Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Reuse Play-Doh Containers with Math Toss Game

I had several empty play-doh containers and just had to do something with them.  My students love to work on their math skills in all different ways.  This is a good game to use their motor skills as well as their math skills.  Have them toss 2 pom poms into the cups.  They add these numbers.  For my students with strong math skills, they can do it in their heads.  For students that need to work out the problem, they can use a white board to draw and add dots.

This would also work with older kids with subtraction or multiplication.  More rows of cups could easily be added.  This could be used with letters as well.....say a word that starts with the letter__....
 You could change the pom pom to an acorn for a fall unit or a plastic egg for spring.
Find anything that is safely tossed.

I will make more of these for several students to use them at the same time.  They come apart for easy storage or would stack nicely as well. 

Don't have play-dough containers?  Use the plastic cups that so easily accumulate from kid drinks at restaurants.  Just think of the possibilities :)

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Preschool Snacks

This was my last week of having the snack basket.  Ever.  :(

Goldfish "Carrots" - all over Pintrest
I improvised with the long pretzel bags.

Carrot Garden Pudding Cups
(carrots made out of orange starburst and green apple sour straws)

Jello Rainbow in the Clouds Cups

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Addison Road

Have you heard of Addison Road?   This was the first song I heard by them and I was blown away.  Beautiful.  My girls and I sing their songs in the car at the top of our lungs.  Sometimes I stay quiet and listen to my girls sing along.  It brings tears to my eyes to know that their hearts are full of lyrics that point to God in every situation.  What the heart knows by heart, the heart knows.  I pray that in life's difficult moments they will remember these words and let the Holy Spirit wash over them.

Unfortunately the band is no longer together.  The songs they put out are certainly treasures.  Go check out their "Stories" album.  The variety of songs makes for a great album.

Friday, February 15, 2013

DIY Etched Mason Jars - Sleepover Party Favors - Tutorial

I have been slacking on the party planning for an upcoming sleepover.  In previous years we had tons of girls, which requires tons of planning.  This year there are only 3 special friends sleeping over.  My oldest has finally discovered that less is more!  Can I get a Hallelujah?

Despite my last minute efforts, I think these turned out beautifully.  I actually had everything on had.  I had the glass etching cream from when I did the wedding gift casserole dishes.    The cute flower cut out lids came from a recent Pick Your Plum impulse buy.  You can get them on Etsy as well.  The white lids I have on the jars in the tutorial are from Mountain Woman Products.  They are leak proof and I LOVE them!

Step 1.  Tape off the portion of jar where you want to etch.  Use letter stickers for the name.  Make sure all are completely fastened or the etching cream will leak in.

Step 2.  Thickly apply the etching cream.  And wait 20 minutes.  The directions on the cream say to wait 5 minutes but I think it makes a bolder etching if it stays on longer. 

Step 3.  Rinse cream off jar with water, take off letters, wash thoroughly before using.

Couldn't be easier!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Chunky Block Nativity Set

Here is an inexpensive gift for a child in your life.  Takes a little bit of elbow grease but is well worth the effort.  I can see these in my classroom and in my home for many years to come.

Nativity set made from a 4x6 scrap and old paint we had in the garage.   I cut, sanded, painted, sanded again (for the aged look), and then Mod Podged the graphic to the front of each block.

Mary, Joseph, Jesus (sprayed this block with gold before sanding the second time), the angel and star.

Caesar Augustus, Innkeeper, Wise Men and camel.

Shepherd man and boy, sheep, donkey and cow. 

I love how it's a very complete set.

I got the graphics from Prepared Not Scared.   They worked well and her script of the nativity play will go great while telling the story initially to my kids.  I'll laminate it as well so the kids can use it when they are playing with the set. 

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