Friday, November 30, 2012

On a ROLL again - Name Bowling

We just can't wait to get on the roll again!
And learn the letters of our name

Little Mister went bowling for the first time this week. His Aunt Tina and I actually went early one day and we were the only folks there. (I was worried about all the noise, so it worked out perfect.)
He was so excited when he saw all the balls we had to chose from, then bummed because we couldn't keep it!

I took the ball up to the line and he pushed it down the lane. I'm glad they were not busy because the worker had to get it a few times for us. He couldn't push it hard enough to make it roll all the way down. But he had fun! 
I took this new experience and made some learning fun out of it as well. I made some 'pins' from TP rolls covered in colored construction paper. I wrote a letter from his name on each pin.
He would aim at a specific letter or color and launched the ball at it!

Then he started cheating

Then it became a hockey game

BOYS! Gotta love'em!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

My First Nativity

As a child, I vividly remember my Granny's beautiful nativity! I was in awe every year when it was carefully unwrapped and painstakingly placed in just the right spots. I knew better than to touch it, but it seemed to beckon everyone to come and gaze upon its beauty! Maybe it was the artistry of the figurines themselves or perhaps it was the beautiful way it was displayed, I couldn't really say. I do know that I loved it and wish I was in possession of it to this day!
 Little Mister is very hands on and definitely not ready to just 'gaze in awe' at anything. So I searched for some kid friendly nativities. I found an exciting (yet older) post from Mama Smiles. She used felt shapes to make the figures of the nativity scene.
I was immediately intrigued by the shapes idea. Why not sneak in some math activity while having some fun?!
We used 5 triangles, 3 circles, 2 rectangles and 1 oval.
First, he played with the shapes making all sorts of things. Then I showed how they made people when we placed them a certain way. He was thrilled! My Little Mister has such a sweet soul. When we put together the baby Jesus, he whispered, "Mommy that baby is beautiful"!
Next, we glued the shapes onto a block of wood. After it dried completely, I Modge Podged it. It now sits on our mantle and I think of my Granny's beautiful nativity every time I see it!

Remember the TRUE Reason for the Season!

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

300+ Followers... Time for another Give-Away

WOW! I can't believe we have over 300 followers on GFC alone, with that many more on Facebook. These few months have truly been so amazing.

As a huge Thank You, and just in time for Christmas, I am giving away a T-shirt from Wear It 2 Share It
My husband is the artist behind the designs. Of course, I think he is very talented!
 He has been involved in several benefits, fundraisers and even designed a shirt for national Bible Quizzing teams.
Read more about the artist and other designs offered at the Wear It 2 Share It blog.
The latest design is my absolute favorite and I want to share it with you. 
Of course, it will be made to order for size and color.
Several colors to choose from: Pink, Light Blue, White, Neutral, Lavender, Yellow, Orange, Sand
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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Mom's Library Link-Up (#7 for Me)

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That Snowman Knows My Name

Little Mister is currently obsessed with the alphabet! However, he can't quite get the song exactly right...
I usually hear, "a, c, g, q, r, s, t, u, v, w, x, y, z. Can I have a cookie please!" Weird part is, he can say them but can't sing it?!
Today we made a name snowman. I let little man put the letters in order several times before we glued them together. 
Practice makes perfect!
Educational turned decorational! 
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Monday, November 26, 2012

Button Tree Sequencing

I have been trying to organize my craft supplies, which is becoming a too current event! Sigh!
This time around, I discovered an abundance of buttons. So we decided to use them in our first Christmas activity of the season! I had 5 different colors each in six sizes.
Little Mister placed each color in size order. First, biggest to smallest. Then, smallest to biggest!
By removing one button per color, we created a perfect tree. 
Just add a star and Ta-Da!

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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Sidewalk Evangelism

Be a light to your world, where ever it may be!
We spend lots of time on playgrounds and at parks and decided to let our light shine!

Friday, November 23, 2012

You're a WHoot! with printables

Owls seem to be everywhere all of a sudden. I'm not jumping on the bandwagon, but my Little Mister really likes them. I am always trying to appeal to his interests when thinking of some learning activities. So, we have owls! 

 The free printables at the end of this post include: matching, fill in the color, letter recognition, complete the pattern, counting skills, maze, pre-writing skills, trace the letter and size sorting.
I hope you will try them with your kiddos and give me some feedback. Enjoy!

But first, Whoo Loves You? We made a cute little frame to answer that question!
We painted 6 large craft sticks brown. Then, we glued them all together. We added juice lids for eyes and a construction paper beak. Little Mister picked out this particular picture that he wanted in the frame. One of my early favorites of the chunky monkey!

We also made a cute little owlet from a pine cone, two cotton balls, two google eyes, a construction paper beak and a cardboard circle. Easy and very cute!

Did you know you can dry and make your pine cones open by placing them in the oven? It also leaves a warm, earthy smell in your house! Love it.

Some great owl-ee books we enjoyed also:

Here are our owl-lovin' printables for the week! If you try them please give me some feedback. I want to know what you liked or (gulp) disliked about them. Thanks and enjoy!

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