Monthly Archives: December 2016

Cardboard Santa Sleigh

We are having a blast with all of these cardboard boxes.  Today along with the cozy nook we made a Santa Sleigh!

I don’t remember how we got to this decision,  but we did and I am so glad!  I love how the sleigh turned out,  and even better is how much A & S love it! 

It is equipped with back supports, a seat, runners, & even trusty reindeer!

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Cardboard Christmas Nook

When the neighbors get a huge box,  the possibilities are endless! 

We learned that all 3 of us could fit in the box.  Then we spent a bit of time playing Jack in the Box. 

Then we took out the corner supports for a different project & took the big one up to A’s room.  Up there we transformed out into a cozy little Christmas nook.  We laid it on its side & poked holes through the now top.  Then we placed Christmas lights through the holes so they could be seen from inside. 

What a cozy little spot this is! 

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Hooded Towels Updated

So I have decided to make a few more hooded towels,  but this time to make a dinosaur  (monster/dragon?). Whatever you might call it, I am very happy with how they turned out! 

I followed this post my instructions.  My towels were so thick I had to use a walking foot for my sewing machine, but it worked great! 

Now I hope the 2 kids getting them like them just as much!  Let me know if you would like to purchase one! 

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Do & Redo Gingerbread House

I saw this post by Frugal Fun For Boys & Girls and I was so excited to try it out. In fact,  I invited friends over the same day & made a quick trip to the craft store. 

After letting A help pick out items to decorate the house with,  we headed back home to get it ready. 

It was very easy following the directions for building the house. A was excited to help me measure & draw the lines on the cardboard. Then A spent a lot of time cutting extra pieces of cardboard. 

The hot glue was super easy & sturdy for the house.  (Much easier than frosting!).  Then I added velcro to the house & then to the different decorating items. 

A  and her friend had a blast decorating their houses.  And they even redecorated it a few times during the making process! 

SKILLS: Independence, Decisions, Fine Motor, Measuring, Cutting, Working Together 

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Loose Leaf Tea Sensory Play

A is always excited to play with certain things when S is napping.  Many days,  like today,  that involves some sort of sensory play. 

After cleaning out our cupboards I realized we had a lot of tea that we do not like.  So that became our material for the day. 

We started off with the tea and chop sticks and making patterns/ letters.  Which lead to burying the chop sticks.  Which then turned into scooping the tea and pouring it in & out of the bag.  Then finally it made it to the typical A question,  “what happens when we add water?”  So we did.   I love watching & listening to her line of thought & questions. 

SKILLS: Self-directed play,  Cause & Affect, Fine Motor 

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Skittles Experiment 

So A was excited about the skittles from Halloween .  So we decided to do a little experiment (or as she called Magic)!

Did you know that if you places skittles down & then slowly pour warm water around them,  the colors run!  

A & I each took a plate & arranged our skittle.  I put a piece of watercolor paper under mine to see what would happen.  

It was fun watching how excited A got as she watched she colors appear!  The watercolor paper absorbed some of the color,  but it was very faint.   

After we watched the colors spread out,  A had fun looking at the skittles and how they changed. 

SKILLS : Color changes,  Observations,  Describing, Fine Motor 

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