Kindergarten Christmas Craft: Christmas Lights

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Looking for a preschool or kindergarten Christmas craft?  This finger print Christmas lights artwork is sure to please.  The project is easy, fun and messy with a bright and colorful end.  It’s the perfect way to capture memories of those precious little fingers. Tis the season and Fa La La La!  Lets get those little ones in the holiday spirit.

Here’s what you will need:

  • Washable paints of various colors  (I purchased mine from the Dollar Store).
  • black marker to make the dots on the lights and wire
  • wet paper towels for cleaning messy fingers
  • White paper or cardstock

Be sure to have plenty of wet paper towels or an old wet cloth on hand.  You will want to wipe the child’s fingers before dipping them in the next shade of paint.  Lets get this project started:

  1. – Dust off those adorable little fingers.
  2. – Next, have the children dip their index finger(s) into the paint.
  3. – Press their index finger onto the white paper.
  4. – Repeat Step 3 until you have a string of lights  as shown.
  5. – Be sure to allow the paint to dry thoroughly before you proceed.
  6. – Make dots on each of the lights with the black marker.  (Place several places of paper under your sheet before you use the black marker to avoid bleeding on your table or work area.)  Unfortunately, I learned this lesson the hard way.
  7. – Use a pencil and lightly draw a curved line to connect the dots.  Also, write the child’s name on the paper.  Allow them to trace it with a crayon.
  8. – If you have older children allow them to trace the curved lines with the black marker.  Otherwise, you can complete the project or help the smaller children with this step.

We hope you enjoy this colorful kindergarten Christmas craft.   You may also like our Kindergarten Christmas Tree Card.

 

 

 

 

Fall Kindergarten Activities Pack

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Fall is here.  It’s a great time to gather around the fireplace and spend family time together.  Also, it’s a great time to start gathering chilly day activities for the kids.  My granddaughter started kindergarten this year.  As a result, I’m putting together lots of activities for her.  So, I’ll be sharing those activities that I will be using with her with my readers. Be sure to subscribe if you’re interested in printables.  Many will be for subscribers only.

Helping your child count to 20 before kindergarten is great, so if you have a preschooler these activities will help them too.

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The fall pack includes a coloring page, put a face on the pumpkin face, math, counting, and a bonus word search activity.   Additionally, children love to color.  Especially, this time of year when the leaves are turning and pumpkin patches await visitors.  Another activity that excites littles ones is Halloween. Actually it is around the corner, and everyone is exciting about the scariest night of the year.

Our Kindergarten Activities will helps kids count from 1 – 10 and than 1 – 15 on another activity sheetWe have also created an addition math sheet that encourages children to trace the sum of the numbers.   Further, you can find pumpkins in the Cutest Pumpkin in the Pumpkin Patch that need to be numbered.  Also, apples from the trees in the fall.  You little one will have to number the falling apples in another activity.

Additionally activities including drawing a face on the pumpkin.  This activity allows children to use their imagination to draw the pumpkin they envision.  It can be scary or funny or male or female.  The choice is up to them.  As a bonus, we included a word search puzzle that will help with spelling and reading.

Download the fall kindergarten activity sheets here Be sure to subscribe so you can receive other fabulous printables.  You may also like Fall Nature Hunt Game.

 

 

Finding Dory Printables – Opens in Theatres June 17

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ABOUT THE MOVIE: Disney•Pixar’s “Finding Dory” welcomes back to the big screen everyone’s favorite forgetful blue tang Dory (voice of Ellen DeGeneres), who’s living happily in the reef with Marlin (voice of Albert Brooks) and Nemo (voice of Hayden Rolence). When Dory suddenly remembers that she has a family out there who may be looking for her, the trio takes off on a life-changing adventure across the ocean to California’s prestigious Marine Life Institute, a rehabilitation center and aquarium. In an effort to find her mom (voice of Diane Keaton) and dad (voice of Eugene Levy), Dory enlists the help of three of the MLI’s most intriguing residents: Hank (voice of Ed O’Neill), a cantankerous octopus who frequently gives employees the slip; Bailey (voice of Ty Burrell), a beluga whale who is convinced his biological sonar skills are on the fritz; and Destiny (voice of Kaitlin Olson), a nearsighted whale shark. Deftly navigating the complex inner workings of the MLI, Dory and her friends discover the magic within their flaws, friendships and family. Directed by Andrew Stanton (“Finding Nemo,” “WALL•E”), co-directed by Angus MacLane (“Toy Story OF TERROR!”), and produced by Lindsey Collins (co-producer “WALL•E”), Disney•Pixar’s  “Finding Dory” swims into theaters June 17, 2016. For more information, like us on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/PixarFindingDory, and follow us on Twitter, https://twitter.com/findingdory and Instagram, https://instagram.com/DisneyPixar.

Mark your calendar and make it a family affair.  In the mean time enjoy our maze, coloring and connect the dot pages:

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18 Colorful Fall Nature Hunt Ideas

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Fall is around the corner, and it’s a perfect time to go on a nature hunt with the children.  Because leaves will be changing colors, pumpkin patches will come to life, and corn field mazes will appear, it’s the perfect time to go on a nature hunt.  Also, it’s a great way to get the children will be excited about the upcoming Halloween night.  You can talk about customs, parties and treats.  Lets not forget about football season, tailgating and delicious recipes for parties and family gatherings.

Additionally, it’s still warm enough for the children to go outside and play.  So, a fall nature hunt is a great way for you and them to get exercise and explore nature. Plan a day of hiking, walking the neighborhood or spending the day at your favorite park is the perfect place to play a nature hunt game.  It can be a great opportunity for the children to ask questions and learn about nature.

If you decide to visit the park pack a lunch filled with our fall snack items ideas.  You can enjoy each other’s company after the nature hunt.  Talk about a funny moment that you encountered during your walk.  You can also take pictures of the kids hunting for items or other scenic items that you find along the way.

While your walking and taking pictures look for the items on the Nature Hunt list. We’ve added different color leaves, pumpkins, a stick, acorn, pinecone and more.  They’re all  easy to find and common in all most areas across the country.  If you need materials for a fall craft project, this would a great time for you to gather items as you walk along too.  This can include fall leaves of various colors, acorns, pinecones and more.

 

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Finally, feel free to print on cardstock, and enjoy.  Download the Fall Nature Hunt Printable here.  Furthermore, you may also like:  Road Trip Scavenger Hunt Game



Should Boys Play Dress Up?

 

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Should boys play dress up?  We talk about little girls playing dress up in princess clothes, having tea parties or walking in mommy’s high heels, but we rarely talk about little boys dressing up.   Yes, we rave about little girls putting on our make-up,  adorable beads, and serving up tea to teddy bear friends. But what about our little boys?

We accept little boys playing Cowboy and Indians, wearing a sports uniform or being a Super Hero.  But what if they want to dress up as a princess or put on your make-up?  Would that be acceptable or frightening to you?  What if they want to use one of your purses to house their army men or race cars?  Are you equipped to handle that situation?

What I found interesting is that we accept little girls being tomboys, but not little boys wanting to be a princess.  My grandson wanted to wear my heels one day.  He was about 3 maybe 4 at the time.  I allowed him to try them on. He had a grand time, looking in the mirror at himself.  Was I afraid that he would want to be a cross-dresser down the road?  Not at all.

He sees his mother and me wearing them, so he wanted to try them on too.  I think it’s important for him to experiment.  He has never asked to try on my shoes again, but if he had I wouldn’t love him any less.  Is it unusual for boys to want to try on mom’s shoes, beads etc.?  Experts say no, it’s not unusual.

There are many roles for children to play when they dress up and experts/teachers encourage it.  Here are a few benefits that children can obtain by playing dress up:

  • Encourages them to use their imagination
  • Encourages role playing
  • Helps overcome fear
  • Instills pride by performing good deeds while role playing
  • Helps them understand the world around them
  • Gives them an opportunity to interpret and translate what they see in their home

Purchase items that your son can use when playing dress-up.  If you don’t have costumes for him to utilize, here are a few ideas for boys:

  • doctor
  • pilot
  • construction worker
  • sports figure
  • teacher
  • chef

Head to the thrift store, clearance rack or clean out hubby’s or granddaddy’s closet and stock up on items that your son can use.  You can give him:

  • towel for a cape  (If you can sew, make a cape for him)
  • a hat 
  • sunglasses
  • brief case
  • pair of daddy’s shoes
  • football uniform
  • dad’s shirt
  • chef’s apron and hat
  • doctor’s bag
  • scrubs
  • construction hat

Use your imagination and allow your child to use theirs.  Encourage dress up and engage in role play with him. You will be helping them to develop social skills, psychological growth, and helping to understand the world around him.  When your child is playing, listen.  They may give you insight on how they see people and the world around them.  
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