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

Alphabet Crayons

You have kids, you have crayons, you end up having broken crayons, am I right?  Last week I bought a bunch of crayons thanks to a free deal through Target. I stockpiled. Well now I am thinking what am I going to do with 8 boxes of crayons plus the ones we already have.  My dear husband suggested the other day to take a box and melt them down into a few big crayons. Well I took his suggestion and made 3 larger crayons, but I also made some Alphabet crayons. Since Action Jackson knows most of his alphabet, he still needs help. I am hoping this helps.

What you need:

  • 24 pack of crayons (or a lot of broken pieces)
  • Alphabet mold (these can be found in the soap section of Michaels)
  • Muffin tin and liners

Step 1:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line your muffin tin with liners.

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Step 2:

Start removing the wrapper from all crayons. After doing several of these by just my fingernail, I had the bright idea to run them under hot water. This was much faster! As you remove the wrappers start breaking the crayons ( or using the broken ones) and placing the pieces into the muffin tin.

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Only have a few crayons in each liner for the alphabet (We refilled another time to make the whole alphabet)

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However, if you want big blocks for crayons fill the liners to almost the top.

Step 3:

Bake for the alphabet for roughly around 4 min.  Until they are all melted.

Bake for the larger crayons around 8-9 minutes. Until all is melted.

Step 4: 

For the alphabet: Once you remove your melted crayons from the oven, carefully pick up one liner at a time and pour it into the alphabet mold.  Allow them to cool completely in the mold. Repeat until the entire mold is full.

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Bottom, still allow to cool.

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Front.

For larger crayons: Allow the crayons to set for roughly 5 min. Remove from tin and allow to cool completely.

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Top

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Bottom.

Step 5:

For the alphabet:  Once the crayons are cooled flip the mold over and lightly push on the mold to release the crayons.

Step 6:

Enjoy!

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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!

Bottle Cap friends

My family and I the past few weekends have been going to our friends house to swim. Last weekend we were sitting around and Jack found 2 bottle caps and put them together like they were a mouth. What kid doesn’t do that? Heck, I am almost 28 years old and I STILL do that! But seeing a 3 year old do that got my creative juices running and here is what we did.

What you need:

  •   Bottle caps (at least 2 per friend)
  •   Small piece of ribbon (we used red for a tongue)
  •   1 medium sized pom-pom
  •  2 google eyes ( more or less depending on what you want your friend to look like)
  •   Spray paint
  •    Hot glue

Step 1:

Spray paint your bottle caps what ever color you want. If they are already plain no biggie. I just didn’t want my son’s friend to be a corona bottle cap.

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(I LOVE this color, I even used it to spray paint my hanging flower pots) 

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Step 2: 

Get your pom-pom and your small google eyes ( or which ever size you have or want) and hot glue the eyes on the pom-pom.

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Step 3:

Cut your small piece of ribbon on the end to make a V, just like a snake tongue.  This step is optional if you don’t want your friend to have a tongue.

Step 4:

Once your bottle caps are dry, place your ribbon on the bottom of one cap so it is hanging out just a little bit.

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Step 5:

Hot glue the other bottle cap into the one with the ribbon.

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Now you can have friends in all sorts of colors and make them with different faces. Enjoy!

Make some noise!

With Independence Day right around the corner, Jackson and I decided to make some noise makers today. Our neighborhood does a huge block party that day and an amazing firework display at night. For a HOA funded firework display this thing is better than some city firework shows I have seen.  This year we will be taking our wagon and walking to the lake so little man has something to sit on while we wait for the fireworks. But why not have some noise makers to keep him entertained as well on the 10 minute walk? OOoo.. this reminds me, we can do something to decorate the wagon too =)

Anyways, I went into my craft room (that is in huge need of organization) and tried to find things that I already had. What I found was: construction paper, bells, pipe cleaner, popsicle sticks, and tape. 

I had no idea what I was going to be doing before starting this. It just kinda happened and Jack could help in every step along the way. Well not cutting the stars. But he did help cut pipe cleaners.

Step 1:

Take your pipe cleaners and cut them to about 2- 2.5 inches long. At one end of the pipe cleaners tie on one of the jingle bells.

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Don’t let your son steal your jingle bells. He will put up a playful fight to keep them 😉 And even lick them so you don’t want them back… hhaah

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Step 2: 

Draw and cut out your star shapes.  I didn’t measure or anything. I just drew stars large enough to fit over the popsicle sticks. There are two stars so that it makes a pocket to slide over the top of the sticks.  I taped 2 sides together at this point to keep them together.

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Step 3:

Tape your pipe cleaners to the top front side of the sticks.

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Step 4: 

Slide your star on top of your stick. Tape the star to the stick as well as tape the rest of the sides together to have it closed.

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Make some noise!!!

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Let’s be a Prince (or a Princess)

A few weeks ago we took Jack to see Disney on Ice and it was all Princesses. Well I knew the place would be filled with all these little girls dressed as their favorite princess (BOY! WAS I RIGHT!) Well I didn’t want Jack to feel left out, so I made him a crown so he could be a prince for the evening. I  wanted to find a crown that was just right and and could be used more than once. So felt was automatically perfect for the occasion.

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Our family ❤

I didn’t take pictures of the making of this crown, but as luck would have it, a close friend of mine is having a baby boy in June so I made him a newborn sized crown with pictures!!

I will be showing 3 different crowns (1 boy and 2 girls)

For all of these you will need:

2 pieces for felt (same or contrasting colors)

thread

sewing machine

pattern

sharp scissors

The pattern I used for the newborns and Jackson’s crown I found at Hellobee . For this crown you will need some embroidery thread and needle.

Step 1: 

Lay out your crown pattern (remember this was for a newborn for newborns use once, for toddler cut the felt horizontally and use the pattern twice)

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(for newborns use once, for toddler cut the felt horizontally and use the pattern twice)

Step 2:

Cut out your felt pieces and line them up. (using pins help while sewing)

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Step 3: 

Sew the 2 pieces together along all the edges. In the back where the pieces overlap cut down one triangle so that it will not be thicker than the others. Once you are done sewing go around with scissors and trim up your crown so that all edges meet perfectly. Use the embroidery thread at your back seam for added decoration.

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Congratulations you now have your own Prince Crown! Customize it as much as you want or leave it be.

Now for those Princesses! These crowns were made for the same little boy’s bigger sisters. Why not have a fairy tale family!

These patterns came from Cutesy Crafts . They are the exact same steps as the above crown so I will just show with pictures!

Step 1:

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(You can see on the light pink where the main section of the crown I placed in the middle and along the top is the band for the back of the child’s head. I wanted the seams to be along the sides instead of the middle like the pattern showed.)

Step 2:

Cut it out!

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Step 3: SEW!!!

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I hope you princesses and prince enjoy a little dress up time this week!

Let’s Play with Shaving Cream!

There are so many different ways you can play with shaving cream. This week our shaving cream play time involved a tarp (left over from Outdoor Waterbed), shaving cream (we used 2 travel sized cans) and a little bit of water that was left over from rinsing the tarp off in the 1st place 🙂

After spraying on the shaving cream I just let Jackson go to town. It turned out to be a pretty cool slip n slide. We will definitely be doing this one again!  He had so much fun that all you could see was a smile on his face and hear the giggles in the air.  He even pretended to be a frog perched on top of his lilly pad.

Warning: very picture heavy! It just shows the excitement! 

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Mind Jar

I have been seeing these Mind Jars floating around Pinterest for a while now. I finally decided to make one. Perfect calm down tool now that Action Jackson has graduated to a 3 minute time out. These mind jars take between 2-3 minutes to settle down. I can’t wait to really try it out with him and see how it works.

I got the recipe for it from My Crazy Blessed Life‘s mind jar right here.

I used a Ethnos bottle 3/4 full of hot (near boiling) water. My Crazy Blessed Life used a Smart Bottle. Either one will work. The bottles have a small smooth circumference  perfect for little hands to hold. And they are plastic since more than likely they will be dropped by little hands.  There are other Mind Jars on Pinterest made out of actual glass jars. I just don’t trust my 3 year old when he is upset to be holding glass.

I also used a full bottle of CLEAR Elmer’s glue, white glue will NOT work. It will turn your water white where you can not see the glitter. I then mixed the clear glue with the hot water in the bottle. Give it several shakes so it dissolves.

Then mix a tube  of glitter glue ( any color) and a tube of fine glitter into the water bottle. This would probably be best is they were the same or similar colors. We used red. Since it was the only color I had both glitter and glitter glue.

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Adding the glitter

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All shaken up.

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All settled….

I hope that this will work with your little one becomes a cranky butt and just needs to calm down.

 

Cardboard Paintings

Looking for a cheap inexpensive activity for your little ones? Why not paint? Have no idea what to paint on, just grab an old box you have in the garage or an old shoe box and give it new life for a few moments.

We love to paint in this house. The only art work up on the walls actually are of Jackson’s paintings.  So today when he wanted to go outside I wanted to give him an activity to do other than digging up my flowers.

I brought out our Tempura Paints and did a few squirts into muffin cups.  I was able to pick up smaller paints and brushes in Target’s $1 isle yesterday. Took an old moving box out of the garage and onto the back patio. And I let him have some fun!

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We tried a little bit of drip painting. He got bored with that fast since it didn’t fall off quick enough.

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we have to paint rocks!!!

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While singing “Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes” he started painting body parts =)

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Yes you can paint my white flowers blue.

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When we were all done, we turned the muffin cups inside out and smeared the remaining paint!

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Our finished painting!

Have fun and enjoy!!