My favorite books and supplies to start our preschool year!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Still hoping for an early Spring!

I know the Groundhog saw his shadow, but we’re still looking forward to Spring around here!

mouse's first spring

  • Read “Mouse's First Spring” by Lauren Thompson … I love the colors and simplicity of these little Mouse books.

qtip paintingtree  qtip painting

  • Paint a Spring Tree … I can’t wait to try this project with spring colors! Photo and idea from La Classe Della Maestra Valentina.
    1. Draw or paint a simple tree trunk on a piece of cardstock.
    2. Add a few bare branches (I love how simple her design is!)
    3. I thought it was a great idea to draw a circle around the tree top with a pencil as a guide.
    4. Put a small amount of several spring colors on a plate … greens, pinks, yellows…
    5. Use a Q-tip (one for each color) to dab small dots onto the tree branches. Do as many or as few as you want!


  • Springtime Flipbook … you can do this from scratch or print the little flipbook above that I put together! Just click & download.
    1. Print the springtime flipbook above.
    2. Fold along the grey line.
    3. Cut along the four black lines. Now you have your blank flipbook!
    4. Lift up the first flap and make one fingerprint with paint or a stamp pad.
    5. Lift the second flap and make two fingerprints with paint or a stamp pad.
    6. Repeat for each flap … 3, 4, then 5 fingerprints.
    7. Use a fine-tipped marker to add detail to each fingerprint (some legs and antennae to the bug, wings to the butterflies, wings & a beak to the birds …)
    8. Fold down the flaps and read your Springtime Flipbook!
    9. NOTE: you could even write a larger 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 on the front of each flap.
  • Make a clothespin sun
    1. Cut a circle out of yellow cardstock.
    2. Place several sun stickers (or any other sticker) around the outside edge of the circle.
    3. Give the kids several clothespins and let them clip a clothespin on each sticker ... making a sunshine!
    4. NOTE: you could also write some ABCs around the outside of the circle, with several extra S’s mixed in. Have the kids clip a clothespin on all of the letter S’s!

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