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Activity: Chalk

We love being outside and having unstructured playtime. But we also like to try & get in some structured learning sometimes. These last few days we did this with sidewalk chalk.

We are working with A to practice her reading. And we notice that if there is a break between days she is fairly resistant to it right now. So, to offer her opportunities for success I am trying to make some short interactive options. Keep reading to see some of the ways we have incorporated chalk.

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Activity: Hole Punch

Today we did this simple yet complex activity. We took a piece of paper, drew a line, then asked S to punch holes on it. It took a lot of hand strength to punch the holes and then a lot of concentration to punch the holes along the line.

Modifications: This is an easy activity to change how easy or hard it is. Simplest: punch random holes in paper. Harder: create a picture & punch holes to follow the picture. Numbers: ask them to punch certain number of holes. Use punches to work with adding or subtracting. Shapes: ask them to punch out a shapes. (Either draw a shapes & ask them to follow it or ask them to punch it out on their own).

This is an easy activity I’m sure we will do again!

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Craft: Teacher Gifts

Our school year is about over, so I got a last minute creative ideas and got to work. I headed over to school to take a picture of our school house. (And spent sometime playing with the soccer ball & doing a kite).

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Craft: Reading Nook

A has been working on learning to read. So we decided to create a little reading nook area in her room. So we looked at some ideas on Pinterest. And then we headed to the stores.

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File Folder Activities

With our part day school we find ourselves with some small chunks of time that are enough to do something but not enough time to really go home. Or, we need an activity to help them as I am making dinner. So I have created some File Folder Activities. These are things that they can do which are all contained within a file folder.

I printed off different activities (found a lot of ideas on Pinterest), laminated the pieces, taped them to the inside of a file folder, and then used Velcro dots so the pieces can move around but also stay in place.

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Craft: Star Wars Pillow & Matching Blanket

So A realized the other day that it was almost Christmas and she didn’t have anything for her friend. So, she thought about things he likes and settled on Star Wars. Then she decided she wanted to sew him a pillow like she made for herself. So off to Joann Fabrics we went. She found some fleece Star Wars fabric she liked. Easy decision!

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Custom Bag Lockets

A & I had a little time together the other day, so we decided to work on some of our Christmas gifts for others. First I pulled out these lockets and let her look at them and try to figure out what they were. Then i asked her to pick who got which one. After she figured out that they opened, we talked about what she would like to put in them. So we then grabbed a lot of different objects. Then A said sand. So we started by adding some Kinetic Sand. (This worked well because it stayed where we put it for the most part.)

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Personalized Phone Stand

So for Christmas I am getting my mom a phone stand, but I am using my Cricut to personalize it! (Don’t worry, even though I am writing it now, I will post it after she gets her present.) Well, actually I am going to print this out & send it along with the gift and then post it. 🙂

So I thought about things that my mom likes, sewing, roses, music, friends, to name a few. Then I looked at images and found a few I liked and played around with them. I ended up choosing a rose.

Then I weeded the extra vinyl away, used some Cricut transfer tape, and then was able to easily place it smoothly on the stand.

Next I decided to add an image tho the bottom of the stand. (That way even when a phone is on the stand you can still see some design.)

This I am very proud of because it is my first own original design works. It was a learning process and a few hiccups along the way, but it did indeed turn out as the vision in my head! Now she will always be able trip look at the stand and, phone on or off, see a reminder of my love.

I love you mom!

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Art: Shapies, Rubbing Alcohol, & Tiles

Today we had friends over and experimented with fun art. We started with white tiles from Home Depot (A whole $0.08 each!), Sharpies, and Rubbing Alcohol. First we drew on our tiles with our Sharpies.

Then we used eye droppers to drop 91% Rubbing Alcohol on our tiles.

Which then lead to experimenting with ways to move the rubbing alcohol around the tile. We tried blowing, straws, tilting, & paper towels.

(A then had a blast making art on her tile and then making art on paper towels. She has a large stack of them saved up, wait till you see her custom wrapping paper!)

Then we learned that we could do a later of maker and then rubbing alcohol, let it dry, and then add another drawing on top. Stencils worked great for adding the additional images.

And one of the best things we learned through this process was, if you don’t like it, just add more rubbing alcohol to the tile & wipe it dry!

Here are some of our masterpieces!

After these have dried I will seal them with a coat of Polyurethane and add some felt to the bottom.

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Kiwi Crate: Arcade Claw

We enjoyed another one of our Kiwi Crates today. This one was about arcade games. A was so excited about this she started it first thing in the morning in her PJ’s. 🙂 The first step she started was creating a pom pom guy.

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