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April 24, 2015

Who is in the Jungle?

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This jungle activity is perfect for practicing both fine motor skills and predicting which animals live in the jungle.

1.  Print Totetude Jungle Cutting Printable (3 pages).

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2.  Allow the learner to cut the bamboo along the dotted lines.  The learner should stop cutting before they reach the words.

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3.  While the learner predicts which animals they will find in the jungle, the educator glues the bottom of the bamboo page onto the front of the animals page.

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4.  Once the predictions are made and discussed, the learner cuts away the bamboo to reveal the animals found in the jungle.

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April 14, 2015

Magnet Sensory Bin

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When designing a magnet sensory bin, make sure that the materials are safe for the learner.  We like to use a large wreath hanging magnet that is both large and strong.  If you are worried that a learner may swallow the paper clips, either choose other objects that react with magnets or link the paperclips together in a long chain.  In addition, stay with the learner to make sure he/she doesn’t swallow the small objects.

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What is in the Box?

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This experiment is easy to set up and very fun to play with.

1.  We placed strong magnets into a Q-tip box and closed the lid.  The learners couldn’t see what was inside the box.

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2.  Then we set the box on top of two glass jars.

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3.  Next, we tied metal paper clips onto string and taped the string onto cardboard.  Make sure the length of the string is just short of the box above it.

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4.  Finally we lifted up the paper clips until they stood on their own!

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April 2, 2015

DIY Baby Doll Diaper

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If you are ever in need of a baby doll diaper, you can simply make your own in less than 30 mins!

You will need:

  • Totetude Diaper template (step 1)
  • Scrap material or felt
  • Marker
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun and hot glue
  • 4 pieces of velcro per diaper

1. Print out the Totetude Baby Doll Diaper printable (.pdf) or the Totetude Baby Doll Diaper printable (.docx)

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2. Cut out the Totetude Baby Doll Diaper Template.

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3. Trace the diaper template on the back of felt or scrap material using a marker.

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4. Cut out the diaper.

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5. Hot glue velcro onto the fabric.  Two soft velcro (O) on the inside-back flaps and two rough velcro (X) on the outside-front flaps.

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6. Ready to wear!

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April Fools Pranks

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April Fools in our home has become a tradition of pranking with food.  Sometimes dessert is actually dinner and dinner is a dessert.  Here are instructions for our favorite ones!

1.  Food Disguise

  • Simply put healthy food in packaging of unhealthy food.

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2. Meatloaf and Mashed Potato Cupcakes

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  • Cook your meatloaf in silicone cupcake holders.
  • Add food coloring to your mashed potatoes.
  • Pipe the mashed potatoes onto the cooked meatloaf using an icing tip.
  • You can also add shredded cheese as sprinkles.

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3. Grilled Cheese Cake

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  • Bake a yellow cake using small rectangular tins.
  • Butter a panini press and press for about 20 seconds.
  • Make “cheese” by mixing mostly yellow and a few red food coloring drops to white frosting.
  • Cut the already pressed cake in half and add frosting.
  • Assemble the cake back together to make the sandwich.

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March 27, 2015

Rabbit Path Tracing

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Practice fine motor skills by tracing the rabbits’ paths using the Totetude Rabbit Path Tracing Printable.

March 25, 2015

DIY Easter Basket

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What’s Easter without a basket and eggs?  Make your own basket and go on an egg hunt!

1.  Print the Totetude Easter Basket Template on the back of your paper.

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2. Gather the other materials you need: scissors, hole-puncher, two brass fasteners, and tape.

3.  Cut the Totetude Easter Basket Template along the dotted lines.  You should have a long strip for a handle and a large square made up of 9 smaller squares.

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4.  Fold and crease the template along the thin black lines.  You should make a total of 8 folds.

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5.  Now would be a great time to hole-punch your basket.  There are 6 holes to punch.

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6.  Fold in the center squares that do not have a hole.  Place a brass fastener through one side of the handle and then continue through the other two squares on the same side.  Open the ends of the fastener to hold the handle on tightly.  Repeat step 6 for the other side of the handle.

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7.  To reinforce the basket, place tape along the bottom of the two sides.  You may also wish to place tape on the inside squares as well.

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8.  Now go find some eggs!

Bunny Pom Pom

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The Bunny Pom Pom craft is both adorable and fun to make.  Keep in mind that for younger kids, there will be a lot of prep work and guided support throughout the activity.

1.  Print out a Totetude Bunny Pom Pom Printable for each learner.  We prefer to use a heavier card stock, but plain printer paper will work.

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2.  Gather other materials: scissors, approximately 10 feet of yarn, tape (optional), hole puncher (optional), large plastic needle or pipe cleaner needle (optional), glue (optional) and crayons (optional).

3.  Fold the Totetude Bunny Pom Pom Printable in half.

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4.  Cut both halves at the same time to create two identical shaped bunnies.

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5.  Place bunnies on top of each other and cut out the dotted circle for the tail.  You can either hole-punch first or fold the tail to begin a cut.

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6.  You may wish to place tape, a small twisted pipe cleaner, or a plastic needle at one end of the yarn to help with threading.  You may also wish to tape the other end of the yarn onto the back of the conjoined bunnies.  This helps the yarn from coming loose.

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7.  Allow the learner to continually thread the yarn through the hole until the yarn runs out.  Two or more learners can also work together.  One learner can old the bunny and the other learner can take the end of the yarn and hop until the yarn is pulled through.  They can switch after counting to 2, 5, or 10.

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8.  The educator should slip the scissors in-between the bunnies and cut the yarn in a circular motion.  Be careful not to cut the actual bunny printable.

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9.  Once cut, either the learner or the educator takes a small piece of yarn and places it in-between the two bunnies.  The yarn is then tied in the center of the tail to create a pom-pom.

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10.  The learner can either glue the bunnies together or write a message inside.  The learner can also decorate the bunny.

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March 23, 2015

Egg Stand

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The Totetude Egg Stands can either stand alone or hold eggs.

1.  Choose to either decorate your own design or decorate a pre-drawn design from the Totetude Egg Stand Printable.

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2.  Once decorated, cut out your egg stand.

3.  Cut along the dotted lines and fit the two ends together in order to make the perfect size to hold your egg.

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4.  Learners can also use the egg stands to create a play or simply interact with each another.

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March 19, 2015

Jellybean Patterns

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Totetude Jellybean Patterns printable is great for practicing logical reasoning skills.

Either use the pre-designed patterns or create your own.  Add a little excitement by placing actual jellybeans on the printable!

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