Dr. Seuss Day!

Today is beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss’ Birthday! Also keeping in line with Seuss’ encouragement of reading it is also Read Across America Day. Many classrooms will be taking part in celebrating by having read-a-thons or having special guests such as local authors come in to read to students. But here are some ways you can participate at home and help encourage the love of reading in children!

Celebrate at home:

  • A hour of reading– unplug, shut off the tv and electronics, silence your phone and just read with your kids for an hour. Have you child practice their reading skills with you by having them read aloud. Share a favorite book with them from your childhood. Time spent together like this will do nothing but benefit your child.
  • Visit the library– many libraries will have events going on like special story times or even a crafting event. Events at the library are fun and free. And while you’re there it’s a chance to check out books.
  • Crafting– so speaking of crafts there are so many crafts that are simple and great to celebrate the day. Pinterest is such a wonderful source for ideas, and there are so many simple ones to choose from if you’re not the fully crafty type like me. Like the plate mask I made in the past with my kiddos.

    Cat in the Hat paper plate mask

  • Character Dress Up– this can be for at home or even for school, as with for my children who’s school was having a Seuss’ themed Character Dress Up Day. You could really do a few different ways with this as you could stick only to Dr Seuss books or do any storybook character. My daughter’s school has done a few different versions of this on Read Across America Day and has had a Whoville dress up day before around the holidays. This year though they went with choosing your favorite Seuss character. I was little nervous about this but it ended up being really simple and fun! We made all the masked/accessories/headbands out of cardstock paper or firm felt. The kids wore solid colors to help with the “costumes” and I personally think they turned out great! There are so many character ideas to be found with a simple google search or my favorite on Pinterest, that it can be really no hassle to do.

    Simple Horton Hears a Who and The Lorax Character Dress Up for Dr. Seuss Day

Celebrate at UCSD

California University of San Diego has a yearly celebration on March 2nd in honor of Theodor Seuss Geisel, known more famously as Dr. Seuss. Theodor Seuss Geisel was a long time resident of La Jolla and even has much of his artwork, manuscript drafts, sketches, books, photographs, memorabilia and more in a Collectionat UCSD as well as a the Geisel Library named in his honor. (The Dr. Seuss Collection is usually only on display around his birthday and during the summer) Come on down to the Geisel Library and celebrate Dr. Seuss 113th Birthday with cake, seussian musical entertainment, an inflatable Cat in the Hat and see part of the Dr. Seuss Collection! For more information on this event visit ucsdnews.ucsd.edu

No matter how you choose to celebrate today it’s a great day to spark a love of reading in your children. Have a very fun seussian day!

Cruzin Mama

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Lakeshore Learning Science Fair and FREE Crafts for Kids

Lakeshore Learning FREE Crafts for Kids

Calling all little scientists!

Images from lakeshorelearning.com

Images from lakeshorelearning.com

Along with Lakeshore Learning Stores regular Saturday FREE kids crafts, stores will be hosting a FREE Science Fair this Saturday January 16th. You are invited to come and check out hands on experiments, see new products in action and take part in the regular scheduled kids craft (which is science themed as well). This FREE fun is from 11am – 3pm. And listed below is the upcoming FREE kids craft schedule.

January Kids Crafts

  • January 16th 11am-3pm – Wacky Scientist Head Band
  • January 23rd 11am-3pm – Cozy Winter Puppet
  • January 30th 11am-3pm – Peekaboo Groundhog

Febuary Kids Crafts

  • Febuary 6th 11am-3pm – Lots of Love Suncatcher
  • Febuary 13th 11am-3pm – President’s Day Masks
  • Febuary 20th 11am-3pm – Chore Chart Door Hanger
  • Febuary 27th 11am-3pm – Fantastically Funny Fish

Have fun crafting and experimenting!

Cruzin Mama

Lakeshore Learning Special Event

Lakeshore Learning Celebrate Teachers Event

Celebrate Teachers this Saturday at Lakeshore Learning Stores

Along with the FREE kids craft this Saturday May 2nd, Lakeshore Learning stores will also be celebrating the upcoming teachers appreciation week. The event will feature some special crafts that are perfect gifts for your child’s teacher. Stop by any store between 11am to 3pm to join the fun. Your child can come make a customized Teacher Door Hanger, a special Flower Pot, and the regular craft the Thank-a-Teacher Tote Bag. Click here to find a store nearest you.

Lakeshore May 2nd Craft

Saturday’s scheduled craft:
Thank-a-Teacher Tote Bag

Have fun crafting!

Cruzin Mama

Lakeshore Learning FREE Kids Crafts

Lakeshore Learning FREE Crafts for Kids

My little guy loved the octopus craft.

My little guy loved the octopus craft.

Every Saturday Lakeshore Learning offers a FREE craft for kids. The craft is held from 11am to 3pm and is geared for children ages 3 and up. This is a fun way to check out all the learning tools Lakeshore has to offer while your little ones can keep busy with a fun craft. For me this is perfect for my son who is at the preschool age now but is not currently attending a school. I take advantage of this free craft for him to learn techniques such as following directions, pasting, matching, and letting his creativity thrive. Be sure to check out the free craft days! View the free kids craft schedule below and be sure to click here to find a store nearest you.

April Kids Crafts

  • Whirly Twirly Windmill
    Lakeshore April 18th Craft
  • Butterfly Pencil Holder
    Lakeshore April 25th Craft

May Kids Crafts

Lakeshore Learning FREE Kids Crafts

Lakeshore Learning FREE Crafts for Kids

My little guy loved the octopus craft.

My little guy loved the octopus craft.

Every Saturday Lakeshore Learning offers a FREE craft for kids. The craft is held from 11am to 3pm and is geared for children ages 3 and up. This is a fun way to check out all the learning tools Lakeshore has to offer while your little ones can keep busy with a fun craft. For me this is perfect for my son who is at the preschool age now but is not currently attending a school. I take advantage of this free craft for him to learn techniques such as following directions, pasting, matching, and letting his creativity thrive. Be sure to check out the free craft days! View the free kids craft schedule below and be sure to click here to find a store nearest you.

March Kids Crafts

  • Hold-It-All Buggy Clip
    Lakeshore Learning March Craft
  • Lucky Catch Leprechaun
    Lakeshore Learning March Craft
  • Feathery Friend
    Lakeshore Learning March Craft
  • Changing Caterpillar
    Lakeshore Learning March Craft

Happy crafting!

Cruzin Mama

Lakeshore Learning FREE Kids Crafts

Lakeshore Learning FREE Crafts for Kids

My little guy loved the octopus craft.

My little guy loved the octopus craft.

Every Saturday Lakeshore Learning offers a FREE craft for kids. The craft is held from 11am to 3pm and is geared for children ages 3 and up. This is a fun way to check out all the learning tools Lakeshore has to offer while your little ones can keep busy with a fun craft. For me this is perfect for my son who is at the preschool age now but is not currently attending a school. I take advantage of this free craft for him to learn techniques such as following directions, pasting, matching, and letting his creativity thrive. Be sure to check out the free craft days! View the free kids craft schedule below and be sure to click here to find a store nearest you.

February Kids Crafts

  • Uncle Sam’s U.S. Mask
    February 14th Kids Craft
  • Roar-A-Lot Lion Puppet
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  • Hats Off Pencil Holder
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February Special Events

Dr. Seuss' Birthday Celebration at Lakeshore Learning

Come celebrate Dr. Seuss’ Birthday with Lakeshore Learning on Saturday February 28th! This event will be going on along with the Free Kids Craft from 11am until 3pm. There will also be a bonus craft this day along with hourly storytimes.

Happy crafting!

Cruzin Mama

Valentines Craft Event at Lakeshore Learning

Valentines Crafts at Lakeshore Learning

FREE Kids Crafts at Lakeshore Learning

This Saturday February 7th from 11am to 3pm Lakeshore Learning Stores will be hosting a FREE Valentines themed kids crafting event. Kids will be able to make three different crafts. The first craft is a Pot of Flower Hearts and the second is Mailbox “Buddy. Lastly they can make some From the Heart Coupons. This is the perfect opportunity to let your little ones make some gifts to give loved ones on Valentines Day. Click here to find a store nearest you.

Have fun crafting! Don’t forget to use the coupon posted below to save on your Lakeshore shopping.

Cruzin Mama

Lakeshore Learning coupon

Michaels Kids Club Crafts

All images from classes.michaels.com

All images from classes.michaels.com

Michaels Craft stores offer fun and inexpensive crafts for kids on Saturdays. These crafts are recommended usually for children ages 5 to 12, but it is up to the discretion of the class teacher and parent if a child not in the recommended age can participate. My son who was 2 1/2 during the Summer series attended many of these crafts but I did stay for the sessions and helped out. The Kids Club crafts only cost $2 per child which covers all materials. There is also special family crafts days that are FREE and the whole family is encouraged to participate. Class sizes for Kids Club are limited so I highly recommend registering ahead of time either in store or online. Family Craft time there is no registration and goes on while supplies last.

November Crafts

  • Happy Snowman Ornament
    Saturday November 8th – 30 min sessions from 10am to 12pm
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  • Family Craft – Thumbprint Ornament
    Saturday November 8th – From 12pm to 3pm
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  • Reindeer Painted Canvas
    Saturday November 15th – 30 min sessions from 10am to 12pm
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  • DIY Felt Stocking
    Saturday November 22nd – 30 min sessions from 10am to 12pm
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December Crafts

  • Happy Holiday Elves
    Saturday December 6th – 30 min sessions from 10am to 12pm
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  • Cute Yarn Snowman on Canvas
    Saturday December 13th – 30 min sessions from 10am to 12pm
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Happy crafting!

Cruzin Mama

FREE Crafts for Kids at Lakeshore Learning

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Every Saturday Lakeshore Learning offers a FREE Craft for Kids. The craft is for children ages 3 and up and all supplies are provided. No reservations are necessary and crafting is from 11am to 3pm. My family has attended a few of these and they have had a great time making some fun little crafts. So if you are in the area of a Lakeshore Learning store try and stop by during craft time.

October Craft Schedule

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October 11th, come and make Fire Safety Fido for your junior Firefighters.

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October 18th, come and make a Bunny Reading Pointer to help your little readers keep their place while reading.

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October 25th, get in the Halloween spirit by making a Spooky Sweats Holder.

November Craft Schedule

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November 1st, celebrate fall with a Scarecrow Puppet craft.

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November 8th, come and make a Harvest Headdress.

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November 15th, come and make a Family Tree and add photos of your family to it.

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November 22nd, get ready for Thanksgiving with this fun craft a Giving Thanks Centerpiece.

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November 29th, come and make a Cool Catch Penguin game.

Have fun crafting!

Cruzin Mama

October Michaels Kids Club Crafts

All images from classes.michaels.com

All images from classes.michaels.com

Saturday mornings Michaels Craft Stores offers kids craft classes. The Kids Club classes are for children ages 3 and up and all supplies are included. Classes do cost $2 which covers the supplies and the time with the instructor. Class sizes are limited so it is best to resister ahead of time but they do take walk-ins when space is available.

 

October Kids Club

  • Hand Painted Halloween RocksOctober 4th Sessions are from 10am to 12pmimage
  • Mummy MadnessOctober 11th Sessions are from 10am to 12pmimage
  • Fun Frankenstein MaskOctober 18th Sessions are from 10am to 12pmimage
  • Halloween FunOctober 25th – Crafting treat bags, face painting, candy, and spooktacular parade! 10 to 10:30am image

My little family went this last Saturday for the special Family Craft. We made a fun Halloween banner. The crafts are fun and simple. Best of all no worries about making a mess in your own home.

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Have a spooktacular time crafting!

Cruzin Mama