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Cute Frog Crafts for Kids

Share It Saturday this week brings you Super Cute Frog crafts!  We love to make crafts with our kids.  They love to cut, paste, and create crafts of all kinds, but animal crafts are a sure hit in our houses.  These frog crafts will keep you hopping!

Super cute frog crafts for kids

Frog Crafts for Kids

My Bright Firefly made a frog handprint craft.
Make a hopping frog craft using a paper plate like Christianity Cove.
I love this frog on a lily pad from The Craft Train.
My Little Guy loves tree frogs, so this frog craft from No time For Flashcards is perfect!
This shredded paper frog craft from Love and Marriage blog is super cute.
If easy shapes crafts are your thing, this circle frog craft from Artsy Momma is for you.
The Craft train made this adorable paper plate frog. I can't get enough of it!

Check out who the other hosts are featuring today:
AND be sure to stop by our guest host for the month of March, Blayne from House of Burke.

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Identifying Parts of a Book Activity

Big Sister is in first grade and one of the areas she had to learn in English Language Arts, is identifying parts of a book.  We practiced book part identification with our very own Parts of a Book-Scope!  I love to create fun ways to practice testing areas and extend her homework a little with creative and playful learning.  She worked on book part identification terms earlier in the year (but I'm just getting around to sharing this with you!) but it was so much fun, that Big Sister still talks about our Parts of a Book-Scope!

Teaching parts of a book to first grade. I love these Parts Of A Book-Scopes!

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Teaching Kids to Identify Parts of a Book: First Grade English Language Arts

This activity is really so easy and a fun way to extend simple memorization of parts of a book.  I grabbed a few styrofoam cups and wrote the parts of the book with -scope on each one.  Cut out the bottom of the cups and you've got yourself parts-scopes.

I had Big Sister search and find the parts of the books, including Title, Author, Spine, as well as the parts within the book: Main Events, Characters, and Setting.

It was fun for her to read a book and as she found parts, she could use the event scopes to pinpoint the main parts.

One scope was all we used to locate the main parts of the outside of the books.

These Book Part-scopes were a huge hit in our house!

More First Grade activities you may like:

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Cupcake Liner Butterfly Craft

Spring is here (whether the weather agrees or not!) and this butterfly craft is a fun way to celebrate!  With how easy this cupcake liner butterfly craft is, we'll be sure to make a few batches of these all summer long.

Butterfly craft made with cupcake liners!

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Cupcake Liner Butterfly Craft:

You'll need a few materials for this craft~
Bright cupcake liners (I love the colors in this set!)
glue stick 
black cardstock black marker

Cut the cupcake liners like the picture above.  Kids can work on their scissor skills by cutting a material like a cupcake liner.  It's a lighter weight material than regular paper and a great way to address line accuracy and scissor control.

Cut butterfly bodies from the black cardstock.  Trim the butterfly wings to curved "C" shapes. 

Cupcake liner butterfly craft for spring!

Build the butterflies!  We loved mixing up the colors for this bright and cheery Spring craft.  

Looking for more Cupcake Liner crafts?  Try these:

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Craft
Sunflower Cupcake Liner Craft
Flower scissor skills craft

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Ish Book Activity Block Sculptures

This week, the Preschool Book Club brings you activities and crafts based on the book, Ish by Peter H. Reynolds.  What a great message this book has!  We loved reading Ish (again and again!) and came up with our take on the book and it's encouragement of creative flow to build Ish-inspired block structures.  Our block creations were full of creativity and tons of expression as the kids built and created stories and play.

Block sculptures based on the book Ish by Peter H. Reynolds

Block Structures and Creative Play inspired by the book, Ish:

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When we read Ish , by Peter H. Reynolds, we loved the feeling of being encouraged to TRY and to use our imagination.  When Ramon creates "-ish" drawings, we loved his fun ideas!  We decided to use something that we play with almost every day to create and imagine just like Ramon did.  We pulled out our wooden blocks and started building "block-ish" sculptures!

Little Guy started with a trio of "airplane-ish" shapes that took off and flew around the dining room.

We used our imaginations to create creatures, steps, and more and started telling stories about our structures.  I love to hear the stories my kids tell and it was fun to hear the way they created once I started adding "-ish" to the structures.  They kept up with the -ish terms as they told their stories: The "dog-ish" guy went up the "steps-ish" area so he could be "taller-ish".

We had SO much fun with this simple imagination building activity!

Block sculptures based on the book Ish by Peter H. Reynolds

There were "ice cream-ish" treats...

..."Butterfly-ish" creatures...

..."present-ish" gifts...

...and a little block-ish tasting from the baby!

We ended up with a "tent-ish" neighborhood.

Block sculptures based on the book Ish by Peter H. Reynolds

And a "truck-ish" vehicle...

Block sculptures based on the book Ish by Peter H. Reynolds

...which lead us to a dining room full of "road-ish" streets.  This became a whole afternoon of pretend play and creative thinking.

Block sculptures based on the book Ish by Peter H. Reynolds

What can you create with a basket full of blocks and inspiration from Ish?

Be sure to stop by the other Preschool Book Club bloggers to see their crafts and activities based on Ish:

 Artwork Candles from Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails
Emotions Charades from Homegrown Friends
Crumbled Paper Art from Buggy and Buddy
Math Estimation Jars from Mama. Papa. Bubba. blog

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Chain Link Crafts and Activities for Kids

Fine Motor Skills are one of our favorite ways to play and functional development use of scissors, pencils, and independence in fasteners.  On Share It Saturday this week, we're featuring Chain Link Activities as inspired by School Time Snippets, who linked up this super fun velcro foam chain link activity.  We love the fine motor work that is happening through play with this activity.  When a child creates a chain using paper or other items, they work on so many fine motor skills.  Using both hands together requires bilateral hand coordination and is a necessity for cutting with scissors, buttoning a coat, and writing on paper.  Linking the paper (or other materials) links together uses a tripod grasp, symmetrical movements, hand-eye coordination, dexterity, intrinsic muscle strength, an open web space, and endurance!  Wow, what a workout from creating a simple paper chain!  Now, think about the tape, velcro, or stapler that is used to fasten the chain links.  Little hands are using small muscles with this task.  When we started to think about all the benefits of creating a chain, we had to go looking for more chain link activities!

Chain link activities and crafts for kids with learning letters, numbers, and even counting down to special events!

Chain Link Crafts and Activities for Kids:

Use pool noodles to make chain links. {Teach Preschool}
You cna even encourage learning with paper chains!  Practice letters {Hands On As We Grow} or numbers {Glued to My Crafts} using paper chains.
Create a snake craft {Red Ted Art} using paper chain links.
Count down to a holiday or event using a kid-made paper chain link with activities. {Sugar Aunts}

Check out who the other hosts are featuring today:
AND be sure to stop by our guest host for the month of March, Blayne from House of Burke.

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