Hi! Just stopping by for a quick sec to say that yes, im still alive! Things are so busy for me right now and have been for the past couple of months. I was finishing up school for the year and getting things ready for baby. Baby is now here- and it was a boy! Austin is super sweet and cuddly and we are loving him to pieces! Because ive been so busy we havent been doing much fun extra stuff right now. Nothing blog-worthy at least ;) Or im too busy to be taking pictures of anything that might be. Ha! But i'll be back as soon as i do! For now here's a pic of the newest one... hes 3 weeks old today!
A quick post to show you a patterning activity i did recently with my kindergartener, Brianna. And a small motor activity for my 2 year old.
Brianna already knows how to complete patterns really well but i knew she would still enjoy this activity. And she did.
I saw this idea on one of my favorite blogs, The Imagination Tree. I stuck some uncooked spaghetti into a wad of playdoh and i started some patterns onto the spaghetti with beads. And she figured out and finished the patterns on her own-
So easy and fun. Would be a fun activity for a child learning patterns. They might not even know they are learning ;)
AND it's a great small motor activity for younger ones as well! I obviously didn't work on patterns with Makenna since she's still young, but i let her choose beads to poke through the spaghetti to work those small motor skills ;)
Recently i bought my oldest two kiddos spiraled sketch pads from Joann's because i've been wanting to have them start art journals!! Im excited about these! The ones i found were the perfect size. Here are the ones i liked. Not too big, not too small.
They were $10 a piece but with 2 coupons i got both for $11 :) I had the kids write their names on the front and decorate with stickers, so we easily know whose is whose.
The first art project they made for their journal was a William Wegman picture. "William Wegman is a photographer famous for his compositions with his
Weimaraner dogs. His fascination with humanizing his animals has
created hundreds of amazing videos and photographs. I like his book
shown here as it shows the dogs in many everyday poses."
We found this book by him, at our local library.
I had seen this post on Art Projects For Kids and totally stole her idea ;) On that post she created a composite of Weimaraner head photos that you can print and use. And that's what i did. I printed out a sheet of the heads and let Connor and Brianna use their imagination and draw real people bodies onto the dog heads. They thought this was silly. Here's what they came up with-
Brianna's (my kindergartener)-
Connor's (my 2nd grader)-
So silly, right? I have lots of art ideas pinned on Pinterest and will make sure to share them with all of you as we do them!
1. Play in the rain 2. Bird watch 4. Dig for worms 5. Do something nice for the Earth (clean your yard/neighborhood, use less water etc) 6. Measure a rainfall (use a clear measuring cup?) 7. Pick flowers 8. Lie under a tree 9. Feed ducks 10. Make mud sculptures 11. Visit a pond or stream and see what life you can find 12. Roll down a hill 13. Fly a kite 14. Go on a rainbow hunt 15. Jump in puddles 16. Ride bikes 17. Hopscotch 18. Stargaze 19. Play board games on the porch or deck 20. Nature walk 21. Swing at the park 22. Family spring cleaning 23. Eat breakfast or dinner outside 24. Blow bubbles (google a homemade bubble solution)
25. Make paper airplanes and fly them outside 26. Flashlight tag in the dark 27. Write a note, put it in a sealed container and throw it in the water. See if you ever get a response. (Or put a note in a balloon and let it go) 28. Play frisbee 29. Make and bury a time capsule 30. Paint outside walls, sheds, garden fences with paintbrushes and water. 31. Skip rocks 32. Wash the car 33. Play soccer 34. Clean out and organize the garage/shed 35. Listen to classical music while drawing/coloring 36. Pull weeds 37. Go fishing 38. Catch a butterfly 39. Walk on the beach (and search for rocks/shells) 40. Wash the windows 41. Have a spring tea party outside with favorite stuffed friends 42. Shadow puppets 43. Have a storytime outside 44. Eat dessert for breakfast 45. Draw self portraits 46. Play Would you Rather? 47. Put on a silly fashion show (with silly outfits of course) 48. Make a watercolor resist picture - draw with crayons first, then paint over with watercolors. 49. Play Red Light, Green Light 50. Sleep in a different bed or room than you usually do
We haven't done a sensory bin in so long! Even though i have lots pinned on Pinterest ;) Including a birthday one that i just loved. Figured it was good timing because all 3 of my kids have birthdays in the next 2 months.
I used pom-pom's, some accessories from our Melissa and Doug cupcake set and cookie set, a balloon weight and a couple paper cups leftover from bdays. The kids were excited to have a sensory bin again :)
Speaking of birthdays, Brianna is having a Frozen themed party this weekend. I will post pictures of course :)
I am a stay at home mom with 3 beautiful children. Connor is 7, Brianna is 5 and Makenna is 2. I am married to the sweetest man on this Earth. I serve my Lord and Savior who has given me everything i have to be thankful for. Without Him, my life would be an empty void. I am unbelievably blessed!!