Kid Crafts: Paper Plate Cherry Pie

As part of the Virtual Book Club this month, we read “Pie in the Sky” by Lois Ehlert.

This book is one of V’s favorites.  What does that mean exactly?  Well, it means I read it over, and over, and over, and OVER, and over, and over some more!

We also sang the song “Sing a Song of Sixpence” (this book cover always reminds me of that song, so I thought, why not?)

He are the words if you’d like to sing along with us:

“Sing a song of sixpence, A pocket full of rye.

Four and twenty blackbirds, Baked in a pie.

When the pie was opened, The birds began to sing;

Wasn’t that a dainty dish, To set before the king?

The king was in his counting house, Counting out his money;

The queen was in the parlour, Eating bread and honey.

The maid was in the garden, Hanging out the clothes;

When down came a blackbird and pecked off her nose”.

And then after singing, we made this great craft with easy household supplies.

This activity also works with fine motor skills (the weaving & the stamping).


  • #2 pencil
  • red paint
  • brown construction paper, cut in 3 – 4, 1/2 inch strips
  • paper plate
  • scissors


  • Cut the paper plate across, from top to bottom, then from side to side, dividing the paper plate into four equal parts.  In pie terms: start with the whole pie & cut it into four pieces ;)
  • Cut four vertical slits in each individual piece of pie.  The slits will sit in the middle of each piece, not connecting to either the top or the bottom.
  • Have your child weave the strips through the slits up & down, alternating the pattern for each strip.  The basket weave technique replicates the lattice on pies.
  • Next, dip the eraser end of the pencil in red paint.
  • Have your child dab the eraser end with paint onto the pie slices creating the cherries.

And there you have it, a cherry pie fit for a queen (or king)!


busy bag: 3 letter lacing

One of the things I enjoy doing with my kiddos is incorporating learning into a fun activity.  And if that activity can be incorporated into a busy bag – well, I love it even more!  This activity for the Pre-K level concentrates on visual motor skills, hand-eye coordination, letter recognition, word identification, as well as picture-word matching.

tools/materials needed:

  • 1 pipe cleaner, cut in half
  • letter beads, with at least a 1/8 inch opening (I used these)
  • free printable
  • scissors
  • plastic baggie
  • laminator & 1 laminating sheet

Print out & laminate the free printable.  After it is laminated, cut the sheet into 10 word flashcards.  Using one half of the pipe cleaner, have the kiddos thread the matching letters, building the word for each card.  For their small hands, when they are using a pipe cleaner versus string, it provides a firmer base to thread the beads onto without the beads turning.  This is especially important for easier recognition of each letter to build the word.

This is a great busy bag activity to keep in your purse for restaurants.  It’s one of the more frequently requested busy bags :)

And here is the free printable (click on the button for a printable PDF file):

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art & learning: dry erase printable placemats

So, I have for you several placemat designs for printing & laminating – I have designed it perfectly to fit a toddler plate, cup, spoon, fork, & knife.

Once they are laminated they can be used with dry erase crayons or washable dry erase kids markers to learn & color.

Here is a breakdown of all the fun printables & descriptions.

And yes, your eyes are not deceiving you – that is heart-shaped cereal you see in the pics, which I HAD TO HAVE, you know me and my hearts ;)

And here are the printables (click on each button for a printable PDF file):

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Learning Monkeys: Experimentation

Yay, it’s Thursday – kiddo fun!

I saw this cool post in parenting magazine about adding vinegar to baking soda & watching the reaction.  I thought this would be the perfect activity for little miss V, and when better than “experiment week” to try out? :)  Oh, & the article is misleading in the sense that it starts off saying, “you may want to take this outside.”  So, with that in mind, I had V wearing a smock and standing far back, expecting some big explosion or such….yeah….NOT!  Don’t get me wrong, V LOVED, I mean L.O.V.E.D. this activity!  But, in my opinion, yeah, it is not really necessary to move this one out to the porch.  It fizzles, like soda fizzles…no need to go outside, I guess, unless your baking soda haul is filling a dump truck – LOL!

One of the main things I try to do is make most of my posts using everyday things, things you might already have around the house.  For the original post it says to use medicine droppers of different sizes to squirt the vinegar into the baking soda.  Well, I don’t have random droppers just lying around my house, do you?  So, let the mama♥miss brainstorming session begin!  What about balloons?  Huh, you say?  Well, let me show you :)

So, here’s my brainstorming success!!  Like I mentioned above – balloons!

Not any kind of special balloons, just your normal, everyday, lying around the house, blow-up birthday balloons.

Awesome, right?

This makes it better for little miss V and her chubby little toddler hands, too.

Wahoo!  Everything that is part of this activity you WILL most likely already have – no running to the store (that’s a plus in my book!)  So without further blah, blah, blah… ;)


  • box of baking soda
  • food coloring
  • white distilled vinegar
  • balloons (however many colors you wish to use will determine how many you will need)


  • sharp object (wider than a pin needle) to pierce balloon (I used a corn holder-see pic)
  • funnel
  • 9×12 pan or baking tray
  • protective floor mat
  • smock
  • kitchen tools (optional for later play)


  1. Dump out entire baking soda box into the 9×12 pan.
  2. Using a funnel, fill a balloon with vinegar up to the stem of the balloon. Be careful not to fill it too far or you will not be able to tie it off.
  3. Drop in desired food coloring into balloon.
  4. Tie off balloon.
  5. Repeat steps 2-4 for each balloon, for each color.
  6. Pierce a hole on top of the balloon ball.
  7. Give to the younging & let them have fun :)



After our initial balloon depletion, there was fork-swirling fun, hand-swirling fun, and then…wait for it…we whipped out the big guns – FUN KITCHEN TOOLS ;)

Busy Bag: 3 Letter Lacing

Today I also have the honor of guest posting for Jenae over at I Can Teach My Child.

Head on over now & check out my “3 Letter Lacing” free printable I made exclusively for this guest post.

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