Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Now I Know My ABC’s ~ p is for parrot

  It's time for some fun alphabet crafts!! We hope you enjoy these! If you are new, you can visit our ABC webpage to find links to any other letters we have done, letters (with books listed) coming up, as well as all the fun crafty letters we have been working on. Be sure to check it out!


If You Were a Parrot by Katherine Rawson

Summary: Beautifully illustrated book that will help your child imagine what life would be like if they were a parrot.

p is for parrot craft

What You’ll Need:

  • red and yellow foam sheet
  • colored feathers
  • wiggly eye
  • scissors
  • glue/tape

parrot craft

How to Make the ‘p’ for parrot:

  1. Cut a lowercase p from a piece of red foam sheet. We used a piece that was 2” x 4” so that it would match our uppercase letter crafts.
  2. Cut a beak for the parrot out of yellow foam.
  3. Glue or tape the feathers to the backside of the lowercase p.
  4. Glue or tape the beak onto the parrot.
  5. Add a wiggly eye.
  6. Squawk like a parrot just for fun!


Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Play With Me ~ Magneatos

What do you get when you add the 36 piece Magneatos set to the 24 piece curved Magneatos?

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Hours of fun and entertainment!!

This month we’re featuring a fun and versatile toy from Guidecraft ~ Magneatos! Here are a few fun ways that you can use Magneatos to learn {or just have fun} with your little one.

Shapes ~ Adding in the curved set of magnetos really expands the shapes that you can put together! Four simple curves make a circle, a few curves, balls, and straight Magneatos make a heart…and the list goes on! Once your little one has mastered the basic shapes, you can start making 3 dimensional ones!

Pom-Pom Toss ~ Mama Jenn made small hoops {putting two of the curved Magneatos together} and the kids had fun tossing pom poms through the hoops on the refrigerator.

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Bowling ~ Need I say more? This was a huge hit in our house as well!


Hit the Gym ~ They may not be heavy, but you have to admit it…little boys will love being ‘strong’ and it may keep them out of your personal fitness equipment {ahem…assuming that yours is being used and not collecting dust}. Have your little one count how many ‘reps’ they are doing and see how high you can count.


ABC’s and Spell a Name ~ The curves help out in making the letters of the alphabet, so you can practice spelling the name of your little one or other members of your family.

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Early Science ~ Have fun exploring the different areas around your house that are {or aren’t} magnetic! 

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Color Matching ~ Jenn’s kids got creative and realized that they could also put the Magneatos on the refrigerator. They started a little color matching with our refrigerator alphabet letters. The kids matched and attached the red letters with the red Magneatos, green with green and so forth!


Animals ~ Our kids have had so much fun trying to create different animals out of the Magneatos.

image Miniature Golf Course ~ Cindy from Along the Way had a mini-golf course set up in her living room ~ how fun is that??


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Patterns ~ You can work on simple {or more complex} patterns with your kids! If you make them into circles, you can even have fun rolling your patterns!


More Ideas…

  • set up a simple obstacle course with them, have your tot jump over them, jump in a shape you make, etc.
  • Make large shapes on the ground and have your tot hop into the shape you call out
  • Work on sorting by color, size, and shape
  • Work on counting

If you would like to win a set for your child, here is your chance!! Head over to Homeschool Creations for a Magneatos giveaway {ends 10/3/10} for the 36-piece set of Magneatos AND a 24 curved Magneatos set. If you can’t wait to win, Magneatos can be purchased directly from Guidecraft or also from Amazon.

AND If you haven’t heard, Guidecraft is also hosting a Back to School Twitter Party on Tuesday, September 28th from 8-9pm EST ~ you won’t want to miss it!! There will be over $1,000 in prizes, including 2 $500 credits, a gorgeous play kitchen, and several other fun prizes!!

Have fun playing!! :)

Much thanks to Guidecraft who provided this great educational toy for us to use and review as a part of the Guidecraft Mom Bloggers team.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Terrific Tot Sites ~ Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood

The Terrific Tot Sites feature is designed to help you find fun and safe websites to visit with your toddler. Some of the sites are educational in nature and some are just plain fun! If this is your first time visiting, be sure to check out some of the toddler websites that we've featured in the past. Hope you enjoy this Terrific Tot Site!
Did you watch Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood when you were growing up? I remember afternoons singing along with Mr. Rogers {and being his neighbor}, but my kids have missed out on the show.
PBS Kids has a Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood website page that is chocked full of great educational things for your children.
  • Videos that take you on virtual field trips to see things like the making of crayons, sneakers and fortune cookies
  • Games like Make a Story, What’s in the Box?, Water Play {a sink/float game} and more
  • Songs ~ need I say more?
  • Coloring pages of some of the lovable characters
Be sure to visit {and bring back some great childhood memories!}. Hope you enjoy this Terrific Tot Site! To see more featured sites, click here!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Treats 4 Your Tot


Here are some more cool giveaways for tots/moms of tots, check them out below and let us know if you win something we told you about!!!!

Guidecraftimage Two $500 Gift Certificates, Magneatos, and MORE!


Friday, September 24, 2010

In My Heart ~ Psalm 62:1-2 Never Be Shaken

Never Be Shaken {Psalm 62:1-2} is #8 from Seeds of Courageimage

Full Page Verse Printable…  image

Verse Mini Book {which could also be cut into mini flash cards to have kids put the verse in order}…  image

Copy Work Tracers {print & cursive}  image

Copy Work Sheets…  image

Full Verse Coloring Pages… image

Seeds Family Worship printables here!

Visit the main Seeds Family Worship Printables page here.

Visit Seeds Family Worship to learn more about their ministry here!

Simple verse cards from Seeds, and also a verse memorization checklist can be found here on their site!


Thursday, September 23, 2010

Once Upon a Book ~ The Tiny Seed

Photobucket imageThe Tiny Seed
by Eric Carle
Summary: Follow along with the tiny seed as it overcomes a myriad of adverse situations to eventually grow and become a big, beautiful flower.

Bible Verse

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11


For a fun and practical craft, make your own seed packets. For those not interested in making your own seed packets, you can easily download and print these super cute packets from Keeping Life Creative. All you have to do is cut, fold, and glue!

We ate lots of different fruits and veggies for snack and we observed and collected the seeds we found inside. We set our seeds out to dry so that we could use them with some of our other seed activities.

The boys sorted the seeds we had collected and dried. Some of the seeds from the different fruits and vegetables were very similar. So, the boys really had to pay close attention when sorting. {In hindsight, I wish I would have thought to give them magnifying glasses to use!!!}
I also gave the boys all of the different seed packets that we had. They had to decide on a way to sort the packets, which ended up being groups with flowers, fruits, vegetables, and herbs.


The boys were very excited to plant some of the seeds they had collected and dried.


The boys also used their dried seeds to create their own works of art! They had fun moving the seeds around to make various shapes, designs, and pictures. (The photos below are of a flower, cursive letter d, a circle, a triangle, and a girl.)


Motor Skills

Most of our activities incorporated the use of fine motor skills. You really can’t handle little seeds without working those little finger muscles!

Want to see what's coming next (and books we've done in the past)? Click here to see our Once Upon a Book webpage!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Now I Know My ABC’s ~ o is for owl

It's time for some fun alphabet crafts!! We hope you enjoy these! If you are new, you can visit our ABC webpage to find links to any other letters we have done, letters (with books listed) coming up, as well as all the fun crafty letters we have been working on. Be sure to check it out!

Owl Babies by Martin Waddell

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Summary: Three little owls get worried when their momma goes out to get them something to eat…and doesn’t come back right away.

Owl Craft

What You’ll Need:

  • Light brown, dark brown and orange foam sheet.
  • Pencil or pen
  • Sharpie marker
  • Wiggle eyes

Owl Craft

How to Make the lowercase “o”

  1. Cut lowercase “o” out of 2 x 2 dark brown foam sheet.
  2. Cut the owl’s body and feet out of light brown foam sheet.
  3. Cut a beak out of orange foam sheet.
  4. Use a black Sharpie to add claws onto the feet.
  5. Glue lowercase “o” onto the owl’s body.
  6. Glue feet and beak onto owl.
  7. Add wiggly eyes.