Munchkins and Moms

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Garbage Trucks: Books, Toys, and More!

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Every Monday is trash day for us, and every Monday we sit outside and watch the trashman do his thing.  It's a cheap thrill that the kids love :-) As I was browsing Amazon for books the other day (because that is what I do. Buy books. I have a slight obsession) I noticed there was a good selection of trash truck books that we hadn't read. Then one search led to another and next thing you know I was searching Trash Truck birthday party supplies... while the kids' b-days have already passed, there are some pretty fun Pinterest ideas on the topic! Anyways, in case your kids like trash day like mine do, I thought I'd put together this handy list of books, toys, and more resources for you to consider. Have fun browsing! (and let me know in the comments if I missed anything!)

We still love board books. They are quick, simple reads and the books last longer than paperbacks! This is a great choice for little trash truck lovers.
A short book that gives details about the different types of trucks. I like that they actually look like the trucks that pick up our trash!
A small size book packed with good information on what trash trucks do!
A super useful book that takes kids through what happens after the trash (and other recyclables) are picked up from the curb.
This book is more silly than it is informational, but definitely a fun read!
A modern classic! My boys first heard of this book through the Netflix telling of the book. Love that it goes through the alphabet of trash!
Thus book actually features a female sanitation worker!
Lots of sound effects and rhyming text make this book a fun choice for a read-aloud!
The repetitive and rhythmic text make this book a great choice for early literacy! The kids will quickly catch on to the refrain "I dump it in, I smash it down, I drive around the trashy town" And you may even hear them repeat it as it becomes trash day on your own street ;-)
The art in this book is what makes it stand out from the rest. There's lots of detail to examine and the text also features a simple repetitive refrain (Trash trucks! Trash trucks! Trash trucks!)

I like the simplicity of this recycle truck from Melissa and Doug. No mechanical parts of batteries to change.
We just love playing with play dough (see our favorite homemade recipe and try it out!) so this play-doh truck would be a hit in our house!

 I heart trash trucks. I like the simplicity of this statement shirt!
Having a trash truck party? These cookie cutters would make a great snack for goody bags!
When I saw these trash can novelties about 20 activity ideas went through my head! If you enjoy doing activities based on books, these may be for you! They'd also be fun party favors! 
Make it trash day every day with this Mighty Machines DVD!

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

How to Start Homeschooling a 3 Year Old

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My oldest son turned 3 this April. I told myself I would start getting more serious about homeschooling him at his third birthday, regardless of the fact that April is not the typical time to "start" a school year. The thing with homeschooling is you're free of the constraints of typical school schedules! You want to start homeschooling in June? Go for it! You need a break in February? Why not? You're the head master of your own school, and it's schedule should be run according to what works for you and your family :-)

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Top 10 "Dad Missions" that make him our everyday hero

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Most of my readers know that I am a stay at home/work at home mom. What you might not realize is the man that makes this possible is my loving husband, the man who also is a wonderful dad to our boys. He is my behind the scenes hero and our boys' everyday hero! While he may not don a cape, he certainly rescues us from some everyday tragedies! Spider in the kitchen? No worries, Dad will rescue us from the fearsome beast. Jelly lid stuck? Have no fear, Dad is near! He has inspired the boys to take on the same fearless role that he holds in the house. They too want to rescue me from everyday sticky situations. lucky for them, their dad loves to let them tag along on these rescue missions!

10 Heroic Dad Missions

(and how superhero sidekicks can help him out!)

Top 10 Dad Missions that make himour everyday hero

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Small Scale Art

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We love process art. Materials are presented with no required "outcome" or result. It is quite opposite of crafts. It allows creativity to flow and art to be created organically. However, sometimes we can start process art and it is a bit overwhelming. A large, blank, white, sheet of paper with no clear directions for where to begin. This can be pretty intimidating for any artist! We faced some of those same hesitations with my boys. Just as I was beginning to think art might not be for them, I changed my strategy and lo and behold, we created art! 

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

DIY Donut Shop

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I think I can honestly accurately that every household with young children had this classic ring stacker toy. We even have 2 of them! If you have an extra toy, one with missing pieces, or your children have simply outgrown the traditional us of it, this is the perfect project for you! 

Friday, May 8, 2015

5 Tools Preschoolers could use to help in the Kitchen

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Both my toddler and preschooler love to shout the words "I do it!" They are in a stage where they want to be our little apprentices in everything we do, and then they want to do it themselves! I adore watching their confidence grow as they are able to accomplish "adult" tasks. One of the areas they like to work alongside me most is in the kitchen. Unfortunately, there are a lot of "no" answers when they want to help there. In an effort to find things they actually can do, I've found several tools that they can safely use in the kitchen right alongside me and daddy!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Monster Math

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After receiving the Nuby iMonster bowl and Snack Keeper for review purposes, my boys have really been interested in reading and doing silly monster activities! Our last activity (Monster Art And Math) was inspired by the book Monster Math. This activity is, once again, inspired by the same book and the same line of Nuby iMonster items!