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Pool Noodle and Pom Poms Fine Motor Activity

April 24, 2015

We brought out the pool noodles we used last summer to work on fine motor skills by building sculptures and gave them new life in our latest fine motor activity involving pom poms and tweezers.

Grab a pool noodle, several pom poms, a pair of tweezers and you have a simple but fun way to work on fine motor skills.
Our pool noodle was already cut from our previous activity, but to prep your activity cut the pool noodle into 1 to 1 1/2 inch pieces using a sharp knife.  Then set up your activity by placing the sliced pool noodles in a circle,  Put a pom pom inside each one.  Give your child a cup to collect the pom poms in along with a pair of tweezers.
 Invite your child to manipulate the tweezers to pick up the pom poms and place them into the cup.  To add in a bit of pretend play and science, tell your little one he/she is a bee picking up pollen from a flower!  Who wouldn't want to pretend to buzz around like a bee?!
If the tweezers prove to be a bit challenging for your little one, your child can try to use their fingers to pull out the pom pom as well.
Once the pom poms have been collected, you can encourage your child to pick up the pom poms in the cup with the tweezers and place them into the pool noodles.
This simple activity didn't last long and was a lot of fun for my 2 year old; my four year old did it as well, but she wasn't as interested or enthused when she was able to grab a pom pom!

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M is for Monster Alphabet Craft

April 22, 2015

Thinking of ways to keep Little Sis occupied during school time with Big Brother, I decided to start doing alphabet crafts.  I'm not so organized to do "Letter of the Week" and add in a week of activities a well, so the other day we crafted three different letters.  Here is one of them... M is for Monster!  

Can you take a guess what famous monster inspired our alphabet craft?
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To make your own cute M is for Monster Alphabet Craft, you'll need:
Letter M Template
Blue Paint
Purple Do A Dot Marker
Adhesive Googly Eyes {ours were given to us by CraftProjectIdeas}
Black Marker
White Paper

Begin by having your child paint the Letter M Blue.
 Once the paint is dry, use the purple Do A Dot marker to make "spots."
 Next add googly eyes and use white paper to cut out two horn-like shapes, and two small triangles for teeth.  Use glue to attach to the monster.
 And finally all complete, our M is for Monster alphabet craft!
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Counting Raindrops: Free 1-10 Math Printable

April 20, 2015

Inspired by "April Showers," I've created a Counting Raindrops printable to use with your child to work on 1:1 Correspondence, Sequencing, and Counting 1-10.
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Enjoy!!
For more preshool math activities, try these:

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Handprint Life Cycle of a Butterfly

April 16, 2015

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Big Brother was reading about insect life cycles in Science recently, and while he was working through some questions and the two littles were hanging around, I thought of an idea to share what Big Brother was working on with them! 

The life cycle of a butterfly is fascinating and a couple years ago we had the opportunity to actually watch it happen with our Insect Lore Butterfly Kit!  Since we didn't have a kit lying around, I turned to the next best thing-- my littles hands!  Using their fingerprints, thumb print, and whole hand we re-created the Life Cycle of a Butterfly! 
When painting with littles, it is best to have everything ready so they aren't too curious while waiting around for the supplies! 
Using the scissors, cut out two green leaves for each child; visually break the white piece of construction paper into fourths and glue the one green leaf into the first section.  Using white paint, paint your child's finerprint and have them press their finger onto the leaf-- this is the egg.
Now, paint your child's middle finger and pointer finger one or two colors and have them alternate pressing their fingers onto the paper-- this is the caterpillar.
In the third section, glue the other green leaf.  Paint your child's thumb green and have them press down just under the leaf, so that it look like their fingerpint is "hanging"-- this is the chrysalis.
In the fourth section, your child will make his butterfly.  This can be a bit messy, so be forewarned!  Paint your child's whole hand whatever color{s} he chooses and help direct him to push his hand down four times-- this is your butterfly!
Add any finishing touches, such as antannes and label the life cycle with a marker.  Each one of my kiddos completed a Hanprint Life Cycle of a Butterfly-- love them all!  Top one was done by my 7 year old; middle was my 2 year old; last one pictured was made by my 4 year old!
Take a peek at a real butterfly life cycle!  And don't forget to order your Insect Lore Butterfly Garden Kit to see the real thing, too! Such a neat experience!

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Foil Art: Simple Preschool Art Project

April 13, 2015

Just grab three simple materials you probably already have in your cupboards, and you have a simple art project ready for your preschooler!  All you need is construction paper, foil, and tape!

I planned this fun and simple Foil Art project during our Playful Preschool Outer Space Theme.
I love that this Foil Art project is simple, easy, and child-led!  

I simply presented a sheet of foil to Little Sis and had her tear pieces of foil- big and small- to shape and twist and tape onto the black construction paper.  
 The end result was completely up to her; the sky was the limit!  And the shiny foil on the black construction paper reminded me of the night sky and twinkling stars!
To round out our Playful Prechool Outer Space week, we were also inspired by these ideas:
Hands On Solar System from Stir the Wonder
Solar System Printable from Life Over C's
Moon and Stars Button Collage from Adventure in a Box
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