How To Get Your Child Ready For Preschool

Hello! Today I have a post about preschool for ya…If you aren’t a mom, maybe you can share this with a friend or family member who is; or if you are, I hope I can give you some ideas!

I am a stay at home mom to two girls, Allie is six and is in first grade, and Ashley is three and stays with me every day. Next year, in the fall, Ashley will be attending preschool twice a week at the same school Allie went to. I chose not to enroll my kids in a preschool that is every day, because I don’t think that they need it.

Attending preschool when she was 4 helped Allie socially, but most of what she learned in preschool she already knew. I wanted her to know what it was like to be in a classroom environment before she went off to kindergarten. I chose a preschool that really had a school look to it, and not like a daycare.

1. Introduce Preschool / Routine

My kids are ALWAYS with me, and the first time I ever left Allie anywhere other than with family was at this preschool. So, it’s to be expected that your kids will be nervous, especially if you are with them every day. The first thing that I would recommend is to just start telling your child that they will be attending preschool when they’re four. I first started talking to my kids about it when they were three, and they were nervous at first, but then after awhile they start looking forward to it. This way, they think it’s what all four year olds do, and they know that preschool isn’t optional.

I would also recommend some type of routine in your daily life with your kids. Get dressed at a certain time, breakfast, etc. Here is an example of what our routine looks like on most days.

SCHEDULE

  • 7:15 – Drop off Allie at school
  • 7:30 – 8:30 – playtime/read time
  • 8:30 – Breakfast/ get dressed/ morning chores
  • 9:30 -12:00 – Errands/ go somewhere fun (museum, library, park, etc.)
  • 12:00 – Lunch
  • 12:30 – 2:00 – playtime/read time
  • 2:00 – snacktime
  • 2:30- 3:30 – learning time
  • 3:30 – get Allie from the school bus
  • 3:45- 4:30 – Allie homework / playtime
  • 5:00 – dinner

When they are in preschool, they will be on a routine, so it’s important to have some structure to your day now.

2. Read To Them

On the daily schedule, you’ll notice I have “read time” and “learning time”. Reading to my kids is very important, so I make sure to read to them everyday. We have a library card, so we usually go there once a week. They have story time on Wednesdays for an hour. They read books, sing songs, and do a craft. This not only gets you out of the house, but it gives you something free to do, AND it helps them be around other kids their age. After we go to story time, we will check out books and play in the toy room that they have. Sometimes we will even pack a lunch and eat on the patio there. We usually leave the library with 10-12 books, and we always pick some out for Allie too. This way they always have new books to read. They love to bring me a stack of books to read. The library is just such an awesome resource.

3. Learning Tools

We try to do “learning time” every day, for about an hour. I have a bunch of tools that I use, and it’s really fun for Ashley. She feels like a big girl and that we are pretending to play school.

We have posters that we practice. Letters, numbers, and shapes.

And flash cards.

Also. WORKBOOKS. The School Zone brand is my favorite, and FUN for the kids.

These workbooks teach colors, shapes, letters, math, writing, and also critical thinking and skills.

We also practice writing letters and words on handwriting tablets. I will write a word in marker and she will trace over it, or I will have her write the letters.

I let Ashley pick out a pencil case, pencils, and crayons as her school supplies, and we keep everything in her school bin.

We always do learning time at her table in the playroom.

So, those are pretty much my tips to get them ready for preschool! Allie did so well in preschool, and I know Ashley will too.

Let me know if you like these types of posts!

xx amy

3 Fall Crafts For Kids

I love to do crafts with my kids.  They really enjoy doing them, and are always proud of what they make.  My girls Allie and Ashley are 6 and 3, so it’s usually pretty easy to come up with crafts that they both like.  Today I’m going to be showing you three fall themed ones that we have done recently that I think any little kid would love to make.

Handprint Pilgrim Turkey 

The first one we made are these super cute pilgrim turkeys.


What you need:

  • White construction paper
  • Paint (brown, green, red, orange, yellow)
  • Googly eyes
  • Markers (brown, black, red)

I made a little palette with all of the colors we needed, and placed a different paintbrush in each one.

The first things you’re going to do is paint your child’s hand.  I had to do my three years olds for her, but my six year old could do hers.  You have to work quickly so that the paint doesn’t dry; that’s why I used a different paintbrush for each color.

You really want to pack the paint on each finger to get a nice result.  I painted the palm and thumb brown to make the turkey’s body, and then the other fingers a different color.


After they are all painted, place them down on a piece of white construction paper.


You may have to touch up the colors a bit with a paintbrush.  Let this completely dry.


Add a little pilgrim hat, beak, googly eye and legs.  And don’t forget to draw lines on the fingers to make them look like feathers!


The girls both liked this craft the most out of all three!

Fall Tree
The next one is a fall tree, made with paint and cotton swabs.


What you need:

  • Fall colored paint (we used red, orange, green, brown, yellow)
  • Cotton swabs
  • White construction paper
  • Brown map pencils/markers

I like to pour the paint onto paper plates and make them up a little palette so that they don’t dip the swabs directly into the paint bottles.  I placed a cotton swab in each color.


The next part is to draw your tree.  We took up the whole page and added a few branches at the top.


Now for the fun part- just let them go to town making dots all over the top forming a tree.  The key is to overlap the dots to make it look more realistic.


Color the tree stump brown, and add a few leaves to the bottom of the page.

I think this would so cute to give to grandparents or someone on Thanksgiving!  My girls both really enjoyed making these.

Turkey Puppet

The last one we made is a turkey puppet made from a paper bag with handprints as feathers.


What you’ll need:

  • Paper bag
  • Construction paper (red, orange, yellow, green)
  • Googly eyes
  • Pencil, scissors, glue


First, have your kids trace their handprint on each color of construction paper, and then cut them out.



Next, draw and cut out a triangle on the yellow paper, and then a red squiggle and cut that out.  This makes the beak part of the turkey.


Glue the feathers to the back of the bag (the side without the flap)


Turn the bag over, and glue on the eyes and beak.


That’s it!  You have a fun turkey puppet.


We really enjoyed making these and we hope you like them too!  Let us know what your favorite one is 🙂

xx amy

Popsicle Stick Crafts

My girls love to make crafts with popsicle sticks.  I love them because they are cheap, they come in a big package, and the possibilities are endless!  We have made tons of things over the years with popsicle sticks, from holiday decorations to jewelry boxes! 

These crafts that I have for you today are easy to do – both of my girls enjoyed making these and they are 3 and 6. They all use items that you probably already have around your house, too.  Enjoy!

1.  Emoji Sun 

What you need:

  • Yellow paper
  • Yellow paint
  • Paintbrush
  • 3 popsicle sticks
  • Glue
  • Markers to decorate

First, paint the popsicle sticks yellow.


After they’re dry, glue them on top of the other to create the sun spikes.


Cut out a yellow circle and draw an emoji face on it.  Our favorite is the heart eyes one.  Glue that to the middle.


Decorate the spikes with markers or glitter.


Ashley wanted polka dots.


TA-DA!  A cute little sun.

2.  Popsicle Stick Popcorn

What you’ll need:

  • 9 popsicle sticks (we used the big ones)
  • Glue
  • Red, white, and yellow paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Cotton balls
  • Paper plate

First, line up seven popsicle sticks in a row vertically, and glue two popsicle sticks horizontally to hold them all together.  This is the back.


After the glue dries, flip it over and paint it alternating red and white.


After that dries, cut a paper plate in half and cut off the outside edge crinkles.


Glue the half circle shape to the back of your popsicle sticks.


Glue on your cotton balls.


Using yellow paint or a yellow marker, color in a little bit of yellow to make it look more like popcorn.


You can leave it like this, which is super cute on its own, but my 6 year old Allie wanted to make it look like Poppy Popcorn the Shopkin.  I think she did a great job!


3.  Popsicle Stick Picture Frame

What you’ll need:

  • Four Popsicle sticks
  • Glue
  • Any color paint of your choice
  • Paintbrush
  • Embellishments (jewels, buttons, etc)

Glue two popsicle sticks horizontally onto the back of two vertical popsicle sticks to form a square shape.


Paint them anyway you like.


After they dry, add your embellishments.


We added pictures and also glued a magnet to the back so we could put them on the fridge.


4.  American Flag

What you’ll need:

  • 8 popsicle sticks – we used 6 big and 2 little ones
  • Glue
  • Red, white, and blue paint 
  • Paintbrush

Line up 6 popsicle sticks horizontally and glue two sticks vertically.


After that dries, paint them alternating red and white, but on the top 3 make sure you only go halfway.


Paint the leftover square blue.


Add white dots of paint to make the “stars”. You can use glitter or actual little stars.  Ashley just wanted to make dots.


This would be really cute to do on the 4th of July.

I hope you guys liked these and will try them out!

Thanks for reading xx

EAT | Back to School Lunch Ideas

My little bear Allie started FIRST GRADE this week, and I thought I would share some lunch ideas with you all.  It can sometimes be difficult to come up with things to put into a lunchbox that do not require heat.  Allie prefers to bring her lunch everyday- and I prefer it too.  I like to know exactly what she’s eating (or not eating).

I always make her lunch the night before; after the girls have gone to bed.  Sometimes these lunches take a little bit of extra time, that’s why I like to do them when I’m not in a rush (like in the morning before school).

I pack her lunch in these little containers that I get from Amazon that have separate compartments.


I mentioned these in a back to school lunch post along with some other lunchbox items and ideas a while back if you want to check that out!

Here are my ideas!

1.  Turkey, Cheese, and Tomato Skewers


I cut a few skewers in half, and stacked on cherry tomatoes, turkey, and cheese.  I also packed raspberries, wheat thins (they’re her favorite), and some strawberry yogurt.  I added some sprinkles to the top to make it a treat.

2.  Hawaiian Ham and Cheese


I simply made a ham and cheese, but instead of regular bread, I made it on a Hawaiian roll.  It tastes so good this way, and she really likes these rolls.  I put some green grapes on these little reusable toothpicks, then added pink goldfish crackers and a cookie.

3. BLT


I made Allie a BLT, which is one of her favorite sandwiches.  She is almost able to eat a whole sandwich at lunchtime now, so I just sliced it in half and put some cute toothpicks in to keep it together.  Then I added some baby carrots and some trail mix.  I also added a few peanut m&ms to the trail mix to make it a treat.

4.  Wrap


I made her a wrap using a flour tortilla, ham, cheese, and some spinach.  I rolled it up, cut it into slices, and kept them together with toothpicks.  I added some strawberries, cheese nips, and a few fruit snacks.

5. Lunchables


Here I have used a cookie cutter to cut ham and cheese into circles, and added some crackers for a make-your-own lunchable.  I also put some cherry tomatoes, a granola bar, and some Barbie fruit snacks.  Kids just love to assemble, and Allie really loved this lunch.

6.  PB&J


A few days ago, Allie pointed out “Uncrustables” at the grocery store and asked what they were.  They are basically little frozen peanut butter and jelly sandwiches in a round shape.  I thought I could make her one on this day, so I made the sandwich, used a circle cookie cutter, and sealed all of the edges with a fork.  I added some cubed cheese, tortilla chips, raspberries, and a little pink starburst.

All of these lunches were a hit with my girls, and I hope you like them too!

Thanks for reading xx

90’s Throwback Craft | Shrinky Dinks

It’s the last day of summer for my daughter Allie, who starts FIRST GRADE tomorrow!!! To celebrate, here is one of her favorite crafts to make!

Tell me you remember SHRINKY DINKS from the 90’s!  Color on a piece of plastic, put it in the oven, and out comes a little shrunken charm?  Well, if you don’t, here is how you and your kids can make this simple (but really cool) craft.  Let’s get started!

What you’ll need:

  • Number 6 plastic (you can find this on the lids of to-go containers, or the aluminum containers at the grocery store.  Look for the triangle with the number 6 inside.

  • Sharpies (regular markers won’t work)

  • Scissors 
  • An oven preheated to 350 degrees

So go ahead and preheat your oven first, and then cut out your plastic sheets.


Using a white sheet of paper underneath, draw your object, and color it in with the sharpies.  We did a cupcake and a Shopkin.  If you have a coloring book or something like that with an image, you can trace it!

Cut out your image, and place it on a cookie sheet.


Place in the oven, and watch the magic happen!  The plastic with shrivel and curl up, and when it lays back down flat, it’s ready!


It’s kind of hard to see, but do you see it shriveling up? My kids LOVE to watch this happen.


Be careful when removing, they will be very hot!  The end result is about 1/6 of the original object.


You can also punch a hole through the plastic before you bake it, so you can make it into a keychain, necklace, or even a Christmas ornament!




I recommend sealing the marker side with  some clear nail polish.  This prevents the marker from scratching off.

I hope you liked this DIY and will try it!

xx amy