Monthly Archives: November, 2012

A Children’s Game I Made Up When I Was Bored.

I love workbooks and activity sheets to teach my kids numbers, letters, colors, etc. But for the most part when you have little ones they don’t want to just sit in a chair and work quietly on a sheet of paper. So as I sat there and watched my 3-year-old continue to get into mischief I decided he needed to play a game. We have been working on numbers so it was going to be a number game. I saw post-it notes sitting next to the desk and a marker so I wrote the numbers: 3,5,7,9. I stuck each number to a different wall and had my son stand in the middle of the room. When I called out a number he would have to run to the wall and get to it before I did. If you have multiple kids this would really be a fun game, except my 13 month old didn’t really understand the rules. If you have older children you could yell out addition or subtraction problems and they would have to run to the answer. So many possibilities.

Must Read Monday: Make Way For Ducklings

Make Way For Ducklings was one of my favorite books when I was young. I loved trying to read the duckling names: Jack, Kack, Lack, Mack, Nack, Ouack, Pack, and Quack without taking a breath. I’m still not sure to this day how to pronouce the name Ouack!

I’m Thankful For.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

What are you thankful for?

I’m thankful for:

1) Growing up in a family of truly silly people.

(photo: my grandparents, cousin, and little brother)

2) My husband and my best friend (same person)

3) My independent, ornery, thoughtful, smart 3-year-old

4) My lovable, smiley, stinky 1 1/2 year old

5) Also thankful for the fine medical people that took care of me yesterday when I fell on a branch and got it lodged in my leg. Love how the doctor said he wasn’t worried about cosmetics since I needed 14 stitches. Thank you to the pig that I was trying to get back to the hog building also. Last time I got stitches was when a sheep rammed me into a nail. I vow to stay away from farm animals from here on out.

6)  Jesus, who died on a cross for an imperfect sinner who didn’t deserve it (that’s me!)

 

3-D Leaf Turkey

3-D Leaf Turkey

Collect dry leaves and glue with tacky glue, then cut out body, head, beak, and that hangy thingy on their nose (whatever that is called.) Voila, 3-D turkey. Enjoy!

Disclaimer: Please do not attempt to bake the turkey for Thanksgiving. Since it is so lifelike you run the risk of accidental consumption.

Must Read Monday: What I’m Thankful For

There is no author name or description for this book because you are going to make it. You can use a notebook or construction paper. The title of this book is: What I’m Thankful For. Have your kids draw pictures and you can write down in words what they tell you. The most meaningful book about Thanksgiving is one you make yourself with your kids.

Scrabble for Kids

Scrabble for Kids:

My son really wanted to play with our Scrabble game the other day so we made up a 3-year-old version. I would yell out a letter and he would have to find all the tiles with that letter on it. Afterwards, he would count how many letters he found to get points. If you don’t have a scrabble game you could use Boggle or another letter game or just cut out pieces of paper and write letters on them. What is not fun about this game is when the 3-year-old beats you.

Must Read Monday: I Love You, Stinky Face

You know the classic’s: Love You Forever and Guess How Much I Love You, but I Love You, Stinky Face is my kind of book. If you have a son you need to get this book. As his mom is tucking him in he asks her if she’d still love him if he were a skunk, a monster, an alligator, etc. Such a sweet, meaningful book if you have a stinky, messy, lovable son like me.

Amazon.com description:

A vividly illustrated bedtime story that shows how the unconditional love of a
mother can be tested through the relentless questions of her little
boy.

“But Mama, but Mama, what if I were a super smelly skunk, and I
smelled so bad that my name was Stinky Face?”

Mothers love their
children and this unconditional love is truly tested in I LOVE YOU, STINKY FACE.
Lisa McCourt and Cyd Moore beautifully weave a reassuring tale of the love and
affection of a parent. The imaginative son turns himself into a meat-eating
dinosaur, a swamp creature and much, much more before being satisfied with the
fact that no matter how stinky he is or how slimy of a creature he could
possibly be, he is loved and nothing will change that.

Modeling Clay to Play and on a table Lay and to have a fun Day.

Modeling Clay

(Makes 1 1/2 cups)

– 1 Cup Baking Soda

-1/2 Cup Cornstarch

-3/4 Cup Water

-Food coloring

In a medium sauce pan over low head combine all ingredients except for food coloring. Heat for 5-10 minutes, stirring frequenting until it thickens. You need to stir constantly toward the end of that time when it begins to thicken. It will look like mashed potatoes. Spread clay on a work surface that has cornstarch sprinkled down. *Careful the clay is hot after being on the stove top!* When cooled, knead it until it becomes clay. You can separate it and add food coloring to make different colors. If you let a clay sculpture dry overnight it will be hard in the morning. Place leftover clay in an airtight container and refrigerate.

If you mix clay like my son did with our yellow clay it makes it look tye-dyed.

Must Read Monday: I Hate Reading

I Hate Reading is a laugh out loud book about two brothers who hate to read. The authors of this book are two middle school aged brothers. The entire book is giving tips and practical advice on how to look like you are reading when you are not or how to avoid reading. So you are reading a book when you hate reading…
Amazon.com description:
This irreverent guide shows elementary-grade students how to avoid the mandated 20 minutes of reading per day. Perfect for struggling and reluctant readers in both mirroring their experience and getting them to read. The book begins like this: “OK. You have to read for 20 minutes. But you don’t want to. Maybe your mom even has a timer. Yikes. Here’s the best book for you. This one. Right here.” Tips range from practical (“eyes on book, butt on chair”) to outrageous (man-eating monsters). Advice includes vacation reading guidelines and how to deal with the kids in your class who actually like to read. Spare text and minimal illustrations make this an attractive book for graphic format fans. Who has the last laugh? The Bacon brothers taunt on the final page, “Ha! Caught you reading,” as reluctant and struggling readers have indeed finished a book.