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Monday, September 27, 2010

Drying a Tray with a Sponge

I saw this work at O's school, and I knew it would be a fun one for us to have at home.

To do this work, E shakes water from a bottle onto a tray. She then dries the water with a sponge. E LOVES it! She did it over and over and over and over...

We talked about the concepts of wet and dry while we did this activity.

The bottle is a salt shaker from Dollar General. Don't make the mistake (like I did!) of putting too much water in the only need a very small amount.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Oh, The Possibilities...

When I saw this spiral rainbow notepad at the grocery store a couple of weeks ago, I couldn't resist buying it for O. The possiblities for creative art projects are endless!

So far, she has enjoyed writing notes on it with a pen (she is really excited about writing with a pen, and she likes to write all of our names), making a mini accordian fan for E, and she has started working on a collage using a piece of contact paper (sticky side out) that I taped to the sliding glass door. She loves to make contact paper collages, and I think she'll be making a lot of them with these colorful notecards. This notepad was definitely worth the 2 dollars it cost!

And the Winner Is...

Kellie at Training Up a Child! Kellie, please send your choice of shoes, size, and your mailing address to me at


Friday, September 24, 2010

Painting on Canvas

The girls had a great time painting on stretched canvases this week, and I'm excited to have new art to hang on our walls! I decided to do this art project outside by the lake for easy clean-up, and I'm SO glad that I did!

The hand of a true artist! E was covered in paint, and she tasted it, too, of course.

After O finished her painting, she painted herself. She painted her hands, feet, and legs. Again, I was SO glad that we did this project outside, and I was so glad that it was warm enough to go swimming after we finished!

The girls were proud of their masterpieces!

This one is by Baby E (12 months old).

And this one is O's (4 years old).

After they finished their artwork, we went swimming and caught a baby soft shell turtle!

O named him Buddy (she names all turtles Buddy), and we observed him for about 10 minutes before letting him go. Evidently he lives on our beach because O accidentally caught him again today! She scooped up a cup of sand, and then said in an almost scared voice "Look! There's something in here!" The turtle was buried in the sand with only his head peeking out. We watched him for a while again before letting him go. Hopefully, we'll see him again tomorrow :)

Wednesday, September 22, 2010


O and I recently made insects using Zubber. I bought the kit from WM for 2 dollars. We had fun making the insects, and O was impressed with and proud of her insects. Although we had a good time, I was glad that I only paid 2 dollars for the kit.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Putting Objects in a Clear Container

It doesn't get any simpler than this! I gave E a clear plastic container and a bunch of wooden Kapla blocks. She had a GREAT time putting the blocks in the container and dumping them back out again. She also enjoyed trying to put the lid on the container once it was full. Next week I'm going to give her a bunch of golf balls to put in the container. I know she's going to LOVE it!

Monday, September 20, 2010

E's Birthday Crown

I'm very happy with E's birthday crown and thought I'd share it here :)

I (with my mom's help...she did the top stitching) made E's birthday crown using wool blend felt (from Prairie Point Junction). I used the pattern and directions from The Creative Family to make the crown. To make the cake and candle, I drew the pattern on a piece of paper and cut it out. I traced around the pattern with disappearing ink onto the wool blend felt, and cut out the cake, icing, and candle. I attached them to the crown using fabric glue. This crown was surprisingly easy and fun to make!

Our Favorite Things

Since I am VERY frequently asked (in email) which toys and books I recommend for children and which books I recommend for parents, I decided to put up an Amazon widget of our favorite things (toys, books, dvds, cds, etc). The list of our favorite things is in the right sidebar of this blog, and everything on it is something that we own and like. I'll be adding more as I have time. Enjoy!

(oh, and the links are affiliate links!)

Never Underestimate The Baby!

On the day that I posted that E wasn't ready to put the popsicle sticks into a small opening in a cup, she took a rug to my mom, sat down, and started doing just that!

Look at that concentration! I love to watch my children when they are so focused on their tasks. I only videod her putting the 1st 3 popsicle sticks in the container, but she continued until they were ALL in the cup. She amazes me! I've learned 2 lessons from this...observe rather than assume and NEVER underestimate the baby!

Wee Squeak Shoes Review and a Giveaway

We love Wee Squeak Shoes, so we're hosting another review and giveaway! A representative from Wee Squeak Shoes sent this super cute pair of shoes to O a couple of months ago. She loves the shoes...they are very well made, comfortable, cute, and easy to put on and take off. One of the best things about them is that the squeaks are removeable! She can run around squeaking for a while, but we can take the squeaks out so she can wear the shoes to church, school, and the library. What fun!

Here are a few words about Wee Squeak Shoes from the company...

Wee Squeak Children’s Shoes are footwear that's fun to wear! Comfortable and stylish, these little shoes are great for any season. With a variety of styles and colors to choose from, these children's shoes are a great gift idea as well as a way to help children learn to walk properly without even realizing they're being taught. Traditional Mary Jane’s, along with a wide variety of boys sandals, children’s tennis shoes and girls sandals in several different colors and styles, Wee Squeak Shoes has a very diverse selection. We even have accessories to go with our “Wee Snap” shoes…clip on flowers to dress up the shoes, as well as Crystal Crown accessories in white or pink. These decorative additions to our Wee Snap line will put a sparkle in any girl’s eye when she sees them gracing her toes!

Wee Squeak shoes are designed for children and parents alike. Our shoes actually make a fun squeak sound as the child walks. A cushion in the heal squeezes air through a tiny nozzle making the squeak sound. For those occasions when the shoe needs to be silent, the squeaker can be removed very simply by an adult. Shoe sizes range from 3-12. We have a wide variety of shoes for boys and girls, and we have expanded our collection Fall 2010.

Leave a comment to enter the giveaway for a pair of shoes. US residents only, please. My random number generator (O) will choose a number on Friday night (September 24).

Saturday, September 18, 2010

A Fun Party Activity and Snack

My mom and I helped a friend plan activities and snacks for her little girl's birthday party a couple of months ago, and one of the fun activities that we did was make a dirt and worms snack.

To make the snack, I put 5 or 6 oreo cookies in a ziploc bag and gave a bag to each child. I told the kids to smash the cookies any way that they could. They started off by smashing them in their hands and hitting the bags. They quickly realized that it was easier and more fun to stomp and jump on the bags. O and the birthday girl put their bags under a twister game mat and danced on them.

Once the cookies were crushed I put a handful of gummy worms in each bag and gave each child a spoon. They loved eating the tasty dirt and worms!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Peek-a-Boo House

E LOVES this peek-a-boo house flip toy! She opens the windows and says "cat" and barks when she sees the dog. She will play with this toy for a long time while strengthening her finger muscles and developing fine motor control. I bought this toy from a 2nd hand shop for about a's made by Melissa and Doug.

Making Mini Pizzas

O, E, and I made mini pizzas last week using whole wheat sandwich thins, spaghetti sauce, and veggies.

To make the pizzas, we spread the one piece of the sandwich thin with olive oil and broiled it for a couple of minutes. Then O spread the spaghetti sauce on her pizza and added her veggies, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, and cheese. We baked them at 350 until they were done (I didn't time it), and we all really enjoyed our yummy lunch.

E was so excited that I let her eat pizza, too. We used the leftover spaghetti sauce to make chicken parmesan...yum!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Fingerpainting Fun using Textured Trays

O and E had a great time fingerpainting this weekend using our textured fingerpainting trays. I squirted fingerpaint into the tray, and O squished it and spread it all around.

E was a little hesitant, and when she finally put her hand in the paint, she immediately tasted it. It must not have tasted very good because she only tasted it once. She seemed a little disturbed by having blue hands at first, but she relaxed after a couple of minutes.

After they spread the paint in the tray, we put a piece of white cardstock on the tray and pressed to make a print. This was a messy and fun activity that we'll be doing again soon.

The fingerpainting trays came from the Let's Explore shop (which is no longer open).

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Dropping Popsicle Sticks Into a Container

Here's another one of E's favorite activities! This cup has a top with a small opening that is the perfect size for popsicle sticks. However, E is not ready to put the sticks in a small opening. I took the lid off, and she had a great time dropping the sticks in the cup. They make a pleasing "ting" when they hit the bottom. She LOVED this activity, and she kept putting the cup to her mouth to take a drink :)

She liked putting the lid back on the cup and then taking it off to dump the sticks out. What fun!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

"On the Go" Nature Collage

O, E, and I had a great time taking nature walk to make an "on the go" nature collage last week. We took a glue stick and a rectangle cut from a cereal box outside with us. We glued various items to the rectangle as we found them.

This was a simple and fun activity that I'm sure we'll do again soon. Thanks to my friend, Rebecca, for this fun idea!!!