Cinco De Mayo Freebie- Color By Number Printable

My kids love doing math when it is presented in a fun way. They especially love doing color by Numbers.

I have two coloring sheets for you today. The first is just color by color. The second is color by addition fact. Be sure to click on the link below the image for the printable version!

Pinata Color Click for Printable Version — >>Pintata Candy Color

Click for Printable Version —>> Pinanta Candy Color By Addition Facts

Clip Art was designed by me and can be found HERE. Use NINJA50 to save 50%

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Daily Lego Building Challenges May 2014 with FREE Printable

We got back on track with Lego challenges this past month. I was really impressed with some of the things they came up with! And… I promise Big Brother does NOT wear the same clothes every day.

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This will be the final Monthly Lego Challenge that I will be putting out (at least for now). I hope you’ve enjoyed them. Feel free to check out the past Challenges.

Remember to click on the link BELOW for the printable version.

Lego MayClick for Printable Version —->>Lego Building Challenges May

Happy Building!

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What’s in the Bible Review and GIVEAWAY


It’s Give Away Time!!!

Have you seen this new series put out by the creator of Veggie Tales? It’s called “Buck Denver Asks What’s in the Bible” and takes kids (and adults) cover to cover through the Bible. Buck Denver is a News Man who is curious about the Bible.  I must say, I have learned so much from watching these videos and so have my kids (ages 2, 4, 7, and 9). It holds the attention of each one of them in a different way.

The videos are filled with colorful characters in the form of puppets. There’s someone for everyone. My personal favorites are Clive and Ian (explorers), Captain Pete (who sounds suspiciously like Pa Grape) and Sunday School Lady with her magic Flannel Graph!

I was a HUGE fan of Veggie Tales back in the day (before I even had kids), but I have to tell you that I was a little frustrated as I saw the series moving away from Bible stories and more into Moral stories. I mean, having good morals is all well and good, but nothing beats the Bible!

When I heard that Phil Vischer (creator of Veggie Tales and What’s in the Bible) had come out with this new series, I was a little skeptical and really didn’t give it much attention. A friend of mine was telling me about the videos and that she and her girls had been watching them and really were learning cool things about the Bible. I asked if we could borrow the videos and was hooked the moment we started watching. My kids LOVE them! They often ask to watch them and can’t wait until we get a new one.

Big Brother and Big Sister really love the word play and silly jokes that can be found throughout. The videos are fast paced and change scenery often to keep the attention of the kids. Sometimes it can move too fast for little ones (like preschool age), but for the most part, they are a win in my book. Little Sis and Baby Girl like the songs.

The songs are super creative and help you learn words like “pentateuch” and “septuagint.”

We watched Volume 1 recently. I like that it doesn’t just jump into Creation and Adam and Eve. The video has two 25 minute episodes. You get to join a little boy name Michael as he is watching the DVDs on a car trip to visit his grandmother. His commentary is cute and clever.

In the first episode of Volume 1, you learn what the Bible is, who put it together, how it tells the whole story of God’s rescue plan. This episode sets the stage for the rest of the series. Episode 2 is about who wrote the Bible, how God inspired the writers to tell the story of God’s rescue plan. It introduces the book of Genesis and explains how it sets the stage for all the events of history.

A couple of things did occur in the video of which I was not a fan. In episode 1, they ask “What is the Bible.” They have a scientist explain that it is paper with a leather cover, etc. Sunday School Lady then comes in and says “Never send a scientist to do a Sunday School teacher’s job.”  The series does a good job later on incorporating Science in a positive light, but I think this was an unnecessary cut. Another item was how the series skirts around the issue of young earth/ old earth. They do not take a stand either way, but say there are many theories… and really, that’s fine. The goal of the series is the Big Picture of God’s Rescue Plan.

I think Phil Vischer is a super talented story teller and is very creative in how he presents HUGE, GROWN UP concepts in a ways that children can understand. They may not understand everything that they are hearing, but they are hearing it, soaking it in, storing it away and it will stick with them.

I am actually so excited about this series of videos that we have ordered the VBS for our church to use this summer.

I am also excited to offer Volume 1 to One of YOU!!!!!! If you’d like to win a copy of Volume 1 of What’s in the Bible, simply leave a comment below and let me know your favorite resource for teaching the Bible to your children!

That’s it… just comment on THIS BLOG POST and you are entered to win your own copy!

What’s that? You want and additional entry?!?!? Well… just click the “like” button in the sidebar and like Plants and Pillars on Facebook. Leave me a separate comment on THIS BLOG POST telling me you “like” Plants and Pillars on Facebook and you get a bonus entry.

Give Away ends Tuesday, May 6 and 11:59 PM EST. Winner will be chosen randomly and announced on Wednesday, May 7.

You can find all the What’s in the Bible Videos HERE. The What’s in The Bible website also offers FREE activites, coloring sheets, etc. that accompany the videos.


Review: To Enter to win your own copy of Volume 1

1. Leave a comment on this blog post

2. “Like” Plants and Pillars” on Facebook and leave a comment on this blog post letting me know.


I was given this video to review by the folks at What’s in the Bible. They are also providing the video for the Give Away. The thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.





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Preschool Art Class Part 7- Pop Art with FREE PRINTABLE

art class 7Our final week of Preschool Art Class was all about Pop Art.

We looked at several works of Pop Art such as:

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We talked about how Pop Art uses lots of vibrant colors and shapes and can be very repetitive. Be careful if you google “Pop Art Images” … not everything is friendly for little eyes!

After we looked at art and talked about artists like Andy Warhol and Jasper Johns, the kids got to try their own Pop Art.

pop 1

For the first project, each child received his or her name to decorate. I gave them stickers and crayons. We looked at examples of Word Art… especially by Jasper Johns and then they were able to create!

pop 2Next, each child received this butterfly print out and were able to decorate with stickers and fill in the shapes, etc. We reviewed shapes as we went. You can print your own Butterfly Pop Art Below (click on the link BELOW the image for the printable version)!

Pop Butterfly Click for Printable Version—- >>> Pop Art Butterfly

Be sure to check out the other posts in this series:


Van Goh

Dr. Seuss

Eric Carle

Jackson Pollock


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Is Happiness Really the Goal


I keep hearing the phrase “as long as (s)he is happy” or some variation of it. It almost always hits a nerve. I’ve been trying to figure out why. Happiness is a good thing, right? I read a blog post once along the lines of “I don’t want my children to be happy.” I can’t remember who wrote it and I’m not trying to copy it here. I do remember it confirming some things in my heart concerning this American can dream of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Bear with me while I process some things here in the blogosphere. When my husband and I made the decision for him to go to seminary, I was not happy. I was sad. I grieved over leaving my comfort zone, my friends, my family and my familiar surroundings in order to pick up and move to central Florida, in the middle of the summer, while I was in my third trimester of pregnancy with my third child. We chose to raise support to supplement our income so that my husband could focus on school work. He was to be in a very intense Masters program for two years. One day my mom asked me if we still planned to go even if we didn’t get the support we needed. When I said yes, she got very upset and hung up the phone. She called back to tell me that she just wanted me to be “happy” and then hung up again.

Would I have been happier to stay in my comforts… yes? But was staying the best thing for me? for my husband? for our family? It’s taken me four years to be able to say this, but no… it wouldn’t have been the best thing. God, in his infinite wisdom, put me through the ringer. I was not comfortable. I was not content. I was not happy.

But from that experience, I gained compassion on those who have to make hard financial choices and who live below the poverty line. I learned to be creative with gift giving. I learned to be frugal in our homeschooling. I learned to ask for help. I learned that giving is not always financial. I learned to respect and defend my husband. I learned to stand my ground and follow the Lord even when it doesn’t make sense. I cried a lot and questioned God. I got mad and Him. I yelled at Him… and He still loves me. He didn’t abandon me. Was I happy…. not always, but I guess my happiness wasn’t the point of all that.

So.. .what is the point? What is God’s point? Sanctification… becoming more and more like Christ. Can I become like Him if I am seeking my own happiness? In my opinion, no… not completely. If I am seeking to make myself happy, I do not have my focus where it needs to be. Jesus summed up the law of the prophets as this: Love God and Love your Neighbor. I do not see where my happiness plays a part in that. If I am loving God, I am seeking the things of His heart… not mine. If I am loving my neighbor, I am focusing outward… not inward.

I spent a lot of the first year of our in seminary being focused on myself… what I had lost and how being there was effecting me. Something changed during the summer between his first and second year. I was able to vocalize my hurt and bitterness to the Lord and my husband and slowly,  I was able to start seeing other people again. I was able to start investing in others and look outward instead of just inside myself. A weight was lifted and it was like I was coming out of a horrible fog.

I am NOT saying that Christianity, this life I’ve chosen, is one of chains and dreariness and constant sadness. It is quite the opposite. It is learning deep and abiding JOY as opposed to fleeting HAPPINESS.

This whole line of thinking informs my parenting and homeschooling. I could do the easy thing and give into my kids so they will be happy and my life will be temporarily peaceful. But in the end, that is the greatest injustice I can do for my kids…. to always give them what will make them happy. Happiness is NOT the goal. So… what is the goal?

Sanctification…. Christ Likeness… Eternal Perspective.

I am so glad that I have been adopted into the family of a loving and merciful God who gently teaches me and doesn’t expect me to get it all right upfront.

 …being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:6

Happy Monday Everyone !!!

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FREE Lego Resources Round Up

lego round up

Legos are and have been the hot commodity in our house this year. It is the toy that my children play with daily… even the two year old.

I am always on the look out for FREE Lego resources to use in our homeschool. I have an ever growing Homeschool Lego Board on Pinterest.

Here is my big list of FREE LEGO resources.

Let’s start with what you can find on THIS BLOG:

Monthly Lego Building Challenges

Lego Themed Color By Number (numbers, adding, multiplication)

Make Your Own Lego Idea Book

Lego Duplo Patterns Template

Matching File Folder Game

Here are a few of my other favorites:

Writing- Exploring Emotions with Lego Faces

Writing- Lego Minifigure Writing Prompts (There are several different themes available on this blog)

100 Legos Writing Prompt

Create Your Own Minifig

Lego Lapbook

Learning with Lego (Jr. Version)

Pre K- Lego Movie Printable Pack

Math- Lego Pi Skyline

Geometry with Legos

Teaching Art with Legos

Lego.Com Website with Games

Lego Digital Designer- Free Software Download- Virtual Lego Design

Favorite Apps (these are Android, but I know there are tons in the App Store as well):

Lego Star Wars- The Yoda Chronicles

Lego Technic Race

Lego Duplo Zoo

Lego City- Rapid Rescue

Just for Fun Videos on YouTube:

Me Without You by Toby Mac- Lego Stop Motion

Lego Movie Outtakes


There are SO MANY great resources out there. This list is really just the tip of the iceberg! Do you have free Lego resources on your blog? What are your favorite resources/ activities? Comment below and share the wealth!


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Mid Week Freebie- Star Wars Multiplication

Big Brother has been struggling to remember his multiplication facts so I let him make this “cheat sheet” of multiples. It is Star Wars themed … therefore a win.

I had him put together the sheet himself. He cut flaps on the main sheet and then glued just the side where the characters are to a plain white sheet. He then proceeded to fill in the various multiples.

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Feel free to Print out a copy of Star Wars Multiples for yourself! Click on the link BELOW the image for the printable version.

star wars math Click for Printable Version —->> Star Wars Math

I’m curious. What are your tricks of the trade for teaching multiplication? What games, songs, methods do you use? Comment below and let me know!

Clip Art: Characters were Desinged by Dorky Prints. The light sabers were designed by Big Brother himself.

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Preschool Art Class Part 6

art class 6

For week 6 of our preschool art class, we focused on Pointalism. We talked about great artists who use this method and looked at examples of their work.

I did not have a chance to get to the library before this class. So, I googled pointalism on my tablet and took some screen shots of work. I showed my little ones a slide show. We zoomed in closely to see the dots that are characteristic of pointalism.

A-Sunday-Afternoon-on-MEDIUMOne of the most famous works of pointalism is “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte” by Georges Seurat

After viewing works by famous artists, I let the kids try their hand at pointalism.


We used Q Tips and THESE TEMPLATES from Therapy Fun Zone.

Most kids hung in there for a while and did individual dots in each circle, but by the end, they were mostly using their Q Tips as paint brushes and making big strokes across the paper. They had a great time!

Don’t forget to check out the other posts in this series:


Van Goh

Dr. Seuss

Eric Carle

Jackson Pollock

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Freebie Friday- Lego Themed Matching File Folder Game

Happy Friday!

Sorry for the week long absence. I’m still here!

I’ve recently opened a shop on Teachers Pay Teachers. I mostly sell Clip Art, but every now and then I put printables in there as well.

I created a pack of TEN lego themed filed folder games to sell in the shop. You can find it here.

Today’s FREEBIE is one of the games offered in the pack. It is a matching game geared for preschool. The game includes a cover sheet, two papers for gluing into the file folder and the appropriate pieces for the game. I highly recommend laminating or covering with contact paper to extend the life of the game.

Remember to click on the link BELOW the image to get the printable version.

matching game Click the Link for the Printable Version —>>> Lego Themed Matching File Folder Game

You can get the full set of Lego Themed File Folder games HERE for $5.00 (that’s just 50 cents a game!).

Enjoy your weekend!

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Freebie Friday- Egg Hunt Printables

Happy Friday!

I hope you enjoy these cute little egg hunts.

Remember to click the link BELOW the image for the printable version. There is a boy version and a girl version.

Egg Hunt Boy Click for printable version —->>> Egg Hunt Boy

Egg Hunt Girl Click for printable version —>>>Egg Hunt Girl

Have a great weekend!!!

**Clip art was designed by me and can be found HERE**

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