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    Happy Pumpkins Stamp Art

    Have you ever grown pumpkins? A couple of years ago my son brought home pumpkin seeds and begged us to grow our own jack-o-lanterns. Little did we know that the vines would take over our yard, climb over fences, invade our neighbor’s property and suffocate our tomatoes and squash plants. The outcome was one large, oddly shaped pumpkin, and made my son extremely proud. It was definitely an experience but it is safe to say we will not grow them again. Crafting with pumpkins is a different story though! This happy pumpkins stamp art is such a fun and easy craft. Doesn’t it make you smile looking at these joyful…

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    Toothbrush Art

    I am always thinking about crafts I liked to do when I was a child and toothbrush art has always been one of my favorites. It is quick and easy and the results are beautiful no matter how young or skilled you are. We like to use leaves and flowers because the silhouettes are intricate and unique. You could also use paper cutouts if you don’t want to use plants. Materials: paper or card stock in white cup with water watercolors toothbrushes (I got a 5-pack for $1 at Dollar General) comb or wire strainer (optional) leaves and flowers Instructions for Toothbrush Art Place leaves and flowers on the paper.…

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    Rhyming Dust Bunnies Book Activities

    Rhyming Dust Bunnies by Jan Thomas is another wonderful book by this beloved children’s book author. We meet Bob and his friends who love to rhyme. Bob though can’t find the right words and that upsets his friends. But Bob has a very good reason for his behavior: he is trying to save them! If you do not know the book you can order it from Amazon or watch the narration on YouTube. Why is rhyming so important? Rhyming is an important skill for children approaching Kindergarten. The ability to recognize and produce rhyming words is an important phonemic awareness skill – of working and playing with language and sounds.…

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    Mix it up!

    Mix it up! by Herve Tullet is a wonderful book for preschoolers. It teaches about primary colors and what happens when you mix them with each other. The book calls young readers to action: shake the book, squish the pages, mix the colors. It keeps even toddlers engaged and active while learning in a playful way without making a mess. We do like making a mess here and followed along with paint and paper and mixed our own colors. Why don’t you join us for some Mix it up! book activities?! If you are not familiar with the book you can order it here or watch it being read on…