Monday, February 28, 2011

Seussical Fun!

Here are some activities that we did last year to celebrate Dr. Suess.
We've been having a good time celebrating the birthday of Dr. Suess by reading a ton of his books, making a hat, fishing for letters, color foot stamping, and green egg fun.


I found some great ideas from Suessville, it's really a wonderful site! Click here 
We also subscribe to a site called Kidssoup that has some fun ideas too. Click here.

We are in the process of making this Cat In the Hat mask. All you need is a paper plate and construction paper.

Olive loves to rhyme words so in honor of Dr. Suess we started to make rhyming word list.
Train        Plane
Box        Fox
Cat          Hat 
Fish         Dish
Cake         Rake
Book        Hook
Car        Star

I hope you have fun this week...his official birthday is March 2nd. Please keep me posted on your Seussical fun!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Forcing Bulbs

We are a little behind in forcing tulip bulbs this year, but it only took four days for the girls to start seeing roots emerge. Olive says it's because she picked the most perfect place in the house to help them grow. The girls are in charge of making sure they have just the right amount of water touching the bulb.
 We purchased rocks and glass marbles from the $1 store and used some narrow glass vases to force the bulbs. Hopefully we'll have lovely tulips in time for Easter.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Kool-Aid Playdough

This playdough smells so yummy and it was so easy to make.  The best part is that you DON'T have to walk around for a week with stained hands.
 It's was nice NOT to use cream of tartar and it turned out really soft, just like the real thing.
 Just store it in a plastic bag and keep it in the fridge until you are ready to use it.
Thank- you Pink and Green Mama for this really cool recipe.
1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
3 teaspoons of oil
1 small package of Kool- Aid
1 cup boiling water
Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl and then add oil and boiling water (the boiling part is important).
Mix it all together and knead on a piece of waxed paper.
The first time I made this I added too much oil and had to add some extra flour and it turned out fine.
Do this for each color. ENJOY!


Monday, February 21, 2011

Preschool Activities

Here are some activities that Jem (3 1/2) likes to complete when I am doing school with big sister. We have watched Jem go through a learning explosion this past month.  She has learned her letters and sounds mostly by watching and listening to us do school.

Please note that at the beginning of the school year I thought that I wasn't going to be able to teach her, she didn't want to learn, and now she's at the school table before her sister asking for activities to do. This is so exciting to see!
 Matching colors, lacing beads, and pattern work.
 Putting stuffed animals into categories and counting.
 Finding the right letter for the words. Big sis likes to help with this and so does our dog!
 Threading colored pasta necklaces, this is a big hit.
Homemade lacing cards.

Linking to:

Tot Schoolabc button

Sunday, February 20, 2011

It's a baby......

It's a baby GIRL! Can you imagine shoe shopping with three little ladies? This is a photo of me and baby taken at 21 weeks.  This is also the first time we ever found out what we were having.  Jem wanted a girl and Olive wanted a boy.  I really thought we were having a boy as the heart rate was 130 and the pregnancy started out totally different, but what a fantastic blessing.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

CSN Stores

CSN has over 200 online stores where you can find anything from this cool swing set, to strollers, to educational toys. I look forward to posting my review on a special gadget that Olive and Jem have been wanting for a long time, a rock tumbler.  I have two little rockhounds who are always filling their pockets with "beautiful jems."

When you get the chance be sure to check out CSN and everything they have to offer. 

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Finally Learned To Crochet

So this is my third time trying to teach myself how to crochet. I actually made something this time and it's pretty easy if you stick to the basics. I learned by watching videos on U-Tube and checking out Just Like June's site, thanks for the help.
Do keep in mind that I was trying to make a hat for the new baby, but I am glad that Olive can enjoy it. She actually has worn it everyday since I gave it to her.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Valentine Songs and Rhymes

Five Big Valentines
Five big valentines from the corner store,
I mailed one to a friend and then there were four.
Four big valentines, lovely ones to see,
I mailed one to Mommy and then there were three.
Three big valentines, red, shiny, and new,
I mailed one to Grammy and then there were two.
Two big valentines, as happy as can be,
I mailed one to Daddy, and he gave a kiss to me.

Special Friend
(Mary Had A Little Lamb)
You're a special friend of mine
Friend of mine
You're a special friend of mine
Be my Valentine.

I'm a Little Valentine
(I'm a Little Teapot)
I'm a little valenitne
Red and white
With ribbons and lace
I'm a beautiful sight
I can say, "I Love You"
On Valentine's Day
Just put me in an envelope
And give me away.

Ten Little Valentine's
One little, two little, three little valentines
Four little, five little, six little valentines
Seven little, eight little, nine little valentines
Ten little valentines in a row.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Six Great Chapter Books

The Homeschool Classrom

My six year old daughter loves for me to read chapter books to her before bed. We read a chapter or two a night and she always begs for more.  Head on over the The Homeschool Classroom to read about these amazing books.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Valentine Holder Ideas

We have a fun Valentine Party to go to today! Here are some our valentine box creations that I think turned out super cute.  

Olive's garden of love:
                                                                    Jem's tissue paper heart:

                                                       This is last year's creation of a kitty:

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Bird Feather Study

Can you match the feather with the bird?

Scroll to the bottom of this post for the answers.

My girls love watching birds! We have really enjoy exploring the books above and matching the feather with the bird. Thank-you Grandmom for finding all these feathers in her North Carolina backyard.

(Top page answers:) 
Blue Jay, Robin
   Hawk, Wren
Woodpecker, Goldfinch

(Bottom page answers:)
Mocking Bird, Crow
Tufted Titmouse, Dove
Chickadee, Cat Bird

Happy Birding! Be sure to join the Great Outdoor Bird Count starting February 18th.

Shibley Smiles

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Thursday, February 3, 2011

The Edible Rainbow

I have been placing a colorful food tray out before meals and for snack time. The girls like to help me find healthy munchies that make-up the colors of the rainbow. 
Rainbow Food Ideas:
Red: cherry tomatoes, cherries, cranberries, apples, berries
Orange: bell peppers, orange, melon, cheese, crackers, carrots
Yellow, bananas, peppers, pineapple, cheese, crackers, apples
Green: celery, kiwi, grapes, avocado, broccoli, peas, apples, melon
Blue: berries, grapes
Purple, grapes, dried plums

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Borax Snowflakes

Here is a quick look at how our Borax snowflakes turned out. I think they look lovely hanging from the window. Be sure to check out my post on snowflake activities. 

Have a wonderful day!
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