Animal shape puppets.

Yesterday I shared animal shape coloring pages I made for my daughters to color over the weekend. My daughters were excited about the coloring pages and decided they didn’t want to wait for the weekend and we went ahead and colored them today. My youngest insisted on making them into masks in which I suggested making them into fun little puppets instead. Which gave my daughters scissor practice for the day. Although my youngest (age 2) is still learning how to hold scissors properly I allowed her to cut the paper and then finished cutting out the animals.

Supply List For Puppets…
-Animal Shapes coloring pages
-crayons, markers, coloring pencils, etc.
-popsicle sticks
-glue
-scissors

My oldest daughters puppets.
A puppet my youngest daughter made.
My youngest daughter claimed her puppets weren’t being nice therefore she had to rip them up.
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Outside for active learning.

After our mess was cleaned from the puppet making we headed outside for an active learning session. In which we played tag, went for a short walk, and my oldest made a fun maze with sidewalk chalk. She wrote out the words (start) and (finish) which gave her a chance to practice sounding out words in a way in which she approved. For extra learning you could add sight words throughout the maze and have your young learners read them as they walk upon each word to get to the finish line. In my household I only add in the amount I know my daughters will be willing to take on for the day. If I add to much outside of my daughters school curriculum in learning she gets upset and it’s a struggle to bring her back to a stable place in which we can get her to learn for the day.

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Paper plates masks.

After her younger sister (age 2) goes to bed my oldest daughter (age 6) and I spend around 30 minutes to an hour together playing or experimenting with art nightly. During the day it’s difficult to play board games and create art using various supplies because my youngest is at the age in which she likes to participate although she gets bored rather quickly and begins grabbing everything and tossing it all over the place. Which can make playing a game of my oldest daughters choice difficult.

Tonight my oldest decided she wanted to make paper plate masks for her dads birthday. I often allow her to choose the materials she wants to use in which she chose paper plates, popsicle sticks, glue, and markers. I brought out water colors as well. I use art time in our home as a time for my daughters to feel in charge and break away from a strict learning regimen. My oldest gets upset quickly when she feels she isn’t in control of a situation, she likes to make the rules and do things the way she wants. Therefore I allow her to choose projects she’d like to make during art time to give her a safe place to be in control and allow her creative side to show through.

A mask my daughter made for me to wear.
A tiger mask that I made.

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