Tuesday, November 30, 2010

* Preschool At Home: Newspaper Delivery Toss Game

So I recently made some classroom goodies for my daughter's 
preschool teacher (table games, manipulatives)
and asked her to please let me know if there were any thematic units or 
specific games she would like me to make for the classroom. 
She took me up on the offer, and shared this great idea with me.

It was so cute (and easy to make) that I had to share it with you too!

She had clipped the idea from a teacher newsletter once upon a time and asked if I could make one.

So here you have it, a Newspaper Toss,  Newspaper Delivery Game.
Great practice for that hand-eye coordination. 
I painted a simple house (with acrylic craft paint) on a piece of foam core
that we just lean against the wall. (easy to clean up and store out of the way!)

Then, wrapped some gift wrap around a box from our recycling stash 
(about the size of a shoe box)

Set it up on the floor in front of the front door. 

Then I bundled up some mini newspapers with rubber bands
(each paper was about 9" long

Step back and toss them to the house, try to get them in the box!

 You probably have everything you need to make your own
at home (or in your classroom) right now. 

Happy Newspaper Delivery!

pink and green mama

Monday, November 29, 2010

* Countdown to Christmas: Homemade Family Advent Calendar

Last year, my daughters and I 
to countdown to Christmas.

Each envelope contains a daily family activity
to help us slow down and enjoy 
the month of December. 
We can't wait to set it up again this year.

In case you want to make your own, 
I wanted to post again this week so you would
 have time to make one before December 1st!

Here is our Harris Family Advent List

1. Candlelit bath for the girls!
2. Make Paper Snowflakes and Decorate the Windows
3. Make a CD of Christmas Music for the playroom/mom's minivan.
4. Rootbeer Floats!
5. Bake something yummy with Mama
6. Make Christmas Cards for Friends/Family
7. Have hot chocolate with marshmallows.
8. Make a pipe cleaner candy cane or wreath.
9. Make a Paper Chain.
10. Use puppets to tell a Bedtime Story.
11. Have an indoor picnic.
12. Family Game Night (Wii, board games, puzzles?)
13. Make and Decorate a Gingerbread House.
14. Dance and Sing to Christmas Music.
15. Set up the Mouse Nativity.
16. Make a Christmas Craft.
17. Make a Christmas Ornament.
18. Dress Fancy for Dinner tonight.
19. Fashion Show with Clothes made out of gift wrap!
(Recycled from opening presents with grandparents)
20. Make and Hang Edible Gifts/ornaments for the Birds and Squirrels.
21. Surprise a neighbor with an act of kindness.
22. At Home Pedicures!
23. Watch a Christmas movie with popcorn.
24. Pick your Favorite Christmas book for mom (or dad) to read aloud.
25. Open Presents!

Happy Countdown!

pink and green mama, MaryLea

Saturday, November 27, 2010

* Nature's (Free!) Art Supplies

During the crisp Fall Season,
while the squirrels and birds are busy
gathering seeds, berries, and nuts for the long Winter ahead,
my girls and I can be found collecting our own
supplies around our neighborhood. 

We are busy collecting and gathering free art supplies! 

(pressed and dried in phone books)

Acorns  (Mostly Acorn Caps)

Pine Cones,
and Dry Pine Needles.

With visions of projects like:

Pom-Pom Acorns
(Click Here for a link to the post)

Pine Cone Elves
(Click Here for a link to the post)

Leaf Lanterns

Happy Nature Crafting!

pink and green mama

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

* Thanksgiving Traditions: Turkey Bowl, Handprint Tablecloth, and Family Fun.

Today, I thought I would share a few of our favorite 
Thanksgiving Day Traditions.

One of our favorite activities is our annual Turkey Bowl,
a flag football played on the street in front of our house.

It's a multi-generational event.
My husband's family always hosted one on the street they grew up on...
we've continued the tradition with our own daughters. 

 Friends, Family, and Neighbors gather for the big game!

I mark the end zones (and the 50 yard line) with white flour.

Fresh cider, doughnuts, and hot coffee are served on our front yard.

After hot showers/baths, we head over to Grandma and Grandpa's house
for the yummiest dinner ever (cooked by my dad the chef)

He's a jack of all trades -- he MADE that cute, little, 
glowing pumpkin village on their sideboard.

Then, we all take turns signing the cotton table cloth at my mom's house. 
(we use sharpies and put a magazine underneath so we don't ruin the table!)

It has notes and drawings  from each person present at Thanksgiving Dinner every year. 

First hand prints, Hand Turkeys, Poems, Gratitude Lists...They're all on there. 

Signing the table cloth, Thanksgiving 2009.

Big sister, "E" adding an elaborate drawing!

Tracing my niece's hand for her very FIRST Turkey Day last year. 

That table cloth has first thanksgiving hand prints from all three little cousins, "E", "C", and "A" 
That tablecloth is priceless. 

What are your favorite Thanksgiving traditions?
Gobble, Gobble. 

pink and green mama

Saturday, November 20, 2010

* Giveaway: Creativity For Kids Kits

Another "I'm Thankful For My Readers" 
review and giveaway... 
I'm giving away 2 Creativity for Kids kitsto 2 of my readers!

I was recently contacted to do a review and giveaway
of these two fun Creativity for Kids Craft Kits, 

Spend some quality time with my girls
making fun little girly crafts? Umm...okay!

Here's what we got...

DIVA PUPPIES: Everything you need to paint & style 
a trio of adorable bobble-head puppies.  
Just add imagination…

Pamper 3 pooches with paint, sequins, flowers, ribbons, 
heart charm collars, fur, boas and tutus.

Time for a nap? Each puppy has a soft furry bed to curl up on.

Each bobble-head pup measures 5" x 2 1/2" x 2 1/2", 
all packaged in an adorable doghouse style box.

Everything is included!  

3 bobble head puppies, 3 fluffy puppy beds, 
acrylic paint, glitter glue, craft glue, leopard print fabric, 
sequin flower bow, sequin flower, paint brush, sequin trim, 
2 tulle flowers , feather boa, tulle skirt, 
3 heart stickers, 3 heart charms

Age Range : 6 and up 

"C" (age 3) concentrating while painting her puppy.
She used my acrylic craft paint
because we had "better colors." 
(pink, lime green, and lavender -- naturally occurring Diva-dog colors!)

The bobble head doggies come apart
which makes it easier to decorate them. 
"E" used a small paintbrush and black craft paint
(but my sharpie was laying nearby!)

"E" carefully painting "Dotty's" Spots.

My decapitated puppy...
I used Sharpies to decorate mine.
"E" said it looked like the owner of a tattoo shop's dog!

"E"s puppy,"Dotty"

"C"s Diva Puppy, "Lilly"

My finished "Diva Puppy"...
I call it "Perro de los Muertos"!

E also made her own storybook 
about a Tooth Fairy who looses a tooth.

Everything you need to 
create and decorate your own fairy tale
 with Create Your Own Enchanted Storybook!  Just add imagination…

Adorable castle-shaped, hard-cover book comes ready to decorate
 with markers, glitter stickers, color-in stickers and rhinestones.

Create your story on the lined pages 
then use the blank pages for your illustrations

Open the drawbridge door and 
personalize the story with your name – 
add your picture to the tower window, too!

Everything is included! 
10-Page Hardcover Blank Book: 10.75 in x 8 in
 Self-Adhesive Rhinestones ,
 3 Sticker Sheets: Glitter, Color-In & Full Color , 
9 Mini Markers , Instructions and Ideas
Age Range: 5 and up 

"E" loved decorating the cover with the vine stickers
and the stick-on gems. 

I really liked the way the instructions 
walked her through the elements of a story
(who, what, when, where, why, how)
and how to outline, brainstorm 
her plot before writing it all down in the book.  

Two winners from my site will receive:
Diva Puppies and 
Create Your Own Enchanted Storybook 
Activity Kits! 

To enter this giveaway:
(make sure I can reach you via email!)

Visit the Creativity for Kids Website and tell me 
what other product you would love to do with your kids!

For an Additional Entry:
and become a fan, leave a comment letting me know you did this!
(If you're already a fan, let me know too)

For Another Entry:
and come back to leave a comment here.

Contest ends Friday November 26th, 2010
at 10pm EST.

I will contact winners via email. 
Giveaway is open to people living in the United States only. 

Comments are now closed. 

pink and green mama, MaryLea

* Giveaway: Ecosystem Notebooks

As we approach Thanksgiving, I wanted to let all of you lovely readers
know how truly thankful I am for each and every one of you. 

When I started writing this blog on "E"s first day of Kindergarten in 2008,
I didn't think ANYONE would actually ever read it
(other than my mom and a few patient friends.)

As my readership has grown, I've been lucky enough to be given the opportunity
to do some product reviews and giveaways.

This week, 
to thank you for reading my blog,
I'm giving you an opportunity to win some goodies too!

First up, I was contacted by Ecosystem Notebooks and given the opportunity to review 
two great blank journals in Pink and Green

(ummm...yes, I already love it - wish I could get some shoes and a purse in that green too!)

The books are made from 
100% Post-Consumer Recycled Paper and 100% Made in the USA. 

Yeah for local jobs and being planet friendly!

I used our smaller green book to start a family journal.
(It's the Artist style, Flexi Cover, journal in Kiwi Green, Size Small
in case you want one too!)

 The Large, Watermelon Pink, flexi cover, artist journal  is momma's new sketch book/idea book.

At dinner, we write down  highlights from the day.

I've also been gluing in little drawings "C" has been making in tiny notebooks. 

For "C" (age 3) I'll ask her to color what kind of 
day she had or to draw something. 

Above you'll see that she drew a cat,
(her favorite animal)
and that she had a "Pink and Green" day. 

I've also been jotting down funny things my kid's say
and letting "E" practice her handwriting by letting her write her own entries.

Want to start a family journal, or momma's memory book, or sketch book of your own?

We're giving away 3 Notebooks 
to 3 Winners!

To enter, you must 
 and comment on this post

Three (3) winners will be chosen at random. 
Giveaway ends this 
Friday, November 26th at 10pm EST.

Official giveaway rules :

- Pink and Green Mama is the official host of the giveaway and is sponsoring the giveaway,
 ecosystemlife is just providing the prizes to the eligible winners.

- Winners will be chosen via random generator and then checked
 on ecosystem’s facebook fan page for eligibility.
Only those who both comment  & became a fan via ecosystem’s facebook fan page are eligible to win.

- Only those whom are in the domestic United States are eligible to win. 

- Contest ends Friday November 26, 2010 at 10pm EST

If you don’t win, 
you can always purchase an ecosystem online
Thanks and good luck!

Comments for this giveaway are closed. 

pink and green mama,

* Preschool At Home: Clothespin Turkey Fine Motor Practice

Remember our button practice turkey? He needed a friend.
I saw a clever activity like this on a preschool blog (Montessori Beginnings) with a
 paper plate turkey and feather clothespins. 

I loved the feathered clothespin idea so of course, I had to whip out my glue gun
the other night and make some of our own. 
This happened while I was cooking dinner -- we seem to do a lot of last minute crafts this way! 

I also drew a turkey for "C" on a piece of stiff brown felt
with Sharpie markers

Great fine motor, pinching, practice for my favorite 3-year-old!
You can see my favorite 7-year-old in the background sitting at the piano
(she was playing "Over The River and Through The Woods" for us!)

Warning: Blurry Turkey Action Shot!
 We made two turkeys; one to keep at home and one for my daughter's preschool class.

Gobble! Gobble!

pink and green mama

Friday, November 19, 2010

* Indian Corn Bubble Wrap Printmaking

to send to family and friends that wouldn't be with us to celebrate Thanksgiving. 

I thought I'd re-post this craft
in case you want to recreate it  with your own children or in your classroom this year. 
Start with some scraps of plastic bubble wrap.

Paint with layers of orange, yellow, and red washable tempera or acrylic craft paint.

Press your painted bubble wrap 
onto sheets of brown, orange, yellow construction paper. 
(Brown paper grocery bags would be cool too!)  

Keep some baby wipes or a wet rag handy to clean up painty fingers and hands as you work!

After the paint has dried,  trace your child's feet to make the corn cobs
and let them cut them out. 

Happy Bubble Wrap Printing! 

pink and green mama, MaryLea

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