Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Bekah's New Game

I cannot take any credit for this one...Bekah came up with it all by herself! The other day, Bekah and Daddy were playing this Curious George game on pbskids.org and having a great time. When they had finished Bekah grabbed her animals and large dice and made up this human board game.

She would roll the dice and then either her or her animal would take that many steps. I added the colored construction paper as the "spaces". The one to make it to the end first was the winner. When she used her stuffed monkey the "prize" if you made it to the end first was a banana. She loved playing this and I loved her creativity.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Muffin Tin Monday - Orange

Muffin Tin Monday at Her Cup Overfloweth

Today we are back to Muffin Tin Monday. Last week Bekah was sick, so we missed that, but are back into the groove today.
I'm busy cleaning and sorting through toys, so lunch was very simple. Bekah had:

Arthur mac and cheese, baby carrots, orange segments, and orange juicy juice. Yummy! She hasn't had mac and cheese in awhile, so she really enjoyed that!
You can see what others are having at Muffin Tin Mom.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Animal Matching Game

Bekah loves animals. She's really not into taking care of baby dolls, but loves her stuffed animals. When I saw this game at Homeschool Share I couldn't wait to share it with her. We made it into a file folder game and I laminated all the pieces for sturdiness. Then, she had to match the close up picture of the animal print to the correct animal.

When she saw me making this she kept asking to play with it. She couldn't wait!

Friday, February 19, 2010

Dress Up Dolly

This awesome printable doll came from Wee Wonderfuls. You can find the pattern here. It was a bit time consuming to cut out the doll and her wardrobe, laminate and attach to magnetic sheets and cut out again, but was so worth it! My husband was awesome and helped me cut everything out (I promised him I wouldn't post any pictures!) He's such a wonderful daddy!

We used a cookie sheet I had gotten from the dollar store to attach our doll to. Bekah had a great time playing with her new dress up doll!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

stART Project - All You Need for a Snowman

We've been having a fun time reading the book All You Need for a Snowman by Alice Schertle.
Since we've been having snowy days here I thought this would be a perfect book for our stART project. To be honest, I'm kinda tired of the snow, so instead of going outside to play in the snow, we made an indoor snowman.
I drew three circles for our snowman on blue construction paper and Bekah painted them white.

I hadn't planned on it, but Bekah insisted on cutting out her snowman. In the process she decapitated him (whoops!), but this was quickly resolved with some scotch tape!

Once the paint dried, Bekah glued on some buttons and sequins for his eyes, nose, mouth, and buttons.

Here's her finished snowman:

I would definitely recommend this book...it's such a fun story and my daughter has loved reading it!

I think we may bring some snow inside to play with in a little while....

You can see what others have made for their stART project at A Mommy's Adventures.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Measuring Inches

What a week it's been. Last Tuesday my husband came home from work sick with a stomach virus. He was so sick...I don't think I've ever seen him that sick. So, I went crazy cleaning and trying to keep Bekah and myself from getting this bug. Well, we thought we were out of the woods until Bekah got sick as we were leaving for church on Sunday. What a fun Valentines that was! Anyhow, she's feeling much better now, so we are back to some fun learning activities.

I've been enjoying reading the blog The Activity Mom, where I found this post about measuring worms. Bekah has been fascinated with Daddy's measuring tape, so I knew this would be a big hit. It definitely was.

I had cut out this printable ruler and laminated it. I wanted something sturdy for her to use. I then cut different sizes of yarn (2 inches, 4 inches, 6 inches, and 8 inches). I made little cards with 2, 4, 6, and 8 on them for Bekah to sort as she measured.

Bekah did a great job and had a lot of fun. I've been having trouble keeping her attention lately, but she sat and did this for the longest time!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy Valentines Day - Letter H is for Hearts Week

This week has been filled with hearts! We've been concentrating on the letter Hh (H is for hearts, after all!)

We started off our week making a heart shape guy.

Here's Bekah having fun with heart clappers. (I got these at our Dollar Tree).

We did a craft to the book, I Lost My Kisses.

Bekah has loved getting to use scissors. She was amazed to open up this paper and see that she had cut out a heart! She decorated it afterwards.

I know she's in two different outfits doing this one. We actually did this twice.

Here we are making a yummy treat with heart sprinkles.

Bekah did a sequence with hearts and pom poms.

There are some awesome heart printables at Home Grown Hearts that we used this week.
These are a few of them that we used:

Heart Shape searcher:

Letter H Magnet page (from www.makinglearningfun.com). I made these magnetic pom poms using Erin's directions here:

Heart Addition:

Upper and lowercase H matching:

Other Letter H Activities that we came up with:
We searched for the letter H (upper and lowercase) in magazines. When we found them, we would cut them out and glue them to this big letter H.

Using a hole punch. This was tough for her, but she kept at it!

This is an awesome Hot and Cold file folder game. We hadn't worked on this in awhile, so I took it out again. Bekah loved it even more than last time!

Happy Valentines Day!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

I Lost My Kisses - stART project

Bekah and I have really been enjoying the book, I Lost My Kisses by Trudie Trewin and Nick Bland. It's an adorable story about Matilda who wakes up one morning to find her kisses are missing. She's upset because her daddy is coming home and is afraid she won't have any kisses for him.

For our stART project, I made some stampers by gluing valentine erasers (I got a whole pack of them at the dollar store) onto the top of juice lids.

I didn't have a red ink pad, so I put a little bit of red paint on a plate and we used that. It probably would have come out nicer with the red ink pad. Oh, well!

Bekah had fun using her new stampers to make kisses and hearts and flowers.

You can see what others did for their stART project at A Mommy's Adventures.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Beautiful Blogger Award - How Sweet!

I'm so excited....I received the Beautiful Blogger Award from Jo Shabo at Somewhat Organized, Slightly Crafty Tot Teacher and Mommy. If you haven't seen her blog, you should check it out right away! She has awesome ideas and is an all around great blogger. That's why I am so honored that she chose me for this award! Thanks so much Jo Shabo!

So, here are the rules to receive the Beautiful Blogger award:

* Thank & link to the person that gave you the award.
* Pass this award onto 15 bloggers you’ve discovered & think are fantastic.
* Contact said Blogs & let them know they've won
* State 7 things about yourself.

So, here we go...

7 Things about myself:

1.) I have played the flute for 19 years and have my bachelors in music education. I still get to play professionally with local groups and at weddings and funerals. My husband and I also get to play in our church often. (He plays violin.)

2.) My faith is extremely important to me. I am a Christian and have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

3.) I have a butterfly tattoo on my right ankle - my daughter thinks someone drew on mommy!

4.) I have hazel eyes that change color according to my mood (seriously)! When I am happy they are blue and when I am sad or angry they turn green.

5.) I have 3 older sisters. Yup, I'm the baby!

6.) I LOVE to read books....especially fiction. My favorite author is Karen Kingsbury.

7.) I'm addicted to cooking and cookbooks. I rarely make the same recipe (except for staples like meatloaf and spaghetti) and my husband loves being my guinea pig!

So, there you go, 7 things about me!

Here are 15 bloggers that I think deserve this award:

*Almost Unschoolers

*Home Grown Hearts

*Mommy's Kitchen

*A Little Fun with Me and Lu

*Confessions of a Homeschooler

*Cooking During Stolen Moments

*Tried and True Cooking with Heidi

*One Mom, Five Boys

*Mama to 3 Blessings

*Counting Coconuts

*Doing Life Together

*Dresses 'n Messes

*All About the Journey

*Happiness is Homemade

*Homeschool Madness

These are all blogs that I love to visit!

Thanks again so much for the award, Jo Shabo!

Monday, February 8, 2010

Muffin Tin Monday - Hearts and a Craft

This week we're doing H is for hearts, so we did a heart shape muffin tin.

In Bekah's muffin tin, she had:
Grilled Cheese hearts, spinach salad with heart cucumber and homemade poppy seed dressing, heart salami, heart strawberries, and heart doughnut (from Krispy Kreme).

I was surprised that she had two bites of the doughnut and then was done with that. She loved the grilled cheese and the heart shaped strawberries the best!

To go along with our heart muffin tin we made a heart shaped guy. He turned out very cute and was simple to put together.
I drew a heart shape on the inside part of an old cereal box and Bekah went to town painting him red.

She also painted herself red!

Bekah then glued on the eyes and drew a mouth.

Then we used strips of red construction paper folded like an acordian for the arms and legs.

You can see what others are having at Muffin Tin Mom.