Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Wordless Wednesday: January 18, 2017 (w/linky) : LEGO Club Fun at the Library

 Making Dinosaurs:










And other things....


Though his was supposed to be a dino.


Tabitha's is the red one, Hannah's is the one in the middle, and Amelia's is the one to the right.



Looking forward to seeing your Wordless (or not so wordless) Wednesday posts this week.


Tots and Me


Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Littles Learning Link Up: Fun With Snowmen Literature and Craft Round Up


Welcome to Littles Learning Link Up. Each month you will find:
  • A seasonal round-up (usually toward the beginning of the month)
  • A guest post featuring crafts, activities, tips, snack ideas or other early childhood topics. (usually toward the end of the month)
  • Posts where I share what I have been up to with my preschoolers and/or early elementary children (including occasional highlight posts where I share how we used ideas that have been linked up here on Littles Learning Link Up).
Each week, I will host a link up, where you can share either what you have been up to recently, or old posts that may go with the theme.  Feel free to link up more than one post.

Each week I will continue to feature a couple of posts from those that have been linked up. 

I hope you will continue to share your wonderful posts, and I hope you will find something new to try with your child.

It would be great for everyone to stop by and visit the other linked-up posts as well. Check them out, leave some comments, pin those that interest you. Let's make this a real party and socialize with each other.

It's time for this month's Round Up

Recently I have been trying something different for my round up posts. I share a selection of books that focus on a specific topic (like Thanksgiving and Celebrating the Birth of Christ) and then I share a round up of "Favorite Book List" posts that other bloggers have compiled, plus craft/activity posts that went with those books. I decided to do the same again this month and may continue this through the new year.

This month I decided to compile some fun snowman books and crafts. I am also going to share the simple snowman craft we made at co-op last week.

As I did last month, after I share my book selections, I will share a list of posts that also compile Christmas books, then there will be some fun craft/activity posts that focus on books.  I hope you find some new books to share with your children this Christmas.

Fun With Snowmen Literature and Craft Round Up

Five Cute Snowman-Building Stories
(Any one of these books could go with the craft, or all of them)




All You Need for a Snowman by Alice Schertle

According to this book, all you need is a single snowflake fluttering down. Well, except for all the other things you need. Like millions and billions more that are rolled into a big ball, plus more balls, and hats, and...well, you get the idea. The children end up building first one snowman, and then a friend in this cute book.


The First Day of Winter by Denise Fleming

This is a cumulative tale where each day of winter from day 1 through day 10 the snowman gets more and more items added by his best friend, starting with a red cap with a gold snap and ending with ten salty peanuts. Also included are items such as buttons, berries, pockets, and pinecones. It is told like the 12 Days of Christmas song.


Snow Day by Daniel Peddle

This book is a wordless story that tells the tale of a snowman being built and then what happens to him after the child goes home. I am not a huge fan of wordless books, because I can't figure out how to tell the story. However, I had my children tell the story, each one telling a page at a time. A cute story, with a sad ending.


Snow Surprise by Lisa Campbell Ernst

In this story Joan and her dog Sport are building a snowman surprise for her little brother Ben. They build the snowman using lots of different food items. When she goes in to fetch her brother to surprise him, all the animals come out and eat the food, destroying the snowman. Or so she thought. However, her brother looks at the ruined snowman from a different perspective, seeing a new surprise, a snow mouse. The back of the book has a page of thinking activities to go with the story.


Stranger in the Woods by Carl R. Sams II and Jean Stoick

This book is a "photographic fantasy" filled with wildlife photography that features lots of woodland animals encountering a snowman that is filled with yummy things to eat, a carrot for the deer, birdseed  and nuts in the hat for the birds, and corn buried in the snow. After the animals leave, we discover there were children watching, and the story ends with them replenishing the food on the snowman. In the back of the book is a "recipe for a snowman."

And here is the snowman we made:


I'm calling it the Cotton and Paint Snowman

We used cotton balls for the snowman. Then we painted the snow on the ground with cotton balls held by a clothespin. The falling snow was added with a q-tip. 

Here is what you will need:


1 piece of blue construction paper per child
1 snowman template (I cut it out of cardstock)
2 large wiggly eyes
1 inch length orange pipe cleaner
dry black beans
cotton balls
white glue
glue stick
white paint (I use acrylic)
clothespin
q-tips

The children start by gluing the snowman template onto the blue paper using a glue stick.


Then I squirted white glue all over the snowman.


The children covered the glue with cotton balls.


Then we added the facial features. It's easiest for an adult to put the glue where the child indicates when dealing with preschoolers. Older children could do that part independently. The eyes went on first, then we put the orange pipe cleaner on. I put the glue in between two of the cotton balls so it could stand up. Then we added as many black beans as the child wanted for the mouth.


I put white paint in an egg carton and showed the children how to "dab" the paint on with the cotton ball.


Then they did the same thing with the q-tip for the falling snow.


Aren't the cute?




More Snowman Crafts and Activities that Go With Books:

Louise from Messy Little Monster shared Puffy Paint Melted Snowman to go with the book The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats.

Carolyn from Wise Owl Factory shared Roll a Snowman Printable Activity to go with the book When Winter Comes by Nancy Van Laan.

Stef from Non-Toy Gifts shared Play Dough Snowman Kit for Kids to go with the book The Biggest Snowman Ever by Steven Kroll

Heather from Preschool Toolkit shared Snowman Painting Activity with Christmas Countdown Book to go with the book Snowbear's Christmas Countdown by Theresa Smythe.

Julie from Emma Owl shared Sparkly Puffy Paint Snowman to go with the book The Snowman by Raymond Briggs.

Amanda from Artsy Momma shared Creative Snowmen at Night Art Project to go with the book Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner.

Sheryl from Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds shared Creative Snowman Art for Preschoolers to go with the book Snowballs by Louis Ehlert.

Christa from Little Log Cottage School shared Do You Want to Build a Snowman? to go with the book The Biggest Best Snowman by Margery Cuyler

And here are some Favorite Snowman Book compilation posts.

Jennifer from A Dab of Glue Will Do shared 12 Snowman Books for Little Learners.

Jennifer from The Jenny Evolution shared Snowman Books For Children

Anne from Learning Table shared What to Read and Do On a Snowy Day.

What are your favorite Snowman books that you read to your children?


I am lining up guest posts for the new year. If you would be interested writing a guest post for Littles Learning Link Up one of these months, please leave a comment or contact me via my contact info on my About Me page. I will need to have your email address so I can contact you. I am looking for posts that have to do with young children: crafts, activities, foods/snacks, tips, or other ideas. I am open to suggestions.

Now onto:

Littles Learning Link Up Features

On my last Littles Learning Link Up post, there were 19 wonderful posts linked up. I will be picking one randomly selected post to share, plus the top clicked-on post.  

Don't forget to stop by other posts that are linked up. See what catches your eye, stop by, pin the post to a relevant board, and perhaps leave a comment to let the author of the blog know you have been by for a visit. I know I appreciate others commenting and letting me know they have read my posts, so I am sure others do too.

This week's randomly selected post is:


Tara from Embark on the Journey shared 100 Winter Activities for Kids.

And here is this week's top clicked on post.


Katelynne from Disguised as a Supermom shared Very Last First Time - Five in a Row Preschool & Kindergarten.

Join the Party!

I would love to have you join in this week! What sort of activities do you do with your young children? Do you have some favorite activities you would like to share? I invite you to link up below. I will be pinning posts on my Toddler Ideas or other relevant board, and I would love to feature some of the activities each week from what is linked up.

Please know I may share a picture from your post and link back to it, along with sharing how we used your idea in our school time, if applicable. By linking up you are giving me permission to use a picture from your post. I will ALWAYS give credit and link back. Additionally, if you choose to try out any of the ideas with your child, please make sure you give credit where credit is due.

Linky will be open through Sunday night, to give me time to check out all the posts and get the Features organized. Please take the time to visit some of the other wonderful posts linked up.

I would love if you could share my button. 

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Monday, January 16, 2017

Tuesday's Giveaway Link Up- January 17, 2017


Welcome to Tuesday's Giveaway Link Up with your hosts Karen @ Tots and Me, Emily @ Emily Reviews, Shelly @ The Attic Girl, and Rena @ An Ordinary Housewife.

So glad you could join us as we share our giveaways on  Tuesday's Giveaway Link Ups. 

This link up will be posted Monday at 7 PM est. and run all week long! Make sure you stop in as often as you can to list your latest giveaways.

Here is how to use the Giveaway Link Up

1. Post your reviews and/or giveaways, as many as you have, be sure to add the end date (family friendly please)

2. Help spread the word about the giveaway link up by grabbing our button, Tweeting or posting on Facebook. (Not mandatory- but it helps get more exposure to your giveaways as well!)

3. Take a moment to enter any giveaway that strikes an interest to you!

If you would  like to follow the  hostesses, we will gladly follow you back! Simply leave us a message to do so.

Featured Giveaway



$150 Amazon GC W/W Ends 1/31



Thank you for linking up with Karen @ Tots and Me, Emily @ Emily ReviewsShelly @ The Attic Girl, and Rena @ An Ordinary Housewife.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Throwback Thursday Blog-Style #134: January 12, 2017

Welcome back to... 


I know, I know, Throwback Thursday seems to be all about sharing pictures from the past, great memories that mean something to you, that you would like to share with others. At least that is how it appears to me. Throwback Thursday wasn't something I was participating in, and then I came up with an idea.

I thought it would be great fun and a help to my blog to share old content, but not just any old content. Each week I will share an old blog post from a previous year, any year, BUT it has to be from the current week (for example, something I've posted around January 12th, from any previous year)  I will go in, edit the post if needed, add a pinnable image if I don't already have one, and share it on Facebook.

Last year I focused solely on review posts for the posts I wanted to share. It was fun remembering some of the review products I had forgotten about. This year I will be focusing on recipes I have shared in the past.

Would you like to join in? You do not need to edit your past post in any way, you don't need to create a pinnable image, though it couldn't hurt, in fact it will help your blog traffic to add quality pinnable images to your posts.

Just go into your archives, choose a favorite post from this current week from any previous year, and link it up below. (If you don't have anything from this current week, it is still okay to link up with a post from a previous year around this time. And if you haven't been blogging for a full year, feel free to share any earlier post.)


Please make sure to share from the past as instructed above if you would like your post to qualify for the Featured Post. Most weeks I find that there is a wonderful post, but I can't feature it because it is a current post, not from the past. I love reading the current posts, if you want to share them. However, I am not able to feature them, because the spirit of Throwback Thursday Blog-Style is to share posts from the past.
Thank you

I will be pinning posts to my appropriate Pinterest boards and will be randomly selecting a Featured Throwback Thursday post to share next week. Just a note, I will be sharing a picture from your post if you are selected as the featured post, but I will link back to your post. I will ALWAYS give credit and link back. By linking up you are giving me permission to use your picture in the post. 

Here is my Throwback Thursday post:

Here is this week's randomly selected
Featured Throwback Thursday:

Anna from Simply Mazes shared Number 61: Monster Face.



To participate, link up below. It would be great if you could visit several of the other posts that have linked up. Stop by, comment, and pin images so we can help each other.

If you would like to help spread the news:

Tots and Me
Happy Throwback Thursday!

Happy New Year!
Thank you so much for joining in with Throwback Thursday in 2016. I hope you will continue to participate in the new year. If you are new, welcome! So very glad to have you here! I can't wait to get to know you.


Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Wordless Wednesday: January 11, 2017 (w/linky) : Taking Such Good Care of Their Babies






Looking forward to seeing your Wordless (or not so wordless) Wednesday posts this week.


Tots and Me


Littles Learning Link Up: January 10, 2017: Craft Highlight- Sticky Paper Snowman Craft


 Each month you will find:
  • A seasonal round-up (toward the beginning of the month)
  • A guest post featuring crafts, activities, tips, snack ideas or other early childhood topics. (toward the end of the month)
  • Posts where I share what I have been up to with my preschoolers and/or early elementary children (including occasional highlight posts where I share how we used ideas that have been linked up here on Littles Learning Link Up or a part of a past Round Up).
Each week, I will host a link up, where you can share either what you have been up to recently, or old posts that may go with the theme.  Feel free to link up more than one post.

Each week I will continue to feature a couple of posts from those that have been linked up. 

I hope you will continue to share your wonderful posts, and I hope you will find something new to try with your child(ren).

It would be great for everyone to stop by and visit the other linked-up posts as well. Check them out, leave some comments, pin those that interest you. Let's make this a real party and socialize with each other.

Welcome to the first Littles Learning Link Up Highlight post of 2017! I hope to have highlight posts once a month, but no promises.

A highlight post isn't the same as a feature. With the highlighted post, we will actually be making the craft(s) or participating in the activity. You will get to see how much we enjoyed it, and I will be mentioning any tweaks that I add. Of course I will be linking back to the original post. 

Littles Learning Link Up January Highlight:

In last year's Chock-Full of Snowman Fun Round Up, Katie from Gift of Curiosity shared a cute, and simple, snowman craft called Sticky Paper Snowman Craft. I thought it would be a great activity for the children in the preschool craft at co-op. And I was right. I just didn't get to try it out until a year later as I wasn't teaching preschool at the time my round up posted. 


Sticky Paper Snowman Craft


You will need the following materials:




1 sheet of light blue construction paper per child, cut to make a 1 inch border frame. 
(You need to keep the inner section)
Contact paper to fit over the hole of the frame.
White construction paper circles (in 3 sizes)
Thin stips of brown construction paper for arms
Black construction paper (thin strip for the brim and a small square for the hat)
Markers for buttons and facial features
Little squares of white tissue paper for snow

Here is how we made the Sticky Paper Snowman Craft

I prepared the frames ahead of time and laid them in front of the children sticky side up. Then they started by putting the biggest circle at the bottom of the sticky part.


They then needed to draw buttons on the middle-sized circle BEFORE adding it to the picture.


They then need to flip this circle upside down so the buttons will show in the finished frame. This may be a little confusing for some children. I had to make sure they understood that they would be turning the picture around and would see their lovely creations after we were all done.


Then they drew facial features (eyes, nose and mouth) on the smallest circle, and flipped it upside down to put it on the top of the snowman. Children may need help getting it lined up right, so the face isn't upside down or sideways. Luckily the construction paper comes off the contact paper fairly easily if they haven't pushed down yet. I can't say the same for the tissue paper. That sticks right away!


Children then need to add the arms, brim, and square.


Then they add the tissue paper squares.




When they are satisfied with their creations...


...the back is taped to the back of the picture.
(This was my one tweak to the craft. Katie from Gift of Curiosity had used a white piece of paper. I thought we could see the snow better by using the blue paper.)


All done!


Once again, I love seeing the way one craft can show such individuality.





Let's take a look at that review schedule:

Currently there are no Homeschool Review Crew reviews scheduled to post as the year has just started, and I am not on any reviews yet. However, I should be sharing some children's book reviews soon. We have been using a few products that I will be sharing reviews for over at The Old Schoolhouse website.

Here are a couple of things I would like to share with you:

Speaking of snowmen, here is my Chock-Full of Snowman Fun Round Up from last year.


And here is my Celebration of Snowmen post from a few years ago. 


I am still lining up guest posts. If you would be interested writing a guest post for Littles Learning Link Up one of these months, please leave a comment or contact me via my contact info on my About Me page. I will need to have your email address so I can contact you. I am looking for posts that have to do with young children: crafts, activities, foods/snacks, tips, or other ideas. I am open to suggestions.

Now onto:
Littles Learning Link Up Features

On my last Littles Learning Link Up post, there were 11 wonderful posts linked up! 
There were no clicks, so I will be choosing 2 random posts.

Please don't forget to stop by other posts that are linked up. See what catches your eye, stop by, pin the post to a relevant board, and perhaps leave a comment to let the author of the blog know you have been by for a visit. I know I appreciate others commenting and letting me know they have read my posts, so I am sure others do too.

This week's 1st Randomly Selected Post is:



Amanda from Sicily's Heart and Home shared How to Be Successful By Setting Tot School Goals.

This week's 2nd Randomly Selected Post is:



Carly from Lipgloss and Crayons shared 17 Rainy Day Activities for Kids.

Join the Party!

I would love to have you join in this week! What sort of activities do you do with your young children? Do you have some favorite activities you would like to share? I invite you to link up below. I will be pinning posts on one of my relevant boards, and I would love to feature some of the activities each week from what is linked up.

Please know I may share a picture from your post and link back to it, along with sharing how we used your idea in our school time. By linking up you are giving me permission to use a picture from your post. I will ALWAYS give credit and link back. Additionally, if you choose to try out any of the ideas with your child, please make sure you give credit where credit is due.

Linky will be open through Monday night, to give me time to check out all the posts and get the Features organized. Please take the time to visit some of the other wonderful posts linked up.

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