Tuesday, July 24, 2012

You Are My Sunshine

One of my favorite songs to sing to my kiddos is "You Are My Sunshine."  They have grown to love the song and can all sing along with me now.  It is so funny to hear the little guy sing.  He sounds like one of the Chipmunks!  Precious memories!

Given that it's summer and hot, we made a sun for our craft project today.  All you need is some yellow or white construction paper, some scissors, and glue.  This activity can be adapted for many ages and I will give you a quick run-down how!

For my little guy, I gave him a yellow circle and strips for the rays.  He loves to use the real bottle of glue, so I helped him put some dots around the outside and asked him to put his strips down on the glue dots.  He did as he was told and his project turned out like this:

As unique as he is!

The princess was given a white circle, strips for the rays, glue, and some smaller pieces of construction paper.  Her first task was to glue the rays on the white circle (yes, she got to use the glue all by herself!).  Next, I had her rip pieces of the smaller pieces of yellow construction paper to glue onto the white paper.  This was a little difficult for her and definitely something we will continue to work on!  Her sun turned out like this:

Working hard

The finished product

If you would like to make this project a little more challenging, provide a pre-cut circle (or let them cut out a large circle), have your child cut on straight lines to make the rays, and then have them rip or cut small pieces to glue on the circle.  A very versatile project!

I'll leave you with one of my favorites tonight.

You Are My Sunshine

You are my sunshine, my only sunshine,
You make me happy when skies are gray.
You'll never know dear, how much I love you.
Please don't take my sunshine away.

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