Month: November 2015

Snowman that Doesn’t Melt: It’s Felt

Who wants to build a snowman inside where it’s warm?

I’m curious about how many little kids are singing, “Do you Want to Build a Snowman” from Disney’s movie Fozen. I know, our family sings that song over and over whether or not  I wear the snowman suit made of felt that won’t melt.

With temperatures dropping and snow on the mountain tops its time to start thinking about gathering fake snow for crafts big and small; singing some songs about snow and playing some bone chilling games with out even goin gout side in the freezing cold and snow.

No Non-cents Nanna turns her self intoa snowman with round buttons adn ahat.

No Non-cents Nanna turns her self into a snowman with round buttons and a hat.

  • My adult size felt  snowman apron is stuffed with polyester fill.
  • My buttons are big round black felt cirlces. I used puffy paint to made fake button holes and thread.
  • I already had the hat, scarf kit top and sun glasses.

What craft medium makes good snow?

  1. cotton balls
  2. styrofoam peanuts
  3. white out
  4. white pearl nail polish
  5. white felt
  6. Epsome salts
  7. pony beads in white light sparkle blue
  8. glitter
  9. cheese clothe with glitter or epsome salt sprinkels
  10. white tulle
  11. powdered donuts
  12. marshmellows
  13. white play dough
  14. white yarn and glue
  15. white socks
  16. white spools
  17. salt and glue
  18. white gloves or mittens.
  19. white pipe cleaners
  20. white buttons
  21. shredded coconut

 

Here is a snow man craft that you can make yourself:

  • Cut 3 sizes of white felt circles
  • add google eyes (glue on or allow chidl to keep mkaing theri snow man over adn over.)
  • use scrapes of oragne for the carrot nose and black felt for the hat and long piece for a scarf
  • set out odds and ends of craft supplies like buttons or pom poms
  • store in a small zipper lock bag.

Who wants to build a snow man? Simple kit with little manipulative pieces.

For more inspiration on snow that doesn’t melt crafts:

Check out No Non-cents Nanna’s Let it Snow Man board on Pinerest.

Lets this snow ooze through the kids fingers…it won’t melt!

Snow ooze recipe that is tried and true . Sotre is small zipper lock bags. to lat a bit longer be sure kids wash their hands before and after playing with.

In my opening line of this post I mentioned only one song from Frozen that most of us have heard a little too often.

How about adding a new little diddy to go along with the coming freezing weather  and snow?

 

Does your tot know the snowman song below?

I’m a Little Snowman

(Tune of I’m a Little Teapot)

I’m a little snowman round and fat.

Here are my buttons

Here is my hat.

When the sun comes out to play

I wil slowly melt away.

……………………………………………………

 

Note from No Non-cents Nanna:

As I look around for gifts that may interest my youngest grandchildren I see too many toys that do EVERYTHING! This concerns me because growing children need to use their imganiations to explore even if the results are not perfect in the adult mind.

With sensory play items, like my felt manipulatives, pre-school children can try placing pieces any way they wish; there are no wrong ways  and no right ways. Confidence is built along with developing find motor skills.

Note: Malika Bourne, author of the No Non-cents blog is also the founder and owner of No Non-cents Nanna’s Heart Felt Play Store. Posts may include links to related products sold on the on-line Shopify merchants store for self promotion/ marketing.

 

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Felt Dinosuars are Alive and Well: Finger Plays and Games

Dinosuars names may be so hard to pronouce and spell, unless you are a kid.

Children are inspired to when they play with dinosuar stuff like these  dinosaur skeletons.

This post shares a few simple games and finger plays PLUS Dinosaur DIg Pinterest boards which has the links to over 1,000 dinosaur ideas.

Dinosaur skeltons are a great addition to some sensory play boxes. Makes a fun dinosaur party favor

Hot Lava Game:

Silly-saurus socks for dinosaur dramatic play. inspired by Heart Felt Play Store

Tell kid to get dressed in their dinosaur socks to escape the “hot lava” . Most dawdelers will dress faster than pre-historic dinosaurs ever moved so they can get into the game.

Dinosaur Trees:

This old No Non-cents Nanna has always found the fact that kid who who won’t eat brocoli until someone says that dinosaurs eat brocoli.

Then brocoli becomes a favorite food.

Go figure.

Hatch your own 2″ plastic dinosaur toy from a pretend prehistoric plastic egg hunt game.

No Non-cents Nanna’s Heart Felt Play Store, before closing had an enormous Dinosaur Collection – sorry- Nanna closed the store upon retirement. Images seem on this post are from Heart Felt Play Store. You can purchase many of these toys form Oriental Trading.

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Dinosaur eggs are perfect party favor at a dinosaur parties. Dino eggs make great scavenger hunts games, too.

Lyrics to Dinosaur Finger Plays:

Five Enormous Dinosaurs

Five enormous dinosaurs, letting out a roar,

One went away and then there were four.

Four enormous dinosaurs, munching on a tree,

One went away and then there were three.

Three enormous dinosaurs didn’t know what to do,

One went away and then there were two.

Two enormous dinosaurs having lots of fun,

One went away and then there was one.

One enormous dinosaur afraid to be a hero,

He (she) went away and then there were zero.

Dinosaur Masks add to the Dinosaur Dramtic Play Experience.

Foam dinosaur masks add to the DinosaurDig experince. See Heart Felt Play Store for collection of Dinosaur party favors kids love.

Foam dinosaur masks add to the Dinosaur Dig experience.

( This finger play ends with the word zero which is as important a number as 1, 2, or 3…)
Dinosaurs Stomp!

Dinosaurs lived long ago.

Some walked (stomp in place)

Some swam (pretend to swim)

Some flew, you know! (flap arms at sides)

Some were big (hold hands high)

Some were small (hold hands low)

Some were gigantic–(stretch arms out wide)

V-e-r-y tall! (stretch arms up high)

This is great for using large motor muscles in a fun way for kids.

Note from No Non-cents Nanna:

Pre-school kids couldn’t wait to do the DINOSAUR unit in my classes.

  • We would dig of bones in the sand box.
  • Make dinosaur hats with long long long tails on our backs.
  • We always made a paper mache’ volcano on the dinosaur land….
  • Share dinosaur tattoos for job well done.

I involved the kids in the process of building a volcano starting with tearing up newspaper.

On the last day I promised that the volcano would erupt in Dinosaur Land.

My secret ingredients were vinegar and baking soda.( You know about that chemical reaction, right?)

One child got to pour baking soda into the volcano with great anticipation, but  nothing happened.

…and there sits the vinegar looking like water…without fan fare and a heavy sigh I allow someone to pour “it” into the volcano…

FIZ. FIZ. FIZ!!!!!

The kids scream with delight as I looked so shocked when I ask, “What did you DO_O_O_O?!”

My dinosuar unit was alway so much fun when I taught pre-school.

TOO MUCH FUN!

Now, it’s your turn:

Share the lyrics to your favorite dinosuar finger play.

Are you following No Non-cents Nanna on Pinterest, yet? I have a Pinteresting collection of dinosuar fun.

 Dinosaur Dig on Pinterest. Check out what’s new! Click HERE!

Edited and updated 11/30/2019

I am Malika Bourne the No Non-cents Nanna encouraging you to make good choices!

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3 Little Felt Kittens, a Bowl of Milk and Mouse

Can you fill in the blank for the nursery rhyme 3 Little Kittens? 

Three Little Kittens Lost Their _____and they began to cry.

Leave the correct word in the comment section for a Black Friday Blowout Discount code to use on No Non-cents Nanna Shopify store.

Felt cats set; 3 cats; mouse; bowl of milk; blanket. Cats were cut out of printed fleece then machine sewn onto felt backing.

Felt cats set; 3 cats; mouse; bowl of milk; blanket. Cats were cut out of printed fleece by hand then machine sewn onto felt backing. Mittens not pictured.

$4.00

 

There is something in my image not pictured that is included in this handmade $4 set of kitten interactive play set. What is it?

This will give you and extra chance to win the pink castle in my random drawing. Good luck!

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Finger Plays about Kittens:

 

Five little kittens
Five little kittens standing in a row

(hold up 5 fingers)

They nod their heads to the children so

(bend fingers)

They run to the left, they run to the right

(make fingersrun  to the left and  to the right)

They stand up and stretch in the bright sunlight

(stretch fingers out )

Along comes a dog who’s in for some fun

(hold up one finger from opposite hand)
MEOW!

See those little kittens run

(let fingers run)

 

Three Little Kittens
Three little kittens lost their ____
And they began to cry: Meow, meow, meow
What? Lost your ____, you naughty kittens
Then you shall have no pie: Meow, meow, meow
Three little kittens found their _____
And they began to cry: Meow, meow, meow
What? Found your _____, you good little kittens
Now you shall have some pie: Meow, meow, meow

 

 

This Little Kitty
This little  kitty said, “I smell a mouse,”
This kitty said, “Let’s hunt through the house.”
This kitty said, “Let’s go creepy creep.”
This kitty said, “Is the mouse asleep?”
This kitty said, “Meow, meow, I saw him go through
This hole just now.”

(Begin by holding up all 5 fingers. HIde one finger for each line-substract fingers one at a time. On the last line have the final finger run through a hole made by the left hand.)

 

My Little Kitty 
I have a little kitty cat named Puff.
(hold up one thumb)
He’s round and soft as a ball of fluff.
(make a circle with finger and thumb of other hand)
Each day he laps up all his milk.
And his fur is soft as silk.
(stroke thumb with other hand)
When she’s happy you will know,
For her fluffy tail swings to and fro.
(wiggle little finger)

 

I would love to give credit to original authors. Can you help us all who have passed all these lyrics on by word of our mouths?

Now it is your turn:
add a poem about a kitten or cat. Please credit author, if you can, or add a link to similar poems.

 

I am Malika Bourne the No Non-cents Nanna encouraging you to Make Good Choices!

 

For those saving big bucks at the Black Friday on-line Blowout event  starting on November 27 12;00 AM and are looking for how long No Non-cents Nanna has been selling early childhood sensory play products for profit click HERE to find the answer.

HInt: Malika has been making felt shapes for decades! But, that is not the answer.

Have you read this post with the image of the pink castle in the making, yet? http://nonon-centsnanna.com/pink-heart-castle-give-away-for-black-friday-blow-out/

Be sure to leave a comment that you found it. Then email me with the correct answer.

Malika Bourne 2@gmail.com

What IF I am having more than one give away?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TIP: to keep all the little pieces a lyrics organized slip them into a plastic sleeve in a 3 ring binder. Use a small piece of sticky Velcro at the top to keep the pieces from falling out.

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Starting to Learn Finger Plays with Felt Shapes.

Reciting finger plays with a little something to hold in lttle hands is not only great fun for young children, but, also has many benefits for growth.

DIY felt finger play shapes are affordable and perfect for new teachers or young home school families. See example below.

This post shares 3 fingerplay kids love to chant.

Pre-Kindergarten FELT starter kit.

Pre-Kindergarten FELT starter kit.

 

About No NoN-cents Nanna’s felt products for young children:

No Non-cents Nanna ued to create her own simple patterns to go along with popular early childhood finger plays. If you want a few of my veggie shapes patterns feel freel to ask. (And if you are a current Heart Felt Play Store customer feel free to ask for FREE felt shapes while my Freebies last. No Non-cents Nanna had to stop cutting wth scissors due to injuries.)

Nanna encourages the children to use their fingers first. Then, use the pieces for Magic Bubble; Busy Books; Quiet Time.

When learning a first or 2nd language visually seeing and feeling a “word” helps in the learning process.

No Non-cents Nanna believes children need simple shapes with familiar items in a child friendly medium to explore as they imitate what they see the adults doing. That is why she created food on felt along with basic shapes on primary colors. ( No longer sell these in Heart Felt play Store, but, this post is left up for you inspiration)

  • Each piece is “uniquely different” hand cut and sewn.

Why does No Non-cents Nanna  not strive for a product with artistic perfection.

  1. Helps children to accept the world and people around them as we are: not cookie cutterperfectis OK.
  2. Simpe product- not exactly perfect-keeps the cost down for every one especially when children only want to use their imagination in play.

 

Lyrics to Finger Plays that relate to the pieces in the set.

6 red felt apples are great for finger plays and counting.

The Apple Tree

Way up high in the apple tree,

(Point up high )

Five red apples looked at me.

(Hold up five fingers)

I shook that tree as hard as I could,

(Pretend to shake the tree with both hands)

Down came an apple,

(Wiggle fingers down from the air )

Mmmm, it was good.

(Rub tummy!)

Repeat with four, three, two, and one apple “smiled at me.”

 

Five Little Pumpkins


Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate,
First one said “Oh my, it’s getting late!”
Second one said “There are witches in the air,”
Third one said ” we don’t care!”
Fourth one said “oh it’s just Halloween fun.”
Fifth one said “let’s run let’s run!”
Ooo ooo went the wind, and out went the lights,
And the five little pumpkins rolled out of sight.

 

I Can Count

I can count. Want to see?

Here’s my fingers, 1 2 3. (hold up one hand, count fingers with other hand)
Four and five, this hand is done.

Now I’ll count the other one!
Six, seven, eight and nine.

Just one more, I’m doing fine. (using other hand to count)
The last little finger is number ten.

Now I’ll count them all again: 1 2 3 4 5 6 78 9 10.
One

Show me one hand.

Show me one finger.

Wiggle one nose
Touch one arm.

Shake one head.

Sit one body down.
Two

Show me two hands.

Wiggle two fingers.

Shake two arms
Touch two eyes. Cover two ears.

But sit one body down.

 

(Once children have learned this routine try substiuting one apple, one pumpkin, one triangle or one square.The children can take turns holding up the little pieces.)

Now it is your turn:

In the comments feel free to share the words to a finger play or 2 that could go along with these shapes.

Please note: Malika Bourne author of the No Non-cents Nanna blogs is also the founder and owner of Heart Felt Play Store. Learning should be fun not fancy. Shameless self promtion/ advetising to related store link are clickable for your convenience

 

I am Malika Bourne the No Non-cents Nanna encouraging you to Make Good Choices!

http://nonon-centsnanna.com/one-day-a-week-savings-giving-tuesdays-heart-felt-play-store/

More Good Reasons to Do Finger Plays with Kids

Early Childhood Development and Finger Plays Go Hand in Hand

Felt Dinosuars are Alive and Well: Finger Plays and Games

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Black Friday: Sneak Peak Hand-made Interactive FELT Play for Children

No Non-cents Nanna first Black Friday specials on her hand-made felt sensory play items will start on Wednesday evening via several busy on-line shopping sites.

Initial images of my proto-type felt play product will be published on this post as a sneak peak, today. Black Friday prices and avaible product will vary  from the today’s proto-type images. ( I still have lots of photos to edi and new computer skills for this old bird to learn..)

 

 

I will be selling via several on-line sites and one live event.

Nov 27 at 12:00am to Nov 29 at 8:00pm in PST

Quote: Join us for a three day extravaganza from the comfort of your computer.
Here is your chance to get all of your holida shoppingdone early, and all from the comfort of your computer!
We will have a variety of hand crafters showcasing some of their most treasured work 🙂 Plus all of your favorite online companies will be here too!
Not only that but each vendor will be doing a giveaway!
That means 20-40 giveaways over the three days! The chance to win is amazing!

NOTE from Malika: I will be posting the exact link asap.

 

2. SHOPIFY! I may or may not be quite ready untill Cyber-Monday.

 

3.  Burn the Turkey: Live event in Colorado Springs, Colorado

  • at 3:00pm – 5:00pm

    5 days from now · 40°F / 18°F Clear

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    City Auditorium

    221 E Kiowa St, Colorado Springs, Colorado 8090

    Note from Malika: I will handing out “left-overs” made of felt along with a chance to win my proto-type Gray Stone Castle with draw bridge. Must attend this event to win.

Here we go with my sneak peak of Black Friday specials

Remember, please, that these images are the one of a kind proto-types. My Black Friday Specials will vary somewhat from my standard line.

BID today!

  • If interested today on my proto-types I am allowing people to bid from now until Wednesday at NOON MT.
  • Leave a comment that you wish to BID on ___item.
  • Email me your reasonable BID along with the image so I know exactly which you are interested in, your phone #.
  • Reasonable bids, only, will be consdidered.
  • You pay the shipping and applicable taxes.
My Felt Christmas Tree sells for only $8.00. It has 15 to 18 basic shapes. 22" base. 28" high. Hot item for tots this years

My Felt Christmas Tree sells for only $8.00. It has 15 to 18 basic shapes. 22″ base. 28″ high. Hot item for tots this years.ONLY 8 Tree sets to BID on today.

 

Proto-tpye Gray Stone FElt Fortress. Someone Attending the Burn teh Trueky event will win this isa drawing. The new standard model has a door that"opens" like a regualr door.

Proto-tpye Gray Stone FELT Fortress. Someone attending the Burn the Trueky event will win this in a drawing. The new standard model has a door that”opens” like a regular door. This one is valueda t $15.The new standard Fortress will be priced at $12.50. You may begin bidding on the new model.

 

5 Little Monkeys in this set can swing froma tree to tease a crodile or Jump on the Bed.Lyrics to finger play included. Tree sold seprately. Tree currently avaiable in dark brown felt.

5 Little Monkeys in this set can swing froma tree to tease a crodile or Jump on the Bed.Lyrics to finger play included. Tree sold seprately. Tree currently avaiable in dark brown felt. Monkeys are hand cut from prnted fleece then machine sewn on felt. $3.50 a set.

Only 5 sets of 5 monekys in stock.

 

Felt doll sets craft by Malika Bourne the No Non-cents Nanna. Start at $2 to $3. with doll blanket and pillow . Standard sets will come witha random selection of clothes.

Felt doll sets craft by Malika Bourne the No Non-cents Nanna. Start at $2 to $3. with doll blanket and pillow . Standard sets will come with a random selection of clothes.  8 inch felt doll are made of random felt colors. Felt hair sold seperately.

 

Soft and squishy mini bug pillows in colors kids love. (Not for children under age 3.) Depending on size- to be specified thae prices start at $1.50 and up.

Soft and squishy mini bug pillows in colors kids love. (Not for children under age 3.) Depending on size- to be specified thae prices start at $1.50 and up. Quantities are limited.

 

MIni Zoo Animal Pillows. Not for children under age 3

MIni Zoo Animal Pillows. Not for children under age 3

Soft forest animal fleece sets. Draw string bags adn soft pillows. Quanitites are very limited. Sizes vary with price for set startign at $3.00.

Soft forest animal fleece sets. Draw string bags adn soft pillows. Quanitites are very limited. Sizes vary with price for set starting at $3.00 up to $10.

 

tely) 2 pieces of toast each with pat of butter.

Felt breakfast: 2 felt fried eggs ( May substitute 2 1/2 hard boiled eggs. Please specify.)
5 brown sausages.
( Skillet sold seperately.)
More felt food availible. Black Fiday will offer sets of food with fruit and veggies.

 

Mommy Spice Nap cuddles feeds Baby Ginger Nap like evry good mommy does. The larger felt doll is in the set above. This set includes the 3 inch Ginger Nap felt doll. Black Firday sets will have additional items.

Mommy Spice Nap cuddles feeds Baby Ginger Nap like evry good mommy does.
The larger felt doll is in the set above. This set includes the 3 inch Ginger Nap felt doll. Black Firday sets will have additional items.

 

Introducing The Ginger Nap Babies. Random intechangable outfits. Speicfy boy or girl clothes. Dolls sell for 25 cents each. Clothes start at 25 cents up to $3.00 for a set. For Black Friday Iwillhave images of each set of clothes priced accordingly. Copyright Malika Bourne

Introducing The Ginger Nap Babies. Random intechangable outfits.
Speicfy boy or girl clothes. Dolls sell for 25 cents each. Clothes start at 25 cents up to $3.00 for a set.
For Black Friday I will have images of each set of clothes priced accordingly along iwth measurements.
Copyright Malika Bourne

 

Please feel free to ask question in the comments. I will begin to respond at 7 pm on Tuesday night.

Malika Bourne the No Non-cents Nanna

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