5 Mother’s Day crafts for preschoolers to make as gifts

Looking for something fun to make for mom this Mother’s Day from your special preschooler or kindergartener? Here’s 5 gift ideas for your preschooler to make with their own little hands.

Family Collage: If you are in a classroom ask parents to bring in pictures of the whole family and create a family collage. If you are doing artwork at home with your children go through the family album with them, they will love looking at all the pictures and listening to you tell them about each photo and memory.

You can keep it simple with photographs and gluing, but to really get creative and have some fun include scrapbook paper and some fun embellishments like the word MOM on a sticker, which the child can place on every picture of their mother. Other easy embellishments can be cut out frames or a poem about mom’s printed from the computer, one good resource for mother’s day poems is DLTK.com.

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Flower Pot: Tried and true, but kids just love getting their hands dirty. Pick up inexpensive flower pots at the craft store. On a tight budget, use pretty larger size Dixie cups. Fill with soil and help kid’s plant seed. If using the flower pots decorate with stickers, paint, ribbons or large buttons (too big to swallow).

Handprint/Footprint Art: There are several different handprint and footprint creations you can make for mom and grandma, here are my favorites.

T-Shirt/Sweatshirt: Purchase a shirt at Hobby Lobby and waterproof paints. For added details purchase puffy or glitter paints. The puffy paint with fine point edge is great for printing words, like, “I love my mom so much I can’t keep my hands off her.” Paint the child’s hand and help them press different colored hand prints all over the shirt.

Wall Poster: Get any color poster board you want and then paint the child’s hands and feet with brightly colored or glittery paint. Help them place hand and footprints on the poster board. Print out these Mother’s Day poems on good card stock paper:

Footprint Poem

The pitter patter of little feet
Leave behind something dear and sweet
A precious treasure for me to keep
The memories of your little feet.

Handprints Poem

This is my hand.
My hand will do
A 1000 loving things with you
And you will remember
When I am tall…
That once my hand
Was just this small.

Glue poems onto poster board. Let everything dry and frame in poster board frames available from Wal-Mart.

(Great for Grandmothers too!)

Mom’s Placemat: Mom gets her own specially designed placemat, great for serving Mother’s Day Breakfast or Dinner. Cut out pictures from magazines of different activities of moms and children together, mom’s walking, planting, playing, chasing, whatever. Allow the children to choose the pictures they like and glue them down onto the card stock. For just a small charge each of them can be taken to a Kinko’s or teacher supply store and be laminated, but if you have a tight budget, wait until nap time and cover them yourself with clear contact paper.

Variation: Queen for a Day Placemat: Write, stamp or glue letters for Queen for a Day onto 8 ½ x 11 card stock, cut out and glue queenly items like a crown, mantle or scepter.

Avengers Age of Ultron free printable coloring pages and memory game

Avengers Age of Ultron Coloring Pages

The Avengers are back with a fury (no pun intended) as they save the world from destruction again – from a peacekeeping program that is anything by peaceful.

Marvel’s AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON will hit theaters everywhere on May 1st! In the meantime enjoy these fun free printable coloring pages of some of your favorite Avengers characters.


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Free printable Avengers Age of Ultron Coloring Pages 

Free printable Avengers of Age of Ultron memory game

 

 

STORY SYNOPSIS (reprinted by permission):

 Marvel Studios presents “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” the epic follow-up to the biggest Super Hero movie of all time. When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure.

 Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” stars Robert Downey Jr., who returns as Iron Man, along with Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Mark Ruffalo as Hulk and Chris Evans as Captain America. Together with Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, and with the additional support of Don Cheadle as James Rhodes/War Machine, Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill, Stellan Skarsgård as Erik Selvig and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, the team must reassemble to defeat James Spader as Ultron, a terrifying technological villain hell-bent on human extinction. Along the way, they confront two mysterious and powerful newcomers, Pietro Maximoff, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and Wanda Maximoff, played by Elizabeth Olsen and meet an old friend in a new form when Paul Bettany becomes Vision.

 Written and directed by Joss Whedon and produced by Kevin Feige, p.g.a., Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” is based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series “The Avengers,” first published in 1963. Get set for an action-packed thrill ride when The Avengers return in Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” on May 1, 2015.

 

 

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Maya the Bee free printable activities

Maya The Bee is coming to DVD and Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack on May 19, 2015! Featuring an All-Star Voice Cast such as Coco Jack Gillies, Academy Award® Nominee Jacki Weaver, Miriam Margolyes, Richard Roxburgh, Noah Taylor, Kodi Smit-McPhee and Justine Clarke.

“MAYA THE BEE MOVIE,” is based on the well-known children’s novel and popular animated series in Europe, Australia and Asia, offers an immersive cinematic adventure into a spectacular macroscopic world. This highly anticipated animated feature brings to life an enchanting story of a little bee named Maya and her exciting adventure of self-discovery and fantastical fun. A must-have for fans of all ages, “MAYA THE BEE MOVIE” is an instant classic that delivers wholesome family entertainment— emphasizing the importance of friendship, freedom and courage. This internationally acclaimed film can also be seen in select theaters in Los Angeles and New York on May 1, 2015.

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“MAYA THE BEE MOVIE” Synopsis (used by permission) 
Maya is a little bee with a big heart. She dreams of an exciting life of freedom, fun and adventure – the world is simply far too interesting to stay inside a hive! Her funny attempts to fit in bring her into trouble with the Queen’s narrow-minded royal advisor, Buzzlina. With her best friend Willy, Maya buzzes out into the meadow on an exhilarating adventure of self-discovery.

While most bees believe that other insects should be feared, Maya can’t help but make friends with Flip the charismatic and eccentric grasshopper, Kurt the dung beetle and even Sting, a young hornet. But when the Queen’s royal jelly is stolen, it will take Maya and all of her bug buddies to figure out who did it and how to save the day!

One of the best-known and beloved children’s brands of all-time, the stories of Maya The Bee have been passed down among generations of families for years. Originally a German children’s novel by Waldemar Bonsels, The Adventures of Maya the Bee was published over a hundred years ago in 1912. Since the original publishing, the book has been translated into many other languages and enjoyed by children all over the world. In addition to the book, Maya The Bee is also a comic book series, appeared in various iterations as animated series and now a major animated feature film.

“MAYA THE BEE MOVIE” Two-Disc Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack contains the following special features: Movie presentation on Blu-ray 3D and 2D, DVD and a Digital Copy of the film
• A Interview With Maya
• “Dancing With Bees” – An Exclusive Episode Of The Maya The Bee TV Series
• Blooper Reel
• Trailers

“MAYA THE BEE MOVIE” DVD contains the following bonus features:
• A Interview With Maya
• “Dancing With Bees” – An Exclusive Episode Of The Maya The Bee TV Series
• Blooper Reel
• Trailers

Bring the voices inside your head home! Free ‘Inside Out’ printable activities

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You know those little voices inside your head that you tell yourself can’t be real? Well what if they were? “Inside Out” takes a look at what happens inside our head and what could happen when we don’t listen to our heart.

Official storyline (reprinted by permission)
Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it’s no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions – Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness. The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley’s mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco, turmoil ensues in Headquarters. Although Joy, Riley’s main and most important emotion, tries to keep things positive, the emotions conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school.

In the meantime enjoy Joy, Fear, Sadness and all your favorite characters from “Inside Out” with these fun filled free printable activities.


Free ‘Inside Out’ printable activities

Emotions Around the World

Eggstravagent egg decorating tips

Spot the Difference

Door Hanger Craft

Coloring Page

King Julien free printable activities and sneak peek videos

King Julien

All Hail King Julien!

The great and most fashionable king (with all the right dance moves) bestows upon you new activity sheets and clips inspired by his royal highness’ new show, All Hail King Julien! 

Nominated for five Daytime Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Children’s Animated Program, DreamWorks Animation’s Netflix original series All Hail King Julien is now available with five new episodes exclusively on Netflix!

King Julien free printable activities

In these new episodes, King Julien gets everyone hooked on caffeine, tries to automate life on Madagascar (to disastrous effects), embarrasses Maurice, misrepresents the truth and generally brings chaos wherever he goes — all while managing, unintentionally, to stay one step ahead of an always-imminent uprising.  As always, when his silliness puts his colony in danger, his heart rises to the occasion to save the day.  It’s a riot of color ─ and a laugh riot ─ when viewers All Hail King Julien!

Coffee Withdrawal . . . I think we could all feel some of his pain.

Free printable Easter activities featuring TinkerBell

Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast

In celebration of Easter weekend we have these fun Easter activities you can do with the whole family from your favorite fairies in honor of the latest release of Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast out now on Blu-ray, Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere!

 

See our review of Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast.

Tinker Bell and all her friends are back on the big screen in our family room with the Blu-Ray/DVD release of Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast! I admit the girls have already watched it three times, just to make sure they didn’t miss a thing. In this latest installment of the Tinker (Continue Reading…);

Make your own Easter Egg Terrarium, Easter Basket and String Eggs with these free printable Easter activities!

 

 

 

Save 60% on ROBOTS-4-U and Art Summer Camps

Oh the sweet summer time! It’s just around the corner and I admit it’s is a time of year I look forward to. Not only do I cut back on the number of hours I work, but I get to spend some amazing time with with the kids. The hours I do work the kids head off to summer camps and I get to enjoy the fruits of their labors when they get home. Last year they attended the ROBOTS-4-U Summer camp and they had an amazing time!

Here’s a little bit about the Robots-4-U and Arts Summer Camps . . .

S.T.E.A.M. education: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math!

ROBOTS-4-U Summer Camps Now Enrolling – Where Fun, Thinking & Learning comes to Life!
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Campers having a BLAST, while learning and playing in a dynamic environment. Learning about Robotics and Science, in an independent and exciting way!

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Summer camp learning, fun and savings at Digital Media Academy

It’s that time of the year again when parents across the United States wonder “What am I going to do with the kids during summer break?” For some families it is the opportunity to travel. For others it’s time to provide them with opportunities and extra curricular activities that their children could not participate in during the school year. For others it’s a worry about leaving the kids at home alone for long periods of time. But there is an answer! Summer camps offer the opportunity to learn and play in ways you may not have time to during the regular school year. Here’s one camp that the features learning and innovation in the fields of game design and development, programming and app development, film making, robotics, music and audio production, and sports and technology.

Disclosure: This is a conversation sponsored by US Family Guide and Digital Media Academy. However, all opinions expressed are 100% my own. 

 Founded at Stanford University, Digital Media Academy is ranked as one of the ten best summer camps in the world.

Kids and teens learn computer programming, app development, 3D modeling, robotics, graphic design, filmmaking, and much more. DMA summer camps are one or multiple week experiences taught by industry experts and tech professionals.

Campers get hands-on experience creating projects using the latest hardware and software from Apple, Canon, Adobe, and more. Give your teen a pre-collegiate experience or build a child’s confidence through project-based learning. 25 locations at top universities throughout the U.S. and Canada. Camps are filling fast, register early to save money and stay off the wait list.

Save $75 off summer camps at Digital Media Academy with code TECHFUN15 at DigitalMediaAcademy.org register by March 31 #CreateTheNext
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Free printable Cinderella activities and coloring sheets

Cinderella

 

Cinderella wasn’t just the belle of the ball, but also the box office her very first weekend out and to celebrate we bring to you some fun filled free printable Cinderella activities, crafts and coloring pages. If you have seen the movie, it’s great fun to relive some of your favorite moments and characters from the movie with these free Cinderella printables. If not, (like me, because we were travelling) it’s a great way to give the kids a sneak peek at the movie before we head out to see it over Easter break.

Enjoy!

Cinderella Slipper Craft 

Connect the Dots- Glass Slipper

Cinderella Word Search 

Cinderella Line Maze

Cinderella Clock Craft 

Cinderella Spot the Differences

Cinderella Spot the Difference 2

Cinderella Spot the Difference Carriage

Cinderella Memory Cards

 

 


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Little Passports offers a big fundraiser to benefit your school

 

It seems all year long I’m offered many, many, many opportunities to help my school raise funds. There’s Yankee Candle, food items, photos and gifts. But what I’m rarely offered something that actually is FUN for the whole family and educational too! That’s why I’m really excited about the Little Passports Fundraiser opportunity. Not only is it fun for the whole family, educational, but also pretty darn easy to do! So grab this blog post and send it to everyone in the PTA to let them know how easy it is to raise money for their school.

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Here’s how it works: your school’s community shops at Little Passports and they will donate 15% back to your school. It is that easy! They do all the work from processing orders directly on their site to providing you with flyers and sample promotional language to help you spread the word. Get more information here: www.littlepassports.com/schools. The fundraising period is from April 1st – April 8th 2015 and the deadline to sign-up is March 25th 2015 so check it out today!

So what sort of things can your school community find when they shop at Little Passports?

There’s the Early Explorers set for ages 3-5, so don’t think the preschool classes are out of the running! The World Edition is for ages 5-10 and the USA edition is for ages 7-12.

The first month of each plan participants receive their traveler kit. It gives them everything they need to get started. Each month after that Little Passports sends out age appropriate games, activities and information so your little traveler can travel the world learning about the great big world around them – from animals to architecture and plenty of stuff in between.

Other products include the World Coin Collection and Personalized products made just for your traveler.