Root System Craft

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:

-styrofoam cup

-straw

-yellow & brown paint

-tape

-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.

Take care❤

23 Apps for Pre-K and K

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👍.

 

1.  Khan Academy Kids: Free educational games & books

2.  Think & Learn Code-a-pillar™

3.  Intellijoy Early Learning Academy

4.  Talking ABC

5.  ABC Kids – Tracing & Phonics

6.  Preschool Educational Games for Kids-EduKidsRoom

7.  Drawing for Kids Learning Games for Toddlers age 3
8.  Sesame Street Alphabet Kitchen

9.  Storybook Rhymes Volume 3

10.  Math Kids – Add, Subtract, Count, and Learn

11.  Kids Kindergarten Math Lite

12.  Play and Learn Science
13.  PBS KIDS Games

14.  Science Games for Kids – Grade 1 Learning App

15.   Telling Time – Clock Games
16.  Kids Telling Time

17.  Nick Jr. – Shows & Games

18.  Good Habits For Kids

19.  Endless Alphabet

20.  Endless Reader

21.  Endless Wordplay

22.  Endless Numbers

23.  Endless Spanish

Bonus:

My Very Hungry Caterpillar

P.S.

I do not get paid for suggesting these apps.

P.S.S.

Until next time, take care❤

THERE WAS AN OLD LADY…

WHO SWALLOWED A CLOVER by Lucille Colandro

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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

-string

-tape

-7 paper clips

-clip art printout

-cardboard (i.e. recycle a cereal box )

-1 clothes pin

-1 popsicle stick

-gluestick

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.

Here is a sample storytelling video…

Another holiday book we enjoyed was…

Wishing you all a Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Take Care❤

Learning to Lace

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.

Supplies:

-2 pieces of construction paper

-scissors

-glue

-hole punch

-1 shoelace

-template

(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!

In the works:

-Post: My Side Gigs

-Final stages of an easy, affordable cookbook and a few children’s books

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Until next time,

Take care

23+ Learning Videos for Littles

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)

16 Ideas When Stuck Inside

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.

2. Hospital

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.

14. Experiment

Head over to Pinterest and find an age appropriate experiment for your little ones. I have a few pinned on my smarty pants board here… https://www.pinterest.com/Mom1st4most/

15. Homemade Labyrinth

We made ours using these trays, play doh, and a paper towel roll. Then, used a straw and pom pom to navigate the course. Tilting the tray to get a marble through the maze would also work.

16. Water Fun

Really you can use anything with water and kids will have a blast. Here we used colorful ice cubes to weigh, scoop out using different utensils, count and sort.

Hopefully, I have given you at least a couple of new ideas for the next time you are stuck indoors. Until next time…

Take care

Valentine’s Rose Painting

In 4 easy steps, your littles can paint roses for loved ones this Valentine’s Day. Here’s what you’ll need:

-paper

-2 plates

-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…

Take Care❤

Related books we are loving:

40+ Books Your Littles Will Love

28 Bookshelf Favorites

Some of these are ours, but a few are from the library and I kind of don’t want to bring them back because they are pretty awesome.

1. That’s Not My Dinosaur

From bumpy to fluffy, this is an adorable touch and feel book.

2. Fuzzy Yellow Ducklings

Touch and feel plus shapes and colors equal fun learning👍

3. Goodnight Moon

This book is a cute and calming bedtime classic.

4. We’re Going on a Bear Hunt

Take your kids on an adventure to remember with this wonderful book.

5. Goodnight Little Love

What a sweet little book to end the night with.

6. Let’s Play

An excellent starter book to get active kids to settle down before reading a more calm selection.

7. I Lost My Tooth

With Acorny Jokes, these squirrels use teamwork to find their friends tooth-th-th. (You will see😉)

8. An Elephant & Piggie Biggie!

Five Mo Willems books in one! Need I say more?

9. Try a Little Kindness

A funny rhyme book to teach ways of showing kindness.

10. Ten Little Pirates

A cute rhyming book to practice numbers 1-10.

11. Ten Little Princesses

Another rhyming book using fairytales to count down from ten.

12. Claire and the Unicorn

What is happily ever after? Join Claire and her unicorn to find the answer.

13. A Gift for Mama

A sweet little boy walks the streets of Vienna to find the perfect birthday gift for his mother.

14. Little Bird Takes a Bath

Try try again, this bird is unwavering.

15. Goodnight Teddy

A cuddly book for babies and toddlers. They will love moving teddy from page to page.

16. I Love You, God

Who doesn’t love a God reminder?

17. I Love You More

A mother and child try measuring their love for one another…aaawww!

18. Noisy Farm

Definitely one for the daytime, but this farm noise making touch and feel the book will be read over and over.

19. Tea Party Rules

Bear has to learn the tea party rules, but the rules change in the end.

20. The Numberlys

Join the humdrum Numberlys as they create a new world with vibrant letters.

21. Gabriel the Great

Gabriel the Great did not start out so great. Sometimes being great takes more work.

22. I Love You Stinky Face

A curious boy has some silly questions and his mother has an answer for them all.

23. The Very Hungry Caterpillar

A must-have classic that teaches counting, the days of the week, and metamorphosis.

24. Dear Zoo

Flap books are always fun for little ones.

25. Yawn

Get sleepy with this rhyming bunch as they yawn again and again. My toddler asks to read it “again and again.”

26. Waddle

A new way to bring animal illustrations to life through scanimation.

27. The Everything Book

Teachable pages of colors, shapes, first words, and more.

28. Brown Bear, Brown Bear

Last, but not least…a color learning classic. We love the interactive version shown below!

6 Must Read Collections

1. The Llama Llama collection is just plain cute.

2. All things Mo Willems! His storylines are humorous with teachable moments. Seriously, read them all!

3. Cheri Meiners has a wonderful series of books dedicated to educating young children on topics like listening, safety, sharing, taking turns, kindness, and more.

4. Best Behavior Set by Elizabeth Verdick will help your littles learn the difference between inappropriate and appropriate behavior

5. Another collection to read by Elizabeth Verdick is her Toddler Tools Set about saying goodbye, cleaning up, listening, and more.

6. National Geographic Kids board books make for an interesting learning tool for thirsty young minds.

Top 11 from the Imagination Library

If you have not heard of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library it is a book gifting program that mails books for free to children ages 0-5. Click the link below to see if you are in a participating area.

https://imaginationlibrary.com/

Here’s a list of our favorites if you want to look for them at your local library or preferred bookstore.

1. Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon

Be proud of who you are and stand tall.

2. Llama Llama Red Pajama

A classic tale of bedtime (Llama) drama

3. Excellent Ed

The family dog, Ed, searches for his value in the excellent Ellis family.

4. Old Bear and His Cub

A cute tale of taking care of one another.

5. Ten Thank You Letters

Join these two friends as they write notes expressing gratitude to special people.

6. Pretend

This kid has a pretty awesome imagination for “pretend and for real.”

7. Maple

This book may leave a smile on your face as Maple has a couple of pleasant surprises.

8. Gruffalo

The mouse in this book has admirable wit as he survives a day in the woods.

9. Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors

A humbling story of a girl who had more with less.

10. The Perfect Present

A pet who feels left out learns that he is not replaceable.

11. Plenty of Love to Go Around

The title says it all, the more the merrier!

So those are the majority of our favorites. Hope you find several new books for your littles to love. Are any of these favorites of yours?

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Take care❤