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|Posted on October 16, 2018 at 1:39 PM||comments ()|
|Posted on November 1, 2017 at 3:57 PM||comments ()|
Grateful Pumpkin - #funeasyinexpensivekidcraft
Our October was so busy with fun that we never had the chance to carve our pumpkins this year (or last...lol). I tried to squeeze in last week, but with everything we do in the last week of October it would have been forced and rushed. My daughter was fine with it because she had already decorated two pumpkins for Halloween and as the week quickly went by, I was already starting to think about what else I would do with these pumpkins. The idea of #gratefulpumpkin came to me and I was more excited about these than carving...so that's what we did!
What we used to create our #gratefulpumpkin:
1. A pumpkin (any size but bigger let's you write more things you are #grateful for - which is so important to teach your kids being #grateful)
2. Fall color construction paper
3. Glue stick
Cut a pretty design out of your construction paper. If your child can write have them write Our #GratefulPumpkin on paper, if not you can write. Glue to front of pumpkin
Have each person in your family write something you are #grateful for and add one thing everyday. By the end of the month you will have many things that you and your child are #grateful for and can reflect on each day. That's it!
What we learned: How to #reuse items around the house, the use of scissors, practice writing, spelling and being #grateful of course!
What we shared: Creativity, fun, discussing what #gratitude is and why being #grateful for the wonderful people and things in our lives is so important, quality time and memories.
My husband even got in on our #grateful pumpkin which is atypical for him to join in on our moms,kids and friends stuff. #ILoveit....this became a family thing.
#Makethetime and #takethetime today to share time with your family and talk about #gratitude, what your #amazingkids are #grateful for, what you are #grateful for and the importance of #gratitude!
I am excited to hear my daughters responses each day. We have one rule. If it is already on the pumpkin and another family member has written it, we can not repeat what we are #grateful for, but have to come up with something new.
My daughter is so excited about this simple and fun way to express her #gratitude, she said she wants to come up with two things everyday!
MAKE IT YOUR OWN, MAKE IT FUN, JUST MAKE IT!!
You'll be glad you did!
All of my best. May you have a wonderful start to this November. Dyan
|Posted on October 30, 2017 at 3:22 PM||comments ()|
We had our annual #happyhalloween party this weekend! As usual we were pressed for time but worked hard to make it happen! Incase you decide to throw a last minute party for your kids we wanted to share a few ideas.
My daughters food choices were a cute addition!
Cheese, olive and chive flour tortillas decorated as pumpkins.
Cutie oranges peeled and decorated with celery leaves to look like pumpkins.
We used purple organic grapes on skewers to give our serving platter a finished look.
The left over celery we washed and cut and added almond butter and decorated with dried cranberries. I found a better finished version of this on-line
Unfortunately, I did not have all the ingredients, but if you do I would suggest these instead.
We made witches brooms with cheese sticks Snyders GF pretzels wrapped with the chives. There are many varieties of these on-line we used chives already cut and ready to go much easier and faster prep time.
To See the #witchesbroom recipe at https://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detail.asp?recipe=2585020
And of course our magic potion station! The kids always love this!
We made rice krispie treats, instead of cutting them or shaping them into pumpkins, we made a silly pumpkin graveyard batch...definitely a time saver!
This years activities included decorating pumpkins, making slime and Halloween #Mad Libs.
Your local grocery should have small pumpkins for less than $1....and the kids love to decorate these. We typically use stickers/pens/stamps or paint. Whatever we have on hand. Another way to save money on your party!
We love slime!!
I found these containers at the dollar store so the kids could mix and take the container home. No mess for me and the container is perfect for the slime so it doesn't dry out! We always give a party favor to our guests. These gifts were around $3. Not bad for a pumpkin and slime!!
We love Highlights in our family. The book we used for our mad libs is a wonderful book of Halloween Mad Libs from Highlights. My daughter picked two out she wanted to do with her friends. I made copies for the girls. When they finished filling them in they each stood up and read to each other. One thing I always do at our parties is include something educational. This activity made the girls think and they also practiced reading and speaking in front of others. Of course they don't realize this...because they are having fun too!
At the end of the day I received the best compliment ever! One of the girls said to me that we throw the best parties ever! #ilove it It made our day!
#Maketime & #Taketime to spend #qualitytime with your kids this #Halloween. Whether you go all out or do a couple simple things. It is this time, any time, that we spend with our kids, that makes a difference in their lives and yours and helps you to raise #amazingkids
All of my best!
|Posted on October 26, 2017 at 5:53 PM||comments ()|
HAPPY PUMPKIN FAMILY is
One of my favorite #funeasyinexpensivekidscrafts for #Halloween. You also are #reusing some of the items from around your house! My favorite thing to do when making crafts. I thought I would share again. As it is already October and we have already started on our #HappyHalloween decorating.
I love #Halloween!
I love the childhood memories of picking a character for a costume (my mother made many of mine from scratch), dressing up and trick or treating. The memories of #Halloween have changed for me over the years and now as a mother myself, #Halloween has become fun again!
My #Halloweencraft today is easy, fun and inexpensive, Happy Pumpkin Family.
For all you moms out there that say you can't be crafty, think again. You can with a few products and some you might already have on hand. All of my best, Dyan
All you need is: paper towel roll, scissors, orange paint, paint brush, green tissue paper, black marker, googley eyes and a hot glue gun.
Cut the paper towel holder in 3 parts- small, medium and large.
Paint with the orange paint. Let dry.
Tear off green tissue paper, stuff in top of holder and twist a stem.
Glue eyes on with hot glue gun or other glue.
And make a nose and a mouth with black marker.
That's it! #Funeasyinexpensivekidcraft.
#Whatwelearned: Your child learns to think creatively by finding items around the house, strengthens hands for writing by painting and drawing mouths and noses.
#Whatweshared: lots of fun painting and creating our pumpkin faces, and making our first home made #Halloween decoration and a fun memory!
|Posted on October 24, 2016 at 1:36 PM||comments ()|
Unfortunately, my husband was in the hospital last week. he is doing better though, not quite where he needs to be, but better.
A good thing that came out of being there is that I came across a book about #Halloween. "The Magical Tale of HALLOWEEN DUST by Patricia Cardello (http://themagicaltales.com/ ) the link is also on my check out these links page http://www.momskidsandfriends.com/Check-out-these-links.html .
This is a cute story about a brother and sister and their search for bravery on #Halloween. While I was browsing the gift shop at the hospital, this book caught my eye because it comes with a soft bag of halloween dust.
If you happened to see my family video on my video page, I mention that we like Happy Halloweens, not the scary Halloweens depicted in some books and movies. We like friendly ghosts and characters with smiles. Pumpkins brimming with happiness and the magic of all things good! This book was an instant must have for me!
My daughter is fighting to be more brave, not only at #Halloween, but every night she falls asleep. As many children around her age are the same way.
When we got back from the hospital, we immediately read the book that night. And even though, it wasn't Halloween yet. We sprinkled Halloween dust around her room, in her bed and on her hand. She then sprinkled a bit more to be sure she had enough bravery to fall asleep. To my surprise, (4 days and running), she has gone immediately to sleep. No I'm scared, No can you turn on just one more light, nothing, straight to BED!
I love this book, because I feel that it has helped my daughter have a sense of security in herself and bravery.
#Halloween is a week away. If your child is fighting with the same problems, run out and buy this book. It may help you as it has helped us. The author also has more books that relate to other holidays. And if she hasn't written one yet, I am hoping that she writes one for kids, just like mine, who are scared to go to bed at night.
#HappyHalloween!! May your child or children find the happiness in the holiday and leave the scary stuff behind. I'm sure with a sprinkle of magic dust and your help they will! All of my best! Dyan
|Posted on October 19, 2016 at 4:19 PM||comments ()|
|Posted on November 30, 2015 at 2:30 PM||comments ()|
Practice #Patience with your kid - Baking a good learning tool
We all need a little #patience, right? I think there was a song about that…. If you are lucky enough to be a #patient person, I wish I was more like you! One way that I practice #patience is when I am #baking with my daughter. I love to #bake! And this time of year is the best time to #bake. It is like a switch goes off and my oven is in use all the time. Something to do with the fresh cool air and the holidays right around the corner and my need to reconnect with myself and my family through good old fashioned #baking.
My daughter and I have enjoyed this shared experience since she could stand up next to me in the kitchen (she even was my audience while still in her high chair). Every time we #bake, I come to the same conclusion… I love creating things with her in the kitchen, I am a bit of a control freak (a this is how we do it kind of person - so is my daughter) and I have to be #PATIENT!
This past week we did all things #pumpkin. #Pumpkin pancakes – yum! #Pumpkin cheesecake, #pumpkin chia seed pudding – yum yum!! (See Holiday page for recipe).
One way to practice #patience with your kid is to #bake. I find that when I #bake with my daughter I have to practice patience, real patience. She is eager to learn and create. She loves to measure, mix and pour. She has always loved to create things in a bowl making some concoction or another. I am a good baker, I always have been. But I know that it takes patience, correct measurements, time and having the mix of the right ingredients.
Since she was little I had to always take a deep breath to let her do the work, pouring, sifting, folding, stirring, measuring whatever the next step was, I had to take a step back and let her do it. This simple small step has given me the ability to teach her and grow with her in the kitchen. Even if it means, cracked eggshells in your dish, liquids spilled on the counter, flour everywhere, licked fingers in the bowl for the second, third or fourth time.
I tell myself she is learning, growing and one day will be a good baker and it is OK to make the mess as long as you clean it up, right?
Over the past several years I am finding that I am finally becoming more #patient. I am standing back and letting her have some control. After all, there are so many valuable lessons, learning opportunities and quality time spent with #baking (I always want this to be something fun we do together), not to mention the delicious creations you can make!
#Patience with #baking is not only practice for you, but for your kid. My daughter is always in the hurry up and pour, create and taste mood. She also likes to have complete control. While #baking I take the time to tell her the importance of correct measuring, mixing and the many safety rules of a kitchen. She has to practice #patience too, which is why this is such a valuable educational task for both of you.
Still don’t think you can be #patient?
If you cannot stand to relinquish the control…you can do what one of my friends does. She gives some ingredients to her daughter including her own bowls and measuring cups and lets her make her own in her own bowl. A good way to mix fun and learning without having to be so #patient.
All of us could use a bit more #patience. In this time and age we live in, it seems everywhere I turn people are getting more and more impatient. Standing in line at a store, traffic light, school pick-up, with your kids, your spouse….the list goes on and on. I am just as guilty as the next and have really been trying to focus on being #patient in every aspect of my life, with everyone that I interact with on a daily basis. Deep breathing, thinking before I act and now #baking. Grab your favorite cookbook, google your favorite recipe, get your kid in the kitchen and spend some quality time #baking. All of my best, Dyan
What I learned: Be more flexible, lighten up and that messes and mistakes are okay.
What we learned: #Baking improves many skills and is a wonderful learning tool. Depending on your childs age many things can be learned and/or introduced to them. How to organize ingredients, counting, measuring properly wet and dry ingredients, pouring, cracking eggs, stirring, reading the recipe and labels on ingredients, teamwork, textures of the ingredients, patience, creativity, an everyday task has a plethora of educational value, introducing the concept of fractions, clean-up, kitchen safety the list goes on….what a great way to be with each other, create something delicious and special for yourselves and family.
|Posted on November 5, 2015 at 5:56 PM||comments ()|
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#PumpkinGlobe A Fun and Educational Way to decorate a pumpkin
Not sure how to decorate your pumpkins this year? There are so many different ways to decorate or carve a pumpkin. We personally have not carved pumpkins yet at home because of my daughters age and quite frankly, even though I love pumpkin seeds, I don’t ever feel like dealing with the extra mess involved and my daughter would rather create with decorating then to carve.
If your are looking for a fun, different and new way to decorate your pumpkin this year, why not make it educational and decorate a #pumpkinglobe. This is a great way to mix holiday fun with learning. One of my favorite things to do! Learn new things while having fun!
A pumpkin of any size
A globe to review all the continents, countries, bodies of water, etc
Blue Paint (for the color of water) to paint the base of the pumpkin
Other colors of paint to paint the continents
Black marker to label the continents
That is it! How easy and fun!
Of course you can make it more involved depending on the age of your child. If your child is younger, just the basics will do. The seven continents labeled by name. If your child is older, you can get much more detailed. You can draw the equator, add countries, even states and add the oceans - if you are so inclined.
Depending on your creativity, you can do more than just paint the shapes of the countries on the pumpkins. You can cut out the shapes of the countries with construction paper or paper you painted in the shapes of the countries, use fabric, colored thumbtacks to shape the countries or what ever else. It’s up to you and your imagination. Make it your own design. The most important thing is to have fun while creating it, to learn new things about the world we live in and to spend quality time doing it!
While your out and about today, pick-up an extra pumpkin at the grocery store, get the needed supplies and create your pumpkin world with your child. Take the time and enjoy the time teaching and/or reinforcing their geography knowledge. I would love to hear from you. If you decorate a #pumpkinglobe this year. Send me a picture and I will post it on my Halloween page. Have a fun and educational day! All my best, Dyan