Dawnica Flatt (Early Childhood Educator and Stampin’ Up Demonstrator) brings you this great activity.
This paper bucket is easy to make and has so many uses! Makes a great game for the kids to play too!
1) Take a square peice of paper. Here I used a 12×12 sheet of patterend paper. (Fig 1)
2) Lay paper face down in front of you so that it is a diamond (corner at top and bottom). (Fig 2)
3) Fold bottom corner up to meet top corner creating a triangle. Use Continue reading Tuesday Tutorial: St. Patty’s Day Bucket Game
Title: The Gruffalo
Author: Julia Donaldson, Alex Scheffler
Age group: I’ve read this one to lots of age-groups. My intermediate (grades 4 – 7) students enjoyed The Gruffalo just as much (yes, yes they did) as the primary students that heard The Gruffalo. My kids love the story and the illustrations. In fact, my daughter sometimes will keep it in her place of honour… under her pillow.
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Some days, the usual appeal of colouring in their colouring books just doesn’t cut it with my kids and I want to make it special and different for them. The colouring books (of which we have too many, of course) are the same as they always are and the felts are the same, too. So, we look for something new to colour. This helps me out and helps the kids out, too. We wander down to the computer and set out , together, to find some images that the kids might like to colour. The kids decide what they want to search for and we search in Google Images for cartoon image of their object of choice. Once they see all the choices that are there, they pick which they would like to colour. I just print it out in grayscale, so that there is no colour, and set them up to go!
Today, we have a bee, a bear and a puppy!
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A couple years ago I was given a CD of children’s music for Christmas by one of my aunts. This particular aunt has children of her own that are now older and all the hand-me-downs that I have received from her have been awesome. The toys have been exactly what my kids would love to play with. The used books have been of the highest quality. I knew that this music was going to be good. So, we popped it into the CD player and, within seconds of the first tune starting, we were a-boppin’. That CD? Putumayo Kids -Animal Playground.
The Wee Hairy Beasties and their hilarious lyrics in the song “Animal Crackers” had us hooked. “I’ve got ants in my pants. I’ve got butterflies. I’m cryin’ crocodile tears, from my puppy dog eyes.” I quoted that from memory-ha! The next song… even better. Asheba, from Trinidad singing “No More Monkeys”… I loved the beat, the lyrics and the kids were dancing up a storm. Song after song, Animal Playground did not disappoint. It was awesome. We learned about animals, enjoyed animal-themed music and enjoyed listening music in other languages. Animal Playground features music from all over the world by many different artists. It is an awesome album of great music. The very best part is… it’s not the only one!!
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Spring Break is just around the corner, March 8th to 12th, and, you may be looking for things to do with your kids. There are a variety of Spring Break Programs being offered but they might not meet everyone’s needs. Here are some funny and fun activities that you might choose to do with your kids during Spring Break. The weather looks to be all over the place, from snow and sun to rain, so you can look forward to some outside time and inside time, as well.
Here are a number of different “assignments” that you can share with your children in order to make your break a wonderful time for your family.
Library –Pick a theme (such as Spring) and each member of your family locate a book that they are interested to read, on the theme. Spend some time reading together and share what you have read.
Kitchen — Go through a cookbook from home, or search online, and find something new that you would like to try and cook, together. Note that it can be even more fun (though also more expensive) if you have to pick up specific ingredients from the grocery store. You never know, you could find a new family favourite.
Together — Challenge each family member to do something nice for another member of the family, without being detected.
Community — Offer to help a neighbour with their Spring yardwork.
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