Saturday, April 9, 2011

Weekly Wrap Up: Pre-K Easter Art, Painting Fun, and Some New Workbooks

These should probably be separate blog posts all week, but given how little time I seem to have to blog lately, I'm going to try to just lump them all into a Weekly Wrap-Up.  Here goes!

The Bibliophile has shown a new interest in art projects (and particularly painting).  His Nana bought him a sort of membership (which waives the studio fees, so we pay only for the piece we paint) at a local paint-your-own-pottery shop.  We love going there!  Our kitchen place settings are going to become quite interesting if we keep it up.  I don't have a photo of the pottery, but on the right are some paintings we did today to talk about symmetry.  (Fold paper in half, unfold, paint one side only, close paper, press on it, open up, ooh and ah).

We also made a crafty Easter Egg banner this week.  First we did salad spinner art -- his favorite -- on some egg-shaped paper (from cut up paper plates), then attached them via spring-theme stickered clothespins to a ribbon (the Bibliophile picked the apple print).  We also ad hocked a map for the Easter bunny to find our house, with a bunny footprint stamp made from cut up foam stickers.

And today we made some of these adorable Easter cards from Frugal Family Fun (the kids use their thumbprints to make Easter eggs - simple and fun!).

On an unrelated note, I came across this amusing book by the author of Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs: the Marshmallow Incident.  It has so many great ideas in it for fun to be had with marshmallows!  We did a few, but I'm hoping to do a bunch more (like painting with marshmallows - fun!) this coming week.

The Marshmallow Incident

On a headier note, Nana visited last week, and we ended up with a pile of these!  She said she often looks for workbooks, and that these are some of the best she has seen.  I have to agree that they are great!

1st Grade Spelling Games and Activities (Sylvan Workbooks)
2nd Grade Super Math Success (Sylvan Super Workbooks)
1st Grade Math Games & Puzzles (Sylvan Workbooks)
Big Math 1-2 (School Zone)
Big Spelling 1-3 (School Zone)

Some might think a 3 year old doesn't need a 2nd grade math workbook, and you'd be correct.  But he loves them.  We bought them to tear pages out and stick them in his "learning boxes," which he runs to throughout the day to find fun stuff to do.  But so far he has been grabbing the book while he eats.  He's learning things I had no intention of teaching him yet - like differentiating long and short vowel sounds - but he loves it.  He understands it all very well, and can read it all, but his writing will need some time to catch up. 

We probably wouldn't have done quite so much recently if he weren't sick with yet another head cold.  Lots of time at home trying to occupy ourselves!

Comment: What have you been up to this week?

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Raising a Happy Child said...

Great crafts. How neat that IB loves worksheets. I can't say the same about daughter - she couldn't care less, but she does like her "hidden pictures" book at the moment.

MaryAnne said...

You've been busy! My kids love workbooks, too.

I hope you have an entirely healthy family soon!

Ritsumei said...

We have a bunch of things that run ahead of Monkey's ability to write too. I think there's no sense in making the brain wait for the pudgy hands to catch up. There'll be plenty of time to do writing later, when those cute fingers aren't so *little.* At least, that's what we're doing around here.

Christy said...

I LOVE the banner!!!!! We are planning to make those Easter cards too! So cute! We did a whole day of activities with The Marshmallow Incident a while ago. We own the book and every time it is spotted on the shelf, the kids want to do marshmallow activities.