Lovely Yarn

So I took these pictures with the intent to post this on Valentines Day (well, that did not happen)!! However, they did come out super cute, and I thought this would still be fun for upcoming “holidays” (St.Patrick’s Day, Easter, etc.)! They would also make great “little gifts” for family, friends, and teachers.

You Need: 
Cookie Cutters (any shape we did hearts)
Corn Starch
Parchment Paper
A Magnet Strip (or old advertising magnet would work great too!)

First, cut the yarn into pieces and make the cornstarch glue. Using a sauce pan heat 1/4 c. cornstarch and 1/2 c. water over a low/medium heat stir until smooth (see below).

Allow the “glue” to cool to touch. Place parchment paper on a cookie sheet/activity tray. Then place the cookie cutter on top of the parchment paper let your little ones go to town dipping string pieces into the “glue”. Carefully pulling out one string at a time and using your thumb and forefinger to clean off an access “glue”. Lay the yarn inside the cookie cutter. Repeating the process until a thin layer of yarn is in the cookie cutter forming the chosen shape.

Remove the cookie cutter and gently press the shape down. Let dry completely (we put ours in the oven for 1 hr @ 250 degrees). After the drying is compete you can then glue your yarn shape onto a magnet for a fun gift or decoration!!

Sensory Bins

We have been keeping busy with our “Sensory Bins” this week! And thought we would share a few pictures….if you make one for your kiddo’s please be sure to leave me a comment as I would love to check it out!!

It has been really chilly outside…so like last year we brought the snow inside for some fun! The kids love doing this and I love it too. They are warm inside and they still get to use their imagination. I think the best part is there is no bundling up and it lasts longer than 12 minutes!!
The Valentines Sensory Bin has also been a big hit ….

Rose petals, beads, blocks, foam hearts, and little toys with the theme “Red, White, and Pink”!! I have seen this bin used for many things this week among them; “making food”, “playing store”, and sorting.

Tot-School/Prek Valentines

A bit delayed but better late than never, I guess….here is a peak at some of the Valentine fun we enjoyed!! It is a tradition in our home to make chocolate covered strawberries… and this was the first year that I did not do most of it myself. Pumpkin took charge and did a great job 🙂 she is my little chef in the making.

K. Bear is being introduced to the kitchen basics as well….or should I say she is our professional taste tester??!!

Pumpkin in deep concentration as the dipping begins…

Some of our random ‘school’ projects for the week were as follows; a little heart lacing project for Pumpkin.
K.Bear had her first lesson in sorting…we did several sorting activities throughout the week using a heart ice cube tray from Target. K.Bear had a blast with these giant tongs… 🙂

Pumpkin is an old pro at sorting at this point but she still enjoys doing ‘tray’ activities. After all a little extra help/practice with fine motor skills never hurt anyone…

What Valentines would not be complete with out the “party”? This year we enjoyed a very informal party (no fuss style) with our homeschool co-op. It was very nice!! The kids all brought their decorated boxes and passed out valentines. We also did a sticker exchange instead of ‘candy’ treats. Our lesson for the morning was on “heart health”. Even little K.Bear can tell you where her heart is now and Pumpkin loves to make her heart beat fast & slow.

We did not let the kids open their “prizes” from their friends until they arrived home. Pumpkin sat on the floor looking at every card, sticker, and treat in her special mail box. K.bear found the only sucker in her box , ripped it open, and began to eat it!!!

Happy belated Valentines from our little school to yours!!