Category Archives: Preschool

Puppy Love


Just about everytime my daughter can get her hands on our puppy, she does.

She loves the puppy.  She hugs and kisses the puppy.  She loves playing with the puppy.  But it usually involves the puppy not being allowed to walk on the ground.

Our conversations about the puppy often go like this:

Mom: “Why don’t you let the puppy walk next to you?”



Daughter:  “The puppy is small.  She can’t walk that far”.



Mom: “But the puppy needs to spend time on the ground learning to walk with you.  That way she can grow up healthy and strong like you.” 

Daughter: “Ok, I can do that.  There, now she can get big and strong.”



Mom: “Good job, I think that is the best thing for her right now.  She needs to spend some time playing next to you and learning how to follow you.”

Daughter: “Yes, but I am ready to go play, and she can’t walk that far.  So I will have to carry her.  I love her.  I don’t want her to get lost.”



Daughter:  “See mom, she is getting bigger.  Just like me”.



Now how can I argue with that logic?  At three years old, she has everything figured out.


Does your child have a pet they play with?  Leave us a comment and tell us about it.  Thank you.



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Letter Of The Week P


Letter Of The Week  “P”

Workboxes, Activity Trays, and just for fun activities. 



Our “Letter Of The Week” this week is “P”
Our color is pink
Our number is 3
Our shape of the week is the heart.

  

My goal for the week, and for the month really, was to tie in lots of  “P” words and activities to reinforce our learning of the letter “P”, the color pink, the shape of the heart, and the number 3.  

Many of the “P” words we focused on were things we are familiar with in our everyday life, such as “pink”, “picture”, and “pizza”.  It is really important to use words they are familiar with to reinforce the letter.  Then I expanded with words they may not be as familiar with or new words.  Some of the new words for my kids were “peace”, “planet”, “prince”. 

Three of the holidays this month that worked well with “P” were Valentines Day, Black History (civil rights and peace between the cultures), and Presidents Day.  So we were able to do so much more with our letter of the week, and make it more like a letter of the month!

Each of my three younger children ages 2, 3, and 6 participated in these activities on their skill level.  The older two children ages 8 and 10 did related work to the theme (Valentines, Presidents Day, Black History, and more) that correlated nicely with these activities that the younger children were doing.

Listed below are several vocabulary words you can pick from one, or a few, or brainstorm other fun ideas for a theme to give your child more practice with the letter ‘P”.

Our main vocabulary focus from the list was on the words “pink”, “pig”, “pasta”, “peace”, and “pizza”.  

Vocabulary words:

P is for pig
P is for pink
P is for prayer
P is for panda
P is for puppy
P is for puppet
P is for pennies
P is for peace
P is for pail
P is for pattern
P is for Pinkalicious
P is for pokadot
P is for President
P is for Pastor
P is for Papa
P is for planet
P is for pizza
P is for pasta
P is for piano
P is for play
P is for park
P is for purple
P is for pumpkin
P is for practice
P is for peanut butter
P is for picture
P is for pretty
P is for princess
P is for prince
P is for pirate

Scripture

Peace

John 14:27   Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.


Books we read:

Pinkalicious Pink Around The Rink



The Three Little Pigs

My “P” Book


Crafts

Pink pig

Pink panda paper bag puppet

Pink Valentines Day Hearts



Letter “P” with pasta




Activities:

Math, Counting, Numbers, Patterns, Colors, Shapes, Practice,
Separate pink from other colors of manipulatives: legos, cubes, letters, pompoms,
Sort and transfer pompoms.  Read about it
here .
Use a pink magnifying glass to view pink butterflies and pink hearts.
Count up to three.
Count backwards from three.
Count three pennies and place into three compartments
Count three clothes pins and attatch them to a pink pail.  You can read more about this and several other listed activities
here .

            

Played with the valentines day discovery bin full of pink, white, and red items.  Read about it here.

      

Thread pink ribbon
Thread pink beads
Make a pink pattern
Say a prayer
Dora coloring page
Pig coloring page
Make a pink (and red and white) Valentine Park mini world with legos. Read about it here .



Role play with pink kitchen items. foods, pink babies, and pink stuffed animals in pink clothes.
Play with pink and purple playdough
Write the letter “P” with playdough, crayons, dots, pasta,
Play at the park





Science

Past
a Science comparing dry pasta and rehydrated pasta.  Read about it here .



Games

TIC TAC TOE TOSS using Pink Bean Bags

Scavaenger Hunt: PINK

Scavanger Hunt: Starts with the letter “P”


Songs

PINK

Tap out notes on the piano




Recipes with Kids In The Kitchen

Pepperoni Pizza



Pink popcorn snack mix
Pink and purple smoothies
Pink lemonade
Pink punch
Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches
Pasta with cheese



Pears cut up
Pumpkin Bars (will get a link to this posted soon)


Summary

Pink and purple are my three year old daughter’s favorite colors.  In addition to all the fun activities, we also looked in her closet and found all her clothes that were pink and purple or pokadots (shirts, pants, dress, underwear, socks, shoes).  She practiced trying them on, folding, and lining them up.  She has the colors pink and purple memorized!!!

My daughter has asked me to make her a “purple pizza”.   I am trying to figure out how to accomplish this. 

I considered making a purple onion pizza, but none of the kids like onions.

I thought about a plain or a purple sugar cookie crust, layered with blueberry, or blueberry-blackberry smooshed cream cheese frosting, and topped with blue berries and purple grapes.  Possibly could use some Pomegranate Blueberry juice for color and flavor in the crust, or sauce (frosting) too.  But I am not sure what combinations will taste good.  Guess I will need to try out a small one and see if it works.   

If you have any ideas for making a purple pizza, or any activities, crafts, recipes you use teach the letter P, please feel free to leave us a comment.   Thanks in advance.



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P Is For Pasta


                                    P Is For Pasta


We have been learning about the letter “P” for our Letter Of The Week.  You can read a summary of our Letter Of The Week “P” here and I will add more links as I get them published.  Be sure to check the side bar for more stories and helpful how to’s for the Letter Of The Week.

Making colored pasta is very easy and a frugal craft to do with your kids.  Pictured below is about $0.20 worth of pasta in the containers, and we will have left overs to use again.  It can be used later in lots of different ways besides this letter art project today.  It can also be used in a bin to hide learning objects in, to fill containers to make musical instruments, to use it as a medium to make collages or other art projects, to string and make jewelry or sew it onto a card or use a funny button on a felt outfit or puppet.  You can also make it a fun science project when you include the children and let them experiment with various colors and learn about staining objects.  See our colored rice project here for ideas on using pasta in place of rice for a science project and lots of other ideas.

To see the directions for making colored pasta, read here.   We made ours pink for the letter “P”.


Activity Tray:

On a tray, I placed a piece of white paper with the letter “P”.    I traced a lid for the circle and a book edge for the line of the letter P.  Then I free handed the inner circle.  I traced it in pencil first and then with a pink crayon over the pencil line (if you are setting out this activity for older children, you can let them make the letter ‘P” themselves too).   I also set out some glue, a Q tip, and pink pasta on the tray.




Playing with colored pasta is a really fun sensory experience.  My 3 year old loves to feel it flow and move between her fingers as she scoops up a handful and then lets it slowly fall back into the pile.  She can hear it go “tap tap” as it falls.  It makes a “whoosh” sound as she scoops it up again.  Visually she sees a single piece of pasta as well as a mass of pieces together.  She can mound them up or press them down.  She can remove one, or some, to see how they look individually too.    



After my daughter had her fill of playing in the pasta, it was time to make the letter “P”.

I squirted dots of glue inside the “P” .



She used a Q tip to spread the glue.  I asked her if she thought she could paint the glue inside the lines and she said “sure I can” and I was impressed that she kept it all in. 

Sometimes how you present the idea makes all the difference in a child understanding the concept.  On the other hand, if they are not ready, they may not understand, no matter how many ways you present the idea.



About this time, younger brother age 2 decided he wanted to make one too.  I had anticipated this and had a tray ready for him, minus the plate of pasta.  I wrongly assumed they could share the same container of pasta.  Oh boy, an argument ensued!  This is what I mean that even if you try to explain a concept, (such as today we are sharing one plate of pasta to make our letter p) they may not quite understand or agree.  In this case, neither child wanted the other child to have the container with the special valuable sensory exploding pasta, so I ended up dividing it into two plates of pasta, one for each.



I was quite pleased that they went right back to the activity as soon as a second container of treasured pasta came to the rescue.



The two year old would add some pasta and then go back and paint a little bit with his Q tip in the next spaces.  I think he had more fun with the Q tip as he was exploring how it smeared the glue and then how the glue made the pasta stick to the page.



They both had a lot of fun with this activity, and next time I will use the leftover pasta to practice learning to spell their names.  Maybe we will use a rainbow of colored pasta next time.

I thought it was interesting how both the 3 year old and the 2 year old followed directions, but ended up with a slightly different looking “P”.

    

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Magnet Line Up


What is in the Tot Work Box and on the shelves this week?  Lots of magnet activities.

My tot, age 2, loves to line things up.   He usually then sings a rendition of Happy Birthday To You. This is so funny and I will write another post soon that shows him blowing out his pretend candles with cars, dominos, pompoms, cubes, and lots of other toys.  It is a daily occurrence around here.  His birthday was two months ago, but he replays the song and blowing out the candles scene daily.

Magnets are really fun to line up, because sometimes they will, and sometimes they won’t, go together. 



This is a fun activity for learning about attraction and repulsion. 

He maybe to young to understand magnet vocabulary, but this simple activity helps him understand that if he turns the magnets one way they are attracted to each other, and if he turns them the other way, they repel.  

No matter how hard he tries, if he has the wrong ends (two positives or two negatives) they just won’t go together.  He can feel them pushing the pieces apart.



This is a good activity to build reasoning and deduction skills in your toddler.  It is a fun sensory experience too as the child can feel the force of attraction or repulsion.

Success is sweet!  He was so proud of his long train when he got it finished!  And then he sang Happy Birthday and blew out his imaginary candles.  So funny.



If your tot is a little older, they maybe able to understand color and shape patterns, some of the magnetic vocabulary words, and practice counting their magnet train as well. 


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Valentine Discovery Bin

Call them whatever you like, we love discovery, activity, and sensory bins!!!

We are making a discovery bin each month based on a theme.  So of course, February’s bin is all about Valentines activities.


TAKE A PEEK AT WHAT IS INSIDE OUR VALENTINE DISCOVERY BIN !

I found all the items for our bin from items around the house, a few items at Target, and at the Dollar store.

These five pink items came in one package for $1  These are great for taking lids on and off, and open and close.  Filling containers.  Squishing the body scrubber.  Tossing the body scrubber into a bucket. 

We filled the tall containers with pony beads, and the small round containers with pink and blue heart beads for threading onto string and counting activities.

Here my daughter is adding pony beads to the tall containers.

Pink and blue heart beads for threading.  Good for fine motor skills, grasping, eye hand coordination, making patterns, sizing, counting, identifying colors and shapes, and more.  These kits came with the thread and a variety of six beads per packet including a heart shape.  These are available at the dollar store.

These are wonderful little kaleidoscopes.  They are so fun to see through.  The images you see through them become multiples and if you turn them, you see the images change.  We discussed how these were similar to looking through some insect eyes such as flies. 

Here is a really fun optical sensory experience.  Look at hearts, and other objects with the kaleidoscope.  Place several objects in a pattern to view them, etc.  They can also be stacked or lined up in patterns, and counted.  The pack came with eight kaleidoscopes in two different colors for $1.  This item is available at the dollar store.

Erasers are great to use as math manipulatives.  Great for counting, matching, stacking, using as markers or game pieces, patterns, and more.  These valentine erasers also have the words “kiss” and ‘I love you” on two pairs, so they can be great to use in learning words too.  The package contains 6 matching pairs, or twelve erasers for $1 at the dollar store.

Foam hearts to use as manipulatives for counting, matching, making patterns, sizing, decorating, and more.

Heart boxes for various activities, open and close, matching, counting, patterns, hiding objects, transferring objects from one box to the other, games, colors red-light pink-hot pink, and again these have words and are great for teaching language in a hands on way.  These come in a pack of 10 for $1.

Silver heart boxes.  Come in a pack of 3 for $1.

White heart boxes.  These have a really neat texture of ridges and ruffles and are different than all the other hearts.  These also are a double heart, a fun twist.   These come in a pack of four for $1.

This is a recycled spice bottle I saved and my 8 year old son covered in red and pink construction paper.  The holes in the top are great for poking things into, and also holding pipe cleaners while little hands thread on beads.  The other side of the lid has a larger hole and is great for dropping beads into the jar.  We love to shake different objects inside and hear what sounds they make too.

I pulled out some of the larger things from the bin for you to see.  I included a small dust pan and broom for sweeping up small beads, pom poms, and pokadots.  There are pink pipe cleaners for lacing beads, making patterns, and twisting into fun shapes.  Pink embroidry string for measuring, wrapping, and lacing.  Fluffy pink body scrubbers for feeling textures and tossing.  A bright white bow for visual stimulation and feeling texture differences.  This is also good for role play as they pretend to give valentines gifts.  Pink cubex cubes for counting and stacking.  A pink bean bag for tossing in our game of tic tac toe.  Foam cupcake puzzle pieces to assemble.  Foam hearts in different sizes to match up smallest to largest and count to three.  Pretty pink and purple ribbon for measuring and lacing.  There was also two sets of tongs for grasping items that are not pictured. 

Glass gems for sorting and counting.

Fun emery board with glass pokadot beads on one side and a sandpaper texture on the other.   

A real finger massage, and very neat to run your fingers across for a fun sensory experience.  My daughter plays with this a lot.   

My daughter (age 3) is examining her glass “gems” with her pink magnifying glass.   My son (age 2) is shaking pony beads he placed inside a heart container.  He is also dancing and thrilled to hear the sounds the beads make.

Erasers to sort, count, stack, and make patterns.

Sorting pony beads into the matching colored heart container. 

They sorted pink, red, and white pony beads.

Threading pony beads onto pink pipe cleaners.  This activity requires the children to slow down and concentrate to get their bead to line up with the pipe cleaner.  I loved watching them concentrate on this.

We had five different heart containers in the discovery bin.  Here you see four different heart containers.  In this activity, my son age 2, is learning to match lids to the correct heart container.  This was very good practice for him and reinforced a lot of different skills.

The bin was used through out the month of February for free play.  Usually for one hour in the morning and sometimes another hour in the afternoon, the bin was on the table and lots of free time fun was had. 

Some of these items were also used in guided activities such as those on the red and pokadotted trays you see in the pictures above, and you can read more about other guided activities we did with items in the discovery bin here .

What was in your February Discovery Bin?  Please leave a comment and let us know about it.  Thank you.

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Pink Activities


What’s In The Box? and What’s On The Shelf?

A lot of “P” activities and especially “PINK”.  

All week long we are learning with:
pink,
the letter “P”,
the shape of a heart,
and counting to three.

Here I prepared an activity tray with several “P” activities to go along with our Letter Of The Week.



This is a fun activity.  This is a little wooden box with a window.  Inside are balls and you watch through the window and try to get a ball into a hole by moving or tilting the box in different directions until the little ball rolls into a hole and stays there. 

This activity was a huge challenge for my three year old.  For quite awhile she was frustrated that she wasn’t getting the ball in. 



We talked about making little movements instead of big changes when tipping the game.  We also talked about using the table to help hold it still.  She finally mastered it.  She learned to make smaller movements and use the table to help her.  Not only did she get the ball in a hole, she got it in a PINK hole!  She was so proud of herself.



Then we played and practiced with three sizes of foam hearts.  They were also slightly different shades of pink.  We talked about how colors can be lighter or darker or brighter shades of the same color.  She lined up the hearts from biggest to smallest.



Then she stacked them from biggest on the bottom to the smallest on the top to make a pretty layered heart.  Then she pretended to give her heart valentine to a friend.



Next she practiced counting to three by placing clothes pins around a pink bucket.



Practiced counting both forward and backward. 



She also counted three pennies and placed them in the pink bucket, and three pink cubes and placed them in the pink bucket.  It was good practice to use different “P” items for counting to the number three to reinforce this learning step.

Here she is looking through a pink magnifying glass at pink butterflies and also pink hearts.  These cards were from a domino set we printed off and laminated.   You can read about where to get them and how we used them here.



Its fun to be silly.  She is looking at me taking her “P” picture.



She completed a Dora activity page about the color pink.  She loves Dora related activities. 

Then we read the story Pinkalicious Pink Around The Rink.  I love these early readers, and can’t wait to pick up some more in this series. I will write a review of this book for you later and post a link.



Coloring pink.



Sorting pink letters and numbers and cubes from other colors.



She had a lot of fun with practicing her “Pink” and “P” activities. 

We did lots more related to this, so stay tuned, there are more stories to come!


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Pom Pom Sorting Tot Tray



Pom Pom Grasping, Sorting, and Transferring Activity for Valentines Day

Whats On The Shelf?

A Pom Pom Sorting Tot Tray

Items:
Valentine container filled with red, white, and pink pom poms.
Containers for sorting, red, white, and pink.
Tongs for grasping and transferring.
Spoon for scooping and transferring.  (These tool items were in the toy box, they were part of a veterinary kit the kids plays with.  They were pink, small, and I thought they would be easy for them use to grasp the pom poms.)


I used this activity with my three year old daughter and two year old son.



First, she practiced reaching into the valentine container to grasp pom poms with the tongs.  Then she transferred the pom pom she pulled out to the matching colored container.  I noticed she kept counting to five and then would start over with her numbers each time she reached five pom poms.  She did this on her own, I did not ask her too.  We had been practicing counting to three this month, even though she know up to twenty verbally.



Then she practiced scooping with the spoon to get a pom pom and transfer it to the color matching bucket.



She had no trouble matching her pom poms to the right color of container, but some challenge in grasping the pom poms with our little plastic tools.  They were short and didn’t allow for enough reach at the right angle to retrieve the pom poms very well.

The task became very simple for her once I realized she needed a lower container to hold the pom poms so she could hold her scoop more horizontal and her pom poms stopped rolling off. 



Then little brother practiced his grasping and transferring skills.



This is a great activity to practice fine motor skills, concentration, color sorting and discrimination, transferring objects, eye hand coordination, counting, and more.  This activity also reinforced the letter “P” and two of our vocabulary words for February including pom pom and pink.  You can read about the Letter Of The Week here.

This activity could be adjusted for older children, by adding in dice and having the children place the correct number of pom poms in the containers based on the number on the dice.  Use two dice, and two pom pom colors to practice addition or subtraction skills.  When done, graph how many pom poms you ended up with for each color or graph for each roll of the dice.  I think I might make a printable to use this with the older kids.  Stay tuned…..


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Valentine Park Mini Play World


Today was filled with lots of imaginary play in Valentine Park.

With Valentines Day just around the corner, we have been doing lots of related activities.  So why not visit Valentine Park too? 



This activity was all about using our imagination to build structures for little toy friends to play on.  All the children participated, and benefited in practicing various skills.
    Counting, 
    Color Recognition, 
    Size Recognition, 
    Patterns,
    Stacking, 
    Eye Hand Coordination, 
    Dexterity, 
    Problem Solving, 
    and much more.

A really important topic we are dicussing is LOVE.   We are also discussing sharing, caring for others, being understanding, and slow to get angry.

A verse in the bible sums up what LOVE is.  
1 Corinthians 13: 4-8 (NIV) says:
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.  8 Love never fails. 

That is the best message you could teach your kids about what love is.


Valentine Park

We looked through the lego supplies and found lots of red, white, and pink legos to work with.  We found some fun friends in the toy box to share Valentines fun with.   Then we got busy creating a mini play world for our Valentine friends to enjoy.



The kids came up with all their own creations for this park.



The two year old practiced stacking and connecting pieces while his older siblings built the park.



The three year old watched carefully and repeated steps as she saw what her older siblings were making.




The 10 year old can build just about anything.  He was a big help in putting this park together.



Here he built a Valentine Theme Park.    It had a special entrance of pink and white and a pink and red fence.  Inside was a maze.  The park also had a sand box, a bouncy ride on toy, a slide, a tunnel and play bridge.





Then he built some monkey bars and this little valentine friend hung upside down.



The six year old came up with a swimming pool for the park, complete with a red and white fence, a diving board, and a white life preserver.  Here his little friend is about to jump into the water.



The eight year old made a flower garden with a walking path, a ride on vehicle, some climbing shapes, and a petting zoo.





We pulled out some larger legos for this red castle defended by red knights. 

The larger legos were much easier for the two and three year olds to grasp and snap together. 

This castle was taken apart and rebuilt many times today by the two year old. 

The three year old enjoyed moving her friends in and out of all the park areas and role playing in the different sections. 



The kids had a lot of fun today in the imaginary world of Valentine Park.



What games are you playing with your kids this Valentines Day?


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Fruit Salad with Kids In The Kitchen


Kids learn so much by helping in the kitchen.  And it is a lot of fun to eat the fruit of your labors!




FRUIT SALAD with Kids In The Kitchen



Here is what you will need to create this super duper nutritious fruit salad:

Great kitchen helpers: eight year old son, three year old daughter, and two year old son all helped in making this yummy treat.

2 Golden Delicious Apples, peeled, cored, and diced into large pieces.  The eight year old peeled the apples.  Then mom cored and diced.  He put them into the bowl.



1 Clementine or orange, juiced
2 Clementines, peeled and pulled into sections

The eight year old did a fine job doing these tasks.



1/4 Cup Blackberries-organic



1/4 cup Raspberries-organic
The two and three year olds helped put the raspberries and black berries into the bowl.



1 Banana, peeled and sliced.  The eight year old handled the knife safely and did a good job cutting the slices.



1 Cup Seedless Red Grapes-organic
This was a good job for my three year old daughter and two year old son.  The three year old did most of this task.  She pulled the grapes off the stem and added them into the salad.



Mix together:
6 oz vanilla yogurt
2 tablespoons raw honey (our favorite is sourwood honey from the Blue Ridge Mountains)



Gently toss everything together and allow the yogurt honey mixture to coat everything.



A kid friendly lunch:
    Macaroni and Cheese
    Fried Potato Slices
    Fruit Salad
    And a glass of raw milk



And every last bite disappeared!



Each time the kids help with a meal, they are learning valuable skills that will last a lifetime.  The are practicing math concepts, science concepts, health concepts, life skills, reading (if you are using a printed recipe) and more.   Allowing children to help in the kitchen in preparing the family meal also helps build confidence as they work together to accomplish a goal that is so rewarding.




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Snowman Craft


Want to build a snowman without getting cold?

Try this fun craft.

You will need construction paper, copy paper, three circle shapes of different sizes, scissors, glue stick, pencil, and a great big smile.

We did this activity with tot school, preschool, kindergarten, second grade, and fourth grade.



Tear off a strip of white copy paper to make snow on the ground of your picture. 

Glue the snow ground onto the construction paper background color of your choice.  My 3 year old chose light blue to represent the color of the sky outside our window. 



Trace the three circle shapes onto the white paper.  We talked about how the circles were small, medium, and large.   I helped my daughter hold the shape with one hand and used my other hand to help her hold the pencil as we went around the shape.



I cut out the circles for her. 

Later we took a practice piece of paper and she practiced tracing circles and cutting them out on her own.  They did not quite look like circles when whe was done, as she did not have the control to turn the scissors to follow the curve.  She was a little frustrated that she could not recreate the cut out circle, but I reminded her with practice, she will be able to do it.



She did a very good job gluing on her circles.



Well, in her mind, all snowmen are really snow women, and she asked for pink and red for her snow person.

She decided on a pink hat, pink buttons, pink scarf, red mittens, and red shoes.

Meet Mrs. Snow Woman!

I helped her make some snow flakes, and snowman details. 

She glued everything on herself except for the mouth.  She did a great job.



Variation to what my 3 year old did, was to take my 2 year old’s hand with a blue crayon turned on its side, and drag it across the white paper.  This gave the page a blue and white color pattern and was great fun for him.  Then he glued his circles onto his snowman.



I was really surprised how well he kept his glue stick on the circle and followed the shape.  He is very good at copying his older siblings and this helped today as he saw what they did, he repeated and did a great job.  He knew right where to place his circles.  What is it about a snowman that children seem to know just where to place the circles?  This is a good activity for kids.



He placed his own circles for the snowman.  I helped him place his nose, mouth, and scarf.  He placed the other details of eyes, buttons, hat, and snow flakes. 

Another cool thing we did, was put some snowflakes under the paper and colored over them on the top paper and the design of the snow flake showed up on the top piece.  Then he glued on a few snow flakes too.

He was so proud of his creation.  I have a dozen pictures similar to this one.  He smiled as big as he could and carried around his art work to show everyone.



My six year old wanted to create a cowboy snowman.  His mind is always thinking cowboys. 



Snowman=cowboy. 

His creation has a sheriff badge, a belt, a cowboy hat, a bandana, and cowboy boots. 

I recall a discussion of how to make a snowman cowboy ride a horse, but alas, he gave up on the idea, as the snowman might roll off as his legs would be too short to straddle the saddle.    We also thought he had to leave his gun at home as his mittens might hinder his quick draw.  Whew!  I dodged the bullet on that one.



My 8 year old wanted an authentic looking snowman.  He was sure to add the details to his carrot, and use lumps of coal for the decorations. 



A really cool thing he did was to make his snow flakes crinkle and 3 dimensional, by using tape instead of glue.  (Also another way of saying he got tired of the glue sticking to his hands.)  The effects of using the tape on the snowflakes was really neat.  It made them shimmer, and puffy compared to the rest of his picture. 



Way to go!



Here is my serious artist.  He is 10 and a perfectionist in his creations.  So his took a “loooooong” time to make.   He has a corny sense of humor too, and is very independent.  His snowman was like a Sherlock Homes character.



His details are miniature compared to the other snowmen.  Itty bitty buttons.  Itty bitty hat.  Itty bitty scarf.  And a candy “cane”.



He is not done with his masterpiece.  He plans to add trees, perhaps a snow rabbit and birds, and more details later.  But Mom wanted to get a picture so here it is in this early stage.



What a fun time we had playing and building snowmen, without using the actual cold wet stuff.



I love how each child’s personality came through in making their own personal snowperson.


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