Holiday Arts and Crafts With a Preschooler

Every parent loves the arts and crafts their preschoolers bring home around the holidays. Not every parent wants to sit down and do them with a preschooler, because they tend to make a mess, or don’t follow the exact direction given. Preschool teachers are brave and patient when taking on any arts and crafts projects with a group of preschoolers, you have double the mess, but you also have double the fun.

Arts and Crafts are good for preschoolers in many ways. They often work on motor skills, coordination and sometimes pre math skills like patterning, counting, and sorting. Preschoolers also enjoy the social interaction as well as the creativity of the project. Seeing a preschoolers face light up with joy and pride looking at the end result of the project is heartwarming.

Holiday Crafts For Preschoolers

While you can always find a holiday art or craft project to do with preschoolers you will I want to share with you a few of my favorite Christmas and Thanksgiving arts and crafts that I have done with my preschool classes in age ranges from 1 year olds to 5 year olds ready for kindergarten.

  • Coffee Filter Turkey
  • Cheerio Corn on the Cob
  • Mistletoes Clayboard
  • Fork Painted Christmas Tree
  • Pipe Cleaner Snowflakes

These are all very good for children of all ages, some older children will still enjoy a few of these as well as the preschooler.

Coffee Filter Turkey

This is a great project for kids of all ages. I have done this with children as young as two years old. For young children I precut the turkey bodies, beaks and feet.  This craft project is a fairly clean yet fun project. They still get to make a little mess when they swirl the colors around the filter after spraying. They also enjoy making the turkey body. I do open ended art with my preschoolers a lot so their turkeys are always going to be unique as they learn where the body parts go.

Cheerio Corn on the Cob

Children can create their own idea of corn on the cob for Thanksgiving with this project. They can also work on their pre math skills by counting and sorting their cheerios and patterning for their design. The hardest part about this project is keeping them from eating the cheerios as they glue them to the paper so due to food allergies if you are unsure of any I recommend using regular cheerios and not the honey nut ones.

Mistletoes Clayboard

This project is better suited for small groups of children, or doing it individually with one child at a time. You are painting their feet and putting them on a clayboard or stretched canvas to make mistletoe t can become really messy if you have several children that are doing it all at one time. Make sure have wipes to clean their feet off with before you let them get up and run around the room with paint on their feet. Most preschoolers will have ticklish feet so painting them can be difficult sometimes but it’s good for sensory and their senses.

Fork Painted Christmas Tree

This is a fun and exciting project. Every Preschooler I have done this with has been so excited and curious. Children love to explore and create with new things and every day things all the time. Using plastic forks, some paint and some holiday table scatter are a great way for preschoolers to identify items, and use their developing skills and remain in the social setting.

Pipe Cleaner Snowflake

Every child loves to play with pipe cleaners and beads. They can create unique snowflakes with a few simple items that can be found in any preschool or home and a few of these items go a long way. I would not recommend this activity for children under 2 as their skills have not developed enough yet to string beads and they are still in the stage of putting things in their mouth. There is no glue or paint involved in this project so they get instant gratification of seeing the finished project and they can be used as tree ornaments when they are finished.

Overall

Preschool age children love arts and crafts. It is good for their developing skills and milestones. There is never a need to be fearful of the mess that will be made because it can all be cleaned up. So whether at home with one child or in preschool with several children you can keep them busy and entertained with arts and crafts projects. Some of the projects that you can make such as these holiday ones, can be displayed in the years to come as holiday decorations, they can be kept as keepsakes and passed on as children reach adulthood.

The joy and pride that children have when they finish their project is always exciting for parents. Preschoolers love to have a sense of accomplishment and what better way to give it to them than to set them up with some projects and let them complete their project to take home to mom and dad to display on the fridge or hang on the Christmas tree.

Why is Fall the Best Season?

Honestly, most people don’t like to see summer coming to an end, knowing that all the enjoyment, coupled with the fun and exciting activities are finally going to end. Yes, we all love the summer vacations. As a kid we can all say that summer vacations are the best, when you begin to remember all the enjoyment and fun you had with your friends as kids. Those exciting young memories never go away. But the truth is that, a lot of people still prefer the fall season (autumn), the perfect and cool weather that comes with all kind of natural views. Autumn is like a new start for most people. The change of clothes and way of dressing, the way all the leaves on the tree fall, the change in activities, are part of what makes the fall experience great.

Everyone has their best season and we all know the weather we prefer. But sometimes our opinion about other seasons change as we grow up. Perhaps, for some reason you don’t like autumn or you seem to love other periods of the year, I have listed some of the reasons why autumn deserves a place on your short list of lovely weathers.

Beautiful views

Some people like to believe that autumn really starts when the outside views begin to look natural to them and what else says “beauty” than “natural”. All the trees begins to change colour and appear more beautiful with leaves all over the floor. Sometimes all we can do is thank nature for providing such an amazing view. When in a car you begin to see this magical picture by the road side as the vehicle moves, it’s just so perfect.

Fresh start

At the beginning of autumn you start to feel the summer weather slip away gradually, everything starts to change. It’s a new start, with changes in activities, clothes, and the start of a new school year, the environment itself begins to change. Those are the times you look back at lovely memories like ” the fun of not going to school on the first day, when you lied about being sick” and all other funny memories you can never forget.

Visiting the pumpkin patch

Autumn is always a time to pay visit to the pumpkin patch, it actually gives you the opportunity to show your carving skills. Imagine the fun you get when carving pumpkins and decorating them with your friends, it’s super exciting. During this time of the year pumpkins are all over, like almost everything turns out to be pumpkin flavored.

Family holidays

The wonders of autumn doesn’t stop at its weather and natural views, you don’t just think back at old memories, autumn also gives you the opportunity to create new and lasting memories with your family. Holidays like “Thanksgiving” comes around during the fall season and they give you the opportunity to spend an engaging day with your family.

Football season

Sport seasons are always welcome everywhere, it gives you the opportunity to cheer the teams you believe in. Most people loves autumn because of sports. If you are a football fan, you must really love Fall, because all those anticipation and excitement before the season start comes to an end and you finally get to see the real action as the season gets going.

There are a lot more reasons to fall in love with autumn, the ones listed above are just the general reasons why most people love autumn. Every season of the year comes with its own specialty, but they all have their side effect. It would be great to enjoy only the best part of each season every year without suffering from its side effect. With autumn you get all the best things a weather can give during the day, with as little side effect as possible.

7 Actionable Tips to Help You Lower Your Power Bill during the Fall Season

Fall is without a doubt the most awaited season of the year among many people thanks to the refreshing breezes and vibrant leaves that come with it. It is also the time to switch on the heat and switch off the air conditioning. One aspect that most people dread about fall is the ridiculous amount of energy they spend to keep their homes warm. Fortunately, there are simple and inexpensive measures you can take to guarantee maximum savings throughout the fall. Here are 7 actionable tips to help you bring down your power bill in the fall season.

1. Schedule an Energy Audit

An energy audit is instrumental in enhancing the comfort and energy consumption in your home. The energy audit will identify areas that you need to target to conserve lots of energy in your home and types of improvements you should make to address energy efficiency and comfort problems in your home.  An energy audit in the fall will guide your decision to set up energy-efficient heating units in readiness for the cooler months.

2. Maintain Your Thermostat at or Under 68 °C

Adjusting the temperature in your home is essential and can prevent your energy bill from skyrocketing. According to the U.S. Energy Department, when you turn back your thermostat 10 °C to 15 °C when you are asleep or away from home, you can end up saving about 10 percent per year on your heating bills. Setting your thermostat at or under 68 °C, allows your HVAC system to work efficiently, leading to reduced energy use.

3. Identify and Seal Up Any Leaks and Cracks

Fall is the ideal season of the year to prepare for winter by identifying and sealing any leaks and crevices in your house that could be releasing heat and allowing cold in. Caulk and weather-stripping are cost-friendly and efficient ways of sealing leaks. If your home is a bit old, leaks might be present around windows or doorways. Other areas you are likely to find leaks and cracks include vents, outdoor faucets, air conditioners, and cable TV lines.

4. Make Use of natural Heat from the Sun

Leave the curtains of your south-facing windows open throughout the day to enable sunlight to heat your home naturally. Remember to close those windows at night to ease the chill that may arise from the cold windows.

5. Change your Filter Every Month

Changing the filter in your HVAC system on a monthly basis can go a long way in not only reducing your energy consumption but also extending the lifespan of the HVAC unit. Changing the filter on the first day of each month, marking each filter with the month’s name, and setting a reminder on your phone are some of the ideas to help you remember when you need to change the filter.

6. Wear Warmer Clothes

Instead of turning up the heat to counteract the cold weather, put on warmer clothes. Cover yourself with a blanket when you are watching TV.  While indoors, put on warmer clothes like jackets and maintain the thermostat lower at night. By setting the temperatures lower, you will end up reducing the amount of energy consumed and allow your body to adapt to cooler temperatures.

7. Minimize Your Water Heating Costs

Heating water consumes lots of energy, resulting in a huge power bill. Here are a few things to help you reduce your water heating expenses.

•If you are using an older water heater, cover it with a water heater blanket. This way, your water will remain hot without the water heater using energy to maintain it hot.

•Lower the water heater’s temperature to about 130 °C to 140 °C.

•When possible, use cold water to wash your clothes

Does your power bill send you into a feeling of budgetary panic? Not anymore. The above 7 actionable tips will help you lower your energy consumption as well as your power bill.