Wednesday, July 23, 2014

August kits are ready AND they are on sale!!!

The August craft kits are ready to put together.  It was a bit of a challenge to come up with new and original ideas since there are no big holidays in August and the whole back-to-school scene really doesn't apply to preschoolers.  I think I found some really great things though.  I based the crafts on fun days found on the Days of the Year website.  This month features honey bees, whale sharks, cats, dogs, bow-ties, underwear and more.

If you have been thinking of purchasing and just aren't sure if this is going to work for your family, now would be a great time to try it out.  There could be a concern that you won't be able to get to all the crafts done in a month.  Good news!  Because this month isn't really tied to particular holidays, you could stretch the crafts out for more than a month if needed.  Really, no one is going to tell you that Honey Bee Day can only happen on August 16th.  If you need to declare September 10th as Honey Bee Day, go for it.  If you need another reason, I'll give you a better one.  For the month of August only, I am selling the craft kit for $22 (instead of the regular price of $25).  It will still have 12 crafts.  Each craft also has at least one book and activity suggestion to go along with it.  Feel free to use them or not. I just offer suggestions as a way to extend the craft if needed or desired.

Some of the materials that will be included in this month's kit are: cotton balls, craft foam, elastic, yarn, clothespin, popsicle sticks, wax paper, tissue paper, etc.  Pictures of the materials will be forthcoming.  I still need to run to the store for a couple things, and there are 50 pounds of tomatoes that need to be canned tonight.  Maybe that picture will happen tomorrow. Have a great day everyone!



Thursday, June 5, 2014

Donut Day

Who's up for celebrating the donut?  Of course, I am and my kids are!  June 6th is officially Donut Day, but we celebrated yesterday to give you ideas for your celebration.

We started off the day making donuts.

Then we had storytime.  We read Minne and Moo and the Case of the Missing Jelly Donut and Arnie the Doughnut.  We did have a couple of others waiting in the wings, but the kids' attention span didn't last that long and we never made it back to finish them.

Then it was craft time!  I've been putting off doing some of the crafts with my daycare kids (in this case the 2 girls in the above picture) because they are 2 years old and they outnumber me.  I really enjoy a 1:1 ratio when littles use scissors.  However, I only got out 1 pair of scissors and I held them the entire time.  I figured we were pretty safe then.  The glue sticks however are a different story.  Good thing that stuff washes out!

Offering some cutting assistance

Needs some glue.

Adding the icing.


Had to add sprinkles.
 Displaying the finished product!


Peng-y and Pink Bunny needed a snack!


And there you have it a donut celebration fit for kids!


Here are the other 2 books I checked out from the library but didn't get to read.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Barefoot Day and Cloud Dough

Grass is wet and tickle-y.
Concrete feels cold and rough.
June 1st was officially Barefoot Day.  Since that fell on a weekend, we spent Monday doing barefoot activities.  We took a barefoot texture walk around the house.   We checked out a number of different textures including dirt, big landscaping stones, gravel and others (shown below).


Bricks are bumpy and hard, but nicer to
walk on than the grass.
Sand gets stuck in our toes.
Once we came inside we experimented with the cloud dough from the kit.  It was such a hit that even the 11 year old joined in.  

Stuck in her toes!
How much can I fit between my feet?


It could only stay on the paper for so long, right?

She was excited that it would hold its shape!
I did discover that the cloud dough made the floor a little slick due to the oil in it, but no problem.  I needed to mop my floor anyway. :)

We didn't get around to reading the books this time.  I think I'll save them for the next time we get out the cloud dough (and I was told that there WILL be a next time)!

Friday, May 23, 2014

June craft kits ready to be mailed!

June's crafts promise to be loads of fun.  Included this month is pudding painting, pinwheels, cloud dough and donuts! Please place your order by Monday if you wish to receive your kit by June 1st.  Also this week, I'll be planning a special theme kit for Summer.  Have a wonderful Memorial Weekend!

Monday, May 19, 2014

Gearing up for preschool "theme" craft kits

I'm in the early stages of planning my first theme kit!  What is a theme kit you ask?  Well, a theme kit is a set of 12 crafts that all revolve around the same theme.  Many preschools plan their curriculum based on weekly or bi-weekly themes.  Having taught preschool for a number of years, I have found that this method works well for the most part.  Focusing on a theme allows children to learn about their world around them and there is enough variety that the topic doesn't become boring.  

These kits will be a one-time purchase.  Each kit will come with a more extensive list of books on the theme. Also included will be several activities (some to go along with the books, some that are more educational in nature).  Then, obviously, there will be 12 crafts and the supplies to do them.

I hope to add one theme kit that will be available each month along with the monthly theme kit.  Once I have several themes available, I plan to open an Etsy shop to make purchase easier.

My first kit will be SUMMER, in honor of the upcoming summer solstice.  I am looking for other suggestions  for the next few months, so please leave a comment letting me know what you would like to see.  Thanks so much and have a wonderful week.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Now Taking Orders for April kits

I've been hard at work planning the kits for April.  The first two will be ready to ship in a few days and the kits for the Easter Liturgical season will arrive before Easter.  Here's what you get in each kit.

April Holiday and Seasonal Kit
Batman Day (yeah, like the super hero!)
Dolphin Day
Pet Day
Bat Day
Rainbow Day
Beaver Day
Bicycle Day
Easter x 3 crafts (secular)
Earth Day x 2 crafts

Craft items include:  foam, elastic, coffee filter, paper plates, pipe cleaners, cotton balls, pasta, playdough, marshmallow, split peas, construction paper, and more.

April through June Saints and Feast Days
St. John Baptist de la Salle
St. Catherine of Siena
St. Philip
Our Lady of Fatima
St. Isidore the Farmer
St. Bernadine of Siena
St. Boniface
Pentecost
St. Anthony of Padua
Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ
St. Peter
St. Paul

Craft items include:  construction paper, paper plate, glitter, wood beads, pony beads, lacing, pipe cleaner, seeds, ribbon stickers, and several saint templates.

Easter-the Liturgical Season
Easter x 7 crafts (religious, obviously)
Ascension x 2 crafts
Pentecost x 3 crafts

Craft items:  This kit isn't quite finished yet.  I need to make a produce a couple of my ideas and see what I like better, but this is what I have so far:  straws, ribbon, book rings, tissue paper, clothespins, cotton balls, paper fastener, foam and more.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Closing March and Lent craft kits

Thank you to everyone who ordered a March or Lenten craft kit.  I am closing orders on both of these kits.  For those of you who ordered in the last couple days, there were a couple of items that I ran out of and had to reorder.  What a wonderful problem to have!  I will send Easter stickers and heart crayons separately, so if you receive your packet and see that those items are missing, I'll get them to you ASAP.  Thanks again!