Monday, May 30, 2011

Pick Your Theme Table Runner Craft

Decorative Table Runner

We got this idea out of the Highlights High Five Magazine. We really enjoy reading that magazine and Zachary always looks forward to it coming in the mail each month. There is always a craft and a baking activity in it. There is also counting, short stories, hidden pictures, Spanish, and more.

Table Runner Craft

You will need: Wax paper, contact paper, and colored tissue paper

1. Unroll the contact paper onto the length of a table sticky side up.
2. Cut squares out of selected tissue paper and place them on contact paper.
3. Unroll wax paper onto contact paper.
4. Display!


kids farm animals craft

  • Down on Grandpa's Farm
  • Down on the Farm- Greg and Steve
  • Old MacDonald
  • Here we Go Round the Mulberry Bush
  • Shortnin Bread

Monday, May 2, 2011

Earth Day Books

Books to Celebrate Earth Day!

These are some books we checked out and really enjoyed. There are much more than this at the library of course, but here's a few ideas either to get started or to add to your family's knowledge.

This Tree Counts by Allison Formento

In this book a teacher brings his class out to listen to the sounds and observe nature around a tree. He also tells them about what trees are used for. It concludes with them planting more trees.

How Groundhog's Garden Grew- Lynne Cherry

One of my personal favorite children's stories by Lynne Cherry. Groundhog learns about planting his own garden from his friend Squirrl. This can be very inspiring for children to grow their own gardens. I learned a little about vegetable gardening myself from reading this. It also made me hungry for fresh produce!

Up, Down, and Around by Katherine Ayres and Nadine Bernard Westcott

Another great children's gardening book. This book helps them understand how different vegetables and fruits grow.

Stuff! Reduce, Reuse, Recycle by Steven Kroll

In this story, Pinch the pack rat is reluctant to give up his stuff which is spilling out of every door, window and hole of his house. He learns about how others may have excellent uses for stuff he no longer does.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Plastic

Haven't read this one but it looks good! Saw it online! Looks like it is about how plastic is made, how it is used, and how it affects the environment.