Tuesday, July 31, 2012

In the Kitchen: Baking & Measurement


Correct measurements are an integral part of the baking process. Not only will this help you bake a moist muffin, you'll also be learning some important math skills.Since both of my girls love to help me bake, we've been learning about making those correct measurements. 

Monday, July 30, 2012

Get Crafty: Painting Rocks


On a particularly nice day recently, we decided to tackle one of the items on our summer bucket list, painting rocks. We set up outside and spent a lovely afternoon creating.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Kid's Co-op: Let's Paint!



It's time for the Kids Co-op! I posting the Kid's Co-op a little early this week so you can get a head start linking up your favorite kid-related posts. Make sure and check out all the fun that has been linked up from other bloggers.

There was so much information shared last week! There was also sensory play ideas, baby play ideas, book recommendations, kid-friendly recipes and more. Today, I'd like to share three posts with some fun painting ideas.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Story Time: Counting Books

There are so many counting books to choose from. We love to find a new one at the library and I truly believe counting books are the reason that both of my girls learned to count to 10 at a very early age. Recently we went on a quest to find some fun counting books to share with you.

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Monday, July 23, 2012

Sewing Circles: Simple Shapes to Sew


After learning all about squares, we moved on to the circle. One project I set up for the girls was this simple sewing projects. I was able to combine two things in one project, learning shapes and fine motor skills.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Kid's Co-op: Outdoor Fun



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.

There was so much information shared last week! There was also sensory play ideas, baby play ideas, book recommendations, kid-friendly recipes and more. Today, I'd like to share three posts with some wonderful ideas for outdoor play.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Let's Pretend: Garden Center


I decided to surprise my girls recently with a pretend play garden center. All it took was a couple of dollars at the dollar store, some recycled items around the house, and a brand new batch of play dough. After I presented it to them, they spent the next couple of days playing exclusively with their garden center. No other toys were needed!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Creative Family Fun Nights: Family Olympics


Is your family excited about the 2012 Summer Olympics? We are! If you're looking to get in the spirit and celebrate the games, try hosting your own Family Olympics. After only a little bit of preparation, our Olympics were ready to go.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Get Crafty: Cardboard Baseball Bats

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After our salt dough baseballs, we wanted to have a little bit more fun with baseball. I found the book Players In Pigtails by Shana Corey at the library and knew the girls would love it. Players In Pigtails tell the story of the All American Girls Professional Baseball League. We learned that "Take Me Out To the Ball Game" was originally written about a baseball-crazy girl named Katie Casey. This book was the story of the fictional Katie Casey. The girls were thrilled to read about girls playing baseball and loved the story of the All American Girls Professional Baseball League. After reading the story and singing a few rounds of "Take Me Out To the Ball Game," we designed our own baseball bats.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Kiwi Crate Summer of Giving


Today, I'm teaming up with 11 other bloggers to tell you about a wonderful project from Kiwi CrateThis summer, Kiwi Crate is committed to giving back to the community by reaching out to kids who might not normally have access to fun and enriching crafts and activities. So they've teamed up with a few of their favorite bloggers and charities and launched the Summer of GivingDuring this program, for each new subscription ordered through this link, Kiwi Crate will donate one crate full of arts, crafts, and science activities to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Kid's Co-op: Building Character



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.

There was so much information shared last week from crafts to outdoor activities. There was also sensory play ideas, baby play ideas, book recommendations, kid-friendly recipes and more. Today, I'd like to share three posts with some wonderful ideas for positive character development.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Get Crafty: Salt Dough Baseballs


Take me out to the ball game,
Take me out with the crowd.
Buy me some peanuts and cracker jack,
I don't care if I never get back.

We sang that song all day while we explored the game of baseball. Creative Family Daddy is a big baseball fan and it was fun for the girls to explore one of his interests. We made cardboard baseball bats and read a few baseball books. Plus, we made these salt dough baseballs as a little gift for him.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

The Quilt Story at Make and Takes

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Today I'm participating in the Storybook Summer series at Make and Takes. I'd love for you to stop by and see all the fun we had making paper quilts to go along with The Quilt Story by Tomie dePaola.


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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Get Crafty: Square Monsters


What do you get when you cross a simple shape with a lot of fun crafting supplies? Square monsters, of course! Our monsters were not too scary and very, very silly.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Exploring Japan: Haiku


Before we made our Japanese Curry Rice for Around the World in 12 Dishes. We decided to learn about a new form of poetry - haiku. Haiku is a traditional form of Japanese poetry. The short poems consist of 17 syllables (or characters in the traditional Japanese form). The syllables occur in a 5-7-5 pattern. Haiku poems do not rhyme. Most traditional poems focus on nature and are very descriptive. 

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Saturday, July 7, 2012

Around the World in 12 Dishes: Japanese Curry Rice


I have to confess that coming up with a dish for Japan that I thought the whole family would eat was difficult. I searched through books and all over the Internet until I finally stumbled upon the idea of curry rice. I was surprised to learn that curry was one of the most popular dishes in Japan. Usually it's made with an instant curry roux. But, I knew I would never find that in my small town. Luckily, I happened across this recipe for homemade Japanese curry rice from No Recipes.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Kid's Co-op: Full of Great Advice


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.

There was so much information shared last week from crafts to outdoor activities. There was also sensory play ideas, baby play ideas, book recommendations, kid-friendly recipes and more. Today, I'd like to share three posts that are full of wonderful parenting advice.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Math Play: Square Hunt


Our driveway shape maze wasn't the only game we played while learning about squares. We also went on a fun square hunt throughout the house. The set-up for this game was easy. I took a sheet of paper and divided it into four areas. I then chose four room of our house. You can do as many rooms as you would like and make your tally sheet as simple or as pretty as you like. I just happen to like pretty.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Go Outside: Driveway Shape Maze


We recently started reviewing shapes with my youngest (age 3). One thing I love about learning shapes is that there are so many fun ways to teach them. We are focusing on one shape at a time and our first shape was the trusty, old square. We read a fun book about a Square Cat named Eula and we also played a fun shape game on our driveway.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Get Crafty: Spider Web Painting


We've had so much fun learning about spiders lately that we decided to do a spider art project. So, we found some fun materials and made these awesome spider web paintings.