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Growing Up

A Preamble Flag Activity

Create a Preamble Flag to learn the Preamble to the US Constitution and celebrate America's freedom and flag.

This past year our girls learned the Preamble to the US Constitution.  Well, I should say, we ALL learned it.  Previously, I didn’t know it past “We the people!”  This homeschooling thing is good for all of us!

Anyway, as we were working on memorizing the Preamble, I had an idea for a simple craft for the girls to do in order to help them spend some time with the words.  It is a sort of puzzle to make the American flag.  I spent a long time creating it and when I printed it out for G to work on, she informed me I had gotten it wrong.  I guess it took me so long to do the craft, she memorized the Preamble in the interim.

In fact, the Preamble states, “We the People of the United States in order to form a…”  I was leaving out “of the United States.”  Nothing like having a 6 year-old correct you.

There is always a good reason to celebrate our freedoms as Americans, right?  So, I thought I would share our printable puzzle activity with you. Continue Reading

Growing Up

Simple Tsum Tsum Mickey & Minnie Costumes

Our girls are like a lot of kids their age: obsessed with all things Disney!  They love Minnie and Mickey and all their friends, too.  And a while back we discovered a fun Disney toy that was price conscious enough for us to start a collection: Tsum tsums.   Over a number of months, we have collected quite a few of these fun little toys.  And so when it came time to dress up to go to Mickey’s Halloween Party, we thought it would be fun to have the girls dress up as Mickey & Minnie Tsum Tsum!

The costumes ended up being really simple to put together, so I thought I would share a quick how-to with you about the costumes. Continue Reading

Growing Up

Spin Art Easter Eggs

We have been decorating Easter eggs for a few years now.  And each year we have tried something different.  It is in my nature to always be trying new things.  I am likely passing this down to my kids.  And I suppose they will come to expect something new and different each year.  Thankfully, there are TONS of ways to decorate Easter eggs.  I did a little brainstorming this year and came up with three different ways to decorate Easter eggs with our toddler/preschool girls.  First up was spin art Easter eggs.

For the first idea, I wanted something that was not as big of a mess as one of our previous year’s attempts, but was still engaging and interactive for the girls.  Let’s be real: I wanted to WOW them!

And what we ended up doing really did wow them!  And it was almost completely mess-free! Continue Reading

Growing Up

A Box-o-Lantern for Preschoolers and Toddlers

A Toddler/Preschool Halloween craft, a box-o-lantern

Are you not quite ready to carve a pumpkin with your little ones?  I know we aren’t!  There’s something about toddlers and sharp objects that should not mix.  In fact, I don’t really like to carve pumpkins at all.  We will get to cutting open a pumpkin later in the season to explore the insides and get all gooey.  But to start off our fall fun this year, we created a fun no-carve alternative to a pumpkin that will last all season.

This project was borne of a painting session we were doing that I wanted to extend until we could get the girls in the bath before nap time.  We were working on painting our salt dough hand prints from our first day of preschool and I had out the yellow and orange paints.  The girls painted their salt dough hand prints WAY faster than I was expecting, so I quickly looked around the house for something to extend our painting fun. Continue Reading

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Grandparent’s Day Craft for Preschoolers

Grandparent's Day craft and poem for preschoolers

We have not always been good about getting things in the mail.  And when I say “we,” I mean I have not been good about it.  But we are in the midst of our first preschool unit on mailmen and I took the opportunity to challenge ourselves to get something in the mail in time for Grandparent’s Day.  So I came up with a cute, simple Grandparent’s Day craft for our girls to do. Hopefully they will get to the grandparents some time before the end of the week!

I was doing a little research on crafty things we could make for our 3 sets of grandparents and I came across this cute poem and craft from Joyfully Thriving for Valentine’s Day that I really liked.  I thought it would really work for the grandparents that live in Texas (and for the local ones, too!).   Continue Reading

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Toddler Fall Bucket List

My absolute favorite time of year is fall.  I love all the smells and flavors of the season!  I love the holidays and the wardrobe.  I love it all.  And though we don’t actually experience fall in this part of the country the way that everyone else does, I love to do fall activities with our toddler girls.  And I have been kind of neglecting doing the fun things we are used to doing lately, so I thought I would challenge myself to complete a bucket list with our girls this season.

It is a busy time of year for us, but I am hoping to this bucket list will help me to focus in on the joys of the season while teaching my girls (and having FUN!).  We have already done some of these activities in previous years, but I am hoping keeping and making traditions will be something the girls love as much as I do. Continue Reading

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