This was the case with all of our Princess Barbie dolls. My girls LOVED playing with them when they got them, but really haven't done much with them since. I thought of a great way that would take up less room, and also make them visible to the kids so they could actually remember they had them :)
Hello everyone! This week we are learning and doing fun activities all about the rain forest. We started the week off today by going to our local Aquarium and spending lots of time in the Rainforest area. My kids were enamored by the big snakes, frogs, fish and more...I think its gonna be a fun week!
One fun thing I thought of doing would be going to the grocery store and picking out some exotic rainforest fruit that we don't normally have like mango, kiwi, papaya, star fruit, etc. Then have a little fruit buffet and talking about which ones we like the most.
Another fun idea I found on Everything Preschool is to make our own rainsticks. I am simply going to use some of those saved toilet paper rolls I was telling you about, fill them with dried and beans and rice and then cover both ends. The kids will have a blast decorating them and a blast driving me crazy with them :)
One thing my kids love learning about is frogs. One day we will learn all these facts about tree frogs so I thought this next treat would be tons of fun:
Too cute, right? You can thank Familyfun.com for that one! :)
I also wanted to work with my 2 year old, so I colored a bunch of these frogs different colors and then laminated them. We are using them to learn colors and to work on counting (1 pink frog, 2 orange frogs, etc.)
On the frog theme I thought another fun snack idea would be to make dirt cups with chocolate pudding and crushed oreos. Then instead of sticking in worms we are going to stick in those yummy green gummy Haribo frogs :)
Finally I found this cute craft idea on Familyfun.com. I am using my handy Cricut to cut out a bunch of leaves and flowers, then you just get a long piece of green yarn and sandwhich it between the flowers and leaves to make some fun vines. Then I think we will hang it on the girls door so they can enjoy it for the whole week!
My camera conked out about halfway through the morning so you'll have to excuse my lack of good pictures :) This next one is the supplies we needed to do the girls favorite activity of the day. It was SO easy and I couldn't believe how much they loved it! I simply went to the party section at Walmart and picked up a package of dress up rings for $1.00. Then I popped out the middle that has the "gems" and let the girls pick out coversation hearts to glue onto the rings. They LOVED them and I thought they actually turned out pretty cute!
The rest of the day was filled with decorating and delivering sugar cookies, pink hot chocolate with heart-shaped marshmallows, a great family home evening on using kind words and 3 visits from the Valentine's Man himself! :) He brought the kids some fun little toys and new pj's. I loved when the Valentine's Man would come visit when I was little and its so fun to pass that tradition on my my little ones.
The scripture I am basing this family home evening on is found in Ephesians 4 29-32:
29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.
30 And agrieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.
31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:
32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.
Using my handy Cricut machine I cut out a bunch of little hearts in pastel colors. Then in red pen I wrote some kind things we say in our home, and some not kind things as well. I laminated these and will have them taped up all around the room. We are going to take turns picking one off the wall and deciding if this is something that helps the Spirit dwell in our home, or not.
I also cut big hearts and did the same thing, wrote good and bad things and laminated them. I am putting these in a circle on the floor and we are going to all walk around on them while primary songs play. When I push stop we have to stop on whichever heart we're on and whoever is on a nice heart gets a little treat. I love doing activities like this because it helps my little ones get their wiggles out while learning an important principle.
Finally as our last activity Paul and I are going to help the girls "write" letters to each other using conversation hearts. We will glue them on the paper and the girls can tell us what they want to write to fill in the blanks.
I am so excited for this lesson, not only for the kids, but for me as well. I often find myself saying things that are unkind or sarcastic and am excited to challenge myself and my family to be a little bit better.
Oh, and I almost forgot about dessert! Bakerella had these darling cupcakes for the decorator-challenged....yes please!! I hope you all have a fantastic Valentines Day and enjoy those sweethearts in your life! :)
I simply made a bunch of the smaller yo-yo's and hand-sewed them around the neckline of one shirt and as a little corsage on the other. I am making headbands and clips to match for my little sweethearts on Valentine's Day :)
I put together all these containers, each with a seperate purpose, but each giving me the chance to be organized and prepared. It has been SO lovely to not have to try and grab a million little things as I am trying to run out the door, they are all ready for me in the car :)
These 3 containers provide different things I am always in need of in the car. The bigger one is full of trial sized cleaning supplies so I can keep the car nice and clean. I have a garbage bag, Windex wipes, Clorox wipes, and Febreze spray in there. It has been so nice to wipe down the messy spills in the car and leave a little spray when we get out. Its lovely to climb into a clean, nice-smelling van every morning. The middle-sized container has essential toiletries that you always want to have on hand: diapers, wipes, pull-up, Kleenex, hand sanitizer, feminine products, lotion and sunscreen. I cannot tell you how many times that extra pull-up would have come in handy! And finally the smallest container has band-aids and all kinds of medicine.
Finally...the snack bucket!! I don't always have time to grab things as we are running out the door so I filled this bucket with kid-sized water bottles, fruit leather, kidz clif bars (so good!), instant breakfast packets, and packs of trail mix. Once a week I try to replenish the bucket and change it up...its also been quite nice for me to grab a healthy snack on the go too! :)
My kids love em! (and so does Paul!)
We are also going to use tonight to start our Wall of Love, its going to be a great week!! :)
This is the Johnson Family Wall of Love. We hang up these fun little decorations and everytime someone shows love to someone else we write down what they did on a heart and tape it up on the wall. It is a great way to make the kids more aware of showing each other and every one in our family a little more love. One tip: this is the 3rd year we have done this and last year I finally came up with the brilliant idea to cut a ton of hearts with my Cricut and laminate them. Now I have them for every year and I just write on them with a dry erase marker and then we can reuse them for next year!
Family Fun is THE place to go for adorable, easy valentines crafts, recipes and more!! We are going to make these simple valentines to take to all the kids friends. We are also going to be making sugar cookies and delivering them to our new neighbors. I think this will be a great way to teach the kids about loving our neighbors and a good way to get out and meet the people in the neighborhood.
I LOVE this little valentine card because no matter how young your kids are you can still have them participate! We are going to make these for all of the wonderful Grandma's and Grandpa's in our lives and deliver them with a special little treat.
Oh yeah, another strike baby!! (Okay, it was probably a gutter ball!)
So if you're every bored and don't want to go to the club or the bowling alley, just call the Johnson's and come on over!! :)
To go along with our Sunday Bucket I also made a little CTR jar for our family...always reminding us to Choose the Right to keep the Sabbath Day Holy. In this jar I put different ideas for activities we can do on Sunday. Each week the kids pick one out and that is what we do. I love doing this because the kids get SO excited to see what they will pick, and it also ensures that we don't end up doing the same activities and have the kids get sick of them.
Here is a list of some of the activities in the jar:
Go for a Walk (weather permitting:)
Act out favorite Scripture Story
Color a Sunday Picture for Grandparents
Play Sunday Games on the computer
Listen to our favorite Primary Songs
Pick a game from the Sunday Bucket
Play with Sunday Quiet Book
Watch a Sunday Movie (The Testaments, etc)
There are many more things, these are just a few. I have been thrilled with the Spirit that has been in our home that last few Sundays. Of course it is not perfect, but it does feel like a different day, just as it should. Cutting the Chaos and making Sunday's a more holy day in our home has been a huge blessing....what do you do with your young ones on Sunday's??