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stART ~ The Noisy Airplane Ride June 30, 2013

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Last week we read the book “The Noisy Airplane Ride” by Mike Downs.  This book explores all the sounds and things you may experience on an airplane ride.  This book would be great to read with your child right before their first airplane ride to prepare them for what to expect.  We enjoyed talking about where Will may want to go on an airplane.  We had to discuss that you typically take an airplane to a far away place.  We settled on Disneyland as a place we’d love to take an airplane to.

The Noisy Airplane Ride


clothespin airplane

Our project was to make a clothes pin airplane.  This idea came from Parents Magazine.  It was pretty easy.

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Craft Sticks (2 regular size and 1 small size)

Red Craft Foam

Red Craft Paint

Blue Craft Paint


Hot Glue Gun

airplane Collage

First, I had Will paint all the wooden pieces and left them to dry.  We did not have any small craft sticks on hand, so my husband just cut a regular-sized craft stick smaller.

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All the pieces.

airplane pieces

Glue the pieces together as shown above using hot glue.

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Here is the finished airplane with its pilot!  He looks so happy to have his picture taken, huh?


Recipe ~ Jerk Turkey Burgers June 26, 2013

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Jerk Turkey Burgers

The 4th of July is quickly approaching (this is a bad word in the education world since our summer is dwindling away), here is a healthier, yummy alternative to the burger you may want to try for your 4th of July BBQ.

I found this recipe on Livestrong.com last year.  We have enjoyed making it several times.  This time we even tried making them on the grill.

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There are quite a few spices in this recipe so check your spice rack before making this.

Jerk Turkey Burgers

1/3 cup Panko Bread Crumbs

2 tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1/2 cup Red Bell Pepper, raw

2 cloves Garlic, raw

1 tsp Thyme

1 tsp Curry Powder

1/2 tsp. Cumin

1/2 tsp Ground Ginger

1/4 tsp Paprika, sweet

1/8 tsp Cayenne Pepper

1 lb. Ground Turkey

1 Large Egg


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In a small nonstick skillet, heat oil over low heat.  Add finely diced red pepper, minced garlic and spices.  Saute for 1-2 minutes until slightly softened.  Take off the heat and let it cool.

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In a large bowl combine ground turkey, egg, Panko bread crumbs, cooled red pepper and spices mixing thoroughly but lightly.

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Shape into 4 burgers and saute in lightly oiled nonstick skillet about 5 minutes on each side until browned – check doneness with meat thermometer (160 degrees).   If you are grilling we found that it worked best to start by grilling the patties on a piece of foil on one side.  Before flipping to cook the other side you can remove it from the foil and place it right on the grill.  Since the meat is more loose than hamburger, you need the foil to start with so it doesn’t fall through the grates on the grill.  You can also add salt and pepper if desired.

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stART ~ Help Me Learn Addition June 25, 2013

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Since Will has really taken an interest in numbers, I thought I’d throw in a number book for stART this summer.  I found the book, “Help Me Learn Addition” by Jean Mazollo, at the library.  This is a cute book with a rhyme to it that uses fun pictures and photographs to teach simple addition (and subtraction).  Will got a kick out of it and loved the challenge of finding the answers.  I think I have a math and science guy budding around here!

Help Me Learn Addition



For our project, I found this cute crab poem/song that uses subtraction.  I found the idea on Pintrest, but it was just a picture – no link to give any further credit.

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This project was done in several steps, so it took a little more time than the projects we generally do.



1 sheet of white large construction paper

5 sheets of white cardstock paper

Red construction paper (cut claws from)

10 wiggly eyes

Red craft paint and brush

Blue craft paint or watercolor

Brown crayon

Glue stick

Decorative scissors (wave pattern)

Poem printed and cut into pieces


First, the background.  I made a wavy line at the bottom of the white construction paper and had Will color it in with a brown crayon to make the sand.  Next, paint the rest of the paper blue for the water.  All of our blue watercolor was out, so we had to punt with craft paint.  Set this aside to dry while you create your crabs.

Crab Construction

Next, create your five crabs.  This is the really fun (and messy) part.  Will painted his left hand with red craft paint using a foam brush.  I helped him place his hand on the white cardstock and pressed down to make his hand print.  We did all the left hands first (total of 5 – each on a new sheet of cardstock).  Next, we did the same for the right hand, but made sure to slightly overlap the hand print with the left print.  After these dried, I cut around each crab.


Embellish the crabs with wiggly eyes at the thumbs and the cut out claws are glued to the index fingers.


Apparently, Will changed out of his jammies from the first part of the project to this part.

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Here is the poem:

5 cranky crabs were digging on the shore

1 swam into a net, then there were 4

4 cranky crabs were floating on the sea

1 got tangled up in seaweed, then there were 3

3 cranky crabs were wondering what to do

1 dug a deep hole, then there were 2

2 cranky crabs were warming in the sun

1 got scooped up in a cup, then there was 1

1 cranky crab was smarter than his friends

So he hid behind a rock and that’s how the story ends.

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I cut each piece of the poem using decorative scissors (a wave pattern) and glued them down the left side of the construction paper.  Lastly, we glued the five crabs on the paper, too.  Will loved to fill in the words I left out while reading the poem.


stART ~ A Father’s Day Thank You June 16, 2013

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This week we needed to get ready for Father’s Day, so we incorporated it into our stART project for the week.  Of course we needed a Father’s Day story to start us off.  I found the book “A Father’s Day Thank You” by Janet Nolan at our library.  It was a really cute story about sibling bears that are busy picking out just the right Father’s Day gift for Papa Bear.  Each child gets Papa the “perfect” gift like they’ve given the year(s) before.  Baby Bear had the hardest time figuring out the perfect gift.  Check out this book to see what he decides is the best gift of all.

A Father's Day Thank You



My Dad Tie

I found this idea from Kelley on Teacher Idea Factory and, of course, Pintrest.  Will really enjoyed it and it was fun to watch his face light up (and the embarrassment) when he gave it to his dad today for Father’s Day.



Tie shape cut from construction paper

1/2-inch wide strips cut from a different color of construction paper

Computer generated paper with questions printed on it

Computer generated paper saying, “My Dad”

Glue Stick


Makign Tie Collage

Glue the strips of paper diagonally on the tie shape.  Flip the tie over to the back and snip off the ends at the edges of the tie.

Finishing touches Collage

Here is how it looks when you are done gluing and cutting.  Next, I asked Will the four questions (My dad can…, My dad can…, My dad can… But my dad can’t…).   He really had a hard time coming up with something his Dad couldn’t do.

Daddy & Will

Well, here’s Daddy and his mini-me!  Happy Father’s Day to all the fathers out there today!


Ironman Birthday Party ~ Part 2 ~ Treat Sacks June 13, 2013

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Treat Sacks

Along with candy, stickers and temporary Avengers tattoos, I had two handmade items in the Ironman treat sacks that I’m going to show you in Part 2 of the Ironman Birthday Party posts.  I decided it would be fun to put all the goodies into a clear cone-shaped bag.  I was even able to find coordinating colored M&Ms and Sixlets.  I just tied the top of the bag together with maroon and gold ribbon.

Superhero Suckers

First up, Superhero Suckers!  I found this idea on Pintrest, but there was no further link to anything other than the picture.


I hand-drew the cape pattern on an index card and then traced the shape on the maroon-colored felt.  I cut the triangle shape out of the gold-colored felt.


I also punched a small hole in the top-center of each cape using a hole punch.  Glue the gold triangles on the capes.


You can see I printed the message “Thanks for Coming!” on white cardstock and used a circle punch to cut them out. Next, using the hole punch I added a hole at the top and bottom of each circle (to insert the sucker)


To assemble just insert the sucker stick through the cape and then through each hole in the circle message piece.  Very quick and easy project.


Next up, the Ironman Mask!  I also found this on Pintrest which led me to Jessica at Cutesy Crafts.  She gives great tips here and has patterns for a whole variety of superhero masks.  I made all Ironman for Will’s party.  I would suggest going here to get more detailed instructions for making the masks.  I’m just going to briefly show you how I made them (plus I forgot to take pictures during the process).

Pattern Collage

I copied the Ironman pattern (found here) on cardstock and cut out the pieces to use as a pattern.  Next, I traced the patterns onto the felt using a fade-away pen.  One pattern is traced on gold felt and the other on maroon felt.   I cut two of each maroon piece per mask.

Mask Collage

First, I sewed the gold piece on top of one of the maroon pieces using gold thread.  Remember to also sew around the eye holes.  Next, I laid this piece on top of the second maroon piece.  In between the two pieces secure the 3/4″ elastic piece (14-inches long).  Sew around the whole mask using maroon thread.  Also, remember to sew around the eye holes during this step.   That’s all there is to it!  It was a really fun project and they were a big hit at the party.

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The Birthday Boy Ironman!

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The Whole Crazy Ironman Gang!


stART ~ I’m not Reading! June 9, 2013

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This week we read “I’m not Reading!” by Jonathan Allen.  In this book baby owl reluctantly reads a story to baby chick, but each time he begins the story more and more of chicks family (brothers, sisters, cousins, etc.) comes in excitedly to hear the story.  Baby owl loses room on his lap until the adults come in to help solve their problem.

I'm Not Reading


For our art project we had to make an owl!  (To my dear friend, Jackie, who has a fear of owls – it is a nice and cute owl – I promise).


I found this idea on Pintrest and Kerry’s Craft Blog.



Pillowbox template (I just searched on Pintrest for one)

Red Cardstock

12 – Patterned Red Cardstock circles (1/2″)

2 – White Cardstock circles (2″)

2 – Black Cardstock circles (1″)

2 – Red Cardstock ovals

2 – Orange heart shapes




Cut out and score the pillowbox pattern on cardstock.

Owl Collage

1)  Glue the black circle on top of the white circle and add a gemstone to the center of the black circle.

2)  Glue one of the orange hearts (point side up) at the bottom of the pillowbox.  Add the patterned paper circles (3 in a row) to the length of the pillowbox.

3)  Add the eyes, second heart as the nose and ovals for wings.

4)  Put together the pillowbox and secure with glue.

**This was a good activity for following directions and gluing.  I had all the pieces pre-cut.  All Will had to do was assemble the owl. **




stART ~ Wake Up, Henry Rooster! June 2, 2013

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To kick off summer I looked for a book that had something to do with the sun.  Who knows the sun better than roosters, right?  We read the book, “Wake Up, Henry Rooster!” by Margriet Ruurs.  Both the story and illustrations are wonderful in this book.  It is about a teenage rooster who loves to stay up late taking in the farm nightlife, but also loves to sleep in!  This isn’t a problem until his father is out of town and Henry needs to wake up the sun each morning.  Read this cute book to find out how Henry solves his problem of not being a morning rooster!

wake up henry rooster



For our project we tried these Oil Sun Catchers I found on Pintrest and education.com




Construction Paper

Baby Oil w/ small container




Hole punch


First, Will traced around a bowl to make a circle on construction paper.  We used two different sizes.


To practice cutting skills, I had Will cut out each circle (even though it kills me to have jagged edges).  He really impressed me though – yeah preschool!  We are still working on how to hold the paper/scissors while cutting a circle.


Pour a little bit of baby oil into a small container.  Have your child use a Q-tip to paint a design on each piece of construction paper.  Here you can talk about and predict what will happen when you use oil on construction paper.



Last, punch a hole in the top of your sun catcher and thread a piece of twine through to hang it in the window.  I would try letting the oil completely dry before hanging them up.  For some reason our sun catchers turned into one big blob of oil by the end of the day.  They were cute to start out with and really worked!


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