Friday, September 7, 2012

Lots of Dots

I have a dot-themed preschool program coming up that I am really excited about!  I've chosen lots of great dot-themed books (you'd be amazed at how many "dot" books there are out there!), and have planned a fun craft that is made of nothing but dots.

Lots of Dots Lots of Dots by Craig Frazier is a great book full of fun colors of all kinds of dots!  The book teaches us that dots come in all colors and sizes-- and that there are lots and lots of things made of dots in our world-- from balloons to ladybugs and more!

The Dot (Irma S and James H Black Honor for Excellence in Children's Literature (Awards))The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds tells the simple story of a girl who is frustrated by her lack of ability to draw a picture in class.  One of my favorite picture book quotes comes from this book, when the teacher tells the girl, "Just make a mark and see where it takes you".  There's an artist in all of us, if we just make that first mark.

Press Here by Herve Tullet is an interactive book that gets the kids involved in the story.  The text has us pushing buttons, shaking the book to get the dots to move, and moving the book all around.  This is a really fun book to watch the kids "read" by themselves!
Press Here

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Pete the Cat (part 2) Groovy Button Board Craft

Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy ButtonsPete the Cat loves his four groovy buttons in Pete Litwin's Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons. As Pete loses each of his buttons, the reader leads the kids in subtraction facts-- but in a fun way.  And, even though Pete's buttons fall off, one by one, does he cry?  "Goodness, no!  Because buttons come and buttons go"!  There's a great message behind the story, as well!

The project in the video uses cardboard (or chipboard) inside for stability, but the buttons on the back are simply sewn onto the fabric.  The stitching around the outline of the shirt is a backstitch, and the stitching around the button holes is a blanket stitch. I'll add the pattern for the yellow shirt later on today.  Thanks for watching!

Monday, September 3, 2012

Kindergarten Keepsakes Craft (part 1): Grocery Bag Book

This post isn't directly linked to one picture book, but it focuses on a craft idea for preserving your child's school-year memories. I had a conversation with a parent in a program this past week about how difficult it is to keep all the things that her child makes, and I told her about this grocery bag book that I made for my son, that was featured on Scrapbook Memories TV several years ago. You can find the project instructions on the show's website here.

Be sure to watch the next video post below for a school-year pencil box craft project!

Kindergarten Keepsakes (part 2): Pencil Box Memories

For directions on how to make this simple pencil box craft for holding your child's school-year memories, check out my book, The Ultimate Guide to Scrapbooking with Children available at Cardz TV Stamps!

Storytime Glove with Cricut Critters

  One of the cutest, most inexpensive ways to make handmade fingerpuppets is with a glove, some Velcro, and diecuts or Cricut shapes.

Simply attach one side of the adhesive-backed Velcro to the fingers of a colorful gardening glove, and the other side of the adhesive-backed Velcro to the back of five diecuts or Cricut shapes. Shapes are easily added to, and removed from the glove. No need to make a new glove for each fingerplay, simply re-use with different diecut shapes. See the Songs & Fingerplays tab at the top of the page for songs & fingerplays that can be used with the gloves in the slideshow.

*All animal fingerplay pieces can be made with the Create a Critter Cricut cartridge.

Eric Carle Artwork

The art of Eric Carle is colorful, fun, and easily recognizable. It is amazing how simple it is! The artist methods used by Eric Carle in his books is easy to replicate-- even for kids! For a few quick and easy ideas for celebrating Eric Carle's picture book artwork, watch my video, and stay tuned in the coming days for more Eric Carle kids' craft ideas!

Thanks for watching!


Eric Carle's My First Book of Numbers (Split-paged Book)

I love this version of Eric Carle's My Very First Book of Numbers! When I taught preschool, I used it all the time in my classroom, so I decided to make my own version of split-paged book for my students to use.

You can find the instructions for my split-paged scrapbook in my book, The Ultimate Guide to Scrapbooking with Children, which is available for purchase at CARDZ TV STAMPS!

*Project dimensions

*Covers: 7 1/4" x 8 3/4"

*Inside pages: 7 x 4 1/4"