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Kindergarten Prep Lesson Plans Pinterest Board

Published January 14, 2014 by MisMandie

Kindergarten Prep Lesson Plans Pinterest Board

For all of you that are working with me toward a Kindergarten start-up this fall, here is a board with some great ideas! 🙂  Feel free to leave links to your idea boards in the comments, I would love to follow all of your ideas as well! 🙂


Quick and Easy Masks to Make with Toddlers! (Daniel Tiger and Disney Princesses)

Published January 20, 2013 by MisMandie

What you will need:

  • Print outs of the pictures above (or any other character your child likes)
  • Glue Stick
  • Card Stock
  • Craft Sticks
  • Scissors

What to do:

  • Print the pictures at full size
  • Have your child rub the glue stick all over the back of the images
  • Apply printed images to 1 sheet of cardstock each and let them smooth it out well
  • Cut out the shapes
  • Apply more glue to the top 1/3 of each stick and then place on the back of the mask to create a handle
  • Let it dry about 2-5 min (depending on your glue) and then you are set to play! 🙂

Use any image you and your child like, even their own drawings!!!! 🙂

Telling Time For Toddlers

Published September 5, 2012 by MisMandie

What you will need:

What to do:

  • Print the clock and draw hands that show what your real clock will look like at nap time, bed time, or anytime you want to teach and then label them with a short word.
  • Let your little one color their new clocks while you discuss with them what those times mean.  “when our clock on the wall looks like this one with the short hand on the 3 and the long hand on the 12 that means it is time to take a nap”
  • Throughout the day look at the clock to compare (especially when the time is the same!)
  • Soon they will be able to tell when it is the right time without even having to look at their papers!

Treasure Box – A 5 min craft project for kids of ALL ages!

Published September 5, 2012 by MisMandie

What you will need:

  • Cigar Box or similar (most tobacco shops will give you one free of charge if you ask!)
  • Pretty Duct Tape or Contact Paper
  • Foam Stickers (or normal stickers)

What to do:

  • Cover the lid inside and out and the sides of the box with your duct tape or contact paper.  I Used a beautiful butterfly print duct tape, but after all the stickers were on, it looked a bit busy so a simpler base might be better, but she still loves it! 🙂
  • Now let your little on go nuts peeling and sticking all over to make it their own.  They will work on their fine motor skills while making something that is just for them.
  • Now fill it up with all your little one’s treasures and have a blast!

Simple and Sweet Mother’s Day Gift

Published May 12, 2012 by MisMandie

This is what my little girl will be giving her Grammas this Mother’s Day.  They are accompanied with a note that reads: “This is just a little gift so that no matter where you are, I will Always be right beside you.”

What you will need:

What to Do:

  • Cut the photo to fit into one side of your compact.
  • Apply a generous and even amount of hot glue to the mirror surface and press the photo firmly and smoothly into place.


  • The compacts I used are normal on one side and 5x on the other.  I used the magnified side to place my photo since NO WOMAN wants to see her face that close up lol 😉
  • Here is a link to the cards we will be giving as well since they were so darn cute, I had to share.  Text reads: “Everyone Needs a Fairy Godmother” – “Unless they have you for a grandmother.  Here’s wishing all of your dreams come true this mother’s day!”   ADORABLE!!!!!

Broken Party Horn = Race Track Car Wash

Published April 25, 2012 by MisMandie

What you will need:

  • Party Horn/Noise Maker
  • Strong Clear Tape (I used packing tape)
  • Scissors
  • A racetrack of some sort

What to do:

  • Cut the fringe off of your horn as close to the mouth piece as you can.  (mine was already ripped hence the inspiration for the project)
  • Decide where you want your new car wash to be. The Race track I have in the photo had a tunnel to nowhere that never really made sense, so that is where I decided to put mine.
  • Tape securely in place.  Try to hide it as best you can.  On mine I was able to attach it to the top of the tunnel and it is almost invisible.
  • Trim the bottom of your fringe if needed.  Mine was almost perfect so I left it go.
  • Let your little ones loose!  I would suggest taking them to a real car wash first if they have never been to one so they get the concept and can relate their own experience to make it more fun!





DIY: Dry Erase Coloring/Activity Book

Published April 14, 2012 by MisMandie

What you will need:

  • Coloring/Activity pages (Can be created in word, photo editors, or printed from the Web)
  • Laminater or sheet protector pages
  • 3 Ring binder or 3 Post Notebook
  • Hole Punch

What to do:

  • Gather your content pages.  Mine were found on the NickJr and DisneyJr websites.  I used a mix of letter and number learning, seek n find, spot the difference, pattern finishing, and plain coloring pages to keep it interesting.
  • Order your pages and laminate them back to back in book style.
  • Use a 3 hole punch and insert the pages into your book.
  • Make a pretty cover to personalize it for your little one
  • Any Crayons will work on this and wipe away with a normal washcloth easily, though I have found the colors show up better when you use the Crayola GelFX
  • Sheet protectors will work as well, but are not as durable for long term use.
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