Magnetic Gems

We have magnetic pom poms and we use them all of the time!  IMG_5697

I am not sure why it never occurred to me to make other objects magnetic for the same reason!  As soon as the idea hit me, I grabbed our glue gun, some gems, and some magnetic circles.



Within minutes I had magnetic gems!IMG_6726


I made her 5 of each color we had, I hope to find other colors when I head back to Walmart, Michaels, or Dollar Tree—or another similar store that carries the little gems!IMG_6730


Yet another simple way to work on fine motor skills, and a new open ended toy for learning fun.  She has lined them up on our cookie sheet countless times already!IMG_6750

Aside from open ended playing, I hope to use these with our dot fun sheets, and other dot sheets found around the web.  We have also made letters and words with them. You’ll be seeing our new gem magnets in our Tot School posts for sure!

What else have you turned into mini magnets besides pom poms and gems?  I made Ladybug a marble magnet and she didn’t like it and told me not to make any more!

Something Special ~ Falling Leaves Craft

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Falling Leaves Craft

I went searching for another fall craft I could “handle” and found this adorable Falling Leaves Craft from No Time for Flashcards.

I made a simple leaf printable {which you can download here if you are artistically impaired like I am} and printed it on white cardstock.  I think I would have used a fall color as a base if I could reprint, the white is a bit…well, white.  But it does show their painting well.IMG_9507

The kids used a few different painting tools and enjoyed mixing up the fall colors.IMG_9518

I loved allowing them the freedom to mix and explore…or you know, make a mess. 😉IMG_9512

Ladybug used dot paint for hers, and I also let her explore with the porcupine painters from Oriental Trading!IMG_9502

They also painted their spirals {which I drew ahead of time} and then I let everything dry before cutting it out and assembling them later in the day.  I then found the perfect spot for each craft and proudly displayed their falling leaves. The kids were really excited to see their creations swirling around!!!

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Thanks to Allie from No Time For Flashcards for the inspiration for this fall craft!

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