“The Snowy Day” and Stick Puppets

“The Snowy Day” by Ezra Keats is a classic must-read winter children’s book about a boy named Peter who explores playing in the snow. After reading “The Snowy Day” with the children in your care, have them make a snowy scene for their own Peter puppets. In “The Snowy Day” Peter wakes up to the […]

Lunar New Year Crafts, Recipe, and Book

Sunday January 2023 is the start of the Chinese New Year and the Year of the Rabbit. Here are some fun and simple projects to do with the children in your care for Lunar New Year. Paper Lanterns: The Lantern Festival is held on the 15th day of the Chinese New Year holiday. It marks […]

“The Mitten” by Jan Brett and Puppet Fun

This is my favorite literacy project to do with children. There are few books as loved by kids as “The Mitten” by Jan Brett. Winter is a great time to read “The Mitten” and create this cute craft with the kids in your care. As you read “The Mitten” the children will love when a […]

“How to Build a Snowman” and Craft

After reading “How to Build a Snowman” to the children in your care, allow toddlers and preschoolers to paint and paste together this snowman craft. “How to Build a Snowman” is an innovative and interactive touch-and-feel winter fun book for babies and toddlers by Little Scholastic. A very first winter book with different textures to […]

New Year’s Eve Hats

I found templates for New Year’s Eve Hats at The Printablesfairy.com web site. It’s best to use heavyweight paper to print the template on. Let the kids decorate the hats any way they want. We curled ribbons to add to the top of the hats. You Will Need: Heavyweight or Craft PaperTemplates from printablesfsiry.com ScissorScotch […]

Homemade Holiday Lacing Cards

Here is a fun and easy boredom buster to keep the kids busy this holiday season. I used cardboard to make these lacing cards but you can use heavyweight craft paper or foam sheets you can get at the craft store too. Try using all different sized holiday-shaped lacing cards for the little ones to […]

Beaded Candy Canes

This is a quick boredom buster to make a holiday craft with children. Simply have the children string holiday colored beads on chenille stems to make a candy cane decoration for the holiday season. You can always purchase the supplies needed by tapping the links below or by visiting my storefront by clicking here. You […]

Could Dough

I love making different types of homemade play dough with the kids. Could dough is a great boredom buster anytime of the year. But, I pulled out the Christmas, Hanukkah, and snowman cookie cutters for the kids to play with this batch of dough to prepare for the winter holidays. I used baby lotion and […]

Paper Plate Dinosaur Craft

This is a super easy dinosaur craft to make with girls and boys with a paper plate and toilet paper roll. Be sure to read “How to Catch a Dinosaur,” “Danny and the Dinosaur,” “How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight,” and “Dinosaur” while making this simple craft. You can purchase the children books and supplies needed […]

“Elmer the Elephant” by David McKee and Craft

Children love the Elmer the patchwork elephant book series by David McKee. I love the Mini Mad Things blog. After reading “Elmer’s Colors,” “Elmer and Butterfly,” “Elmer and the Rainbow,” and “Elmer’s Special Day,” by David McKee I let the child in my care use paint and pastels to decorate a cardboard Elmer. It might […]