Picture Stories

Elf on the Shelf 3D craft (4-5 yo)

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Was supposed to post this 2 weeks ago, but as usual, work got in the way. Anyhoo, this is a very simple Elf on the Shelf craft but has gotten many compliments in school.

Materials:

a cut out of the Elf, art paper, scissors, crayons, cellophane tape

Directions:

1) Print out Elf picture

2) Let the children color it then cut it out

3) On another piece of paper, let the children draw the picture you intend them to draw, or let their imaginations go wild (depending on age. The older your kid is, the more accurate their drawing will be. Otherwise, draw them an example, and ask them to copy it, which was what I did with my kids)

3) Fold the Elf’s bottom and knees, so it’ll look like he’s sitting down.

4) Fold the cellophane tape in such a way that when you stick the elf, it’ll look like it’s sticking out of the paper, for the 3D effect. (Refer to the picture attached)

5) Tada! Your very own Elf on the Shelf! ๐Ÿ™‚

Baa Baa Black Sheep Lolly-stick Puppet Show!

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IMG_4767We had so much fun making these! After we were done, we had a little ‘puppet’ show! How? We sang the Baa Baa Black Sheep song, of course! ๐Ÿ™‚ The kids couldn’t wait to perform it at home too ๐Ÿ™‚

It’s very simple! Just print out the pictures from this template, cut it out, then stick it on a lolly/ice-cream stick. And voila! Your puppets ๐Ÿ™‚

To perform:

1) We need at least 2 people.

2) Go behind a cabinet. Make sure you aren’t seen by the audience ๐Ÿ™‚

2) Sing baa baa black sheep and pop out each character as you sing the song. For example, when you sing “baa baa black sheep”, show the sheep; “one for my master”, show the master and so on ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy making and performing!

Baa Baa Black Sheepย template.

Another Elmer the Elephant craft idea :)

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IMG_4739As I was browsing the net for some craft ideas, I stumbled across a few that inspired me and gave me this idea for Elmer the Elephant ๐Ÿ™‚ (I’ve done another craft for the Elmer and the Lost Teddy Bear. You can find it here.)

This one’s pretty straight-forward really.

This is the template:ย Elmer craft

To make it more ‘fun’ I used the fasteners for Elmer’s ears so the kids can move them up and down ๐Ÿ™‚

Great children’s books to check out and read-aloud to your kids! :)

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brown bearCame across this post when browsing my facebook page…

These are some really great books to read to your children. Some of my favorite from the list are:

1. Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney and Anita Jeram

2. Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson

3. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle (OF COURSE! :))

4. The Napping House by Audrey Wood (I’ve not read this book myself but from its synopsis, it sounds like a charming little story which I’d love to read to my kids :))

5. Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See? by Eric Carle (Also one of my all-time favs!)

For the complete list, click here.

Hope you can find something that tickles your fancy! ๐Ÿ™‚

16 Shockingly Profound Disney Movie Quotes (from Buzzfeed)

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AliceWonderlandThis is so good I have to share. Something I came across while FB browsing. Here are some of my favorites.

1. Alice in Wonderland: I can’t go back to yesterday, because I was a different person then. (Ahuh…I agree with you Alice!)

2. The Little Mermaid: The human world…It’s a mess. (LOL how true Sebastian)

3. Peter Pan: A jealous female can be tricked into anything. (True. True? Hmm….LOL)

4. The Lion King: Oh yes, the past can hurt. But the way I see it, you can either run from it or learn from it. (But of course!)

5. Pocahontas: The water’s always changing, always flowing. But people, I guess, can’t live like that. (Not everyone can deal with change…or like change)

6. Mulan: You’re at peace because you know it’s okay to be afraid. (Ohhhmm….)

7. Pinocchio: A conscience is that still, small voice that people don’t listen to.

8. Alice in Wonderland (I LOVE THIS ONE): If you don’t think, then you shouldn’t talk.

9. Aladdin: Today’s special moments are tomorrow’s memories.

10. Snow White: You’re never too old to be young. (OH YEEEAH! :D)

11. Winnie the Pooh: I’m glad. At least I think I’m glad. (Yep! Positive thinking, Pooh ;))

For the full list of movie quotes, clickย here.

The Pout Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen, Pictures by Dan Hanna

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The pout pout fishAnother recent favorite. We read it twice on two different days, so much so the children can recite the ‘I’m a pout pout fish, with a pout pout face, so I spread the dreary-wearies, all over the place.”

This is what we did together to make the story more interactive:

1) Before starting, I asked the kids to show me a pout. “Give me the worst pout ever!” That created a few giggles. Some thought they ‘pouted’ when they were actually smiling. Pointing that out created more giggles! ๐Ÿ™‚ Ask them if we pout when we are happy or sad.

2) Briefly tell them what this story is about.

3) Before you start, tell them you need their help to tell this story. Ask them to say this with you: “Blub…bluuuub…bluuuuuubbbb….” My kids loved this part a lot! Remember to say this with a pout and a sulk!

4) When you read the story, remember, BE EXPRESSIVE and DRAMATIC! Use different voices!

As for the activity, we cut out the outline of a fish, and created our very own Pout Pout Fish!

1) Color the fish. Remember to draw a really nice pout! Or turn it into an upside down pout. (One of my kids turned her fish upside down to show me hers is a Smile-Smile Fish :))

2) Cut out the fish.

3) Stick it onย a white piece of paper. Draw your fish her/his friends and other sea creatures. (I managed to take a picture of some of their work.)

Alternatively (for older kids), you can also ask them draw what can they do to help a friend turn their pout into a smile. What can they do to make someone else feel better?

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Freddie and the Fairy by Julia Donaldson & Karen George

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freddie and the fairyI’ve reviewed this book before about 2 years ago. Click hereย for it. This time round, I’m adding an activity to complete the entire reading/literacy session which I did with a new group of children age 4 – 6 years old.
Read-aloud:ย Identify the rhyming words with the children, while going back and forth to help them remember what Freddie wished for and what Bessie Belle conjured up for him instead. It is also to get them into the flow of rhyming.
Activity:ย Create your own post-reading activity. I just did a simple one by asking them again what Freddie wished for; why the fairy kept getting it wrong; what were the 3 rules for Freddie – is it important for us to do that too? and so forth.
Art & literacy:ย Think of something you’d like to wish for when you see Bessie Belle and what she might conjure up if you didn’t say it properly. Draw.
Some interesting ones my kids came up with:
1) School – Tool
2) Baby shark – Mark on his face
3) Toy – toys
4) Hat – bat
They had fun doing it because they thought it was pretty hilarious when they came up with the ‘wrong’ wishes ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope you’ll have fun with this too!