28 December 2009

Letter I


On the capital "I," we made fingerprint insects.
The lower case "i" is an ice cream cone.
We also read a book and wrote down all the words that started with the letter "I."

Letter "I" page from our Alphabet book.


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21 December 2009

Letter H


On the capital "H," we drew squiggly lines of hair.
The lower case "h" is a "happy" horse.
We also read a book and wrote down all the words that started with the letter "h."

Letter "H" page from our Alphabet book.


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15 December 2009

Snowmen


We have an abundance of baby food jars that I have been trying to think of something fun to do with. To make our snowmen, we just painted the jars white, painted the lid (and a lid to a water bottle--hot glued on the top) black, hot glued on some ribbon for a scarf, and drew on the faces. You can tell which ones my son drew. :) I thought they turned out pretty cute. They made a good addition to the decorations on our mantle.

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14 December 2009

Letter G


On the capital "G," we glued some grass that we picked from our lawn.
The lower case "g" is colored (a bit anyway :) ) with green and gray crayons.
We also read a book and wrote down all the words that started with the letter "g."

Letter "G" page from our Alphabet book.


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10 December 2009

Castle


I have to say that the idea for this one was mine. We had a lot of toilet paper rolls to use, so I thought a castle would be fun. We made a prince out of roll, too, but it somehow didn't get in the picture. My son had a lot of fun painting this.

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08 December 2009

Stockings

I have made Christmas stockings for my family. Even though my baby boy was born in January, and I could have had nearly a year to make him a stocking, I waited until the last couple weeks to start it. I finished it just in time to put it up with our decorations. Here are all of our stockings, hung on our mantel.


Here is a close up of the newest addition, the little gingerbread man. All the details I hand sewed felt pieces on, or hand embroidered. I especially like the mini rickrack.



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07 December 2009

Letter F


On the capital "F," we finger painted finger (and hand) prints.
The lower case "f" is a fish.
We also read a book and wrote down all the words that started with the letter "f."

Letter "F" page from our Alphabet book.

01 December 2009

Girly Baby Shoes

I made these shoes for my friend's baby.

On the black ones, I embroidered some little white flowers.



For the brown ones, I made little removable flowers that button on.

Pink...


and purple:


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Airplane

My son wanted to make an airplane out of toilet paper rolls. Sometimes he thinks we can make just about anything. Some things are harder than others! He insisted that two of the rolls be "wheels" on the bottom. It looks more like a pontoon plane. He had to color it his favorite color, pink.



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30 November 2009

Letter E


On the capital "E," we glued on colored Easter eggs.
The lower case "e" is an elephant.
We also read a book and wrote down all the words that started with the letter "e."

Letter "E" page from our Alphabet book.

24 November 2009

Sewing for Preschoolers

A while back I had made my son some lacing cards, just out of cereal boxes covered with pictures from magazines. He still loves playing with his "sewing thing." When he's not lacing the card, he will go fishing with it. :)

One day while I was sewing, he told me that when he was bigger he could get his own sewing machine. He really enjoys trying to help me while I sew, although it is hard to find things that he can actually do to help.

I saw recently a few different ideas for sewing projects for kids. Sew, Mama, Sew has a bunch of ideas for different age groups.

We did our own version. I had on hand a bit of toule that I put in my embroidery hoop. I threaded a dull needle (I think it is a cross stitching needle), and let him stitch away! The holes it the toule make it really easy for him to get through the fabric. He enjoys the chance to use a real needle to sew. When he is done, I will cut the knot off the end of the thread, pull out all the stitches, and let him go again!

23 November 2009

Two Little Turkeys

Note to my Mom: If you don't want to see your card before you get it in the mail, don't read this! :)




The past three years, I have made a Thanksgiving card for the Grandmas with a turkey made from my son's hand. I used the basic pattern and poem from DLTK. It has been so fun to see how his turkey has grown.

This year we have two little turkeys, so I changed the poem a bit to make it plural.


Here is my revised version of the poem:

These aren't just a turkeys, which really is a plus.

We made them with our hands which are a part of us.

They come with lots of love especially to say,

We hope you have a very, Happy Thanksgiving Day!


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Letter D


Capital "D" is stamped with dinosaurs.
The lower case "d" is decorated with dots.
We also read a book and wrote down all the words that started with the letter "d."

Letter "D" page from our Alphabet book.

16 November 2009

Letter C


Capital "C" we decorated to look like a chocolate chip cookie.
The lower case "c" is covered in cotton balls.
We also read a book and wrote down all the words that started with the letter "c."

Letter "C" page from our Alphabet book.

10 November 2009

Race Track


This was a favorite toilet paper roll creation--a race track, with two tunnels for cars to race down.

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09 November 2009

Letter B


Capital "B" we decorated to look like a bee. He put the stripes on himself. :)
For the lower case "b," we went through the crayons and found the colors that start with "b." He colored it blue, brown, and black.
We also read a book and wrote down all the words that started with the letter "b."

Letter "B" page from our Alphabet book.

06 November 2009

Animal Blanket and Shoes

A receiving blanket with matching shoes I made for a friend's new baby boy:

05 November 2009

Peter and the Wolf

After we got a book with CD from the library of Peter and the Wolf, and also watched the cartoon on YouTube (you can see it here and here), my son informed me one day that we were going to make a wolf out of toilet paper rolls.

So this is what I came up with:


Pretty scary looking. :) He wanted a hole behind the nose, too, so he could look through.

Then we had to make the rest of the characters. We made Peter:


Grandpa:


"Sonia" the duck:


"Sasha" the bird:


"Ivan" the cat:


and the hunters:

02 November 2009

Letter A

My son and I did an informal home school preschool learning all the letters of the alphabet. I started posting a few of these letters that we did on my other blog before, but I wanted to post them all here, now that we are done with them.


Capital "A" we decorated with fingerprint ants.
The lower case "a" is covered with apples that he colored and pasted on.
We also read a book and wrote down all the words that started with the letter "a."

I also made him a book out of pictures we took of things that started with each letter of the alphabet. This is the letter "A" page.