Bottle Bottoms + Paint = Snowflakes!
Cookie Puzzles- so cute, so fun!
A friend shared this idea from this link: http://kitchensimplicity.com/christmas-cookie-puzzle/
Our coffee filter snowmen. To make the colors spread, the kids sprayed water with a spray bottle.
Knock Off Gingerbread House- With Graham Crackers
Santa Hats made from white chocolate covered bugels
Packaging Peanut Snowmen
Glue- Snowman Ornaments
Gingerbread Man Sandwiches
This was probably Rosalie's favorite craft ever. It was just putting colored yard sale stickers on the x-mas tree, but she loved it!
We had fun reenacting the Gingerbread Man story.
Clothespin Reindeer. I wish I would have taken a better picture because they turned out cute.
Rolled Up Scrap Booking Paper Christmas Tree.
Toilet Paper Roll Reindeer
Xmas Trees With Fun Paint Rollers
Chocolate covered spoons, mini marshmallows, hats out of chunks of chocolate...mmmmm
4th of July Confetti Poppers
We traced their feet and to practice cutting, Troy cut his own out. So cute!
Beach Balls with Scrap Booking Paper
Coffee Filters, Markers, & Scissors = Fireworks! Great Fourth of July Craft, and an easy one to do with Rosalie.
Jellyfish we made after he was stung
Popsicle Stick Treasure Chest
Wizard of Oz Characters
Making Fire Breathing Dragons
Mountain Dew Glow Sticks
Reading "Memory" With A Halloween Twist
Played like the game "Memory". The bats are all flipped over and you have to find matches, while practice reading. Troy loved it.
Reading Checkers With A Halloween Twist
Bees & Number Stickers = Great Number Practice
The picture doesn't do it justice. The balloons look so pretty filled with glitter. (However, it was MESSY! and probably won't be repeated, but Rosalie had so much fun.)
We Made This Map Puzzle (by cutting a map and adding magnets.)
A Fun Word Search!
Cotton Ball Cupcakes!
Our Little Geography Wiz
In Honor Of 9/11
Baked Cotton Balls
It's a flour, water, food coloring mixture. The kids had so much fun with these, after they were baked they had a hard shell. We wrote words for Troy (letters for Rosalie) and the kids had to find the word/letter they were given and got to smash it with the hammer. The kids had so much fun (and got in some learning as well!)
The Very Hungry Caterpillar painted with balloons dipped in paint.
Sidewalk Chalk Paint
Cornstarch, water, and food coloring = tons of fun!
Phone Number Sharks
I stole this from pinterest.com, but we have been working on helping Troy learn our phone number. Rosalie's shark is on the right.
Back To School- apple handprints
Making Seashell magnets, once they are finished I'll post a picture of the final product.
It was a rainy day so we made umbrella's!
Play Make Up
Fill an empty make up container with nail polish and let dry. Rosalie loves playing with this.
Fun With Boxes- Rosalie made a princess castle
And Troy Made A Super Hero Tower
We Painted Apples & Banana's
Troy had to match the word with the picture. He got them all right!
The Hero/Villain Cards we made
To practice writing and taking advantage of the fact the kids love to play restaurant, I had Troy make menus. He loves this activity and has made several already.
Fruit Loop Necklaces
Our Man-made River. Troy loved playing with it and making foil boats to float down it.
They even smell good! (We sprayed them with perfume)
Rainbows and Clouds
Maybe not so educational, but the shooters Troy made with his drill. We did get a lot of target practice in shooting at Daddy!
Reading Practice With Fortune Tellers
Making these brought back memories from my childhood. Every 5th grader made these and had one in their bookbag when I was in school. I just made ours with a twist and added simple words to practice reading. Unfortunately, Troy was really excited at first, but his excitement faded away quickly. Maybe, it's more of a girl thing?
Word Twister- so fun!
The Bookmark Troy Made For Daddy
Troy's Wiffle Ball Monster
Making Word Practice Fun
R for Robot
Peacocks Made Out of Handprints & Footprints
A Number Game- we stuck several number stickers on these glass pebbles, flipped two, and Troy had to say what the number is. If he got it right, he got to shoot a mouse with his nerf gun.
Melted Crayons (with a blow dryer)
Since Orion is Troy and Mommy's Favorite Constellation, We Made Our Own.
Playing Dentist, Practicing Numbers
The Baby Doll Swing We Made Chelsea
Popsicle Stick Biplanes
Silly Clowns- Rosalie's is on the left and Troy's is on the right
Fun Reading Activity
Troy had so much fun with this! It was so simple, I just gave him words with tape and he had to read the words and find the item. My favorite is how he taped the word "Baby" onto Rosalie.
N for Noodle
On the left, Troy drew a zebra's face. The kids then dipped plastic tree tops into green pain and left leaf prints.
Spray Painting Snow Flakes
I am so proud of Troy. This activity was completely his idea, I just added an educational twist. He wanted to create a laundry line in the living room and hang up doll clothes, blankets, etc. I had him tell me the first two letters each item started with to work on his letter sounds. The kids had so much fun with this and we played it all day.
A Nest made out of "N's"
Painting The Season's With Bubble Wrap
I did this with all of the kids and they loved it. Troy even made his into a book which he wanted to show his teachers.
Beginning Word Puzzles
I saw these at the Parent/Teacher Store for $25.00 and thought "I could make those!" Troy loves doing them and is great at word recognition.
Decorated Hearts With String And Homemade Glue
The kids had so much fun dipping their dinosaur's feet in paint to leave tracks on the paper.
Day 1 of our Clay-Made magnets. Tomorrow, we paint!
We Finally Painted Them!
After fighting sicknesses we finally got around to finishing our magnets!
Troy, Our Little Crafter.
Troy made this super hero tooth brush holder all on his own! He asked for supplies and just got busy. He is such a smart, creative little boy.
This was a great activity. I incorporated estimating into it also. We guessed how many shapes were in a slice then counted and Troy had to find the clothes pin that matched.
Counting and Writing Numbers
I saw this on notimeforflashcards.com and knew Troy would love doing this. Unfortunately my dislike of math doesn't help me reinforce number skills with Troy so Im going to make an honest effort to do more with numbers with him. Here he had to count the number of things in the house then write the numbers in the boxes.
A Rocket Pack Made Out Of 2 Liter Bottles
The kids had so much fun painting these frogs. The best part was no mess! We put the frogs in containers with paint and then the fun part. The kids held the containers and jumped and jiggled like frogs. The end result was fun and the kids got cute green frogs to play with. Afterwards, we had fun singing some fun frog songs.
Snakes made out of blanket scraps
We painted Roosters and tomorrow we are going to sing some fun songs with them and play some games. (The Roosters are very random, but they were $0.15 each at Michaels)
Wrecking Ball + Reading = Fun
Troy loved this. I wrote letters on the blocks and created walls. There would be hidden words in the walls, I would tell him the word, we would sound it out, and he would have to find it. Then the fun part, he got to knock that word out of the wall.
Glasses made out of cut up pool noodles.
Painting With Apples
Troy & Rosalie's Fingerprint Apple Trees
The kids had so much fun decorating these
Keeping Busy During Hurricane Irene
The Elephant Named Irene
The Tortoise from The Tortoise and The Hare
I saw this idea in this month's issue of Family Fun. It's Troy's chore chart and as they are completed the marker gets moved over to the "Done" side. I let Troy pick what his chores would be because most of these are his chores already. However, he insisted that I add "Vacuum" to the chart. I find this funny because the vacuum is bigger than him, but he ran and got it and showed me how he can push it around. What kind of parent would I be, if I didn't allow him to do a chore that he is so excited about? I think the chart needs some color to it, but Troy wants it like this. Since it's his chart it can be however he wants it.
Troy's Toilet Paper Roll Tree
This craft was totally led by Troy. I gave him the supplies and let his mind come up with something. I am so impressed with his idea.
Visiting The Kennedy Space Center only strengthened Troy's love for Outer Space. We made a space shuttle that carries a passenger and even shed's its fuel tank.
Hot Lava With Words
Troy loves to play the game "Hot Lava" so we added a twist to it. The stepping rocks would spell words. Troy had so much fun while working on reading skills.
I love letting his creativity flow and seeing what he comes up with.
Troy practiced cutting and writing the letter "c" while he chose what he wanted for lunch. Unfortunately, he did not get cupcakes, chocolate, candy,chicken nuggets, or brownies for lunch.
To practice buttoning, we made a snake that you can button his mouth shut. Troy named him Reptar.
Never again will I do this craft. Its messy, its everywhere, and it attracts ants, but the kids did have fun. I found it online. You sprinkle dry kool-aid mix over paper and paint with icecubes.
Since Troy is really into dinosaurs right now, we made a poster with dino-related words. He's doing great at learning word recognition.
Construction On Our Road
They have been repaving our road and the kids have loved watching them work. Troy was especially fond of the steam roller so we decided to make one.
Troy has recently gotten into astronomy. He keeps asking to look at the stars and picks out books at the library on constellations and planets. Orion and his story is Troy's favorite so we made our own Orion to hang up.
What to do with dried up markers?
Make necklaces! We cut the tops to make them like beads and strung them up. Great practice for fine motor skills!
He has his numbers 10-20 down!
This activity did the trick! We used painters tape to make "houses" on the floor and gave the houses each an address using the numbers 10-20. Troy played with these all day, whether is was making them homes to stuffed animals, cars, transformers and trains.
Troy's Train Wash
Troy has become obsessed with playing trains. He has asked for several attachments for his Thomas the Train set for his birthday, but in the meantime he loved making the train wash.
More practice with using scissors. Troy loves the funky scissors.
We made Troy an Optimus Prime suit. Not too educational, but he loves it and begged to wear it in the car and was quite disappointed when we explained to him that he wouldn't fit.
Naturally, there had to be a Deceptacon
We took Styrofoam bowls and wrote numbers in them. Troy had to go around and find the correct number and shoot it with his squirt gun.
Super Hero Day!
I got the idea for the cuffs from www.notimeforflashcards.com. Troy wouldn't wear a cape because He-Man doesnt, but he did wear a second pair of undies over pajama pants. We had lots of fun rescuing!
Cars make learning fun! Learning about continents.
Identifying the words hot and cold/ practice cutting with scissors
Practicing Numbers With Kites
We dyed sand with food coloring then layered it in the bottle. The outcome is Sammy and lots of fun!
Green Eggs and Ham
Green Eggs in honor of Dr. Seuss
Learning About Seasons
Troy loved this activity. He had to put the correct items int he bags they correlate with.
The Buzz Lightyear parachute we made! I got the idea from notimeforflashcards.com. Troy had such a blast with his parachute.
Color By Letter
To practice lowercase letters we made a snake. Here, Troy had to color his snake by seeing what color was designated to the capital letter and find its lower case.
More practice with numbers
We raced our cars to see whose would go further.
Numbers + Pizza = FUN!
I made this game for Troy to work on his numbers and fine motor skills. He would toss a poof ball into the numbered box. Whichever number it fell in, he would retrieve that many balls from the bucket using either the net or tweezers. He actually had a blast doing this and it was great practice.
For our Valentines Day Party we made these music shakers. They are just baby food containers filled with rice, hot glued shut, and decorated. The kids had a great time dancing with them.
Homemade Letter Stamps
I saw this idea online to use hot glue to make stamps. I wanted some good activities to reinforce his lowercase letters so I improvised and used puffy paint on cardboard squares. I am so pleased with how this turned out. Troy, who has always loved doing stamps, loves it too. I see a lot of stamping in our future.
Numbers/Letters Sorting Game. The numbers and letters on are pizza pieces and Ned and Larry eat them.
Letter Parking Spaces- Troy LOVED this activity.
Learning Letters With Fingerprints
M for mustache
Look and Find activity
Learning about bones
"S" for Snake
Number Recognition and Counting
Ricki Ticki Tavi
Using Circles To Make Elmo, Big Bird, & Cookie Monster
Butterflies! The kids thought it was neat how we only painted half and folded to get a symmetrical butterfly.
Garage Sale Sticker Decorated Easter Eggs
Bunny & Chicks
Easter Basket made out of an empty Sunny D jug.
CD Easter Bunny
Easter Eggs made from paint sample cards.
Easter Eggs made out of paint chips. An old classmate of mine sent me the link for this, but after we made it Troy wanted to play with them rather than make the garland it had on the site. My plan is to write numbers on the other side and make a memory game out of it or make a picture and have him glue them in "hiding" places. We'll see what he's in the mood for tomorrow.
The link she sent me is: http://www.ohdeedoh.com/ohdeedoh/decorative-accessories-pillows/paint-chips-easter-garlandmodern-parents-messy-kids-142732
Easter Eggs made out of colored coffee filters than sprayed with water.
Bunny made out of Troy's hand prints and Troy made the carrots himself.
Easy and Fun Nest
Simply soak yarn in glue, then wrap it around a balloon to make a nest. Once it has hardened, pop the balloon and viola, A NEST!
Egg Carton Tulips
Cupcake liner and popsicle stick flowers
Troy painted and colored this flower on his own!
Troy's Bunny Collection
Plastic Easter Egg Chicks
Painting Bumble Bee Rocks
Candy Necklaces- the made them!
Valentine's Day Sticker Fun
Heart Butterfly made out of a really big paper clip and some heart post its.
Troy had great practice using scissors (funky design ones) and worked on his writing. He did a great job!
Bee Mine Crowns covered with bees made from fingerprints.
Tissue Paper Heart Sun Catcher
Love Dump Truck- it really dumps!
Here are our Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Fall crafts.
I asked the kids what they are thankful for and we made this turkey.
Corn On The Cob
Made out of painted q-tip tips
Paint Chip Fall Leaves
Fingerprint paint pictures
Halloween Cookie Cutter Painting
Ghost Leaf Garland
We painted fake leaves to look like ghosts!
Our pilgrim bowling pins
Pilgrim and Indian puppets made out of wooden spoons.
Scrapbook Paper Turkey's
Spider Web Cookies
Glitter Spider Webs With Thumbprint Spiders
Haunted House made with Frankenberry cereal.
Troy's Pirate. I love it! He drew the person than added the stickers.
I saw this on www.notimeforflashcards.com. It works on balance, but I incorporated a right and left lesson into it. Troy had to stay on the web, but avoid the ghosts by telling me if he had to turn right or left while walking to the center.
We made these ghosts and had lots of fun doing the "spooky hokey pokey" with them.
Jack O' Lantern Hackey Sacks that we made
Two of the cutest Jack-O-Lanterns!
Painting Pumpkins Using Pool Noodles
Making Caramel Apples
Troy and Rosalie's Scarecrows
Pilgrim and Indian hats
Scarecrow using shapes
Daddy, Mommy, Troy handprint turkey
Using Bubble Wrap to stamp
Egg Carton Spiders
Rock Jack O' Lanterns
Paper Swirl Pumpkin
Paper Plate & Yarn Spider Web
Spider Candy Holder
I will post some of the smaller holiday crafts here.
Painting With Bubble Wrap
Coffee Filter Flowers: marker+spray bottle = beautiful!
St. Patty's Day
Hand-print Lion & Lamb for March
Hand-print Leprechauns (Rosalie's)
Following the shamrock to find the hiding Leprechaun game
Pot O' Gold door hanger. Troy did the rainbow and gold all by himself.
The Birthday Card Troy made for George Washington's Birthday.