Beading for Little Ones: Another Fun Way to Use Pipe Cleaners

Age: Toddler to Second Grade

Materials: Beads, Tupperware, Pipe Cleaners

Using pipe cleaners, I found a fun new way to work with beads that is ideal for younger preschool-aged children. The pipe cleaners are more malleable for the child to hold on to and you also do not have to work with clasps. A make-shift clasp can be out of the pipe cleaner itself. This activity was as simple as making a circle clasp at the end of the pipe cleaner, filling a small tupperware with beads, and stringing the beads!

Pipe cleaner bracelets provided an easy, fun motor skill activity that you can wear! For older children, this activity can also be altered to teach patterns that the child is expected to repeat.

Christmas Tree Farm: Simple Inexpensive Crafts

 

Christmas Tree Farm: Inexpensive Crafts!

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I found a new place to find crafting products and found it worth sharing. While this is nothing earth shattering, I am extremely excited about the many options here. I had been shopping for the holidays and picking up a few last minute things like bows and odds and ends and stopped at a dollar store. I was shocked to find the large assortment of inexpensive craft items available. While every store is different, the one I was in was a Dollar Tree. My family has enjoyed creating holiday festive crafts that are simple and fun!

For Christmas, we put together a Christmas Tree Farm. The tag on the tree can say your children’s names or a simple message. The glitter glue (eight or so were in a pack), gems, trees, all were a dollar each and so fun to use.

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For Halloween, we also made bats that were great fun. The crafts were simple, cost efficient and did not make a huge mess even for toddler and preschool age children.

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Summer Reading for Kids

This is some of the best fiction and nonfiction literature I have found that make fantastic summer reading materials for kids! We loved all of these! These would be ideal for children roughly ages 2-7. Enjoy!

Poetry

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Changes A Child’s First Poetry Collection by Charlotte Zolotow

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Fiction

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Katie Catz Makes a Splash by Anne Rockwell, Illustrated by Paul Meisel

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Pete the Cat Scuba-Cat by James Dean

The Pirate Girl’s Treasure An Origami Adventure by Peyton Leung and Hilary Leung

Nonfiction

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Let’s Try It Out in the water Hands-On Early-Learning Science Activities by Seymour Simon and Nicole Fauteux, illustrated by Doug Cushman

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My, Oh My- a Butterfly! All About Butterflies by Tish Rabe Illustrated by Aristides Ruiz and Joe Mathieu

Let’s Look at Summer by Sarah L/ Schuette

Patterns Outside by Daniel Nunn

 

 

Have you found any amazing books for summer?

 

 

Healthy Snacks for Kids

I have been looking for ways to get my girls to eat more fruits and veggies! Their fave…

IMG_0486I came across these two recipes on Pinterest and the kids loved them! The most important element is they were both very quick and simple. The recipes are for Carrot Star Cookies and Pizza Zucchinis. Check them out and share any healthy snacks you have found!

 

You can find Carrot Stars here.

Pizza Zucchinis you can find here.

Quest for Great Books for Kids! 

Each month I will be posting all-star books that I come across that would be worthwhile for any child to read! That said, some of the best books that I have found come from recommendations. Please share books that you can’t pass up so we can read those too.

To kick off the reading fun, I am starting with two preschool age books that are must reads for all young children!

Clifford the Big Red Dog by Norman Bridwell

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Clifford even has his own website on scholastic here.                      (photo)

Are You My Mother by P. D. Eastman

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The repetition of the story makes it fun for young children to read and repeat. It also has a simple storyline for very young readers to follow and enjoy. (photo)