Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Apple Counting Rocks


I've always been a fan of using manipulatives for math, especially for kids who are just learning a new concept. 

You can add with them, subtract, multiply, or even divide. Manipulatives are a great tool to use with any kid to help illustrate math concepts.

This simple set of Apple Counting Stones is perfect for either preschool or early elementary math. They're easy to make and you only need a few supplies. 

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Thursday, September 8, 2016

Lunchbox Jokes That Will Make Your Kids Giggle

My kids love lunchbox notes.

It's a little connection to me and a little connection to home.

It's a reason to smile even on the worst days.

I've been slipping these into my girls' lunches ever since my oldest was in 1st grade. In case you're curious, she's in 4th grade now. That's a lot of lunchbox notes.

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Searching Pinterest will usually yield lots of good options, but that can take time. Time that none of us have. So, I thought I'd gather up some of my favorite lunchbox jokes and put them in one spot. So you and I can both have easy access to these fun printables.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Fun With Elephant & Piggie: Cardboard Tube Piggie


"Hi Piggie!"

"Hi Gerald!"

"Come play with me!"

Don't you just love the Elephant and Piggie books by Mo Willems?

Since we already made our Cardboard Tube Elephant, it's time to make his best friend, Piggie. You can't have Elephant without Piggie.

Let's get crafting!

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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Fun With Elephant & Piggie: Cardboard Tube Elephant


Elephant and Piggie taught my oldest daughter how to read.

Seriously.

They lit that spark that made her love reading. And, that spark gave her the motivation she needed to keep at it.

Now, even though she's far past their reading level, she still loves to pick one up and giggle along with her old friends.

So, of course, we had to make our own version of this lovable duo.

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Thursday, August 11, 2016

Symmetry Butterfly with Warm and Cool Colors


There are so many examples of symmetry in nature, from the perfectly matched halves of a leaf down to the tiny perfectly symmetrical snowflake. One example that I find most beautiful is the butterfly. It was the perfect subject to use in this simple art project.

Not only did we explore symmetry, but we also explored the concept of warm and cool colors. Keep reading to find out how we made our Symmetry Butterflies with Warm and Cool Colors.

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Friday, August 5, 2016

Kid-Made Bird Feeders for a Bird-Friendly Yard


Birds certainly are fun to watch, aren't they? A house never quite feels like home to us unless we've got birds fluttering around. We attract them to our yard with bird feeders that we keep filled all year long. 

You can buy a bird feeder, make your own, or have a combination of the two if you want a bird-friendly yard. Keep reading below for some fantastic ideas for kid-made bird feeders. They'll all attract fun feathered friends to your yard. 

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