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Monday
Jun292015

Easy Song to Memorize the Presidents of the United States

Last President's Day, my son came home from school with a song that he used to memorize all the Presidents of the United States. Now, he is teaching his little five year old sister and I am even starting to learn (sadly I do not know!) all the Presidents of the United States.

The song is sung to Yankee Doodle. Click on the image below for a downloadable printable of the lyrics. Check out our Facebook page for a video of my son singing the song! It is catchy and addicting! It is so much fun to hear my children singing and knowing all the Presidents of the United States!

Happy 4th of July!

Tuesday
Jul022013

4th of July Game: Nickel Hunt

I'm a teacher and a learner. It is important to me that I somehow tie learning into my daily activities with my children. The best way to learn is through play and within the context of our daily lives. This 4th of July hunt is fun while also providing the opportunity to learn about a famous person that is instrumental force in our independence.

In preparation of the hunt, gather your spare nickels and hide them around your home or yard.

Gather the children around you and show them a nickel. Explain who Thomas Jefferson was and why he is important to the 4th of July celebrations. {Honestly, when I do these type of discussions, it leads to my son asking me questions that I don't know the answer to. Sometimes, with him, I swear I do not know anything!} I try to not make these discussions long at all... it's more as an informal FYI and then periodically during the day I may ask them random questions about our discussion to see what they remember.

Give each child a bag and set them loose to find the nickels. I let them keep the nickels for their spending or savings banks.

It's a win-win game... win for the kids because they get to keep the money and win for the parents because it's cheap!



Thursday
Jun272013

Patriotic Stick Flag

We made a fun and easy flag out of tongue depressor sticks. It was super easy and the kids love having them hang on their bedroom doors.

How To Make a Patriotic Stick Flag

Items Needed:

  • red, white, and blue paint and brushes
  • tongue depressor sticks (found at any craft store)
  • white cardstock
  • star paper punch or a paper cutting machine (I used my Silhouette)
  • glue
  • scissors
  • hot glue gun
  • string of any type to hang the flag

 

Directions:


1. Paint three sticks red and two sticks white. Let dry.

2. Using scissors, cut three sticks into half. You will need to use three for the flag and two to glue the flag onto.

3. Paint three half sticks blue and let dry.

4. Cut out small white starts on white cardstock.

4. When paint is dry, take two of the cut sticks and align vertically.

5. Starting with a red stick, glue down red, white, red, white, and red horizontally onto the two vertical steps.

6. Glue down the blue sticks with the rounded corner on outside, lining up with the sticks below.

7. Glue down stars.

8. Let glue completely dry.

9. Cut a string large enough to glue onto the flag and still have enough room to hang around a door knob.

10. Using the hot glue gun, glue down the ends of the string onto the back two vertical sticks.

11. Admire the handiwork!


Friday
Jul202012

CREATE YOUR OWN BUGGY CRACKER SNACKS


 

Bug Week would not be complete without some buggy snacks. I was originally inspired by this recipe by Taste of Home for Ladybug Appetizers. It is summer time though, so my fridge was full of fresh and yummy produce. I am fortunate to have a kiddo that LOVES fruits and veggies, so I decided to mix the cracker snacks up a bit and create different "bugs" using things I already had in my fridge. 

For the base of the buggy cracker snacks I used Ritz crackers with either peanut butter or cream cheese. I searched the fridge and collected the following: grape tomatoes, cherries, half of a cucumber, olives, snap peas, cut-up cantaloupe, half of a banana and some grapes. Once we had a pile of foodstuff on the counter I started to cut up the fruit into small, buggy parts per Maggie's suggestions. This is what our counter looked like when done:

I let the kiddo have at the scraps; she also asked if she could suck the black frosting out of the tube. That was a definite NO. You will noticed it is removed in the picture below. 

The final products turned out even better than expected! I did most of the "bug creation" based on the child's suggestions due to time constraints. 

I think they all turned out adorable (with the exception of the creepy, Dark Knight-esque Joker bug on the right). I used cherry stems and sugar snap pea strings for the antennas. Maggie suggested those as antennaes and they worked perfectly. I also added some eyes (cream cheese and black frosting put on with a toothpick, tedious would be a good work to use). Here are some close-ups of our favorites:




 


Maggie could not WAIT to eat them. I may have booted her upstairs while I was trying to get some pictures because she kept trying to grab one. Once I had the needed pics, I got her a glass of milk and let her munch away on the buggy snacks. The only one she did not eat was the lady bug; she does not like olives. I did though and it was DELICIOUS (even with the kind of weird flavor profile of black frosting). Below is a picture of her trying to decide if she should eat the antenna of not.

These buggy snacks are a great way to get your child to try a variety of fruits and veggies. I think another great idea would be to serve these as party food; you could have the buggy parts prepped before and let kids create their own. This snack was fun to make and fun to eat, as evidenced below.

  

Tuesday
Jul172012

It's Bug Week!

It's Bug Week in our households this week. I'm not a lover of bugs, but for some reason all kids seem to be!

We started off our week with a few bug activities. First, we made some puffy paint and painted bugs. I did an internet picture search for examples of bugs. My son picked out what bugs he wanted to paint and I printed off the pictures for him (and I) to refer to. It also gave me an opportunity to discuss the parts of the bugs.

My son loved it! The Puffy Paint is so easy to make.

Mix until no clumps are present:

  • 1 cup salt
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup of water

Separate paint into different bowls and add food coloring to each portion. For the containers, I used these bottles I bought from Amazon. They worked great with our project. 

We painted caterpillars.

A Ladybug

Spider and web

A Bumblebee (so not all were bugs!)

And an ant

The paint takes a while to dry so expect to not hang the art pieces until the next day.


We also made a puppet show using the book The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

I took a box lying around and cut out a square on the bottom. I glued on fabric onto the sides and top. Logan didn't want to paint the box but rather draw shapes and letters.

{Excuse the pajamas! I think we were having a lazy day!}

We made a caterpillar out of a sock, green pom poms, jiggly eyes, and pipe cleaners.

I downloaded, printed, and laminated the clip art from this site.  I then glued onto popsicle sticks.

Both my kids love to act out the story while I tell it. I also love watching their little imaginations as they play on their own. It's fun to see what stories they come up with the different items.

If you have any fun bug activities, crafts, and/or food, we would love for you to link up to our Facebook page!