Spreading Love

This is such an easy, cute activity to do with children and just in time for Valentine’s Day! The idea came from my 1st grader’s Children’s Church. It is a great visual to show God’s intentions for love.

You will need just 5 items….

-ink pen

-red marker

-paper towel

-cup

-water

Fill the cup up about a fourth of the way. On the paper towel draw a large heart and several smaller hearts nearby using the ink pen. Now fill in the large heart with red marker. This one represents God’s love for us.

Now place the bottom of the paper towel in the cup of water.

After a several minutes, your young ones will witness how we can share and spread love with others.

As the smaller hearts are filled the large one turns white again so I took the lesson a step further. It is so important to continuously spend time in prayer, scripture, and worship. Because that is how Christian hearts stay full.

I recently read a quote that resonated with me to my core. Our family’s spiritual life has been so enriched since serving our church, but I’m suddenly at a low and this was right on time.

YOU’RE 👏WORTHY 👏OF 👏A 👏FULL 👏CUP☕

Sorry to be extra, but it is so true! I hope you enjoy doing this simple activity with the kiddos. Until next time, take care💞

Root System Craft

Being that Sugarcane is a pretty important crop around here I wanted to create a craft to go with our agricultural lesson. We rinsed out and recycled some of our to-go cups so the project was low cost. In just a few easy steps we had a craft showing not only the stalk and leaves, but what is growing underground drinking water and collecting nutrients from the soil.

What you will need:

-styrofoam cup

-straw

-yellow & brown paint

-tape

-green construction paper

-small jute string

We did the painting first to allow drying time. Paint the straw (or stalk) yellow.

Now paint the cup and lid brown. Put them aside to dry.

Next, unravel some jute to make some roots.

Cut up your green construction paper into smaller rectangles. Then cut about half inch slits for leaves.

Once the cups and straws are dry, pass the straw through the lid. You may need to touch up some yellow paint because it flakes a bit. Wrap the construction paper around the straw and tape in place. Gently fan out leaves by bending a few of them back.

Last, slide jute inside of the bottom of the straw and attach it with tape. There you have it! Both my 6-year-old and almost 3-year-old were able to make this craft without much help. So if you decide to try this it can be a pleasant activity for a variety of ages.

Like this activity? Please let me know. I would greatly appreciate it.

Take care❤

23 Apps for Pre-K and K

Hey mamas! Tired of annoying ads ruining your child’s screen time? Just thought I would share a list of our favorite munchkin apps. I am a screen time in moderation kinda mom. Sometimes it is the only way I can get food on the table in somewhat peace.

These apps are actually pretty educational and well, we live in an age where kids need exposure to things like💁coding. Some of these are completely free(and amazing) and others have a decent sample, but you will probably want to buy the full version because they are that good👍.

 

1.  Khan Academy Kids: Free educational games & books

2.  Think & Learn Code-a-pillar™

3.  Intellijoy Early Learning Academy

4.  Talking ABC

5.  ABC Kids – Tracing & Phonics

6.  Preschool Educational Games for Kids-EduKidsRoom

7.  Drawing for Kids Learning Games for Toddlers age 3
8.  Sesame Street Alphabet Kitchen

9.  Storybook Rhymes Volume 3

10.  Math Kids – Add, Subtract, Count, and Learn

11.  Kids Kindergarten Math Lite

12.  Play and Learn Science
13.  PBS KIDS Games

14.  Science Games for Kids – Grade 1 Learning App

15.   Telling Time – Clock Games
16.  Kids Telling Time

17.  Nick Jr. – Shows & Games

18.  Good Habits For Kids

19.  Endless Alphabet

20.  Endless Reader

21.  Endless Wordplay

22.  Endless Numbers

23.  Endless Spanish

Bonus:

My Very Hungry Caterpillar

P.S.

I do not get paid for suggesting these apps.

P.S.S.

Until next time, take care❤

THERE WAS AN OLD LADY…

WHO SWALLOWED A CLOVER by Lucille Colandro

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We give this book 5 clovers! If you plan on reading it this St. Patrick’s Day consider making this simple craft to use with it. All you need is…

-1 empty water jug

-2 different colored sharpee pens

-string

-tape

-7 paper clips

-clip art printout

-cardboard (i.e. recycle a cereal box )

-1 clothes pin

-1 popsicle stick

-gluestick

First, print out the clipart. Next, cut out and glue paper clipart to thin cardboard. I recycled a cereal box for this project. Printing out on cardstock would save that step.

Cut out various lengths of string then tie one end to the paper clip and tape the other end to clipart. Don’t forget to bend paperclip to make a hook.

Draw your “old lady” on the jug. If you are more comfortable printing out and gluing one, try that. Next, cut a hole for her mouth.

Glue your wee little leprechaun to the clothes pin so that he can stand up on his own. Then glue the rainbow to the popsicle stick. Punching holes is optional…I just did it to hang all of the items to replicate the illustration in the book.

Here is a sample storytelling video…

Another holiday book we enjoyed was…

Wishing you all a Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Take Care❤

Learning to Lace

This week at Candid Learning Academy we made a lacing craft. We do practice with a Melissa and Doug puzzle and cute doll, but the laces are small and difficult for my daughter to handle.

I can tell this version is helpful because she can see the large strings more clearly and is getting a tighter grip on them. I believe she will get better at the smaller lacing tools once her hands are used of tying.

Supplies:

-2 pieces of construction paper

-scissors

-glue

-hole punch

-1 shoelace

-template

(template/printout tab is currently having technical difficulties loading my file)

First, I stacked my construction paper. I glued the center to avoid separation. Next, I traced the shoe on the paper. I started to cut it out and stopped as you can see because I was unsure of how I wanted to execute the lace flaps. You can completely cut out the base part of the shoe. Next, cut the flaps off of your template. Glue your scrap pieces of construction paper together one sheet on top the other like before. On your template draw over the lace holes with a pencil pressing down to create an indention.

This will give a visual where to punch the holes. So go ahead and punch them. Finally, glue down the outer sides of lace flaps. Your little one is now ready to lace it up!

In the works:

-Post: My Side Gigs

-Final stages of an easy, affordable cookbook and a few children’s books

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Until next time,

Take care

Valentine’s Rose Painting

In 4 easy steps, your littles can paint roses for loved ones this Valentine’s Day. Here’s what you’ll need:

-paper

-2 plates

-red & green paint

Step 1-Pour red paint in one plate and green paint in the other.

Step 2-Paint the side of your hand red as pictured above and stamp the paper. Make sure you paint the thumb side for best results. My five year old painted the pinky side red and her roses look more like tulips or closed buds. They are still pretty though as you can see below.

Step 3-Paint the side of your pinky green to stamp the stems.

Step 4-Paint your thumb green for leaf stamping.

And there you have it! Wishing you and yours a Happy Valentine’s Day! Until next time…

Take Care❤

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