Friday, May 24, 2013

Last Day of Preschool

Yesterday was N2's last day of preschool.  I took pictures of them (wearing long sleeves because today was COLD) so I could see if they changed.  You can also see Natalie's drastic hair cut in the first picture.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

End of the year Teacher Gift

I wanted to do something small for N2's teachers at the end of the year.  I found a great idea on Pinterest to make an all orange gift and including a tag that says "Orange you glad it's summer?"  I was NOT inspired at Target until I got to the nail polish section.  I had wanted to do some summery items but they had nothing in orange nor did they have much summer struff.  Strange.  But the nail polish inspired me to find relaxing items.  I found a hand lotion that had orange on it and an orange loofa.  I included some orange gum and orange drink mix packets.  I had bought little orange pails at Target but found much cuter ones at Hobby Lobby.  I also found cute orange pinwheels at Hobby Lobby.  I included an orange candle from Wal-mart.  I think they turned out so cute and they weren't expensive!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Traveling Activities

I have gotten to the point where I am almost done with my travel bag for our upcoming road trip to Utah, then Albuquerque and back again.  It's going to be a lot of time in the car and we don't have a DVD player in the car.  I am taking my ipad for the kids to play on and we're taking my laptop to show a movie (although we haven't decided if that is going to work yet).  I have a few things that I am probably going to add to the bag but not much.

There are a ton of pictures but I wanted to show you what I did.  Here's all the stuff together:  It does all fit in the bin (except for the binders which I probably will keep in the bin next to their car seats).

 I bought cookie sheets from the dollar store that are about 9x13.  I covered the back with a large piece of felt.  I attached it with velcro.  I cut out a Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head (I only did 1 potato).  I got the templates at this site.  I also made a pizza with various toppings and I am in the process of making up order cards for the kids to make specific pizzas.  I found this idea here.  I also made a felt monster that you can see in the bag.  I want to make another felt scene but I'm not sure yet.  Maybe a train?

I bought travel soap boxes at Wal-mart and put crayons in there.  I am taking crayons and my intention is to bring them inside the hotel rooms at night when we are traveling.  When we are camping, I think the crayons are going to stay in my parent's hotel room.  Once we split up from them, maybe the crayons will stay in the cooler.  We'll see!

I realize that I don't have a good picture of what is next to the crayon box.  It's a bag with magnifying glasses and a bug hunt.  I printed it off from here.
 The cookie sheets are magnetic.  I found magnetic tangrams at the dollar store (2 different sets).  They are not true tangrams but I figured the kids could just build with them.  I found 2 small puzzles at the $1 section at Target.  I put magnets on the back so the kids could work with.  I found number flashcards at Dollar Tree and put magnets on the back and divided them into 1-8 and 9-15.  The kids can match them up on their cookie sheet.  I found this idea here as well as the next idea.  I found the Winnie the Pooh cards at Dollar Tree (they are a matching picture game) and I cut the cards into pieces and put magnets on the back.  I had some foam shapes that I had bought at Joann's a while ago and put magnets on those.  I made pattern cards both with shapes and words (the words are the color that they are supposed to use).  I may make a memory game that is magnetic (I found a game at Dollar Tree) and I may make Dominoes using stickers I bought at Target.

The felt things in the bottom left of the photo are Marble Mazes.  They took hardly any time to make. There is a tutorial here.  I made my mazes harder than what they show.

 I made a marshmallow building kit.  I'm not sure how much building they are going to do but I figured I had all the supplies and I might as well try.  I got the idea here.  I bought a spirograph at Dollar Tree.  I need to cut out my own paper.  I have a pen in their binder pouch.  I made a sorting box using shaped buttons that I found on clearance at Hobby Lobby and a sewing box that I got at Joann's.  The kids are supposed to sort the buttons by colors into the boxes and make sure they have the right number (the numbers are written on the bottoms of the containers).  I just realized as I typed this that I put the exact number in the tub of buttons and I should have put extras!  I found this idea here.  On the back of the the colored papers are white papers with the shapes of the buttons.  They can sort the buttons by shapes too (I know some are upside down).  In the top left corner of the pictures is a ziploc bag that has black construction paper, chalk and star stickers.  They can make constellations or just draw.  I found this idea on the same site as the bug hunt.

 I found mosaic sticker kits at Dollar Tree and picked on up for each kid.  I am bringing along pony beads and lanyards.  That might be a bad idea but hopefully not.  The cardboard thing with yarn is a cardboard weaving circle.  I made 2: one smaller and one larger.  I found the idea here.
 On the left side of the photo, I have lacing beads that I bought at the $1 section of Target a couple years ago. I made pattern cards for those as well.  Behind that is a binder.  I have a binder for each kid.  Inside is a pouch with color wonder markers (the pipsqueak ones-I found them at Target on clearance!), a new pen (to use with the spirograph), pencils and dry erase markers with pom poms for erasers.  I split the markers up between kids.  I have some activities in the front pocket.
 I made an I spy bottle and put a picture of the items in their binders.  The aluminum foil is for making sculptures or other things.  I also used the aluminum foil to wrap some new little toys.  I have various books for each of the kids: a robot funny face sticker book (the faces are blank and there are stickers in the middle, it's also a coloring book-I found it at Joann's), a construction site sticker book (also from Joann's), a color wonder pad (Target), and 2 color by number books (one from the $1 section at Wal-mart and 1 from Dollar Tree).  Plus I have 2 other card puzzle games that they can use on their cookie sheet since it has a lip around it.

I have a notebook for each kid and a clip board.  I'll have a stack of paper for them to color on as well.

I realize that I didn't get closer up pictures of 2 of the items.  You can see them in the middle bottom of the big photo.  I have a bag of pipe cleaners and made shape cards so that they can bend the pipe cleaners into various shapes (I found the idea here).  The pipe cleaners can be used to make sculptures as well.  I had thought about making cards that had a flower shape but I thought that was too advanced.  We can also use the pipe cleaners with the buttons from the sort activity and with the pony beads.  Both of those things can be strung on pipe cleaners.  The other item that I don't have a close up picture of is a button snake.  You can find the info here.

The binders have the mazes that I printed off the internet (I searched simple printable mazes), mazes I got from a maze book, alphabet dot by dot that I got from a book, number dot by dot that I got from a book, an I spy page that I printed off the internet (I can't remember where I found it, I need to do some searching.  It didn't have a list of things to search for so I printed 3 and cut out some pictures and glued it on a page opposite.  Each kid has a different list to search for), the I spy bottle sheet, a folder with paper and stickers, a pouch with color wonder markers, a pen, pencils and dry erase markers, seek and find pictures that are coloring pages (from a book I bought, these are in the front pocket), wipe off alphabet and number books, and printable bingo cards that I printed from here.

These are the books that I got.  The Dot to Dot number book (1-25) is from Joann's, the maze book (that I think is too simple) is from the $1 section at Wal-mart), Alphabet dot to dot (my aunt gave N2 these books), alphabet and number wipe off books (from their aunt) and hidden picture book (that I can't remember where I got it).  Each page is in a page protector that hopefully will wipe clean and my kids can use dry erase markers.

I am taking fruit loops cereal and string and they have to string their cereal into necklaces (I will make them string most of the string) before they can eat them.

Things I still need to make:
photo scavenger hunt page
pizza factory cards
another felt activity
legal size paper activity mats (I am going to draw scenes on legal size paper.  I plan on drawing a city with streets that they can use their cars on it.  I may also make a farm scene that they can use with their animals.  I may also make a scene for the dinosaurs.  I could also draw train tracks and take a train car for them.  I'll make these with sharpie and then they can color the mats too).

I may take these things along with me that are part of N2's toys:
finger puppets
lacing cards
construction site stickers (I bought these for N2's birthday party and have extras)
little dinosaurs
little animals
Go fish (we have Nativity go fish)
glow sticks (I am definitely taking these but they may not be for the car)

I wanted to make these puzzles with popsicle sticks and magnets but I decided I may have enough puzzles.  But if I find time I may make them!

Edited: I also have jewelry links that I found at Dollar Tree.  I am planning on taking most of the books that I got the pages in the binder from and I can replace the pages in the binder.  I didn't want to have tons of pages in the binder.

If you want any of the printables that I made (the pizza cards, the pattern cards, the shape cards, etc), just email me and I'll email them to you.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Teacher Appreciation

Last week for teacher appreciation I asked everyone in the class to bring in flowers for the 2 teachers on Thursday.  We took vases over on Wednesday afternoon so they would be there when the kids arrived on Thursday.  The teachers were quite surprised!  Not many kids brought flowers but they did get some.  Next year I'll try to send out the note earlier!

I made Rolo Chocolate Chip cookies to give to the teachers on Thursday as well.  I should have measured the tags before I printed them.  Oh well!

I'm having the main teacher over to our house after preschool on Tuesday for lunch.  I'm taking lunch to the co-teacher since she isn't done working for the day until later.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

How to play the recorder

Poor Brian had spit come out on him.  I think they played Jingle Bells and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

May Day

We didn't have preschool on May Day so we planned on just putting the flowers on the sidewalk, ringing the doorbell and hiding.  As we were walking up the drive to the preschool, their teacher walked out.  I tried to hide the flowers but I figured she would wonder what we were doing and Noah was still carrying his flowers.  So we decided just to give her the flowers.  She suggested we leave the flowers for the co-teacher and ring the doorbell.  Here are N2 with their flowers.
The next day at preschool the teachers mentioned at circle time that someone had left flowers for them on the sidewalk and they were curious if anyone knew who brought them.  Apparently N2 did not say anything but they could not keep straight faces!

Friday, May 3, 2013


I realized I never posted a picture of a quilt that Marcie and I made while I was up there at the end of January.  Here's the finished product.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Splatter Painting

I've had my collection of splattering paintings sitting on my counter and I finally decided to do something about them.  I decided to photograph them and throw the originals away :)  Here are my masterpieces

 This one was untitled at the time but recently it has been named Rainbow Laughter

 This one I call Tranquility Interrupted.  I know the painting says something else but I decided to rename it.

This one is Christmas Morning.

And finally Fire in the Volcano

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Rock On

I found a book at the library called Punk Farm by Jarrett Krosoczka.  N2 love farm books so I decided to try this one.  It's about farm animals who form a rock band at night when the farmer goes to bed.  They have concerts and it just cracked me up that their rock song was "Old MacDonald."  While Brian was reading the book to N2, he taught them how to make the rock on sign.  Natalie was quite willing to show off her knowledge.

There is a sequel called Punk Farm on Tour.  I checked it out from the library but haven't read it yet.