Friday, April 30, 2010

Nature's Colours

This activity was pretty popular last year for spring time and I saw it on many blogs, and have been wanting to try it out since. I'm visiting my family right now, so I did this activity with A. and my little bro and little sis.

 I taped in pieces of construction paper into an egg carton, and we set off into the backyard to find some natural items that matched.

The kids had a blast... we weren't able to find anything orange, pink, and blue... we might head on over to the park later on to see if we'll find anything there :)

A Carbon Neutral Blog


I heard about this neat program where you can have a tree planted for you to neutralize the carbon dioxide emissions from you blog! The trees are being planted in Plumas National Forest in Northern California by “Arbor Day Foundation”, and planting has started last week, and it's not too late to join! All you have to do is write a blog post about the program and send the link to your post to CO2-neutral@kaufda.de

Monday, April 19, 2010

I Did It!!!



Yes, ALL 144 flights of stairs (1,776 steps) in 35 mins and 59 seconds!! :) A. and my husband took the elevator up and waited for me at the top of the CN Tower. My husband was soooo convinced that it'd take me 2 hours to make it to the top haha. I felt soo good after that, like in a healthy sort of way.. I really need to get my heart pumping more often! :) The best part was being able to help World Wildlife Fund raise money to help fight global warming. Thanks so much to all my sponsors!!!

It was amazing when I got to the top, I was looking for my husband and daughter and stepped outside to see if they were there, and I saw that it was snowing! What a spectacular sight :). I've been to the CN tower once when I was about 3 years old, but I don't remember anything from that visit, so everything was sort of new to me. So climbing all the steps to the top and then being able to take in the view felt really satisfying, you know? I don't think that if I took the 50 second elevator to the top then looked outside that it would feel quite as satisfying.

My husband was really great with my daughter keeping her busy while they waited for me to reach the top. A. loved looking out the window at the train tracks below trying to spot Thomas the train haha and kept busy by colouring and eating some snacks :)


Here's A. and I looking through the glass floor to the streets below.


A closer look at the train tracks once we got back down to ground level. A. kept asking us to take her on the train :).. hopefully one day soon.


And of course what bettter way to finish off the morning then with a hug from the WWF Panda mascot. It was so funny because A. followed him down the hall after that trying to hold his hand. :)

Friday, April 16, 2010

Ducks, Geese, and Seagulls, Oh My!


The Great Outdoor Challenge...April 16th

Bunny Sizing

I got this activity out of a preschool workbook. I think this is the first time I've done this type of activity with A. We did it from small to big and big to small. :)

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Where are the bees?


Here is the bee hive, where are the bees?
Inside the hive where nobody sees,
Watch them come out, come out of the hive,
One, Two, Three, Four, Five!

We had fun playing with this activity on our felt board today. This song can also be done as a finger play by holding your hand in a fist as the hive, and putting up each of your five fingers as the bees.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Nature Trail Walk

I love being out in nature and seeing the beauty and diversity of God's creations.. (there we so many flowers A. asked me about and I had no idea of their names)... spring is such an amazing time too, where we get to see everything come to life! :)


We saw a small creek, and a lot of tree stumps and logs of fallen trees.

At one point the ground was covered in caterpillars and I had to pick up A. and tiptoe through them!... haha, and now she won't stop talking about them :)
 

Our nature walk treaures....


The Great Outdoor Challenge...April 14th

Story and Art: A very hungry caterpillar

Today we went to a friend's house for a playdate, and spent the entire time outdoors since it was really nice :)

We listened to the story of a very hungry caterpillar, and the kids had fun taking turns putting the pieces on the board as the story was told. (I made these felt board story props from a printable on DLTK here which A. helped me colour and cut out).


After the story the children painted their own egg carton caterpillars:



See what others are reading and crafting for stART (story + ART) this week!

Caterpillar Crawling (Finger Play)

One little caterpillar crawling on my shoe
Along came another and then there were two.

Two little caterpillars crawling on my knee.
Along came another and then there were three.

Three little caterpillars crawling on the floor.
Along came another and then there were four.

Four little caterpillars, watch them crawl away.
They will all turn into butterflies some spring day.

Ring Toss Game

I saw this game on Chasing Cheerios a while back and just remembered about it when I saw these wee soda bottles at the grocery store the other day. So we picked up a few and saved them for our ring toss game.


I'm not really into using food for crafts, etc... so instead of using rice we filled our bottles with tiny rocks :).
Then we made some rings out of pipecleaners and practiced saying our colours in French and in Arabic as A. threw them.

PS- if you're looking how to say colours in Arabic, here's a cute video I found on Youtube.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Jemput Pisang- Banana Puffs

Mmmmmm... they taste a lot better than they look, trust me :)


This is a Malaysian dessert, and my step father makes them but I've been missing his cooking ever since I moved away from home! I'm so glad my mom posted this recipe today on her blog :D. A. helped me mix the ingredients together, such a quick and tasty treat, my guests loved them too!

Jemput Pisang (recipe taken from Delicious Local Cakes and Kuih)

350 g plain flour (sifted)
200 g brown sugar
800 g ripe bananas (mashed)
oil for deep frying

1. Mix sifted flour with brown sugar and mashed bananas.

2. Heat up oil in a wok.

3. When oil is hot, drop tablespoons of banana mixture into it. Deep fry till kuih turns golden brown.

4. Remove from wok. Drain well on a paper towel.

5. Arrange kuih on a serving plate. Serve with palm sugar and grated white coconut. (we don't do this and I have no idea why you should..could be for dipping or something.)

Bubbles in the Big Blue Sky


A. was having loads of fun watching her bubbles fly over the balcony and scatter up into the big blue sky! I had originally planned on taking her to check out some of the neat trails near our home but the day got away from me, hopefully tomorrow we will go out somewhere other than our balcony!

Fuzzy Bug Sorting


We sorted some fuzzy "bugs" by size :) Large, Medium, Small. I saw this idea here on PreKinders.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Preschooler Sewing

I gave A. a large needle and yarn and plastic canvas so she could try out hand sewing. She's really enjoying it and spending a lot of time on it :)


(like her henna?)

Learning to pedal

Biking is my all time favourite sport, I'm glad my daughter is enjoying too, and has caught on pretty quickly <3
What is your all time favourite sport?


The Great Outdoor Challenge...April 12th

One Year

Today marks one year of blogging!! Check out my very first post!

A little history...

A friend of mine introduced me to blogging back in 2006 and for the longest time I only read my personal blog and her personal blog, haha. Then one day I was looking at the "Blogs of Note" on the Blogger Dashboard and saw "homemade by jill" blog and started following hers, such a great blog. And then one day, I saw a comment on homemade by jill by someone mentioning "the home teacher" blog :). Then after being so inspired by those two blogs- homemade by jill and the home teacher, I decided to launch my own public blog, and in the process came across a whole blogging community! Wow I never knew there were sooo many amazing blogs and today my reader really truly has hundreds of blogs on it!

Intentions...

When I look back to when I started this blog I was fresh out of college with ideas floating everywhere, it was my intention to start this blog to build up a personal resource of early childhood education activities, ideas, websites, and blogs, and I think I can gladly say- mission accomplished! My resources have definitely grown and they keep growing!

Over the course of one year many visitors whom I know and do not know have also stopped by my blog to comment or to view an activity and I am truly humbled and honored if they were able to benefit from my blog in any small way. :) And I also want to say if during this whole blogging journey, if I have ever said/done anything wrong to anyone in any way then I sincerely truly apologize and do hope you can forgive me!

A Thank You...

More than anything, I have learned A LOT from everyone, all the great blogs, resources, and inspiration you all share, for that I thank you! :) My daughter and I have really enjoyed this past year, and look forward to what lies ahead.

<3 Eva

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Outdoor Challenge: Bubbles and Chalk


I heard about this neat challenge on The Work of Childhood, and thought it such a great idea that I just had to join in! Check out 5 Orange Potatoes for more information! Basically it's a challenge to spend time outside everyday for the month of April :).

Since it was a little bit chilly outside today, we just hung out on the balcony and blew bubbles and coloured with chalk.


The Great Outdoor Challenge...April 10th

What My Child is Reading- April 10, 2010




The Itsy Bitsy Spider: This book is really interesting because it takes the classic itsy bitsy spider song and shows the spider in different settings and situations :). A. enjoyed it!





 
I like this book, it introduces children to morals... should he squish the bug or should he not? It lets the children empathize and gets them thinking about what it would be like to be in an ant's shoes. A. liked it as well and it got her talking!


 
Did A. ever have fun counting and counting again and again all the ladybugs in this book! I think books like this with a little dimension really grasp and fasinate young children.


 
This book really reminds me of the guess what cards I made for A. when she was younger. We had fun seeing a little bit of each animal and guessing what it was!

Friday, April 9, 2010

Sprouting Beans


We put some beans on a wet napkin and put them inside a ziploc at one of our playdates last week, and they grew pretty fast.

I bought a cute pot set I found at the thrift store, and A. and I transferred her growing beans into the pots with soil. She loves her little watering can, and I know she'll have fun watering her plants everyday and watching them grow :).


This little table that her plant is on, is our new designated "Science Center". On the right side is her wiggly caterpillar sensory bin :), with some magnifying glasses in the red bin on the right as well. I hope to change up the activities at her Science Center every now and then. It's definitely a new favourite and keeps her occupied throughout the day :)

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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Arabic Transportation Book



This week to learn more Arabic vocab A. and I made a transportation book which we printed, coloured, and glued. This great printable was put together by sister Umm An-Nu'man which you can get on her blog, A Muslim Child Is Born, here :) !


I wrote the word in transliteration beside the Arabic to make sure I pronounced them right.


Then we laminated them with contact paper and bound them into a book. We're both going to have fun learning how to say different transportation in Arabic. :)

Caterpillar to Butterfly Craft


We had some friends over for a playdate and we made a caterpillar to butterfly craft. I saw this idea in a craft book I borrowed from the library. You simply fold a piece of paper in half and draw out your caterpillar (in a sort of jellybean shape, with the bottom on the fold) and then when you open it up it's a butterfly! The kids enjoyed decorating their crafts, they came out really nice and very sparkly!


Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Learning to spell




A. copied the letters A.R.T. by looking the recycled lid magnetic board we made, and wrote them on her magnadoodle. I didn't even ask her to do it, she just did it and showed me :)

I think I might start labelling more things around the house so she can pick up more on spelling. And I also got this "Now I'm Reading" book set from the second hand store- practically new with all the mini books inside, so I think I'm going to start introducing her to reading now that she's showing a lot of interest in words and how they're spelt.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Number Collage


To reinforce number recognition, A. and I made a number collage using numbers we cut out and glued from a store flyer. :) She now recognizes numbers 1-9, we have to work on numbers higher than that still.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Handmade Magnetic Boards- Tutorial

So did you guess which project was mine? I didn't win but alas, I have 2 a really useful magnetic boards in my possession which cost me next to nothing :)

What better way to display art work by you and yours? Not to mention, display it on a magnetic board made from items otherwise recycled! The best part is it's totally customizable to suit your needs and to match your room decor. I made the A.R.T. letter magnetic boards for my child's playroom. And below I painted and decoupaged a little magnetic flower board to hang above my sewing machine... a place to put little bits of inspiration.
Have you guessed yet what I used to make these boards?

None other than metal lids from concentrate juice cans!
I used to get made fun of for collecting these things, but I knew they'd come in handy someday!

Want to make one? Here's what I did:

Step 1. Design your shape by laying out your pieces on the floor. Cut a piece of cardboard to fit the shape of your design.

It's easiest to lay your shape on top of the cardboard, trace around the design, and cut out the exact shape as shown below.


Step 2: Glue around the rasied rim/edge of each lid, and stick it to your cardboard. I used tacky glue, I believe a glue gun would work equally as well, maybe even better :).


Step 3: Decorate your new magnetic board by decoupaging it with pretty scrapbooking paper, or paint it with acrylic paints with your own designs.


To hang up my A.R.T. magnetic board I used sticky tack stuff on the back on each letter along with a few nails to hang it up.


To hang up my flower magnetic board I punched a hole in the little bit of carboard that I left at the top of the design, and threaded a ribbon through it to hang it from.


If you make a magnetic board of your own from this tutorial I'd love to see it :) there are so many possibilities! If you have any questions feel free to ask me :)