e is for eagle

I’ve been a little slow on posts this week —  but we did manage to make our next letter in our alphabet series, letter E. Here’s the website where I’m searching for letter inspiration and then finding my own ways to make each letter.

What you’ll need:

  • Construction paper: white letter E, yellow beak, brown wings, white tail, and a piece to glue it all on
  • Glue Stick
  • Googly Eyes (I love these things!)

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Since the tape isn’t quite doing it’s job on the wall, and I am always walking  in to find the masking tape (I’ve even tried painter’s tape!) stuck on the wall and the paper buried underneath whatever toys they had out on the floor, I’ve decided to instead use them to make a book. I can’t decide whether it’ll just be a binder and page protectors or scan them in and make a book on Shutterfly but I am liking this idea more and it’ll be something they can look through and hold onto down they road if they want.

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d is for dog

Here’s our letter D craft we did this morning. I know I am repeating myself but a little prep ahead of time will make for a smoother project with these crazy little creatures (toddlers) with almost no attention span. My inspiration for letter D came from here.

What you’ll need:

  • Letter D — cut out of white paper (or be crazy and have a colored dog!)
  • Spots, Ear & Nose – cut out of black paper
  • Collar – any color you chose
  • Paper to glue the D on
  • Googly eyes
  • Glue Stick

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Super cute, easy & our alphabet border in the play room is slowly growing!

coffee filter hearts & B is for bumblebee

This week we did another fun Valentine’s craft using coffee filters and watercolor paints and also continued on our ABC Crafts with B for Bumblebee.

Coffee Filter Hearts

Although I’ve been making an effort to use up the stack of coffee filters in my craft closet I swear it’s like they keep multiplying; there seems to be no difference in the size of the stack.  Oh well. They work well for kids crafts and I’m sure that I can continue to find things to do with them, especially after seeing how cool watercolors are on them.  For these tie-dyed looking hearts we just used watercolors on the coffee filters, then after they dried I cut hearts out. I love these. I think I had just as much fun painting them as the girls did and Norah was definitely entertained.  Stella had a tendency to just paint water on them so I had to add a little color in here and there.

After they were cut out as hearts Norah and I made a little banner for her bed by punching holes and stringing them onto some Valentine’s ribbon I had.  She loves it in her room decorating her bed and it looks really sweet.

We will be painting coffee filters again very soon.

B is for Bumblebee

These turned out way too cute and were so easy to do with a little bit of prep right before we sat down to make them.  The original idea for this came from here.

What you’ll need:

  • Construction paper:  yellow, black, and any other color to glue your B on
  • Wax Paper: two small circles for the wings
  • Pipe cleaner: Black would be the obvious choice but since we had none the girls choose pink – guess ours are girl bumblebees. Cut  a smaller piece for the stinger and then the remainder can be the antenna.
  • Googly eyes
  • Glue Stick
Trace a block letter B and cut it out of the yellow paper. (Little hands can always do this job too.) Cut strips of black paper for the stripes on the lower half of the bee. I did this while they girls were playing and happily entertaining themselves. It just made it really simple to sit down and have everything ready to go. If I learned anything as a teacher it was that prepping lessons always made them run smoother.

Glue the black stripes onto the B.

Glue the wings onto the B.

Stick the pipe cleaners through and twist for both the antenna and the stinger.

Glue the eyes on.

Glue the finished B onto another piece of construction paper.

B is for Bumblebee . . . B, B, B.