Build A Shape Cards

As a teacher I’ve organized activities for my students to explore 2 dimensional and           3 dimensional shapes using toothpicks and marshmallows.  I decided to create this same activity for my children with Play-Doh, because they love to play with Play-Doh and toothpicks.  Since they are younger than my students I made cards to help them build 2D and 3D shapes.

How To make, Build A Shape Cards

  • Materials
    • Index cards or card stock
    • Markers
    • Black Sharpie
    • Ruler
    • Laminating machine or clear packing tape
    • Play-Doh
    • Toothpicks
  • Instructions
    1. Decide which 2D & 3D shapes you will draw.
    2. Title each card with the shape name and type.
    3. Draw a picture of the shape on the card.
    4. Draw dots and lines to represent the amount of toothpicks and Play-Doh balls needed.
    5. Laminate the cards.  If you don’t have a laminating machine use clear packing tape to cover the cards.

 

How To Make Crayon Hearts.

During holidays like Valentine’s Day I like to give an alternative to candy.  My kids come home with bags of cheap chocolate and lolly pops and I am thankful that they are not that interested.  My oldest could care less about the candy, and my daughter is satisfied after eating one or two pieces.  They never ask what happens to the bags after I take them away. ( I’m sure this will eventually change.) 
Making these heart crayons is very easy, and you can make crayons for any holiday or occasion.  I decided to make these for my kindergarten class as a gifts for my students and it was a hit.  I put them in a bag and I made a label that said “Color Your Heart Out!” Before I take all the credit for this idea, I totally got this from Pinterest.

HOW TO MAKE CRAYON HEARTS

  • Materials:
    • Crayons
    • Heart shape mold that can go in the oven.
    • An oven
    • Something to put your hearts in.
    • A label to write something clever on, like “Color Your Heart Out!
  • Instructions
    1. Preheat oven to 350
    2. Take all of your old crayons and remove the wrappers
    3. Break the Crayons into little pieces. (*Note to parents: You may need to use a knife to cut some of the crayons)
    4. Place the crayon pieces in the mold.
    5. Put the mold into the oven for 5-10 minutes or until the crayons melt.
    6. After the crayons have melted take them out of the oven and allow to cool.
    7. In around 15-20 minutes the crayons will cool and hard.  You will be able to pop them out of the mold.
      • If any of the crayons break while taking them out, just put them back in the mold and melt them again.
    8. Put your hearts in a bag or attach them to a card.  I was able to find mini Valentine’s Day zip lock bags at the Dollar Tree. You can always just look around your house and see what you have.

Pattern Beads Activity

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If you don’t have a container you can always use a ziplock bag.

Supplies Needed

  • Colorful beads
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Index cards or card stock
  • Markers
  • Hole puncher
  • Laminator or clear packing tape

 

 

Instructions

  1. Draw the colorful patterns on the cards.
  2. Cover them with clear packing tape or laminate them.
  3. Punch a whole on the side of the card.
  4. Cut a pipe cleaner to a length of your choice.
  5. Attach the pipe cleaner to the card.
  6. Make sure you have enough beads so the kids can make at least 3 patterns without putting beads back.
  7. HAVE FUN!!!

 

Getting ready for school: day 12

Today we had a shorter day in comparison to yesterday. After convincing Sofia to get out of her princess nightgown, the kids got dressed and we did a little bit of light reading before going outside.

The rest of the day was mainly free play.  The kids discovered the new Netflix show Story Bots and all they wanted to do was dance around to Story Bot songs.  Since this is a wonderful educational show I let them enjoy it while I cleaned up the house.


Damn That Clogged Drain!

Between me and my daughter our hair clogs the bathtub every couple of weeks. If I catch it early I usually can use my plunger to loosen things up and everything is fine, but every couple of months I need to get it unclogged by my buildings handyman who has a snake. Today I decided to see if there was a way I could unclog my tub with items I already have in my apartment. I found out that if I take a cup of salt, a cup of baking soda and  boiling water it not only will unclog my drain but it will also take away any odor it may have. I have salt, I have baking soda, and I have a kettle. I figured what the heck, I’ll try it.  I poured the salt first then the baking soda, and then I started pouring the boiling water, it started working immediately.  I am so excited that I discovered this because that means I will never have a clogged tub again.  I plan to do this at least once a week to keep my drain clear and odor free.

Instructions:

  • 1 cup of salt
  • 1 cup of baking soda
  • boiling water (I used a full kettle)
  • pour salt followed by the baking soda, then pour in the water.

 

Getting Ready For School: Day 11

 

img_5639Day three of our morning routine being in their bedroom and it is so much better than before Rafael gets to watch and participate some before taking his nap and the kids are very focused on their morning activities.  Today Sofia wanted to play with the Plus Plus blocks and Francisco wanted to do a little bit of sorting after playing BANG! for about 5 minutes. Our sorting activity box hasn’t been used for very long time and I forgot about it, it’s in their shelf and he rediscovered it.  I’ll be pulling it out more often because it also has pattern activities.

 

Since my mom is back I texted her early and we decided to go to the playground with the kids and then run some errands after.  When we got to the playground it turns out that it was not the playground that Francisco wanted to go to and had an all out meltdown. But after about 10 minutes of watching Rafael and Sofia run around having a good time he decided he would start playing. While we were walking to the playground he kept saying “we’re going to the green jungle gym” and I was like “sure we’re going to the green jungle gym” not realizing that the jungle gym we were going to was not the green jungle gym so when we got there he became very upset that we were not at the jungle gym he thought we were going to. (I still have no idea what park he is talking about) I tried talking to him and explain to him that we were not going to the green jungle gym and that he should go and play but it was very hard for him to wrap his head around the fact that we were not where he thought we were going.  It’s times like these where I just need to let him go through his moments and not worry about trying to convince him that it will be okay because he will eventually come to terms with the situation and be able to move forward.

After spending some time at the playground we went to the supermarket, the kids love going to the supermarket.  The Supermarket is a great place to learn about healthy food, counting, organization, and cooperation.  I always let them pick a food that they will carry home in their own bag.  This food is rarely a dessert it’s normally something they will want to eat later for lunch or dinner. On this trip Sofia picked cream corn and Francisco picked pasta and they both carried their food home.  Remember, even though your children are the smallest members of your family, they are capable of doing a lot. This
includes contributing to family responsibilities like carrying food home from the supermarket. They participate in eating it so they should help carry it.

After lunch and very long naps they had 30 minutes of free time and then we picked out a couple of books to read.  Sofia picked If You Give a Cat a Cupcake and Francisco picked Creepy Carrots and an Elephant & Piggie book.  He started to read the Elephant & Piggie book first and after that they pulled out all the Elephant & Piggie books.  30 minutes and a whole lot of fun later we had read 8 books, Mo Willems is a genius and my kids are always going to love reading because of his fun and hilarious books. It was a fun filled day, I’m exhausted.


Getting Ready For School : Day 10

Today I decided to do a couple of things differently.  I had the kids wash up, get dressed and go into their their room to do their name writing and morning activity. I put Rafael in the crib and he was able to watch until it was time for him to go down for his nap. I was a little worried that this would cause some anxiety for Francisco since she’s such a stickler for routine, but he was fine with it. The reason I moved activities into the bedroom is because I feel that it will be a less distracting setting and it turned out that it was.  I will continue to have our morning routine in the bedroom and see how it goes.


My mother and my sister are back from Florida they’ve been on vacation for a while so the kids are very excited to see them. After morning activities they played outside for a while, we had an alfresco lunch and Sofia was having such a good time she cried when she had  to go inside to take her nap. After naps the kids continue to hang out with my mom so not much else happened in the afternoon. Maybe tomorrow will take a trip out to the Flushing Meadow Park since I’ll have additional hands.

Francisco drew a ten frame with chalk, he was very proud of himself

Math Activity:

  • Target $1 section addition write and wipe cards.
  • Ten frame cards made with sentence strips from the Dollar Tree.
    • All you need is a ruler, sharpie, and clear packing tape if you don’t have a laminator.
  • Something to use as counters, I happen to find counting bears at a flea market for a $1.  You can buy counting bears on Amazon or any education store. you can also use buttons, beans, coins, or any other small objects.