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Fun Felt Finger Puppets!

Here’s an easy craft that you and your kids can make.  If you have some scraps of fabric laying around, some craft glue, googly eyes and scissors you are set.  Just figure out the finger puppet you would like to make, cut out the pieces and glue on.  Make sure to let dry completely.   When you make the matching pieces that your finger slips into, make sure that you only glue around the edges.  Here’s pictures of some that I’ve made.  Kids can get creative and make different animals/people/things in stories to act out with later as well.

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Pull Out The Paint!

My boys love to paint and ask to do it often.   The other day we pulled out all the colors of the rainbow and they painted for a good chunk of the day.  We found these little birdhouses for a dollar at a craft store and decided that instead of just painting on paper, they would paint on poster board to hang on their walls when dry.

There are so many things that can be painted on!  Craft stores have so many cheap wood projects that can be painted into a masterpiece by your kids.  We have found masks, little boxes, pieces of wood that you can paint and hang up, even little cars, animals and toys.  You may even only need to take a few steps just to find something to paint around your house.  You can paint puppets or designs on wooden spoons or even go outside and find some flat rocks to paint on and turn into magnets or paper weights.  You can even recycle boxes and containers and turn them into something fun (we did this once and made a giant robot).  Most of the time we use kids paints or acrylic paints.  Go out and find something fun to paint and create!

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Cooking with the kiddos!

 I cannot tell you how much fun the boys have cooking at home.  It saves money and brings the family together at the   table!  Plus things just taste better with some love added into the recipe!  My boys are big fans of homemade pizza! We like to add whole wheat flour into the dough to make  it more healthy and we make our own tomato sauce to give it more flavor.   You can also make extra sauce and freeze it for next time.  I’ve also made extra dough for the freezer as well and it saves time later on when you need to get a meal ready with less time on your hands.  I like to look up recipes at www.allrecipes.com because it rates the recipes so you can choose the ones that are higher rated for a better taste.  I have used dough and sauce recipes from there.  The only difference is that with the dough I swap out some whole wheat flour for the white.  Also make sure to read the top tips from others who have tried  out the recipe for some great suggestions! 

  Recently we also made fruit leather from www.weelicious.com.  Just type in strawberry fruit leather in the search bar.  Really make sure to watch the recipe at the end because it can burn and did with our batch, but the part that didn’t burn was very tasty!                                                          

           I just want to encourage everyone to take the time to make some yummy creations in the kitchen!  It’s such a great way to make memories with your little munchkins!

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Easter Fun!

 

Well Easter came and went, but not without a time of remembering and celebrating Jesus!  Our new recipe that we tried this year was resurrection rolls http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Resurrection-Rolls/Detail.aspx.  We also did some other things as well.  Did you see some little chicks hanging around? 

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Fun With Food!

Well tonight I guess I felt a little creative spark while I was thinking of what to make for dinner.  I had just gone grocery shopping yesterday so I had lots of veggies.  This is the mini veggie forest that I came up with…

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Early Learning Fun!

     I really believe that kids can learn at any age!  There is so much that you can do (low or no cost) with those little learners.  Early learning can teach kids to grow in many areas while having fun at the same time.  Here is a list of things that you can do with your little kiddos…

*use magnets for learning letters or words on the refrigerator or a cookie sheet

*make an ABC or word book.  Have a page in a binder with each letter and magazine cut out pictures/drawings of things that begin with those letters (or of the words). 

*trace words/letters/their names

 *when you are at the grocery store you can ask your child to find something red (or whatever color you are working on) and then keep changing the colors or you can count things in the grocery store with them to teach them numbers. 

 *when they are a bit older you can make a grocery store at home with food/boxes/cans/bottles you have at home.  Set the items up on a table.  Use fake money and grocery bags and play store to have them learn about money, cost, adding or just numbers

 *put down a big piece of wax paper/baking sheet, spread out some pudding and have them/help them write letters and words in it.  It also works with drawing shapes.  You can also do this in a small tray of sand or with shaving cream

 *make up songs or rhymes to teach them things

 *do math with snacks (raisins, cheerios, blueberries, grapes, carrot sticks, pretzels, etc..).  Have them count, add or subtract with them.  You can also do this with things outside or around the house.

 *go on a nature walk and collect nature items to talk about/observe

 *you can find really cheap flash cards at dollar stores

 *have a puppet show or use stuffed animals to have your child make up stories and use their imaginations

*make a flannel board and create whatever felt board pieces that you would like 

*make simple patterns out of blocks or other items around the house (buttons, paper cut into pieces, toys, etc..)

 *have them find things that are taller, shorter, bigger, small or ask about two items and have them point out which one is __________.

 *have a little art box of stickers, glue, scissors, popsicle sticks, pipe cleaners, paper, feathers, pieces of tissue paper, felt, sequins, pom poms or whatever else you can find that is crafty for them to create art projects with

 *have a sensory box (under the bed boxes work great) that you fill with different things throughout the year (sand, water, rice, dried beans, or any item you can think of) to have them use their imagination and play in

 *make a texture book. Each page is a different feeling.  Sandpaper on one page with the word rough under it or bubble wrap on another with bumpy under it (felt with soft, foil with shiny, etc..)

 *make a music box.   If you don’t have any toy instruments there are lots of ideas online of crafts to make different musical instruments

 *read lots of books together.  The library has so many great books that you can read with your child.  You can also make a reading spot with pillows, a bean bag chair, on the couch with a small bookshelf nearby, a special reading chair, on a bed or anywhere.  If your child is old enough you can have reading log

 *There are free workshops at most home depots and some lowe’s stores where your child can build projects and get their own apron/earn pins

 *painting/drawing for shapes, color, numbers, letters, etc…

 *make homemade playdough and create creatures, numbers/letters, shapes, etc…

 *hunt for bugs for science

 *learn about health by creating a doctor bag with cotton, bandaids, popsicle sticks, bandages, etc… and show how we can take care of ourselves by using a stuffed animal/doll to take care of

 *cook together and have child look at recipe to learn numbers and words

 *there are online ideas for file folder learning activities you can do with your child for most subjects (or file folder books at the library to print out)

 *chalk board/dry erase board for letters/words/numbers

 *fish for words/number/shapes/colors on flash cards.  Attach a paper clip to each flash card on floor, then tie a string to the end of a stick/wooden dowel with a magnet on the end and have them fish for whatever it is that you want to teach them.

 *there are lots of board games that can help with math

 *plant in the garden to teach science (learn about what you plant) and to teach a child to take care of it

 *have themes for different weeks (check out one of my later notes on different themes you can use)

 *do some bird watching and make a bird book for science

 *have a prayer, worship and Bible reading time everyday

 *add number on dominos (this many dots +this many dots =)

 *Have a family reading time together (even if it’s only 15 minutes a day)

 *go on a scavenger hunt letters/numbers you’ve hidden around a room

 *make lots of crafts for art (so many can be found online and at the library, even christian themed ones)

  Find those things that your kids love and figure out how to put education it them.  For young ones it’s hard to keep their attention at times, so the the more excited and fun you make it the better. 

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Relaxing Night

     Today was just a relaxing day.   Not a whole lot planned for the afternoon or evening.  Just took it easy and spent time with the family.  Love those kind of days!  We were planning on some time at the park later this afternoon, but the thunder and rain didn’t agree, so we had to stay home.  We decided to do a little science project that had to do with liquids and solids.  So we made some good old gluep :)!  If you are interested in making it go to www.education.com and type gluep in the search bar.  It should lead you right to it.  It’s super easy and the kids love it.   

      After the kids went to bed my hubby was busy doing his thing so I decided that I would work on a new craft project.  I saw the idea to make marble magnets.   So I gave it a whirl.  It is a really simple craft and there are many websites on making marble magnets if you are interested.  I found a link at www.notmartha.org/tomake/marblemagnets/

     All you need is some magazines, silicone glue (I’m sure there are other types of glue that work as well) and round magnets.  Here were my final results…       

     Well for some reason I’m still up when I should be in bed.  I know it won’t be too long until I have two boys jumping on me asking for breakfast.  My goal is to start to get to bed earlier, so if you see me on here again at this time feel free to yell at me :). 

   Night!

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