Thursday, June 30, 2011

Rock Collecting & A Rock Journal


The girls and I went on a rock collecting adventure a couple of days ago. It was on our summer bucket list, so it was definitely something I was preparing to do. After running various ideas through my head about where to take them, I ended up with the most simple idea of all... walking through our own neighborhood. We had a lot of fun wandering around and enjoying each others company.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Math Play: Counting Blocks

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On Monday, I mentioned that we had been using the book Math Play! by Diane McGowan and Mark Schrooten lately to work on our numbers and have fun at the same time. I wanted to tell you a little more about it, because it truly is a great resource for toddlers and preschoolers. The book is designed for ages 2 to 6, making it perfect for my 4- and 2-year old. The activities are fun, easy to set up and require little if any special supplies. We've had the book for a couple of weeks now and have already done 8 activities with plans to do more.


One game we had a lot of fun with was Tower Counter. The supply list: blocks. Yep, that's it. Easy-peasy. I started by asking her to build towers with a certain amount of blocks. She's build it. Then I'd either ask her to add a certain amount or take away a certain amount. After she did that, she recounted the blocks in her tower. It was a great introduction to addition and subtraction for the preschool age. Lizzie had a blast and kept wanting to play well beyond the point where I thought she'd want to stop. What was AJ doing this whole time? She was building with us, just not using the math concepts. She was in the build and knock down mode.


 If you're looking for a great way to introduce or reinforce some math concept, take a peek at Math Play! It's a great resource.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Make Learning a Game


Motivation has been a huge problem with my 4-year-old lately, especially when it comes to learning writing skills. She has the tendency to use the words "I can't" too much without even trying. After a few weeks of wanting to bash my head against a wall, I came up with a solution. Turn learning into a game! Two pieces of paper and a Sharpie later and I had the "Lizzie Learns her Numbers" game. Yep, it did the trick.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

In the Kitchen: Easy Smoothies

I've been playing around with smoothie combinations lately. I've found some good ones, but I keep coming back to one in particular, blackberry and peach. The ingredients are simple, but the results are yummy!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Sea Creatures

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If you're anything like me, it can sometimes be difficult to think up fun craft projects for your kids. Luckily, lots of wonderfully creative people have done the work for us. Lizzie and I ran across Cut and Paste Sea Creatures at our local library and we've all been having fun with it.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Summer Bucket List 2011

When dreaming up our summer bucket list, I had a couple of criteria. Everything on the list should be inexpensive or even free. Also, I wanted my girls to be able to participate with everything. I kept the list at twenty, so it would seem doable. I wanted to share it with you and maybe give you some ideas. Plus, sharing holds me accountable. I WANT to do everything on this list this summer. So here goes:

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Making Clouds

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After reading (and reading and reading) Little Cloud by Eric Carle, we were inspired to make our own clouds in the style of the book's illustrations.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Making Rainbows

We had fun making rainbows recently!

We got out the watercolors.


And the crayons.


We even wore our rainbow sunglasses on the back of our head (or at least one of us did)!

Have you made any rainbows recently?

Friday, June 10, 2011

An Introduction, of Sorts...

As I was lying in bed last night thinking about what I should post today, I realized that you were probably dying to know more about me. If not, lie to me and say you were, make a girl feel better.

 (That's me)

I'm Terri, married, 30-something, stay-at-home mom to two girls. Lizzie, my little princess, is 4 and AJ, my little spunk, is 2. This stay-at-home-mom gig is a little bit new to me. I've only been at it since April of this year. Before that, I worked full time. Boy, was life different! Some women are wonderful as working moms. I wasn't. But, things happened, circumstances changed and now I'm home - and loving it.

(My models, Lizzie & AJ)

I still feel like a kid at heart. I love arts & crafts time, picture books and a good cartoon. I want to nurture my girls, teach them, let them discover the world all while guiding them with my sometimes capable, but not always, hands. 

I hope you'll stick around and get to know me, my girls and all the fun we plan on having.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Welcome

Welcome to My Creative Family!

What can you expect to find here?
Crafts, food, inspiration, book reviews, and many, many ideas that are thrifty, fun and kid-friendly. Thanks for stopping by!