Kid Color Pages: A Sick Day and Spreading Germs

What better way to learn about germs and resting when you’re sick than to do so with kid color pages.

These pages are perfect to share with your kids at the beginning of the school year and before cold and flu season.

They remind kids of basic things they need to keep in mind when they feel like they are getting sick and when they see friends who are sick.

Have a child home sick who is bored? These are the perfect color pages to help them pass the time!

kid color pages sick day and spreading germs

You Will Need:

Print out your kid color pages that are all about having a sick day and how to not spread germs.

You can click on the link above or on any of the images to print the packet.

kid color pages and germs

There is fun facts and information on each page you can go over with your kids.

kid color pages about germs

Let’s take a look at this 10 page packet!

kid color pages sick day We remind our kids that micro-organisms cannot be seen with our eye. They are super tiny.

They come in different forms like viruses, bacteria and fungi.

kid color pages sick day cold and flu

 

Micro-organisms  help us by breaking down waste and such but they can make us sick.

color pages for kids sick day and spreading germs

Remind kids how quickly germs can grow and spread.

Also remind them how important it is to wash our hands and cover our coughs and sneezes!

cover your cough and sneeze

When we are sick it is very important that we stay hydrated and drink plenty of water.

kid color pages sneezing spreads germs I love chicken noodle soup and broth when I am sick.

So do my kids!

kid color pages chicken noodle soup Sometimes when we are sick we have to go to the doctor.

Sometimes we just need plenty of rest.

 

kid color pages sick day at the doctor

If we have to take medicine when we get sick, we need to ensure we read the labels and take the medicine exactly like the doctor and/or instructions indicate.

kid color pages sick day cough medicine

Coughs and sneezed can travel 3 meters!

Covering our mouth is super important so that we do not get our friends and family sick.

kid color pages sick day spreading germs

 

Sometimes we do not have a tissue handy when we cough or sneeze.

I tell my kids to give it the elbow and cough or sneeze inside the crease of the elbow. This can help keep germs away from others.

kid color pages sick day spreading germs

 

I hope that you and your kiddos enjoy these color pages!

What is your most important advice when your family gets sick?

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19 Preschool Car Craft Ideas

I am not sure about you guys, but my kids love to play with cars.

They integrate them into so many play scenarios; like independent play, imaginary play, while playing with Legos and even while doing homeschool work.

Here is an awesome collection of 19 preschool car craft ideas  that your kids will love.

There are ideas for re-purposing things you have around the house to make a toy car, ways to make it educational (like using a car track to teach a little one to spell his name), ways to discover texture and more!

These are perfect for homeschool families, weekend enrichment projects with Mom and Dad or for a unit study that is all about cars.

19 Preschool Car Craft Ideas

19 Preschool Car Craft for Kids

  1. C is for Car (Letter of the Week Craft) by Crystal & Co. 
  2. Pringles Can Racing Car by Craftulate
  3. Seat Belt vs Air Bag Science Experiment by Inspiring NH Kids
  4. Car Ramp Painting by Adventures of Adam
  5. Paper Car Crafts for Kids by Buggy and Buddy
  6. Transportation Math Activities by PreK and K Sharing
  7. DIY Take-a-Long Race Track  by Pint-sized Treasures
  8. Homemade Cars Party by Red Ted Art
  9. Alphabet Sorting Activity  by Life Over C’s
  10. Shaving Cream Car Tracks  by Adventures of Adam
  11. Alphabet Parking Lot  by I Can Teach My Child
  12. Car Activity for Kids – Tape City  by Artsy Mama
  13. Name Activity Using Toy Cars  by Buggy and Buddy
  14. Truck Painting  by Craftulate
  15. DIY Block City – Car Road from Pizza Box  by 123 Homeachool 4 Me
  16. Masking Tape Car Track  by Adventures of Adam
  17. Cardboard Box Car by Craftulate
  18. Wooden Toy Car Ramp by Buggy and Buddy
  19. Car Snack for Kids (apples and grapes) by Crystal & Co. 

Which one are you most excited to create with your little one?

Bubble Wrap Paper Plate Snake Craft

This week we have Michelle from CraftyMorning.com sharing one of her creative craft ideas with us! Her whole website is full of kid’s art projects so if you are stuck in a rut on how to entertain your kids, hop on over to get some inspiration!

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I was in my kitchen today and realized we have a HUGE amount of paper plates sitting around (thanks, Costco!) so I decided to make a snake out of one! Kids will usually either be scared of these animals or obsessed with them. Not only do kids get to use their cutting and gluing skills but I also incorporated a fun painting tool using bubble wrap and a paint roller! You don’t have to use the red and black colors either, how about a neon rainbow one?

Bubble Wrap Paper Plate Snake Craft

Materials Needed:

Bubble Wrap Paper Plate Snake Craft

Start by taking an empty paint roller and stick a recycled paper towel roll on it (mine fit perfectly!) If you have a smaller paint roller, you can also use a toilet paper roll.

Bubble Wrap Paper Plate Snake Craft

Take a sheet of bubble wrap and wrap it around it, securing it with a piece of tape. Then have your kids dip the roller into some red/black paint and roll like crazy all over the paper plate!  Note that this part can get messy so I would use washable paint.

Bubble Wrap Paper Plate Snake Craft

Once the paint is completely dry take a scissors and cut a spiral. To make this craft easier for younger children, adults can draw on the spirals with black marker for them to follow. Make sure to stop cutting towards the end so you can make a head shape.

Bubble Wrap Paper Plate Snake Craft

Glue on two little googly eyes and cut a small piece of red ribbon. At the very end of the ribbon cut a triangle out to make the creepy snake tongue! That’s it…time for the kids to play with their snakes :)

You can check out how to make this green paper plate snake using a rolling pin over at Crafty Morning!

Bubble Wrap Paper Plate Snake Craft

Activities for Kids: Caterpillar Pencil Topper

I was on the phone the other day with my friend Kelli and her kids start back to school the first week of August.

What? Where has the summer gone? And when did school start back the first week of August?

We homeschool, so we do school work year round, but school supplies are out at the store in abundance and this is the time of year I buy them. The prices are just too good not to stock up! Pencils, folders, paper, markers, crayons…. all of these things are so affordable right now!

This year why not make some fun {and super easy} pencil toppers? My boys will love this!

DIY caterpillar pencil toppers

You Will Need:

Grab all of your supplies.

how to make a pencil topper for back to school

Wrap the pipe cleaner (I used a white one) around the top portion of the pencil right under the eraser.

use pipe cleaners to make pencil toppers

Next. use the hot glue gun to attach the multicolored tiny pom poms.

Are these cute or what? I love tiny stuff!

Glue them on really close to each other- no gaps.

Four or five tiny pom poms will fit.

DIY pencil toppersGlue the tiny eyes on.

Be careful not to burn yourself.

Make sure you help your little one if they are doing the craft. Those tiny eyes can be hard to get a small dot of glue on.

caterpillar pencil topper

And there you have it.

How fun and cute is this?

Just sharpen your new pencil and you’re good to go!

caterpillar pencil topper craft

My go to spot each year for buying school supplies is Target. It has been for years.

I love their up & up brand- best deals every year!

And you know what? Target gets it. They know we are paying attention to those details in the quality of the supplies we’re buying as well as the price because so many of us are on a budget. For me, I hate three ring binders that break just after a few weeks of using them! I hate pencil bags that break just a few months into the school year. It’s a scavenger hunt for the exact items we need- we are on a budget, folks!

Have you heard the news about the Buy One, Give One promotion? For each select school supply you buy for back-to-school, Target will give another to the Kids In Need Foundation. Together, we can help Target reach their goal of donating $25 million in supplies.

Do you set a budget each year for school supplies? Does your heart sing when you see all of the totally budget-friendly supply deals this time of year?

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Target Back To School. The opinions and text are all mine.

32 Letter F Crafts and Activities for Preschoolers

Are you on the hunt for more letter F crafts for your preschooler?

Here is a collection of 32 more activities you can do with your little one.

One of the best elements of learning is making it fun. It is about more than just saying your alphabet and hoping the letters and sounds stick in their head.

This list of ideas fits the needs of many different learning styles and are perfect for boys and girls!

There are crafts to make, things to cook, books to read, art work ideas and more!

Let’s dive into this list.

32 Letter F Crafts and Activities for Preschoolers

Letter F Crafts and Activities for Preschoolers

  1. Letter of the Week Craft: F is for Frog by Crystal & Co. 
  2. Letter F Paper Plate Craft by East Coast Mommy 
  3. F is for Farmer Sensory Bins by Life with Moore Babies 
  4. Fairy House Toiletl Paper Roll Craft by Red Ted Art 
  5. Thread Wrapped Letters by Craftulate 
  6. Fishing Game by No Time for Flash Cards 
  7. Letter F Do a Dot Worksheet  by Crystal & Co. 
  8. Frog Sandwiches by The Chaos and the Clutter
  9. Letter of the Week:  F Theme by No Time for Flash Cards 
  10. Letter F Preschool Printables by Teaching Mama 
  11. 20 Letter F Books Children Must Read by Crystal & Co.
  12. Letter F: Frog Printable Freebies by Life Over C’s
  13. Frog Playdough by Life Over C’s 
  14. Tissue Paper Flower Lollipops by Red Ted Art 
  15. Letter F Frankenstein Math for Kids by No Time for Flash Cards 
  16. 15 Feather Crafts for Children by Craftulate
  17. Fingerprint Fish by 3 Dinosaurs 
  18. Football Crafts by No Time for Flash Cards 
  19. Farm Small World Play Ideas  by Craftulate
  20. Flower Bead Card by Red Ted Art 
  21. 20 Letter F Books Children Must Read  by Crystal & Co.
  22. Jump Frog Jump Gross Motor with Printable by 3 Dinosaurs 
  23. Fancy Nancy Activities  by The Chaos and the Clutter 
  24. Preschool Art Activities: Rainbow Fish by Planet Smarty Pants 
  25. Handprint Fish by Craftulate
  26. Handprint Alphabet: F is for Flamingo by Red Ted Art 
  27. Fire and Fire Trucks for Toddlers  by Craftulate
  28. Letter F Sensory Bin by Life with Moore Babies 
  29. How to Finger Knit for Kids  by Red Ted Art 
  30. Fairywand Cookies by Red Ted Art 
  31. Gone Fishing Cupcake Snacks  by Crystal & Co. 
  32. Fireworks Crafts by No Time for Flash Cards 

Which idea do you think your young learner will love the most? Pick a couple and create them together!

Pasta Crafts for Kids: How to Dye Pasta

Have you ever used colored pasta when teaching your kids?

Dying pasta is very easy and it uses supplies you likely have on hand.

You can use this to create pasta crafts for kids, but also for learning. Pasta is a great manipulates for sorting, counting, developing patterns and more!

Kids also love to create art and other projects using colored pasta.

Let me show you how easy it is to make this. (While you’re here check out all of our activities for kids!)

Pasta Crafts for Kids How to Dye Pasta

Supplies:

Gather up your supplies.

You will need to repeat the first four ingredients for every pasta shape and color you want.

 

supplies needed to dye pasta with rubbing alcohol

Add 2 c of pasta to a ziplock bag.

In a bowl mix the alcohol and food coloring with a whisk.

Dump the mixture into the bag and seal it.

Swish it around until the pasta is evenly coated.

use alcohol and food coloring to dye pasta

Cover a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

Dump the pasta out and let it dry on the cookie sheet.

let the dyed pasta dry before playing with it

Look at all of the colors you can make.

This is a great opportunity for your kids to help with measuring, following directions and mixing colors to make new colors.

dying pasta for kids to play with

So many projects and activities for kids await!

Pasta Crafts for Kids

 

Over the next few weeks I will share with you tutorials and ways to use this pasta in learning.

MORE ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS

Here are more activities for kids that encourage play and learning.

Homemade Bubble Recipe for Kids

Summer is in full swing and I am on the hunt for fun activities for kids that involve a little outside play time.

I have been wanting to make a homemade bubble recipe for a while. My boys LOVE to play with bubbles! What about your kiddos?

This morning we made these bubbles really quickly and easily. I bet you’ve got the items on hand to make them.

This version makes a little over 4 cups of bubble solution.

By noon it was too hot to play outside much, but this will be a perfect morning or late evening family activity.

Ready for the simple recipe?

homemade bubble recipe from crystalandcomp.com

Ingredients:

  • 4 c hot water (just use tap)
  • 2 T glycerin 
  • 1 c hand soap or dish soap
  • 3 drops of essential oils Joy (totally optional, but this adds a happy scent!)

You will also want a large jar and spoon for mixing as well as bubble wands.

Add the hot water to a large jar that you can mix the bubbles up in.

Add the glycerin and the soap.

Easy Homemade Bubble Recipe

Add a couple of drops of Joy essential oil, this is totally optional, but it certainly makes for a happy smell! Here is where I buy essential oils online.

Use a spoon to gently stir. Minimize making lots of foam at the top.

homemade bubble recipe adding Joy essential oils

Grab your bubble wands and you’re ready to go.

I found a packet of 12 online for a pretty reasonable price and free shipping.

homemade bubbles using glycerinThe kids had lots of fun until they got too hot.

There are so many fun things you can do while making bubbles. See who can make the biggest bubble!

activities for kids homemade bubbles

My husband and I had even more fun than the kids.

He was home for lunch and we made bubbles in the front yard.

Any idea how hard it is to get good pictures of bubbles? They are translucent do they are hard for the camera to focus on. Not to mention the wind blows them away fast.

Homemade Bubble Recipe using Essential Oil

The glycerin in the recipe will help make the bubbles thicker.

This will prevent them from popping so quickly.

Homemade Bubble Recipe how to

See all of the things you can create using different shaped wands.

Homemade Bubble Recipe for Kids

Who can create the most bubbles at one time?

this man of mine

This bubble was MASSIVE!

homemade bubbles

Such a fun activity to do as a family.

how to make bubbles at home

When was the last time you played with bubbles?

Have you ever considered making them homemade? It really is super easy!

homemade bubble recipe for kidsEnjoy!

MORE HOMEMADE ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS

Here are more ways to use essential oils in your home.

 

 

 

 

 

Activities for Kids: 42 Frog Craft Projects

Are you looking for activities for kids as you teach your preschooler about frogs?

I have pulled together a nice collection of frog crafts and projects that you can do with your little ones.

These will go perfectly with our letter of the week activities that are here in my this site.

 

Activities for Kids 42 Frog Craft Projects

 42 Frog Craft Projects

  1. Letter of the Week Craft: F is for Frog 
  2. Frog and Turtle Unit
  3. Frog Life Cycle with Printables
  4. F is for Frog Do a Dot Letter Printable 
  5. Printable Frog Activity Book for Kids
  6. Make Frogs Using Wine Cork
  7. Circle Frog – Shapes Craft
  8. Paper Roll Frog Craft
  9. Oreo Frogs
  10. Green Crafts
  11. Catching Frogs and Toads
  12. How to Make an Origami Frog that Jumps
  13. Frog Paper Bag Puppet
  14. Paper Heart Frog Craft for Kids
  15. Footprint Frog Craft
  16. Free Frog Pond Play Dough Printable
  17. Animal Movement: Red Light Green Light
  18. Exploring with Frogs – Sensory Play
  19. Pond Sensory Bin
  20. Cheap Handprint Frog Craft for Kids
  21. Free Printable Froggy Fold Up Book
  22. Hungry Hungry Frogs
  23. Mr Croak – Unexpectd Substitute Teacher for an Afternoon
  24. Frog Pond Skip Counting by 5s (with free printable)
  25. Pet Frog Sensory Bin
  26. Interactive App Following Frog Life Cycle
  27. Jump Frog Jump Gross Motor with Printable
  28. Free Printable Frog Skip Counting Puzzle
  29. Frog Hand Puppet
  30. The Study of Animals: Vertebrates
  31. Egg Carton Frog Craft
  32. Party Blower Frog Catching Game
  33.  Free Pond Pack
  34. Learn Phonics with Froggy Froggy
  35. Frog Pond Sensory Sink
  36. Handprint Frog Craft
  37. Free Resources to Learn About Frogs
  38. Free Frog Mask
  39. Frog Unit Study
  40. Free Pond Dot Marker Pages
  41. Life Cycle of a Frog Activity
  42. Printable Tree Frog Craft

More Learning Activities for Kids

Over 150 Outside Activities for Kids

Summer is officially here according to the calender. It is getting warmer and warmer every afternoon here in Texas.

How about where you live?

Now is the time to find some outside activities for kids. Ways to incorporate nature into their play, ways to create and ways to learn. The key is to also encourage fun!

You will love this collection of ideas. There is something included for toddlers all the way through elementary age. I think even our thirteen year old would enjoy some of these.

Something as simple as playing outside is a great way to discourage boredom and build memories. Keep in mind, children do not always have to be entertained. Often times being bored is what stems creativity in children. That is what I love about these lists of ideas. Nothing I’ve shared below is over stimulating. In fact, these ideas are very simple and use the things in our environment to encourage play!

Ready?

Over 150 Outside Activities for Kids

 

Outside Activities for Kids

15 Water Play Activities for Kids from Crystal & Co. 

15 Fun Outdoor Activities for Kids from No Time for Flashcards 

10 Gross Motor Outdoor Activities for Kids from Hands on as We Grow

3 Fun and Easy Outdoor Activities for Kids from 3 Boys and a Dog 

10 Backyard Balancing Activities for Kids from Happy Hooligans 

20 Outdoor Art Activities for Kids from Childhood 101

35 Outside Chalk Activities for Kids from the Pleasantest Thing

9 Ways to Learn Outside from The Measured Mom

10 Outdoor Math Activities for Kids from Reading Confetti 

5 Outdoor Flashlight Games for Kids from Kids Activities Blog 

10 Summer Outdoor Activities for Kids from Toddler Approved 

12 Outdoor Letter and Word Activities for Kids from Reaching Confetti 

25 Ways to Play Outside with Your Kids from Peace But not Quiet 

10 Lemonade Stand Ideas for Kids from Crystal & Co. 

 

I would love to know how you encourage play outside with your kiddos!

 

 

20 Homemade Play Dough Recipe Ideas

My kids love playing with play dough! There is nothing better than making it yourself.

It is a perfect summer activity for kids and you guys will build memories while you do it.

Did you have know there were so many homemade play dough recipe ideas out there? You can make it with candy, spices, sugar drink mix and more!

Some of these recipes are edible and some are just for play. All of them include items you likely have in your pantry. These recipes are from some of my favorite kid bloggers!

Let’s think outside the box and make some super creative homemade play dough!

20 homemade play dough recipe ideas

 

20 Homemade Play Dough Recipe Ideas

  1. Calming  Play Dough from Crystal & Co.
  2. Edible Peanut Butter Play Dough from The Imagination Tree
  3. Jello Play Dough from Teaching Mama
  4. Candy Play Dough from Kids Activities Blog
  5. Pumpkin Pie Play Dough from Crystal & Co.
  6. Soft Vanilla Mint Play Dough from Mama.Papa.Bubba
  7. Glowing Play Dough Recipe from Tinkerlad
  8. Glitter Rainbow Play Dough Recipe from Housing a Forest
  9. Kool Aid Play Dough from Crystal & Co.
  10. Edible Gluten Free No Cook Play Dough from Fun at Home with Kids
  11. Herb and Spice Play Dough from Craftulate
  12. Super Soft Play Dough from Learning 4 Kids
  13. Chocolate Play Dough from Crystal & Co.
  14. Orange and Spice Play Dough from Nurture Store
  15. Marshmallow Play Dough from Frogs, Snails and Puppy Dog Tails
  16. Chilled Play Dough from Blog Me Mom
  17. Sand Play Dough from 2 Big 2 Little
  18. Skin Therapy Play Dough from No Twiddle Twaddle
  19. Nutella Play Dough from The Pleasantest Thing
  20. Cookie Butter Play Dough (edible peanut butter alternative) from Crystal & Co.

Use this list the next time you’re looking for something to do indoors and you will have hours of fun play!

More Activities for Kids

Here are hundreds of other ways to make memories this summer.


 

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