Tuesday, August 30, 2011
The rest of the box contains:
Plastic Jack-o-Latern pumpkins (The Christmas Tree Shop)
Plastic resin pumpkins (The Christmas Tree Shop)
Scarecrow and Happy Harvest small wooden pieces (The Christmas Tree Shop)
Silk Leaves (Hobby Lobby)
Orange pumpkins and gourds (The Dollar Store)
I am so excited about the fall themed activities that I have planned for our first mini-unit of the month and will be posting them mid-way through September!
Friday, August 26, 2011
Fun & Engaging Activities for Toddlers)
Day 1: Coloring and Cutting practice, Fruit Loop "beading" on pipe cleaners, Play Doh on a mat, Practicing her name.
Day 2: Number counting, puzzle, letter A items, spooning flat marbles
Day Three: Scooping colored balls into the matching colored cup, felt cupcake decorating (Unsolicited Advice), measuring flour with measuring spoons (by far this has been the favorite of the week for both of the older children), Leap Frog Magnets
The second day we read Anansi and the Moss Covered Rock. We also made fingerprint ants and ants on a log snack.
We made popsicle stick A's and read Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.
We are working on the numbers 7 and 8 in math, and are reviewing some of the basic sounds in reading along with some easy readers. J is also reviewing one letter a day in handwriting.
For Bible we started the story of creation. Our memory verse is Gen. 1:1: In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. I have found the best way that he learns his memory verse is to sing it. Each day we learned about one day of creation. I could not find an activity I really liked for the first day of creation, so I took the kids down to the basement and turned off the lights. We would say "and God said let there be light" and would take turns turning on and off the flashlight. Day Two we created the sky (blue construction paper with cotton ball clouds) and the third day I had them color a picture of what God created on that day.
Our mini unit is healthy eating. For the first day we talked about the food groups and glued pictures of food to the correct part of the food pyramid.
We watched the Reading Rainbow DVD: Gregory the Picky Eater and we sorted play food by food groups.
Overall we had a pretty good week and we were able to do everything we had planned. It did not always go as smoothly as I would have hoped but with three little kids I think we had a successful first week of school!
Monday, August 22, 2011
The goal for each bag is to keep it to $1/bag or less (which I did) and that everything fit in a resealable bag. I will send it off to the coordinator of my group and then will receive back 30 different activities for my son. This ends up costing about $60 (since it is about $30 for the 30 activities, $15 to ship the box to the coordinator and I will send $15 to the coordinator to mail my box back).
My husband was not too keen on the cost, but it is well worth it to me because I know to duplicate all 30 activities would be more than $30 , plus my time to put it all together is well worth more than $30. If you are interested she has done other swaps in the past: a toddler swap, Pre-K swap, and a K-2nd swap. She is also planning on a K-2nd reading and math activities swap in the future. Even if you are not interested in the swap she has great busy bag activity ideas that are great for keeping your child busy when homeschooling, traveling or whenever they are bored!
Sunday, August 21, 2011
Friday, August 19, 2011
I have linked up this post to Sugar & Spice on Seven Thirty Three, click on the button for more great craft ideas for little (and big) girls!
Monday, August 15, 2011
This is what I bought:
Toy Story Game
Misc Dinosaurs and Animals
Stencils (2 packs)
Foam Letters and Numbers Stickers
Three Reading/Words Cards
I Spy Card Game
Phase 10 Kids Dice Game
I was so excited, but once I got home I wished I had bought more from her (she was selling the workbooks for $.25 so I wished I had picked up more!)
Sunday, August 14, 2011
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Monday, August 8, 2011
Two t-shirts for me, three tank tops for my daughter, a pair of socks for her and a bathing suit for next year for her. All for $3.50!! I was so excited!
I had to go to Wal-Mart for a few items (not my favorite place to shop, but it is convienent when you need multiple types of items and only want to go to one store). But I was glad I stopped there- I love to hit their $1 and $2 racks and I am always sad I don't pick-up more when I leave. I have not hit this good of clearance there since January and here is what I found:
Two shirts and a pair of jeans for my daughter and a dress-up outfit for my little guy (it is 4T and he is only 18 months but for $2 he will grow into it!)
For my five year old I hit the jackpot! Eleven shirts, three pairs of pants and a pj bottom. My favorite is the lego t-shirt with a pen and two mini-figs for only $1 (I bought two identical shirts- I have lots of boys to buy for so one will probably be a gift!)
My two trips totalled $24, I was very happy since I have not done well lately finding good clothing at garage sales. Clothing for older kids is harder to come by and my target price is about $.50 a piece, but for $1/piece of brand new clothing I am very happy!
Keep your eyes open for Wal-mart clearance racks!
Monday, August 1, 2011
What's in the box:
Ice cream bowls from Hobby Lobby
Ice cream scoops from Hobby Lobby
Ice cream bowls and matching spoons from The Dollar Tree
Ice cream mini erasers from Target
Stuffed ice cream cones from my childhood
This sensory box is really making me hungry!!!