Friday, October 23, 2009

Leaf Crafts

These leaf crafts came from Magical Moments Preschool. You can go to her website, from the side of my blog or click here.

Thanks Teacher Jenny

We changed up your ideas a titch and added some songs. . .

Here you go!

Leaf Wreath
#1- Went on a leaf hunt.
#2- Cut out a circle from a paper plate.
#3- Let Little R glue on the leafs however he wanted.
#4- Picked out a saying together.
#5- Printed out "Happy Thanksgiving"
#6- Little R chose the color of ribbon
#7- I hot glued on the ribbon

Plan on Hanging it on our door for Thanksgiving. I thought this turned out so cute. Thanks for the Idea Jen.

Leaf Creatures
#1- Go on a leaf hunt
#2-Glue on some eyes with Elmer's Glue
#3- Hot glue craft stick on the back or Elmer's Glue would work too. We just wanted to use them right away.
#4-Sing some fun songs with the LEAF sticks.

Here are some fun songs to use your leaf sticks with to bring in AUTUMN. . .

" Autumn Leaves" (London Bridge)

Autumn leaves are falling down, falling down, falling down.( arms up high like a tree then lower as song goes on )
Autumn leaves are falling down, (lower your voice)
Down to the ground (squat down and continue with this finger play)

"The Leaves are Falling Down"
(tune of The Farmer in the Dell)

The leaves are falling down
The leaves are falling down
Red, yellow, green and brown
The leaves are falling down

Five Little Leaves
(Five Little Ducks)

Five little leaves so bright and gay.
Were dancing about on a tree one day.
The wind came blowing through the town,
And one little leave came tumbling down.

Four little leaves... Three little leaves... Two little leaves... One little leaf so bright and gay Was dancing about on a tree one day The wind came blowing through the town And one little leaf came tumbling down.

Circle Crayons

Melissa this one is for you!!!

First: You take off the paper on those old crayons that you don't really like to use. Besides I am sure that you just bought new ones that were super cheap from all of those back to school sales. This took the most time, Little R was totally into this activity, even though he couldn't do it very well. It was me who took most of the paper off, but I was impressed that he stood there and watched while cheering for me!!!

Second: You let the toddler sort the crayons after the paper has been taken off. It was fun to watch Little R sort the crayons. He was so precise and would talk out his reasoning.

Third:Bake the crayons!!! Make sure that if you do this you spray the muffin tins with some sort of cooking spray. Otherwise you will have a mess. You bake them on 425 for about 5 or ten minutes. This is what they look like when you get them out of the oven. I don't really know how long it took to cool. We took them out and headed to the park. Then when we came back they were ready to take out and color with.

Fourth: Take them out of the pan and COLOR!!!! Just a tip: The ones with the most crayons turned out the best. The thin ones broke really easy.

Total Little R time: 3 hours
From start, to park, to finish

It was a little bit messy, but worth every bit of fun!!!

Thanks for listening to a mother, who thought this idea was fun and worth the time to see her 2 year old stinker, smile.

Let me know how they work Melissa

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Get that baby COLORING

This was so much fun. While little R was taking a nap M and I had some fun the other day.

1- Tape down a piece of white paper
2- Put some crayons in babies hands
3- Let them have some fun.

I thought this was a clever idea to tape down the paper. I got this idea from a book called, "Games Babies Play" Little M loved being a big girl today and spending one on one time with me.

We used our circle crayons that we made a couple of months ago. They were perfect, because no matter how she touched the paper, she colored.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

EGG carton Caterpillar

Little R has been obsessed with eggs lately so here is a fun craft that anyone can make, because almost everyone has eggs and egg containers. Add a string for some fun. He had a blast pulling "Baby Koleb" around all day long. He even came with us to Target.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Pack O' Fun

Ran into this magazine at the Library. Some of the ideas are a little bit cheezy, but I got some cute ideas for fall. Here they are if you can see them:) We will be making some of them, to share.

Friday, October 2, 2009

General Conference Quiet Activity #4


I had a recipe for this, but I lost it. I googled it and here is what I found. This makes so much. I thought this would be a quiet activity for Little R to play with during Conference. Hopefully it will keep him occupied for a 1/2 hour or two:)

Thanks to Like Merchant Ships Blog for the Recipe. Copied from her site.

5 1\2 Cups Flour
2 Cups Salt
8 teaspoons Cream of Tartar
3\4 Cup Oil
1 Container (1 1\2 ounces) Pumpkin Pie Spice
4 Cups Water
(I omitted the yellow and red food coloring.)

The original instructions were unclear. I combined all the ingredients (more or less) in a medium saucepan, stirring at medium heat. The mixture will begin to clump. Keep stirring.

Remove from heat when the mixture changes from a batter-with-lumps consistency to something that looks like brown sugar and/or peanut butter. Pour onto floured surface to cool. Ours was still sticky in places, but kneading with additional flour evened the texture.

The recipe makes enough to fill a 1/2 gallon ice cream carton (or its Tupperware equivalent.)


General Conference Quiet Activity #3

Temple Jar

I don't know about your toddler, but my little guy loves the temple. He gets so excited every time you mention it, sing about it, or show him a picture of one. So here is Activity #3

What you need:
* Canning jar of some type.
* popsicle sticks
* pictures of the apostles, and President Monson
* favorite temple pictures
* packing tape

How you do it:

1- Cut out pictures of Apostles and President Monson (I found these in the last conference edition, easy and cheap)
2- Mount them on cardstock
3- Tape them to popsicle sticks with clear packing tape
4- Mount pictures of the temple to your jar.

How to play the game:

Hand your toddler the popsicle stick that has the picture of the speaker. Have them listen to the speaker to hear the word temple. If the speaker says the word
their picture can go in the jar.

I thought that I would at least try this with the First Presidency. Then I know that Little R is listening to some of Conference.

General Conference Quiet Activity #2

Get to know President Thomas S. Monson
a little bit better, by making this Prophet box. It was super easy, I hope that little R enjoys it.

What you need:

*Box of some sort, I used a 50cent pencil box. But you could just use a shoe box.
*Facts about President Monson. (go to from here, then click on his picture)
*Clipart to go along with the facts

How you do it:

1- Print off the fact sheet about President Monson
2- Find clipart to go along with the facts you want your kids to learn
3- Cut and past clipart
4- Make a brief sentence or two about the fact for the back of your card.
5- Laminate for durability

****If I was thinking, I would have made two sets of cards for a MEMORY game.

Little R loves to put things in boxes, and look at pictures, so I thought that he might like this activity. PS I also got some of my facts from the church DVD, "On The Lord's Errand." This is a new DVD about Prophet Monson.

I tried to upload my images and other document, but it failed today. Maybe tomorrow.