Monday, October 26, 2015

G for Ghost - Halloween Letter Craft for Kids

If you're looking for more ways to learn with your toddlers and preschoolers, I hope you'll check out our Kid Crafts page for lots of thematic ideas.  You can keep up with all our favorites activities, along with all our own learning fun by following us on our Facebook or Pinterest pages or signing up for emails

Since all of our crafts are done with my daycare kids, it's hard for me to get my posts out on a "blogger schedule" (read: a month before the actual holiday). That's why you'll find me posting Halloween crafts the week of Halloween. That's when we're DOING the crafts!  If you're looking for Thanksgiving and Christmas crafts, we have some great ones in the Fall archives or our Pinterest Boards. I'm afraid I won't get to those for a few more weeks, but I hope you'll stick with us anyway!

The kids LOVE doing letter crafts and I find that it helps them remember the letter sounds.
G for Ghost - Easy Halloween Letter Craft for Toddlers!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

10 Turkey Books for Toddlers & Preschoolers

We're gearing up for our Thanksgiving Unit.  This year, we'll be spending a week on Turkey crafts and learning activities.  To go along with our Turkey Theme, I've rounded up some fabulous Turkey-themed books.  Some of these are in our personal collection and some I'm requesting from our local library.  Here are 10 turkey books that we'll be enjoying this Thanksgiving (affiliate links included for your convenience).
10 Turkey Books for Thanksgiving for Toddlers & Preschoolers

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Cheerio Acorns - Fine Motor Craft for Toddlers & Preschoolers

My favorite crafts are those that can be done with materials we already have on hand, and with little or no prep work. My daycare kids had so much fun with these Cheerio acorns and we were able to work on some important skills!
  Cheerio Acorns - fine motor craft for toddlers and preschoolers 

Thursday, October 1, 2015

9 Fun Ways to Use Halloween Candy from Aquafresh® Toothpaste

The older I get, the more I have come to love Halloween by seeing it through the eyes of my children. The parties, costumes, pumpkin-carving, crafts, and CANDY have made it second to only Christmas (and maybe Easter) in our house.  And, while I love their little footprint ghosts and ADORE our Halloween Countdown Tree traditions, I know that the highlight of the holiday for them is the mounds and mounds of candy.  With five kids, we get A LOT of candy.  Last year, our sweet neighbors even insisted on handing over bags of treats to our 3-month-old! (Her brothers didn't mind helping her out with that!).

Over the years, we've come up with ways to enjoy our candy AND protect our teeth from the sugary acid that comes with it:
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  1. Eat it! - There's nothing wrong with sugar in moderation and enjoying all that hard-earned trick-or-treating treasure (or just sneaking some of your kids' stash).  In our house, we allow the kids to enjoy a few of their favorites that night and then they can pick a piece each morning to put in their lunch boxes. The kids love spreading it out this way and we don't have to argue about when and if they can have more candy. I want to help them learn to enjoy the treats they love while also establishing good health and hygiene habits, like brushing those pearly whites each night before bed!
  2. Trade it! - Some parents choose to have their kids trade their candy for another prize like a toy, book, or experience.  This works especially well for children with allergies who may feel left out when half of their loot contains peanut products or other ingredients that they can't have.  I've even seen kids who leave their candy out for the Tooth Fairy who picks it up and leaves a present behind instead.
 3. Save it! - Freezing allows most candy to be saved for at least a year. Then, it can be used for holidays and other activities throughout the year.
 4. Experiment with it! - My kids absolutely love these candy science experiments featuring their favorite goodies.  Find out which candies sink or float, make letters float, or watch sour candies fizz. The kids will even enjoy creating their own candy experiments.

5. Learn with it! - Kids will have fun sorting, counting, and graphing with these hands-on Candy Math activities.
6. Bake with it! - The holidays offer the perfect opportunities for yummy desserts that can be shared with lots of people.  We love to bake cookies using a mix of all our favorite candy bars, except for the Snickers! Those get saved for this amazing Snickers Trifle dessert that is always a hit at our holiday gatherings.
7. Craft with it! - Use that frozen, leftover candy for candy trains,birthday candy wreaths, or whip up your own candy paints to keep your little artist busy! 

8. Donate it! - Send the wrapped candy in your Operation Christmas Child Shoe boxes or to Operation Gratitude. Make sure you check with your organization to see what restrictions they may have.
9. Gift it! - Last year, we used the part of our leftover Halloween candy to fill these fun Turkey Candy Cans for the boys' teachers. The teachers loved them and the boys loved making them!

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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

L for Lightning - Letter Craft for Kids

This letter craft was so much fun to make and went perfectly with our Weather Theme. Having a visual makes it easier for the kids to remember the sound that a letter makes and gives them an example of something tat starts with that letter.  This was easy to make using simple art supplies that we always have on hand.

Monday, August 17, 2015

K is for Kite - Letter Craft for Kids

Crafting is one of our favorite ways to learn letters. The kids enjoy the art projects and it's a great way to help them remember the letter sounds and create a visual for the letter.

As part of our Weather Theme, we focused on the letters 'L' and 'K'.  I just loved how our "K is for Kite" craft turned out.

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Transportation Crafts and Activities for Kids

I'm joining in with some talented blogging friends this year for a Share-It Saturday series.  Each week, we'll be bringing you collections of our favorite crafts and activities from our favorite bloggers.

The past two weeks at Daycare have been devoted to our Transportation Theme.  In addition to reading lots of Transportation Books, we have been crafting and learning with cars, planes, boats, and trains.  Here are some of our favorite Transportation crafts and activities. Be sure to save this page and check back as we add more of our transportation activities.