Thursday, January 28, 2016

Valentine's day countdown & bonus printable

My kids love countdowns and holidays.  This year we are doing 14 days of Valentine's fun!  Each day they can pick a number and we will do the activity on the back.  There are a couple that do need to be done on a certain day like our Valentine's dinner and party.  I've shared the list of activities we are going to be doing, how to make your own frame, and a printable to make your own.     
Also I had a little room on the last page so I made a bonus printable as well (fits a 4x6 frame).  

First up our list of activities- you can write them on the back of your cards or keep a master list that corresponds with the numbers.  That's what I like to do in case I need to switch up an activity one day. 

1. family movie night
2. Read Valentine books
3.  Make cards for class and family
4. Decorate sugar cookies
5. Friend Party
6. Special family dinner
9. bingo or game
12. make Valentine oreos

For the frame I used an old 16x20 that didn't have glass.  It was previously painted black and needed some love.  

I painted the frame white and sanded it down with my electric sander.

I attached some rope with hot glue to the back.  I did 4 rows evenly spaced.

Print out the 3 printables below (I used plain printer paper).  Cut and attach to rope with clothes pins.  If you want to go across instead of down you will want to use small clothes pins.  The large ones are too heavy and will flop forward.   To print the pages below: click on the image and save to your computer or you can copy and paste into a word document and size to your liking. Then print.

What activities are you going to add?

 Did you see the bonus printable?  Its on the 3rd page.  

 I love it on my shelf/fake mantle.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Martin Luther King Jr. Learning day

One of my goals this year is to be more present in my children's life.  I want a big part of that to be teaching them about the world around us, history, science, life skills, and whatever they show an interest in.   Today we learned about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  It was really amazing to see how much my girls loved the activities and how quickly they understood the concept I was trying to teach them.

We started with 2 bags.  I asked them which one they would choose. (idea came from here) My 10 and 7 year old choose the pink one and my 2 year old picked the brown one.
 We dumped them out and both had a bag of popcorn inside.
 It was a great way to introduce them to the idea that we all look different on the outside but we are all the same on the inside.  We did talk about the color of our skin but included some people are tall, some wear glasses, some have brown hair, or blue eyes.  It was really awesome to hear their thoughts.

Next we read this cute story and made the craft that went with it.  (you can find it here for free)

We finished up by watching this cute youtube video.  Have you watched any of the kid president videos?  I love him and this one is perfect!
We filled in our "I have a dream" printable together that I posted earlier today.  You can find it here.

 (everyone will treat people the way we want to be treated)

My 2 year old kept saying "to watch Mickey" so we added that as well.

It was a lot of fun and I look forward to sharing more of our learning adventures this year.

I have a Dream Printable

Today I am going to talk to my kids about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his dream for a better world.  
We are going to use this printable I created to write some of our dreams and hopes.  You are welcome print it.  Right click and save to your computer or copy and paste to a word document to print.

I'll be posting our other activities and our finished "dream" page later today.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Free Thanksgiving Printable

I love this time of year.  As the weather turns colder and the holiday season begins it seems natural to reflect on the blessings around us.  I know life seems to get extra busy this time of year but I hope this little reminder will make me slow down and remember what's really important.
 If you would like to print one for yourself just click on the image below and save it to your computer.  Another easy way is to copy and paste in a word document.  Its sized to fit a 5x7 frame.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Super Hero training day

We had a fun day (well couple of days) training to be a super hero!  
We worked on our throwing skills (like Captain America of course).  We tried throwing the Frisbee as far as we could and the practiced accuracy by seeing who could get the closest to a target. 
We strengthened our lungs by blowing lots of bubbles.

We worked on our quickness, balance and strength with balloons.  First game the girls had to keep the balloon in the air but had to alternate turns.  We then made it harder by saying you can only use your foot, or your head.  After they tested their strength to see if they could pop the balloons.
 A few days later they tested their speed and flying abilities on the slip n' slide.
 We also build special hero cars out of legos (not sure what to call them).

Finally every super hero needs a mask.  We used the free template from here.  The girls decorated them however they wanted.  We used felt, markers, and hot glue.  The mask helps with your cool tricks and moves.

We finished up with some super hero movies of course!

You can find some more fun super hero ideas on my Letter S pinterest board.

Friday, July 24, 2015

painting with bubbles

We found this really fun idea here.  It entertained my girls for almost an hour.

We did a few things differently and some learned some tricks we learned along the way.  
We used: bubble mixture with wand from the store,  muffin tin, food coloring, cardstock (we did not have painting paper).
We used 4 colors and filled 4 spots in the muffin tin 1/2 to 3/4 with bubbles.  Then added 2-3 drops of food coloring.  Stir slightly with your bubble wand.  Dip your wand in and blow over your paper.  That's it!
*The blog we found this on mentions it splatters.  We did have some so you will want to cover your work area and clothes.  However I ended up with a little on my shirt and it washed right out.  
*It may seem like you are using a lot of bubbles we started with a lot less and were not able to blow a bubble.  If this happens to you add more bubble solution it worked for us.  

It was an easy and fun activity.  The pictures ended up really pretty as well. 

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Summer front porch

One of my favorite things about my house is my front porch.  Its the perfect spot for sunsets, to watch my kids play, and to just relax.  Here are a few things I did to make it a little more inviting and ready for summer.  

I added a cute wreath my mom made during one of her visits and some vinyl to the door.  I also found a new welcome mat for $5 at Ross.  
 I updated my seasonal ladder.  Nothing says summer like watermelon and we have a huge field of watermelon right next to us this year so its perfect!.
 My dad build this awesome planter while he was here (plans from here.)  We also brought our bench from our entry way outside. 
We also added some potted plants and a hanging basket.  Some quick and inexpensive changes made a huge difference.  

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