Thursday, March 31, 2011

My April Fool's Joke

Can you keep a secret.....I can't wait until my girls and my hubby pop the lids on these cans!  I found this awesome idea over at Sun Scholars
Start by opening the bottom side on the can and save the oranges for later.

 Add something funny to the inside of the cans.  I used grapes, peas-carrots, and beans.
Next, carefully hot-glue the bottoms back on and keep yourself from laughing until they open them!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Graphing With Goldfish

Jem had fun the other day graphing with goldfish.  I handed her a handful of fish and she placed them on her graph by color.  She counted how many of each color she had and we talked about "more than" and "less than."  Her favorite part was eating them all up!

You can find a variety of goldfish graphs by googling it by name.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Bridge Building

Here is our latest bridge building activity that was completed during our Classical Conversations co-op last week.  The kids were given straws, play dough, and tape to build their creations. The bridge will soon be tested with small weights to see which design holds-up the best.
Olive and her two friends used almost the entire roll of tape and just about every straw, but it's strong!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Beach Mobile

We just spend a wonderful long weekend camping at the beach.  We had perfect weather, ate yummy smores, and enjoyed playing in the water (well, the girls did)!  Here is a fun little beach project made with a piece of drift wood and shells.  All that was left to do was string the shells and enjoy.
Just search for shells with the hole already in them.  This mobile looks lovely hanging from a window.
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Monday, March 14, 2011

Shamrock Math Game

We had a good time playing this Shamrock Math Game.  Olive would grad a hand full of pennies and drop them on the table.  She then separates the heads from the tails and starts her math problem.  This picture is showing 10+10....we would also switch it up with subtraction.  Olive thought that this was a fun way to work on her math.  I like that "heads and tails" can be adapted for just about any holiday.
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Sunday, March 13, 2011

Sweet Sunday

This photo was taken about 2 weeks ago when Jem was under the weather. Her big sis played doctor, read to her, and brought her ice packs.  It was a sweet moment to witness.  Have a lovely Sunday afternoon.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Learning Synonyms

This week we are learning about synonyms, words that mean the same thing.  I placed the words on the left and Olive had to match the synonym on the right.
These useful cards came from Montessori For Learning.  It's a wonderful site with great resources.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Pookster and Bubs Review and Giveaway!

I was lucky enough to review these two lovely books for children by Rhonda Funk.  Pookster and the Unloose Tooth and Pookster and the Practically Perfect Pickle, teach valuable lessons on using kind words and patience.

I love that they are written by a christian mother and the audio book is handy in the car.  My girls laughed while I read the book, but they could also pick out the important lesson the story told.  The illustration are delightful and the each book ends with a Bible verse.

This book series is a creative way to teach your children about the fruits of the Spirit.  To learn more about this new series check out their website here.

Two lucky followers can win one of The Adventures of Pookster and Bubs!   Just leave a comment below and a way for me to contact you.  You can win extra entries by liking Sippy Cup Central and Pookster And Bubs on Facebook. The giveaway ends on the 12th....good-luck!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Leprechaun Mirrors

We converted this dollar store mirror into some St. Patrick's Day fun. Just peek in the mirror to get a glimpse of your inner leprechaun.  All you need is just felt, glue and scissors.  Good-luck finding your pot of gold!
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Thursday, March 3, 2011

Book and Hand Puppet Fun

Go Dog Go, by P.D. Eastman, was one of Olive's favorite books when she was little.  Now she enjoys reading it to her little sister.  We made this cute paper bag hand puppet to go along with the story.  Just cut out felt pieces to make the dog and glue them to a paper bag.  I am trying to add more activities in our homeschool that the girls can work on together.
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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Dr. Suess Goop - 2 Ways

This recipe is perfect for little hands and only requires two ingredients: water and cornstarch.

Goop 1
You'll Need:
Orange food coloring
Directions- Mix the water and the cornstarch in a bowl. The new mixture behaves like a liquid and the a sold.
The girls enjoyed watching their spiders slowly sink, but if forced they would stay close to the top. I would use this recipe with younger children.
Goop 2:
You'll Need:
2 cups -White Glue
1/1/2 Cups -Warm Water
4 TBSP. -Borax
1 Cup- Cold Water
food coloring- orange

This GOOP is very similar to Silly Putty and it won't stick to your hangs. You can keep it fresh by storing it in a plastic bag in the refrigerator. 

Mix glue and water in a separate bowl and borax and cold water in a separate bowl. Mix 2 bowls together and add food coloring or tempera. Stir well, then kneed. Store in air tight container. Do not use near carpet as it's glue
I posted about this second recipe a few weeks ago. Now you can see the difference between both of them.

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