A Wild About Party Packs spring-time idea
By Candace of Wild About Party Packs
The sun is shining and the bulbs are blooming. Do you have a child ready for a birthday this Spring? Are you tired of planning the usual party with whatever is “in” at the moment?
Why not plan a green thumb birthday party to help welcome the warmer weather and help celebrate them being one year older. This party idea can be a wonderful experience for the children: different from the current trend and letting them get a little (or a lot) dirty and have some hands-on fun exploring Mother Nature.
Continue reading A Bloomin’ Garden Party!
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!
** Don’t forget to enter Lizzie Bits’ Putumayo CD giveaway!! You have until Thursday night to get your entries in. You need to create a wordpress account in order to do so, but it’s simple enough to do. Good luck!!! **
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!!
Continue reading Putumayo Kids: What’s in your CD Player?