Of Bottles, Balloons, & Sunny Afternoons: fun with science

My kids had a case of the grumps the other day.  They needed a serious redirection.

I sucked Br (4 y/o) in with “Want to help me with a science experiment?”, & Bl (20 mo) was sucked in by the sight of a funnel and the possibility we might be heading outside shortly…

Luckily, as with all good on-the-fly activities, most of us probably have these materials on hand. Continue reading “Of Bottles, Balloons, & Sunny Afternoons: fun with science”

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Alphabet Hop…Run, Baseball

We’ve been focusing sporadically on Br’s (4 y/o) letter & phoneme (letter sounds) recognition, as seen here and here.  We do “talk” about them a lot- trying to help Br isolate beginning sounds & rhyming games/songs, but generally pretty casually and as it organically comes up.

Today while we were in our backyard and I was trying to beat the dust out of our door mat*, Br pulled out some sidewalk chalk and started coloring on our pavers.  I remembered reading this idea of Teach Mama’s this summer, and thought “hmm, can I throw some sneaky alphabet practice into this?” My door mat abuse could wait… Continue reading “Alphabet Hop…Run, Baseball”

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Why hadn’t you TOLD me about fusible interfacing!? Part 1 (& 3 & 4)

I have ambitions. Crafty ambitions.  Crafty ambitions that greatly exceed both my: 1) available time, and 2) available skills.

I ardently believe just about anyone can learn any skill, given enough time & opportunity. Please refer to “1)” above for my excuse for “2)” :) .

Related to these ambitions, ever since I did the freezer paper stenciling shirts for Father’s day, I’ve been a little obsessed with the idea of making shirts.  I’d even started stockpiling supplies (hubby is not allowed to make any comments about prior “stockpiling”).

When we received an invite to one of Br’s (48 mo) “best buds” birthday party, with a pirate theme, we decided this might be just the crafty opportunity we needed.  I’d mulled for weeks on how to make a personalized-pirate-birthday shirt, soliciting Br’s input of course.  We decided we would do a pirate ship and his name.  Hmm, but how? Continue reading “Why hadn’t you TOLD me about fusible interfacing!? Part 1 (& 3 & 4)”

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