Friday, June 29, 2012

Kid's Co-op



It's Friday and you know what that means? It's time for the Kids Co-op! Link-up your favorite kid-related post and make sure and check out all the fun that has been linked up from other bloggers.

After browsing through all the posts linked up last week, it looks like everyone has been having a lot of fun this June. I can't wait to see what is linked up this week! Here are three posts that caught my eye from last week.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Books = Fun: Square Cat

We love books and we love doing crafts and activities based on these books. I've decided to house all of our book activities under one title: Books = Fun. I hope you find some good inspiration for a little book fun of your own!

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We recently discovered a fun gem of a book, Square Cat by Elizabeth Schoonmaker. Square Cat is the story of Eula, a decidedly square-shaped cat. She doesn't like being square and longs to be round like her friends Patsy and Maude. With a little help from her friends, she learns that it's kind of fun to be square. I can't even begin to tell you how much the girls loved this book.



After reading and rereading the book about a dozen times, we decided to draw our own square cats. We decided on our favorite combination of oil pastels and liquid watercolors. I got the girls started with a large square on a piece of heavy-weight paper. 



The both got started turning their square into a cat. The above picture is AJ's (age 3). Don't you like those big, long ears?



This picture is Lizzie's (age 5). She's been going through a stage where she tries to copy pictures exactly. I've been amazed at how much her drawing has improved since she started this copying phase.


Once we were satisfied with our drawings, we got out the liquid watercolors. Since square cat was orange, that was the color we went with. Lizzie decided to paint her entire paper and AJ just painted her cat. I love how they both turned out!


Our current favorite art materials are oil pastels and liquid watercolors. What are your favorites?
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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

In the Kitchen: Knife Skills for Kids


In my first "In the Kitchen" post, I talked about the basic rules I taught my girls before letting them help in the kitchen. Today, I'm going to share a bit about knives. Yes, I know that one of the rules is not to touch sharp knives. We have a set of knives that I use all the time that are very, very sharp, so sharp that I've cut a chunk off the tip of my finger. These are not knives that kids should be touching. Nonetheless, I wanted to teach the girls how to properly use a knife.

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Get Crafty: 4th of July Bunting


July 4th will be here before we know it, so the girls and I decided to work together to create a fun decoration for the holiday. We made this festive and very patriotic bunting with a few simple supplies.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Rhythm and Number Rhymes


Clap, clap, clap, clap, clap, clap, clap...
"There were 10 in the bed and the little one said,
Roll over, roll over"

What is rhythm? According to Dictionary.com, rhythm is a movement or procedure with uniform or patterned recurrence of a beataccent, or the like. Rhythm is present in every song or piece of music. It's also present in many poems and nursery rhymes. It can be simple or complicated. It may be composed of many different pauses and repetitions or just a simple standard, 1234, beat. 

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Friday, June 22, 2012

Kid's Co-op



It's Friday and you know what that means? It's time for the Kids Co-op! Link-up your favorite kid-related post and make sure and check out all the fun that has been linked up from other bloggers!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Math Play: Kid-Made Counting Books


I realized recently that a lot of the crafts and activities we've been doing have been geared towards my 5-year-old. I realized that I needed to focus more on my 3-year-old with some of our activities. My girls are at a point where their skills, interests, and educational needs are vastly different. In light of this, I've made a goal to have a craft or activity each day that is geared towards each child's levels, therefore, at least two things a day. I'll admit it's a lofty goal and won't always be achievable, but it has made me much more aware of the need to go back to learning some of the more basic ideas. Counting is one of those ideas. We've checked out a fun variety of counting books from the library, we've gone on a counting walk, and we also made these fun counting books.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

In the Kitchen: Teaching Kitchen Safety

Today I'd like to introduce a new series of posts. Over the course of the next few months, the girls and I will be working in the kitchen. We'll be learning to safely use different kitchen tools, learning new skills, learning about nutrition, and other fun activities designed to get us in the kitchen. I hope you enjoy "In the Kitchen"! 


The girls have always loved to help me in the kitchen. They love to make cookies and smash the avocados when we make guacamole. But, before they began spending a lot of time with me in the kitchen, it became essential to teach them some basic rules to keep them and me safe in the kitchen. 

Monday, June 18, 2012

Get Crafty: Layered Tissue Paper Butterflies


Butterflies are always a popular subject in the Creative Family Fun household. So, when the girls wanted to do a craft project, the first thing that popped into my head was a butterfly project. We had a lot of leftover torn bits of tissue paper from another project, so we thought we'd use them to make layered tissue paper butterflies.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Summer Reading Program #Readforgood

Join Readathon 2012

We're in full-on summer mode here at Creative Family Fun, as you can probably tell by my absence last week. We were off on our summer vacation last week, but now we are back and I'm ready to share with you all sorts of summer fun and activities. But, first I want to tell you about this awesome Readathon from MemeTales. No matter how much fun we'll be having, we'll keep learning throughout the summer and one way we'll do that is to participate in the summer Readathon.

Friday, June 8, 2012

One Year Ago Today...


One year ago today, I started up this space. I was just a couple of months into being a stay-at-home mom. I was looking for a creative outlet and a space to share some of the fun things the girls and I were doing. I was already a reader of many fun kid blogs and wanted my own space.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Story Time: Picnic Books

After we made our picnic blanket collages, we also enjoyed a few books about picnics. Maybe these fun book choices will inspire you and your kids to go out and have a picnic!

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There are many version of The Teddy Bears' Picnic to choose from. We loved this version illustrated by Bruce Whatley. This version has large colorful pictures and encourages a rollicking good time. Whatley drew the pictures to go along with a version of the song performed by Jerry Garcia. Grown-ups will notice a few homages to Garcia throughout the book as the bears enjoy a concert in the woods.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Go Outside: Counting Walk


How many mailboxes can you count on this walk?
1,2,3,4,5!

Walks are always a great way to get outside and exercise with the kids. But, you don't have to just go on a walk. When I counted down the 10 Ways to Make a Walk More Fun, the first item listed was to go on a counting walk. This has since become one of our favorite ways to get outside and go walking. We typically walk around our neighborhood counting whatever we can find. You can also take a walk through the park or around downtown. Counting walks are fun anywhere! This is a fun game for kids who are just learning to how to count all the way up through the preschool years. My 5-year-old requests counting walks often.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Get Crafty: Painting With Worms!


After our exploration of worms, I thought it would be fun to do a bit of worm-related artwork. I've been promising the girls some messy art and painting with worms sounded like a fun idea. We didn't actually paint with worms, just a nice pile of cooked spaghetti, an idea I first saw on The Chocolate Muffin Tree. Fun and messy!

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Around the World in 12 Dishes: India


I've been looking forward to exploring India through food ever since we started the Around the World in 12 Dishes challenge. The girls and I have already exploring India through books and crafts, so this time we focused on food and music. Our food of choice was the mango lassi. A lassi is a very common and popular drink in India. I knew the girls would enjoy it. Throughout our food journey, I've been trying to keep things simple and appealing. Both of my girls can be picky eaters and I'm trying to help them learn to eat different foods from different cultures by using recipes that had some familiar ingredients. The familiar ingredient in the lassi was yogurt, a favorite in our household.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Kid's Co-op



It's Friday and you know what that means? It's time for the Kids Co-op! Link-up your favorite kid-related post and make sure and check out all the fun that has been linked up from other bloggers!

Each week the Kid's Co-op is getting bigger and bigger. Thanks for coming along! Here are three of my favorite posts from last week's link-up.