Friday, December 9, 2016

Felt Bird Ornaments

Have you seen all those themed Christmas trees? They're beautiful and often very clever. I'm always blown away when I see some of the themed trees.

My tree won't ever be on display in a store window, but it does have a theme. My very favorite theme of all.

Memories.

It's full of memories. I hang ornaments that both my husband and I received as a child, ornaments that my kids' grandparents give them every year, and many lovely homemade ornaments. Those homemade ornaments are the best ones of all.


When you look at our tree, you can see the how my girls' skills improved over the years, from paper and glue to salt dough creations. This year, we're showing off a new skill - sewing.

My girls were delighted to get out their sewing kits and stitch up a simple bird ornament for our tree.

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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Free Printable 2017 Calendar

It's time.

That new year switch in my brain has been turned on. Lately, I've been clearing out excess paper and even cleaning up digital files in order to get ready for the new year.

I love a fresh start. Don't you?

And a fresh start always comes with a brand-new calendar.

I always had a hard time find exactly the kind of calendar I want. I'm looking for simple. I want the right size. And, I want it to be pretty. I never could find the type I wanted, so I began making my own.

Keep reading to grab your own copy of my free printable 2017 Calendar.


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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Christmas Science - Grow the Grinch's Heart

And what happened then...
Well... in Who-ville they say
That the Grinch's small heart
Grew three sizes that day!
from How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss

Can you picture the scene in your head? The Grinch straining as he holds the sleigh balancing precariously on a mountaintop. He hears the singing and then pop, pop, pop, his heart fills with joy. 

I love watching How the Grinch Stole Christmas (the cartoon version, not the live-action movie) every year and I was dying to do an activity based on this favorite movie. So, we took a classic science experiment, gave it a Christmas-sy twist. Then voila! We made the Grinch's heart grow three sizes - or more.


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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

20 Fun Christmas Math Activities

I don't know about you, but I love to get a little festive this time of year with everyday things - like math practice. 

So let's practice counting, counting, patterns, symmetry, addition and more while getting in the Christmas spirit. We'll use candy canes, reindeer, and make Christmas trees. 

You'll love all of these Christmas Math Activities. They're so much fun and perfect for learning during the holiday season.


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Friday, November 18, 2016

Telling Time with a Turkey Clock

How does a turkey tell time?

With a turkey clock, of course!

Okay, okay... I know none of us are trying to teach a turkey how to tell time. But, I know plenty of kids that need to learn. 

A Turkey Clock is a fun Thanksgiving learning activity that will help your kids learn how to tell time.


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Let's gather our supplies and get ready to make this fun paper plate clock.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Gift Ideas for Kids Who Love to Create

My oldest daughter is a maker. She love to draw, craft, sew, and bake.

I love to buy her gifts that support this interest. Gifts that promote creativity. Gifts that can teach a new skill. Gifts that may be the beginning of a lifetime hobby.

Here are some great gift ideas for the makers in your life. Light that spark of creativity.


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