Life Cycles: Birds

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Welcome to a new series about Life Cycles on Mustard Seed Family.  From July-September I will be sharing a variety of activities for your toddler/preschooler concerning animal and plant life cycles.  This series includes art projects, sensory play, outside activities, and field trips.

Today I’ll be sharing a bird life cycle made out of felt.


Bird

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The Bird life cycle has three stages.

1. Egg

2. Hatchling

3. Adult Bird

I made each stage out of felt as pictured above.  The type of bird is called the Red-flanked Bluetail.  Each stage fits nicely into a little nest as pictured below.  I went very detailed with each stage, but you could keep it simple by just cutting out their basic shapes out of felt with just one color and no sewing.  Or, you can use the printout I’m including at the end of this post.

Isn’t it cute?

Below is an example of the activity you can do with your preschooler.  It’s a sequencing activity that helps them understand the order of a life cycle.

[Materials]

  • Notecards
  • Scissors
  • Markers
  • Pictures of an egg, hatchling, and adult bird.

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  1. Label four notecards with numbers 1-3 on the top.
  2. Label one notecard with the word home.
  3. Draw three arrows on another notecard, and cut them into three squares.
  4. Print and cut pictures of an egg, hatchling, and adult bird.
  5. Ask your child to place each picture in order, with 1 being the first stage and 3 being the last.
  6. Ask you child where the bird lives and direct them in placing the picture with the nest on the notecard labeled home.

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For older children, teach them which direction the arrows go in a cycle.  For younger children, spread the numbered cards horizontally from left to right or vertically from top to bottom.


PRINTOUT

click the link below for a free printable pdf.

Bird


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Life Cycles: Frogs

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Welcome to a new series about Life Cycles on Mustard Seed Family.  From July-September I will be sharing a variety of activities for your toddler/preschooler concerning animal and plant life cycles.  This series includes art projects, sensory play, outside activities, and field trips.

Today I’ll be sharing a frog life cycle made out of felt.


Frog

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The Frog life cycle has three stages.

1. Egg

2. Tadpole

3. Frog Adult

I made each stage out of felt as pictured above.  They all fit nicely into a little water lily pad as pictured below.  I went very detailed with each stage, but you could keep it simple by just cutting out their basic shapes out of felt with just one color and no sewing.  Or, you can use the printout I’m including at the end of this post.

Isn’t it cute?

Below is an example of the activity you can do with your preschooler.  It’s a sequencing activity that helps them understand the order of a life cycle.

[Materials]

  • Notecards
  • Scissors
  • Markers
  • Pictures of an egg, tadpole, and adult frog.

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  1. Label four notecards with numbers 1-3 on the top.
  2. Label one notecard with the word home.
  3. Draw three arrows on another notecard, and cut them into three squares.
  4. Print and cut pictures of an egg, tadpole, and adult frog.
  5. Ask your child to place each picture in order, with 1 being the first stage and 3 being the last.
  6. Ask you child where the frog lives and direct them in placing the picture with the lily pad on the notecard labeled home.

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For older children, teach them which direction the arrows go in a cycle.  For younger children, spread the numbered cards horizontally from left to right or vertically from top to bottom.


PRINTOUT

click the link below for a free printable pdf.

Frog


I hope you’ve enjoyed this activity, and thanks for stopping by!

To see more educational activities, click this link or click education on the menu bar at the top of this page.

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Below are links to some other activities on

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Sensory

Spring Unit

Transportation Unit

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Teaching Opposites

Opposites Activity

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Hey guys!  I hope you are all having a great start to your week.  This last month of summer can be painful for parents as the kids start getting bored right before school starts.  So today I’m showing you an activity that you can share with your preschooler who’s driving you crazy at home (But we still love them, right? Of course).

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[Materials]
  • Wooden Tray
  • Opposites Puzzle (Target $ section)
  • Dollar Store plastic container

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My daughter knows how to match things that are the same.  But today I introduced her to something a bit different.  I talked to her about things that were the opposite.  She was very excited when I pulled out this tray with puzzle pieces.

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We found these little puzzles at the Target dollar section a couple weeks ago.  Each card contains two pieces with the opposite word and picture on it.

Examples: Open/Closed, Short/Tall, Slow/Fast, etc.

After she was done putting the pieces together, she placed the cards into the container.

Easy peasy.

Below are some books to read with your child to expand their knowledge on opposites:

Puzzles:


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Wrapped Braids

Step-By-Step Tutorial

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This hairstyle is one I’ve been wearing a lot this summer.  It’s perfect for everyday style, but I prefer to wear my hair like this at a party or on a date.

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To begin, divide your hair into two sections. Keep in mind that you don’t want your sections to show.

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Now, braid the two sections and secure with a clear elastic band.  To add volume to your braids, you can pull on the pieces of the braids and it will create a fuller look.  This is especially helpful if you have fine hair like mine.

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Take the braid from the right and bring it over to the left side so that it is laying above the other braid.  Secure with some bobby pins.

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Then, bring the braid that you pinned underneath the braid that’s hanging down.  Secure it in place with several bobby pins, and tuck the ends underneath the braid.

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Do the same thing with the other braid, but in the opposite direction.  Secure it in place with bobby pins.

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Once the braid has been wrapped around, tuck the ends into the other braid and secure with several bobby pins.

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That’s it for this hairstyle!  If you have any questions please comment below.

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To see more of my hairstyles, click this link or click beauty and hair on the menu bar at the top of this page.

If you haven’t already, be sure to follow me on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram!

Thanks for stopping by!

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Life Cycles: Sea Turtles

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Welcome to a new series about Life Cycles on Mustard Seed Family.  From July-September I will be sharing a variety of activities for your toddler/preschooler concerning animal and plant life cycles.  This series includes art projects, sensory play, outside activities, and field trips.

Today I’ll be sharing a sea turtle life cycle made out of felt.


Sea Turtle

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The Sea Turtle life cycle has three stages.

1. Egg

2. Hatchling

3. Sea Turtle Adult

I made each stage out of felt as pictured above.  They all fit nicely into a little sandy shore as pictured below.  I went very detailed with each stage, but you could keep it simple by just cutting out their basic shapes out of felt with just one color and no sewing.  Or, you can use the printout I’m including at the end of this post.

Isn’t it cute?

Below is an example of the activity you can do with your preschooler.  It’s a sequencing activity that helps them understand the order of a life cycle.

[Materials]

  • Notecards
  • Scissors
  • Markers
  • Pictures of an egg, hatchling, and adult sea turtle.

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  1. Label four notecards with numbers 1-3 on the top.
  2. Label one notecard with the word home.
  3. Draw three arrows on another notecard, and cut them into three squares.
  4. Print and cut pictures of an egg, hatchling, and adult sea turtle.
  5. Ask your child to place each picture in order, with 1 being the first stage and 3 being the last.
  6. Ask you child where the sea turtle lives and direct them in placing the picture with the sandy shore on the notecard labeled home.

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For older children, teach them which direction the arrows go in a cycle.  For younger children, spread the numbered cards horizontally from left to right or vertically from top to bottom.


PRINTOUT

click the link below for a free printable pdf.

Sea Turtle


I hope you’ve enjoyed this activity, and thanks for stopping by!

To see more educational activities, click this link or click education on the menu bar at the top of this page.

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Below are links to some other activities on

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Montessori

Sensory

Spring Unit

Transportation Unit

Go check them out and tell me what you think!

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How To Use A Hair Donut

Step-By-Step Tutorial

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Happy Monday friends!  Today I’m going to be showing you how to use a hair donut to make a full bun like the one pictured above.

[The beautiful “Tree Of Life” necklace I’m sporting in this post is from Eager Hands Jewelry Etsy Shop]

Hair donuts can be found at most convenience stores that carry hair products.  Don’t feel like going to the store?  No problem!  You can buy one on Amazon by clicking the pictures below.

Beige:

Brown:

Black:

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To begin, put your hair into a high ponytail and secure with a clear elastic.  Then, pull the ponytail through the donut.

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Next, spread the hair around the donut making sure to cover the entire donut.

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Starting from the back, take the hair that is sticking out away from the donut and gather it around the hair donut.  I like to twist the hair as I go around the hair donut, but you don’t have to.

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Once you have wrapped the hair around the hair donut, you can secure the ends with a few bobby pins.  Then, to secure the bun, place several bobby pins all around the bun.

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Once you are happy with how the bun looks, pull on the hair going into the bun by lifting with your fingers.  This will keep the hair from sitting flat on your head by creating fullness around the bun.

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That’s all it takes!  Pretty simple, and so cute!  If you have any questions about this tutorial please leave them in the comments below.

To see more of my hairstyles, click this link or click beauty and hair on the menu bar at the top of this page.

If you haven’t already, be sure to follow me on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram!

Thanks for stopping by!

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Life Cycles: Polar Bear

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Welcome to a new series about Life Cycles on Mustard Seed Family.  From July-September I will be sharing a variety of activities for your toddler/preschooler concerning animal and plant life cycles.  This series includes art projects, sensory play, outside activities, and field trips.

Today I’ll be sharing a sequencing activity.


Polar Bear

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The Polar Bear life cycle has three stages.

1. Polar Bear Baby

2. Polar Bear Cub

3. Polar Bear Adult

I made each stage out of felt as pictured above.  They all fit nicely into a little ice cave as pictured below.  I went very detailed with each stage, but you could keep it simple by just cutting out their basic shapes out of felt with just one color and no sewing.  Or, you can use the printout I’m including at the end of this post.

Isn’t it cute?

Below is an example of the activity you can do with your preschooler.  It’s a sequencing activity that helps them understand the order of a life cycle.

[Materials]

  • Notecards
  • Scissors
  • Markers
  • Pictures of a polar bear baby, cub, and adult.

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  1. Label three notecards with numbers 1-3 on the top.
  2. Label one notecard with the word home.
  3. Draw three arrows on another notecard, and cut them into three squares.
  4. Print and cut pictures of a polar bear baby, cub, and adult.
  5. Ask your child to place each picture in order, with 1 being the first stage and 3 being the last.
  6. Ask you child where the polar lives and direct them in placing the picture with the ice cave on the notecard labeled home.

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For older children, teach them which direction the arrows go in a cycle.  For younger children, spread the numbered cards horizontally from left to right or vertically from top to bottom.


PRINTOUT

click the link below for a free printable pdf.

Polar Bear


I hope you’ve enjoyed this activity, and thanks for stopping by!

To see more educational activities, click this link or click education on the menu bar at the top of this page.

If you haven’t already, be sure to follow me on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram!

Below are links to some other activities on

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Montessori

Sensory

Spring Unit

Transportation Unit

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Mohawk Divided Updo

Step-By-Step Tutorial

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Mohawk hairstyles are a growing trend these days, and I’m going to show you one of my own creations below.

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To begin, separate your hair into a section like the one pictured above and begin a dutch braid.  A dutch braid is similar to a French braid as you are adding in sections, but it is different in the fact that you bring the left and right strands under the middle strand instead of over the middle strand.

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The, separate the braided section in half and braid each side securing the ends with a clear elastic.

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Take the rest of your hair and gather it into a high ponytail.  Backcomb that ponytail and create a messy bun securing with a clear elastic.  Use some bobby pins to adjust the messy bun.

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Take each braid and wrap it around the messy bun, pinning in place with bobby pins.

To see more of my hairstyles, click this link or click beauty and hair on the menu bar at the top of this page.

If you haven’t already, be sure to follow me on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram!

Thanks for stopping by!

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Life Cycles: Butterfly

 

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Welcome to a new series about Life Cycles on Mustard Seed Family.  From July-September I will be sharing a variety of activities for your toddler/preschooler concerning animal and plant life cycles.  This series includes art projects, sensory play, outside activities, and field trips.

Today I’ll be sharing a butterfly life cycle made out of felt.


Butterfly

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The butterfly life cycle has four stages.

1. Egg

2. Caterpillar

3. Chrysalis

4. Butterfly

I made each stage out of felt as pictured above.  They all fit nicely into a little leaf as pictured below.  I went very detailed with each stage, but you could keep it simple by just cutting out their basic shapes out of felt with just one color and no sewing.  Or, you can use the printout I’m including at the end of this post.

Isn’t it cute?

Below is an example of the activity you can do with your preschooler.  It’s a sequencing activity that helps them understand the order of a life cycle.

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[Materials]

  • Notecards
  • Scissors
  • Markers
  • Pictures of an egg, caterpillar, chrysalis, leaf, and butterfly
  1. Label four notecards with numbers 1-4 on the top.
  2. Label one notecard with the word home.
  3. Draw four arrows on another notecard, and cut them into four squares.
  4. Print and cut pictures of an egg, caterpillar, chrysalis, leaf, and butterfly.
  5. Ask your child to place each picture in order, with 1 being the first stage and 4 being the last.
  6. Ask you child where the butterfly lives and direct them in placing the picture with the leaf on the notecard labeled home.

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For older children, teach them which direction the arrows go in a cycle.  For younger children, spread the numbered cards horizontally from left to right or vertically from top to bottom.


PRINTOUT

click the link below for a free printable pdf.

Butterfly


I hope you’ve enjoyed this activity, and thanks for stopping by!

To see more educational activities, click this link or click education on the menu bar at the top of this page.

If you haven’t already, be sure to follow me on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram!

Below are links to some other activities on

Mustard Seed Family:

Montessori

Sensory

Spring Unit

Transportation Unit

Go check them out and tell me what you think!

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Side Braid into Lower Braided Bun

Step-By-Step Tutorial

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Summer here is getting hot and muggy!  I’ve been wearing my hair up almost always these last couple of weeks.  While I was on vacation a month ago, I created this gorgeous updo for you to try out.  It’s a great everyday style, or you could dress it up with a pretty clip and wear it on a special date night.

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To begin, take a small section of hair from the side of your part with the most hair (mine is on the left, which looks right in the picture).  Braid the section by crossing the right side over the middle, and then the left side over the middle.  Pull apart the braid to loosen it and make it look fuller.  Then, pin the braid onto the side of your head with a couple of bobby pins.

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Next, take two small sections of hair on either side of your head right by your ears.  Bring them towards the back of your head and secure in place with bobby pins.

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Braid the rest of your hair in a regular braid crossing the left strand over the middle, and then the right strand over the middle.  Once you have reached the end of the braid tie it off with a clear elastic.  Pull on the braid to make it fuller.

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Wrap the braid into a bun, pinning in place with bobby pins.  Tuck the ends of the braid inside the bun and pin with a few more bobby pins.

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