Sunday, December 23, 2012

Candy Cane Activities

Candy Canes... In our house they are for stirring hot chocolate, decorating the tree and for making our annual snowmen sleighs.  I thought that it would be fun to start a couple of new traditions.  Here are a few fun activities that I found while searching for new ideas!
 
                                                             Marble Painting
                                            Hubbard's Cupboard

Here are my kids in action making their candy canes. My 10 year old and 2 year old had fun doing this activity together.


                                             Candy Cane Pom Pom Ornament
                                             Skip To My Lou

                                                            Candy Cane Mice
                                           Martha Stewart Kids

And one more from our home to yours....

                         Marshmallow Snowman with Candy Cane Sleigh
                                      Creative and Curious Kids!


Christmas Greetings!
Jen



                                             

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

10 Hershey Kiss Activities


Hershey Kisses.. bring back many childhood memories for me!  I've shared our kiss wreath  ornaments on here before, but I thought it would be fun to see what other memories families are creating with this sweet little treat. 

                              #1     Hershey Kiss Matching Game
    from It's Written on the Walls
 
 
#2
                                     Hershey Kiss Christmas Mice from The Crafty Crystal


   #3
                                               Hershey Kiss Gnomes from An Inch of Gray


#4
                                       Hershey Kiss Angels by Free Fun Christmas

        #5
                                     Christmas Tree Tutorial from Qbees Quest


#6
                      Hershey Kiss Advent Calendar from That Bald Chick


#7
Fun Crafts from Hershey's


#8
Kissle Toe from Hershey's
 
 
#9

                                          Kisses Printable from Amanda's Parties to Go


#10
                             Hershey Kiss Ornaments from Creative and Curious Kids!



So many creative ideas!
Which craft/activity is your favorite? 
 
Jen

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Hello Out There!

Sorry that I've been in hiding.. I'm here.. really! 

Working on a fun Christmas post.. will share soon. 

I've been having fun being creative with the kids, just haven't had much time for writing. The girls will be performing in a Lyrical Christmas Carol soon and little man will be turning 3 this month!  LIfe's a little crazy.

Have a great day!

Jen

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Turkey Activities

 
                                     


 
Thanksgiving is right around the corner and although our focus is on being grateful for our many blessings, turkey crafts are just too fun to pass up! 
Here are some activities that we have been enjoying this year or in years past.  Maybe you'll find something fun for your little one!

Funny Turkey printout from DLTK- Thanksgiving Poems and Songs
After printing out our turkeys and reading the poem, the kids colored their turkeys with marker and then glued on colorful feathers.

 
Silly Turkey Activity on Starfall.com
After creating a cute little turkey online, we printed out an activity.  I asked little man about his favorite book and then wrote it for him.  Next, we read over his paper together pointing at each word.

 
 
Turkey Book Suggestions, activities, and free printable at The Activity Mom
 
Be sure to stop by to read my most recent post and print out a free printable to be used with Five Silly Turkeys or 10 Fat Turkeys!  The kids enjoyed both of these Thanksgiving stories.




Hand print activity and poem from Mrs. Nelson's Class.   Great little gift for Grandparents!
 
Poem: This isn't just a turkey. As anyone can see. I made it with my hand, Which is a part of me. It's made with lots of love, Especially to say. I hope you have a very Happy Thanksgiving Day!


Turkey posts from the past....


The Annual Turkey Fashion Show

Write a Turkey Tale

Curious About Turkeys?

Gratitude Turkey


Any fun turkey activities you are doing or have done in the past?  Let me know!

Jen




Saturday, November 10, 2012

Fun Thanksgiving Videos

Often I will use YouTube as a resource for online stories or for fun educational songs and poems.  Parents beware though, at times you may come across videos that are inappropriate.  Here are a few tips when searching for videos..

1.  Search "....for kids" in the search box to narrow it down to things that are appropriate for children.

2.  Find videos on Pinterest that other parents or educators have already found.

3.  Search for videos ahead of time and save address to view with child at a later date.

To make things a little easier for my readers, I'm going to share some fun Thanksgiving videos that we have enjoyed that are family friendly!








Just three videos for now, to ensure that everything will load well. Enjoy!

Jen

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Socks for Sandy

I was just reading a post over at Ginger Snap Crafts and wanted to share.  Along with other bloggers, Ginger Snap Crafts is asking for donations of socks, hats, and gloves to send to some of the victims affected by Hurricane Sandy.  To warm not just their hands, heads, and feet, but to warm their hearts and souls. 

Please visit her blog and read her beautiful post

The girls and I will be purchasing items this week to send.  Here is the address...


Socks for Sandy
P.O. Box 520
Little Egg Harbor, NJ 08087

Please mail by Friday, November 9 since the need is urgent.


Please let me know if you are participating. I love hearing from my readers.



Thoughts and prayers with so many who are suffering right now. 

Blessings,
Jen

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

A Punk Rocker, a Witch, and a Pumpkin?

Sunshine age 10

Peanut age 8

Pumpkin age 2
 
 
Oh and I almost forgot about Spider Web girl?  or should I say Momma!
 
Last Saturday, we had fun dressing up for a Halloween parade. Sunshine even won third place in her age group for her punk costume. 
The Spider Web eyes idea.. not my own... found it on Pinterest and had to try it. Here's the pic that I found and printed out to help me decorate around my eyes.


I love the fun and creativity of Halloween...  a little bit spooky.. okay, but gore or evil.. not my thing for sure! My kids complain that my Halloween decorations are too cute!


Enjoy your Halloween adventures!

Jen

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Cinderella.. My Little Mouse

This week has been quite busy with late night play rehearsals and then finally the big production of Cinderella. Peanut played a mouse and performed in five shows this week. She did such a wonderful job. I wanted to share a couple of pics, because I am so proud of her hard work and dedication this month to this production! 


 
 
Awesome job, Peanut.
We love you!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Life Beyond the Electronics!

So what happens when you take the kids away
for a weekend without television or electronics? 
 
Yes, I said no electronics! 
 
Here's what happens.. the creative and curious juices get a flowin'! 
 
And my kids thought that life would stop without their
DSI and computer and Wii...
 
Well look at them now....

Exploring nature

Looking for Elk
 
Hiking with Momma
 
Looking for inspiration for journal writing

 A sample of Peanut's journal writing after hiking (age 8)
 
Learning about animals
 
Building structures with crayons
 
 
Playing cards- Old Maid
 
And...enjoying the fall leaves
 
What do your kids enjoy doing when the electronic "stuff" is put
away for the day or weekend?
 
Jen


Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Create a Witches Hat!


Who says a witches hat has to be black?  We had so much fun creating these colorful and sparkly witches hats for Halloween. 

Materials
Colorful card stock
Glitter(we used a  mix of colors)
Markers
Halloween Stickers

I cut out the hats for the kids and assisted with the glittering process.  We used baking sheets covered with foil and this worked out great.  Less mess for sure.

Just read this tip online somewhere this week... can't remember where though to give credit to this awesome idea. 



 
Little man creating with his buddies
 
Happy Halloween!
 
Jen
 


Trip Clip Giveaway!


The Activity Mom is giving away this great product, so I had to share! It is called the Trip Clip. With three kids and 3 hr trips to our camp, this is something that we would use.  Why am I interested?  It has a variety of activities available to print and the attached marker is definitely a bonus!



Stop on over to The Activity Mom to learn more about this product and enter to win your own.

Jen

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