Thursday, May 27, 2010

Friday Finds

Lots of good stuff around this week! Enjoy!

Fun gift idea - Wordle

Flower Frisbees at Make and Takes

Cute teacher gift - smores

Girly name decoration - I have been wanting to do something like this for Olivia's new room - I think this might be just what I want!

Patio Paver Planters - soooo pretty!

Hope you all enjoy your three day weekend!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

52 Week Challenge

Week 25 of 52

Forever In Blue Jeans

Just a quick snapshot I had my husband take as all three kids climbed onto the couch to sit by mommy. I love my little cuties!

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Monday, May 24, 2010

Sidewalk for the village

This was my friend Kim's idea for making sidewalks for our "village" I am just a copycat because I found the mosaic stones on clearance at Michaels the other day. We just took some little wood boards (I bought a 6 pack for $2 at Michaels) put a little craft glue down and glued the stone tiles to the board.

Sidewalks or roads could be made any number of ways, but this was fun and a little different material than we have used before. Aidan actually helped me lay the stones out. The kids really love this little addition to our village.
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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Friday Finds

Some fun from the blogging world this week!

Have I told you how much I love Pink and Green Mama? She just has such fun ideas. I wish I had an ounce of her talent and creativity! So this week you need to check out two of her ideas.
Kids Art Apron from Hand Towel
Solar Night Light

Fun Bandana Quilt Tablecloth at Aesthetic Nest

Kids Chalkboard Table and Chairs at Centsational Girl

And then there is the sandbox I want us to build in our new back yard. Or actually, ideally, the backyard playhouse from Knock-Off Wood. This lady is seriously so talented. Careful as you start looking around her site. You will quickly pile up a list of things you want to build for your home!!!!

Finally I wanted to share my finished Dry Erase Activity Book that I shared from Somewhat Simple a few weeks ago. I put some of her pages that she shared in Ella's book, but I added some coloring book pages and a handwriting page as well.

I can't remember where I actually printed this one from, but there are many places you can type in anything you want and have it printed out like this for practicing. Here is one I have used before - Amazing Handwriting Worksheet Maker.

I also printed off some of the ABC coloring sheets from Fisher-Price because I think they are adorable.

Have a great weekend!!!!!

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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

52 Week Challenge

Week 24 of 52

Forever In Blue Jeans

This week our little girl turned one AND our son graduated from preschool. So I actually have a couple pictures to share!

The first is at Olivia's birthday party. Most of the gifts were opened by big brother and sister while she watched, but I finally got her to sit in my lap and try to rip some paper with the big kids.

After her party we headed over to Aidan's preschool graduation. He was so proud of his graduation cap!

Hanging outside I tried to take a couple of pictures with Livi. I kind of like this one so I thought I would share.

Happy Birthday little Olivia!

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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Our little village

I have been wanting to do some sort of magical little outdoor space since I saw Pink and Green Mama's Garden Fairy House. I LOVE the idea of a special little space outside for imaginative play. Now, I have gone a little overboard in creating our little "village" but we have had a lot of fun creating and painting so far. We still have some people to paint and some more details to add, but I thought I would share it with you now, because all our little buildings are actually birdhouses. Which are all on sale at Michael's this week for only $3.99. So in case you wanted to build a little village of your own, now would be a great time to head to Michael's and pick out which pieces would be fun for you!

My friend, Kim, is also making a village with her kids. She has some fun ideas I want to share, but I better get her permission before I steal her photos!
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Monday, May 17, 2010

Swat a keyboard

Back in March I told you about my friend Emily's idea for "Swat a Letter". Well, she showed me her swat a keyboard mat the other day. I just thought I would share it with you guys too. It is drawn on half a clear shower curtain. Fun way to learn the location of keys on a keyboard in our world where toddlers play computer games! :)

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Sunday, May 16, 2010

More fun with washers

Sorry for the photo quality. One of the other playgroup mommies took it on her cell phone and emailed it to me. Because this awesome sensory table was made by my friend Emily. After I had made the washer necklaces I had shown her another cool idea of putting scrapbook paper on the washers with modge podge and then putting a coat of diamond glaze over it. She made a few necklaces this way, but also thought her girls would love to play with them in the sensory table.

She put in a couple of ropes to string the washers on. Then she bought a few little wooden pieces (the circle, squares and hearts) at Michaels, drilled a hole and stuck a little wooden dowel in them. Had the girls help her decorate with foam stickers and then spray painted them some pretty colors. Great fun to put the washers on! She also found those fun cylinders at Menards. I think she said they were supposed to be for little nails or screws or something, but they are just a clear cylinder with a rubbery top and bottom. The top has a slit cut in it. PERFECT for slipping little washers into! I know it was a big hit with our playgroup last Wednesday!

She also got a steel stamping set and is planning on stamping things like numbers or days of the week to introduce a fun new learning opportunity. Genius! Thanks for the great ideas Emily!
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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Friday Finds

Sorry I don't have a lot to share this week. I have suddenly felt I need to get the house completely in order before Olivia's birthday party this weekend. So painting and other projects have had my attention. I have some more fun ideas from my friend Emily, so hopefully I can get those posts up soon. Have a great weekend everyone!

Graduation Certificate - A fun way to commemorate the school year. I will be doing this with Aidan when he graduates from preschool this Sunday!

Kid's Drawing Case - What a cute little pattern and perfect for taking along to church, restaurants, doctor's office, anywhere! My kids love to color so this little thing would be perfect for them. (hint, hint, grandmas!) :)

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Sensory Table Idea

This is actually an idea from my friend Emily from her days working at a child care center. If you find you have some Rice Krispies that have gone stale, throw them in your sensory table. Throw in a few cars (I would recommend more like a monster truck or something with bigger wheels, higher off the ground). Makes a fun crunching noise when they drive over it. You can see Ella's hands here, she just liked playing with the cereal, and of course since it is a small cereal, I wasn't afraid of Olivia playing with it and choking on anything.

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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Friday Finds

Just a few fun things from this week:

Homemade Foam Stamps from Tired, Need Sleep - Just so smart. I never know what to do with those little foam things - great idea for giving them a little longer life!

Hair bows - I have been searching everywhere locally to find some plain small snap clip barrettes and cannot find them. Somehow I came across this site that sells them, but also have some good tutorials on how to make the hair bows.

Photo Necklace from Not So Idle Hands - Sooooooo cute!

Perler Bead Bracelets - I had not thought to use them as beads for bracelets, but that would be a terrific fine motor activity to do with them also.

And have you heard of the Starbucks Frappuccino Happy Hour? I just might have to be swinging by a Starbucks between 3-5 from May 7-16! Half price Frappuccinos!!!! Yummy! They are my guilty pleasure. :)

Monday, May 3, 2010

Obstacle Course!

Today the kiddos were riding their bikes in the driveway. Fun, but it seemed a little same ol' same ol' stuff to me. I saw the garden hoses laying in the garage and had an idea - obstacle course! I laid out the two garden hoses to make a path, grabbed our tunnel, put out a ball, and their bikes.

They could choose to kick the ball through the path made by the garden hoses, or just run through it. Great practice for Aidan exercising control while he was kicking the ball though.

At first they just thought it was super cool so kept running through the path. :)

I tried to keep the tunnel from blowing away by putting a planter on either side.
After the tunnel they have this little red wagon they pulled over to the driveway and rode their bikes around a set of cones.

That is just what we had and used today. Use your imagination! Grab your hula hoops, hopscotch, jump ropes, etc. If you don't have two garden hoses, but want to make a path, maybe you have some jump ropes, brooms, anything to lay out a path. Got a scrap piece of wood - use it as a balance beam. The sky is the limit! And I guarantee your kids will love it!
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Sunday, May 2, 2010

My new favorite craft

I have been wanting to try stamping on washers since I saw this fun idea on nannygoat. And then I saw this one at Not So Idle Hands. I needed to get myself a steel stamping set! I finally found my way to Harbor Freight. If you don't have one near you just order from their website. The steel stamp set cost me $5.

Then I went to Menards and grabbed a couple of bags of washers in a couple different sizes. Went outside and started hammering away!

So far I have made a necklace for my two big kids and all their playgroup friends. It is soooooooo easy. I used a pretty ribbon and beads for the girls necklaces and a more "manly" piece of rope (that I had from long ago when I used to like making hemp jewelry) for the boys necklaces.

My kids love theirs and I hear that at least one of our little playgroup friends has been wearing hers ever since. Ella certainly seems happy with hers!

So if you are a friend of mine, beware, either you or your children may just have one of these coming your way soon!!! I have plenty of washers to use!!!!! :) For the mommies I will probably go to Michaels or Hobby Lobby and pick up a pretty bead and chain from their jewelry making sections. Such a fun, cute little gift!
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