Category Archives: Kids

Intended for kids to or to be made with kids

Getting Creative with Pom Poms–Lady Bugs

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Lady Bug Pom Pom Critter

Lady Bug Pom Pom Critter

 
Materials Needed:
Green Felt
4    1/2″ black pom poms
5     TINY black pom poms
1      1″ black pom pom
1     2″ pom pom
2    googly eyes
glue
scissors
 
Instructions:
Step 1: Glue the 4 1/2′ pom pom to bottom of the 2″ pom pom, creating the feet
Step 2: Glue the 1/2″ pom pom the front uppper part of the 2″ pom pom, creating the head
Step 3: Glue the TINY black pom poms to the top of the 2″ pom pom, creating its spots
Step 4: Glue the googly eyes to front upper part of the head
Step 5: Cut out a leaf from the green felt
              Note: You can glue the lady bug to the leaf or not; my kids chose not to so the leaf could double as a blanket.. oh, they aren’t they just as creative as I am?
 
 
The 2″ pom pom serves as the body of the lady bug and can be any color. I suppose you could also use any size pom pom for the body to create mama, papa, and baby lady bugs. They make quite a beautiful herd, if I dont say so myself:
 
 
 
 
The pom pom critters enrichment will be coming to an end soon and I have been thinking of ways to improve the activity for the next time around. So far, I think I have decided that with each pom pom critter the kids make, they will also fill out a form, or write a little something (depending on the age group) about their new friend. Things like the critters name, where it lives, what it eats, what its defensice mechanisms are, and so on and so forth. I believe incorporating something like this into the activity will encourage the kids to think more creativitely about what they have just created. Ha.
 
Thanks for reading.
-The Creative Kitten
 

Getting Creative with Kinder Math–Dr. Suess Patterning

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My colleagues and I are always trying to find ways to keep the everyday subjects fun and exciting for our Kindergartners. Our weekly schedule looks a little something like this:

Monday-Outdoor Games

Tuesday-Math

Wednesday-Language Arts and Crafts (Wednesdays are twice as long as every other day so we do two subjects)

Thursday-Circle Time/Story Time

Friday-Cooking

Each activity is guided using  the week’s ‘theme’ and we are currently fine tuning next week’s plans for Dr. Suess week. In planning our math activity, my colleagues decided they wanted to do patterning using the hat from Sr. Suess’ The Cat in the Hat and red and white pieces of paper. Excited at this idea I volunteered to put to worksheet together and this is what I got:

Cat in the Hat Patterning

Cat in the Hat Patterning Worksheet

To make this, I googled “Cat in the Hat hat template” and found a perfect hat that I cut and pasted into a word document. I sized it to fit the page and the added the “Name” and the title in a cute and appropriate font. I also googled “Cat in the Hat” and found a cute little guy to hang out on the side and ‘tell’ the kids what to do. And with a few text boxes I added the numbers and the instructions.

 
The Instructions

The Instructions

I thought it would be adorable for the Cat to be giving the kids the instructions, so I drew a speech bubble around those words. The Cat provides the first four patterns for the kids and then allows the kids to create their own.

Here is a close up of the Cat and the instructions  —————————>

Before the worksheet is handed out, we will read The Cat in the Hat, review patterning, provide some examples, and ask the kids to make their own examples. Once we are sure the kids will  understand the directions the Cat is giving, we will move into the activity.

I was so excited when this worksheet was complete that  I just had to share. Stay tuned for more Dr. Suess themed activities.

Thanks for reading.

-The Creative Kitten

 

Getting Creative with Pom Poms-Bunnies in a Basket

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For this week’s pom pom critters enrichment I did bunnies in a basket. The kids were very excited about this activity because it included a very small wicket basket for their pom pom friend to live in. All in all, they turned out like this:

Bunny in a Basket

Bunny in a Basket

Materials Needed:

What You'll Need

What You'll Need

1    2″ pom pom

1    1 1/2″ pom pom (same color as 2″ pom pom)

1    pipe cleaner (same color or a complimentary color to the pom poms)

1    TINY pink pom pom

2    googly eyes

1     little basket (which I found on Amazon)

tacky glue

Instructions:

Step 1: Glue the 1 1/2″ pom pom to the 2″ pom pom

Step 2: Cut the pipe cleaner in to 6 pieces, making 4 pieces a little longer in the other 2; and then fold them all in half

Step 3: Glue two of the longer pipe cleaners, pointing up, to the top of the 1 1/2″ pom pom, creating the ears

Step 4: Glue the other two of the longer pipe cleaners to the bottom on the 2″ pom pom, creating the feet

Step 5: Bend the tips of the smaller two pipe cleaner, like this:  

Step 6: Glue thebent pipe cleaner to the upper front part of the 2″ pom pom, creating the paws

Step 7: Glue the googly eyes to the front of the 1 1/2 ” pom pom

Step 8: Glue the TINY pink pom pom right under the googly eyes to create the nose

Step 9: Glue the white  1/4″ pom pom to the back bottom part of the 2″ pom pom, creating the tail

Step 10: Wait for your bunny to dry and then place in the basket

Back/Side View

Back/Side View

Front View

Front View

This is a cute idea to recreate for any reason, but I am thinking of bringing back a version of it for Easter.

I have provided pictures of the bunny outside of the basket to help all with show were it all goes. Good Luck!

Thanks for reading.

-The Creative Kitten

Getting Creative with Pom Poms-Teddy Bears

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I had a request from a kindergartner for a teddy bear pom pom critter and this is what I came up with:

Pom Pom Teddy Bear

Pom Pom Teddy Bear

Materials Needed:

1    2″ pom pom                                                                                                  1    TINY black pom pom

1     1″ pom pom (same color as 2″ pom pom)                                            2     googly eyes

4    1/2″ pom poms                                                                                             tacky glue (can be found at any craft store)

4    1/4″ pom poms (same color as 1/2″ pom poms)

Instructions:

Step 1:      Glue the 1″ pom pom ball to the 2″ pom pom ball

Step 2:      Glue two 1/2″ pom poms on the front upper sides of the 2″ pom pom to create the arms

Step 3:      Glue two 1/2″ pom poms on the front lower sides of the 2″ pom pom to create the feet

Step 4:      Glue two 1/4″ pom poms on the top outter part of the 1″ pom pom to create the ears

Step 5:      Glue one 1/4″ pom pom on the front lower part of the 1″ pom pom to create the snout

Step 6:      Glue one 1/4″ pom pom on the back lower part of the 2″ pom pom to create the tail

Step 7:     Glue the TINY black pom pom on the front upper part of the snout 1/4″ pom pom to create the nose

Step 8:      Glue the googly eyes on above the snout

FRONT VIEW OF TEDDY

FRONT VIEW OF TEDDY

BACK/SIDE VIEW OF TEDDY

BACK/SIDE VIEW OF TEDDY

I choose to make the bear two different colors, but you could easily make the bear one color by using all the same color pom poms, except for the black nose.

I have provided a picture of the front AND back of the Teddy Bear to help those of your creating home to see the placement of all the pom poms.

Good luck and thanks for reading!

-The Creative Kitten

Getting Creative with Cooking Activities–Deviled Egg Go-Carts

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Deviled Egg Go-Cart

During summer camp, each week has a different theme that all the activities are formulated around. Every week includes activities that involve math, language arts, science, arts and crafts, and cooking. One week that is always a hit is Carnival Week; we put on a small carnival where the kids can earn tickets to ‘purchase’ different prizes. The rest of the week is planned with fun and interactive, educational activities that have carnival undertones. The cooking activity for this particular week was a little more involved than others, in terms of preparation and materials needed, but deviled egg go-carts are just as cute as can be, don’t you think?

 

 

Ingredients Needed:                     Materials Needed:

What You'll Need

hard-boiled eggs                             bowl

mayonnaise                                      plastic knife

mustard                                             plastic spoon

sliced olives                                      ziplock bag

paprika                                               scissors

salt and pepper

 

Instructions:

1) Cut the boiled egg in half (long ways)

2) Put the yolk into the bowl and break up into small pieces

3) Add a spoon full of mayonnaise, half a spoon full of mustard and mix until smooth

4) Add a pinch of salt and pepper and mix well

5) Put the mixture into the ziplock bag and cut the corner, then squeeze the mixture into the hole of the hard-boil egg

(Please note: This step is not necessary, you can simply spoon the mixture into the hole, but the bag technique gives the yolk mixture a clean and unique look)

6) Push one toothpick through the top part of the egg sideways, attaching the sliced olives to the toothpick; this creates the wheels.

7) Repeat step 7 at the bottom part of the egg to create more wheels

8) Sprinkle paprika on top and enjoy

What You'll Need... 🙂

 

Thanks for reading!

-The Creative Kitten

“My mistakes make me beautiful”

Getting Creative with Cooking Activities–Kitty Bagels

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At my work, every Friday is “Friday Fun Day” for the Kindergartners; a day of cooking activities, outdoor play, treasure chest prizes, and indoor play. My co-workers and I do our best to come up with cooking ideas that parallel the lesson of the week. And as someone who loves sugar and sweets, I found it super simple to come up with the cutest ideas using these such things.

But one day my boss tells me that using skittles, marshmallows, frosting, and chocolate chips every week for cooking activities does not follow the organizations core value of healthy habits and lifestyles; naturally, my response was “WHAAAAAAAAAAA…. ?”

Anyways, in addressing this issue, I have come up with some of the cutest healthy cooking activities, one of which is this:

Healthy Cat

Healthy Kitty

Ingredients and Materials:

1 half bagel

3 sliced olives

3 half cubes of cheese (triangles)

6 shredded carrots pieces

cream cheese

plastic knife

Instructions:

1)   Spread cream cheese on your bagel

2)   Place 2 cheese triangles, tips ip, towards the top of your bagel to create the ears

3)   Place 1 cheese triangle, tip down, in the center of the bagel to create the nose

4)   Place 2 sliced olives above the cheese nose to create the eyes

5)   Cut 1 sliced olive in half and put them facing outwards directly under the nose to create the mouth

6)   Place 3 shredded carrots strands on each side of the nose to create the whiskers

Thanks for reading!

-The Creative Kitten

“My mistakes make me beautiful”

Getting Creative with Positive Reinforcement

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Weepul

'WEEPULS' TO PROMOTE GOOD CHOICES

So I’m at work and we (my co-workers and I) are doing a little clean up and I found these furry little critters; which I call WEEPULS. I was so excited because they brought back memories of earning weepuls through magazine drives from my elementary school days. I loved to display them, trade them, and collect as many as I could. In remembering my excitement I figured my kids (the kids I work with) would also love them.

I decided those on the “happy face” board during Power Time would be the first to receive them.

I suppose I should explain that last sentence. Power Time is the hour that the kids spend working on homework. They are provided a quiet room helps them concentrate, as well as multiple staff and volunteers to help with questions and confusions regarding homework. On the white board at the front of the room, there is a happy face and a sad face, indicating the “happy face” board and the “sad face” board. If a child is sitting quietly, focusing, and working hard their name goes on the “happy face” board, if a child is wondering, talking, or being repeatedly disruptive then they will be asked to put their name on the “sad face” board. Ok, now that we understand that, lets move on to the implementation of weepuls.

At the end of Power Time the kids gather on the rug to be dismissed for enrichment; so before this, I called up those who had earned their name on the “happy face” board and presented them with a weepul. The weepul thanks them for their good behavior and is stuck to their shoulder (They come with a sticker bottom).

The idea behind the weepul on the shoulder is not only to show their peers that they were making good choices, but to also remind the child to continue to make good choices.

The kids LOVE these. Not only do they love the recognition of behaving well, but they love that it is cute, fuzzy, and theirs to take home. Having weepuls hanging out on the kid’s shoulders all day long has encouraged all kids to improve their behavior and their choices; mainly because they all want a fuzzy friend to display and take home.

With my kids, I highly express that these are earned through good behavior and good choices. Weepuls are not given out for winning a game or being the first one to complete a task or an assignment. They are not only given out for those who do well during Power Time, but at all times throughout the day for participation, good sportsmanship, kindness, listening, following instructions, and setting a good example; all of which I identify as good choices.

Just a creative way I found to encourage my kids to be as amazing as I know they are.

Weepuls can be simply made, but they are also sold  for fairly cheap at sites such as Oriental Trading and S&S (search under “pom pom critters”), both of which can be googled. Below is a close up so you can get a better idea of what these ‘weepuls’ look like.

CLOSE UP

Thanks for reading!

-The Creative Kitten

“My mistakes make me beautiful”