Space Preschool Theme Crafts and Activities for Kids

October 24, 2008 · Filed Under Kids Crafts, Preschool Lesson Plans & Themes · Comments Off on Space Preschool Theme Crafts and Activities for Kids 

by Aunt B

Space Crafts for Kids

Shape Ship

Shapes cut out of different colors of construction paper
Solid piece of black construction paper
Glue stick
Silver star stickers

Using your black piece of construction paper as a background lay out your shapes to create a one of a kind space ship. Once you have the design chosen use your glue stick to glue it into place. Next place the silver star stickers all around the shape ship.

Star’s On the Wall

Toilet Paper Roll
Black Construction Paper
Tape
Push Pin or Safety Pin
Flash Light

Tape a piece of black construction paper on to one end of the toilet paper tube. Using your pin pock small holes in the black paper. Place the other end of the tube onto your flash light and shine it on the wall. This will make your wall look like the star filled sky.

Moon Rocks Hunt

Glow in the dark Paint
Large sized rocks (about the size of a child’s palm)
Paint brushes
Newspaper

Lay out your newspaper to protect the table from any paint. Next paint your rocks in the glow in the dark paint. Be sure to cover the whole rock in the paint. Set the rocks under a lamp to charge the paint up for about a half hour before you begin. Once it is dark outside. Mom, hide these rocks outside (in the backyard) and let your children enjoy going on a moon rock hunt. (For children who are not sure of the dark, be sure to send them on their hunt with a flash light.)

Space Activity for Kids


Moon Walking Shoes

Thick sponges
Rubber Bands or String

Tie thick sponges to the bottom of your child’s shoes. This will give your child the feeling of walking on the moon.

Great Space Books for Kids


There’s No Place Like Space : All About Our Solar System (Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library)

by TISH RABE
Go on a whirlwind tour of our solar system, with a few constellations thrown in for good measure. Cat in the Hat (along with beloved Thing One and Thing Two) straps on his space suit and rhymes his way among the nine planets, presenting important facts along the way. Where else could your preschooler learn phonics and astronomy at same time?

The Magic School Bus Lost In The Solar System (Magic School Bus)
by Joanna Cole, Bruce Degen
This latest expedition, on which the energetic Miss Frizzle offers a tour of the planets, should not be missed. When a closed planetarium disappoints her students on a class trip, the likable teacher saves the day. She manages to launch her rickety school bus into space and steers it around the solar system, visiting the moon, the sun, Mercury, Venus and Mars before an asteroid knocks out one of the taillights. When Miss Frizzle leaves the bus to investigate, she gets lost in space, and the students visit the outer planets without her. They reconnect with her eventually, and the group ends up back in the classroom, making a chart and a mobile based on their discoveries.

Stanley in Space (Flat Stanley)
by Jeff Brown, Scott Nash
When the residents of a far-distant planet send a message to Earth asking for someone to meet with them, the President of the United States asks Stanley Lambchop, an all-American boy, to be his ambassador.

Father’s Day Preschool Theme Craft Ideas

October 24, 2008 · Filed Under Kids Crafts, Preschool Lesson Plans & Themes · Comments Off on Father’s Day Preschool Theme Craft Ideas 

by Aunt B

Copyright 2004-2006 Story Soup Kids, a division of Enchanted Corner

Father’s Day Crafts for Kids


Scroll Father’s Day Card

2 Craft Sticks
Glue or Tape
Paper of choice (recommend heavy paper)
Scissors
Ribbon or Yarn

Cut paper to be about ¼” smaller then the craft stick on either side. Glue or tape the craft stick to the top and bottom of the paper. Draw a picture or write something nice for Dad on the inside. Sign you name at the bottom. (I always encourage date too.) Next you need to roll up the scroll from top and bottom at the same time, to meet in the middle. Once rolled up secure the scroll with ribbon or yarn.

Father’s Day Gift Idea: Back Massager

4 Large wooden macramé beads or spools from used thread.
Twine or cord – 60” long
Scissors
Ruler

Measure and cut twine/cord into two 30” pieces. Place the four spools or beads in a line leaving 3” between each one. String one cord in and out of each spool. Starting from the top left, go down then up the next spool/bead, go down and up the third spool/bead and down and up the 4th spool/bead. Leave approximately 3” of twine/cord in between each one. Next start on the right and do the same thing. This will give you a ladder affect to your spool/beads. Tie a double knot on left end spool and right end spool, where two cords meet. Tie both ends together. This will form handles at both ends.

Father’s Day Gift Idea: Dad take Notes!

Small Note Pad
Thick Foam Board or Piece of Wood
Paint of choice or Markers
Pencil
Glue
Optional Stickers or Pictures

First you want to lay out your small note pad on your board. Trace your pad with the pencil, this way you can design your board and know where not to paint, draw or place stickers/pictures. Next design your board how ever you choose.

** See optional at bottom.

** Once you have finished decorating your board, glue the small not pad to your board.

** If you use a piece of wood board you can place stickers and pictures of you and dad all around and seal it with a coat or two of clear varnish. Do this in a well ventilated area with the help of Mom. Once dry you will want to connect the note pad using a glue gun instead of white glue**

Father’s Day Gift Idea: Soap on a Rope

New Bar of Soap
Yarn Needle
Paraffin
Yarn, Twine or Shoelace
Hot Plate or Old Electric Fry Pan
Gift Wrap or Small Picture from a Greeting Card
Coffee Can
Scissors

Carefully poke a hole in the bar of soap with yarn needle.

Cut gift wrap scrap or picture from greeting card slightly smaller then the soap.
Dip back side of the picture in water and place on the soap. It will stick. Smooth out any air bubbles. Place the coffee can in the fry pan or on hot plate. Fill with paraffin, melt at a low temperature. Carefully turn soap upside down and dip into melt paraffin up to the depth of ½” or ¼”. This will coat the picture and make a permanent design on the soap. Quickly lift out soap and let dry. Thread twine, yarn or shoelace through hole to hang.

Father’s Day Gift Idea: My Kids Walk All Over Me Shirt/Apron

Fabric Paint
Paint Brush
Children’s Feet
Fabric Pen (Black)
T-Shirt (light color) / Apron
Baby Wipes (to make cleaning feet easier)
Card Board to place inside the shirt.

First assign a color to each child in the family. Next paint their feet with this color and have them walk on the shirt. They may only get one foot print at a time so make sure to take your time. (Use the baby wipes to wipe off extra paint from your child’s foot)

Do one side then wait till dry and repeat on the other. If you are making an apron you only need to do one side. Your child’s whole foot print does not need to be on the shirt every time you make a print. Once the shirt is dry go back with either with Black Fabric Paint and a steady hand or with a Black Fabric Pen write My Kids Walk All Me! Also you can go back and write real small next to one foot print per each child their name so that Dad and other’s know whose foot belong to whom.

Mother’s Day Preschool Theme Crafts

October 24, 2008 · Filed Under Kids Crafts, Preschool Lesson Plans & Themes · Comments Off on Mother’s Day Preschool Theme Crafts 

by Aunt B

Copyright 2004-2006 Story Soup Kids, a division of Enchanted Corner

Mother’s Day Crafts and Activities for Kids

Tea Light Holder

Small Baby Food Jar
Color Tissue Paper
Glue
Paint Brush
Water
Tea Light Candle

Tear the tissue paper into small pieces and set aside. Water down the glue and paint onto the baby food jars. Apply of tissue paper onto the glue and then paint another coat of glue over the tissue paper. Make a few of these for Mom to have around.

‘My Mother Is’ Portrait

8×10 Piece of Paper
Pencil
Crayons/Markers
8×10 Picture Frame

Have your child answer the following questions…

How tall is Mom?
How old is Mom?
How much does Mom Weigh?
What color is Mom’s hair?
What color are Mom’s eyes?
What is Mom’s favorite color?
What is Mom’s favorite food?
What is Mom’s job?

Next have your child draw a picture of what they think their Mom looks like. All around the picture of Mom, the adult can write what the child wrote. Example My Mom is 10 feet tall. My Mom has green hair. Frame the drawing and answers for Mom.

Mother’s Day Banner

2 Sheets Same Color Construction Paper
Pencil
Marker
Scissors
Tape

Trace the child’s hand on one piece of construction paper and cut them out. The second piece of construction paper cut into half the long length of the paper. Tape the ends of the paper together. Using tape, tape on the hand print shapes at the end of each piece of paper. Using the marker write, “I LOVE YOU THIS MUCH!” on the strips in between the hands.

Hands Down the Best Gift Wrap

Paint
Butcher Paper
Paint Brush
Baby Wipes

Cut a large piece of Butcher Paper and lay it on the table. Next taking turns with the colors of paint, paint your child’s hands and have them make hand prints all over the paper. I use the baby wipes to help keep the mess down.

*Optional*
Use a marker and write I Love You in between the hand prints. If child is old enough to do this have them do the writing.

Best Mom Hands Down

T-shirt or Apron
Fabric Paint
Child’s Hands
Fabric Pen

Paint your child’s hands with the color of your choice and have your child place their handprint on the shirt or apron with the fingers pointing to the floor.
Under or above the handprints write “Best Mom Hands Down”

Bath Salts

Epson Salt
Food Coloring
Baby Food Jar or Small Container
Flavoring such as Peppermint, Vanilla or Strawberry
Fabric
Scissors
Ribbon

In a small bowl mix a small amount of Epson Salt, food coloring and your flavoring. Place the mixture into the baby food jar place a lid on it and you now have Bath Salts created just for Mom. Cut a small round piece of fabric that is a little bit larger then the lid. Glue the fabric to the top of the baby food jar and tie a ribbon around the jar. Remember to write the date on the bottom of the jar. Try to use with in one year of the date, to ensure the freshest bath salts.

Vase for Mom

Empty bottle or jar
Masking tape
Shoe Polish (brown or blue)
Cloth Rag (scrap t-shirt)
Smock for kids
Gloves for kids

Completely cover your clean glass bottle, with torn or cut pieces of masking tape.
Making sure that the pieces of tape overlap each other. With an old rag, rub the shoe polish into the tape, leave to dry. If you would like a glossy look a second rubbing is needed. If you are having younger children make this please be very careful, you might even do the shoe polish rub yourself.
Fill with flowers or a plant.

** Do not get shoe polish on the inside of the bottle or jar.**

Recommended Mother’s Day Book to Read

I Love You Stinky Face

Earth Day Preschool Theme Crafts

October 24, 2008 · Filed Under Kids Crafts, Preschool Lesson Plans & Themes, Spring Crafts for Kids · Comments Off on Earth Day Preschool Theme Crafts 

by Aunt B

Copyright 2004-2006 Story Soup Kids, a division of Enchanted Corner

Earth Day Crafts for Kids

Earth

Paper Plates
Paint
Paint 2 paper plates blue. Once the plates have dried, have your child drip green paint on one paper plate and then drip brown on the second paper plate. Put the plates together and it will form a neat pattern of the Earth.

Earth Day Bracelet

Contact Paper

Cut contact paper into a long strip to form a bracelet. Make the bracelet so that it will be sticky side up. Go on a nature walk and let your children put whatever they find (grass, flowers, feathers, sticks, pebbles, etc) on the bracelet.

Litter Bug

Misc. Craft Items such as
Paper Towel Rolls
Stickers
Markers
Pipe Cleaners
String
Buttons
Glue
Scissors

Using your misc. craft supplies and your imagination create your own Litter Bug. Be sure to make it an ugly little bug. Use this bug to show that this is what you look like when you don’t through your trash away.

Indoor Terrarium

Permanent Black Marker
Seeds
Water
Very Sharp Scissors or Knife (used ONLY by parents)
Potting Soil
2 Liter Soda Bottle w/ cap

Take the label off the bottle. Save the CAP! Wash and rinse out the bottle and the cap. Cut the bottle near the bottom, a good place to do this is at the bottom of where the label was. Fill the bottom with your soil. Make sure to leave the soil loose. Do NOT pack it down. Plant a few seeds in the dirt and lightly water. Place the cap on the bottle. Cover the bottom with the top of the bottle. You will have to play around with it to get the top to fit inside the bottom. Place it in a sunny spot and watch your seeds grow.

Earth Day Shirt

Brown and Green Fabric Paint
Paint Brush
White t-shirt
Paint your child’s arm brown and your child’s hand green. Place the painted side of the arm and hand down on the white t-shirt. You can write Earth Day 200- on the shirt also.

Recommended Earth Day Books to Read

Earth Day–Hooray!
by Stuart J. Murphy
Earth Day is on the way, and Ryan, Luke, and Carly have a plan. If they manage to collect and recycle 5,000 aluminum cans, they can make enough money to buy some beautiful flowers for nearby Gilroy Park.

Lets Celebrate Earth Day
by Peter Roop
Using a question-and-answer format, the Roops introduce the history and importance of Earth Day. They discuss Senator Gaylord Nelson’s creation of the celebration in 1970; the 1969 Cuyahoga River fire that led to the Clean Water Act; the concept of endangered species; some positive results of forest fires; and recycling.

Recycle! : A Handbook for Kids
by Gail Gibbons
How to recycle various products to cut down on the need for landfills–for which space is already in short supply.

Earth Day Cooking with Kids

Dirt Cups

Chocolate Pudding Mix
Milk
Oreo Cookies
Gummy Worms
Cool Whip
Cups
Spoons
Zip Lock Bags

In a zip lock bag place Oreo cookies, have your child break them up by banging the bag. Cover bottom of cups with crumbled Oreos. Combined pudding mix and milk to make your pudding, pour into cups; leaving 1/2 an inch of space at the top. Refrigerate pudding until set. Add crumbled Oreos to the top of each cup and garnish with a gummy worm.

Insects Preschool Theme Crafts

October 24, 2008 · Filed Under Kids Crafts, Preschool Lesson Plans & Themes · Comments Off on Insects Preschool Theme Crafts 

by Aunt B

Copyright 2004-2006 Story Soup Kids, a division of Enchanted Corner

Insect and Bug Crafts for Kids

Inside the Bee Hive

Black Paint
Yellow Paper
Metal Egg Holder from Easter Egg Dye Kit
(The part that holds the egg is shaped like a honey comb.)
Paper Plate

Place black paint into a paper plate. Using the Egg Holder from the Easter Egg Kit dip it into the black paint and make marks on the yellow paper with it. This will give you a honey comb look on your paper. Next dip your thumb into the black paint and place a thumb print on your paper to look like bee’s in the bee hive.

Coffee Filter Butterfly Beauty

Coffee Filters
Spray Bottle with water
Washable Markers
Clothespins
Let your child color coffee filters, spray them with the spray bottle. This will make the marker ink bleed into a beautiful wing. Next twist and clip with clothespin, making the butterfly wings. The kids can then color a face and antennas on the clothespin.

Butterfly Feet and Hands

Large White Paper
Any Color Paint

Have your child make ONE foot print on the paper. Next you will have your child make a total of 4 hand prints using the paint. Have them make two on each side of the foot print with the palm of the hand print touching the footprint. Doing this you will have a butterfly with beautiful wings.

Lady Bug Friend

Rock
Red Paint
Black Paint
Newspaper

Paint your rock red. Once the red paint has dried, draw a capital T with the black paint down the back of the rock and add black spot like a lady bug.

Fun Spiders

Styrofoam Balls
Black Paint
Black Pipe Cleaners
Googly Eyes
Yarn
Glue
Newspaper

First lay out newspaper to protect your table. Next you will need to paint your Styrofoam Ball black. While drying cut your pipe cleaners in half. Once dry poke the 4 pipe cleaners on one side of the ball and 4 on the other side of the ball. Next take the googly eyes and glue them on to your spider. To make your spider walk you can poke a piece of yarn through the ball and tie a not at the bottom so as the yarn does not come back through the body. This will give you a way to walk your spider.

Recommended Insects Books to Read

Bugs! Bugs! Bugs!
by Bob Barner
Nothing fascinates children more than bugs! Vibrant paper collages illustrate spotted ladybugs, butterflies that flutter, and many more. The book includes an actual size buy chart and a “bug-o-meter” which lists the basics about each featured species.

Shaoey And Dot: Bug Meets Bundle
by Mary Beth Chapman and Steven Curtis Chapman
Shaoey & Dot: Bug Meets Bundle is an endearing tale told from the point of view of one little ladybug, Dot, who happens upon a mysterious bundle one sunny day. Dot stays with the little bundle as she is carried to the place where babies come to be found and promises to stay with the little one throughout her journeys toward getting a family.

Bugs!
by David T. Greenberg
This companion volume to the best-selling Slugs and Skunks! takes an irreverent look at another of the world’s most misunderstood creatures-bugs. Accompanied by Lynn Munsinger’s sly, witty illustrations, Bugs! is sure to disgust and entertain both bug lovers and bug haters alike!

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