Monday, September 15, 2014

Toddler Bowling Pin Game from Recycled Bottles {Delightfully Creative}


Here is an easy craft and great handmade gift idea for toddlers. All you need is recycled bottles and washi tape. 

When Cupcake was a baby starting on solids, she loved Gerber puffs. I looked at the bottle one day and thought, hey, this looks just like a bowling pin. So, I started cleaning them out and saving them.


I thought about painting them and covering them with fabric, but in the end, I went with good old washi tape.


Now, Cupcake has some cute, girly bowling pins to knock down and I recycled a bunch of bottles-it's a win/win.


Delightfully Creating,

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Pre-School Letter "m" Activities {Delightfully Homeschooling}


Here are the letter "m" activities I did with Cupcake (2 1/2). These were done over two days.

Phonics
Sandpaper Letter
We traced and practiced the "m" sound and reviewed her previous letters. This is one of her favorite activities to do now!

Letter "m" Play Area
(moose, monkeys, milk, muffin pan, Mary (Jesus' mom), mom, mushrooms, Molly from Bubble Guppies, Magna Doodle, Memory, mouse)
 We had a lot of toys for letter "m!" I mean to leave these out all week, but Cupcake often puts them all back in their proper place instead of playing with them. I guess I can't complain!

Alphabet Box
 
(mug, mirror, map, monkey, mail, motorcycle, magnet)
I help Cupcake name each object, emphasizing the sound. Then, I let her play inspect and play with them. This is another one of her favorite activities and she often requests her favorite small objects during the week.

Letter Collage Sheet
I guess I forgot to take a photo of her collage. Oh well!  Printable from Confessions of a Homeschooler.

Counting
Counting has been a struggle. Cupcake definitely likes everything else more. I try not to push her too much because she is so young (I don;t want her to hate school!) . She can count; she just doesn't want to. So, each activity ends up lasting a minute. I discovered this week that she just really loves the counting bears, so I am going to try to use those as much as possible. Also, counting mats are not working right now, so I am giving those a rest for a while. You will see them a couple more times, though because I am two weeks behind posting our activities.

Counting Bears
This week they visited Disney World! Sort of...

Counting Monkeys

 We played and counted her monkeys. (Fisher Price)

Sorting
Shapes
   Cupcake sorted foam shapes in a muffin pan. I found these foam shapes in the dollar spot at Target.

Colors
 Sorting M&Ms-Of course most of them were eaten!

Sizing
 I used these cute monkey sizing printables from Confessions of a Homeschooler.

Art & Music
For art, we did milk painting, which Cupcake  LOVED.


I got this idea from ECE Made Easy. It's a great way for toddlers to paint because it is thicker than water colors and doesn't drip. All you do is add food coloring to condensed milk!

For music, we did 5 Little Monkeys finger play and also sand and watched this video, "Where's the Monkey?" Cupcake loves this silly video.

Snack & Storytime
We ate muffins for snack and these are the books we read:


Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans 
This is the classic tale of a little girl in Paris who braves appendicitis. 

The Monster at the End of This Book by Jon Stone 
A favorite in our house!-In this book, Grover begs us not to turn anymore pages because he is afraid of the monster at the end of the book...and is surprised to discover who the monster actually is! 

My Garden by Kevin Henkes
A little girl dreams about what a wonder her garden would be, if she had one.

If You Give a Moose a Muffin by Laura Joffe Numeroff and Felicia Bond
Even though this starts with an "I," I chose it for "m" for obvious reasons. This is a sequel to If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and follows the same premise. If you give a moose a muffin, he will probably ask for some jam...

Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton
Mike Mulligan and his beloved steam shovel, Mary Ann, are known for digging out canals and centers for skyscrapers. But when new technology makes Mary Ann obsolete, Mike has one last chance to prove that she is still useful and can dig "as much in a day as one hundred men can dig in a week." A sweet story of friendship, dedication, and ingenuity.

Bible Time
I am using the book Because God is Awesome by Brad and Kathy Bright which goes through attributes of God. Cupcake is a little young for the dg4kids activities, but I am going through each attribute with her, repeating the important concepts with her.

We went through the "God is Merciful" section. I decided to add a story from her Storybook Bible to engage her in the concept. We listened to and sang the "m" scripture song from Songs for Saplings: ABC : "A merry heart does good like a medicine." Proverbs 17:22

Delightfully Homeschooling,
 
 To see my other letter activities and Pre-School posts, you can visit my Homeschool Page.

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Sunday, September 7, 2014

Easy Halloween Treat Bags {Delightfully Creative}


These cute little treat bags only take a minute to put together! All you need is:


  • Pumpkin Punch (I have the Martha Stewart punch)
  • Brown Treat Bags (Target)
  • Scalloped Circle Punch (EK Success)
  • Washi Tape
  • Scrapbook paper scraps
  • a few book pages
  • Double stick tape or glue stick

The photo is pretty Self-Explanatory!  I just punched a scalloped circle from a book page and stuck it on the bag with double stick tape. Then I punched the pumpkin from scrapbook paper and did the same. 


Then, I filled the bag with candy, folded the top down, and secured it closed with Washi Tape.


Super quick and simple!


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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Fall Crafts: Blasts from the Past {Delightfully Creative}

It's 95 degrees. I just finished my Summer mantle. But, in Blogland, it is Fall, my co-favorite season with Spring!! So, to ring in the Fall Blog Season, here are some of my favorite Fall crafts from the past, with links to the original posts.

Halloween Crafts


Costumes


Can you tell I love cosplay?!

Fall!


I am so ready for sweaters, scarves, boots, and pumpkin flavored everything!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

DIY Five Year Journal September Questions

Here are the September questions from my DIY Five-Year Journal.
Just right click and save!

 Previous Months:

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  Anything Goes Party with Bacon Time with Hungry Hungry Hypo
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 I Heart Nap Time // Lil’ Luna // Somewhat Simple // Tatertots & Jello //
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Creative Collection with Craft-o-maniac, NoBiggie, Classy Clutter, The Cards We Drew, Blooming Homestead, Lolly Jane, Giggles Galore and The Crafted Sparrow
 
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Friday, August 29, 2014

Pre-School Letter "s" Activities {Homeschool Delights}


 
Last week, we did lower case "s," but we did a little bit less than planned because poor, little Cupcake had a stomach bug that lasted five days. :-(

Phonics

Sandpaper Letter
We traced and practiced the sound for "s" as well as reviewing "a." Cupcake liked tracing much more this time. We did this both days.

Letter "s" Play Area
I gathered toys that belong with the "s" sound.  I had her name all the objects and I repeated her, emphasizing the short a sound. Then I just let her play with the toys for a while. I leave these out on top of her toy box all week.

(Snuggle Puppy, Stacking Blocks, Stroller, Super Why Books, Squares, spoon, salt, sunglasses, seal, stethoscope)


 Letter "s" Alphabet Box Drawer
I laid out all the objects on a piece of felt and named each one, emphasizing the "s" sound. I had lots of "s" objects!

(snail, star, strawberry, snake, spider, skateboard, soccer ball)
Cupcake LOVES these little objects. You can see her little hand going for the snake-she loved the snake. Earlier this week, she got into the alphabet box and rearranged all the drawers. :-/ Gotta love toddlers!

Letter Collage Sheet
 Again, she colored her "s" sheet and found stickers with the letter "s." 

 She also wanted me to make it into a snake.

Counting/Numbers
Counting Bears
This week, we counted bears on stars for the letter "s." 

 
 I bought these foam stars at the Dollar Tree. I wrote numbers on one side and shapes on the other for our shape-sorting activity. I also was going to use them for color sorting with the bears, but Cupcake wasn't having it.

Counting Strawberry Seeds

I cut a few strawberries out with my Silhouette and placed dried black beans on them (from The Dollar Tree) as seeds.

 
Cupcake practiced counting with the seeds.

Counting Snakes

 I found these little, plastic snakes at The Dollar Tree.

Sorting
Star Shape Sorting
This is the only shape-sorting activity we accomplished last week!

   
I drew shapes on the foam stars and Cupcake matched them with shape buttons.

Art & Music
Sidewalk Chalk
We only got to one art activity and that was free draw with the sidewalk chalk.

  
For music, we listened to and sang Snuggle Puppy from Philadelphia Chickens.

Snack & Storytime
For snack, we had "sticks and stones," which was really just pretzel sticks, M&Ms, and raisins.

  
Here are the books we read for letter "s."

This is an adorable, funny book about a highly anxious squirrel who realizes his life can be a little more interesting when he discovers who he really is.

Rocky and Blossom are two sneaky sheep who are known for making bad decisions. They learn their lesson one day when they sneak off to greener pastures. Toddlers can definitely relate to these two little sheep who like to push boundaries.

This is a rhyming book about a worm who does super things, a wizard lizard who has nefarious plans to kidnap him, and friends who work together to rescue him.

A rhyming book about a silly duck whose friends condemn her for being herself, but learn their lives are incomplete without her.

a lovely rhyming book about the seasons. I love the illustrations!

Little spoon is feeling out of sorts. He is convinced that knife, fork, and chopsticks have it better than he does. But, what he doesn't know is that they think he has it better. This is a cute, witty, and punny book that reminds us to celebrate our uniqueness. 

Bible Time
I am using the book Because God is Awesome by Brad and Kathy Bright which goes through attributes of God. Cupcake is a little young for the dg4kids activities, but I am going through each attribute with her, repeating the important concepts with her.

Last week, we went through the "God is a Personal Spirit " section of the book. We listened to and sang the "s" scripture song from Songs for Saplings: ABC, which was "Does God see my ways and count my every step?" Job 31:4


Delightfully Pre-schooling,
To see my other letter activities and Pre-School posts, you can visit my Homeschool Page.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

What I Wore Wednesday 8/27/14

It's time again for What I Wore Wednesday with Lindsey from the Pleated Poppy.


These are from the past two weeks. Most of this week was spent in PJs because Cupcake was sick for five days. :-( 

I wore a lot of skirts and dresses. It's hot here and I generally prefer skirts over shorts.

I occasionally participate in the fashion Instagram challenges with Dean Street Society. This challenge was "Ocean Hues and Blues," so I decided to take a top from Hilary herself and color block using same hues. (Again, apologies for the fingerprints :-))

Shoes: Modcloth


This was my "I'm running errands and I want to look nice but still feel comfortable" outfit.


Top: Banana Republic Outlet
Skirt: I altered this from what previously was a sundress from Old Navy
Belt: Target
Sandals: Bass Outlet

Fashion Challenge: French Chic
I'm pretty sure this entire outfit is from Target, except the shoes-those are from Kohls.

Fashion Challenge: Ladylike Lace

Top: forever21
Skirt: Maurices
Shoes: Kmart

Not sure I really like this dress anymore...I'm debating...
Dress: Old Navy
Belt: Came with another dress
Shoes: Zulily

Dress: Zulily
Extender Slip: Pick Your Plum

Delightful Dressing!

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