My Little Pony Printable Cut-outs

Our family LOVES My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic!  I am sure at some point there will even be a blog post professing our love in more detail.  I’m actually surprised there hasn’t already been one…  Anyway, back to the matter at hand.  Season 5 is FINALLY starting and so to celebrate here are some MLP printables for the kiddos to color and cut out.

My Little Pony Color and Cut

He originally designed these back when the girls were practicing their cutting.  (Now we are wishing they would use the scissors a little less often.)

Twilight Sparkle

We usually add a craft stick to the back and turn them into puppets.

My Little Pony Puppets

You can also glue them to a background.

Cutie Mark Crusaders

Or even add them to a bag to make goody bags for your MLP birthday party.

My Little Pony Treat Bags

We have all the mane six–Twilight Sparkle, Rainbow Dash, Applejack, Rarity, Pinkie Pie, and Fluttershy–as well as all kinds of other characters–Spike, Discord, Zecora, Shining Armor, Princess Cadence, Princess Celestia, Princess Luna, the Cutie Crusaders, Big Mac, and Queen Crysalis.

Download My Little Pony Cut Outs

Mane Six Coloring

Eyes for All Sorts of Crafts

This collection of eyes that my personal graphic artist (aka my husband) IMAG0471designed for us have been awesome!  While I love googly eyes as much as the next person (maybe even more), sometimes we need something bigger or just different.  It’s nice to be able to choose whichever color and size we want.

Download All Eyes pdf

What I especially like is that he created so many different options.  There are sheets of all different sizes but the same color.

Blue Eyes

And sheets of all different colors in the same size.

Oval Eyes

It’s been fabulous to have so many options.  Whether you are using them for a specific craft or just leaving out a whole bunch for the kiddos to create with, the possibilities are endless!

 

 

 

All About Me Worksheet

To kick-off our “school year” we did these All About Me sheets.  My plan is for the girls to fillP1040758 them out each year so we have a great journal of how they have grown and changed year.   I saw a few different versions online but had Ed make our own.

Download All About Me worksheet

It was great to hear their answers and capture this moment in time.  We also went back and did some of our “I am Special” activities.

All About Me Worksheet

The best answer… Mia saying that when she grows up she’ll be a “ninja princess scientist.”

Knot Tying Board

Recently the girls became very interested in P1010620knot tying, which has resulted in ribbon and rope tied from one piece of furniture to another.  Their aunt and Nana both gave the girls scarves this Christmas but the girls seem to think they got bigger pieces of rope.

We love the fact that they are learning to tie knots and the finger dexterity it builds, but we were getting a bit frustrated with them trying to tie everything.  It had gotten a bit out of control when Ed tried to leave the bathroom and they had tied the door shut.

P1010881In order to contain but encourage the tying Ed made these knot tying boards for the girls.  We bought a 2×2 piece of birch 1/2 inch thick cut to a square foot. (To make this project super easy we even had Lowes cut the board for us in fourths for us since we needed to make two and do some other projects).  Ed also sanded the boards and the edges.

 

We then chose a bunch of differentP1010880 fixtures to put on the boards.  We let the girls help pick out items and tried to do a variety.  This is where the project can get pricey if you aren’t careful.  And then we also picked out different kinds of rope that were a variety of thickness and texture.

 

P1010885To finish the board, Ed used the Dremel to trim down some of the screws poking through the back.  We then used PlastiDip to seal up the back.  I recommend the liquid form that you paint on or dip into as opposed to the spray on one.  We first used the spray on PlastiDip and it came out in clumps, which is why you can still see some bumpy parts.  But the pure liquid that Ed painted on went on very smoothly.

This project has been a really big hit with the girls. Our rule for the rope is that it stays with the boards which has really helped keep the random knot tying down. And, of course, this is one of those activities we supervise more carefully since they are playing with long pieces of rope. 🙂

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Measuring Hands

While talking about our bodies this past week, we did this fun math and science activity, Measuring Hands. We traced the girls hands and used them to make measuring tapes. The goal was to get the girls to start understand concepts such as units of measurements and size comparisons by using something tangible that they could understand like their own hand. I got the idea from activities in the book Science is Simple.

Mia attempting to measure her rocking horse

Ahead of time I traced the girls hands and then used those as templates to make multiple hands out of colored construction paper. I knew I wanted to laminate just the hands to create a strip.  It was a little tricky but I took the 8 1/2 x 11 size laminating pouches and trimmed off the top so that I could connect multiple sheets together.

I taped the sheets together with just a little bit of tape in the middle so that it wouldn’t show up in the strips too much.  And I overlapped the sheets by about 1/2 cm.  To help keep the whole thing together I used a clear glue stick and glued the hands to the bottom laminating sheet.  And sometimes I even used a little glue to keep the top sheets in place.

We made the strips long enough to measure their height and larger items around the house.  I recommend also making a smaller strip of about 3 hands to introduce the concept and measure smaller items like their feet.

Zoe measuring the seat of her rocking horse. This is one time a smaller strip would definitely be useful.

 

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