Dot Letters

This little print out is from Confessions of a Homeschooler‘s “Letter of the Week” preschool curriculum that I got to do with Peter. You’re supposed to use bingo doppers with watercolors but I didn’t order any with my last big purchase. She said you could paint them in, which is what I was actually going to do until I remembered I bought a package of those color magnet chips and they work PERFECTLY.

 

 

Don’t worry, blue cam in the package but Pman is hoarding them all in his right hand and was refusing to use them. Don’t ask. Boys are weird. And surprise, surprise! He is using his left hand!

The first time we did it, I just let him put the dots on and then I had him put the dots on in order of how he would write it with a pen to become familiar with how to write the letter.

Paper Pumpkins

I’m beginning to think I bought all these art supplies for myself….I probably use just as much as the stuff as the kids do! Why not? It’s raining out, I had three episodes of Dr. Phil to catch up on and all three boys (yes, three. My friend’s two year old joins us 1-3 days a week) were passed out during nap time. I googled “paper pumpkin” and this project was the second image that came up. It’s from The Hostess with the Mostess.

You just need orange, green and brown construction paper (check), scissors (check) and paperclips (check) or stapler (check). It took about 5 minutes to make each of them but it would have been A LOT faster if I had a paper cutter…hmmm…I do have a 40% off coupon for Joanns that expires tomorrow…hmmm…okay, sorry. Anyway, I wanted to hang them but I figured putting two new holes in the wall today was enough so I propped them on top of this huge gold mirror we have in our living room. Maybe I will get one of those 3M hooks to dangle them all from.

 

Anyway, I haven’t done a craft in a long time! Fun and easy! I suggest using the paperclips (happened to have colored ones as well to match) because you’d be putting 3-4 staples at the top because you need to keep adding the stem and leaves.

Watercolor Leaf Painting

I ordered some watercolor paper leaves from Discount School Supply with my last order for the kids to color for fall. I bought purple, teal, red and yellow liquid watercolors but I’ve never used them before. The first time I mixed the colors with too much water so that when they painted, it was a really really pale color. So when I did a refill, I did about half water and half color and the colors turned out way more vibrant.

 

When I do watercolors again, I’m going to put a brush in each color so they put it back and pick up a new brush when they want a different color. The first thing Cheech did was mix all of the colors and then Pman copied him, so they quickly had brown paint. I also gave them droppers, which Pman used towards the end and loved using and then was kind of mad when I ran out of leaves. Next time, order two packs. I think there are 24 in a pack.

I mixed the teal and the yellow together to get more of a green. I even ended up giving them purple to use. The leaves turned out pretty but if you are looking for really fall-ish looking leaves, just give your kids red and yellow and it will end up mixed together to make orange. I might end up cutting more leaves out of coffee filters and doing this again….maybe.

The boys also loved wearing their paint smocks for the first time and they washed really well and were less stiff after another washing.

 

There trays were nice to give each kid their own space to work in and also so when the leaf got wet, it didn’t stick to the paper on the table. The trays needed to be wiped off in between each leaf though or else the left over paint would cover 80% of the new leaf you would put down. I just used one of those blue garage towels, it was the closest thing and it worked really well.

 

This weekend I would like to go to IKEA and get the wire hangers with clips so I can hang up their artwork (specifically these leaves right now) and then also hang up birthday and holiday cards when we get them in the mail. Our fridge simply isn’t big enough.

Scissor Time

So after getting our big box of school supplies in the mail, I decided to start with learning how to use scissors. I also waited until little brother was down for nap to get scissors within 10 yards of big brother.

First I let him pick out three colors of paper he wanted to work with.

He chose orange, green and blue. Good practice of our colors as we went through the paper. He knows orange really well because it’s his favorite color, but any other color when I ask him what it is, he doesn’t even look at what I am pointing at and he just rattles off a random color.

So at first I gave him a sheet of it and basically was like, “Okay dude. Go to town” but it was very anticlimactic because he was just snipping lines into the paper and nothing was coming off. He also was having trouble holding the big piece of paper and figuring out the scissors at the same time. Listen folks, I went to college for grades 7-12 math, I know nothing about little kids and learning. I knew that Teach Preschool had a blog post about their paper station on the first day of preschool, so I looked it up and realized that she had cut the paper into strips so that kids can cut off chunks of paper in one pass. Duh!

Ok, so now he really got to cutting and I grabbed an orange tray from our set to collect all the pieces. Now, both of my boys 99% of the time use their left hand to eat (with or without a utensil) so I was kind of wondering how this would go.

As you can see, he just went back and forth between right and left hand. He never really settled on a hand to use. Word on the street is that it will take a little while longer to discover hand dominance. I really have no idea.

Once he got the hang of it, it cut up all the paper I had given him and we called it a day. The tray was really nice because if we didn’t have it, he would have not cared at all about paper falling all over the bench and the floor but because he had a defined work space, anytime a piece fell, he picked it up and put it on his tray. I didn’t even need to tell him to do this. When he was done we put all the pieces in a ziploc bag so that we can practice gluing next.

Preschool Supplies

I had a full online cart of preschool stuff that I started probably over a month ago to start doing home preschooling with my 3 year old (and with my 19 month old).

So everything is from Discount School Supply. Free shipping with purchases over $79 and their prices are really low and they have a great selection. I didn’t want to be buying stuff from all over and paying shipping 8 different times from 8 different online stores. So this is our goodies from our preschool supply haul! (I was going to call it “loot” but then I realized this stuff wasn’t found or stolen…)

So what we have here is:

  • 4 bottles of liquid water colors
  • 4 bottles of tempera paint
  • 2 packages of markers
  • 1 big bag of pipe cleaners
  • 12 pack of colored trays (for color sorting and giving the boys their own tray of stuff…hoping it keeps down the fighting and taking)
  • 12 pack of big handled brushes
  • 8 glue wand thingy’s (I’m going to experiment with glue and how it is most easily used by my big guy)
  • 1 bottle of Elmer’s glue
  • 500 pages of recycled easel paper
  • 1 pack of googly eyes (random…but a must-have!)
  • 1 pack of colored feathers
  • 2 washable paint smocks
  • 1 pack magnetic counter chips
  • 2 sets of paint cups
  • 2 pairs of blunt end kid scissors
  • 1 pack of blank leaf cutouts from watercolor paper (’tis the season!)
  • 1 pack jeweled alphabet pieces (like for a light table)
  • 5 packages of massive sized construction paper (white, brown, black, purple, green, blue, yellow, pink, red and orange in each)

I totally recommend ordering from DSS, the stuff ships from San Fran so I ordered it on Friday and it was here on Tuesday, pretty quick considering shipping was free!