Easter Crafts For Preschool

Easter crafts for preschool

Are you looking for some fun and easy Easter Crafts for Preschool?  I’ve rounded up some of my favorite crafts and included them below for you.  The Thomas Easter Basket was one of my son’s favorite!

Easter Door Decorations

Easter Cupcake Decorations

Easter Flower Gifts

Milk Jug Easter Baskets

Uses For Egg Cartons

How To Make A Homemade Easter Basket (Thomas Easter Basket Craft)

Making Bubbles

Edible Bird Nests

This round up of Art and Craft Supplies may help you complete some of these Easter crafts for preschool!

Easter crafts for preschool

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Easter Door Decorations

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I love decorating the boys’ bedroom doors for holiday so why wouldn’t I come up with some Easter Door decorations?!  This simple door decor took me minutes and since I had all of the materials around the house, it was FREE!  This Thankful Easter Bunny door decoration can easily be personalized by allowing your child to decorate the eggs, choose various colors of eggs, and even different colored bunnies!

Easter Door Decorations:

Materials:

Construction paper (various colors)
Scissors
Scotch Tape
Marker

Directions:
1.  Cut 2 circles, one small and one larger for the bunny’s body.
2.  Cut out 2 bunny ears.  There are many stencils online you can use for this but I just did it freehand.
3.  Create a sign that says “I Am Most Thankful For…” on your computer or just write it on the belly of the bunny with the marker.
4.  Draw a face on the smaller circle (bunny’s face).  Don’t forget the whiskers!
5.  Tape all the pieces together to form the bunny’s body.
6.  Cut out egg shapes and have your child tell you things they are thankful for in their life.
7.  Put tape on the backs of the eggs and allow your child to put them all around the bunny.  I also added some “grass” for the bunny to sit on.

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I was happily surprised that both boys picked some pretty significant people/things to be thankful for (of course games and toys were also included in the list).

If you like this Easter Door decorations, you may want to check out my sombrero craft or my snowman bedroom door!

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Kids Frugal Fun: Easy St. Patrick’s Day Craft-Hand Print Leprechaun

handprint leprechaun

Each week I bring you a craft that is fun and frugal. With St. Patrick’s Day sneaking up quick, I will be focusing on easy St Patricks Day crafts and recipes for the next month!

If you’ve missed any previous crafts, check out Momondealz’s Kids Frugal Fun page.

Just a side note, I laminateas much as I can when doing crafts…it really helps to preserve them.

Remember, if you love any of my crafts, be sure to Pin them on Pinterest!

Easy St. Patrick’s Day Craft-Hand Print Leprechaun

 

Materials:
Paint (orange and yellow/tan)
Construction Paper (cut into hat shape and pot of gold shape)
Glue

Directions:

1.Using orange paint, color your child’s 4 fingers (not thumb) and the bottom part of the hand.
2. Use yellow/tan paint and paint the middle part of their hand. Allow paper to dry.
3.  Have you child glue the leprechaun’s hat onto the “head”.  I had each child also create a little hat buckle that had their initials on it.
4.  Glue the pot of gold on the bottom of the page.
5.  Add a face to your leprechaun and a rainbow to your pot of gold!

Educational Activities:

Science: Obviously this activity lends itself to discuss rainbow and how they are formed and the colors you find in them.

Language Arts: 1. Have your child create a story (you can write while they talk if they aren’t old enough) about a leprechaun finding a rainbow. Encourage them to add as many details as possible (where the rainbow was located, how he searched for it, what was the treasure at the end of it, etc). 2. Read the book The Night Before St. Patrick’s Dayand talk about St. Patrick’s Day and summarize the book. Pay close attention to pictures in the book and see how many rainbows you can spot.

Dr Seuss Activities For Kids

Did you know that it’s DR. SEUSS’s Birthday on March 2nd, and that it’s READ ACROSS AMERICA DAY on March 1st?  Here are some Dr Seuss Activities for kids that you can do to celebrate!

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Edible Bird Nests

 Read the Book The Best Nest and create Rice Krispie Treats shaped like a bird’s nest.  Fill with jelly beans for the “eggs.

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One Fish, Two Fish Hand Print Fish

and you can find many other Dr. Seuss activities here.

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I was going thru the boys’ shoes yesterday and realized it’s time to get them some new shoes for Spring/Summer! Their feet grow so fast!

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Fun Games Online For Kids

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My boys love their time on the computer!  I love that there are so many sites that allow them to have fun AND learn at the same time.  A bonus is that most of the time they are having so much fun, they have no idea they are learning!

I’ve complied a list of my favorite “go to” places to find Fun Games Online For Kids:

ABCmouse is an online kid’s learning site that features a full online curriculumfor kids: Preschool through Kindergarten (ages 2-6).

Animal Jam is an online virtual playground for children who love animals and the outdoors, and is the result of an ongoing creative collaboration between Smart Bomb Interactive and National Geographic Society. The goal is to provide a fun, exciting, and safe environment for kids to play online, while inspiring them to explore and protect the natural world outside their doors.

Starfall.com:  Starfall.com opened in September of 2002 as a free public service to teach children to read with phonics

PBS.org/games:  Play games with your PBS KIDS favorites like Curious George, Wild Kratts, Daniel Tiger and Peg + Cat!

FunBrain.com:  FunBrain is the Internet’s premier location for interactive, educational games (math, grammar, science) for children and kids of all ages.

Nick.com:  Play over 1000 free online games from Nickelodeon, including exclusive Spongebobgames, puzzle games, sports games, racing games, & more on Nick.com!

CoolMath-games.com:  Cool Math Games has cool free online games to learn math, reading and spelling, geography, science, strategy, skill, arithmetic, shapes and colors, logic and more!

Disney Games:  Play Disney’s hottest online games from Disney Channel, Disney XD, movies, Princesses, video games and more

If you are looking for other things to do with your child, you’ll want to check out these:

My Job Chart:  FREE online chore chart that motivates your kids and earns them rewards that they can save, donate to charity, or spend on toys!

Fun Crafts For Kids

Art and Craft Supplies

 

 

Art and Craft Supplies

 

This time of the year when it’s hard to get outside, I am on the prowl for inside ideas.  Most of these need art and craft supplies!  In my mind, you can really never have enough!

Here is a list of some of my “wish list” items and some products I always have on hand to complete crafts with my kids:

Art and Craft Supplies:

pop stics

 Wooden Treat Sticks, 100 Pcs $5.28

Two craft ideas for these sticks are the Mardi Gras Mask and the Popsicle Puzzle.  You can also use them to apply my homemade remedy for diaper rash.

construct paper

SunWorks Construction Paper Smart-Stack, 9″X12″, 11 Colors, 300 Sheets $7.48

Construction paper has an endless supply of uses but some of my favorite crafts I’ve used it for are:

New Year Jar and the Hand Print Leprechaun

pompom

 Craft Making Assorted Pom Poms, Standard Colors, 750 Per Package $7.90

I always keep these on hand and my favorite craft with these has to be my sombrero craft!

food coloring

MCCORMICK FOOD AND EGG COLORING DYE 4 Colors$6.95

With Easter coming up in a couple of months, you’ll want to have some food coloring on hand for Easter Egg dying.  However, one of my favorite easy and fun crafts to use food coloring is rainbow rice-perfect for St. Patrick’s day!

mod

Mod Podge CS11302 Original 16-Ounce Glue, Matte Finish$6.72

I can’t tell you enough how much I LOVE Mod Podge! We use it all the time while completing crafts!

Some of my most favorite results have been my photo cube, newspaper art, and how to make a homemade Easter Basket!

These are my top art and craft supplies-what are yours?

Homemade Valentines Gifts-You Can’t Erase Our Friendship!

eraser valentine

Valentine’s Day is only a week away and many are looking for homemade Valentines gifts.  Here is one easy idea!

Homemade Valentines Gifts:  You Can’t Erase Our Friendship

Materials:

Erasers ( I got 24 of them for $3 at Target)
Cardstock
Double Sided Tape

Directions: 

1. Type up your own card with the phrase “You Can’t Erase Our Friendship”.  Add some spaces and then type or write “Happy Valentine’s Day!”

2.  Tape the erase in between the 2 sentences.

3.  Have your child sign their name.

If you’re looking for other ideas, check out Valentines Day Gifts for Kids!

Remember, if you love any of my crafts, be sure to Pin them on Pinterest.

Free Online Chore Chart

chore chart

 

Do you want to start the new year off right by  teaching your kids about being responsible with money?  Maybe with all of these snow days they have forgotten some chores and responsibilities?  This new program looks like it can help!

My Job Chart is the free, easy to use, online chore chart and reward system for organizing and motivating your kids to learn first hand how to Save, Share and Spend.

From browsing the site, it looks pretty neat!  Basically parents assign the chores, children complete the chores, and then decide to save or spend the points.  There are A LOT of real life lesson happening with this program!

Motivating Your Kids Is Easy: Just 1-2-3:

1) Sign-up for MyJobChart!

2) Assign Chores to Your Kids

3) Reward Your Kids For Great Work!

Try My Job Chart out for free and let me know your thoughts!

Reasons I Have Cried This Week

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Before becoming a mom I had a friend who would cry at (what I thought) were the silliest things. She also refused to read or watch anything to do with a child getting hurt.  I used to tease her so much for being such a mush.

Then I became a mom and I understood.  I am now also a part of the “big mush” club.  I cry because sometimes I’m sad; but there are plenty of other reasons I cry now -for being proud, being nostalgic, being discouraged, being overwhelmed…well the list goes on.  Before kids, I NEVER cried over so many things.  But here are some of the reasons I have cried this week.  Perhaps you can relate to some of them?

  • I cried watching my 5 year old who has a huge fear of the “deep end” of a pool swim from the instructor to the side of the pool. 

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  • I cried because I totally lost my cool after asking both boys to stop arguing in the car about a billion times.
  • I cried watching the pure joy of the boys playing for over an hour with some paper birds I helped them make from a Chick Fil A Kids meal.
  • I cried when at that same Chick Fil A trip my 5 year old said he would like fruit with his meal because they were “healthier” than fries.
  • I cried reading the posts on the Megsmiles page-I don’t even know this runner mom but I feel so connected to the story.
  • I cried watching my husband make salsa with our sons because I was thinking how lucky I was to have married such a great dad.
  • I cried because my 5 year old was rewarded with an icee pop because he was the only kid in the Y’s stay and play that listened to the teacher and cleaned up the entire play area.  I cried from pride and relief because he tries so hard but his methods don’t normally get recognized by other adults.
  • I cried while on a trip to Target with my 3 year old, I rewarded him with some fruit snacks and he said “Mommy can we get Will a treat too since he’s probably having a good day at school?”.
Sweet Zack

Sweet Zack

  • I cried reading this story about a mom who misses her mom after her death 18 years later.  I cried because I still miss my dad 16 years after his death.
  • I cried watching the movie “Hall Pass” when Owen Wilson describes the spot on his chest that held his wife the first time she fell asleep on him and that was the same spot he held his children when they were babies.
  • I cried from pride after my run yesterday because it was my first run in the snow and it was HARD.  Running is a journey for me and something I thought I’d never do-and love to do.
  • I cried at nap today when I asked my 3 year old what his favorite part of the morning was and he said playing with you and Daddy.

 

Wow, it looks like I am a big cry baby uh?  I’m not saying that each instance brought a gush of tears, but tears formed in my eyes and each situation touched my heart.

What’s brought you to tears this week?

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monster pillow

I am loving this craft!  My kids are all about monsters so I know they would love this as well!

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  • Creative Project For Little Monsters

 

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15 Delicious Valentine’s Day Snacks

vday snacksI love Valentine’s day-it is so much fun with the boys! And who doesn’t love Delicious Valentine’s Day Snacks?

If you’re looking to win someone’s heart or just make their day with some delicious snacks, this list will surely cure someone’s sweet tooth!

15 Delicious Valentine’s Day Snacks

 

White Chocolate Valentine’s Day Spoons

Popcorn Hearts

Cupid’s Arrows

Homemade Gumdrops

Chocolate Cherry Marshmallow Crunch Bars

Valentine Brownie Pizza

Valentine’s Day Neapolitan Cupcakes

Valentine’s Day Thin Mints

Valentine M&M Samoa Blondies

Soy Milk Truffles

S’Mores Mason Jar Valentines

Puff Pastry Pudding Hearts

Nutella Love Letter Pancakes

Barcelona Hot Chocolate with Strawberry Marshmallows

Chocolate Covered Pretzel Tutorial

Heart Shaped Pizza

 

What are your favorite Valentine’s day snacks?