Saturday, June 11, 2011

FARM Calendar Pieces, free file giveaway

These are the calendar pieces i made to go along with our farm theme this month.  I have the Learning Resources Calendar & weather chart, so they fit great.

If you'd like the file for the FARM CALENDAR pieces, just leave me a comment or an email and i'll send it right out!
thanks for looking!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Paint chip Mosaic

I saw a post about the free paint chip samples you can get at most stores from My HomeMade Montessori and kept thinking about getting the samples and what i'd do with them.  i'm sure there are tons of ideas out there I just haven't had time to investigate.  I stopped at Walmart on my way into work one night to get a salad for my lunch an remembered to run by the paint section and get some paint samples.  I got a rainbow of assorted colors.  Then came home and cut them up and put them in a baggie.  Naters loves to do crafts and i figured we'd be able to make some kind of paint chip mosaics as a craft.  We are doing a farm theme for the month, so i pulled out a letter F page.  She wanted to apply the glue with a paint brush (she was offered glue stick, a bottle of glue, or glue in a cup with a paint brush) so I gave her the glue in a souffle cup, a paint brush, blank letter F sheet, the container of cut up paint chips and let her go! 

This was definitely cheap, easy and fun! For Naters (she's 45 months old) using the paint chips was much easier for her to do than the tissue paper squares which is a too flimsy to hold up to very much handling (when wet with glue)   Another thrifty tip:  I got these plastic souffle cups with lids in bulk for $3.00.  i also have the craft cups from oriental trading co. (which i do like) but I like the souffle cups better.  they can be washed and reused; i like the small quanity they hold  (great portion control for crafting) and when you put the lid on you can save glue or paint for next use.  So glad i got them!  You'll like them too!
Thanks for looking! 

Sunday, June 5, 2011

FARM FUN books to go along with our theme this month

I only went through one of her bookcases and these were the farm themed books I pulled out.
Barnyard Dance by Boynton and Barnyard Hulaabaloo seem to be her favorite farm theme books this week!  She's enjoying this farm theme so far, but i'm not sure I can make it last all month.  I may just go two weeks and then switch to zoo animals, we will see.
thanks for looking!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

FARM FUN Green Acres is the place for us in June!!!! Farm sensory bin

Naters is 45 months old!  This month since everyone is hoping to get their gardens planted (we've had massive amounts of rain) I thought i'd do a FARM theme for this month. I must say that I've had so much help with this one because there is such a good amount of great materials already out there on this topic. THANK YOU SO MUCH!! to the following ladies for their generosity in putting free materials out here in blog land:

Carisa at 1+1+1=1 for her Farm Tot Pack
Michelle at Musings of Me for her Farn Fun Pack
Mari-Ann at Counting Coconuts for her Farm Poem
Lauren at Lawteedah for her Farm Life Unit Study

This is the sensory tub I made for this month. I reused the popping corn I used in a tub from last year. I added in two canning jars, one wooden bowl in the shape of egg (thought that was appropriate) and I used Down on the Farm toob and Farm toob from Safari Ltd, Multi colored beads red=barn, green=tractor & crops, yellow=sun & chicks, wood beads=wood, pink=pigs, black & white-cows & chickens. That was the extent of my creativity for this tub!

I also have so farm themed coloring pages, some Farm Themed Foamies Stickers, and I found the above
Farm Sticker Gift box at Borders on clearance for $!2.97! We also got her a John Deere Tractor & trailer at a garage sale for $0.50. We will also be reading from her many Farm themed books this month. Today a local working farm is having their opening day for their petting farm for the Summer! We will go there this afternoon after her nap. They open up their farm as a petting farm evey Wednesday June through September. Naters gets to see cows, pigs, sheep, goats, chickens, geese, roosters, ponies, horses, reindeer (the only animal you cant pet), llamas, alpacas, and even a camel named Charlie!
Thanks for looking!!!