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Make, Explore, Paint Rainbows

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Science and art combine in this amazing and simple rainbow experiment. The kids will love to make, explore and paint rainbows.Make, explore and paint rainbows. Use a CD and sunlight or a flashlight to cast rainbows, study and paint with watercolors or color with markers or crayons. A great piece of process art for kids. Art and science, STEAM projects for preschoolers.

The other day, my daughter picked up a CD and was fascinated by the rainbows that formed on it when she moved it around. We held it under the light and moved it all around and admired the bursts of color. The colors were so beautiful. We wanted more and had an idea to try to paint our rainbows.

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Fizzing Heart Art Eruptions

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These fizzing heart eruptions are a fun way to combine science and art with beautiful and unpredictable results.

Baking soda and vinegar eruptions are a favorite in our house. The ingredients are usually always readily available, they are easy to set up and fascinating to watch. My daughter wanted to make them this week and so we did. With Valentine’s Day nearing, we thought a fizzing heart project would be perfect.Fizzing heart baking soda and vinegar heart paint eruptions. Science and art fun for kids perfect for Valentines Day or any time. Also great for fine motor skills. Arts and crafts activities for kids & toddlers.

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She has recently perfected making hearts. She draws them and cuts them out all the time, so with her love of hearts and Valentine’s approaching quickly, hearts were the perfect choice for our fizzy paintings.

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20 Adorable and Funny Preschool Books

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Every Wednesday, my daughter and I have a wonderful routine of going to the library together. We will spend an hour or sometimes two exploring the books and looking for new favorites. 20 Cute and adorable books for preschoolers - funny books for kids to read and laugh.

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 My daughter loves all kinds of books, but her favorites are always the ones that make her laugh. My silly girl loves a good chuckle and I love hearing her laugh.

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When we find a silly one, the two of us love to get animated and add as much extra fun to an already silly book as we can. We have come across a lot of funny ones, but here are some of our favorite laugh inducing books.

The Book With No Pictures by B.J. Novak

The Book With No Pictures by B.J Novak - funny books for kids and preschoolers

B.J Novak aka Ryan from TV’s The Office wrote this hysterical book, which just like its name says, has no pictures. The lack of pictures will not stop your children from belly laughing all the way through this one.

 

Frog on a Log by Kes Gray

Frog on a Log by Kes Gray and Jim Field - funny books for preschoolers

This funny rhyming tale is about a frog that is told his only option for seating is to sit on a log. Find out why.

 

Rhyming Dust Bunnies by Jan Thomas

Rhyming Sudt Bunnies by Jan THomas - funny books for preschoolers

These dust bunnies have a great gift for rhyme. Now if only they can avoid the broom and vacuum.

 

Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast by Josh Funk

Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast by Josh Funk - funny books for preschoolers

This adorably silly story follows Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast’s race through the refrigerator to grab the last bit of syrup. Who will get the last bit of syrup?

 

Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish

Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish - funny books for preschoolers

This was one of my favorites as a child and now it’s one of my daughters. Join Amelia through a series of hilarious misunderstandings.

 

Fraidyzoo by Thyra Heder

Fraidyzoo by Thyra Heder - funny books for preschoolers

This book is cute and it is funny. Little T is afraid of the zoo, but cannot remember why. Her family comes up with an inventive and sweet way to get to the bottom of her unknown fear.

 

The Pigeon Needs A Bath by Mo Willems

The Pigeon Needs a Bath by Mo Willems - funny books for preschoolers

Any of the Pigeon books will do. They are all hilarious, but if you have a child that does not like to take a bath, this is the perfect book for them.

 

Pete’s a Pizza by William Steig

Pete's a Pizza by William Steig - funny books for preschoolers

What do you do when your kids are bored? Pete’s family turns him into a pizza.

 

Froodle by Antoinette Portis

Froodle by Antoinette Portis - funny books for preschoolers

You can’t help but giggle at this story of a bird that no longer wants to chirp. Read all of the silly alternatives to chirping that this darling birdie comes up with.

 

Little Pea by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Little Pea by Amy Krouse Rosenthal - funny books for preschoolers

Little Pea has a little problem. His parents want him to eat candy all the time, but this stubborn little pea hates the taste of candy. If only…

 

I Love You Stinky Face by Lisa McMourt

I Love You Stinky Face by Lisa McCourt - funny books for kids

There is so much love and so many giggles in this heartfelt book about a mother and her son.

 

Polar Bear’s Underwear by Tupera Tupera

Polar Bear's Underwear by Tupera Tupera - funny books for kids

Just the fact that this book is about a polar bear trying to find underwear is enough to make your kids chuckle.

 

Mother Bruce by Ryan T. Higgins

Mother Bruce by Ryan T Higgins - funny books for preschoolers

Grumpy ol’ Bruce gets a little surprise while preparing his eggs for breakfast and they hatch. He becomes an unlikely parent to some goslings. This is a very funny book for both the kids and grownups.

 

Click Clack Moo by Doreen Cronin

CLick Clack Moo by Doreen Cronin - funny books for preschoolers

Any story about a cow that can type is sure to delight your child.

 

Let’s Do Nothing by Tony Fucile

Let's Do Nothing by Tony Fucile - funny books for preschoolers

What do you do when you and your friend have done everything already? You just do nothing. This is a humorous story of two friends that attempt to do nothing for 10 seconds.

 

Parts by Ted Arnold

Parts by Tedd Arnold - funny books for preschoolers

The illustrations alone are enough to get a good laugh out of your kids. This hilarious book explores the changes that occur as children get older and start to lose their teeth, shed skin and other unusual things that they may not be quite prepared for.

 

It’s Not Easy Being A Bunny by Marilyn Sadler

It's Not Easy Being A Bunny by Marilyn Sadler - funny books for preschoolers

P.J. Funny Bunny is not content being a bunny, so he tries his hand at being a variety of different animals and learns something about himself along the way.

 

Exclamation Mark by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Exclamation Mark by Amy Krouse Rosenthal - funny books for preschoolers

The exclamation mark strives to fit in with the rest of the punctuation marks, but discovers he has his own unique voice. This is a fun and adorable read.

 

Diary of a Fly and Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin

Diary of a Fly by Doreen Cronin - funny books for preschoolers Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin - funny books for preschoolers

This series of books might actually crack you up just as much as it does your kids.

 

The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt

The Day The Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt - funny books for preschoolers

This is a forever favorite in our home. This cute, clever and funny book tells the story of a box of tired crayons that all have their own individual gripes to their owner.

20 Cute and adorable books for preschoolers - funny books for kids to read and laugh.

We have by no means read every kid’s book out there, so please forgive us if we are missing some of your favorites. We would love to hear what your favorites are. Please feel free to share your favorite funny books with us.

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Sequin Lava Lamp

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Homemade Fall sequin lava lamp - science experiments with oil & water for kids, toddlers & preschoolers

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My daughter loves to help with the dishes. Every chance that she gets she jumps up on her safety stool and washes the dishes with me. She was washing a particularly greasy item the other day & was having a hard time getting it clean. We added more soap to her sponge & discussed how oil & water react with one another.

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We have done simple experiments with oil & water before, but I thought this was a great opportunity to do one of our old favorites. Here’s how.

Find an old 20 oz water bottle. Tear off the label & filled the bottle about 3/4 of the way full with vegetable oil & then pour the water almost to the top. Leave enough space so that the mixture won’t overflow once the lava reaction occurs. You will see the separation between the oil & water in the bottle almost immediately.

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Add a few drops of food coloring to the water & then insert sequins. We wanted to make a fall themed lava lamp, so we used fall colors for ours. Once the sequins settle, add a half a tablet of Alka Seltzer to the bottle to stir it all up.

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My daughter was thrilled to watch the sequins dancing around. She added tablet after tablet of Alka Seltzer to our homemade lava lamp.

Homemade Fall sequin lava lamp - science experiments with oil & water for kids, toddlers & preschoolers

Our homemade lava lamps were fun & pretty to watch.

Homemade Fall sequin lava lamp - science experiments with oil & water for kids, toddlers & preschoolers

Fall sequin lava lamp - science experiments with oil & water for kids

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Simple Balloon Experiment

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A simple experiment testing the effects of pattern on the balloon once it expands and inflates & deflates. Simple science for kids.

My daughter is obsessed with balloons. There are balloons bouncing around our house most of the time. We have bags of them & she asks me to blow up new ones for her all the time. Yesterday, she picked up one of her balloons & started coloring it with a marker. Looking at her colored balloon gave me an idea. I grabbed one of our noninflated balloons and used markers & sharpies to color in a design. It did not need to be anything elaborate, just a quick design.

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Play-Doh & Rice Sensory Play

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Play-Doh Sensory Craft

 

This has been a tough few days. Our daughter sprained her wrist & hasn’t been able to do much.  We have kept her calm & entertained with books, Highlights magazines & hours of marathon watching Stella & Sam & Play-Doh videos. We had far too much screen time this weekend & I needed to entertain her another way.

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We made a simple sensory craft using Play-Doh & colored rice. You could just as easy use sprinkles, small gems or buttons too.

I cut a cone shape out of construction paper & glued it to a white piece of paper.

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I drew hash lines on the cone with a marker. I rolled out Play-Doh and formed ice cream scoops.

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We used dyed rice to press into our ice cream scoops as sprinkles.

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When we finished with this, Mai wanted to keep playing with the Play-Doh & rice. We made several other crafts using cookie cutters & free form creations.

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Mai made a sweet little hand print & I made a flower.

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Mai made a bunch more too. This was a great activity that kept her happy & occupied with one hand for hours.

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Play-Doh & Rice Hand Print Activity & Craft

The Benefits Of Arts & Crafts For Children

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The Benefits Of Arts & Crafts For ChildrenArt & crafting have always been a huge part of my life. I was brought up in a family of artists. All of my aunts and uncles drew, painted or created works of art in one way or another. When my daughter was born, I hoped that she would share in this passion. When she had barely turned 1, I introduced her to finger paints & she painted her first picture.

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From that day forward, she has not stopped creating. I am teased often for the emphasis I put on arts & crafts. There is hardly an inch of our home that is not covered with a craft project or drawing made by my daughter & there is rarely I day that goes by without her picking up a paintbrush or crayons. The truth is my daughter has learned so much from every craft made & every picture drawn.

Learning about various textures, the combination of shapes & how to mix & blend colors are just a few of the things that art has taught her. There are many other benefits.

It teaches focus & concentration. Each project keeps her engaged & shows her the process & steps that it takes to turn a blank canvas or object into something beautiful.

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It helps develop a strong attention to detail. Whether she is making sure that her butterfly has an antennae or adding a trail of slime to the bottom of a snail, she observes & recognizes the details in everyday things.

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It boosts creativity & imagination. We have experimented with several different types of craft materials over the years. In the beginning, I would come up with an idea for a project & show her what to do. Now at only 3 years old, my daughter takes the lead. One day she asked me for pieces of an egg carton. Since we usually have them readily available for crafts, I obliged & handed her pieces of one. With a few random pieces in hand, she told me that she was going to make a tutu with legs & red high heeled shoes. I was unsure of how she was going to accomplish this, but I watched as she carefully painted each piece & listened to her as she told me all about her girl in the tutu. When she was done, she proudly assembled her pieces. She was not the only one that was proud.

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Encourage your children to express themselves. Remember art is all about expression. If they want to paint a purple sun, let them. Allow them the freedom to create & sit back and enjoy the ride.

I was inspired by Invaluable.com and asked to write about youth art. Invaluable is an advocate for all forms of artwork, whether it be children’s paintings or classic fine art.

 

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Fake Snot Experiment

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Fake Snot Experiment

 

I have said this several times over the last few months, but I will say it again. It was a rough winter for us. Our whole house was sick more than we were healthy this past winter & unfortunately the spring has not been much kinder to us. There has been plenty of nose blowing & snotty noses in this house, so when I saw this experiment it seemed to be right up our alley. This experiment show how mucus is formed, which is with sugar & proteins. There were many variations on this, but I found this on Yeah I Made It.

The Fake Snot Experiment

What you will need:

1/2 cup of boiling water

3 packets of unflavored gelatin

1/4 cup of Caro (corn syrup)

Food coloring

 

Directions:

Add the boiling water to a bowl & add a drop of food coloring. Mix in the packets of gelatin and let it soften & stir.

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Add the corn syrup to the mixture. Pull the fork up & watch as the mixture forms stringy snot-like strands.

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“Ugh gross, mama! It looks like boogers.”

 

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It will thicken up as it cools. Add water if needed to keep it from getting to thick.

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Raining Sponge

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Raining Sponge Experiment

 

Science for kids does not need to be complicated. The simplest of things can be fun & educational. I like doing experiments that require very little set up, clean up & are done with items that are easily accessible. This is about as simple as it gets.

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Puzzle Pieces For Teaching Sight Words

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Puzzle Piece Sight Words

 

One of our favorite learning tools in our home has always been puzzles. Picture puzzles of course are fabulous for teaching them problem solving & matching up their shapes & colors, but many puzzles have an extra layer of learning to them. Puzzles have taught our daughter her US. States, a good portion of her countries & all of her planets.

We have puzzles everywhere, board puzzles, jig saw puzzles & large floor puzzles that clutter up our whole house.

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The benefits have outweighed the mess.

We have been working on sight words & writing lately. Mai recognizes & can write & spell her name now. We have been trying to work on the other basics as well.

We used a blank puzzle that we have had lying around for a long time. You can purchase a blank puzzle for about a dollar at a craft store or you can just flip over your old puzzle & work on the back or paint over the front & let dry before adding in your sight words. As with most families of a small child, I am sure that you have several puzzles that are missing pieces.

Puzzle Piece Sight Words

Write out your sight word using magic markers or paint. Make a design across the pieces that you will be using to have a color & shape reference to join them back together. Make a small picture scribble of your sight word on the connecting pieces to help them understand what the word is. Mai knew right away that this was supposed to be her mama.

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“Who is that Mai?”

“It’s Mama.”

“How do you spell mom?”

“M. O. M.”

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We made an assortment of different words. We put each together & spelled them together. We also found another fun craft project with our extra puzzle pieces in the process. Stay tuned for our cute puzzle piece craft.

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Puzzle piece sight words - this would be  agreat way to use recycled puzzles

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