Friday, February 27, 2015

Dr. Seuss Dress Up Day: One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish

As part of the annual event Read Across America, my son's school celebrates Dr. Seuss's birthday with a dress-up day. The kids are encouraged to come to school dressed as a character from a Dr. Seuss book. 

At my son's school, they typically wear uniforms, so dress-up days are always a big hit. 

I wanted a costume that was easy and inexpensive and wouldn't restrict my active boy's daily activities. 

We chose the book: One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish.  

To make the fish, I hand-drew them on adhesive-backed craft foam.  These sheets are easy to find at any craft store. The sheets sell individually for about 99 cents. I bought a red sheet and a blue sheet (given the book's title) and a yellow sheet. 

After cutting out the fish, I added a wiggly eye to each. Then I peeled the adhesive from the back of the foam and applied the fish to my son's shirt. Super easy!

As you may have guessed, the most popular costume at school today was Thing 1 and Thing 2. 

Happy birthday, Dr. Seuss!

Friday, February 13, 2015

Easy Valentine Collection Bags: Kindergarten Craft

Happy Valentine's Day, everyone!  Cory's kindergarten class celebrated the holiday at school yesterday. We made these owl treat bags to hold their valentines. Easier and cheaper than the traditional Valentine box. 

I made the samples above for the class: boy and girl owls with wiggly eyes, a doily middle and little heart feet. 

I used kraft bags from the gift bag aisle at Michaels. The bags were sold by the dozen (a baker's dozen, actually) for $5.99. The bags measure 5.5 inches across and 8.5 inches tall. Perfect for this simple craft. 

Two of the boys made these fun versions. Got to love the bug on the heart! Ha!

Above are versions the girls made. So sweet. I love how they all turned out. 

This was a really fast craft for the class. They finished in about 15 minutes. Almost too fast as we had an hour to fill for the party!

After the bags were made, the kids distributed their Valentines. Or more accurately, I should say, the kids distributed the candy they brought in for class. It looked like Halloween!  From the 24 kids in the class, Cory received one handmade Valentine, one traditional store bought card and 22 pieces of Valentine candy with a sticker wrapped around it. Truth in blogging: the "valentines" that Cory brought to school were in that latter category. No stones here!

The one lone handmade Valentine. Yoda best! Love it!

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