Archive for August, 2008

Four Foods on Friday


Val is hosting the 44th Four Foods on Friday this week with questions about potatoes.

#1. Potato Chips. What kind of chips are your favorite?
I love plain potato chips with or without dip and I love BBQ potato chips.

#2. What’s your favorite thing to dip chips in?
I’m not picky- I’ll use any kind of dip.

#3. What’s your favorite way to eat a baked potato?
With butter, cheese, real bacon bits, sour cream, etc.

#4. How do you make mashed potatoes?
I usually just add milk and butter until they look right. Sometimes if I have left over dip from chips I’ll add that to the mashed potatoes too. It’s really yummy!

Stop by Fun, Crafts and Recipes to play along.



I used to be make these butterflies with my class every year when I taught Pre-K.  They are so simple to make and always turn out so pretty.

Here’s what you’ll need: coffee filters, markers, spray bottle and water, pipe cleaners.

Color your coffee filters with the markers.  The more color on the filters the better they turn out.  I had to help Hailey to really fill them up with color.

Spray water on the colored coffee filters.  This causes the colors to run together.

We made a bunch of butterflies because I love making them and Hailey loved spraying them with the water bottle.  Once they are dry- just put some pipe cleaner around them to make the body.  You can also use craft clothespins to make the body.

The finished butterfly.

I hung them up from the ceiling in Hailey’s playroom and she loves it!

Paper Towel Caterpillar


Here is a cute caterpillar craft that Hailey and I made.

Here is what you’ll need: paper towel tubes, paint, paint brushes, yarn, scissors, wiggly eyes, small piece of construction paper and hole puncher.

Cut the paper towel tubes into several little pieces- I did seven.  These will make up the body of the caterpillar.

Why does she always eat the paint?  It doesn’t even smell good, I can’t imagine that it tastes good.  An unrelated note about the shirt Hailey has on- we received it as a product to review but I find it to be inappropriate.  So, I have turned it into Hailey’s painting shirt and am hoping it will be covered with paint soon.  She calls the shirt “my weird shirt.”

After eating some of the paint, get to work painting the paper towel tubes.

Let the paint on the paper towel tubes dry.  Then take two of your pieces and punch a hole in one end of each piece- these will be the head and the end of the body.  Then take the rest of your pieces and punch a hole in both ends of each piece.

After you punch your holes, use yarn and thread it through the caterpillar.  Don’t pull it too tight or you won’t be able to move his body around.  Then add wiggly eyes and use the construction paper to make antenna.

More Caterpillar Fun


Since we are watching our caterpillars turn into butterflies I have been doing several caterpillar activities with Hailey.  Yesterday you got to see our Egg Carton Caterpillar and today I’m showing you how we wrote Hailey’s name for this fun craft.

Here’s what you’ll need: Several different colors of construction paper, something to draw a circle with (I used the Pringles container), scissors, marker, glue, items to use for eyes, nose, mouth and antenna on your caterpillar.

Cut out enough circles to have one for each letter in your child’s name and an extra one for the head of the caterpillar.  Keep the green piece whole for the background.

Write your child’s name on the circles, leaving one circle for the head.

Glue the letters on, add the face and decorate it.

Here is the finished caterpillar (with some legs drawn on).

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