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Harry Potter Club

At our Harry Potter Club this month we made these really cool Lumos/Nox lightswitch plates that I found via Pinterest. A very talented person made the original picture on her computer and printed it out to put on a lightswitch plate. I took the picture of her finished product and printed it out (making it the correct size for my plate) and glued it on. 🙂

I purchased the plates at Walmart – they are pretty cheap. I bought a few regular ones, oversized and ones with the large opening in case any of the kids had those in their rooms. They all had the normal ones at home so we used all regular oversized. 🙂

I printed them out for the kids and had them cut them out. (I cut out the middle for the switch with the exacto knife.) Then they used elmers glue to glue the picture onto the plate. Once that was done, we used modge podge (which is the greatest thing ever) and a sponge brush to cover the entire plate, including all the edges to seal the paper on. When they dried, which was pretty quick, they are hard – shelac-like.

They had the option of painting their own picture on the plate, but they all wanted the pre-made one. Fine by me!! Less mess to clean up.

While we waited for them to dry, we did some Harry Potter Trivia (from the first & second books.)

Lumos/Nox lightswitch plate

 

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Story Time ~ ART

 

My computer is on it’s way out, but it appears to be working now so I’ll try to get a post in!

Here are my story time plans….which my dog just stole off the table and my husband had to bribe her with a treat to get it back. The paper is a bit soggy and has teethmarks. In case you wanted to know.

Ahem….

Story Time – Art (ages 3-5)

  • Introduction (if there’s anyone new I’ll introduce myself and say a little bit about what we’re going to do. I usually ask how everyone is doing, if they did anything fun over the weekend. If there’s a birthday, we’ll sing 🙂
  • Announcements (I’ll let parents know about upcoming programs or remind them that there’s no story time the next week, etc.)
  • Opening Song: “My Hands Say Hello” (to the tune of “the farmer in the dell”)

My hands say hello, my hands say hello / Every time I see my friends, my hands say hello  (Ask kids to  name body parts and sing the lines again – as many times as your sanity allows.)

  • Books (part 1)

Patrick Paints a Picture by Saviour Pirotta                                                                                                                                            Art by Patrick McDonnell

                

Art is a really cute book about a boy named Art who does….you guessed it! Art. The kids really liked this one. Highly recommend it!! Love all of Patrick McDonnell’s books!

  • Song/Dance Break (I find that I can sometimes get 3 books out of them if we stop for a song/dance break. I usually use “Shake Your Sillies Out” by Raffi. I have no idea what tune this is supposed to go to, so I sort of made one up. It’s great for an especially rowdy group.)
  • Books (part 2)

~If I think they’ll make it through one more book, then I go for it. The third book I read was The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse by Eric Carle. This is a great book because it shows the kids that art can be anything you want it to be.

  • Game/Activity (we played The Color Game – which is a song by Jim Gill. I have bags with construction paper circles of each color he mentions in the song and we go through and talk about what colors things are so they are ready for the song (it goes a bit fast.) We had Jim Gill at our library a few years ago and he was AWESOME!
  • Walking, Walking – I usually end with this game/activity/song. They LOVE it. Have them line up in a circle behind you and start walking in a big circle, saying the words and doing the actions.

Walking, Walking (to the tune of “Frere Jacques“)

Walking, walking
Walking, walking
Hop, hop, hop!
Hop, hop, hop!
Running, running, running
Running, running, running
Now we stop
Now we stop.
 
  • Craft (using Bingo Daubers the kids made their own “modern art” pictures. Fun & easy, especially as this particular story time doesn’t leave as much time for a long craft.
  • Snack (Yeah, I usually have a snack. I started it and now I can’t go back. I chose rainbow goldfish for this one, but I also try to get something healthy and allergy-free to go with it. Pre-cut apple slices in a bag (I’ve only been able to find these in larger bags at Walmart or Target) work well and the kids really like them. So do the parents!

Fin. 🙂

 

 

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Easter Story Time

Yup, it’s definitely past Easter. Trying to catch up on my Story Time posts!

Holiday picture books are tough to find – especially for 3-year-olds. They have the tendency to be on the longer side. The kids did pretty well with the two I chose: The Story of the Easter Bunny by Katherine Tegen and Bunny Trouble by Hans Wilhelm.

We played an Easter Egg matching game I made for the felt board. Basically, I hand each kid an egg and when I put the matching one on the board, the kid who has the matching one brings it up and puts it on the board. Very easy, but they love it.

For the craft, I took a couple different ideas and put them together. I had tons of leftover plastic eggs from when we used to have a big Easter egg hunt. I bought large yellow pom poms (unfortunately I had to buy several assorted bags for this, but we’ll use them later.) Each kid had a pom pom, two google eyes, and a little foam triangle for a beak. They glued these on and while they dried, they decorated the eggs and a foam bowl with Easter stickers. They shredded green tissue paper and glued it into the bowl. Then they attached pipe cleaner handles to the foam bowls and ended up with an Easter basket. The pom pom chicks went into the plastic eggs and were placed in the basket. The end result: an Easter basket with an egg which, when opened, produces a cute baby chick! I wish I had pictures but I guess I forgot my camera that day, but the picture below is what the chicks looked like.

  The chick craft idea came from freepreschoolcrafts.com

 

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Earth Day Story Time!

Skipping the Sunday Quiz to post my Earth Day story time I held this past week for April Vacation. I had about 20 people come, which is a good turnout for such a beautiful day!

I kept this one pretty simple. I read The Lorax by Dr. Seuss and we made “litter bugs” for our craft out of a bunch of recycled materials.

I had forgotten just how long The Lorax is, but the kids were really good. It actually helped that so many of them had seen the new movie recently and so they knew the story even if they hadn’t read the book. Before I started reading, we talked a little about Earth Day and about recycling and reusing. One little girl told me she used empty food containers as pretend food for her play-kitchen. I said that was a great idea – to wash out food containers and reuse them as toys. “Oh, no,” the girl said solemnly, “my mom doesn’t wash them.” Her mother was laughing, but indignantly told us she did actually wash out the containers.

We talked about the book and about the importance of having trees for shade and food and clean air and places for animals to live. They made it through the book (with only one “farting” incident, I suspect from the same little girl, which made us all a bit silly!)

The kids (and their parents) made some pretty cool litter bugs. I did have to put out the glue guns, as many of the materials would take way too long to dry with Elmers.

 

Happy Earth Day!

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Story Time – Down on the Farm!

Ah, the Farm. Parents are always asking their toddlers what the cow says or what the chicken says or what the horsie says. And there’s lots of great farm-themed picture books and songs to choose from.

For this session I read Punk Farm by Jarrett Krosoczka, Farmyard Beat by Lindsey Craig and The Red Hen by Rebecca Emberley.

            

We sang Old Mac Donald using farm animal puppets and BINGO.

For the craft, we made paper plate chickens:

Craft instructions – http://www.allkidsnetwork.com/crafts/animals/farm/handprint-chicken.asp

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Dr. Seuss Birthday Party!

Last Saturday we held a birthday party for Dr. Seuss, who would have been 108 this year. When I went shopping the Friday before, there were about 20 people signed up for the party. Luckily I always get more than I think I’ll need, because Saturday morning a TON more people signed up! In fact, we actually had 71 people, but only about 50 came, to my relief.

The party ended up being exactly an hour, which is what I had planned for, amazingly enough. Some kids came in costume, which was really cute. I wore my striped hat 🙂

I had a bunch of books to read and I wanted to gauge the crowd before choosing. I ended up reading The Cat in the Hat, which many of the kids knew already and so they enjoyed listening to it. Even the younger kids stayed pretty still through the whole book. I didn’t attempt another one and we went right into our craft, Thing 1 & Thing 2 paper bag puppets. Finding a good craft proved more difficult than I thought, even with lots of searching and scouring Pinterest. I finally found something relatively easy from a great blog called The obSEUSSed Home Librarian. The kids and parents liked making them. Most only made one, but some ambitious parents made both.

When they finished their craft, we sang happy birthday to Dr. Seuss and cut the cake. I had several other snacks that related to the books, also found on Pinterest! (See below for links I found to party & food ideas.) I had just enough for everyone. I also had some raffle prizes to give away, mostly books. Parents out their kids name into a bucket as they came into the party. Everyone who came to the party took home a Dr. Seuss themed bookmark, pencil and some stickers. They signed a big birthday card we made, which is currently hanging up in the Children’s Room. All in all, a pretty good event!

 



http://partypug.blogspot.com/search?updated-max=2011-02-28T12%3A17%3A00-08%3A00&max-results=7

http://fancyfrugallife.blogspot.com/2011/07/dr-suess-all-about-me-cat-hat-snacks.html

http://miskamiller.blogspot.com/2011/05/kindergarten-graduation.html

http://pizzazzerie.com/parties/dr-seuss-baby-shower/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Pizzazzerie+%28Pizzazzerie%29

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made e’m myself! (Valentine’s cards)

Again, with the Valentine’s…. I was just so happy with how my homemade cards came out that I had to share!

I made this one for my husband - sort of a running joke that Someecards got just right! I left the logo on the card to give them the credit - they deserve it!

This one was for my friend Ali. I loved this brown patterned scrapbook paper and couldn't decide whether to use it for the background or the cupcake paper - so I did both. The cherry is a red button 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I used an Ellison Die (mini bee.) So cute! And the background is scrapbook paper.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I made this for my friend Andrea cuz she rocks. 😉

 

This was the inside of the"You Rock" card.

 

I found the idea for this last valentine from The Fickle Pickle blog. The guitar and “You Rock” was part of a free printable, which I cut apart. I loved the idea they had with the two staples making an X. Gives it that edge. The inside was my idea though 🙂

 

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