Wednesday, May 29, 2013

June 2013 Books and Craft

Here are some book suggestions for this month's theme of Butterflies:

From Caterpillar to Butterfly by Deborah Heiligman
The Butterfly by Patricia Polacco
When the Butterfly Came by Kimberley Griffiths Little
The Lamb and The Butterfly by Arnold Sundgaard
Butterfly Kisses by Bob Carlisle
A Butterfly is Patient by Dianna Hutts Aston
Angelina and The Butterfly by Katharine Holabird
Little Butterfly by Happy Books (board book)

Materials Required:
Plastic spoons
Unused coffee filters
wiggle eyes
hot glue


1-Color designs on the coffee filters with different colored markers. The filter paper will spread and mix the colors. A slightly damp filter will add to the blending. (Crayons can be used as well but you don't get the blending of colors)
2-Crimp the middle of one filter with your fingers and lot glue to the back of a plastic spoon right where the bowl of the spoon meets the handle.
3-Glue the eyes to the bowl part of the spoon and draw the mouth.
4- Body sections can be drawn on the handle sections too.
5-Spoons can be placed into flower pots for decoration. Hot glue different lengths of cords or heavy thread to the tops of several spoons and tie to a branch to create a lovely mobile for a porch.
These were made by my 5 yr. old grand daughter. She wants to make lots more!

Thursday, May 16, 2013


Here is a wonderful article from NAEYC with tips on making the transition from pre-school to Kindergarten. Learn how to remove stress and make it an exciting time.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Get Ready For Summer Fairs!

Even thought the weather here in the northeast US has been uncommonly chilly the last few days, I know that the warm summer will be here before you know it. Along with that comes a variety of county fairs and festivals and day trips to amusement parks. My husband and I always try to take the grand kids to some because we all enjoy them so much. The kids of course love looking at all the 4H animals sand exhibits but equally enjoy the rides. Although I personally do not like to go on rides, I do let the five year old go on a carefully selected few. Yesterday, in my local paper, there was an eye opening article about "kiddie rides." According to this Scripps Howard News Service article, more than 92,000 children under the age of 18 were treated in emergency rooms from 1990-2010 as reported in the Journal Clinical Pediatrics. On average, every three days during the months of May through September, the injuries sustained required hospitalization. So, here is a list of rules to consider when enjoying amusement park rides:                          

A. Follow all age, height, weight and health restrictions                                                                             

B. Avoid mall or arcade rides if they're on a hard surface or don't have safety requirements.                     

C. Make sure children use safety bars and seat belts and keep their hands and feet inside the ride.            

D. Be sure your child is mature enough to follow the rules on any ride. Otherwise, keep him or her off the equipment and do something else.                                                                                                                                                                                 

Don't spoil a family outing with an accidental injury. Have fun and enjoy every minute.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Mother's Day Project 2013

Here is the Mother's Day project I made with my grandkids to give to their mom.

I had purchased some flats of flowers for my garden and let the kids choose their favorites. There are these special makers I got at AC Moore's Craft store which are designed especially for drawing on terra cotta.

The kids really enjoyed using them and they weren't as messy as I thought they might be. The pots were dry in a few minutes and we headed outside to plant. We had so much fun, I decided to use the markers to decorate some of my own pots! To all the mother's and mother-like caretakers out there, have a wonderful holiday!

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Planning a Trip With the Kids?

Check out this handy list of what to pack for your vacation here on the Melissa and Doug blog.