Saturday, April 30, 2011

Q-Tip Painting

I saw this cute idea for painting with Q-tips over at Kindergarten Crayons and knew my little artists would love it. Even J got in on the act.

At first, Miss M was willing to do the dots, but eventually she decided smearing it around was a more pleasing technique.

The finished products:

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Garden Playdough

We are wrapping up our month of studying gardens and plants. For a little extra fun, I made Miss M a garden-themed playdough tub to play with . I included:

-homemade playdough "dirt"
-silk flowers
-plastic flower picks
-small plastic shovel
-two small pails for planting
-wooden carrot

She has been greatly enjoying planting her garden over and over again!

Monday, April 25, 2011

After-Easter Eggs

At our house, plastic Easter eggs get used long past Easter. In years past we have used them to make sound shakers and to make alphabet games. This year, I put a dozen plastic Easter eggs into an empty egg carton, and Baby B is having a lot of fun taking them in and out.

He is also enjoying putting the eggs in and out of a small basket he got for Easter.

The eggs fit great into his hands, are not chokeable or breakable, roll around on our hardwood floors, and are brightly colored, making them the perfect toy for an 11-month-old!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter

Hope you have a happy and blessed Easter Day!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Garden Mini-Books

This week we worked on some mini-books related to gardening. Kindergarten Crayons had some printable books she created that you had to color, cut and glue. One is on gardening, and the other is about bees and uses positional words (above, between, etc.) and color words - two things we need to strengthen in our house.

Miss M LOVED doing these books!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Homemade Easter Presents

I wanted Baby B to have an Easter basket like his siblings, but he is far too young for candy, coloring books or eggs. I found a pattern here for making soft stuffed balls that resemble farm animals and thought he would enjoy those.

I made them out of flannel, so they are very soft to touch. Hopefully he'll like them as much as I enjoyed making them.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Monday, April 18, 2011

Handprint Bunny

Miss M's favorite kind of art remains anything that involves painting her hands or her feet. This idea came from Just For Fun, and was a huge hit. She painted her palm, index finger and ring finger to make the bunny and her thumb to make the nose.

Usually I do one for Baby B when we do Miss M's, but he was NOT into having his hand painted this day. Maybe next year.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Teeny Tiny Tot School

Tot School
~10.5 months old~

Baby B is 10 months old now, and that means while he is still a baby, he is also old enough to do some very basic Tot School activities.

This week we introduced one of Miss M's favorite Tot School toys - the water table. It was warm enough to do this on two different days, and both times Baby B LOVED splashing and pouring. He managed to drench himself, his sister and me both times.

Baby B continues to love his discovery basket.

One of the things I added was a baby food jar filled with jingle bells. (I hot-glued the lid on so it cannot come open.) It is the perfect size to fit into his hand, and he loves shaking it and watching the bells. He also rolls the jar along the floor and chases it around. Since it is clear he can see the bells as well as hear them, which adds to his fun.

Baby B is loving books. However, after two ripped books that were his sister's favorites, I decided to give him his own book basket. I placed his books into it, and put it on the floor right next to the bookshelf. This has worked well, as he can crawl right to it and pull all of his books out to look at. He has been leaving the other shelves alone now that he has access to his own books.

That was Baby B's first week of Teeny Tint Tot school.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Another Chicken Craft

For this chicken, Miss M cut and glued construction paper.

We traced her hands for the wings. The long yellow strip of paper at the top is the chicken's hair. Didn't you know chickens had long hair?

Friday, April 15, 2011

Drawing a Chicken

Miss M is very much into drawing lately, so when I saw this fun idea over at My Montessori Journey I knew she'd enjoy it. The tray is set up with blank paper, the necessary markers, and a ring-book that shows step-by-step instructions on how to draw the chicken.

Miss M has to follow the drawn instructions, adding one element each step. There were eight steps in all.

I think the end product is absolutely adorable, and she has had the best time drawing chickens!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Tissue Paper Flowers

We continued our work with flowers by making some tissue paper flowers.

These are a great practice at folding paper. It was challenging for Miss M, but she did work hard to get two done.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Blooming Daffodils

We have been having gorgeous weather lately, and that has meant lots of planting going on. While Miss M is patiently waiting for our flower seeds to sprout, we made some daffodils to brighten up the indoors.

First she cut and glued a version using construction paper. (The center is a painted egg-carton cup).

Then, she decided it wasn't one she could hold - so we made a 3-D version. I made a yellow pinwheel, and she added a rolled-paper stem and another painted egg-carton middle.

This is a quick craft, so you can make a whole bouquet of these very quickly!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Catching Up

I know it's been several weeks since I last posted. We (mainly Baby B and I) have been sick, but we are finally better now.

We got Miss M a painted-lady butterfly kit, and she has been enjoying watching them go grow. She is eagerly anticipating them emerging any day now.

She has been working a lot on writing. She has her name, and the names of our family members down pretty well by now. (This one says Mom.)

We are also continuing to work on our beginning sounds in phonics.

Baby B has progressed from crawling and is pulling himself to stand on anything he can find.

We have had gorgeous weather lately, and have been outside as much as possible.

J has been busy with school, boy scout camp-outs, and getting ready for Middle School. This is my favorite photo of the past few weeks.