Category: Cutting Practice

Stained Glass Shamrocks

Last Wednesday, the boys and I hosted a craft play date.  With St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner, I decided to do a St. Patrick’s Day themed craft.  After searching the internet for ideas, I decide to have the kids make stained glass shamrocks since it would allow all the kids to participate.  We had 2 to 5 year olds doing the craft.

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Stained Glass Shamrocks

Contact Paper
Tissue Paper

1. Cut the contact paper to size.
2. Take the paper backing off the contact paper and lay it sticky side up.
3.  Place pieces of tissue on the contact paper.
4.  When you have finished putting all the tissue paper on the contact paper.  Place another piece of contact paper on top of the other one so that there will be contact paper on both sides.
5.  Cut the contact paper out into the shape of a shamrock and cut it out.  I created a template out of construction paper that the kids could then trace using a crayon.
6. Now hang it in a sunny place.

What the other mom and I found interesting was that none of the kids made a green shamrock, they all elected to make rainbow shamrocks.  Whatever makes them happy!



{Totally 3} Yummy Letter C

Thing 2 was not feeling school this week. I think it may be because letter C is the letter in which I got the idea to do the yummy letters for him.  So 3 weeks ago, we did some of this material, but at that point I just wasn’t so sure he was getting it. 

However, after this week I have changed my theory.  I am starting to think that Thing 2 knows more than he lets on, but some days he tries so hard to be the anti-Thing 1 that he pretends that he does not know anything. 

Letter Activity:

We had a lot of fun this week with foods that start with the letter c.  Each day he made an uppercase and a lower case letter c out of food.  We used candy, corn, and celery.


He also completed the letter C maze, poking page and coloring page in the Yummy Letter C packet that I made.

I also introduced a new game called blackout.  Two players take turns rolling a die.  The person to blackout the last letter C wins.  Thing 2 really enjoyed the game, once he decided to play. 

Thing 2’s victory celebration when he beat me at blackout.


Along with the blackout game (above) which worked on counting, we also worked on AB and ABB patterns using circles and squares.  He has caught on to patterns fairly quickly, which surprises me since some days he acts like he knows nothing.


We continued with prewriting and writing the letter C.  However, I think I need to find something else to add to this lineup, because I think he is getting bored.

Cutting Practice:

I mixed up our cutting practice this week by having Thing  practice cutting on celery.  It is the celery that we used to make the letters C and c pictured above.


As part of our Yummy Letter C week, we made C shaped sugar cookies.  You can find the recipe {HERE}.

Thing 2 enjoying his cookie!

You can get all of the Yummy Letter C printables {HERE}.

What has your three year old be up to this week? 


{story & art} The Poky Little Puppy’s Wonderful Winter Day

This stART project was a last minute idea on Monday night.  I found our book, The Poky Little Puppy’s Wonderful Winter Day, in our rapidly expanding book collection.  I had just read The Poky Little Puppy to Thing 1 and Thing 2 the night before and they loved it, so I figured this might be a good winter book to use with my boys.

I had two craft options in mind to go with this book.  The first was making coffee filter snowflakes.

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1.  Fold your coffee filter in half 3 times.  We tried to fold it 4 different times, but it was too hard for my boys to cut them.

2.  Thing 1 was struggling to understand how exactly he needed to cut the coffee filter, so I drew some lines on one side of the coffee filter for him to follow while he cut out.  He liked this much better.  It also turned into great cutting practice for both boys.

3.  Unfold and color.  I think the coloring was Thing 1’s favorite part.  Yes, we know snowflakes are supposed to be white, but the boys love to decorate.  Then hang them wherever you want.  Thing 1 taped his into several windows in our house, however, he didn’t hang them high enough and before I could get a picture, Thing 3 had come behind him and taken them all down.

 The second is the 3d snowflake craft (HERE) that was listed on my January Checklist.   However, Thing 2 wanted to make an orange snowflake and only put a few beads on it.  I only have a picture of Thing 2 making it, I never got a picture of the finished product, which has since been turned into something else.

It was a great way to talk about winter, despite the fact that it was 60 degrees outside.


{Totally 3} : Letter C

We have had another awesome week.


Handwriting practice continues to consist of the writing practice pages from 1+1+1=1 for the first two days of school.  On the last day, we practiced writing the letters C and c on the whiteboard.

Letter Activity:

Monday’s letter activity was making cupcakes!  I have learned that Thing 2 responds well to food, he may not eat the most, but he enjoys being in the kitchen.

Thing 2 also did a poking page.  These are becoming a favorite.

Our letter activities for Wednesday consisted of a simple letter maze that I made for him.

The last letter activity we did was to to make the letters C and c out of candy.  It was a great way to get rid of some of the candy that we got at the Christmas parade.  It also helped to reinforce what sound the letter c makes and give a few more examples of the words that start with the letter c.



We are still following along with the Saxon Kindergarten curriculum.  Monday’s activity was beginning word problems.  In order to make it more in line with Thing 2’s interest instead of using the counting bears, we used our “monsters” (aka pom poms with magnets attatched.)  Thing 2 thougth the mosters were so much fun and he was all into the word problems.  Thing 1, who was watching, ended up playing with the monsters after we were done with them.

Wednesday we discussed circles and rectangles and worked on classifying them by attributes.  Instead of using just plane old paper shapes, I decided to use food instead.  Thing 2 enjoyed this, especially the circle cupcake.


I have decided that we are going to finish out the Kumon cutting book before we cut back on daily cutting practice.  Thing 2 has come so far in the last 3 months.


Like last week, we spent time reading a book and then I would have Thing 2 locate the letters C and c on the pages.


HERE are the couple of printables I made to go with our letter C work.

What have you done with your three year old this week? 

Totally 3 : {Letter B}

Thing 2 studied his favorite letter this week.  The letter B.  Due to the holiday season we have scaled back on some of our activities.


He did the pre writing activity that I made that connects the letters of his name.  He also did both the parts of the letter B handwriting pages from 1+1+1=1.  I love these worksheets because they are simple and laid out with plenty of space.

Letter Activity:

On Monday I cut out pieces that can be used to put together the letters B and b, and had him glue them down to make the letter.

Tuesday, I made a quick letters B and b, poking page.  Basically, I wrote out the letter B and b and gave him a thumb tack and a piece of cork board.  He really gets serious when it comes to the poking pages.

Thursday, we finished up using our magnetic pom poms and the pattern blocks to make the letters B and b.  Thing 2 thought that the magnetic pom poms were pretty cool. 


We are following along with the Saxon Math Kindergarten curriculum, except that I am adapting the math activities more towards his interests.

This week we practiced one to one counting using jingle bells.  I mean it is Christmas and we could always use a little extra noise around here.  What I discovered is that he can count with one to one correspondence up to 13.

We also worked more with AB patterns using M&Ms.  On a small white board I wrote A and B, and then along the bottom I wrote ABABABAB.  So we identified what each letter stood for by placing a M&M next to the letter in our key.  Then he filled out the pattern.  We did this a couple of times with the M&Ms.  I think his favorite part was eating the M&Ms.

Thursday we used pattern blocks to create the letter B.  Also, going along with the Saxon curriculum, we sorted by color and then graphed. 


We are still using pages from the Kumon Cutting Book.  This week Thing 2 really impressed me with his skills.  He was able to cut 1/2 strips from a rainbow and two round objects.  Up until this week, he was still just cutting randomly, but this week, he finally followed the directions and the lines and did an awesome job.

He finished cutting the rest of the strips in the rainbow.


We read the book BoB Books Alphabet book together and on each page I had him locate all the letter B and b.  We did the same thing with the Benjamin Bunny (Frog Street) book that Thing 1 made in preschool last year.  We also sang the songs that go along with the book.

Really Fun Stuff:

We have been making lots of different Christmas crafts as part of our 12 Days of Kid Made Christmas.

What has your 3 year old been up to this week?

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Totally 3: Letter L Review

Since Thing 2 has missed at least one day each week of the four letters we have covered, I thought it might be a good idea to have a review week.  Almost everything we are using for our review week comes from the Letter of the Week Curriculum from Erica at Confessions of a Homeschooler

We started with the Letter L handwriting practice page.  However, instead of practicing the letter L, he decided to draw a heart.  Works for me.  Too bad I didn’t get a picture of his heart because he did an awesome job.

Then we used the ladybug shape match activity. 

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Next he did the lion size sort, which was from our lion unit the first time around.  Then we moved onto the ladybug pattern pyramid from the Letter of the Week Curriculum.  While he was doing this activity it was interesting to watch his process.  Instead of just matching whatever colored ladybug he picked up, he purposely went color by color.  He would have to find and put all of the green ones in the pyramid before he would move on to the next color, which was the next one in the pyramid.   I love watching their thought processes.

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We finished our day with the ladybug cutting page and a letter L color and find.  His cutting has dramatically improved.  I was also impressed with how determined he was to find all of the letter L’s in picture.

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Today’s Totally 3!

Letter I and Gravity

So I had planned to write this post 4.5 hours ago, but that was before some lightening decided to strike near my house causing some electrical current to run through my legs, killing my AC and my TV/internet.  However, since I can’t sleep because of all the “fun” I have had over the last 5 hours, I figured I would write this post anyway.  Therefore, if it makes no sense it is because I have had a looong day.

Fun @ 4:

This week is the first week where we are studying a topic that interest Thing 1 rather than reviewing a letter of the day.  Much more exciting stuff. 

We started our day with our new sight words (go, up, down, here) and reviewing the –at word family.  Pretty standard stuff around here.

We then moved into math, where this week we are going to be learning a little bit about money.  So today, I gave Thing 1 some change, and had him sort the money.  It was interesting for me to watch him, because for some reason he would get the pennies and the dimes mixed up.  Which to me, I think those are the easiest to differentiate.  Instead of comparing the color, when I questioned one of his decisions, he compared size. 

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Next we read the book I Fall Down by Vicki Cobb as a transition into our study of the solar system.  When did an experiment where we dropped items of different sizes and shapes to see which one would land first.  I let Thing 1 pick out the pair of items and had him hypothesize which item would land first and why.  Then we dropped the items and recorded the results.  It did not take long for Thing 1 to realize that no matter which items he dropped and how different they were that they would always land at the same time. 

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I then had him record/write about our experiment in his journal.  He drew a picture of him and I in the dining room.  He was dropping the items and I was standing there looking awesome!  I had him dictate one sentence about the experiment, which I wrote onto a small white board for him to copy into his journal.  His journal is how we are now working on handwriting and it goes over so much better than the handwriting sheets we were doing before. 

Totally 3:

This week Thing 2’s letter is the letter I.  We started off this week with I is for insects, although the more insect related ideas, didn’t get done. 

Handwriting/Letter of the Week:
I first had Thing 2 work on his name pre-write that I made a long time ago.  For the first time today, he was able to spell his whole name.

Next we moved onto a new exercise for Thing 2.  I had him us a push pin to poke holes in the letter I and i.  He definitely thought it was cool that he was able to use the push pin. 

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This week our focus is on the numbers 1-3.  We used the butterflies counting cards from Confessions of a Homeschoolers Letter of the Week program to work on counting.  I was really impressed that Thing 2 was able to identify the numbers, 1, 2, and 4, because identifying the numeral is not something that I am stressing right now.  We were able to do the number 1-6 before Thing 2 decided he needed some milk.

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This week’s shape is a square.  So as a simple way to introduce him to the shape, I cut several different color and sized squares for him to glue onto a sheet of paper.  It wasn’t the highlight of his day, but anything that uses glue is a hit around here.

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Cutting Practice:
Thing 2 likes to cut, so each day I have decided to put a different cutting sheet into his workbox.  Cutting these papers can amuse him for a while and he is starting to do a great job.  However, one thing I have noticed lately is that he will use both his left hand and his right hand to cut.  I find it intringuing to watch.

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Letter Craft:
Lastly, to reinforce the letter I, I wanted him to make a butterfly using the letter I as the body and make some wings.  However, since he was fresh off cutting practice, he decided that he wanted to practice cutting more and there for decided to cut the papers we were using instead of cutting out the parts to make the whole.

What did you do today?


A little bit of Letter H for House

Today was all over the place.  It was raining, thundering and lightening this morning, so I wasn’t able to go on my morning run.  Thing 1 only wanted to color trains.  We had swim lessons and Thing 1 didn’t want to swim.  We had a play date at our house and as our friends were trying to leave, they somehow managed to lock their keys in the car, although we have no idea how.  So our friends were over at our house a little longer than normal, (YAY for me, because I didn’t have to entertain the boys all on my own.) 

So school didn’t happen as normal.

Fun @ 4:

Thing 1 did not want to do school today, he really just wanted to color trains.  However, he did at least write his sight words on one of his trains, so I will take it.

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Totally 3:

Thing 2 however, asked for school.  So we did his handwriting practice because he loves writing with the dry erase markers. 

We also did our letter craft for the day which was to make a house out of the letter H.  I had pre cut all the pieces and had him glue the parts onto the paper.  I did have to explain to him that we had to use glue all over the parts so that they would stick to the paper.  Sometimes I forget the little things that I have to explain.

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Lastly we did some cutting practice from one of the Kumon books that I have had around here for a while.  While he didn’t do it perfectly, he has greatly improved over the last 4 weeks.  He has moved past the cut and tear method to completely cutting.  However, instead of cutting straight he veers to the left a little bit. 

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Although school didn’t go exactly as planned the boys and I still learned a little bit and had a great day.

Mommy Cameron

L is for Lion

Thing 3 and I “started over” in regards to the school year.  Each week we are still going to cover a letter a week.  However, instead of having one theme per letter, each day is going to be a different theme. 

Today we started with L is for lion.  We did a L is for lion week two weeks ago.  This was the week that I realized what we were doing for our home school wasn’t want I wanted from our home school.  That being said I only used one printable from that week, the pre-writing sheet. 

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After using that prewriting sheet, we moved onto a much more exciting and hand on activity.  We made a lion from the letter L.  Thing 2’s favorite part was gluing the mane on the lion. 

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Next we moved onto a lion paper craft {HERE} that had a heart shaped head.  Hearts are the shape we are focusing on this week.  This turned into some great cutting practice for Thing 2.  I was really impressed with how well he did.

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The rest of his “school” day was spent working on a heart scavenger hunt, sorting the colored hearts and graphing the hearts. 

At the end of the day, I reviewed everything again with him.  Unlike, two weeks ago, today he was able to identify the letter L.  I feel like today was so mush more successful than the whole entire week we had spent two weeks ago.  It was also a lot more fun.

How was your day?

More to come with the Letter L.

Mommy Cameron

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