This blog has thematic ideas for toddlers and preschoolers!

Friday, December 31, 2010

Winter Fun

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Pajamas, Popcorn, Presents, and Polar Express
Our Last Day Before Christmas Break

Rylee and Lane in their jammies

Making popcorn

Opening Presents

Monday, December 20, 2010

Gingerbread Day

Gingerbread Day

 Gingerbread Tracing

 Gingerbread Puzzle

 Gingerbread Letter Matching

 Gg or Other Letters
(Notice the cute little dress Reegan wore for gingerbread day)

Making Gingerbread Cookies

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Sunday, December 19, 2010

Handprint in salt dough
Could she possibly be any cuter?

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Green Gak!

Recipe for Gak:

1 cup glue
1 cup liquid starch
food coloring

Mix together in a bowl.  There will look like there is a lot of extra liquid.  Knead the mixture with your hand and the liquid will eventally soak in.
Playing in the snow!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

The Elf on the Shelf

 We had a special visitor on December 1st.  It's the Elf on the Shelf!  Nicholas gave him a name....Gilbert.  He was hired by Santa to watch you all day long and then at night he flies back to the North Pole to give Santa a report!  He is a great listener but he is under strict orders never to talk.  His only rule is that he can not be touched or he will lose his Christmas magic!  Each day he hides in a different place.  These are some of the places that we have found him:

Five Little Cookies

Five little cookies sitting on a plate,
Waiting for Santa, he was running late.
Along came a reindeer and guess what he ate?


(Countdown cookies until you empty the plate!)

Christmas Cookies

Making Christmas Cookies

 Luke is a professional at cutting out cookies!

 This is the table all set up for them to frost and sprinkle as much as they want!  Imagine being three years old and seeing this.......HEAVEN!

 They LOVED decorating their cookies!  It kept them busy for an hour!  You would think there would be a huge mess, but it wasn't.  There was nothing on the floor, believe it or not! 

The finished product!

Christmas Aprons

We made these for all of our Christmas cooking activities!  I used fabric paint for the names and for the cookie cutter shapes!
Christmas Cookie Cutter Art

Cinnamon Ornaments

Recipe for Cinnamon Ornaments
You will need:

Mix 1 cup cinnamon to 1/2 cup applesauce in a large bowl.  Gradually add cinnamon until it is a dough.  Spread cinnamon on the surface where you will be rolling the ornaments.  Cut shapes out and use a straw to put a hole in the top.  Heat oven to 250 degrees and put them in the oven for 60 minutes, 30 minutes on each side.  Your house will smell wonderful!  Put a ribbon on the top and hang on your tree!
Snow Castles

 We brought snow inside and made snow castles!

Baby Lane loved the snow!
 Baby Rylee hamming it up!

Rylee practicing sitting up!  She's getting pretty good!