Find the missing letter...and all you need are magnetic letters. Such an easy way to practice the sequence of the alphabet. These sequencing cards are free on my blog if you have any littles who could use the practice.
Have you played Spot It? It has become our new go to game especially to take into restaurants with us. I love that all of us can play and it works on vocabulary and visual discrimination. There are so many different versions too (all going on our Amazon wishlist!) We may have a Spot It problem here pretty soon.
Same winter counting mats...4 different ways. Playdough, mini marshmallows, mini erasers, cotton balls. All simple, all low mess, just nice to have a choice sometimes. What else could you use on these?
Make a LUCIA NIGHTLIGHT ORNEMENT with me. (Link above) .
Happy Lucia from our house to your own. Today, I'm sharing a new ornament that's inspired by Lucia & can't wait until later tonight to get it into your hands. .
I'm sharing No. 3 within my Ornament Bonus Series on the willowday blog. .
I'll put the link above & wish you a magical day. .
I hope to haven't missed today's DAY 14 Lucia with @babes_in_boyland .
or the first two ornaments in this bonus series: .
No. 1: Pine Cone Angels from @artcampla and No2. Woven hearts from @mielaerkerasmussen ---- it's all in the blog in one, Happy, easy place!
My sweet boy has been a trooper throughout this entire pregnancy. It hasn’t been easy for him to see his mama sick & tired & uncomfortable, but he does what he can to make it better. Whether it’s bringing me tissues for my exhausted, hormonal tears or rubbing my swollen feet, I’m sure this has been an experience we won’t forget, that will bring us closer & make him a better man. I’m so proud of him. 💙
Our successful 3pm activity hour today. 😇 .
Me + 3 kids... one whole hour of creativity and humming without a tune. Nobody moved... no one fought... we inspired each other and ... it was successful! .
This week, I wrote my monthly goals on the blog and one of the things we are concentrating on this month is to bring back our craft hour in the afternoon.
3pm is the hardest part of my day. The kids are tired, irritated and bored. They don’t want to study or play or nap. I’d be on my second cup of tea of the day and already thinking of getting another cup... we need some relaxation. Only... all four of us crave screens ☠️ .
Screen time in the afternoon is a recipe for trouble... we’ve learnt that over and over again. Nap time is bad for bedtime routine so... the activity hour. .
Tell me, what kind of activities do your children do after school. #JeddahMom
The sun is shining & I’m feeling pretty good so we went outside for a bit this afternoon until we couldn’t stand the cold anymore! .
Caden wanted to show me his stick pickax! 😂 He’s always in Minecraft mode, even outside! .
What are you up to today?
Checking out the moon phases box. This successfully ended the morning-long tantrum by Miss E for 10 minutes. I made my original moon phases box when I was student teaching in a first grade classroom. Pulled out the “Space Unit” box and found all kinds of fun activities for this week.
I’ve been feeling really bummed about not being able to keep up with my regular activities & feeling house bound. But I was able to get outside for a little bit this afternoon to watch the pumpkin destruction! 🎃
I'm so excited to already have 350 families signed up take the free Family Canvas Challenge! That's 350 families across the world who will be carving time out of their busy schedules to do art together and create a meaningful masterpiece 😄Will you join us?
If you haven't heard about the challenge yet, it starts Friday and it's an opportunity to create a layered canvas with your kids over the next 4 weeks. I will send you a supply list, steps, & tips to add 8 layers of different materials to your canvas.
A few FAQs I wanted to answer:
1) You don't have to start on Friday, I'll send you the whole challenge on the first day and you can go at your own pace.
2) It's for families with kids from toddlers to teens!
3) You don't have to do all of the layers, do what works for your family and what your schedule allows.
4) You can substitute different materials based on what you have available. * ✨Click the link in my profile to join! ✨* PS. see my stories from today to see our last layered canvas that's hanging in our dining room!
My kid pretty much goes to the coolest preschool. Each week this fall she's gone to "farm school" and learned and explored out in nature, taken care of the animals and eaten snack from the garden. Such a cool first school experience. #puremichigan#msuextension
With my daughter's last day of fall farm preschool tomorrow (yes she goes to school on a farm and it is is amazing), it is the perfect time to bring out our farm count and graph activity. Free #ontheblog if you need a good intro to graphing. #linkinbio
There’s been a Captain Underpants sighting!!! 😂
How was your Halloween? Ours was good, but we are a bit tired & crabby today. .
@my_little_poppies calls this a hangover from fun. Check out her blog post for recovery tips! .
How does your family do after a night of fun?
It was chilly out this morning, but the sun was finally shining after a week of rain! We just had to get outside to play before starting schoolwork even though we were already behind “schedule”. It was nice to breath in the cool fresh air & feel the warm sun! ☀️
How is your Friday morning going?
C is for cutting box. We made a mini version of one of our favorite fine motor activities for C week. A bunch of scissors, all different types of paper and an empty bin to put the scraps into. Easy fun!
Apple 🍎 picking ✔️
We went apple picking this week with friends! It was wild, crazy fun just the way they like it! 😂
I can't wait to make some apple crisp! .
We're planning to go pumpkin 🎃 picking this weekend too! Are you planning any fun fall activities for this weekend?
We used to call these cootie-catchers when I was little. My girls call them fortune tellers, which makes more sense 😆
Did you make these as a kid or do your kids make them now? What do you call them? So much fun to be had with just a piece of paper and a pen!
C is for Cookie! We LOVE these alphabet cookies. Plus they come with cards that make it easy to differentiate. Little sister can match letters and work on sequencing letters. Big sister can work on what letter comes next and beginning sounds.
My friends Julia and Megan over at @kidartlit are hosting a fun reading & art challenge that starts next week. If your little ones love books and creative activities, this challenge sounds like a great combo of both!
It's a free, week-long challenge and starts on October 17th. Head over to @kidartlit for more details 📚🖌🖍😄
B is for bumblebee. And bubble wrap which makes a great beehive when dipped in paint. Finish it off with some black and yellow patterning with our favorite @kwikstixpaint and our letter B craft is done.
Check out our new percussion outdoor area! We got some buckets, pots, pans & drumsticks from Goodwill over the weekend & set it up with a skinny tree that had fallen over! It's a fun little addition to our woods! .
What fun play areas do you have in your yard?
Today's activity was this cute hex bug bat. We got the idea when we saw @redtedart's instagram stories last week and they made hex bug people. We've adapted it and made this bat. The blog post will be up soon.
Because I no longer get updates as to what he learns at school and what he knows I thought today I'd find out what he knows about Autumn so I can base our activities in the next 2 weeks on those. He thoroughly enjoyed writing on the post-it's (he did get bored in the end) and sticking them on his 'idea chart' I really love how he took to this simple activity and now we have loads of great ideas for activities. #lbukletslearn