Friday, February 14, 2014

Preschool Fun!

I love my job as a nanny! I also love that I get to use my elementary education degree! I have no desire to pursue a teaching job for many reasons...I won't bore you with all that now.  The kiddo and I do lots of fun and sometimes educational activities when he is not at preschool.  I love coming up with new ideas or just stealing some from Pinterest.  Here are some recent activities we have done.

Snacky Snowman

You will need:
  • construction paper
  • glue
  • all the snacks! (marshmallows, cereal, pretzels, colorful candy, chocolate chips, coconut...)

I drew an outline for the snowman.  Then just let him get creative! Marshmellows are great for the snowman, but you could use almost anything.  Cheerios, chocolate chips, M&Ms...Who says it has to be a white snowman!? A snowman made out of Skittles would be pretty cool :)

Ta Da! Mine is the pink one and kiddo's is blue.  He had a lot of fun with it.  And of course we ate the extra snacks afterwards.

Mini Books
You will need:

  • construction paper
  • scissors
  • glue
  • markers
  • old magazines
  • stickers 
This is pretty self explanatory.  We made these little books when the kids had a snow day.  I brought a bunch of old magazines and found some fun stickers.  We each picked a topic for our book and got to work.  We just folded the construction paper to make a mini book and held it together with some yarn.  Staples would work but our stapler was empty. These were really fun and kept everyone busy for about 2 hours!

 Color Bingo
You will need:
  • blank bingo sheet
  • colorful candy (M&Ms, skittles...)

This might be kiddos new favorite game.  You can easily make your own bingo sheet or print one from here.  Just fill in the spaces with whatever colors of candy you use.  We had a bag of Valentine's Day M&Ms so we got to add pink and white!  Fruit Loops would be good makers too.  Anything that gives you different color options.  

We didn't play this like traditional bingo.  Kiddo had to fill up the whole board before he won!  We played two different ways.  First, I called out a color and he had to put a candy on every space with that color.  Then, he picked a random candy and then had to find that color on the board.  It is very helpful if you make sure you have the right number and color of candies so when the board is filled, the candies are gone.  After playing a few rounds the prize is all the candy :)

Colorful Foam
You will need:
  • shaving cream
  • food coloring
  • corn starch
  • bowl

I have mentioned before how much kiddo loves science.  He loves mixing things together and making "potions".  This mixture doesn't do anything too crazy or scientific, but it is fun to play with and makes a nice big mess!

Mix together equal parts corn starch and shaving cream.  Get those hands messy! 
It makes a pretty cool substance.  Kind of like really soft clay. We played with this for a while before adding some color.

He loves mixing colors and seeing it change.  Of course he wanted to add all the colors.

He called this "poop" color.  Once we added all the food coloring, the mixture got pretty watery so we couldn't play with it anymore.  It was fun getting a little messy.  The whole house smelled like shaving cream for hours!

So, that's what we have been up to lately.  I don't know about you, but I am ready for Spring!! I cannot wait to get back to the park and pool :)

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