose from (and see my note below about creativity.

– Let children blow into the paper towel roll and make some fantastic party noises!

Notes:

– My daughter chose to make our noisemaker look like “Tasha” from the Backyardigans.

– This was very easy for me to use.  When my daughter tried, it didn’t quite make the sound that it did when I used it.  It was not an issue though, my daughter then chose to use it as a puppet.

– Michelle

If you are looking for a last minute gift, or a fun project to do on Christmas day, making play dough is easy and so much fun!

Ingredients:

– 1 Cup flour (non self rising)
– 1/2 Cup salt
– 1 Cup water
– 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
– 1 1/2 teaspoons of cream of tarter
– Cinnamon, pure vanilla, or peppermint (optional, but gives the play dough a nice smell)
– Food coloring (optional)

Directions:

– Mix all of the above ingredients in a pan over low heat.
– If you would like to make a specific color, add food coloring of your choice.  We add the food coloring immediately after all of the other ingredients, when it is still on the stove.  If you do this step after you remove the play dough from the heat, be sure to wear gloves.
– Continue mixing constantly until play dough becomes a ball.  It doesn’t have to cook very long.  it will probably be ready in about five minutes.
– Remove dough from pan and place on wax paper.  When it cools down, you or your child can knead the dough for a few minutes.

– If giving as a gift, place in small plastic containers that have caps.  Add the recipe and tie with a ribbon.

– Michelle

As you may know, I love doing crafts with my daughter.  I especially love doing holiday crafts.   The best part about these handmade holiday bows craft is that it uses recycled materials.

This craft may be a challenge for younger children when folding the strips of paper.  Some kids will be able to cut the strips of paper themselves and some will not.  Let kids use their creativity on this by choosing what paper they want to use, if they want to use crayons to color, glue pom poms to it, or however else they choose to design their bows.

Material:

– Strips of paper.  We used a Target catalog for one bow and old calendar pages for the others.

– Stapler

– Glue

– Small piece of cardboard (from a cereal box) for the back of the bow (optional)

– Different cut out shapes (you can use magazine or old calendar pages for this step to) that can be used to cover the staple (optional).  Stickers can also be used.

Directions:

– First decide what you are going to use for your bows.  This is a great step for young children to participate in.  They can choose pages from magazines, catalogs, or calendar pages.

– Cut long strips from the pages.  Our strips were approximately 5″ long.

– Take one end of the strip and fold it back to the middle of the strip, then the other end will fold up to the middle of the strip.  Your strip should resemble an 8.  Adults and older children only can staple the center of the strip.  If you’re doing this with younger children, they can use glue or tape rather than staples.

– Repeat the above step using 3 more strips.

– Glue two of the strips together (as pictured below).

– Glue the 3rd strip as pictured below.

– Glue the 4th strip (as shown below).  Then glue another shape or small picture to the top so that it covers the staple.

You can also cut out the center of a paper plate, and let kids glue these bows around the outside of the paper plate to make a very pretty wreath.

– Michelle

Oh, jingle bells, what fun it is to plan letter activities based on the holiday.  We put the lyrics to Jingle Bells in the letter J, printed and cut it out, attached a bell, and it’s J is for Jingle … Bells (or bell, since we only used one).

I gave this J to my daughter to color after I printed and cut it out.  She had much more fun finding and pointing out the letter J’s in the lyrics then she did coloring it.  She then helped me by punching holes, and attaching the bell and the ribbon through the J.

As far as the bell, you can most likely buy these at a craft store.  We took one off of a Santa decoration that we had.  It was hanging off of his hat, and I thought he would still look cool without the bell.  So we used it for our project.

And Oh, what fun we had with this letter J project (the most fun part was running around singing Jingle Bells).

For more letter J activities, please see:  Letter of the week:  Letter J activities.

– Michelle

This week we’re working on the letter H, and in sticking with our Christmas theme this month, we decided on H is for Holly.

I printed out a large letter H on the computer.  I then used the template at DLTK to make the Holly.  We used red pom poms for the berries.  My daughter glued the holly and berries to the letter H.  We then decided after to paint the letter H green.

I wasn’t going to put a face on this Holly, but my daughter insisted on the face (again template from DLTK). 

 
While working on this project, we talked about Holly as a Christmas decoration, and although I don’t have a great deal of knowledge about Holly plants, I do know that the berries are poisonous.  So we also discussed that these are called “berries”, but these aren’t the berries that we know and love to eat (or I love to eat).

For additional Letter H activities, please see:  Letter of the week:  Letter H activities.

Happy Holly … days!

Michelle