I am a mom of 4 kids(13,12,10 and 8)who taught preschool for 2 years.
I hope you can use this blog as a resource to find fun activities to do with your children. Some ideas are new, while others have been around a while. This is a place where I can store all our activities without having to actually have to store them in my attic. I hope you find some fun and easy ideas.
You will need an egg carton, paint, paint brush, play dough or clay, Popsicle sticks, glue and scissors. Paint and decorate the egg cartons for the base. Paint Popsicle sticks. Cut out flowers from construction paper or paint egg cartons. Place play dough or clay in the base and stick in Popsicle sticks. Glue on flowers to the top of Popsicle stck.
Toilet Paper Roll Flowers
You will need toilet paper roll, construction paper (8 1/2 x 11), tape,glue and scissors .
Wrap and glue green construction paper to toilet paper roll.
Fold construction paper in half to make two 4 1/2 x 5 1/2 sides, Tape two open ends together.
Make 4 or 5 cuts through the fold and down almost to the tape.
Pull apart sections apart and curl the taped edge in a circle. Tape ends together to form a large flower. Slip on to a empty paper towel or toilet paper roll. Cut out a circle and place over the whole on the top.
You will need: construction paper, glue and wiggly eyes (optional).
Cut the construction paper in correct shapes. Large oval for the body, circle for the head, rounded triangle for the beak, wings and feet.
Allow kids to glue pieces in the right place.
I love Colton's, he added an the egg for the penguin to sit on. I guess he does listen when I read or maybe he just learned it on T.V..
This is a craft from Crafty Kids by Rosie Hankin.
Marinated Baked Chicken (I also grill this chicken)
It is another strange combo but it tastes good.
1/2 cup Italian salad dressing
1/2 cup Soy sauce ( I use 1/4 cup because the soy sauce is a little salty for us, even the Lite)
6 in bone-in-bone chicken (when I grill it I use boneless skinless)
1/8 teaspoon onion salt
1/8 teaspoon garlic salt
In measuring cup, combine salad dressing and soy sauce. Pour 3/4 cup into large resealable plastic bag; add chicken. Seal the bag and turn to coat, refrigerate 4 hours or overnight, turning several times. Refrigerate remaining marinade for basting.
Drain chicken, discard marinade. Place chicken , skin side up, on rack in a roasting pan. Sprinkle with onion salt and garlic salt. Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 45-60 minutes or until juice run clear and meat thermometer reads 170 degrees, brushing occasionally with reserved marinade.
For rainy day craft ideas that Toddlers can do, I found a great book at the library. It is Crafty Kids, Fun Projects for You and Your Toddler by Rosie Hankin. It had a lot of fun and easy projects that your kids will love to do. Doing crafts with my kids ,works for me, for other great Works For Me ideas go to Rocks In My Dryer. Here is on example of the books idea. Plastic Bowl Crab.
You will need: glue, scissors, construction paper, small plastic or paper bowl, orange paint, and paint brush.
1. Paint the bowl.
2. Cut out 2 pincers and 8 legs.
3.Cut out eyes or use wiggly eyes. Cut out a smile for the mouth.
3. Glue on legs,mouth and eyes.
For older children:
-Make some seaweed out of green crepe paper: glue it on the background before you glue on your crab.
Here is another cute craft we did out of the book, Crafty Kids, Fun Projects For You and Your Toddler. I love this paper plate jellyfish.
You will need: Paper plate, construction paper, crayons, markers or paint, glue, scissors and crepe paper (yarn and wiggly eyes optional).
Cut off about 2/3' s of the paper plate in a wavy pattern for the body of the jellyfish. We glued the body to a piece of construction paper, but you do not have too, it is cute free flowing . Then decorate. We colored the plate with crayons, glued on circles, crepe paper, wiggly eyes and yarn.
Let me just start by saying I know I did this to myself, but it does not make me any less tired.
I got up and was out the door with 4 kids by 8:30 am.
We started off going to Wal-Green's, Food Lion, Aldi's, then my favorite, with 4 kids, Wal-mart(But I did get my free green bag) .The kids were O-kay, we only knocked over one make up display in Walgreen's and broke one shampoo in Walmart.
We then came home ate lunch and I got the boys stuff together for a Boyscout outing. The boys left, so me and the girls were left home by ourselves. So what do girls do, shop. We headed to the mall. I hate the mall. I can not believe I hate the mall. I know if you added up all the time I spent in a mall, it would add up to years, but now I guess I am old and broke.
Anyway, we went to the mall to get Caity's ears pierced. We went to Claire's. It was $38.00, what, $38.00? After getting me up off the floor, she did great, she did not cry at all. She wanted to, but there was so many people around, so she held it in like a trooper. She looks beautiful and she is so proud.
After walking around, and not being able to find our car, we were finally able to leave.
Then we went to Burger King for dinner.
After that we went to Once Upon A Child because I had a $5 coupon that was getting ready to expire.
CVS was last in our shopping spree, were I spent $.17 for some stuff and $5 for next time.
Do you think my pain was over, "Oh, No", then I had to watch "High School Musical", with the girls. I think that was the most painful of all. Let me tell you that movie is no "Grease." I do not remember forcing my mother to watch Grease, if I did, I am sorry Mom.