Sunday, December 5, 2010

A Few Christmas Ideas

I'm going to try really hard to keep this blog updated! I just gotta remember to take pictures each day! Here's a couple projects that we did in the past week:

Angels, hand them each pick the color they wanted their angel body, then I traced the outline on the paper and let them cut it out, added angel wings and a circle head and let them draw their face. Love this picture- the angel is busy singing!

Handprint trees, worked best to do 4 trees on the bottom layer, 3 on the next, 2 then 1 for the top. (I put a line of glue and gave them the number of trees that they could put on there, so it somewhat looked like a tree when we were done) Added a star for the top and red circles for our holly berries and the brown rectangle for the trunk.

Gingerbread Man
Paint a paperplate brown, added rickrack for the headband, foam pieces for the rest of the face. One suggestion-- I let them choose the foam shapes for the mouth (I had all sizes in the bowl), I think that littler ones would look better. of course, they all choose the biggest shapes that they could find!

Foam Turtle we put together from oriental trading

Candy cane-- the kids loved to do this project, I had the candy cane shape pre-cut then we used painters tape to stripe our candy cane, they painted the red and we removed the tape and they were amazed!

Puffy Paint Gingerbread
Mix shaving cream and glue with paint and let them paint. These feel so cool when they dry! --the more paint they put on, the longer it takes for this to dry!

One of our Christmas bulletin boards, Santa's Helpers
They each glittered the elf bib and santa hat, then I printed out their picture.

My all time favorite project to do!

Trace their foot and hands on white foam (sometimes I spray glitter on these before I cut them out)
Add their picture and  bend a pipe cleaner for the angel halo. This bulletin board we titled, Nicci's Little Angels... how perfect, my daycare name :)

Catch Up :)

Here's a couple things we did for Thanksgiving:

Turkeys-- feathers are handprints, body is their shoe traced

Indian Corn with buttons... the kids really liked this project!

One of our Thanksgiving bulletin boards, No Turkeys Here! Turkeys with disguise glasses

I made these little pilgrims to hang up, probably one of my favorite things :)

Here's a closer look!

Handprint Turkey & poem

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Halloween Ideas:

I guess I will play catch up! Here is a bunch of halloween art projects we've done the past couple weeks. Sorry that the first couple pictures are upside down.

Paint a paper plate green, add orange handprints, black hat, orange eyes and once dry, the kids can draw on a mouth

Use their footprints for the white ghost, add various art supplies to the ghosts. These always turn out super cute. My kids are older this year, so I let them each decorate their own.

Glitter on a pumpkin

5 Little Pumpkins

Use popscicle sticks to make a fence, added foam pumpkins. Then we added the following poem:

5 little pumpkins sitting on a gate
the first one said, oh my it's get it late
the second one said, there are witches in the air
the third one said, but we don't care
the fourth one said, lets run and run and run
the fifth one said, i'm ready for some fun
oooooooo went wind and out wen the lights
and the five little pumpkins rolled out of sight

 Candy corn man

Cut an orange candy corn shape, add white for the bottom and the top. Add arms & legs.

Cut out a mummy shape, add tissue/kleenex squares over the mummy

Itsy Bitsy Spider

Color the house, add a straw for the water spout and a spider ring so the spider can climb up and down

Owl Babies
We made these after reading the story, Owl Babies, use cotton batting for the owl bodies, add yellow/black eyes. This is one of my favorite stories!


Use black plates, add features as seen above


Glitter Spiderweb

Spider Handprint


Trace foot and hands on black paper, add triange feet, beak and white circle eyes.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Fall Games

Here are a bunch of fall games that I've made for the kids: 

 Wrote different things on the leaves, then we read one at a time & do what it says!

 Our shape for October is triangles, so I cut out triangles out of orange paper and added a letter to one side and a number to the other

Match lowercase to uppercase

 Candy corn colors



Bat Alphabet:  match the bat cave to the bat

Letter E

Letter E Crafts:
Cut out an egg shape on a piece of tag board, then mix shaving cream and glue and spread it out over the tag board, add a yellow pompom to the center. This does take a few days to dry.


Cut out a set of handprints out of black paper for the wings, use a black oval for the body and a white head  (you can see below how to cut the white shape). We added on yellow feet & beak and google eyes.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010


Use a paper plate.. Add circle eyes & a triangle nose. We added yellow hair strips and a brown hat to the top. We made a bandanna out of red gingham material and sometimes we will add yellow hair strips to the bottom and sometimes we skip that step!

Letter D

I drew a D onto their paper and the kids added dot stickers:


Letter C

We made cookies for letter C. Use the small cosmetic rounds as the inside of the cookie, cut 2 pieces of construction paper the same size for the outside. We added hole punches for the chips/sprinkles to our cookies.

Letter A

Stamped A's onto an alligator pattern. Then added white triangles for the sharp teeth!


 Pain their hand and arm brown to make the tree trunk; Add green thumb prints as the leaves then stamp 2 red circles for the apples. Attach this poem to the bottom:

Way up high in the apple tree
2 big apples smiled at me
I shook the tree as hard as I could
And D-O-W-N came the apples
Mmmmmmmm.. they were good!

Ribbon Apples
We glued small pieces of red ribbon to the apple, add a stem & leaf when finished

Apple of My Eye

Paint a small paper plate red, attach a brown stem. You can find the printable poem here. We added a picture of the child onto the apple.