Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Autumn Leaf Wreath

We found the directions from this wreath in an old magazine article (although it was torn out and I'm not sure where, maybe an old issue of All You). It is super easy and with everyone helping doesn't take long at all.
Using a dinner plate and heavy paper, cut out a large circle and then use a bowl to cut out a circle in the middle to form your wreath. Using a glue gun, glue on a ribbon.
Then we gathered all of our fall colored scraps from my scrapbooking stash. 
I made a leaf template for everyone and we traced out leaves. Afterwards we cut them out. There were about 90 leaves in all.
Next was folding them down the middle. Then we glued the leaves onto the base of the wreath. We put the first row on with a mountain fold up and the other layers went on with a valley fold up. Each of the leaves we angled slightly.
Then it was time to find a place to hang our wreath.

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

940 Saturdays: Family Activities & a Keepsake Journal {A Review}

As someone who keeps a collection of ideas for Joyful Moments for our homeschool, a summer bucket list that I'm always adding more suggestions to, and a running list of Joyful "Whole"-istic Homeschool Learning Opportunities, I am always looking for more ideas. I wasn't disappointed when I cracked open my review copy of 940 Saturdays: Family Activities & a Keepsake Journal.

Some of the suggestions we've done in the past...
put on puppet shows,
been in community theater,

gone to a dairy farm,
went on nature hikes,
made leaf art,
gone to story time,
made greeting cards,
launched rockets,
made pine cone feeders,
sailed toy boats,
went paddle boating,

built a pendulum
made robots
and cooked together
just to name a few.
And these are all suggestions in 940 Saturdays: Family Activities & a Keepsake Journal. Plus lots and lots more. "940 Saturdays is part menu, part memory book!" and provides "seeds of ideas" for how you can create and document Saturdays to remember for years to come. 
940 Saturdays Keepsake Journal has 2 Saturdays per page. Each entry is numbered with a place to record the date. The last few pages contain a Developmental Milestone continuum. You can use the journal to record your Saturdays by journaling, sketching, pasting photos, making poetry, attaching mementos, or just about anyway you'd like to remember the day.

At the back of the book, you will find an envelope.

In the envelope, their is a 31 page booklet that contains the Family Activities. There is a brief introduction to the journal and a list of activity caveats.

The Family Activity book is divided by subjects like Backyard and Park Play, Cooking and Baking, Electricity and Energy, Kites, Music, Role Play, Trains, and lots more. In fact, there are over 70 topics provided.

In each section, there are suggestions for different age bands: 0-2, 2-5, 5-11, 11-14, and 14-18.

Some topics have a plan it section that includes field trip ideas in addition to those in the age bands.

 Some of the activities are very simple suggestions. For instance, "Eat Cheerios in high chair or draw with crayons while you're making dinner."

Others require more time and preparation. An example, would be a visit to an air and space museum.

If you are looking to create family memories, this is an excellent way to do so. If you need ideas for some family fun, you will find an exhaustive list in the activity section. If you would like to keep a memento of your family activities, this will help you keep track of your special times. And it would make an excellent gift for a new parent.
Note: There are a few places where an acronym is used in reference to children at older ages driving cars and applying for college, that we view as inappropriate in our family. You will also find a section topic entitled magic. It contains suggestions for learning tricks with illusion.
You can learn more about 940 Saturdays: Family Activities & a Keepsake Journal and check out an author bio.

I received a free copy of 940 Saturdays: Family Activities & a Keepsake Journal from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way for writing the review. All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family. I am disclosing this information in accordance with the FTC Regulations.

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Monday, November 24, 2014

In the Kitchen with Little Red Hen Makes a Pizza

November's book share with Poppins Book Nook is In the Kitchen. We decided on Little Red Hen Makes a Pizza by Philemon Sturges. I've been using this book for years with the kids and it is one of my favorites.

Inspired by the traditional Red Hen, this chick decides to make a pizza. She is a major shopper and is a true consumer because when the cat, dog, and duck are too busy to help gather ingredients or cook the pizza, the Little Red Hen goes shopping to buy what she needs and always ends up with lots of extra things. Her pizza ends up gigantic and there is definitely enough for everyone. The cat, dog, and duck are all too ready to help eat the pizza and even clean up afterward while the Little Red Hen puts her feet up. This book is super fun for 4-8 year olds.

Here's our round up of fun to go along with Little Red Hen Makes a Pizza....

Make a homemade pizza together
Little Red Hen Inspired Lunch
Scholastics List of Activities
Pizza Snack
Paper Plate Pizza
Popsicle Stick Puppets
Food Around the World
Create a graph of what the people in your family like

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