Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Race Car Painting

 Again, not another new idea, but a fun oldie.  Let the kids paint with matchbox cars and trucks!  It will provide hours of entertainment.  A slightly messy kind of entertainment, but fun anyway!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Toilet Paper Roll Race car

 Do you ever see something and think, "Wow, that's totally cute, I'm so gonna make it!"?  And then you think afterward, "What was I thinking?".  That was totally this craft.  Holy schamolie!! Making these with 18 preschoolers was hard.  I won't lie, it was REALLY hard, but the boys totally loved it!  This one was made by my 6-year-old that night.  He totally loved it, but I had to help even him.
I won't repost it, because the great idea can be found here.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Jello, Salt & Sugar

 Everyday things, found right in your home, make for the best craft supplies.  This was a few months ago.  Tyson needed to decorate a flag for a school project.  I forgot about picking stuff up over the Christmas break and the night before he went back, we were racking our brains to figure out what to do.
We've used Jell-o at preschool before and the kids loved it.  So I broke out the Jell-o and the rock salt.  The Jell-o bled a bit into the rock salt, so we used sugar to put a light coat over the top of the salt.  It looked really cool and it smelled great too!

Thursday, March 24, 2011


For R week we had a day where we did one center as Restaurant.  It was so much fun. We made up a menu for the kids and slipped it into a page protector so that the kids could circle what they wanted to have with a dry erase marker.  We had half of the kids be the servers and the other half the customers and then we switched.  We let the servers wear aprons and chef hats, because essentially they were being both!

On our menu we had ritz crackers, vanilla wafers,  marshmallows, licorice, bannana's, cheese sticks, carrot sticks and chocolate chip cookies.  We gave the kids a menue and let them circle what they wanted and while they waited, they colored a placemat at their seat.

It was a lot of fun.  I didn't get many pictures because it was cRaZy!!!  The kids loved it!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011


"We women have a lot to learn about simplifying our lives. We have to decide what is important and then move along at a pace that is comfortable for us. We have to develop the maturity to stop trying to prove something. We have to learn to be content with what we are." ~Marjorie Pay Hinckley~

I love this quote.  Need some inspiration?  Visit Chocolate on my Cranium!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Fun with Shaving Cream

This is not a new idea by any means.  It is an oldie, but a goodie.  Kids love to stick their hands in the foamy shaving cream and draw and write.  It's a great way to encourage writing their names.
It is however, soooo messy!  But that is what makes it half the fun!
Plus, my sister swears that it cleans table tops really well!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

A little leave......

I'm sick!  So sick and today my 3-year-old is threw up in the car!   It's not been a pretty couple of day's at my house.  Plus we are coming up on our spring break. 

That being said, I am going to talke a little leave of absence.  Excuse me for a week or so, while we get better, spring clean, go camping and spend some quality time with family!

Thanks guys! 

Monday, March 7, 2011

R is for Rabbitt

Another alphabet page for our book!

Friday, March 4, 2011

It Feels...

This is another 5-senses activity.  We did 10 different materials, ranging from feathers to sandpaper and everything in between.  We had the kids feel each piece of material and then had them glue them onto the hands.  We asked the kids to describe the material and what if felt like to them.  I LOVE the answers that we got from some of the kids.  My own little girl, had some that made me crack up.  The sandpaper felt like Poppa's face, the fake leather felt like a couch and one of them felt like her dog Brody.  It was fun to hear their answers.

Fabric stores are great to look for material for this project.  A remnant can go a long way when your talking about 1 inch pieces.  Also look at the craft supplies and hardware stores.  We used sponges and Brillo pads, the possibilities are endless.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

It Smells Like......

I wish I had a better picture to share with  you.  This is another way fun activity that takes A LOT of work, but the kids love it.

The paper says, mmmmmm...smells good!  It has a picture to represent these scents;
cherry, strawberry, tangerine, lime, peppermint, cinnamon, licorice, rootbeer, chocolate, banana, peach, and grape.

We used the candy flavoring oils to make our scents.  What we did was dab a little bit of each scent on a piece of cotton, which we then glued to the paper, next to the picture that represented it. I had the kids smell each cotton ball to try and decide where it went.

The kids loved it.  The only thing about this activity is that you need to stress to the kids, DON'T TOUCH YOUR FACE!  There is alwasy one who doesn't listen and touches their eyes.  It hurts like the dickens when they do it, but you can pretty much expect one of them to do it.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Green Eggs & Ham and Sneetches

Today we ate Green Eggs and Ham.  I thought the kids would enjoy this version a little bit better than real green eggs!  It is a small scoop of lime sherbet with whip cream sprayed around it.  We also gave them vanilla wafers as pretend ham.  They loved it!
 We also had Sam juice. (green kool-aid)
 We watched this video, and made Star Belly sneetches belts.  I just googled star clip art and found a big enough template.  Had the kids color them and then attached them to a strip of poster board that we had cut into strips.  I hole punched to holes in the back and laced them with string to make a tie in the back, that way they could take them on and off.
After our snack of Green Eggs & Ham we sent outside and had Sneetch races.  We had them run, skip, jump and twirl.  It was a lot of fun!

There's a Wocket in my Pocket craft

This is so cute!  I had to hurry and share.  I will also share our Green Eggs and Ham stuff this afternoon if I get a chance.  I cut two pockets out of construction paper and stapled them together.  My kids LOVE to use the stapler, but you could just glue it or use glue dots.  I found the wockets at Southern Plate (the cupcakes are way cute too) and printed them off.  Leave an opening at the bottom of the pocket and attach the wocket to a straw with some tape.  Then the kids can slide the wocket in and out of the pocket.  Add a cute little tag and your done! 

I was having a hard time coming up with an idea for this book.  I saw the wockets and knew I had to make them.  Hope this is helpful to someone!