Tuesday, October 29, 2013

What’s the Difference Between Baby 1.0 vs. Toddler 2.0?

Dear Tech Support,
Last year I upgraded from Baby 1.0 to Toddler 2.0. and noticed a distinct increase in the system’s overall performance, particularly in Tantrums 4.0 and it regularly defaults to a “No” application I never downloaded.
In addition, Toddler 2.0 uninstalled some really great programs like Regular NAPS 2.0 while installing Whining XP and Biting 4.0.
Easy-Going 8.0 no longer runs and adding cookies simply causes the system to crash just before adding SugarOverload 2.0. I’ve tried adding Pleading 3.0 and Nagging 4.0 but it works to no avail.
Someone recommended the Spanking 1.0 application but this seems counterproductive to what I am trying to do here.
What should I do?
Desperate Mom

Thank you for your letter. First, please keep in mind that Baby 1.0 is a Learning Package; Toddler is a full operating system.
Please enter the command: idothisbecauseiloveyou.html and download, Compassion5, Positive Discipline 3 and Love&Humor4.2. 
If the application is working as designed, Toddler 2.0 should begin running Happiness 3.0, Contentment 5 and Sweetness 3.1.
Please reconsider the Spanking 1.0 application, our research shows that overuse of this application can cause Toddler 2.0 to default to MEGAtantrums 4.3, Anger 5 with the Confusion 6.
Just so you know, all those default programs are very bad. These act as a virus and will eventually seize control of every system in Toddler 2.0.
I forgot to mention, do not attempt to reinstall Baby 1.0 back to Toddler 2.0. That system is no longer supported and will completely crash Toddler 2.0.
In summary, Toddler 2.0 is an excellent program, but it does have limited memory and cannot learn new applications as quickly as you may like. Please consider buying additional software like Parent Support 7. 
Thank you & Good Luck,
Tech Support

Monday, November 19, 2012

Kids Ice Ornaments Craft

Kids Ice Ornament Craft!
 Okay, I have done this is the summer, but winter is another story. Funny how teachers must constantly reinvent tried and true preschool curriculum.
Well, here it is, and for good measure I put a popular link in there that is great for summer from A Sense of Wonder.
Here is how we reinvented summer ice activities to Kids Ice Ornaments for the winter and what our preschoolers are doing with them!

From A Sense of Wonder-Great Idea!
What you'll need to make Kids Ice Ornaments
  1. Balloons
  2. Sink
  3. A Freezer (if it's not snowing outside)
  4. Food Coloring
  5. Glow Sticks (optional, but oh so much fun)

Kids Ice Ornament Process
Kids love filling up the balloons in the sink, but what they love even more is splashing one another! Defiantly recommend direct supervision and assistance with the food coloring.
  1. First have the child put a few drops of food coloring in the empty balloon.
  2. Light a glow stick and place it inside the balloon.
  3. Assist child in filling up balloon at the sink and tying it off.
  4. Make sure there is plenty of room in the freezer and place them inside.

Depending on the size of the balloon, it may take a few hours to an entire day for them to solidify.
When it's time to take them out have the children figure out a way to unwrap their ice ornament.

We love to place them in the sensory table lined with aluminum foil and other round objects like unique marbles, and glittery round objects. We turn off the lights and enjoy the soft glow of the glow sticks inside. I love to do this when we study space and planets!

If you can, make more with the children during the coldest weather and arrange to take home and place outside their door!

Monday, October 1, 2012

How to make the Kids Jack-o-Lantern carving last longer!

Great idea found on Pintrest! Make your own Pumpkin Fresh!

Carving a pumpkin to make a Jack-o-Lantern with the kids? Make that carving last! Spray a mixture of bleach and water (equal parts) on the inside of your fresh pumpkin daily or coat the inside w/ petroleum jelly to keep mold and dehydration at bay. I wish I had known this tip last year for the kids!
Well, I think we could still save one as a science project-then the kids could see the difference between the tow Jack-o-Lanterns! 

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Easie Peasie Homemade Kids Finger Paints

These finger paints are great for a tight classroom budget, but what about a great classroom gift idea for the kids?
Be sure to add at least a tablespoon of dish washing soap to the mixture with the water!
This gift idea is great for:

  • Kids Birthdays
  • End of Summer Gifts
  • Special Holiday Gifts
  • Party Favors 

Friday, July 13, 2012

How to make a kids classroom art gallery!

When I first began teaching I put a lot if money back into the program. Then I learned was to be more Recession Chic. Today's teachers have to be quite resourceful and found my parents very willing to help-boy does that lighten the load!
We did a great family classroom project with the parents and kids around picture frames. We requested parents donate an old frame from the Goodwill.
For those kids that insist on taking all their precious art projects home, we had them select a favorite picture to cut out from a magazine.
Voila! Instant kids art gallery!

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Kids Crafty Bottle Bird Feeder

Materials list for the Kids Crafty Bird Feeder
  1. Empty Liter Bottles with Lids
  2. Bulk Wooden Spoons (Available at the Dollar Store)
  3. Bulk Wild Bird Seed
  4. Scissors
  5. Sharpie Marker
  6. Masking Tape
  7. Small Eye Hook Screw(s) (Enough for each lid)
  8. Twine or yarn
  9. A nice shade tree with sturdy branches

The Process
Teacher Prep: Use a sharpie and mark two sections per spoon you would like to have them placed. Make sure your "entrance and exit" Sharpie marks are parallel to one another. After you punch small holes in the marks with the tip of your scissors, place one more just above one of the holes. This third hole will disperse seed in the bowl of the spoon.
Get the lid, and screw in the eye hook in the center of the lid. Make sure it's secure.

The Kids Part: Give the children the wooden spoon(s) and allow them to figure out how to put them through the proper holes. This is a great fine motor exercise. When they are finished have them clip a piece of masking tape to cover the 'third seed dispensing hole'.

Allow the children to fill the bottle with the seed and place the lid on top. They will place a length of twine through the whole and tie it.
We love to go out as a group and pick our branches to tie them to. It's then that we take the tape off and allow the bowl of the spoons to fill with seed.

Be sure to get a camera. The kids love to show their families proof that the birds came!

Bird picture found on Facebook from All it Takes is a Can Opener & Crockpot.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Kids Easy Photo Fabric Bean Bag Craft

Thank Photo Gifts and Ideas
Bean bag crafts are always a winner with kids. For years, doing so much by hand has cause me to neglect some of the most creative uses for technology! After seeing this craft I am definitely looking into it more!
Here's what you'll need for your Kids Easy Photo Bean Bag Craft
2 tablespoons of Alum
2 1/2 teaspoons of Arm and Hammer Washing Soda
1/2 teaspoon of liquid fabric softener
1 cup of very hot water
Muslin cotton fabric (you will use approximately 8 1/2” x 11” [rectangle shapes] per child)
Freezer Paper (you will use approximately 8 1/2” x 11” [rectangle shapes] per child)
Medium size mixing bowl
Mixing spoon
Software: Adobe Photo Shop Elements (if your not looking to spend your moolah on Photoshop, just yet)
Computer and Ink Jet printer (A laser printer is a no-no for this project. I'll explain why later.)
Iron and Ironing Board
Kids Markers (optional)
Sewing Machine or needles and thread (optional)
Digital Camera
Drying rack with clothes pins
Bag of beans or rice

Okay, it seems like a big supply list but it isn't really, much of what we had was already on hand. Depending on how much child involvement you encourage depends on the difference between a day or two of completion. I like involving the children as much as possible, so I purchased extra muslin and put them to work on it first. I have twelve kids that don't like to miss a day of school, so nothing ever goes to waste.
The Process

Get Fabric and Paper Ready: Pre-cut 5"X5" piece of muslin and 8 1/2” x 11” Muslin and Freezer Paper (The trick is to cut them while they are placed one on top of the other) use a paperclip or staple to fasten your clipped muslin a freezer paper together so they don't get mixed up.

Snap a Picture: Give the children a 5"X5" piece of muslin to color with markers on. This will be the backing to their bean bag. While they are doing that snap a picture with my digital camera.

Try Setting up the Process in Learning Centers: We set up a 'Mixing Table" for the children with a parent volunteer. Mix the alum, washing soda and hot water in a mixing bowl and make a solution. Do this over and over with the children because the fabric will need to soak up the solution you're making. Besides, the children love to watch the science of it fizzing up.
Write the child's name of the muslin and freezer paper with a sharpie and have them dip an 8 1/2” x 11” piece of muslin in the mixture and  least 15 minutes before squeezing it out. The children will then allow it to dry on the drying rack until the next day. Remember, keep your matching freezer paper in a safe place!
Once the fabric is dry, take out the freezer paper, iron and ironing board. Depending on the age of the children you can iron it with them.  We put freezer paper shiny side up and iron the treated fabric to it until it is cleaved nicely. These are all 8 1/2” x 11” rectangles, so they will run through or printer properly. We trim any excess paper of fabric after we are done ironing.

Getting ready to print..

 In whatever program you choose, size your pictures to 4″ x 4″ images and print them onto your fabric. We set the canvas size to 8 1/2" x 11" to perfectly match a regular sized paper. Place the images far apart so that you'll have plenty of seam allowance.
You can change your printer settings to the best print quality on fabric if you have that option. Always Make sure you print on the fabric side and not on the back of the freezer paper. Oh, I almost forgot, never use a laser printer because it will melt your freezer paper-not good, people--not good.

Heeeere it comes!

After you print....
More pix from The Idea Room
Get the 5"X5" fabric your children colored on with markers and match it to the their photos. Because the kids are too young to sew on this craft we stapled around the pieces front to back to create the 'bag'. The kids gladly filled the beans in the bean bags and a parent volunteer too them home to sew them. Yes, we could have easily had them sewn first and then had the kids fill them with beans but you didn't see their faces when they saw them. The kids just HAD to fill them immediately!

By the way, these make great gift for any occasion. Here are a few ideas of what you can do with them.
  • Mother, Father or Grandparents Day gifts
  • Great first day of school gift to the children
  • Instead of photos you can use picture the children have drawn
  • Great for activity centers or matching games
  • Great for circle time activities
  • Great to use as place setting for circle times or place settings
  • A great way to transition children in excusing them for new actives and name selection

What ideas can you think of?