1 year!

 

Well today The Adventures of Action Jackson blog turned 1 year old!  Thank you to everyone who comes and reads on all the activities we do.  We hope that everyone had a Merry Christmas is you celebrate. Jackson’s birthday is also Christmas day so we get to celebrate his awesomeness with a lot of presents.  He turned a might 4 years old!

You can also keep up with us on Facebook.   See everyone in the new year!

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Santa’s Countdown to Christmas!

Action Jackson is getting to the age where visual displays help to let him know when something important is coming up. Well Christmas is only days away. I have never done an advent calendar and don’t really like the idea of all the little toys or candies in there. Mainly because they will all be gone before Christmas arrives.  So instead I went to Joann’s and found a felt santa.  Since I wanted to do a countdown somehow I thought that I get some white pom poms and glue them each day onto Santa’s beard. Here’s what we did:

Step 1: We had to glue all the pieces of Santa together. The pre-made kit can be bought at Joann’s for $10. We put it together with Glue Dots.

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Step 2: Line up all your pom poms in the order you want them. You should have 24 (Since Santa comes on Christmas Eve).

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Step 3: One by one take off the pom- poms and number with a sharpie. 24 should be at the end of the beard to make it full when it is finished.

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Step 4: Hang him up and add a pom pom each day! We have been using the glue dots and they work just fine.

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MERRY CHRISTMAS! 

Gobble! Gobble! Shake Your Tail Feathers!

I haven’t posted anything in a few weeks so it was about time we did a craft.  Finally getting settled enough to bring the crafts out and have some fun. Today was glitter explosion! I don’t know what I would do without our craft tray I got many months ago. It keeps 90% of all the glitter in the tray, rather find that 10% around the house rather than all of it!

While going through my craft supplies I found a couple of old hand prints I had cut out of Jackson’s a few months ago (I’m guessing I really don’t remember when I cut them out). Since Thanksgiving is the next holiday we will celebrate I figured I might as well turn those hand prints into some turkeys!

 

What you need:

  • Construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Paper towel tube
  • Glitter
  • Glue 

Step 1:  Make your handprints

Trace your child’s hand and cut it out on the construction paper. Sorry I don’t have pictures of this step since it was already done. 

Step 2:  Glue

Place glue all over the hand prints, one at a time since it tends to dry fast in a thin layer.  We used clear school glue. 

Step 3:  GLITTER!!!! 

You can decorate any time you want, but we used glitter. Gold, copper, silver, blue, green, and purple is what we used.

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Step 4:  DRY

Allow your turkeys to dry other wise the fingers will bend.

Step 5: Cut your tube

Cut your card board tube from 1 1/2 inch – 3 inches. Depending on how many turkeys you are doing.

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Step 6: Glue the Turkeys! 

Glue your turkeys on to your tubes. The bottom should stand to the bottom of the tube so that it is standing straight.

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We added some  sequins as eyes. Over all I think they came out pretty cute and Jackson really enjoyed playing with glitter.  These would be great for Thanksgiving as place card holders or decorations.

 

Have fun making yours and send pictures if you want!

Thrifty Halloween Decorations

It’s a few days away from Halloween! This is one of my favorite holidays!  While I would love to decorate the outside of my house like all my neighbors, we just don’t have the money for that. Plus I like decorations very inexpensive! OR FREE!

This week we have made outdoor lanterns for the sidewalk and we have made spooky silhouettes for Jackson’s windows.  Both were made with items from around the house!

We will start with the silhouettes. Sorry I didn’t take pictures of the process since it was super simple. All we did was use Contact Paper. Yup that is it!  I heard you can even use Press N Seal paper too. For us all we had to do was draw on the back side of the contact paper our spooky shapes and cut it out!  We made ghost, pumpkins and bats.  Once you cut it out gently peel the backing off and stick it to your windows! That is it. How super simple!  At night just have a light shining through the back of the curtains so people from the street can see your spookiness!

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Spooky Outdoor Lanterns

Yes another easy and (cheap) project. I collect everything, jars mostly, but my craft room is full of random stuff. Thankfully I had several jars for this project.

What you need:

  •     Empty clean jar
  •     Tissue paper ( green, orange, white) We actually used orange crepe paper (streamers) for the pumpkin. 
  •     Mod Podge
  •     Scissors, paint brush
  •     Black construction paper
  •     Black duct tape

You might want a paper plate or something to rest your jar on while you work. 

Take you a section of tissue paper ( like a quarter of a sheet) and cut it in to strips. You will be placing them vertical on the jar, make sure they are long enough.

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Take your jar and start brushing on the Mod Podge.

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Once you get your jar covered ( or you can work in sections)  start laying your strips of tissue paper. After each strip laid coat a layer of mod podge on top and repeat until the how jar is covered.

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Once your Jar is covered with Mod Podge  draw a face on your black construction paper and cut it out.  Finally Mod Podge it on your jar as well.

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Next take your black duct tape and tape around the mouth of the jar.

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Just let dry and your are all done. Drop a tea light or a battery operated tea light inside and let it light you walkway!

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Where do I live?

As our children get older the more questions they have. A big one they might as is “Where do I live?”.  Jackson has recently become obsessed with space. As parents, his father and I are super proud. But it started me thinking he knows earth, he knows how to give me directions to Target or Publix, but does he really know where he lives? So I set out through Pinterest to see if there was somehow to give him a correlation between Earth and where we live. And thanks to Teach Mama, she did just that. Breaking down the sections to make it easy on kids.  You start at our house, to your street, city, state, country, continent, and planet.  She even gives you a downloadable file that has the different sized circles to make it easy.

What you need:

  •  Downloadable file from Teach Momma
  • Construction Paper (This is what we printed our planets off on, trimmed to size)
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Whole Punch and something to hold everything together. (We used a D-ring that I was able to slide the pieces of paper in individually and then super glued it shut)

Step 1:

Print your circles out

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Step 2:

Collect your print outs for each location

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Step 3:

Color and decorate

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Step 4:

Glue

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Step 5:

Whole punch and connect.

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Now that we have finished with this location, I think we will have to do one with all the planets.

Resources where we got our maps:

Street and City maps- Google Maps

Continent- www.yourchildlearns.com

Planet – Google Images

State and Country – www.50states.com

Sock Puppets

Today was craft day today with my mom’s group.  The theme was sock puppets. I don’t think Action Jackson was very interested in it after he colored on the sock. Maybe he will grow to really like his sock like he did with Mr. Pickles (his Muppet).  He usually runs around the house though with socks on his hands, which is silly since more often than not they aren’t clean.

 

Supplies:

EVERYTHING IN YOUR CRAFT ROOM! No, seriously, anything and everything works to make sock puppets, but if you need a list here you go:

  • Socks
  • Pom-Poms
  • Google eyes
  • Fabric Markers
  • Beads
  • Pipe Cleaners
  • Buttons
  • Sewing Kit
  • Felt
  • Yarn
  • Hot glue

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As you can see from all of our mom’s we had a lot of items!

Step 1:

Choose your sock. Slide your hand into the sock so that your fingers are where you toes go.  Open your hand at the toe of the sock and push the sock in to your palm.  This will be making the mouth.

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Step 2:

Cut your felt out to the color that you would like your mouth to be. We chose green, and later cut out just enough red for a tongue.  Hot flue the felt in.

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Step 3:

Decide what kind of eyes you want either the google eyes or if you want to sew on buttons. Mark and make your sock puppet see!

Step 4:

Design. Have fun with your puppets. Give it a nose, hair, scales, anything you can think of. Here is some inspiration!

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Our lovely mom Elizabeth made a dragon for her little one.

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She ended up adding her google eyes to the pom pom’s so that they stand up more!

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Jackson’s and mine needs some help, but it was still fun making it

 

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All of our socks!

 

No sock puppets are perfect. They are supposed to be silly and a lot of fun to make. It’s the memories made that are more important than a physical appearance.

 

I hope everyone has fun! 

 

Flash cards!

It might be summer but I am trying to keep Jackson up with his alphabet and his numbers. Since it is a big part of learning!

Target has there Up and Up index cards (and crayons) for $.25 and they have a coupon when you buy 4 (school supply) up and up items get $1 off. So hello freebie!

I started with the alphabet and but the index cards in half. I made upper case on one side and lower case on the other. Hopefully this will help him be able to start matching his alphabet! I also made 3 prefixes for him to match with different letters to spell new words. Hopefully it will help him start to read.

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Then we made number flash cards.  Same way as alphabet flash cards just cut the index cards in half.   I made the numbers from 1-20 with spelling them out on one side.  Then from 20-50 by 10’s. This way I can use the previous 1-9 words and match them with the higher numbers, (IE. 25- twenty-five, 37- thirty-seven, ect). I also made a few flash cards 1-10 with shapes on them for little man to count.

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(I’m not the best artist, but it works)

Sensory Bins

Since sensory bins are everywhere it seems, Jackson and I decided make two today.

The 1st one all we did was mix water beads ( already hydrated) and shaving cream. He usually likes to play with shaving cream, today he just wasn’t into having his hands all dirty. I however did enjoy it. I love the feel of water beads, instant hand massage for me.  Shaving cream just gives it a little bit more friction.

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The second sensory bin we made used beans. We used black beans, red kidney beans, small red beans. I even added some cashews. Warning if they get wet they become slimy.  So you may not want to add them.  Jackson loved this one. He even put his Angry Birds and farm animals in to play.

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Let’s scoop them

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Yum mommy!

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Even has to add some beans to the shaving cream.

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Hello Angry Birds

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Make some music

There have been two things that I have been wanting to purchase for Jackson lately, a camera and a guitar.  A camera might have to wait until his birthday/Christmas. However, the guitar is something he tries to play every time he sees one around.  On our latest shopping trip at Joann’s, my husband picked up a few more FREE cardboard tubes that use to hold fabric, just like the ones we used in DIY Car Track. Of course we have 3 huge tubes in my dining room and I’m trying to find new projects to do with them.

I didn’t take any pictures of the actual process but it is very simple. I wanted to make something that I could use things I already had. For the guitar all you need is the cardboard tube, cut in half, a shoe box, with or without a lid, and rubber bands.

 

Since these tubes are very thick I got my exacto knife and did deeper cut around the tube where I needed it to be cut at.  I then karate chopped it off the edge of the table breaking it in two. Yup! I did that!  Use your exacto knife again to clean up the edges.  Have your shoe box ready take the bottom of the tube and put it in the middle of the side of the shoe box.  Outline it and cut it out with your exacto knife.  Be able to slide the tube all the way through the shoebox.  Give your tube  1/2 inch to full inch on the other side of the shoebox.  Then place rubber bands around the shoebox. 6  for a guitar or 4 for a bass. I guess I made Jackson a bass if we are going to be technical.

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Bottom line… Jackson loves this thing. He plays it anytime he hears music.

Tornados!!!!!

Since here in the south we have had nothing but rain for the entire month of July, Jack and I decided to make a tornado.(Do you remember doing these in elementary school?) I’ve been wanting to do this project for a while and now I am kinda sad I waited. He is memorized by this.  It’s nice because his little hands are able to flip over the water bottles to form the tornado. I love the weather, I always have. It doesn’t help that my dad is meteorologist. (If you are looking for a new weather report thanks to hurricanes or anything else check it out here)
Jack and I need to do more weather activities.

 

How to make a tornado!

 

What you need:

  • 2 bottles – The smaller the bottles the smaller and shorter the tornado will be. We used 1.5L bottles. Clean and dry. 
  • Glitter Glue
  • Glitter
  • Monopoly house- we used 2 of the small green ones.
  • Duct Tape
  • Hot Glue
  • Food Coloring

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Step 1:

Fill one of your bottles 3/4th of the way with hot water.

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Step 2: 

Add 3-5 drops of food coloring to your water. Don’t go to dark otherwise you can not see.

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Jackson got a little excited before this step and started playing with the food coloring before it was time.

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Step 3:

Add your glitter glue, glitter, and houses to mix everything together.

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Step 4:

Add a bead of hot glue around the rim of one bottle. Then place your other bottle on top of the glue and continue to hot glue around the opening. Cover then with duct tape.

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Step 5:

Shake and spin and turn upside down.. Watch your tornado pick up your house and your glitter become debris.

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After this all I heard was Again Again!! You know you are doing something right when your kid becomes excited over science!