Monday, September 28, 2020

Welcome Fall

 Welcome Fall.
Fall is such a beautiful time of year to celebrate nature.
My little people are so excited to collect leaves and little treasures on our walks to the woods.  I picked up some small buckets at the Dollar Tree so they each have one to carry and fill up.
The other day we went looking for some oak trees in the neighbourhood and the kids had an 'acorn hunt'.  It was so fun to see their excitement about finding them on the ground.  It reminded me of the Easter egg hunts we have had in the past. 

So here's what we did this week.

Fall Wreath
The first day of Fall called for a new wreath for their door.
Using a paper plate as the base, we coloured it then glued on leaves and added a string for hanging.

Leaf Suncatcher
I printed off some leaves and let the kids colour the paper on both sides.  I cut out the leaves and then they stuck them to some Contact Paper and added dots.  I added another piece of the Contact Paper on the top to seal it all in and we added a top piece and string for hanging in the window.
Here are the leaves I printed.

Hedgie Hedgehog
This is a cute hedgehog we decorated with some of the leaves we found on our walk in the woods.
Here is the printable:

Leaf Lion
Super simple lion made with our leaves we collected.  

Acorn Necklaces
As I mentioned above, we went looking for some oak trees in our neighbourhood.
When we got back, I made their little finds into a necklace for them to wear.  I just used a little screw eye and twisted it into the top of the acorn.  I hot glued the bottom to the top so they wouldn't fall apart. is so wonderful to see how the kids have gown and their abilities have improved.
This is a drawing of Ariel for The Little Mermaid that one of my kids drew.  I was impressed with the details especially on the bikini lol!

Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Tuesday, September 22, 2020



Another fun week with my kiddos.  

This week we had a pet theme and created some great paper pets.  
So here's what we did.

Meet our little kittens.
They loved playing with them.
Here is the link:

'Polly want a cracker?'
Our parrots copied what we said....the kids loved that!
Here is the link:

Puppy Hat
Simple fun little hat printed onto white and then I let the kids colour them.

A simple fishbowl cut from construction paper.  We added some details and the kids coloured the 3D fish that are folded and glued together.
 I couldn't find the original link but here is one similar:

Cute and simple puppies.
Take a long strip of paper, fold in the middle.  Add a head and some ears, etc..  Bend up long panel for feet.

After our walk and collecting lots of leaves, the kids wanted to make a leaf hat.

Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Sunday, September 13, 2020

Oh No!! A Mouse!

Hello to another week and to our creative adventures.
This week we had fun creating some fun with a short 'mouse' theme.
No, I'm not a fan of mice, but it was fun to learn about them.

So here's what we did this week.

Simple little paper mice.  
I cut a strip of brown cardstock, the kids coloured it, then we added all the details.

(side view)

Mouse house.
The kids loved making these little houses and then we put a little mouse finger puppet inside it.
here are the patterns I printed out:
House and mouse

Cat and Mouse finger puppets.

Lastly, the girls have been asking to make an Ariel puppet so I printed one off, we glued it onto a piece of cardboard from an old cereal box and used some muffin liners for her dress.
They had fun recreating the movie.

Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.

Sunday, September 6, 2020

Bugs and Butterflies

Hello there.
Another fun week for us crafting and creating.
We learned about bugs and butterflies this week.  

Here's what we did.

Here is a fun little bumblebee puppet we made. 
 I had the pattern in my files so I'm sorry I don't have a link for it here.
We used an envelope for our puppet (easier for little hands to fit inside of), but you could also use a paper lunch bag.

Move Like a Bug Game
This was fun to play.  The kids coloured the pattern I printed out then we glued it together into a dice.  Roll the die to see what kind of movement you have to do.  They loved it!
here is the link:

We made a kite using a paper plate and some ribbon streamers.
We decorated it with bugs we coloured and glued them onto the plate. 
When they were done, we went for a picnic in the school field and flew our kites. 
They sure loved running and trying to get their kites into the air.

The kids love butterflies...who doesn't.  
We have been seeing so many this time of year so we learned about the cycle of the butterfly with this fun activity.
Here is the link:

We made butterflies using a spoon for the body.  
Holding the bottom of the spoon, we made the butterfly flutter it's wings.

 One of the best ways to teach concept and recognition of letters and numbers is to present this activity.  I write the name or print the numbers on a paper, add glue along the lines and the kids add the little circles.  It is an excellent, simple activity that helps develop fine motor skills, teaches colours and even numbers with counting how many dots they put on.

At the end of the week, the girls decided to make an art gallery.
I was so proud of the way they took the paper and art supplies and totally undirected, created their own little art gallery.  I think they did an excellent job considering they are only 4 and I love seeing the initiative taken by them to create!

Have a great week and glad you could pop in!