Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Monday, June 23, 2008
By request, Eli's purple triceratops:
Sadie's bird and tree: My I'm-not-so-impressed-by-this-one t-shirt:
A gift for a birthday:
Monday, June 16, 2008
- one bulletin/cork board with a frame in whatever size you'd like (I'm using a small chalkboard)
- solid color felt (you can also use flannel), preferrably with a wool/polyester blend that you find on the bolts in the fabric store cut to about the size of the bulletin board you will be using
- butter knife
1. Cut the felt so it is about the same size as the frame of your bulletin board. You will want to have extra because inevitably it will go in crooked and you don't want to be short sided.
2. With the butter knife, start to push the felt in-between the cork and the frame. It will be a tight squeeze, so it will stay in place nicely. You will need to smooth the felt and trim the excess as you go.
Voila! That's it. It's that easy. It will take you all of 5 minutes to make!
Notes on felt board pieces: You can always make your own felt board pieces using craft felt cut to the shapes desired. However, this is very very time consuming especially if you want to do something like Goldilocks and The Three Bears. I have cut out my own very simple shapes (cars, trees) and I have not been happy with the results. It was easier for me to get a few books on felt board activities from the library, copy the pictures onto cardstock, color them (or have the kids color them) and attach the felt to the back of the pictures. Here are a couple that I used: Felt Board Fun For Everyday and Holidays, and Felt Board Fingerplays. However, the kids like to create their own creatures using basic shapes which are really easy to cut out.
Friday, June 13, 2008
I decided it would be fun to cut out basic shapes for the kids to design animals with. I used craft felt, my pinking shears and scissors to cut out various shapes in many sizes and colors. Here are some of the animals they came up with:
Don't have a felt board? You can always use paper. Or you can stop back later this week and I'll show you how to make your own felt board!
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Lois Ehlert is an award-winning author/illustrator with many books under her belt. She is known for her bright, bold collage style illustrations. You might recognize her artwork in the popular children's book Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. She is also a noted author in her own right with sweet, simple and often rhyming text that matches each of her colorful collages perfectly.
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
- thick plastic bags (like garbage bags, not the thin grocery bags)
- an empty juice or 2 liter soda bottle, rinsed well
- hole punch
2. Cut the plastic bags into streamers that measure about 2" x 18". You'll need about 6 strips.3. Roll out the duct tape with the sticky side up, but don't cut it yet. Lay your plastic streamers colorful side down onto the bottom half of the tape leaving about 1/2 inch between streamers.
4. Line up the bottom of the plastic ring with the bottom of the tape that has the streamers and roll the ring along the tape making sure that there are enough streamers for the size of the bottle. If there are not enough streamers, add more. Cut the tape.
5. Roll out more tape sticky side up, do not cut. Line up the top of the plastic ring with the top of the tape and roll covering the entire ring. Cut the tape. (This step is purely decorative, if you can call duct tape decoration.)
6. Punch 3 holes in the plastic ring at the top of the windsock. Trying to place them an equal distance from each other.
7. Tie a string to each hole. Tie the strings together so it forms a tri-pod in the center of the windsock with a longer piece to tie the windsock up with. (Sorry I don't have a better picture of how I do this, but I think you get the gist.)
8. Hang up the windsock. Voila! One beautiful windsock for your family to enjoy.
Monday, June 9, 2008
Teacher/Mommy tip of the day: Eli has been really into his letters lately. **Warning: bragging is about to occur** We were sitting in the car and Eli was playing with his cup holder. Then he starts to say D-1-S-H-W-A-S-H-E-R-S-A-F-E. Needless to say, Dennis and I were floored. Today when we were playing with letters I realized that he was putting a lot of them upside down and backwards. So, I got out my trusty old Sharpie and added little black dots to the bottom front of all of the letters so he will know the correct directionality of the letter. Yes, I believe it's ok to accept approximations, but I think it's good for them to know the right way, too!!
A total random: Dennis and I have been getting Netflix for five years now and we were going to stop our account because we'd had Hairspray for three months and just couldn't find time to watch movies. Well, Eli was sick all weekend with a really high fever and we did Netflix Movies on Command for him. He watched movie after movie (not that I recommend this, but when your kid has a 104 temp, you just let him watch, sleep, watch, sleep...) all day long. It was great!! I think it's worth it for this alone. We don't have cable and we usually get movies from the library, but this way I don't have to drive to the library and pay a late fee! Again, why am I so slow to catch on to these things??
Sunday, June 8, 2008
From Diana Parton, my next door neighbor growing up who made this every summer
- 2 cups diced rhubarb
- 2 cups diced strawberries
- 1 cup sugar
- 3 Tbsp. flour
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup oatmeal
- 1/2 cup butter
- 3/4 cup flour
1. Pre-heat over to 375 degrees.
2. Combine the first four ingredients (rhubarb through flour). Dump into a small 8 x 8 baking dish.
3. Combine brown sugar through flour. Sprinkle over strawberry/rhubarb mixture.
4. Bake for 40 minutes. Serve warm with ice-cream.
Saturday, June 7, 2008
Fresh Strawberry Vinaigrette
adapted from the May/June 2008 edition of World Ark
- 1 cup fresh stawberries, trimmed
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1/2 cup white balsamic vinegar (I just used the dark stuff, so it wasn't as pretty!)
- 1 cup olive oil
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1/4 tsp. pepper
Place strawberries and honey into a blender and pulse until pureed. Add vinegar, salt and pepper, combine. Add olive oil through the lid in a small stream. Blend until combined.
Friday, June 6, 2008
Thursday, June 5, 2008
Today's your lucky day. Go play the lottery, Trish. Send me your address and I'll get this sent out to you!
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
- crayons with paper removed
Place a leaf on a hard, flat surface with the bumpiest side of the leaf facing up. Place a piece of paper over the leaf. With the crayon laying flat against the paper, rub the paper using a good amount of pressure. Voila! Your leaf will magically appear on your paper.