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.

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!

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Are You Ready for some Football…Crafts?!

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Football is a pretty big deal around here. Even though we see our favorite team lose more than win, the boys still love to watch. I’m not sure if we will see the Buffalo Bills make it to the Super Bowl again in our lifetime :). Regardless of who is playing, the Super Bowl is always guaranteed to be a good time. The snacks, commercials and halftime show just add to the excitement!

Big H and I thought it would be fun to do a couple of crafts to get us ready for the big day. Unfortunately when it comes to crafts he has the attention span of well…a three year old! Therefore, the crafts need to be simple and quick to keep him interested. Plus it always seems that the days we want to do a special activity our little sidekick decides he doesn’t want to take a nap. We thought it would be a good idea to distract him with a chocolate chip cookie…

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Paper Stuffed Footballs

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Supplies

Brown construction paper

Newspaper, shredded

White yarn

Scissors

Single hole punch

Glue

Directions

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1. Rip up several pieces of newspaper. Big H loved this part!

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2. Draw a large oval on one piece of paper. You can also use a football template if you would like. Then place a second piece of paper behind the first and cut it out. You will need two identical ovals to make the football.

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3. Punch holes around the perimeter of the oval. Be careful not to make the holes too close to the edge. My helper insisted on punching many more than were necessary!

4. Tie the yarn around one of the holes and continue to thread it around the oval. Make sure to stop before it is completely threaded.

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5. Stuff the football with shredded newspaper until it is full and then finish threading and tie off!

More Football Fun

We also made some Popsicle stick goal posts and had some fun with our football stamp!

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Practicing The Finer Skills

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In an effort to be more organized for you, our reader, you can expect to find something to do with your kiddo on Mondays when you visit! Sorting activities strengthen a child’s logical-mathematical intelligence. In an effort to build on what Reagan already knows; removing stickers and pressing down firmly for stamps to work efficiently. And to strengthen weaker skills; color identification and sorting. I put together two quick and easy activities that assist in the strengthening of color identification, sorting, fine motor and verbal skills.

Materials

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Paper
Pen
Tri-Color Labeling Circles

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Create and label three separate categories. Add a corresponding color dot to each named category. While pointing to each color, verbally say the name of the color to your child.

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Explain to your child what you are looking for them to do. If needed, place one dot, as an example.
Give your child a sticker sheet and allow for them to peel and place circles in corresponding categories. Lend assistance when needed. I redirect Reagan when a color ends up in the wrong category. I say: is this blue circle, pointing to the sticker that she just placed, the same as this red circle? pointing to the color category that she placed her sticker in. At this point she recognizes that the colors are not the same and moves the circle to the correct category.

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Materials

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Pen
Paper
Stamps

directions
Create a category for each stamp. Follow the same directions as with the labeling circles. The only difference with the stamps is that once it’s placed in the incorrect category, it obviously can’t be moved. We just use a pen and cross out the misplaced stamps.

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Fun activities that assist in the strengthening of several skills!
HAPPY MONDAY!

Thanksgiving Themed Crafts

We have a blast crafting and when it’s an idea that Reagan came up with; it’s even more fun! We’ve been reading various Thanksgiving themed books preparing for the upcoming holiday. There are several pictures that Reagan points out time after time and the other day she asked if we could make our own turkey and a baby in a bunting ( remember the nursery rhyme : Bye,Bye Baby Bunting). After searching through the craft supplies we found some great pieces to make some fabulously colorful crafts!

Our first craft started a couple days back and can be found here.

These are great fine motor and color identification skill activities!

Popsicle Turkey

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Materials
Several Popsicle Sticks -we used 8 wide sticks
Paint- I try to stick with washable
Paint Brushes
Cups for Paint
Paper- water color paper is thick and holds up well
Scissors
Glue- we used modge Podge
Two google eyes
Brown paper
Orange paper
Red paper

Directions

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Paint one side of each popsicle stick the color of your choosing. Allow to dry.

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Place a dab of glue at the bottom of one Popsicle stick. Place another Popsicle stick on top of the first, fanning the second out from the first. Continue this pattern until you’ve used all sticks. I placed something with some weight to it, on top of the sticks to hold them together while drying.

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We didn’t have any brown paper, so Reagan painted white water color paper brown, for the turkeys face.
Cut out a brown circle, for the turkeys face and glue on two google eyes.

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Using a piece of paper that Reagan painted on earlier that day ( you can use orange and red construction paper); we cut out a beak and a gobble. Using glue, attach both to brown circle. Glue face or the bottom of the top Popsicle stick.

Corn Husk

Reagan was given a fabulous deep red & deep purple corn husk when her class went on their pumpkin patch field trip in the middle of October. Using her fine motor skills; Reagan created this wonderful corn husk!

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Materials

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Dried Corn Husk
Glue
Paper
Pen
Bowl
Scissors
Paint Brush

Directions

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Have your child remove kernels from ear of corn and place into a bowl.

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Freehand draw an ear of corn.

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Using a paint brush, have your child paint glue onto your drawn ear of corn.

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Place kernels on top of glue.

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Cut husks off ear and glue at the top of the ear of corn. Press down and allow time to dry.

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Prettier than the real thing!

My Little Indians

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Instead of making buntings for her babies; Reagan and I decided to use the fabulously colorful feathers, that we found in the craft box, to make super easy headbands.

Materials

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Colorful feathers
Construction paper
Glue or tape
Scissors

Directions

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Cut construction paper into inch/ inch and a half wide strips.

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Have your child sort the feathers into colored piles.

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Have your child pick a few feathers to line up in the middle of your strip of paper. Glue or tape feathers to paper. When making doll head bands only one strip of paper is needed, when making one for your child two or more strips may be needed. Tape additional strips together.

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Wrap strip around head and secure ends with tape. This will allow the headband to fit the head perfectly! Don’t tape to the head!

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So much fun!!

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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