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Easter Treats Round Up

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Easter is just around the corner. I always let it slip up on me. We spend so much time preparing for Christmas… but for some reason, I always let Easter slip past me! I’m going to try to be more intentional this year.

BUT before I get to the intentional part…how about a fun Treats round up!

Disclaimer: There is nothing educational or healthy about this post.

Marshmallow Easter Pops

Easter Marshmallow Bark

Easter Carrots using Cheet- Ohs

Peep Smores

Eggs and Bacon Bunny

Easter Bunny Pretzels

Rice Krispy Treat Eggs

Bunny Bait Snack Mix

Fruit and Nut Bunny

Peep Fruit Kabobs

What are YOUR favorite Easter treats? Comment below and let me know!

 

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Preschool Art Class Part 3

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We have been continuing with our preschool art class as part of our Homeschool Association Enrichment classes.

March 2nd is Dr. Seuss’s birthday. In honor of that, we read some Dr. Suess books and talked about how he wasn’t just a writer, he was also the illustrator. We learned that the word “illustrator” means the person who draws the pictures for books. We looked at several Dr. Suess books and how unique his drawing style was.

We next learned about a type of art called “collage.”

After we read “The Lorax” by Dr. Seuss, we created collages by cutting out trees and plants from magazines. This is a preschool class. We have ages 3-5 in the class. Their fine motor skills vary. Some kids were able to cut and some were not. My assistant and I ended up cutting out the trees and letting the kids glue them to their papers.

I also gave the kids the following images to add to their collages. Because we read the Lorax, I said that we were bringing back the trees and the Lorax.

Click below the image to get the printable version:

dr. seuss art Click to get the printable version –>>dr. suess art

The kids enjoyed it and for me, this was a minimal mess art class. Win- win!

Be sure to check out the other classes in the series:

Week One- Michelangelo

Week Two- Van Goh

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Seusstastic Craft Round Up

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Are you ready for Read Across America?!?!

Here are some of my favorite Seuss Inspired Crafts that I’ve found so far!

Thing One and Thing Two Hand Print Art/ The Foot Book Footprint Art

Cat in the Hat Toilet Paper Pop Up

Online Game-  Create A Creature

Cat in the Hat Pancake Breakfast

Counting with Yertle the Turtle (egg carton turtles)

Mixed Up Animal Craft

Horton’s Clover Yarn Pom Pom

Pencil Cup with Truffula Trees

Printable, Colorable Picture Frames

Horton Flower Pots

Seuss City from Recycled Materials

One Fish Two Fish Placemat

The Lorax Writing Activity

Pipe Cleaner Cat in the Hat and Things One and Two

Don’t forget to also check out the printables offered on THIS BLOG:

Printable Pack for Elementary

Seuss Writing Prompts

Check out my other Seuss-y resourced as well!

What are your favorite Seuss crafts and activities? Comment below and let me know!

 

 

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Snow Day Craft Round Up

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Are you snowed in this week?

Take a look at this BIG list of snow day crafts to keep your kids busy while the snow keeps piling up outside!!!

Build a Snowman (Olaf from Frozen)

Frozen Snowflake Templates

Thumbprint Snowman

Star Wars Snowflake Templates

Popsicle Stick Snowflake

Snow Globe Snowman

Paper Bag Tree

Ice Ornaments

Footprint Penguins

Egg Carton Penguins

Igloo Mosaic

Button Tree

Popsicle Stick Sled

Coffee Filter Snowflakes

What are your favorite winter themed crafts?

Do you have winter crafts on your blog? Comment with the link below so we can all share in the fun!!

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Mid Year Evaluation of Our Homeschool Year

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I think this is a good time to take a look at what we’ve been doing with our school year. I’ve been checking in with the kids and finding out if they are still excited about what we’ve been learning. I’m looking back over the fall and trying to figure out what’s been going well and what we need to change up.

I blogged about our 2013-2014 curriculum choices HERE.  For the most part, we are sticking with the original choices. Well… at least I am with Big Brother. He has really enjoyed Easy Peasy. He loves the control of using the computer. He has especially enjoyed science and projects involving making power points.

This is our first year really using lapbooks. I, for one, am a really big fan. I like that all the work is contained in one folder. We don’t have tons of loose, random papers floating around.

While I have enjoyed doing language arts through Easy Peasy with Big Sis, we are going to be changing things up for the rest of the year. Our library has a pretty complete selection of the American Girl Historical Books. Big Sis (and probably Little Sis at times) will be using the American Girl Books to go through American History. I’m actually not very familiar with the books so it will be a learning experience for me as well.

I will be posting more as the year goes on about our adventures with American Girl. We will be starting with this one:

Meet Kaya (American Girls Collection)

The books are also available on Kindle. The first one in the series  Meet Kaya (American Girls Collection) is only $1.99!!

I have printed out some pieces for a Kaya lapbook and a horse lapbook to get us started for the week. I also picked up this craft kit on ebay to go along with the study:

I haven’t told Big Sis that this is what we will be doing. I think she is going to be super excited when she finds out!!!

We are continuing with Math U See for the Big Kids as well as incorporating legos into our daily school. Big Brother has expressed interest in learning about animation. I am going to look into checking out books about claymation, stop motion and other forms of animation. I also recently got the  Crayola Animation Studio for our computer. Big Brother is excited about exploring it.

Little Sis does school with us when she chooses. She does a lot of with learning letters, basic math skills and crafts. I have several resources from my teaching days (I taught preschool) that I pull out to use with her. We don’t stick to one curriculum or program.

How about you? Have you stuck to your original plan for the year or have you made some changes?

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Lego Soap Project with FREE Printable Gift Tags

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I’m trying to get my kids to think outside of themselves during this Christmas season. For me, as a child, Christmas was all about me and what I could get! I don’t want that for my kids.

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I tried to think of something fun that they would all enjoy making and I came across Lego Soaps. I used THIS TUTORIAL from Just Crafty Enough. Because the tutorial is so well laid out, I’m not going to repeat it.

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I picked up theBuilding Bricks and Minifigure Ice Cube Tray or Candy Mold –for Lego lovers
from Amazon and the clear glycerine soap base from Michael’s (I used a 40% off coupon). The whole process of making the soap was so quick and easy.  I let the kids pick a scent (either peppermint or lavender essential oil). It was perfect for my kids’ attention spans. The soap was firm and ready to pop out of the mold within half an hour! I did let it sit out and harden a little more before we put it into an airtight container.

The kids were seriously super excited about this project.

The only thing left is to stick the soaps into a plastic gift bag and stick a label on it!

Need a label, feel free to print these FREE ones! Click on the link BELOW the image for the printable version:

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How are you teaching your kids about having a generous heart?

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Christmas Craft Round Up

My kids LOVE crafts. They get so excited when we have projects to do! In an effort to be more purposeful in teaching them the art of giving, some of these crafts will be made with the intention of giving them as gifts to friends and family.

First Up: Ornaments (the kids each make an ornament every year to add to our collection)

Icicle Ornaments from the Happy Hooligans

memory making ornament from Mommy Savers

From the Suburban Mom

Snow Globe Ornaments… how cute! From Here Come the Girls

Next Up Crafty Fun Projects:

Light Up Christmas Tree Craft
from All Kids Network

from the Chaos and the Clutter

 

Felt Wall Nativity- I keep wanting to do this!!!
From My Crazy Blessed Life

Cute Thumbprint Lights Craft
From Meet the Dubiens

 

Lastly… Gifts to Make:

Pinecone Fire Starters
From Mrs. Adventure

Hot Chocolate Stirrers
from Adventures in Savings

Kitchen Towels
from Let Kid’s Create

What are your favorite Christmas crafts?

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Bleached T Shirt Tutorial

I’ve seen this idea on Pinterest. I’m sure several versions are out there, but here is our’s!

We participate each year in a cupcake sale to raise money for a ministry that is near and dear to our hearts, Sixty Feet. Come back tomorrow for more on the cupcake sale. This is our third year participating and Big Brother had out grown his t shirt that he usually wears. I remembered the idea for a bleached t shirt and figured that would be simple and quick enough… seeing how we realized the day before the sale that he did not have a shirt.

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Materials Needed:

Diluted Bleach

T Shirt (darker colors probably  work best)

spray bottle

stencil

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I probably put 2 or 3 Tablespoons of bleach and the rest water

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Now, I made the stencil by tracing Africa from an atlas onto plain printer paper. I imagine freezer paper might be a better option, but this served the purpose just fine!

I recommend setting up this project in the bathtub. I did a little test spray on an obscure part of the shirt… just to make sure it would work.

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I pinned the stencil in place and let big brother spray away. I told him to make sure to get the edges of the stencil well. It only took about a minute to cover the shirt.

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I jumped the gun a little. I was worried the bleach water would soak through the paper and ruin the idea. I unpinned it and tried to move the still wet paper. A few drops got left behind. All in all, I’d say the project turned out well though. After I removed the stencil, I took another spray bottle, filled with just water and sprayed down the shirt. I then rinsed it, in the bath tub and then took it to wash, by itself, in the washing machine.

The washing machine process was the longest part of the project. I feel like there are so many options that open up for this kind of project… so many t shirts, flags, blankets, pillow cases… just imagine.

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A Royal Craft

Big Sis and I took a craft idea from My Father’s World First grade a couple of weeks ago when reading about the life of King Solomon. We talked about how God blessed him with riches and then made a picture of King Solomon with all his jewels.

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The craft took a couple of days to complete. On day one, we made the jewels. She did this by squirting globs of glue onto foil. We let them dry over night.

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The next day, she took the dried glue blobs and colored them with different colored sharpie markers. She then peeled them off the foil and glued them onto the blank King Solomon paper I made for her.

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She added a face and tada… King Solomon in all his glory.

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Pinterest Made Me Do It- Sidewalk Paint

I’ve been meaning to do this for quite a while. Usually, I get an idea in my head and it doesn’t come to fruition until a few weeks after. Anyway… I was spending some time on Pinterest (shocking, right?)… and THIS PIN (or variations of it) has popped up quite a bit here and there. The chalk/ paint is actually incredibly easy to make.

All you need is

Cornstarch

Water

Food Coloring

Mix equal parts of cornstarch and water and drop in whatever coloring you want. I did 1/4 cup of corn starch and 1/4 cup of water.

I only added a few drops of food coloring to each cup and the colors turned out so bright.

FYI… the paint almost seemed like it wasn’t working at first, but as it dried… the colors brightened.

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