Letter F is for Fishies and Feathers

image Fishbowl Project

Materials:

  • two paper plates
  • clear plastic (I cut a piece from a clear plastic divider)
  • blue paint
  • paper shapes (I used origami paper because it had unusual textures and colors)
  • glue stick
  • google eyes
  • sequins

Directions:

  1. Paint paper plates blue, let dry.
  2. Cut circle in the middle of one paper plate, tape in piece of clear plastic.
  3. Give uncut paper plate to child once paint is dry.  Provide child materials to create fish bowl scene: glue stick, paper shapes, google eyes, and sequins.
  4. Provide pictures of fish to help inspire children, discuss the shapes child selects to reinforce shape understanding.
  5. Once child is done with fish scene, staple cut paper plate on top around the edges.

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F is for Feathers

Materials:

  • letter F cut out of construction paper
  • feathers
  • glue

Directions:

  1. Give child letter F cut out of construction paper, provide child with glue to cover with thin coat.
  2. Allow child to cover letter F with feathers.

Extension:

  • Before starting activity discuss the letter F, collect small objects that begin with F: frog, fence, face, fork, foot, flower, four, fish, etc.
  • Make up a silly letter F story using all the objects collected.

 

Sensory Bags for Light Table

Colored Sensory Bags

Colored Sensory Bags

Sensory Bags for Light Table

Materials:

  • 3 Ziploc freezer gallon bags
  • clear hair gel (I used the cheapest largest containers I could find)
  • food coloring: red, yellow, blue
  • duct tape

Directions:

  • Fill Ziploc bags with desired amount of hair gel.  I used one large container of gel per bag, when evenly flattened the bag was about 1/4 in thick.
  • Add drops of food coloring into each bag until it reaches the desired color.
  • Squeeze out all the air and seal the bag tightly.
  • Use duct tape to reinforce the bag’s seal.

Extension:

  • Use sensory bags on light table, allow child to explore color mixing by layering the bags on top of one another.

Kitchen Cabinet Trim DIY

Kitchen Cabinet Trim DIY

Materials:

  • wooden trim
  • measuring tape
  • pencil
  • glue
  • nails
  • sand paper
  • saw
  • wood putty

Directions:

  1. Measure in from sides of cabinet, draw line with pencil for guide.  I used 1 in from each side but I have a very small kitchen with tiny doors.

    Measure in from the cabinets to make pencil guidelines.

    Measure in from the cabinets to make pencil guidelines.

  2. Record all measurements on a piece of paper so you know how much trim to purchase, how to cut it, and which cabinet the cuts belong to.
  3. Cut trim at a 45 degree angle.
  4. Sand trim ends for a more professional look.

    Gently sand trim ends.

    Gently sand trim ends.

  5. Glue trim for one cabinet door and put them on, line them up best you can with the guide line you made.
    Glue trim

    Glue trim

  6. Use brad nails for added strength (make sure the nails are tiny otherwise they will split the trim).

    Use nails for extra strength

    Use nails for extra strength

  7. Fill in any gaps in the trim with wood putty and then sand.

Easy Egg Breakfast

Easy Egg Breakfast

Difficulty: (1-5) 1
Prep & cook: under 10 min (if you use paper towels or throw dishes in the
dishwasher!)

Tools: turner for eggs, pan or griddle, toaster

INGREDIENTS:
Eggs
Cheddar cheese
Bread
Butter or spread

Optional:
Salt/pepper
Onion
Mushrooms
Bacon bits
Bell pepper
Spinach

DIRECTIONS:

1) If using optional ingredients add to pan and pre cook.
2) Crack 2 eggs in pan near each other on top of optional ingredients (~2-3 min
on low/med heat)
3) Start toasting bread
4) Pull sides of egg white into a bread shape (helps with uniform thickness)
salt pepper now if desired


5) Butter bread


6) Flip eggs and sprinkle cheese on top
7) Lift and place egg creation on bread
Much cheaper than ordering the same thing when your out.

Healthy Ruffle Noodles & Veggies

Healthy Ruffle Noodles & Veggies

Difficulty (1-5) – 1
Prep Time: 0 min Cook Time: 20 min
Servings: 4-6 depending on the portion
Kitchen Tools:
Large Pot
Slotted spoon
Colander (or strain pasta with lid)

INGREDIENTS:
– 1 box pasta (I used ruffles)
– 1 bag frozen mixed veg
– 1 large can crushed tomatoes
– basil
– garlic
(Optional: salt and pepper to taste)

DIRECTIONS:

Cook the pasta per instructions and drain. (I like to add a little oil) add mixed frozen vegetables, 1 tbs basil, 1 tbs garlic (I used two cubes frozen basil), crushed tomatoes. Taste: add salt and pepper as needed.

 

Carpet Deodorizer & Disinfectant DIY

Carpet Deodorizer and Disinfectant

Carpet Deodorizer and Disinfectant

Carpet Deodorizer & Disinfectant

Materials:

  • glass mason jar
  • cardstock
  • hole punch
  • Borax
  • Baking Soda
  • essential oil (I use Purify, but Oregano or Lemon could work too)

*Make sure the essential oil does not have a strong color such as orange or fortify which is blue, it can color light carpet.

Directions:

  1. Mix together 2 c Borax to 2 c Baking Soda in a medium sized glass mason jar.

    Mix Borax and Baking Soda in mason jar.

    Mix Borax and Baking Soda in mason jar.

  2. Add in 15 drops of essential oil, I use “Purify” by Native American Nutritionals because I have an infant and want to make sure the carpets are disinfected. *Purify essential oil blend also helps repel bugs.
    Add Essential Oils (10-20 drops depending on how strong a smell you like)

    Add Essential Oils (10-20 drops depending on how strong a smell you like)

    I use "Purify" essential oil blend.

    I use “Purify” essential oil blend.

  3. Mix thoroughly
  4. Use mason jar lid removable metal circle as a guide for drawing a circle on cardstock. Cut out cardstock and cover in clear tape to add extra strength.  Punch holes in cardstock with hole punch.

    Punch holes in cardstock for shaking powder but save metal lid for storing leftover powder.

    Punch holes in cardstock for shaking powder but save metal lid for storing leftover powder.

  5. Put cardstock in mason jar lid, screw on, and shake over carpet.  Let powder set for 15-30 minutes, then vacuum up.  For extra cleaning, I rub the powder into the carpet before I let it set.
  6. For spot cleaning, add some water to the powder and make a paste, scrub into the spot and let  it sit for 15 min and rinse with warm clean water.

 

Easter Egg Hunt Game

Easter Egg Hunt Game:

Materials:

  • Plastic Easter Eggs
  • Gift Bags
  • Paper and Pencil
  • Candy or Small Healthy Treats

Directions:

  1. Instead of hiding an Easter Basket or in addition to, separate any gifts into individual gift bags.  We hid: wooden train accessories, books, and stickers (items do not have to be expensive, kids just enjoy the game).
  2. Label each bag with a number.
  3. Write a number on a piece of paper for each bag and put inside plastic eggs.
  4. Fill additional eggs with treats or stickers.
  5. Hide all the eggs
  6. Allow children to find the eggs.

*I explained to my children that the presents were for everyone, so they must work as a team to “unlock” all the presents.  My younger son has a limited attention span and quickly became bored with finding eggs, so he started re-hiding them.

Fill Gift Bags with Small Toys or Books

Fill Gift Bags with Small Toys or Books

Fill Easter Eggs with Numbers and Small Treats (we used gummies, a few chocolates, and stickers)

Fill Easter Eggs with Numbers and Small Treats (we used gummies, a few chocolates, and stickers)

Egg Hunt

Egg Hunt

Children "unlock" a gift bag as they find the number.

Children “unlock” a gift bag as they find the number.

 

"Unlocking" Gift Bags

“Unlocking” Gift Bags

Sensory Bin: African Safari

Sensory Bin: African Safari

My younger son (2 yrs) loves make believe play although he struggles to enjoy sensory bin investigation by himself.  I find that he is much more successful engaging in a sensory bin when my older son is with us or if I sit down with him to get him started.  Ex.) I read a book that relates to the theme of the bin (such as The Green Turtle) then I set a goal,”Why don’t we separate all the blue gems from the other stones to make a drinking pond?”

Safari Sensory Bin

Safari Sensory Bin

Materials:

  • black beans
  • smooth stones
  • blue glass gems
  • safari animals & trees
Use blue gems to represent water

Use blue gems to represent water

Perfect Sensory Sand

Perfect Sensory Sand

Sensory Sand

Sensory Sand

Sand play is so much fun, but what a mess.  I tried out several “dough” recipes with alterations for sand and found the following recipe to be the best.  It uses very simple ingredients and results in a fluffy, super soft, and moldable sand.

Sensory Sand: Sand, Flour, and Baby Oil

Sensory Sand:
Sand, Flour, and Baby Oil

Materials:

  • play sand (approx. $4 for a large bag from Home Depot)
  • flour
  • baby oil

Directions:

  1. Mix one part sand to one part flour
  2. Add tablespoons of baby oil and mix in well with hands until you get the right consistency

*I used 10 cups sand + 10 cups flour + 12 tablespoons baby oil

Step One: Mix 1 Part Sand to 1 Part Flour

Step One: Mix 1 Part Sand to 1 Part Flour

Step 2: Mix in Baby Oil with Hands
Step 2: Mix in Baby Oil with Hands

Sensory Sand should hold its shape when molded.

Sensory Sand should hold its shape when molded.

 

Aluminum Foil Painting

Aluminum Foil Painting

Aluminum Foil Painting

Aluminum Foil Painting

This is a favorite: It’s easy to prepare, encourages fine motor development, and is relatively quick to clean up.

Materials:

  • cardboard
  • aluminum foil
  • q-tips or paintbrush
  • washable paint
  • ice cube tray or small containers for paint
Aluminum Foil Painting Supplies

Aluminum Foil Painting Supplies

Directions:

  1. Cover cardboard in aluminum foil (I like circles, so I save the cardboard bottoms off of our frozen pizzas).
  2. Fill ice cube tray with small amounts of washable tempera paint.
  3. Put a q-tip in each color paint and let your child explore.
  4. Replace q-tips if they get yucky.