2015
Mar 12

Ladybug Life Cycle

by Hannah Holt »

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Weeding my strawberry patch this week, I found someone hibernating among the leaves.

ladybug hibernating

 

A few days later, I saw this guy getting ready to take flight.

ladybug wing1

 

ladybug wing2

Beautiful, aren’t they? The waking of ladybugs makes me feel spring is really here.

Did you know ladybugs have four stages to their life cycle just like butterflies? I think the ladybug looks like an alien in its larva stage. What is your favorite phase?

ladybug coloring

Click here to download the ladybug coloring page.

And just for cuteness, here’s a ladybug my daughter drew.

Elenas Drawing


2015
Mar 04

Change Happens: Don’t Let It Eat You Up

by Hannah Holt »

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Last week we talked about frogs and self acceptance. This week let’s talk about something totally different. Change.

wolfie the bunny cover

Change happens. It comes whether we want it to or not.

In this picture book by Ame Dyckman and Zachariah OHora, a family of rabbits wakes to discover a foundling wolf on their doorstep. The parents immediately fall for this sweet little charmer. However, the little sister isn’t so smitten. HE’S GOING TO EAT US ALL UP, she keeps reminding them.

Despite her persuasive and logical arguments, the parents keep the baby wolf. What’s a girl to do?

I like this book because…

1) So many times we don’t ask for the change life brings. It just–poof–appears on our doorstep. WHAT WE DO about it determines who we become so much more than WHAT IT IS that happened.

2) The little girl-bunny in the story is totally passionate, and totally ignored, and totally right. Or is she right? You’ll have to read the book to find out.

3) Family love triumphs over all right in the middle of the vegetable aisle.

4) That pink suit. I want one.

5) Buster. The little girl uses words like buster. I love her.

Activity Time

While we have wolves and rabbits on the brain, here are a few games and activities to go along with this book.

  • Wolf, Wolf, Rabbit (Duck, Duck, Goose)
  • Bowling for Bunnies

Bowling for bunnies

  • Hopscotch
  • I love Wolfie’s suit. I want one for my girls. (I kinda want one for myself.) Anyway, here’s a coloring template for the bunny suit so kids can draw in their own Wolfie The Bunny. Or maybe it’ll be Kitty The Bunny. Pig The Bunny? I’ll let you decide…

Wolfie suit coloring page


2015
Feb 26

When Frogs Have Identity Crises

by Hannah Holt »

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Okay. This book makes me laugh so much.

I dont want to be a frog cover

 

First, it’s a really clever look at accepting and embracing the parts of ourselves that we might find lumpy, bumpy, or filled with flies. But also our family just happens to own this odd little puppet (pictured above), which my children named Green Cheetah.

Green Cheetah is a troubled puppet. He looks like a frog, hops like a frog, but always wants to play at gazelle hunting.

Thank goodness Dev Petty and Mike Boldt’s book arrived to help with this crisis!

I dont want to be a frog inside

 

It’s not that we want to change Green Cheetah. No, sir. We love him just the way he is, googly eyes and all. He’s still welcome on gazelle hunts, but deep down he’s a frog. And we want him to love the frog in himself, too. After several reads of this delightful book, I think we’re making progress.

Now for a very froggy craft…

What you’ll need:

  • an index card (any rectangle size will work)
  • markers (optional)

I WANT TO BE A FROG (jumping frog origami) 

I colored my card two different colors of green to make it easier to see, but coloring the cards is totally optional. You could also get green index cards if that makes life easier. Here’s how to fold it.

1. Top triangle fold down to the left.

step1

 

2. Top triangle fold to the right.

step2

 

3. The top will now be divided into four parts. Pinch the two side sections inward and squash fold down.

step3

 

4. Bring the top right and left pleats up at a 45 degree angle.

step4

 

(It’ll look like this without my fingers in the way.)

step4b

 

5. Fold the bottom sides inward until they meet in the middle.

Step 5

 

6. From Line A fold upwards.

Step 6a

 

Like so:

Step 6b

 

Step 6c

 

Step 7. Bend the top fold back about halfway to form the frog’s legs.

Step 7

 

Fold it all the way and press hard…

Step 7b

 

8. Turn him over and you have a frog.

frog

 

By the way, if you bow out the folds in step 4 above…

step 1

 

…and reverse the fold in Step 6 (bend Line A backwards)…

step 2

…you get a rabbit instead of a frog.

step 3


2014
Nov 06

Water Cycle Coloring Page

by Hannah Holt »

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It’s been a while since I did a coloring page, and I’ve had rain on the brain lately:

water cycle coloring page

 

For a pdf copy of the coloring page click here. Enjoy!


2014
Oct 08

Preschool Music Crafts

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Let’s make some noise! Well, okay not too much noise. We all want our ear drums to last a good long time.

These three musical crafts will keep little fingers entertained, and they won’t be too hard on your ears either.

Music Crafts

 

#1 Rubber-Band Band

Tissue box guitar

Take and empty sandwich, tissue, or cracker box. Any small box will do. If the box doesn’t already have a hole on one side, you might need to cut one. Then place a pencil on one edge of the hole, and wrap a few rubber bands around the box. The pencil acts like a bridge so you can more easily pluck the “strings.” You can glue the pencil in place if you want to be more permanent about the instrument, but the pressure from the rubber bands will also keep it in place. It’s fun to use a few different sized rubber bands because this will produce different pitches.

#2 Paper Plate Tambourine

paper plate tambourine

You’ll need two paper plates, a handful of small noodles (like macaroni), and something to attach the plates together. I used hot glue, but staples or tape would work, too. We drew on our plates before putting them together. It extends the craft and adds that personal touch. :) Shake, shake, shake it!

#3 Plastic Pan Flute

 

Straw fife

 

You’ll need about twenty plastic straws, two flat wooden sticks, and hot glue. Lineup all the straws and put hot glue on one of the stick. Press the stick with glue into the straws and let cool. Then glue the second stick on the other side of the straws. Once the glue is dry, cut the straws at an angle, so that they are all different lengths. You play the pan flute by blowing across the tops of the straws. It will make very soft and windy notes as you blow.