Friday, December 29, 2017

Unique Graham Cracker Houses

My kids never seem to want to decorate a regular house, they always want something unique.  I just use a serrated bread knife and carve whatever shape they ask for out of the crackers.  I glue them together with melted sugar that I have heated on medium heat in a frying pan.  It works like hot glue.  This year I had two boat requests, so I made some blue butter cream frosting as well as the traditional royal icing and this is what we ended up with.
Flower garden with wheelbarrow and gated fence, daughter age 10

candy and graham crackers

Gummy Bear House, my son age 4
Chinese Dragon, son age 13 "Scary Christmas!"
Fishing Boat, son age 8 "Fishing You A Merry Christmas!"

Viking Ship, daughter age 15, since we live in a town settled by Icelanders,
viking ships are kind of a special around here.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Candy Cany Sleighs with PopTarts

As a cub scout leader I am doing activities for the boys once a week, but the girls have only had two activities since school got out in May and so we did a Christmas Party to get them all together!  For the craft we made candy cane sleighs using Poptarts.  I had planned to use the Poptarts in the silver packing, but the girls opened them all up and we just covered them in plastic wrap and I liked how it ended up looking snowy just like a real sleigh!

Monday, November 27, 2017

Letter F preschool activities

Letter F (my four year old requested fire trucks for the theme, so this is what we did!)

Letter F torn paper fire (thanks measured

Bean Pit Dig (we reuse this with every letter)
Letter F flashcards
six cards inspired by action, I added more

Found a frog!
Letter F in Lego
Since I'm a Lego teacher, I have baseplates galore and this worked well,
but you could build F without baseplates too.

We have a poster of this guy colored in rainbow scribbles, with his mouth cut wide open to gobble up letter items like feathers, footballs, fruit, fly swatters, and all the other fun things the kids brought!  You do have to be careful the first day to make it comical and not scary, but then it becomes a highlight of the preschool day!
midi and lyrics from Boy Scout Trail, fun hand motions can be found on youtube.  If the kids learn the hand motions they will have a lot of fun with this.  Then you can sing the verse substituting the hand motions instead of singing the words
Late one night
When we were all in bed
Old mother Leary left a lantern in the shed
And when the cow kicked it over
She winked her eye and said,
There'll be a HOT time on the old town tonight.

Backwards Version (optional)
Night one late
When bed in all were we
Old Leary mother left a shed the lantern in.
And when the kick cowed it over
She eyed her wink and said,
There'll be an old time on the hot town tonight.

Our Favorite Fire Fighter books and a sparkly fish book for the girls:
such a silly book, preschoolers love this!
This board book is always the first request, it just looks so fun to four year olds.
Popular with the girls!

Graham Tracker Fire Trucks:
Double stuff frosting gives you enough to "glue" on the ladder, window, and both wheels.
Cut the Dot candy almost completely in half and attach it that way.
Cut Fruit by the Foot tape in half to make the ladder and rungs.

Fire Truck Paper Craft (thanks to! and my teenagers who cut them out!)

I love ABC party preschool!
We made Friendship Fudge at the same time we glued our trucks together (I should have made only a half recipe or skipped it since we already had a snack, although they did enjoy squishing it!)
1/2 cup of butter
4 oz cream cheese
1 tsp vanilla extract
2/3 c unsweetened cocoa powder
1 lb powdered sugar
1 gallon-size Ziploc bag

add to the bag and then let all the friends squeeze and knead until the fudge is done!  We practiced counting by squishing the bag ten times per kid

Finished Friendship Fudge is still a bit sticky,
scoop samples with a spoon.

Basic ABC Plan: (This takes 2 1/2 hours)

Sounds: Dig for letter of the day items (or could do a sound tray or sound toy box)
Art: Paint something so it can be dry by the time preschool is over, usually introduces theme of the day.

Writing: write the letter in as many different ways as possible I usually do about 5 ways, but with Lego we just rebuild it.  Trace in sugar tray, chalk writing, iPad coloring, shaving cream, trace it in sand, form it out of noodles, form it out of Legos, trace it in pudding, etc.

Circle Time: 
Phonics: Starfall letter video
Sound bombardment: Feed the sound monster (each kid brings items beginning with the sound of the day and we let the "sound monster" gobble them up and spit them out)
Literacy: Read 2 books (usually more once we get started)
Rhyming & Music: Sing the song or learn the nursery rhyme

Glue: the letter of the day together

Cook: make a snack, excellent for counting practice!


Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Halloween 2017 and Hogwarts Elementary

Collin jumps for joy after getting some candy!

Shopping for Potions in Diagon Alley

Running into Voldemort in Diagon Alley

Aang the last air bender
princess Azula fire bender
Trelawney (Mrs Head) and Dobby

Golden Snitch
Platform 9 3/4
Diagon Alley
Gryffindor Common Room
Whomping Willow
Harry's letters flying out of the fireplace
Hagrid's Spiders

Owls in Diagon Alley
Diagon Alley
Diogon Alley
Allison's class only had one Harry Potter plus the teacher, Dustin's class had 5 Harry Potter's, luckily he was Ron.
Madame Hooch and Ron
Harry Potter and Hermione
Potrait Lady (I missed when she had her picture frame)
Rita Skeeter
The Great Hall
Dobby's Room
The quidditch field
Moaning Myrtle