Books About Construction Vehicles DIY Valentine’s Day Cards Decorating With Pumpkins Leaf Printing Craft Autumn Is…Fall Activity for Kids

Books About Construction Vehicles

This is Nathan. He loves big vehicles that work to get big jobs done. Tractors and construction vehicles…they’re his thing. He loves playing with them. He loves sorting them. He loves wearing them. He loves talking about them. He loves books about them. Here are some of his favorite construction books… Demolition by Sally Sutton Our Review: A uniquely illustrated book with rich language that creates an action-packed reading experience for a little builder. The use of onomatopoeia takes the reader into the story, onto the worksite, where he/she can participate in the demolition. A fun read that we have yet to tire of. Perfect for toddlers, preschoolers and early school aged ...

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DIY Valentine’s Day Cards

Nate and I decided we would make Valentine’s Day cards for the cousins this year. I wanted to keep them simple, mainly because my access to crafting supplies here in Germany is very limited. Nathan is also, at three years young, limited in his crafting abilities. We began by listing out how many cards we would need and thought about what type of animal we wanted to make for each person. Nate decided on a frog, turtle and some lady bugs. This meant we needed green and red material for the bodies. Nate’s job was then to paint some art paper green and red. Once the artwork was dry, I then sketched and cut out the parts we needed for the bodies. I end up using a light brown foam mate ...

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An Easy, DIY Valentine’s Day Mailbox

Now that Nathan is three years old, he loves the idea of getting mail. So, in preparation of Valentine’s Day, we had to create a Valentine’s Day mailbox. When I started to gather supplies for this mailbox, I was surprised that I didn’t have any boxes on hand. I can’t stand clutter, but I do hoard items (such as boxes and other reusable cardboard items) for use in crafting with my boy. I did end up finding the perfect container for our mailbox–a Quaker Oats cylinder. Here is what you need to create this easy-to-make, DIY Valentine’s Day Mailbox for Kids: Supplies: 1 empty container Quaker Oats 1 large sheet of drawing paper or construction paper (large enou ...

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Decorating With Pumpkins

I’m a sucker for pumpkins. I love their beautiful orange color, how they symbolize the season, their unique shape and the fact that they are a powerhouse of nutrition. For these reasons, pumpkins can be found throughout our home and in our tummies as soon as they are available for picking. Here is how I use them… On sconces… On candle holders… In pots… And Painted…If you have small children, this is a great, safe alternative to carving. By not cutting into the pumpkin, you will also be able to enjoy your art longer. Carving/cutting it obviously speeds the rotting process. This is my son’s painted pumpkin. We added some brown, gold and copper colored ...

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DIY Baby Keepsake

It is really common for parents to have some sort of copy of their child’s handprints at birth. But what about the years that follow? In my son’s first year, I got the idea to continue the handprint tradition. We are now in our third year and the result has been something that we, as a family, really look forward to. The process is simple (as long as your little one cooperates ; ) and requires just a few materials. The result–a baby keepsake in the form of a canvas print. Here’s the how-to… Materials: 1 small canvas 2 paintbrushes 2 paint colors (1 for background and 1 for hands) 1 child Directions: Paint canvas using the background color you chose (or you could ...

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Leaf Printing Craft

“Art takes nature as its model.” – Aristotle Our fall would not have been complete without some leaf printing. A pile of leaves, a few paints, and a Saturday afternoon was all we needed for a relaxing, yet engaging fall craft. I could not have picked a better fall activity for me and my preschooler. I was actually pleasantly surprised by how much Nathan enjoyed this activity. It was so much fun, we even got dad involved for a short period of time! We first collected our leaves on a leaf hunt. Our inspiration came from the book We’re Going on a Leaf Hunt by Steve Metzger (you can view more activities to pair with this book on my sister site lessonplansource.com) Once home, I rolle ...

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Autumn Is…Fall Activity for Kids

As the fall season comes to an end, so does our need for fall crafts and activities. I came up with this simple fall activity as a way to solidify concepts about the season for my preschooler. All the details for implementation are on my sister site, Lesson Plan Source. Enjoy! Be Sociable, Share! Tweet ...

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We’re Going on a Leaf Hunt Activities

One of my favorite fall books for kids is We’re Going on a Leaf Hunt by Steve Metzger. I love the book for many reasons–its simplistic storyline about three friends enjoying nature together, the variety of leaves it introduces children to, and its use of prepositions (yeah, really). It is also a book that lends itself to a variety of activities, including an actual leaf hunt! So, after reading the story to my preschooler, that is exactly what we did. A leaf hunt is a fun way to spend time outside enjoying the beauty of autumn. It also doesn’t have to be limited to just gathering leaves. On our first leaf hunt, Nate and I found a variety of items (some specific to the autumn ...

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Pumpkin Matching Game

I bought a batch of foam pumpkin shapes last fall and boy have they served us well! We first used them to make this festive Thankful Banner. Next, they were used to make this simple matching game… This would be the perfect fall matching game for toddlers or preschoolers. For toddlers, obviously monitor them because these pumpkins are not edible. I made this set using only four different designs. I also had specific skills I wanted to target–notice each features a different nose shape, shape color and overall emotion. The second matching game I came up with incorporates my son’s name–NATHAN. This matching game would be perfect for a preschooler, pre-kindergartener or k ...

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Thanksgiving Banner

Last year, I was in need of a banner to hang as part of our Thanksgiving Day celebration. Because crafting materials are difficult to find here in Germany, this banner had to meet certain criteria. It had to be: made of things already on hand a craft my toddler could help me with say “thankful” incorporate pumpkins look adorable! Well, I think I accomplished all of that with this festive Thanksgiving Banner! It was inexpensive to make and a great Thanksgiving craft for me and my toddler. Last year’s Thanksgiving Day banner… This year, we went vertical… Here is how we made it: Materials: 8 foam pumpkin shapes various dry materials (we used sunflower seeds, oats, ...

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