Sunday, March 23, 2014

St. Patrick's Day Craft...

Not only did the kids' "wearing of the green" craft project help prevent them from being pinched, (who started that crazy tradition, anyway? lol!) but it also set the stage for learning how St. Patrick used Ireland's own shamrock (three leafed clover) to teach the natives about the Trinity (the three manifestations of the one God). 

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Monday, February 17, 2014

"D d" is for Dinosaur...

I found these dinosaur (and dinosaur skeleton) images on the internet, free to copy and use.  They were originally just line drawings, which a friend of mine colored for me.  I laminated them, and taped them to a dry-erase marker board  (which is hanging in our classroom). 

It makes a great visual aid for the letter "Dd", of course, as well as matching a dinosaur to its skeleton.  I use the internet often to find images to use as tools for teaching my grandchildren.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day! Preschool Craft...

My two older grandchildren made these Valentines for their baby brother who is in the hospital.  They are missing him very much.

Did you know that doves mate for life?

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Tablecloth Tent Playhouse (Sew Yourself)...

My mother made this for my grandchildren.  It was custom-made to fit my dining table.  I am planning on adding a few more details later on, such as bushes along the side windows; and perhaps a craft bug, butterfly, or bee.  Isn't it fabulous? !!!

Friday, January 31, 2014

The Bible In Pictures, The New Bible Symbols...

...copyrighted in 1922, is now in the public domain - available for free printing from the internet.  It is is basically the KJV verses with picture drawings that the kids may color if they want.  I really like these pages for use in teaching my Primary Sunday School Class.  It could also be used in your homeschool if you'd like.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Fun with Pattern Blocks...

I absolutely love Melissa & Doug wooden educational toys!
They are colorful, durable, and so much fun! 

This set comes with 5 boards, each having a picture printed on both the front and the back, making 10 pictures in all from which to choose.

My three year old granddaughter likes matching the shapes to the pictures.
My five year old grandson prefers doing his own thing!

You can see how much my little granddaughter likes playing with this toy.
She kept on playing with it long after her older brother had moved on to something else.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Lullabies...for Grown-Ups?

When our young grandchildren stay all night with their papaw and I, we will usually play lullaby music all night long. We access an 8 hour loop of lullabies from the internet (youtube, I think it is).  The kids seem to sleep better while the music (instrumentals only - no vocals)  plays softly in the background. 

My husband works nights, and so he must sleep during the day when the grandkids are at our house.  To drown out the kids' noises,while he is falling asleep, my husband will often play Andy Griffith videos in his room, or listen to Bible tapes.  Recently he began listening to gospel music on his laptop computer.

A few days ago, my 5 year old grandson entered his Papaw's room while he was sleeping.  My grandson soon came back out and came up to me, grinning for all he was worth.  "Papaw's listening to lullabies!" he said. He laughed, and then added, "Lullabies for grown-ups!" 

Pp is for "Pig" craft project...

Paint a "Piggy Bank".  I purchased this piggy bank from Walmart, unfinished.  It was solid white.  My 5 year old grandson and I painted it to match our classroom.  I think it turned out pretty well, considering the unskilled labor that went into it.  lol!

Monday, December 30, 2013

Thursday, December 19, 2013

2013 Christmas Star Ornament Craft / Snowman Gift Box Decoration....

Star shapes cut from craft foam.  Glue a smaller star shape onto the larger star shape.  Glue on a plastic craft button, let dry overnight, punch a hole through one of the tips, and then hang with string or an ornament hanger.  So simple and easy!

I took this pic when the glue was still wet.

Snowman decoration / tag made from card stock.  The faces are drawn with marker.  The snowman on the top right is a pic cut from a Christmas card.  The scarf part of the snowman head was folded up and taped onto the package so that it is standing upright.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

"Chocolate is..."

My five year old grandson said to me recently:

"Chocolate is my favorite color!"

Mmmm...mine, too!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Skeleton Foam Puzzles...

These puzzles were purchased from a "dollar" store.  Very inexpensive.  There is a front side and a back side.  Cool!