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Painted Metal Art

I have finally finished my latest craft project. This piece is made of metal and used to hang in M’s grandma’s house. I decided to give it a new life. There is the before photo.

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Kiwi Co Crate: Stethoscope

Today we did one of the activities from A’s kiwi co box. Her theme this month is about Bodies. We started off with the story & then let her choose which of the 3 projects she wanted to make today. She choose the stethoscope.

It was fun watching her figure out what parts went where & then continue to try on the difficult parts for assembly.

As soon as they finished making it they got right to trying it out.

Which of course lead to them playing Dr. 🙂

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Kiwi Co Crate: Rainbow Pillow

The kids were given a subscription to Kiwi Co crates as birthday gifts. One is set for S’ s age, & one for A’ s age. My favorite thing so far is watching them work together on the projects.

The first one we did was all about rainbows. This was fitting as we just saw a big double rainbow the day before. The crate starts off with a short story about the topic. Then it explains fun ways to create your own rainbows.

Next we started with our first project. (There are 3 main projects in each box.) Today this was creating a cloud/rainbow pillow. They provided a soft white cloud with a small opening on the bottom. Next they provided half circles of felt of decreasing size of all the colors in the rainbow. The felt had strong sticker adhesive on the back. A & S did a great job of taking turns when putting the colors on. Then it was time to stuff the pillow through the small opening. And to close it up there was strong Velcro. (I will go back later & sew it closed.)

S was so excited about this pillow he carried out around & slept with it for several days straight! We are excited to try the other projects!

Note: the only thing I would change is instead of Velcro close it the way Build A Bear sews theirs up.

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Mother’s Day Bouquets

So for mother’s day this year we made flower bouquets and the kids hands. A & S had a great time with this project.

First we traced their hands. Then we cut out strips of green paper for the stems. A & S cut out flowers that we printed. Next they glued the flowers into the green stems. Then, after cutting out their hand print we placed the flowers into their hands and wrapped their fingers around the stem so it looked like they were holding them.

A big hit for all! Happy mother’s day to the best mom’s I know!

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Cardboard Submarine

We have been reading several books about water, exploring the seas, and submarines. Papas Mechanical Fish by Candace Fleming is a wonderful book. So we decided to build a cardboard submarine! This was our first cardboard creation that I actually created a plan for first.

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Rainbow Rain Clouds

A has been asking about doing an experiment. So after a quick Pinterest search I found this fun looking one. (A likes things that combine water, food coloring, & some mess, so this looked perfect!) We took a short clear glass, added some water, topped it with regular foam shaving cream, & then slowly added drops of food coloring. Through trial & error we learning that less shaving cream makes the experiment go faster.

We experimented with colors, amounts, stirring. And then as we saw it start to drip through, we talked about rain clouds. What a fun experiment! SKILLS: Fine Motor, color mixing, rain.

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Pegboard, Golf Tees, & Rubber Bands

Today I spent less than $3 on golf tees to use with my extra pegboard & Rubber bands. This has been well spent money!

I took an spare cardboard box, used painters tape to secure pegboard to the box. Then I handed A & S some golf tees and rubber bands. They are having a blast!

A & S had fun trying different ways to push or pound the tees into the box.

A is making different shaped with the golf tees. Then they had a great time adding rubber bands.

Fun was had by all, and it continues even days later!

SKILLS: Fine Motor, Shapes, Colors, Imagination, Independent Play, Cooperative Play.

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Homemade Sourdough Bread

Today we made this Crusty Instant Pot Sourdough Bread. This was my first time making sourdough bread. The kids enjoyed helping.

Initially I opened the wrong kind of yeast, which meant the kids got to explore & play. Then they looked at the different kinds.

Their favorite part was kneading the dough, or really just playing with the yeast and flour.

I am extremely happy with how it turned out. It not only looks delicious, it taste even better!

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Symmetrical Drawing

Today A & I spent some time drawing together. I decided to see how she would do if I drew one thing and she was supposed to copy me. I was impressed with how well she did! She loved this activity! Sometimes I started the drawing & she copied. Then other times she started and I followed her lines.

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Today is brought to you by Ice Cream

I asked A what she wanted to do the next day. She answered with “eat ice cream all day long.” Now as fun as that sounds I told her that was not quite possible. So instead I found many activities that centered around ice cream. And what a fun day it was going to be!

I had several activities set up and a few more we created along the way. We started by reading Should I Share My Ice Cream (thanks for the book mom!). Then we did our activities all throughout the day. We had 1) Pompom Sprinkles (inspiration from here),2) Alphabet Scoops, & 3) Making our own ice cream. Then we added 4) Dice lead ice cream coloring. What a fun day it was. (And most of these activities were so super easy to set up & for the most part A & S could rotate as they pleased between them.)

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