Munchkins and Moms

Monday, July 6, 2015

Mini Watermelon "Popsicles"

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Okay, so you are probably wondering why the word popsicle in in parenthesis. The thing is, these aren't real popsicles. They're just pure, delicious watermelon in all it's glory :-) However, they can be frozen for a really cold treat! Read on for the super easy how to!

Friday, July 3, 2015

Painting with Sandals

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I know how silly this looks. I mean, we have paintbrushes, paint, and paper, so why in the world would we paint with sandals?!? Because it is So. Much. Fun. Really. The treads of shoes have such great texture and variety that they make great stamps for printmaking art! 

Thursday, July 2, 2015

The Best Scissors to Introduce to Preschoolers

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My boys are 2 and 3 years old and have quite a good amount of experience with scissors. I like to offer a variety of cutting trays that are both fun and also give practical experience in how we use scissors in real life (cutting plants, yarn, paper, etc). However, they are not completely proficient in the activity yet. I'm not pushing them to master the skill (that will come in their own time), but I do want to make sure they have the right tools to accomplish the task. That lead me on a quest to find the best scissors to introduce to preschoolers!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

7 Ways to Make Family Nights More Memorable

Since before my husband and I even had kids, I dreamed about creating family traditions that included camping trips in the summer, apple picking in the fall, snowman building in the winter, and family nights on Friday evenings. I wanted Friday nights to be a chance for us to make memories together as a family- silly memories of us playing games, heart-tugging memories of  serious conversations at the dinner table, and happy memories of us cuddling during a good movie. However, sometimes family night needs a little bit of help so it doesn't become so mundane. Here are 7 simple ways to help make family nights more memorable:

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Straw Cutting Tray

straw cutting tray
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My oldest son loves to practice with his an extent. Cutting paper doesn't necessarily excite him.  He usually wants to cut everything else, though! Play dough snakes, plants, even coupons are more interesting than following a simple dotted line on a plain paper! And who says he has to learn to cut by using this old teaching method? He is thoroughly enjoying cutting a variety of objects that offer various degrees of challenge and interest, and I encourage it! After all, even adults don't only use scissors for cutting paper. I am trying to make a list of all the ways I use scissors and transforming those into "cutting trays" to offer my son. Today's cutting tray was made up of one simple material: straws. 

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Feather Painting

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I love doing activities based on books. A while back I saw a blog post revolved around the book  Birds by Kevin Henkes. The post had some simple and fun ideas based on the book, but the one that stood out to me was feather painting! Mostly because of a quote taken from the book: 
"If birds made marks with their tail feathers as they flew, think what the sky would look like."
What a beautiful quote! I absolutely love books that open conversation for imaginative situations like this! I just HAD to do the suggested activity for the book- feather painting. While feather painting is nothing new, when combined with this book (and specifically, this quote) it becomes so much more imaginative!