Let it snow, Let it snow, Let it snow!

We are working through our holiday advent right now like so many others and today we are making snowflakes.  I decided to add a little education to our activity this Christmas and we looked up facts about snow and snowflakes.  The kids had a blast with this since in sunny Arizona we don't get to see much snow.Here are our 15 favorite facts:  Snow Facts Each snowflake is six-sided and made of as many as 200 ice crystals. The ice crystals form around tiny bits of dirt that has been carried up into the atmosphere by the wind. As the snow crystals grow, they become heavier and fall toward the ground. To snow the temper ...

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Ladybug Kids Craft

Springtime is almost here and that means a whole new  array of crafting ideas. No more snowflakes, hearts or pinecones. It's time for fresh fun ideas that get you and the kids looking forward to blooming flowers and gorgeous sunshine.Bugs are one of our top crafting topics. Not the creepy crawly gross ones but the colorful cute ones that get the kids smiling.  Today we're making ladybugs. This is a preschool aged craft but can be tailored for younger and older kids by simply prepping supplies and steps or stepping back and letting your child take complete ownership and creative license.SuppliesRed and black cardstock or construc ...

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Snowflake Books, Crafts and Activities for Kids

Have you experienced your first snowfall this winter?  Here in Southern California we either have to travel to see snow, or head to our local theme park.Here are a collection of books, crafts, and activities kids will love that are all about snowflakes. BooksWinter Wonderland (National Geographic Kids) by Jill Esbaum Snowflake Bently by Jacqueline Briggs Martin The Story of Snow: The Science of Winter's Wonder by Mark Cassino Snowflakes - a Pop-Up Book by Jennifer Preston Chushcoff The Snowflake - a Water Cycle Story by Neil Waldman A Snowflake Fell - Poems About Winter by Laura Whipple Fletcher and the Snowflake ...

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Being Thankful: A Thanksgiving Craft

Every year we have a little family tradition of each child making their own "Thankful Turkey". The kiddos love making their own "Thankful Turkeys" and as they are getting older, it has been fun to see them read and write on their own feathers. After they are finished these turkeys are a great table decoration and allow us to have some fun conversations about what each child is thankful for.What You Need:An eager creator Toilet paper roll (1 per turkey) Colored paper Glue Scissors Crayons, markers, or colored pencils Googly eyes, buttons, or anything else to make eyes (optional) Paperclips (optional) – to help ...

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Fire Safety Activities for Kids

It's summer, which means the weather is perfect for late night fire pits to make s'mores, it also unfortunately means that dry regions in particular are more prone to wildfires.Help kids learn about fireman, fire trucks, and fire safety with these fun tips. CRAFTS AND ACTIVITIES We've been doing a lot of fire engine building over the summer vacation.  From a wooden Melissa & Doug fire engine, where we taught our little man how to use a screwdriver, to assembling his Lego fire engine set.  Both activities required him to follow the directions in the manuals.He was so proud of the fire truck.  We have slowly been introducing hi ...

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Preschool letter recognition collage craft

This is a super fun craft that engages preschoolers' motor skills, letter recognition, creativity and gives them something they can proudly show off. My daughter and her friend had a blast making their collages!And I especially loved how this was such an easy craft to clean up!Here are the tools you will need for this craft:1. Large sheet of paper (I used 11x14 sheet of scrapbook paper)2. Water colors3. Magazines4. child friendly scissors5. Markers/crayons/colored pencilsTo do the craft:First, choose the letter you will be featuring in the collage. My daughter's name is Lizzie, so she chose the letter L.   ...

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