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Thursday, May 30, 2013

A Sweet Way to Say Thank You

May 30, 2013 0 Comments
As our children grow there are people that touch their lives in lots of ways.  I have always felt strongly about making sure that my children show their gratitude to those that help them.  It doesn't have to be an expensive gift, sometimes a genuine thank you is enough.   I love to have my kids make cards.  I have found that the recipients love to receive them too. 

A sweet thank you gift, Pencil Flowers
Thank you pencil flowers

Today, I am sharing a idea I found on Pinterest.  The idea originated from The Happy Scraps.  I have added my little touches to make it my own expression.  It's a sweet little way to say thank you.

Here is what I used:

Small clay pot
Yellow paper shred
#2 pencils
Card Stock
Foam brick
Two sided foam tape
Pretty ribbon
Glue dots
Green craft stick
Flower template from Best Paper Flowers
Thank you tag from Dimple Prints
Single hole punch

I used double side tape to attach the foam block to the inside of my pot.  Filled it with yellow paper shred.   Then used the template from Best Paper Flowers and cut them out of different colors of card stock.  After I cut them out, I used the hole punch to put a hole in the center of the flower.  I twisted the pencil back in forth until it went through the hole.  Then inserted them into the foam in the clay pot.  I printed off my thank you card from Dimple Prints.  Attached it with a glue dot to a green craft stick and inserted it into the foam.  For a extra touch I attached a ribbon around the rim with glue dots.  It was a simple project and a great way to teach my kids to show gratitude.

Have fun making this one!  Thank you to The Happy Scraps, Dimple Prints, and Best Paper Flowers for sharing your talents with others.


Tuesday, May 28, 2013

DIY Multiplication Cubes: A Fun Way to Practice Math

May 28, 2013 1 Comments
DIY Multiplication Cubes because learning should be fun!
Multiplication Cubes
I am always looking for a fun way to practice math.  There are days that I feel like Legoman cannot sit through another round of multiplication flashcards.  I came up with this idea to practice his multiplication tables.  Legoman loves throwing around the large dice and at times forgets he his really practicing his multiplication facts.

Here is what you will need. 

Two empty cube tissue boxes
Wrapping paper or any paper of your choice
Printed numbers
Clear shelf paper (available at the Dollar Tree)
Glue stick

Here is how you assemble.

Wrap the box in wrapping paper and secure with tape.  Use your glue stick to attach numbers to the sides of cubes.  Wrap the boxes with the shelving paper.  The shelving paper helps keep the boxes nice as they can easily get torn from rolling them.

Let your child roll them.  Have them multiply the two numbers rolled.  This can also be used to practice addition or subtraction.  I use the same dice for Poppy Cat to practice number recognition.

Have fun, learning should be fun!


Friday, May 24, 2013

Free Dinosaur, Genesis & the Gospel from Answers in Genesis

May 24, 2013 0 Comments
Dinosaurs, Genesis & the Gospel: Video Download
Wow!  I just hear from Free Homeschooling Deals that you can download Dinosaurs, Genesis & the Gospel for free from Answers in Genesis.  This is a wonderful DVD to help kids understand about dinosaurs.  I know that I was unsure what to teach Legoman about dinosaurs, until I found Answers in Genesis. 

We currently use Answers for Kids Bible Curriculum and love it.  It gives children the knowledge they need to defend their faith and is very reasonably priced.  I feel so blessed to have found them so, I am passing it on to you. 

To download your copy go to Answers in Genesis and use the code DINO.   I am not sure how long this coupon code is valid so, hurry over to Answers in Genesis to get your download today!


Thursday, May 23, 2013

Milk Top Ladybug Counters

May 23, 2013 0 Comments
 DIY Ladybug Milk Counters,
Ladybug Milk Top Counters

One of my favorite things to do is, to make things from recycled materials.  Over the past couple of weeks, we have been studying bugs.  I decided to make use of some milk tops to make these cute ladybug counters.  They are super easy and a cute way to practice counting. 

Here is what I did.  I used 10 red milk tops, glued eyes on top, and used a black paint pen (a sharpie works well too) to make the face and dots.  I made my ladybugs with one to ten dots on them.

I then made a page with numbers from one to ten for the ladybugs counters to be matched up with. I could not resist making a container to hold my counters in.  I love those parmesan cheese containers!  They make great recyclable games and storage.  I did the same thing to the top of my cheese container to make it look like a ladybug.  I covered the sides with green cardstock to make it look like grass. 

Poppy Cat enjoyed counting the dots on the ladybugs and matching them up with the right number.

Happy homeschooling!


 DIY Ladybug Milk Counters,
Ladybug Milk Counter
 DIY Ladybug Milk Counters,
Ladybug Math Game

Friday, May 3, 2013

What's Cookin' Dinner Organization

May 03, 2013 0 Comments
Get Organized - Write & Wipe Weekly Menu Planner , Mama Says Dance in the Rain
What's Cookin' Menu Planner
In an effort to be more organized, I came up with this handy wipe off menu plan. 

Each week, I write what I plan to cook by the appropriate day and make a note to myself where I will find the recipe.

Here is how you make this handy menu planner.

Dollar Store clear magnetic frame 4x6
Scrapbook Paper
My What's Cookin' print out
Dry Erase Marker

Cut the scrapbook paper to the size of your frame.  Then print out the What's Cookin' printout (this should be cut a little smaller than the scrapbook paper).  Glue this to the scrapbook paper and insert in the frame.  Hang on the refrigerator and your on your way to a more organized week.

Be Blessed!

Thursday, May 2, 2013

National Day of Prayer

May 02, 2013 0 Comments

Today as I celebrate the National Day of Prayer, I am reminded that when I pray things happen.  I love the song "When I Call on Jesus" by Nicole C. Mullen.  This is my song of strength.  When I hear it I am reminded of so many hard times that the words of this song pulled me through. 

As I bow my head in prayer today, I know that when I call on him all things are possible and will work out according to his purpose. 

Many Blessings!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Take Me Out to the Ball Game Sensory Fun

May 01, 2013 2 Comments
This Poppy Cat's first year playing T-ball.  I found it only fitting to do a baseball theme.  I was delighted when I found a free baseball theme pack over at 3 Dinosaurs.  This pack was lots of fun!  Poppy Cat enjoyed labeling the baseball field and lacing the ball and glove the most. 

We added to the fun with this baseball theme sensory bin.  I dyed rice orange and green for the field.  Then I cut out the bases, home plate, and the pitcher mound out of white foam.  White pom poms, white LEGO buttons, and a rubber baseball were added for balls.  Legoman loaned some of his LEGO minifigures along with a telescope bat for some fun.  Poppy Cat really enjoyed this theme. Although our sensory bin no longer looks like a baseball field, he had a great time playing and that's just part of the fun.

Have a blessed day!

Take Me Out to the Ball Game Sensory Fun for Preschool, Mama Says Dance in the Rain
Take Me Out to the Ball Game Sensory Fun