Friday, October 24, 2014

Halloween Cascarones and Toddler Activity

Before I start this post, I should explain what "cascarones" are. I come from a Mexican family, so they have always been an Easter tradition that I LOVE, but many people who aren't as geographically close to Mexico as we are may not know about these fun little eggs. Cascarones are emptied out egg shells filled with candy, money, flour, or confetti. They are dyed and decorated just like regular hard boiled eggs would be decorated during Easter. Intrigued? Keep reading to see how to make your own and incorporate them into your Halloween traditions :-) I promise they are sure to be crowd pleasers!

How to make Halloween Cascarones (confetti eggs)!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Honey Fried Bananas

My boys LOVE bananas. It is the first thing they ask for when they wake up. Unfortunately, they're also pretty picky about their 'nanas. They must be perfectly yellow, without blemish or bruise, and they absolutely cannot be broken (that last one is important-we've had many a meltdown because of broken bananas!)

So when they woke up yesterday morning to slightly green, almost ripe 'nanas, they were less than thrilled. Then they saw I was taking a knife to their precious fruit and we almost had a meltdown (you would think I was butchering the poor 'nana the way they reacted!)

So what's a mom to do? Well, see if they want to help me turn these not-yet-perfect-plantains into a perfectly delicious snack!

Honey Fried bananas have been on my Pinterest "Yum" board for quite a while. It was time to move them over to my "done" board. With the (reluctant) help of my toddlers, I finally made these and they did not disappoint (even picky toddlers approved!)

Ingredients:
One slightly green banana
Tablespoon of honey
Tablespoon of water
Olive oil
Cinnamon for sprinkling

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Marble Painting


Last week we had our fourth preschool co-op. I really love getting together with the moms and other kids (they range in age from 1 1/2 to 3 1/2 years old). Most of the time, it feels like we are trying to organize chaos...but it's a good time of trying to teach routines and reinforce basic skills (since we only meet once a week, we leave teaching "big ideas" to parents. The activities we do are only meant to reinforce what parents already do at home).

Last week's theme was "Seasons". The challenge is always finding activities to meet the wide range of abilities in the group. So I scoured my best resources (see: Pinterest), and came up with several activities including this one: Fall Marble Painting

While marble painting is nothing new to the preschool art world, specifically applying this as a fall project came from The Moffat Girls. The project is really simple and (mostly) mess free!

Supplies:
Paint in fall colors
Handful of marbles
Shallow box
Paper
Tape


Just plop a few drops of paint right on the paper then SHAKE SHAKE SHAKE!

Older Munchkins were able to hole both ends of the box themselves while younger ones needed a second set of hands to support them.


I love how this became a sensory experience- hearing the balls run across the box, feeling the weight shift as the balls rolled, and watching the paint as it dispersed around the paper, etc.

Each piece of art came out unique and beautiful.


After the paint dried, I took The Moffat Girls Advice and make thankfulness leaves. While the boys are still too young for cutting and tracing, I was happy to do this part myself as they napped.

 
And the finished product:
 


 
T     H     A     N     K     F     U     L

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

VariQuest Sticker maker for Preschool

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Well that was a nice long break from the blog! For those inquiring minds, I took a much needed hiatus because I had so many other commitments (two new weekly Bible studies, serving on our women's board at church, and starting a new preschool co-op), I've been a busy mama! Not to glorify "busy-ness" more than it already is, I decided I needed to make time to get me and the fam into a new routine before I could blog again. Don't get me wrong, I love my little corner of the internet. But when it comes to blogging and church and family, blogging takes a backseat. Now that I feel like we are in a groove again, I think I'll (slowly) start sharing more here :-)

This is a post that I have been itching to write. About a month ago (or longer...my mommy brain no longer has the ability to accurately estimate time spans), I won a VariQuest Sticker Maker. I've got to tell you it's a super cool little tool! I've used it several times now and am thrilled with how simple and useful it is. Here's just a couple ways I've used it in home and preschool activities:

Recycling yogurt tubs to make "Feed the Animals" activity
Directions: Print out pictures of your desired animals and and run them through the sticker maker. Viola, Sticker success! Stick it onto desired tubs and cut holes on the top for food.

VariQuest Sticker Maker
 
preschool farm animal activity

Monday, August 18, 2014

Children's Art Frames

Hi all! Remember last week in my Untoy: Playing and Crafting with straws post, I mentioned that I had a special project I was working on? Well, I'm finally ready to show it off: My children's Art Wall with DIY frames!


Friday, August 15, 2014

Un-Toy Friday: Straws

Welcome back to Un-Toy Friday! If you're following along with us, glad to have you back! If you're new to the un-toy series, make sure to read what un-toying is all about.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Goodnight Moon Sorting Activity

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There are a plethora of good bedtime books out there, but the one that stands out most in my mind is Goodnight Moon by Maragaret Wise Brown. It's the classic bedtime story, not to mention it is well written with preschool vocabulary and early literacy in mind (apparently, adult writers can learn a thing or two from the book as well!) The pictures are brilliant too- they show everyday items found in a typical house. My son can point and name virtually every item in the pictures because we've read (and re-read) the story so many times- I think that means it's time to incorporate the story into a fun pre-school sorting activity :-)

Goodnight moon activity

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