Friday, June 18, 2010

Paper Plate Snail

Bekah loves bugs! Slimy bugs, flying bugs, any kind of bugs. So, when I saw this color mixing snail craft that Allie posted on Family Education I couldn't wait to make it with her.

I put a glob (yes, that's a very technical term)of blue and yellow finger paint on a white paper plate and let her mix away.

I really wasn't sure if she would like using her hands to do this. She went through a stage where she really didn't like getting all messy. As you can see....that has changed! She loved it!

After the paint dried I drew a spiral on the plate and we cut out her snail.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Father's Day Toolbox Card

Hopefully my husband won't suddenly decide to read my blog and spoil his surprise, but I just had to share this adorable Father's Day card that we made this week. You can get the template for the tools and the instructions here.

Inside the card we wrote:
I couldn't have built a better Daddy!
I realized afterward that I crossed the l in built and was able to fix that later. I think he'll love it!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Chalk Alphabet Game

This is a great game that I saw in a recent Family Fun magazine. I just drew upper and lowercase letters randomly all over our driveway.

I would then call out a letter and Bekah would have to run to the lowercase (or baby) letter while I would run to the uppercase (or Mommy) letter.

Bekah LOVED this game and would have played much longer if it wasn't so hot outside. She was so bummed out when it rained and washed our letters away!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Curious George and the Pizza Party

We're finally getting back into the swing of things. Between my pregnancy and not feeling well all the time and end of the school year things life has been pretty hectic. We were so glad to get back to our stART projects this week!

We read Curious George and the Pizza Party.

First, Daddy and Bekah made the dough. I like to use Money Saving Mom's pizza dough recipe. We also added some whole wheat flour to make it more healthy.

They had fun getting all messy!

In the story, Curious George cuts the dough out into different shapes. Bekah insisted she wanted a squrrel shaped pizza!

We added the sauce.

And the toppings.

Check out A Mommy's Adventures for more great stART projects!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Uppercase and lowercase Letter Match

I found this awesome uppercase and lowercase matching activity at 1+1+1=1.

Bekah had to find the lowercase letter that matched the uppercase letter and put a clothespin over that. This was an awesome activity because it worked her fine motor skills as well as her letter skills.

I was amazed at how quickly Bekah was able to do this. I haven't sat down to teach her all of these lowercase letters, so I really thought she would have a harder time. We have however seen these in different games, toys, and dvd's. It goes to show me how much kids learn in playtime!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Bekah's New Room

We moved into our house almost a year ago and finally finished redecorating Bekah's bedroom. It was something we really wanted to complete before we move on to the new baby's room. I really wish I had taken a before picture.

Bekah helping paint the primer.

New curtains.

Nathan put in the ceiling fan....good job, honey!

Over her bookshelf.

She loves it and we're so happy with how it turned out!

Monday, June 7, 2010

Fish Counting Game

I was planning on using this fish counting game for during our Ocean week, but Bekah caught me making it and asked to play with it once I finished. Who am I to say no to learning!

I cannot find where this idea came from. I will keep looking so I can give credit where it is due, but if you know, please let me know! The blogger who came up with this made it with construction paper, but I decided to make it into more of a game and made ours out of felt.

The cheerios are the "bubbles" that the fish is making and Bekah had to match up the correct number of bubbles to each fish. She had a blast doing this. It kind of reminded me of those cheerio books they sell.

This was really fun and I can't wait to pull it out again!