Saturday, January 25, 2014

Letter Learning

The Figlet recently decided that her big sister's 
homework looked like fun. 
I'm not sure why, but who am I to argue? 
Time to find some homework for her to do!

Of course I can't just print things... It is in my Art Mama nature to 
so in addition to seeking out worksheets, I made a letter game.

Using a 1" hole punch I made 26 disks out of card stock paper. I then wrote all the letters on them, capital on one side and lowercase on the other. I used the negatives (aka paper full of holes) to trace out 26 spaces on a piece of paper. We have a printer that makes copies so I made a few then penned in different objectives such as missing letters, make them all upper/lower case, etc. The result is a game that seems like it can grow with her for a while. 

Now I just need to figure out how to help her 
keep believing that homework is fun!

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Feed the Monster Game - Little Kid Project

Feed the Monster Game

Age: 18 Months - 8 Years or older (younger ones need more supervision)

Time: 15 min (+ lots more time playing with them!)

Theme: Monsters, Games

Books: Leonardo the Terrible Monster by Mo Willems, Go Away Big Green Monster by Ed Emberly

12 x 18 Construction Paper
Tape (We used packing tape but any tape will do)
Monster food (wadded paper, Ping-Pong balls, large bottle caps, etc)
Adults and big kids get to use Scissors (or pinking sheers)

Prep: At the bottom middle of the 12” side of the paper cut an arch for the monster’s ‘mouth’. You can decide on the size depending on the ‘food’ to be used. Ours were about 3” x 4”. 

Activity: Each child gets a 12 x 18 sheet with a precut mouth and crayons. Design your monster! How many eyes will it have? Does it have crazy fur? How about some lips around that mouth? When you are happy with the way your monster looks, (an adult can help) roll the monster into a cylinder, taping the edge together. Set your monster up and try to feed it by sliding food into its mouth (or dropping it into its head).

Notes/Tips: Bigger kids can do the cutting themselves – even making ‘hair’ at the top edge. Make more than one monster and use them for sorting or counting activities (ex: this monster only likes green food).