Last week we had our teacher conference with Henry's preschool teacher. He goes to a Montessori preschool for a couple of hours three days a week. It's the same tiny preschool that Violet went to, it's just one teacher in one classroom. It feels like home to us all. His teacher is our friend and neighbor, her daughter babysits for us and her other children are friends as well. Needless to say, we love it there!
The funny thing about teacher conferences for preschoolers is that, unless there are major problems, it sort of feels just like a time for the parents to have a chance to chat with the teacher about "What can we do at home? How can we help?"
It occurred to me the other day that Henry is not Violet. Ha, ha, of course, I realize that! What I really mean is that he hasn't been here before. He hasn't been 3 1/2 before. He is at that stage where so many things are new and amazing to him! He is at that stage where so many things are being learned and he's loving it. Also, he's not Violet because, while he loves to learn, he learns in different ways than Violet. He's not drawing constantly, he's not asking to practice writing his letters or numbers. And that's okay! He's learning in his own way and it usually involves much more activity!
So, after chatting with his teacher and listening to her great recommendations I came home and told Henry that I was going to make him some number mats. After explaining he began to get excited.
Simply trace circles (from plates) onto a rainbow of felt and then cut out the circles. Cut numbers 1-10 out of black felt and sew on in the center of each circle. I also sewed a quick zig-zag stitch around the edge, but that was really only for decorative purposes...
After making them I spread the number mats out on the floor... And then gave instructions to collect things, such as four horses...
or six coins...
It gets him moving and gathering around the house. It gets him practicing his numbers. And, it keeps him occupied! I'm hoping this helps during those crazy making dinner times.
But, most importantly, he has fun with it!
In fact, he just said to me, "I'm going to go to do my number mats now..."
Yes, I know that many of you have already moved on to Christmas, call me slow...Really it's just that I like to stick with one holiday at a time, don't you worry, I'll surely be blasting Christmas music and trading acorns and pumpkins for snowmen and trees come Friday, but for now we are still stuck on Thanksgiving!
Ever since Violet came home wearing the feathered crown she made in school last week (and I saw this pin) I have this on my mind and so a mere days before Thanksgiving I made some feathered headdresses... They were simple to make...
and will last much longer than a paper one, although surprisingly, that one is still intact! There's still time before Thanksgiving to make your own too!
All you need is:
Fabric scraps, leather strap or shoelaces approximately 14" long, felt, hot glue, elastic ( I used fold over elastic) sewing machine and notions.
Make your feathers first. I made mine free hand with a small scrap of fabric on top of scrap of felt (wrong sides together) and sewed a feather shape. Next cut your feather out and snip edges (carefully) a bit to mimic a ruffled feather edge. Sew up the center and a few "v's" to make it look more like a feather. Don't make feathers too tall or they will fall and flop, mine are about 4-5" tall and 1-2" wide.
Next, cut a piece of felt that is the same width as your leather, or braided leather, and two inches longer, stitch feathers onto felt. Next lay your felt and feathers down with right sides facing up, apply a thin line of hot glue across the felt, leaving one inch on either side free of glue, carefully and quickly place your leather on top sandwiching your feather between the felt and leather. Hold headdress up to child's head to measure how much elastic you will need to allow for a comfortable fit. Sew elastic to the felt... And you are done! A fun feathered headdress perfect for celebrating Thanksgiving! For the headdress above I used one leather shoelace cut into three pieces of equal length and loosely braided them. I glued the ends together and then wrapped the ends with a small piece of felt and glued the felt in place around the ends. I loved making these. Of course, I love any reason to use up some scraps...the kids love them... And, as it turns out...stuffed animals love them too... Happy almost Thanksgiving!
A couple weekends ago the kids and I had a birthday party to go to. We were celebrating the fifth birthday of a friend of ours, and, as I often like to do, I thought I'm make her something special for her birthday...
I love to make things (if I can) to give as gifts. There is always so much love and care and thoughtfulness put into it, plus, it's unique! A couple of years ago I made and gifted the same little girl a pink kitty.
If you follow me on instagram you already saw the beginnings of this crown , but here are the details complete with acorns and mums and autumn leaves...
I am so happy with the way it turned out, I almost didn't want to send it off. But then I figured that Violet and Henry and I still have time to make these autumnal crowns, which we made last year...
I packed it up in a little cardboard suitcase, which I got from Target. I must get some more of those suitcases, the kids love to pretend and pack up with them and they are perfect for double duty gift wrapping and gift all in one!
Added a luggage tag gift tag and we were all set, a sweet and imaginative birthday gift... We hope she loved it because we had so much fun at her party which was at the Science center! We had so much fun exploring and learning... These pictures have also previously been shared on instagram...follow me!
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