Archive for August, 2007

fun with magnets

Make your kid the star of the show!  Make a star magnet clip/artwork holder.

Cut a star out of cardstock , or have your child cut it out.  You can also buy star die cuts at craft stores or in the craft section of many discount stores.  Help your child decorate the star with puffy paint or markers, along with stickers, sequins, or other glue ons such as flowers, pom pom, buttons, etc.  Be sure to have your child write their name across the top of the star.

When your child is finished decorating their star, glue the star to a wooden clothespin.   Attach a strip of magnetic tape down the length of the other side of the clothespin, or use pieces of recycled magnets and glue them to the clothespin.

Hang your magnet clip on the fridge, and use the clip to display your child’s artwork from storytime.  Now your child is truly the star of the show!

–Miss Tracey

(thanks to Kim for asking for a magnet craft idea)

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book some fun–bubbles!

Let’s book some fun with bubbles!

First, read the book Casey in the Bath by Cynthia DeFelice (Lane Library info here), and find out just how fun bath time can be.   If you can purchase some green bubble bath, be sure to add some of that to the bath water.  Just watch out for those bubble people!

After you have read the book, get ready to make your own bubbles.  Start with one quart of water in a shallow box or tub.  Stir in 1/2 cup of sugar and let it dissolve.  Then stir in 1/2 cup of dishwashing liquid.  You could even add food coloring to make green bubbles!  Use a slotted serving spoon as the bubble wand–dip the spoon into the bubble mixture and wave it in the air.  Other items that you could use as bubble wands include floral wire or pipe cleaners twisted into interesting shapes, a butter or yogurt lid with the center cut out of the circle, large cookie cutters, even a metal can with the ends cut off (make sure there are no sharp edges).

Have fun reading about and making bubbles!

For lots more bubble activities, click here.

–Miss Tracey

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book review

Blankie by Leslie Patricelli

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Almost any toddler can tell you how important it is to have a blankie.  In this simple board book, a toddler enumerates all the things that his blankie can do–watch tv, get a time out, be a cape for a superhero, make bedtime ok.  This will be a comforting story to any little one who depends on his or her own blankie for everything from entertainment to protection.   Sturdy, vividly colored pages feature simply drawn yet boldly outlined characters that will be easily recognizable to a toddler reader.  If you have a little one who has a blankie for a best friend, you should check this one out.

–Miss Tracey

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time for back-to-school

Hi parents,

Believe it or not, it’s almost time for the kids to head back to school!  While some kids (and adults!) will cling to the last vestiges of summer, many are ready for supply shopping and new clothes.  Here are some craft ideas that you and your child can do together on these last few “I’m bored” days of summer that just might get all of you in the mood for school!

Make use of those outgrown jeans (yours and your child’s) by recycling the pockets.  Cut off the pockets (be sure to leave a “back” on the pockets) and carefully hot glue them to a notebook or folder.  Your child can use the pockets to hold extra pencils and pens.  Older kids can hot glue a piece of magnetic tape to the back of the pocket and stick them up in their lockers.  Don’t forget to decorate the pockets, using permanent markers and paint.

Here’s a cheap and easy way to personalize a notebook.  Use a variety of colorful pipe cleaners!  Make sure that the pipe cleaners are long enough to wrap around the cover of the notebook that you wish to use.  Help your child carefully wrap the pipe cleaners around the front cover into a design of their own making .  Use colored masking or even painters tape to attach the ends of the pipe cleaners on the inside of the notebook cover.

Your child can use pictures cut from magazines or even pictures taken with the family camera to personalize their new pencil box.  Have your child cut out pictures that they like from magazines.  Or, for even more fun, help your child take pictures with a digital camera, concentrating on family members, friends, and pets.  Then print the pictures on regular paper and help your child cut them out.  Once you have the pictures that you want to use, use an old paintbrush to brush on a mixture of half glue and just slightly less water onto the back of the pictures.  Then attach the pictures onto the pencil box.  Once everything is in the right place, very carefully paint several more layers of the glue mixture over the pictures.  Let the glue dry completely before loading in all those new pens and pencils.

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