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stART ~ Butterfly Butterfly September 3, 2012

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This week for stART we read the book “A Book of Colors: Butterfly Butterfly” by Petr Horacek.  It is a book of fun illustrations.  The illustrator put so much thought and planning into the pictures.  On many of the pages there are cut outs where the picture on the previous pages completes the cut out area on the next page.  Will was fascinated by this.  The last page also has a pop-up butterfly that he just loved.  It is a good book to teach colors with, too, for the really little ones.



This book’s art project came from “Family Fun” magazine possibly the May issue (I’m not really sure since I tore out the page).  It was a fun project, we did in a few steps.  Will enjoyed it.

Take a piece of white paper and fill it full of colors using watercolor paints.  Will and I painted the paper together.  He discovered the less water he used the brighter the color.

Randomly painting the colors will result in a beautiful butterfly in the end.

This was the final product of our painting.  Let the puddles of water and paint dry completely.

Once it is dry fold the paper in half.  Trace your child’s hands with closed fingers as shown above.  Cut along the lines and unfold your paper into a beautiful butterfly!

Will enjoyed the painting part so much that again today he asked for a sheet of white paper and painted random colors all over it all by himself.  He must have enjoyed the project.


Valentine’s i-pods February 4, 2012

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Last weekend a girlfriend and I got together to make Valentine’s treats for our kiddos to give to their friends.   We found this idea for the Valentine’s i-pod on Pintrest.  The original idea came Family Fun magazine

We started with these boxes of Conversation Hearts.

I cut various Valentine papers to fit the width of the Conversation Heart boxes.  I also copied the i-pod dial and screen from this location and cut them out.

Roll the paper around the box of Conversation Hearts and secure it with adhesive or tape.



Next, we taped a Hershey Kiss to each end of a length of yarn to make the ear buds.

We taped the folded length of yarn to the top of one side of the covered box of hearts.  Last, we put each i-pod in a clear baggie to make them easier to transport to our friends.  Hopefully, it will be a rockin’ Valentine’s for everyone!



stART ~ Tacky the Penguin & some Family Fun! January 14, 2012

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Our Family Fun group reconvened this week after the holidays.  We had our biggest crew yet and had so much fun doing activities about PENGUINS!  We’d like to share our fun with you!



For our stART book/project Amy read us “Tacky the Penguin” by Helen Lester and Lynn Munsinger.  The Tacky books are so cute.  This is the first in the series.  Tacky is a penguin who beats to his own drum.  In this story he tells how he saved the day when some hunters come to their land. 



For our art project we made penguins, of course.  I found the idea on Pintrest, which came from the blog Casa Camacho.  I had pre-cut all the pieces of the penguin (body/head, tummy, wings, beak and wiggly eyes).  The kids, along with the help of their parents, positioned the pieces on their penguin and then glued them on.  The last (and most fun) part of the project was making the penguin’s feet.  I think all the parents thought I was a little crazy to tackle this part of the project, but those kids did a fabulous job. (There was no paint on the tables, floor or chairs).  I had the kids place their hands in orange paint and put their handprints at the bottom of their penguin to make the feet. 



We had some more fun with penguins with these activities!



We played the Penguin Relay to burn off some energy.  The kids were divided into two teams (NOTE: it was not an easy task to get 9 preschool-aged kids into two lines! Much appreciation to all the preschool teachers out there!).  One at a time the kids would place a ball between their knees and waddle across the room and then run the ball back to the next person in line.  It was hilarious to watch!  I really should have taken a video of it. 


I’m a Little Penguin Song

(sung to the tun of I’m a Little Teapot)

I’m a little penguin round and fat

Here is my beak, here is my hat.

Winter days are coming, hear me shout.

“Please don’t toss my mittens out!”


I’m a little penguin black and white

Short and wobbly, an adorable sight

I can’t fly at all, but I love to swim

So I’ll waddle to the water and dive right in.


I’m a little penguin on the ice

I think cold is very nice

I can hop around first once, then twice

I think ice is very nice



For our last activity we made penguin cupcakes.  I found this idea on Pintrest, which came from Family Fun magazine.  I think they turned out really cute!  Start with a cupcake frosted with white frosting.  Next, the penguin head and wings are made from halves of  Keebler Grasshopper cookies.  The eyes are made from mini M&Ms dipped in frosting so they stick to the cookie.  Last, the beak and feet are made from a cut up orange slice. 

It was a fun time!


Cup Cozy January 10, 2012

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I found this adorable snowman cup cozy about a year ago in Disney’s Family Fun magazine.  Making them has been on my “to-craft” list for that long as well.  This year I decided it was the perfect gift for my co-workers, teacher gifts and other friends.  They were very fun to make and so quick!  Can you believe they are made from a SOCK?




I cut about a 3-4 inch tube from a fun pair of socks.  I had been collecting fun socks when they were on sale or clearance.You can also find some fun socks in the Dollar section at Target.  I got about 4 cozies out of a pair of socks. 




Next, I slipped the cozy on the cup.  I used both reusable coffee mugs and the insulated straw cup depending on if I knew the person was a coffee drinker or alternative-caffeine-morning fix-drinker.  I learned after my first batch of cups that is was smart to put a small index card behind the cozy before gluing the snowman piece to the cup since the glue tended to seep through to the cup.   


You could add just about any decoration to your cozy.  I thought the button snowman was so cute.  I used clear buttons with white cardstock adhered behind.  Then I cut a tiny scarf out of red felt. 

Using a strong glue, I glued the buttons and scarf to the cozy.  That’s all it takes — so, so easy!


stART ~ Fall Leaves Fall & a Little Family Fun! October 27, 2011

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Monday night we had our second meeting of our Family Fun group.  This time we met at one of the city’s Community Centers.  It gave us plenty of space, but we also had to be more organized to make sure we had all the supplies we needed.  Our theme for the evening was LEAVES!




For our stART project we read the book, “Fall Leaves Fall” by Zoe Hall.  This book is great for preschoolers since it is short and simple.  It talks about the season of fall.  We also talked about how there are two meanings for the word, fall, as in the title of the book.  The book also tells about all the fun things you can do with the leaves that fall from the trees in the fall.  When you have 2, 3, and 4 year olds listening to a story together you get lots of story participation – ha!



For our art project all the kids had brought 4 fresh, and different leaves they had collected outside.  We used crayons to make leaf rubbings into a leaf book.  I found the idea and pattern for this book here on the Michael’s website.  Prior to meeting I cut out four leaf patterns for each person as well as the same pattern out of a thin piece of cardboard for the cover of the book. 


The kids, with the help of their parents, laid each leaf underneath the paper leaf and rubbed on top of it with a fall colored crayon.  They repeated this for each of their 4 leaves. 


When this step was finished, the kids created their book cover from the cardboard leaf.  I brought along pages of alphabet stickers I’ve had forever in my stash.  It was a great activity for the kids to work with their parents to find the letters that spelled their first name.  When all the pieces were completed the parents punched a hole through all the pages and fastened them with a small brad. 

Next, we thought the kids needed some movement so we played a couple of leaf games.  First was the blow the leaf race.  I didn’t realize what a hard motor task blowing a leaf with a straw across the floor would be for a 3-year-old.  I was proud of them for persisting through the difficult task.  Second, we played the hide the leaf game.  For this game we taught the kids what “hot” and “cold” mean when you are looking for a hidden item.  They had fun with both games.





We ended our night with some fall songs and Kelly taught us some fall words in Spanish.  She sent home a coloring page with the words on it so we could practice.  We had so much fun!

This Is the Way
Written by Amber Leigh
Sung to “Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush”

This is the way we crunch the leaves, (march in place)
Crunch the leaves, crunch the leaves,
This is the way we crunch the leaves,
One early autumn morning.

This is the way we rake the leaves, (make raking gesture)
Rake the leaves, Rake the leaves,
This is the way we rake the leaves,
One early autumn morning.

This is the way we bag the leaves, (pretend to bag the leaves)
Bag the leaves, Bag the leaves,
This is the way we bag the leaves,
One early autumn morning.

Another Leaves Song
By Amber Leigh
Sung to “The Wheels on the Bus”
The leaves on the tree fall on the ground (wiggle fingers and bring hands down)
on the ground, on the ground
The leaves on the tree fall on the ground,
All through the Fall.

The leaves on the ground go crunch, crunch, crunch (march in place)
crunch, crunch, crunch; crunch, crunch, crunch
The leaves on the ground go crunch, crunch, crunch
All through the Fall.

The moms and dads will rake the leaves, (make raking motion)
rake the leaves, rake the leaves
The moms and dads will rake the leaves,
All through the Fall.

One autumn day we’ll jump in the leaves (jump up and down)
jump in the leaves, jump in the leaves,
One autumn day we’ll jump in the leaves,
Then the fall is done.



Red, White & Blue Cupcakes! July 10, 2011

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I saw a recipe I’ve been wanting to try for a rainbow cake in the Family Fun magazine and also rainbow cupcakes posted on the Art Mom’s Blog.  I thought the 4th of July would be the perfect time to give this a try with just 3 colors.  So… here is the recipe for Red, White and Blue cupcakes.  I used the recipe from the Art Mom’s Blog http://art-moms.com/hp_wordpress/?p=2252

Pudding Cake Recipe

1 white cake mix

1 pkg Jello instant vanilla pudding

1 cup vanilla yogurt

3 egg whites

1 tsp vanilla

1 cup 7 up

Directions to make the cupcakes

Line a cupcake tin with liners and spray them with cooking spray.  Combine the first 5 ingredients and beat for 1 minute.  Gradually beat in the 7 up.  Pour equal amounts of batter into 3 bowls.  Add color to each bowl (I used red and blue — leaving the 3rd bowl without color).  With a spoon add the first color to the bottom of each cupcake liner.  A BIG thank you to the Art Mom for this tip!  To even out the first layer of batter dip the tips of your fingers in water before spreading the batter!  (This works wonders!) Layer each color after spreading out the previous layer.  Bake at 350 degrees for 18-22 minutes.  Cool completely before frosting.

Pudding Frosting Recipe

1 1/2 cups of milk

1 pkg of Jello instant vanilla pudding

1/2 tub Cool Whip

Mix for 2 minutes and add to the top of your cupcakes.  Add sprinkles!

YUM, YUM!  Will was able to enjoy a blue cupcake while the rest of us stuffed ourselves silly at the Pizza Ranch and couldn’t even think of eating one on the 4th!  They were sure good on the 5th though!


stART ~ Miss Brooks Loves Books (and I don’t) June 10, 2011

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Wow, we had quite a crew for stART today!  It was a blast!  For today’s stART I actually found the art project first and needed to a book to go with it.  We were fortunate to have Sarah (read aloud extraordinaire) read our story today, “Miss Brooks Loves Books (and I don’t)” by Barbara Bottner.  It was a new book to all of us.  It is a delightful story about a girl who transforms into a book lover during the dreaded “Book Week” where she needs to give her class a book report.  Check it out, we think you’ll like it!


After the book, the kids made their very own bag to hold all the books they love (well, I guess my son was the only one who insisted he wasn’t a book lover – I think this was a little fib).  We are hoping to use Will’s to take books to and from the library.  I found the project idea from an issue of “Disney’s Family Fun Magazine” (March issue, I believe). 

Using cardboard pieces taped together with craft foam taped on top, I made rectangle “book” stamps of varying sizes.  The kids painted craft paint onto the craft foam side of the stamps using a foam brush and then stamped the books in a pile or row on their canvas bag.  The kids really seemed to enjoy the project, and you can see each bag has its own unique style. 


Taylor (4), Will (3), Rylee (5), Alivya (7) and Bella (6)– thanks for joining us and I hope you enjoy your new bag!

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


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