Friday, December 20, 2013


Christmas Crafts
Thumbprint Reindeer Ornaments
Paint thumb brown
Press painted thumb onto a small ball ornament
Let dry, add antlers and eyes with permanent marker
Use glue to make a nose and sprinkle red glitter to make Rudolph!

Craft Stick Sled Ornaments
Lay out 5 craft sticks side by side in the shape of a sled
Hot glue 2 more craft sticks across the laid-out craft sticks to create supports
For the slid runners, lay an craft stick on its thin edge so it rests on the supports. 
Hot glue it into place.  Repeat with the last craft stick
Decorate the sled
Attach a chenille stem to the sled for hanging

The bottom of the sled

Reindeer Cookies
Ingredients:  Nutter Butter Cookies, pretzels, chocolate chips red M&M's, frosting
Break pretzels to make the antlers
Use frosting to stick on the antlers, eyes and nose

Addie and the Reindeer Cookies for her 4K snack!

Beaded Wreath Ornaments
String green beads onto a red pipe cleaner - we used a sparkly red pipe cleaner!
Form into a circle and twist shut
Form a bow with the pipe cleaner ends

Hand and Foot Print Santa's Sleigh
Paint a foot with green paint
Press onto the top corner of a piece of white paper
Paint a hand brown and press on the paper 3 times.
Let dry and draw on the details!

Handprint Snowmen Ornament
Paint hand and press onto a colored glass ball
Let dry and draw on faces, hats and arms!

Pom-Pom Wreath
Glue pom-poms onto a circle shaped piece of tag board
Glue on a red bow.

Extra Large Gingerbread People!
I cut 2 gingerbread figures from large pieces of the brown, packing paper from my
Online Christmas Packages!
I then gave the 2 girls a bunch of supplies and let them go crazy! 
I actually think they were pretty tame with their decorating - but I did have to scrub my floor when they were finished. :)


Christmas Tree Math
Skills: math, addition, number writing, counting
I created a document with blank Christmas Trees and easy word problems. 
The word problems involved adding two different colors of balls to each tree and then writing the total on the line. 
Addie writing the total sum

Her completed Christmas Tree Math Sheet

Our Little Pine Tree
Decorate a foam tree with beads, sequins, gems . . .
Type and print the following poem:
Here’s our little pine tree,
Tall and straight
Let’s find the things
So we can decorate.
First we want to put
A star on top!

Then we must be careful
The balls don’t drop.
Hang on all the tinsel
Shiny and bright
Put on the canes
And hook them just right.
Finally put some presents
For you and for me.
And we'll be ready
With our Christmas tree.

Glue the completed tree and the printed poem to a piece of red construction paper

My Little Reindeer
Print a picture of your child
Cut around the picture and glue it to a piece of construction paper
Paint both hands brown and press them onto the paper to make antlers
Add glue to the nose and sprinkle with red glitter
Add bows and names to complete

Christmas Cutting Practice Sheets 
Skillscutting, pasting, matching
Cut the trees on the dotted lines
Match the trees and glue them to a piece of paper
Here is the link to the Christmas Theme Cut It Out Pack


Pasting and Matching

The Finished Product

 Candy Cane Rudolph
Cut a candy cane shape out of white paper
Cut red strips
Trace hands on brown construction paper - cut the hands out
Directions: Glue red stripes to the candy cane
Glue the candy cane to a piece of construction paper
Glue the hands/antlers to the candy cane
Glue on a googly eye and a glitter nose

Friday, November 22, 2013

Thanksgiving Fun!

Thanksgiving Fun
Circle Handprint Turkey
Cut out a larger circle from brown construction paper and a smaller circle from tan construction paper
Cut out an orange beak and feet, and a red "gobbler"
Paint a hands with different colored paint and press around the paper
Let dry and assemble the turkey - adding googly eyes
Glue the turkey in the middle of the hand prints
Cut around the turkey
Turkey Clothespin
Glue on googly eyes and an orange bead - for the beak
Place a small amount of  glue in the clothespin and stick 3-4 feather in the opening
 Paper Plate Name Turkey
Cut a brown body and an orange beak and different colored feathers -enough for each child's name
Color a small paper plate brown
Glue the body onto the plate
Glue the beak onto the turkey and draw on eyes
Glue the feathers to the back of the plate
Write your name on the feathers - 1 letter on each feather
Plastic Egg Turkey
Cut a beak and gobbler from yellow and red felt
Glue a matching color pom pom on one half of a plastic Easter egg
Glue on the felt beak, "gobbler" and eyes
On the back, glue on 4-5 feathers
Tissue Paper Turkey
Cut a paper plate in half
Cut pieces of colored tissue paper into squares
Cut a circle from brown, craft foam, a triangle and feet from orange craft foam, and a "gobbler" from read craft foam
Assemble the turkey
Glue the tissue paper squares around the edge of the 1/2 paper plate
Staple the assembled turkey to the plate
Pumpkin Pie Magnet
Trace the lid from an old soup can onto orange craft foam -make sure the lid doesn't have sharp edges.
Cut a triangle out from the orange circle.
Glue the orange craft foam to the inside of the lid
Hot glue on a tan chenille stem - this is the pie's crust
Cut a square from a white coffee filter and accordion fold it.  Glue it on top of the pie!
Attach a magnet to the back.
Learning Activities
 Counting Feathers
Skills:  Math - number recognition, counting, one-to-one correspondence
Cut out "turkeys" from brown construction paper and draw on eyes and beaks
Write 1 number on each turkey along with the corresponding number of dots
Cut out different colored feathers from construction paper
Glue the turkeys to construction paper (leave a gap at the top, so you are able to add feathers later)
Say the number and count out feathers to match the number.  Glue the correct amount of feathers to the matching turkey.
Turkey Feathers - Number Order
 Skills:  Math - number recognition, counting, number order
I created this activity and printed it off for Addie to complete.
I cut out the feathers for her and then she put them in order!
Gobble, CVC Word Game!
Skills:  Reading - CVC words, sight words, reading
Here is the link to this great CVC word game
The Pairs 
Thanksgiving Numbers Clip-It!
Skills:  Math - number recognition, counting
Here is the link to this cute Thanksgiving themed counting activity


Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Halloween Fun!

Halloween Fun!
Handprint Spider
Paint child's hand black
Press onto 5x7 piece of orange construction paper
Let dry - add googly eyes and spider webs!
Book Connection:
Spooky Bunny Tales - The Blue Tarantula
Max & Ruby Three Stories in One
Witches Broomsticks
Press a pretzel stick into the middle/bottom part of a Mini Reeses Peanut Butter Cup
Book Connection:
It's Halloween Night
By: Jennifer O'Connell
Mosaic Candy Corn
Draw a candy corn shape on black construction paper with white chalk
Separate the candy corn into 3 sections
Cut white, orange and yellow paper into squares
Glue the colored squares onto the paper
Square Monsters!
Cut a green square  and 2 rectangles -for the legs from green construction paper
Cut two squares, a skinny rectangle and a zigzag for the bolts, hair and nose piece
Cut two rectangles for the feet
Glue the feet to the square
Glue the other pieces to the Monster!
Draw on two scars and two eyes
Book Connection:
Inside a House That is Haunted
By:  Alyssa Satin Capucilli
Coffee Filter Pumpkin
Paint a coffee filter with orange water color paint.
Let dry - Glue a green stem to the top!

Handprint Jack-O-Lanterns
Trace hand on orange construction paper
Cut it out and draw a face on the hand print
Glue on a green stem

Candy Corn Footprint
Paint the bottom of one foot white, orange and yellow.
Press the foot onto a piece of construction paper

Learning Activities
Candy Corn Number Match
Skills: number recognition, counting, number words,
Cut out pieces to candy corn - white, orange and yellow
Write the numeral on the white piece, corresponding dot/dots on the orange piece and the number word on the yellow piece
 Match the three pieces of the candy corn and glue them on the black construction paper
Halloween Shape Sort
Skills:  Shapes, gluing, name writing
Create a document with 3 circles and 3 triangles
On the side of the document copy 3  jack-o-lanterns and 3 candy corn
Cut out the jack-o-lanterns and candy corn
Glue the pieces into the correct shape

Halloween Counting Book
Skills:  number writing, counting, reading, name writing, coloring
Here is the link for this cute Halloween Counting Book
At the Pumpkin Patch Beginning Sounds Sort
Skills:  beginning sounds. cutting, pasting, letter recognition
Here is the link to this great beginning sounds activity.


Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Fall Fun!

Fall Fun
Stamped Cork Fall Tree
Cut a tree trunk from brown paper
Prepare red, yellow and orange paint and 3 wine corks
Glue the tree trunk to a piece of white paper.
Press the corks into the paint and press onto the paper to make leaves!

Ripped Paper Fall Tree
Cut a tree trunk from brown construction paper
Type and print:  In the Fall, the leaves fall off the tree!
Rip small pieces of red orange and yellow construction paper
Glue the tree trunk to a 5x7 piece of blue construction paper
Glue the "leaves" to the tree
Glue the poem to the bottom of the tree
Fall Leaf Man
Cut out a leaf shape
Cut out strips of black paper for the arms and legs- accordion fold the strips of paper
Type and print:  If I were a leaf, I would . . .
Glue googly eyes to the leaf
Draw a mouth and nose on the leaf man
Finish the sentence
Staple the arms and legs on the leaf man
Staple the finished sentence to the leaf man

Learning Activities 
Pumpkin Seed Counting Story
Skills:  MathCounting, one-to-one matching, number recognition
Here is the link to this printable book
We used a light pink stamp pad to make the pumpkin seeds on each page

 Leaf Counting Book
Skills:  number writing, counting,  number recognition, name writing
Trace and cut out out a leaf shape to make this book
Write the numbers 1-5 on the top of the leaves
Stick the appropriate number of  fall sticker/s on each page
Write your name and  1-5 on the cover
Acorn Shape Match
Skills:  shape recognition, matching, pasting
Cut acorn shapes from brown and tan construction paper - brown for the top and tan for the bottom.  Draw matching shapes on the top and bottom of each acorn
Match the shapes and glue the acorns to the paper

Acorn Number Match
Skills:  number writing, one-to-one correspondence, number recognition, counting,
This is a variation of the acorn shape match
Roll two die and add them together
Write the sum on the top part of the acorn
Draw the same number of dots on the bottom of the acorn
Glue the acorn halves to a piece of paper
Fall Tree Words
Skills:  sight word reading, gluing
Trace hand on a blue piece of paper - color with brown marker
Cut out different colored leaves (I did 6 leaves)
Write sight words on the leaves
Read each leaf and then glue it to the tree