Wednesday, June 1, 2016

How to Throw a 4th of July Party for Kids

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The 4th of July happens to be my second son's birthday so we love to go all out when it comes to celebrating this holiday.  The kids are always involved with planning activities and love to make their own decorations.  We typically keep it a family event, but this year my son has requested a 4th of July party for all of his friends. As we're planning for the big celebration, I wanted to share some of our favorite decorations, activities, and party foods with you!
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Monday, May 9, 2016

Dinosaur Books for Toddlers and Preschool

With the release of The Good Dinosaur, my 3-year-old has become obsessed with all things dinosaur! Since I like to follow along with their interests whenever possible, we did a Dinosaur Theme with the daycare kids. These books were a huge hit with the kids and they are still requesting them even though we've moved on to our Flower and Garden theme!
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Friday, March 25, 2016

Easy Bunny Basket Spring Treats for Kids to Make

Easter is the perfect time for sweet treats and making memories in the kitchen! As a child, I remember making all sorts of desserts with jelly beans, chocolates, and marshmallows this time of year - and now I get to share those recipes with my own children. I love seeing their eyes light up as I pull out bags and bags of Easter candy for our creations!

 Recently, we combined some of our favorite candies to create Bunny Basket treats for our friends. The kids had as much fun making them as they did sharing (and eating) them later.
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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Recycled Easter Bunny Craft for Kids

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Having an in-home daycare, I am all about recycled crafts and making the most of what we have on hand when it comes to our learning activities. We recently had a Teacher Workday which meant the big kids were home for crafting.  I don't have any pictures of the process from this craft because I honestly didn't expect them to be so adorable.  I just had to share them with you guys, so I snapped a few quick photos and I'll do my best to share what we did.  Really, this craft was all about letting the kids create some decorations for Easter using what we had in our craft supplies.
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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Debt Jar Update - How We Paid Over $1,000 Off Last Month

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If you haven't been following along with our Debt Jar, my husband and I are down to our last debt (his student loans) and we are working really hard to get them paid off  down this year.  To keep me accountable, I'm sharing our journey with all of you!  February was a month of financial ups and downs for us, but we're still plugging along and we managed to pay off over $1,000 in February.  I know that so many of you are in the same boat and trying to pay down your debts so I hope that this will encourage you that we're all in this together.
The Debt Jar - How We Paid Over $1,000 Off Last Month

Friday, February 26, 2016

Dr. Seuss Wocket in my Pocket Creation Station

This is another fun Dr. Seuss activity that we did last year as part of our Read Across America Week. I wish that I could be one of those bloggers that completes projects WAY ahead of the holidays and then has time to write them up for everyone to see. It's just not happening. I'm lucky to get a shower at the end of the night. So, until I make this my full-time gig or hit the lottery, I'll just keep sharing our fun as I get the chance.  If you're interested in seeing what we're up to each day, you can follow along on Instagram for all our latest crafts!

There's so much debate in the daycare and preschool world about process vs. product.  Parents want to see adorable products and most teachers agree that the end result really is obsolete because the learning is in doing and creating.  I love this activity, because its all about the process.  The kids really had no instructions other than to create a Wocket.  Their Wocket could look however they wished and they loved it!
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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Easy Snow Play Idea for Toddlers and Preschool

It seems that Winter is planning to stick around for awhile in our area and we're making the most of it! The kids have spent quite a bit of time out in the snow this winter building snowmen and sledding, but our recent snow/ice storm made our usual snow activities a little more difficult. The kids have had so much fun breaking up the ice on the way to the bus stop lately that I thought we'd spend part of the morning doing just that...and they LOVED it!!
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