Saturday, April 28, 2012

Preschool at Home: Week 2

I didn't do as much planning for week number two, but I felt like it went better overall than week one. Perhaps that's because Riley and I were already in the groove from the previous week. I think she wanted to paint and do the other crafty things because she had enjoyed those projects last week.

This week, our theme was "under the sea," I guess. Our letter was F (for fish), our shape was circle (because fish blow bubbles and bubbles are round), our color was blue, our Bible verse was Colossians 1:16 (For by him all things were created...), and our sign was fish (I kind of forgot about the sign until later in the week so we might not have it completely down). We did crafts, read books, and did other activities that helped us learn all those things.

My favorite part of this whole preschool adventure is the crafts. This week we did a handprint octopus (pictured below), a shaving cream starfish (right), an Eric Carle inspired fish picture (pictured below), and more. Riley seemed to get into the activities more this week than last week - surprising since we weren't always using pink supplies. My favorite craft ended up being one I hadn't actually seen on Pinterest or a preschool site. I couldn't believe I actually came up with an idea on my own! If you've seen it somewhere, please don't burst my bubble and tell me (just kidding, of course). I'm quite confident that we aren't the first ones to do it, but call me immature for being happy that I thought it up all by myself (I think Riley's independent streak is rubbing off on me). 

Without further ado, here it is!


And in case you'd like to try it, here's how it can be done. 


-one (ore more) adorable toddler
-paint (I used two shades of blue and a splash of green for a little variation)
-paint brushes or sponge
-paper plate
-piece of white card stock
-green and yellow tissue paper
-great white northern beans (or whatever you have on hand)
-fish template (I used this one and printed it at 20%)
-school glue
-one googly eye

Before you begin: 

Before you sit down to start this activity, print out the fish from the site above and cut it out. Don't worry that it's black on one side. Your preschooler be working on the other side and won't even notice when she's done. If you have a young toddler, you'll also want to cut the green tissue paper into strips and the yellow tissue paper into squares (about 7).

  1. Prepare the paint for your toddler and have her paint the paper plate. We used a paint brush, but I think a sponge would have created a really cool effect! I tried to get the same look by having Riley "stipple" rather than use long strokes. Allow the plate to completely dry. 
  2. Cut your tissue paper into strips and twist them together at one end.  Glue the tissue paper bunch to the bottom of the plate. We just glued it at the bottom so it would be flow-y and look like a plant on the bottom of the fishbowl or sea floor. 
  3. Spread glue little by little across the bottom of the plate and sprinkle the beans on top of the glue. Press down gently so they stick well. (This was Riley's favorite part! Be prepared to sweet up lots of beans from the floor.). 
  4. Coat the card stock fish with a thin layer of glue. Have your little one place the yellow tissue paper all over the fish. Don't worry if it overlaps the fish. You can go back and trip it later. Once the glue dries, add the googly eye.
  5. Glue your fish onto the paper plate and let everything dry thoroughly. 
  6. Have your child show off her work! 



And just in case you're wondering what Caroline's preschool activities include, she's working on smiling, watching mobiles, and being cute these days. 


 then, she {snapped}Photobucket


  1. I found you over at Cheerios and Lattes. I love these ideas. Thanks so much for sharing. I'm following now.

    1. Thanks for stopping by! I enjoyed your blog, as well!

  2. Very Cute! Titus will love doing this! Thanks for posting! :)

  3. Oh, and BTW, my twin girlies had that same of my favorites on them! ;)

    1. Neat! My husband's sister has 2 girls a little bit older than Riley so we get lots of cute outfits from them. This was one of the goodies I found in the last batch! I love picking out some of my own stuff, too; but I'm so thankful for older cousins :)

  4. Those are so cute! She is precious!

  5. That is some awesome artwork gorgeous girlie and wow Carolines has also been busy ;)

  6. This is such a cute blog post!! You have a beautiful family. Thanks for being a part of our "Strut Your Stuff Saturday." Hope to see you again real soon!! -The Sisters

  7. Aw, thes are great pics! That last shot makes me giggle!

  8. Thanks for posting on Saturday Show and Tell. Preschool is such an important developmental period for kids. It's great that you're doing it at home and sharing with us. Can't wait for week 3 this week. Please stop by and share with us on Saturday as well.

  9. You've been featured on this week's Saturday Show & Tell! Thanks for sharing last week! :)

  10. Adorable pictures! Stopping in from Kelly's Korner. =) Love your blog!

  11. Hi Lauren! I wanted to say thank you for stopping by my blog today and leaving me such sweet comments! I been reading through your blog and I love it. Your family is so beautiful! I am really impressed with your cute paper plate fish craft. I'm definitely going to try it out some time. :) I am following you now on GFC.

  12. Your kids are adorable! What a great mom you are to do such fun crafts with your daughter. Thanks for sharing at Terrific Tuesdays.

  13. Just popped over from Kelly's Korner to say hi! I live in St.C and saw you were near Orlando too :-) you log is beautiful. I'm you newest follower :-)


  14. how did you do your shaving cream starfish? did you just add paint to shaving cream?