Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Organized Necklaces

I have such a handy husband.  I showed him this idea on Pinterest and the very next night he had all the supplies purchased and then put it up for me.  I love it, but not as much as I love him! :)

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

(No Sew) Superhero Cape

My two Super Mario fans playing in their Superhero Capes!  
Idea from Pinterest... of course!

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Monday, October 10, 2011

Five Senses Board

For 3rd grade science, we were studying stimulus/response. This lead to a discussion of how each of our senses help us... which lead to a kindergarten lesson on our five senses. I love it when it all just pulls together like that!

The week prior, I pinned  a texture board on Pinterest which facilitated my idea of a Five Senses Board. 

The far left column is TOUCH.
  • feathers
  • double-sided sticky tape
  • both sides of velcro
  • glass beads (flat side is hot glued to poster board)
  • pom-poms
  • foam shapes
The next column is SIGHT.
  • Opaque (cut from a milk jug)
  • Clear (cut from a blueberry carton)
  • Pennies (dull/shiny)
  • Foam pieces (plain, glittery, stripes, dots)
  • Assorted colored pipe cleaners
  • Sparly stars
The third column is SMELL.
  • Vanilla bean 
  • Cocoa Nibs (lost their smell the first day)  :(
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Cloves
  • (Added later: scratch 'n' sniff stickers)

The forth column is TASTE.
  • Sour: I put sour gummy candies in... which don't last long!
  • Bitter: cocoa powder
  • Sweet: sugar (this is sucanat here)
  • Salty: chunks of sea salt
Fifth column is HEARING:

  • click pen
  • rubber band "guitar"
  • velcro
  • (Later added large jingle bells)

The boys absolutely LOVE this board! Adults even enjoy it! :)  Honestly, it's just hard not to interact with this board once you see it.  It's a lot of fun and I'm so glad I had all this random stuff on hand to pull it together! 

Here's Witt showing off the "Sweet" bag... his favorite, of course.

 Here are the boys huddled around checking it out. Nathan (left) has removed the "Salty" bag that is attached with Velcro and Will is scratching the cinnamon.

Will getting a whiff of cinnamon and Witt (left) pointing out that the Sour bag is empty! LOL!

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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Birthday Countdown

In September, Will turned 9 and had a sleepover party.  Since then, Nathan (now 5) has been asking daily when his birthday will be (November).  Just about that same time, I ran across a chain calendar on Pinterest for kids that aren't proficient with a regular calendar.  I thought this might work perfectly for Nathan and I got to work. 

I included a blue ring for the day his Daddy would be back from a business trip and a black ring for Halloween.  The final one is red and is his birthday. Each morning he wakes up and cuts off a ring getting closer and closer to his birthday.  He LOVES this!

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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Hand Print Canvases

I'm not a really big artsy person, but when I ran across this idea on Pinterest, I knew I wanted to do it.  I picked up a cheap 3-pack of flat canvases in the craft section at Wal*Mart. If I were to do this again, I would pick up the ones with more depth like in The Mom in Madison.

First, I let the boys draw and color in their hands, names, and ages with oil pastel crayons.  Then they used water colors to paint around (and over) their handprint.   Bringing out the paints was a nice change of pace for our house. :)

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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Be Prepared...

I have tons of posts coming from ideas I got off of Pinterest.  Just wanted to warn you. They ARE coming. :)

You can follow me on Pinterest here.

If you need an invite, just let me know in the comments. :)

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