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stART with Family Fun! ~ One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish & The Cat in the Hat February 29, 2012

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This week we did our stART project as part of our Family Fun Night group.  Since we celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday  this week on Friday, we enjoyed a couple of his books.  We read “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish” and “The Cat in the Hat”  both written by Dr. Seuss.  Since no one seemed to own the fish book, we decided to implement a little technology into our family night.  Big thank you to Eric for downloading the book on their i-pad.  This was so exciting since the story then becomes interactive.  We had the i-pad read the story to the kids.  Did you ever realize how long this book is?  We had the kids listen for rhyming words.  Next, we read bits and pieces of “The Cat in the Hat”.  We focused in on the parts where the cat balances all sorts of things with his body and Thing 1 & Thing 2.  Dr. Seuss is always a favorite for all ages!

For our first activity each child was given a printable sheet with six numbered fish bowls and a pile of goldfish crackers.  The students practiced their number reading and counting skills by putting the corresponding number of fish crackers in each bowl.  I found the printable here.



Our big project was making Thing 1 and Thing 2 hand print art.  If you are brave to let your kids make a mess, this is a project for you!  I think it turned out pretty cute despite the mess.  With the help of their parents each child had the palm of one of their hands painted white and the fingers blue.  They pressed their hand on yellow construction paper.  Next, to creat the body the child’s hand was painted red (except for the middle finger).  Again, the kids pressed their hands on the paper just below the head.  After the paint dried the parents painted a white oval on the tummy of the character and used a Sharpie marker to make the face and label on the belly.  It was fun to listen to the kids giggle because it tickled as they got their hands painted !  I found this idea on Pintrest which led me here.


To get the kids up and moving we played a game called Balance, Balance.  I found the game here.  The kids had even more fun with this game than I was anticipating.  Since we didn’t have any bean bags to balance, we used blocks.  I instructed the kids to balance on various body parts (one leg, heels, toes, etc.) or balance the block on certain parts (elbow, head, back, toes, etc.).  It is amazing to see the difference in development with ages ranging from 2 to almost 5 years old. 

We concluded our night by making a Cat in the Hat treat.  Suzie led us in making hats.  This idea came from Pintrest as well which led me here.  The bottom layer is half of an Oreo cookie (the side with the frosting!).  Next, we took three red Gummy Lifesavers and stacked them between layers of white frosting.  It was a pretty tasty treat!  So easy and so cute!


stART ~ The Foot Book by Dr. Seuss July 2, 2011

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A couple of weeks ago Will and I did “The Foot Book” by Dr. Seuss for stART.  Like many kids, Will just loves Dr. Seuss books (so does his mom)!  It is a great book for teaching opposites.  My post is delayed a couple of weeks since the project was a little more time intensive than others.  I think it turned out cute though.  I hope Will enjoys his very own Foot Book for many, many reads. 

For our book project we made a ziplock bag book — Will’s very own Foot Book.  This was mostly a mommy project with the help of my 3-year-old.  Will helped compile the list of feet he wanted pictures of and assisted taking many of the pictures.  He had fun with this part.  Once the pictures were taken I assembled the book.  I found the directions for making a ziplock bag book from www.icanteachmychild.com .  It was pretty simple.  All you need are the following supplies:  printed pictures, ziplock bags, masking tape, scrapbook paper and a small piece of material. 


I added a title to each picture using a small scrap of paper. I stamped the words “________’s feet.”  We had “Will’s feet, Daddy’s feet, Mommy’s feet, Grandma’s feet, Sadie’s feet (our dog), Grandma’s feet, Hurt foot, and Silly feet.”  After attaching the titles to each picture, I placed the pictures back to back in ziplock bags.  I also used paper and letters cut out on the Cricut to make a title page. 

Next place two ziplock bags together and use a tiny piece of tape to secure them together at each end.  Add each ziplock bag individually, taping each one to the pile as you go. 

When all the pages are in place tape the whole top (or side) of the book with a long piece of masking tape to secure it.  To finish it off you can either use a strong tape like duct tape as a binding or sew a scrap of material to the top (or side).  To add the material binding cut a scrap of material to the length of your ziplock bag.  Fold it over, pin it, and sew a seam straight down.  In my case, I just asked my mom to do the sewing part — THANKS, Mom!  It looks great!

For more great stART ideas see A Mommy’s Adventure blog http://www.amommysadventures.com/


stART ~ Ten Apples Up on Top June 6, 2011

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I found the idea for stART (story + art project) from the “A Mommy’s Adventure” blog http://www.amommysadventures.com/.  I decided summer vacation was the perfect time to start, so I found 10 books and projects to use.  If anyone wants to join us for a stART project, just let me know a week ahead.  We don’t have a certain day of the week we do them – just whenever it works out. 

Last Friday Will and I sat down for our first story and project.  We read one of his favorites, “Ten Apples Up on Top” by Dr. Seuss.  It was a perfect book since we’ve been working on counting and learning numbers this summer. 

After reading the book Will made a picture of 10 apples up on top of Will.  I had taken a picture of him and printed out a colored copy of it.  I cut around his whole body picture.  Will drew the grass, sky and sun with crayons and glued his body picture at the bottom of the paper (this boy loves a glue stick).  Lastly, he stamped 10 red apples on top of his head using an apple stamp with red ink .  He LOVED this project!  The next day, I got the greatest gift of all when he wanted to do it again! 

 The finished masterpiece!


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