A is working on reading and we have started using a Star Reading Chart to help motivate and encourage her. The goal is to get her excited about reading.
Stars are earned by reading books. Different types of books earn different number of stars. (We choose stars because she is able to easily draw them into the boxes.)
Easy\Short books = 1 star.
Medium books = 2 stars.
Difficult books = 3 stars.
(Difficult level will change as rows are completed, so adjust number of stars as needed.)
I used a big piece of paper and drew boxes about 1″ x 1″.
As she completes a row she can earn a small treat\prize. When the whole chart is completed she can earn a large prize.
It is summer & it is hot & humid, so we need ways to stay cool. Today we headed to a BBQ & thought it would be a great time to try this activity. Sponge Water “Balloons” 🎈
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. 🙂
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.
Most of the time that we go to the craft store the kids like to sit in these wooden rocking chairs. So I decided to buy 2.
I let the kids pick out their paint colors. A of course picked blue. S picked green.
I am happy with how they look for the most part. They both could use one more coat. (But would need to buy more spray paint, so…). Also, I bought some stencils this project, but am not certain if I will end up using them. So for now, they are done.
We have a friends birthday coming up and I decided to make a Let’s Go Exploring bag. I learned that I create much like I live my life….I an idea in my head, figure out a few of the details, and then pretty much just wing the rest. And for the most part I am pretty happy with the results. 🙂
First the bag. I saw a few patterns/ ideas online & decided to pick little parts of each. The bag is made out of 1 leg of a pair of cargo pants & 1 men’s shirt. (Thank you Goodwill). Since I didn’t really plan it out, it turned into a messanger bag instead of a backpack. Other than that I am pretty happy with how it turned out.
Next, the binoculars. Many thanks go to my neighbor for helping figure out how to create the vision in my head. The main part is from PVC pipe. Then we had to figure out how to attach spacers & the strap. (Thank you Goodwill for the belt we used as the strap.) I am very happy with how these turned out! (The kids were sad they could not play with them! )
Then we just added a drawing pad and a couple nature scavenger hunt activities. Happy birthday & adventuring B!
Today we saw a huge stack of cardboard boxes at our neighbors so A went and nicely (manners) asked if we could play with them. They said yes & so we worked on carrying them (gross motor) over to our porch.
A started arranging them so I asked what did she want make. She decided on a castle looking at some pictures on the phone. (decision making) So with most of it being her ideas we arranged the boxes and added tape. Then she decided it needed a bridge so we added it along with a rubberband and some sticks so the bridge could stay closed. (Imagination, problem solving).
Later we brought out markers so A & S could decorate it. Later K came over and he enjoyed the castle. They even found alternative ways to play with it and the slide. (working together) .
SKILLS: manners, Gross Motor, decisions, Imagination, problem solving, working together
A few weeks ago we meet up with some friends for a play date & tie dying. We let the girls shake the dye, decide how to twist/ wrap, & then squirt the dye.
We even added some sand from the sandbox to see what happened. (Results: no change).
SKILLS: Independence, Art, Fine Motor, Experiment, Curiosity.
So with some minor tweaks in mind I attempted my 2nd Wooly Willy. It still did not come as clear as I was expecting. And then, even with all of my hot glue the iron filings are still leaking out. So needless to say, I love the concept, but back to the drawing board.
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So I have been inspired again to be crafty. Some good friends are moving to Amsterdam soon so I decided to make a few gifts for the girls.
Tonight we (yes my hubby joined in on the fun) attempted to make our own custom wooly willy. We learned a few things, so tomorrow I will make a trip back to the craft store to buy new frames & then we should be in business.
Stay tuned for the final result & the other project!
Categories: Crafts, DIY
Tags: Craft, DIY, Hubby