Thursday, December 23, 2010

1st year of school ornament

The theme this week is Christmas!
Project: 1st Year of School Ornament! This year is Connor's 1st year in school - kindergarten. I wanted to find him an ornament to remember his 1st year of school, but I just couldn't find one! My mom suggested that I make my own. So, I glued together 4 crayons, and took the pin off of my old school bus pin (from when I was younger) and glued the school bus to the top part of the 4 crayons. Finally, I glued a ribbon to the back of the crayons for hanging. I think it turned out really cute.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Christmas Melted Crayons!!

The theme this week is Christmas!
Project: Christmas Melted Crayons - I volunteer in Connor's kindergarten class once a week. I was looking for something "special" to give to each child in his class for Christmas. I remembered that we had a Christmas cookie pan and a bunch of old crayon pieces, so I thought it would be cute to melt all of the crayons into cute Christmas crayons. I am so glad I tried this - they turned out great. Connor and I removed the wrappers from the broken crayons and placed the stripped down crayon pieces into each section of the pan. I then put the pan into the 250 degree pan for about 20-30 minutes. I let them cool and then flipped the finished crayons out of the pan

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Oh Christmas Tree!

The theme this week is Christmas!
Project: Oh Christmas Tree! I drew a Christmas tree on green construction paper. Ty and Addie used sequins and beads to decorate their individual trees! Materials Needed: green construction paper, marker, craft glue, beads, sequins

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Christmas Placemats!

The theme this week is Christmas!!
Project: Christmas Placemats! Ty and Addie had so much fun making and using their Thanksgiving placemats, that Ty requested making Christmas placemats! So, I gave them a white piece of construction paper, cut-out pieces to a reindeer and a Christmas tree and they assembled the parts. I helped them with their reindeer's antlers, but they each added their own individual touches to their placemats. I also gave them Christmas stickers, so they could add a little more their placemats. When they were done, I glued the white placemats to green and red construction paper and used Con-Tact paper to seal/laminate the placemats into more durable and usable placemats!! I think they turned out really cute!!

Materials Needed: white, green and red construction paper, glue sticks, scissors, stickers, markers, and any kind of Christmas craft you want to have on the placemat, Con-Tact paper

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Snowman Face Ornament!

The theme this week is Christmas!!
Project: Snowman Face Ornament! I saw this project a while back in Family Fun Magazine. Take the key ring off of a round, paper, circle key chain. Glue on a black, craft foam hat. Use permanent marker to make 2 eyes, and dots for the snowman's mouth. Use orange marker to make a carrot nose. Attach a ribbon for hanging!! Materials Needed: key ring holder, black craft foam, ribbon, craft glue, black permanent marker, orange marker

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Craft Stick Rudolph Ornament!

The theme this week is Christmas!
Project: Craft Stick Rudolph Ornament!! Glue two large craft stick together to form a V. Glue the remaining craft stick vertically across the open part of the V - leaving about an inch on each end of the craft sticks. Glue a red pom- pom on the tip of the V - for Rudolph's nose. Add googly eyes and a ribbon for hanging. *** optional*** You can also paint the craft sticks brown! Materials Needed: 3 large craft sticks, craft glue, googly eyes, red pom-pom, red or green ribbon

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Bead Candy Canes!

** I am reposting this project from last year, because Ty and Addie made beaded candy canes this week, so it is was a new craft for the two of them. Ty and Addie added green to the red and clear beads to make their candy canes extra special!!

Day 1 of the week - The theme this week is Christmas Sweets. The letter of the week is X, x. Project - Connor and Lauren strung red and white beads onto chenille stems. I bent the ends of the chenille stems to secure the beads. Materials Needed - chenille stems, red and white beads (tri or regular beads).
Learning Activities - I have been using the workbook Everything for Early Learning Preschool workbook. (I purchased it at Wal-Mart)
Today's Activities:
The letter X, x - writing, recognition
Number Review - counting, following directions, ordering, writing

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Craft Stick Beaded Christmas Tree!

This is a repost from last year, but I made the tree's again this year with Addie and Ty. Instead of using all long sticks, I cut the sticks so they were staggered - to better resemble a Christmas tree! We also used tri-beads for the ornaments! Addie and Ty had a lot of fun gluing on the beads - they turned out great!!!!
Day 2 of the week - The theme this week is Christmas Trees. The letter of the week is W, w.
Project - Craft Stick Beaded Christmas Tree - Connor and Lauren glued 4 green craft sticks together (1 as the trunk the other 3 as the branches). They glued a foam yellow star on the top of the tree and glued on colored beads for ornaments/lights. I added a piece of ribbon so the tree can be an ornament. Materials Needed - 4 green craft sticks, craft glue, yellow foam star, beads, ribbon

Learning Activities - I have been using the workbook Everything for Early Learning Preschool workbook. (I purchased it at Wal-Mart)
Today's Activities:
The letter W, w - writing, recognition, beginning sound
Number Review - counting, following directions,

Monday, December 6, 2010

Paper Plate Wreath

The theme this week is Christmas!
Project: Paper Plate Wreath! Cut the inside circle of a large paper plate out. Paint the paper plate green. Press red construction paper circles onto the wet paint (for holly berries). When the paint is dry add a festive ribbon! Materials Needed: paper plate, scissors, green paint, paint brush, red construction paper, ribbon

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Handprint Santa!

The theme this week is Christmas!
Project: Handprint Santa! I painted Ty and Addie's individual hands white. They pressed their individual hands onto green paper. They glued a red Santa hat 2 inches above the white palm. They dipped their thumbs into white paint and pressed their thumbs on the rim of each hat (for white trim) and on the tip of the hat (for the ball). They pressed their thumbs into red paint and pressed it on the paper for Santa's nose. Next, they pressed their thumbs in pink paint and pressed them on the paper for Santa's rosy cheeks. Next, they glued on two googly eyes. When the white paint was dry, they added a mouth by pressing their pointer finger onto a black ink pad. *I saw this craft a couple of years ago in Family Fun Magazine**
Materials Needed: green paper, red paper, white, red and pink paint, googly eyes, glue