Monthly Archives: November 2017

Handprint Christmas Card

The holiday season is fast approaching, and with that, fun videos like this cute handprint Christmas tree card start showing up throughout social media.  This craft is super fun to make, give and receive.

Fingerprint Handprint Christmas Tree

Supplies Needed

– Green Cardstock

– Brown cardstock or construction paper

– Green, red and gold finger paint

– Gold foam paper, or foamy star stickers

– Black sharpie

Directions

1. First fold your green cardstock in half and trace your hand so that the wrist is on the folded part.

2. Cut out your handprint and cut the top tapered in so that it looks like the top of a Christmas tree.

3. Add your trunk of the Christmas tree by cutting out a rectangle shape from your brown paper. Glue to the top of your card so that when it opens up the bottom has more space for writing.

4. Draw on your Christmas tree light strings with black sharpie by making two swirls. Be sure to space these out enough so that you can fit your fingerprint christmas lights on them.

5. Add 3 spots on each string of lights for where your fingerprints will go with your black sharpie. Then using green, red and gold paint make your fingerprints!

6. Add a little bit of white paint on top of your fingerprints to give the light bulbs a more realistic look.

7. Now cut out a large star from your gold foam paper and glue to the top of your Christmas tree.

Pinecone Critter Crafts

We seem to have an abundance of pinecones, but if you don’t, they’re fortunately very easy to find this time of year, and very affordable.  All you need in addition to the pinecones is cotton balls, google eyes, and paper.

Let your child shred the cotton balls and stuff them in the pinecone.  Then add eyes and nose/mouth to make their wintry critter.  Polar bears and snowy owls are easiest to create with this fun craft.

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Pine Cone Bird Feeders

With the unseasonable warm patch upon us this post Thanksgiving week, there’s no time like now to take a walk!  Gather up the kids and go on a pine cone hunt.  Once the kids all have a couple, preferably open, it’s time to prepare a post holiday feast for the birds (and squirrels, because they love this stuff too)!

Supplies

  • Pinecones, preferably open
  • String
  • Peanut butter/suet/vegetable shortening
  • Oatmeal or cornmeal
  • Birdseed mix from the store (you can make it high energy by adding some extra sunflower seeds or chopped nuts)
  • Plate or pie tin
  1. Tie a string around the pinecone.
  2. Mix ½ cup peanut butter/suet/shortening with ½ cup oats/cornmeal.
  3. Use a spoon (or fingers!) to spread the mixture onto the pinecone. Make sure to get the mixture into the open areas of the pinecone. It’s easier if the mixture is warm.
  4. Place birdseed in pie tin. Roll and press seed onto pinecone until well covered.

 

 

Special thanks to theoutdoorparent.com for the recipe

Attitude of Gratitude

Happy Thanksgiving!  In keeping with the day, this activity is perfect for the whole family.  Have the whole family reflect on the true meaning of Thanksgiving in this simple activity. 
Get the tutorial at Teach Beside Me. 
What you'll need: Chopsticks ($8; amazon.com); Acrylic paint sent ($25, amazon.com)

Place pipe cleaners, popsicle sticks or other colored items in a jar and coordinate the color with a printed sheet of different “thankfulness items”.  The suggestions on the above picture are great, but you can also create your own.

Thanksgiving Feast Counting

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This site has a bunch of fun Thanksgiving crafts and activities for all elementary ages.  This one, however, is super fun, super easy, super affordable, and a great craft to do at home while you’re preparing the meal!

Give your child a paper plate, scissors, glue stick, and a Thanksgiving grocery store flyer. You can pick them up for free at your local grocery store. Have them cut out the food items they think they will be eating on Thanksgiving day and glue them to their plate.  Have the child write the number of the items in the middle of plate.

Thankful Turkeys

What better way to help kids get ready to celebrate Thanksgiving than getting them to focus on what they are thankful for?  Enter, thankful turkeys! Image result for thanksgiving crafts for preschoolers

These cute little guys are cute and easy to make.  Cut a toilet paper roll in half or a paper towel roll in thirds, have the kids fix eyes, a nose and feet to the roll.  Then on different colored pre-cut “feathers” from construction paper, have them either write or tell you what they are thankful for.  They can then put these on the turkey.  This is a great conversation starter and fun craft for most ages.

Potato Stamping

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Potato stamping is fairly easy to set up, and a whole lot of fun to do. The options are endless as your imagination.  If you cut the potato in half, you can get a unique shape to stamp specific to that potato.  However, you can also use cookie cutters to make a shape.  Wedge the cookie cutter in to the potato, and cut around the cutter.  When the shape is pronounced, cut a layer off until the shape is flat enough to stamp the shape.  Need to change paint colors? No problem! Just rinse and pat the potato dry.  One potato can be used until it shrivels.

Q-Tip Painting

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The trees are beginning to look a little bare outside, but inside, they can still maintain the full vibrancy of autumn.  Gather liquid water colors, acrylic or tempera paint in fall colors, some q-tips, rubber bands and paper and you’re ready to go! Draw the lines of a tree trunk and branches and let the kids dip the q-tips in the different colors and wrap the top portion of the q-tips in a rubber band to hold them together. Let the kids stamp “leaves” on the tree.  You can also put all the paint in swirls on a paper plate and let the kids use that as their ink pad if they are old enough to not mix it to brown.

World Kindness Day

Very few days encompass all that we try to teach more than World Kindness Day.  It was introduced in 1998 by the World Kindness Movement… This date is observed in many countries, including in Australia where the Minister of School Education placed World Kindness Day on the National School Calendar. The purpose of World Kindness Day is to highlight good deeds in the community, focusing on the positive power and the common thread of kindness that binds us.

One of the primary tenants of Montessori Education is peace.  Children are encouraged to work well with others, no matter the age.

Ways you can celebrate World Kindness Day:

  1. Take cookies to a neighbor.
  2. Do a random act of kindness for a stranger.
  3. Encourage someone who is doing a good job, either in person, on the phone or via social media.
  4. Donate clothes to a local charity.
  5. Donate supplies to an animal shelter.

Paper Plate Leaves

Mimic the changing leaves outside with on-hand supplies. Stick to traditional colors or let the kids add extra embellishments like stickers, doodles or glitter glue. 
Get the tutorial at Glued to My Crafts »
What you'll need: paper plates ($10, amazon.com), tissue paper ($6, amazon.com)

The color of changing leaves is vibrant and attractive to all ages.  This craft takes the love of the bright fall colors to the inside!  Simply cut a paper plate in the shape of a leaf, attach a piece of brown paper for a stem and leaf lines and then go crazy with fall colored tissue paper.  You can also incorporate glitter, buttons, pompoms, etc to help with the fun.