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For the big game, we decided to do something special, and what is more special than a shaker.  One that makes a lot of fantastic noises when your team gets a touchdown!!

Supplies:

– Cardstock or construction paper
– Scissors
– Glue and tape
– Dry rice
– Crayons, markers, computer printouts, football logos, numbers, letters, etc. to decorate your jerseys.
– Craft stick

1.  Fold a piece of cardstock in half, and cut a jersey shape out of blue cardstock without cutting the fold.

2.  Decorate the jerseys using crayons, markers, print outs from the computer, numbers, football logos, etc.  You could also have letters for adding names to the jersey.

3.  Glue the edges of the jersey, leaving an opening at the top.  We also taped the edges, so there were no small openings.

4.  Add rice to the opening at the top.  You don’t need a lot of rice.  Once the rice is added use glue and tape the top to close the opening.

5.  Add a craft stick.

6.  Shake, rattle, and cheer for your team!!

So who’s it going to be … the Patriots or the Giants?

-Michelle

Ah, so they begin already … Valentine’s Day crafts.  I heart Valentine’s Day and really HEART Valentine’s Day crafts.  So here’s one we put together that will be perfect to hold all the Valentine cards that we receive.

You can make bags a number of different ways, but we did it with … duct tape, of course!

1.  Start with strips of duct tape sticky side up.

2.  Cover all the sticky duct tape with more duct tape, so that it’s no longer sticky.

3.  Fold in half and cut out a heart shape, or whatever shape the children want for their bags. 

4.  We added more duct tape to the inside of the bag, as our way of “seaming” (is that a word?) the outside.  Children can also wrap duct tape around the outside of the bag.

5.  If children would like to, they can add a handle.  We put a pipe cleaner on the sticky side of another strip of duct tape.

6.  And rolled …

7.  We then used a hole punch and made two holes in the back of our bag.  We put the pipecleaner handle into the holes, then added two small pieces of duct tape to the inside to hold our handle.

8.  Let children decorate their bags using more duct tape or by drawing on their bags (ball point pens work the best).

Love & duct tape!

– Michelle

Yesterday, I posted our snowflake prints that were made using paint and skewers.  Today, I’m posting the second part of this project, the snowflake mobile.

We used two of our larger snowflakes at the top of the mobile, then had the rest of them hanging from the two larger ones.  We used a blue and silver ribbon.  We finished it off by hanging it with a pipe cleaner (yellow, the only color that we could find).  We were looking for more of a wintry color for the pipe cleaner, but now I think the yellow is perfect.  It’s like a little bit of sunshine mixed in with all the snow.

– Michelle

In this two part project, we made snowflake prints using skewers, and will finish by making snowflake mobiles.

I made different snowflakes using a die cut machine.  You could also make your own snowflake shapes and make this a three part project.  We put the snowflakes on top of a piece of cardstock and put drops of different colored paint on the snowflake. 

We ran the skewer across the top of the snowflake and watched as the colors mixed together. 

Then removed the snowflake, and we saw beautiful snowflake prints.

When the snowflakes dry, we will make snowflake mobiles.  So be sure to come back tomorrow for this post.

– Michelle

My daughter and I did this craft a few years ago.  It was one that we loved so much that we hung these up in our “office”, and these snowflake popsicle sticks are still hung up in our “office”.

Today is the perfect day to show you these popsicle stick snowflakes because we have had our very first snowfall.

We used only paper plates, popsicle sticks, glue, glitter, and ribbon, but feel free to have crayons, markers, different colored popsicle sticks, and different colored glitter so that children can create a one-of-a-kind snowflake.

Glue the popsicle sticks to the paper plate in a snowflake shape.  Decorate using crayons, glitter, markers, etc. 

Add ribbon to the plate and admire your popsicle stick snowflake for years, like we did.

Let it snow, let it snow, let … the sun shine!!

– Michelle

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