Being that Sugarcane is a pretty important crop around here I wanted to create a craft to go with our agricultural lesson. We rinsed out and recycled some of our to-go cups so the project was low cost. In just a few easy steps we had a craft showing not only the stalk and leaves, but what is growing underground drinking water and collecting nutrients from the soil.
What you will need:
-yellow & brown paint
-green construction paper
-small jute string
We did the painting first to allow drying time. Paint the straw (or stalk) yellow.
Now paint the cup and lid brown. Put them aside to dry.
Next, unravel some jute to make some roots.
Cut up your green construction paper into smaller rectangles. Then cut about half inch slits for leaves.
Once the cups and straws are dry, pass the straw through the lid. You may need to touch up some yellow paint because it flakes a bit. Wrap the construction paper around the straw and tape in place. Gently fan out leaves by bending a few of them back.
Last, slide jute inside of the bottom of the straw and attach it with tape. There you have it! Both my 6-year-old and almost 3-year-old were able to make this craft without much help. So if you decide to try this it can be a pleasant activity for a variety of ages.
Like this activity? Please let me know. I would greatly appreciate it.
Hey mamas! Tired of annoying ads ruining your child’s screen time? Just thought I would share a list of our favorite munchkin apps. I am a screen time in moderation kinda mom. Sometimes it is the only way I can get food on the table in somewhat peace.
These apps are actually pretty educational and well, we live in an age where kids need exposure to things like💁coding. Some of these are completely free(and amazing) and others have a decent sample, but you will probably want to buy the full version because they are that good👍.
We give this book 5 clovers! If you plan on reading it this St. Patrick’s Day consider making this simple craft to use with it. All you need is…
-1 empty water jug
-2 different colored sharpee pens
-7 paper clips
-clip art printout
-cardboard (i.e. recycle a cereal box )
-1 clothes pin
-1 popsicle stick
First, print out the clipart. Next, cut out and glue paper clipart to thin cardboard. I recycled a cereal box for this project. Printing out on cardstock would save that step.
Cut out various lengths of string then tie one end to the paper clip and tape the other end to clipart. Don’t forget to bend paperclip to make a hook.
Draw your “old lady” on the jug. If you are more comfortable printing out and gluing one, try that. Next, cut a hole for her mouth.
Glue your wee little leprechaun to the clothes pin so that he can stand up on his own. Then glue the rainbow to the popsicle stick. Punching holes is optional…I just did it to hang all of the items to replicate the illustration in the book.
This week at Candid Learning Academy we made a lacing craft. We do practice with a Melissa and Doug puzzle and cute doll, but the laces are small and difficult for my daughter to handle.
I can tell this version is helpful because she can see the large strings more clearly and is getting a tighter grip on them. I believe she will get better at the smaller lacing tools once her hands are used of tying.
-2 pieces of construction paper
(template/printout tab is currently having technical difficulties loading my file)
First, I stacked my construction paper. I glued the center to avoid separation. Next, I traced the shoe on the paper. I started to cut it out and stopped as you can see because I was unsure of how I wanted to execute the lace flaps. You can completely cut out the base part of the shoe. Next, cut the flaps off of your template. Glue your scrap pieces of construction paper together one sheet on top the other like before. On your template draw over the lace holes with a pencil pressing down to create an indention.
This will give a visual where to punch the holes. So go ahead and punch them. Finally, glue down the outer sides of lace flaps. Your little one is now ready to lace it up!
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-Post: My Side Gigs
-Final stages of an easy, affordable cookbook and a few children’s books
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I was a little tired of searching for educational videos from our favorite YouTube channels individually, so I decided to put them together in a playlist. By doing this it also stopped random not so approved videos from popping up. Like Johnny Johnny…catchy song, but it goes against our teaching of lying is wrong.
These videos teach the alphabet, phonics, counting, other languages, and more. Parents may even pick up a few new things. I know I did.
(I do not get paid for any of the advertising YouTube has placed in my playlist)
Have cabin fever? Pass some time with a few of these activities.
1. Baby Wipes!
Keep wipes around when they come near you pretend to wipe their face and they run away. You can use this as a chance to sit for a minute or actually chase them and get some exercise.
This was a life saver when I had terrible morning sickness with baby #2! I mean, that Doc McStuffins is an absolute blessing. I got to lay down while all vitals were checked and bandages were applied. Create illnesses for their toys as well. Start from the 911 call. Then rescue the toy and deliver to triage. Place the toy in a container (I mean hospital bed) and nurse back to health.
3. Buried in Stuffed Animals
For once I was happy my daughter had an abundance of stuffed animals. Yes, bury me as I rest my eyes then I will bury you and witness you breaking your record for sitting still.
4. Pretend to be Stuffed Animals
My daughter’s favorite is to be a stuffed giraffe. I have to talk to her and dress her up with a princess crown and play tea party all while get this, she is immobile and silent. Don’t get me wrong my daughter’s voice is one of my favorite sounds on Earth, but sometimes mama needs a break😂.
5. Stuffed Animal Hide-N-Seek
Anyone else too big for hiding?✋ My solution is picking one stuffed animal and take turns hiding that.
6. Bear Hunt
My kids love the Going on a Bear Hunt book. So what’s better than reading it? Going through it! Place Teddy in one room and start in another room. Pretending to cross a grassy field, splash through a river, trudge through mud, stumble through a forest, whirl through a snowstorm, and finally tiptoe into the bear’s cave. Oh no! A bear! Now back track finally arriving home and in bed.
7. Macaroni Mania
This is one activity we drag out. Like if we are going to make a mess let’s get the most bang for our buck.
-dye pasta different colors and let dry
-dump into trays and make paths with toy trucks
-practice pouring from cup to cup
-sort the different colors
-make rainbow art
-string macaroni jewelry
-water bottle music shakers
That is a good place to end. Now they are contained and ready to put away until the next rainy or snowy day.
8. I Spy Scene
Collect random toys and household objects to make your own I Spy scene either on a table or in a bottle.
9. Painter’s Tape
-zig zag walking lines to balance on
-roads for toy cars
-x marks the spot treasure hunt
-tic-tac-toe board, use coins or Legos as x’s and o’s
10. Build a Fort or Tunnels
Obviously, right? Not always my favorite, but if stuck inside for days it provides entertainment. Sometimes we create kid only tunnels around the bed because the blankets are already there, just needing chairs for the other side of tunnel.
11. Ultimate Toy Land
So we get a little carried away. Well, really carried away. We weave V Tech tracks and wooden tracks to create a double world of transportation. This is a great activity to practice problem solving because sometimes the tracks do not align correctly and the design will need to be reconsidered. Occasionally, we incorporate Lego housing. Seems overkill, but the mess is confined and we sit and have the best conversations.
12. Vacuum Monster
Get the kids to help pick up so you can chase them around with the vacuum. They get to run around and you get a clean house, win win!
13. Sunshine Party
Bring the sunshine inside by throwing a party. Create a couple of pretend invitations, craft a few decorations, play some music, and put out some snacks.
In 4 easy steps, your littles can paint roses for loved ones this Valentine’s Day. Here’s what you’ll need:
-red & green paint
Step 1-Pour red paint in one plate and green paint in the other.
Step 2-Paint the side of your hand red as pictured above and stamp the paper. Make sure you paint the thumb side for best results. My five year old painted the pinky side red and her roses look more like tulips or closed buds. They are still pretty though as you can see below.
Step 3-Paint the side of your pinky green to stamp the stems.
Step 4-Paint your thumb green for leaf stamping.
And there you have it! Wishing you and yours a Happy Valentine’s Day! Until next time…