Let the Easter Crafts Begin!

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Reagan had a blast creating this bunny! Her fine motor skills were put to good use and she was loving the fact that the cotton balls were super sticky because of the glue! We obviously used washable paint when creating our pink nose, trust me that was the messiest part. Reagan was able to do most of this craft independently. I assisted in cutting and twisting the pipe cleaner, along with squeezing the glue. The first of many Easter crafts, I’m sure:)

Materials
Paper plate
Cotton balls
Scissors
Pipe cleaner ( I’m sure black and pink would be more appropriate, but we didn’t have those colors, so we used purple and red)
Pink Pom Pom ball ( again, a pink ball would be ideal, but we only had white, so we painted ours pink!)
Glue
White construction paper
Pink Marker or crayon
Black marker or crayon
Two google eyes

Directions

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If you don’t have a pink pom pom ball, squeeze a small amount of pink paint onto a plate and have your child roll the white pom pom ball around until it is covered in pink paint.

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Assist your child in squeezing the glue bottle to cover your paper plate in swirls of glue. Stick cotton balls onto plate, covering entire plate.

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Glue on google eyes.

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Glue pink pom pom down as nose.
Cut black pipe cleaner, or whatever color pipe cleaner that you’re using for whiskers, in half. Draw 4 lines with the glue. Place pipe cleaners on-top of traced glue line.

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Cut the pink pipe cleaner, or whatever color pipe cleaner you’re using for the mouth, in half and then cut another half inch or so off of each piece. Twist the top of the two pieces of pink pipe cleaner together and hook the bottoms. Glue below nose.

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Fold a white piece of construction paper in half and cut out the shape of a bunnies ear. Draw, on each ear in black marker, the inside of the bunnies ear. I free handed the cutting and the inside lines- they don’t have to be perfect;)
Using pink marker or crayon, color the inside of the bunnies ears. Glue ears to the back side of the paper plate.

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Happy Crafting!!

Super Soft Rainbow

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Reagan’s been on a rainbow kick lately, so this super cute craft was right up her alley. Color identification and fine motor skills are put to good use throughout this activity!

Materials

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Glue
Cotton balls
Paper plate
Various colors of construction paper
Markers in corresponding colors to construction paper
Hole punch
Scissors

Directions

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Cut several strips of paper- I eyeballed while cutting- ours were not much smaller than an inch wide. Cut the paper the long way and keep the length to the strips. Reagan decided to color the strips; such a great addition!

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Cut the paper plate in half and punch a hole, in the plate, towards the top/center.

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Swirl glue, covering plate. Cover plate with cotton balls, pressing firmly. Reagan and I talked about the shape of the cotton balls, the color, how they felt and what they were representing within our project.

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Squeeze a line of glue towards the cut edge of the paper plate. Reagan picked the order of the strips, lined them up and pressed firmly for them to stay. We talked about the colors and came up with various things that were the same color as our strips- i.e. Green- grass, yellow- sun flower, red-grandmas lipstick and so on. ( the strips are glued on the opposite side of the plate from where the cotton balls were glued)

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Cut string or yarn to the length that you want and thread through punched hole, tie ends to secure.

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Hang for all to see!

One-to-One Correspondence

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We’ve been working on various number recognition and counting activities lately, and I have to admit that Reagan is really beginning to grasp the concept. I was excited to see a one-to-one correspondence activity in the ‘work’ area at Reagan’s young 2’s preschool. It’s reassuring to know that the skills that are being taught at home are being reinforced in school and vice versa. For those unfamiliar, one-to-one correspondence is usually explained as the ability to match one object to one (corresponding) number or object.
We recreated the activity from school and enjoyed sharing it with Reagan’s cousin.

Materials
Various colors of felt (we used 6, for numbers 1-6)
Scissors
Sharpie
Several buttons (we used 21, so that each felt heart would have enough buttons)

Directions
1. Cut heart shapes out of felt. We cut out 6 hearts, for numbers 1-6.

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2. Label each individual heart with a number and the corresponding number of x’s.

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3. Provide child with buttons.

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4. Model how activity is done. Count number of x’s, say number, point to number, place a button over each x. And/or point to number, say number, count number of x’s, place a button over each x.

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Such a simple and fun way to teach and reinforce one-to-one correspondence.
Below are links to additional activities. Enjoy!
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PreK Pages

Iceberg, Anyone?

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It’s been super cold outside, which has left Reagan and I hanging out at home to avoid the absolutely skin chilling weather outdoors. Hanging out inside all day, with a two-year old, requires this momma to be on her toes. I try to have several projects/activities planned for Reagan that I can easily access when there is down time that needs to be filled. One activity that I’ve been waiting to do with Reagan is Delia Creates awesome iceberg activity. We had just come back from visiting cousins in Kingston, Ontario, where they were recovering from an ice storm that reeked havoc on their small city. We saw beautiful icicles and huge chunks of ice lining the slick streets. Delia’s activity seemed liked the perfect extension for our ice filled trip.

Materials

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Several Tupperware Containers- we used three

Various things to freeze. We picked things that would float and things that would sink when our containers were filled with water

Water

Iceberg and glacier facts – I wanted to be sure that I was passing on accurate information to Reagan. Find what we used below.

Iceberg and glacier videos and pictures- Visual Learners! Find what we used below.

Directions

1. Show pictures and videos about icebergs and glaciers, while telling facts about each. Reagan’s only two, so this part of the activity was very short, specific and to the point.

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Videos: Twinkle Trails: Icebergs and Glaciers , Iceberg Collapsing , Iceberg Flipping Over , Moving Iceberg

Facts for Parents: Quick Iceberg Facts , Discovery Kids

Pictures: Glacier and Iceberg Google Images

2. Find small objects around the house that will become a part of your icebergs. Reagan chose a toy car, several small animals, a play mobile person, a plastic banana bunch, and a toy Daisy. Place objects into bowls and fill bowls with water.

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3. Place bowls outside to freeze. The bowls could also be placed into the freezer. We left our bowls outside for about 4 hours, in 10 degree weather.

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4. Once frozen, talk about how the ice feels and looks. Reagan was in desperate need for a tubbie so we decided to take our project to the bathroom, easier clean up. We placed the plastic ice filled bowls into the warm tub water and watched as our ‘icebergs’ slowly came loose from their ‘glaciers’ (the plastic bowls). Reagan had a blast melting her icebergs! She made various attempts to remove her toys; holding the icebergs under water, holding them under the running faucet and just letting them float around the tub.

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So much fun!! Thanks for the idea Delia Creates!

Fall Tree

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I love fall! Leaves are turning beautiful colors and adorning our lawn! We decided to to bring a little bit of fall inside and created a beautiful tree to hang on our fridge.

materials

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Large sheet of paper
Glue
Leaves
Markers

directions

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Go on a leaf hunt to find your favorite leaves!

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Free hand draw a large tree. I am NOT an artist, by any means, but was able to create his beauty.

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Have your child choose a leaf and then either tell you where they want you to squeeze a drop of glue, or have your child squeeze a drop onto their chosen location. Have your child press chosen leaf down onto drop of glue. Continue this process until all leaves are used.

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In the spirit of fall, continue to add color with crayons and/or markers!

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