Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Mittens and Snow...more winter fun!

This past week the boys had fun learning about winter in school.  We talked about the different seasons and the fun things you can enjoy during each one.  We read the book "The Mitten" and followed it up with this fun craft from January's Art Pack.

The Art Pack comes with 8 crafts for 4 kids each month. Here are the supplies for the Marvelous Mittens .  Everything you need, including detailed instructions!

The boys traced their hands around their fingers to create their mittens.

 Cutting and gluing, always a great fine motor activity for little ones.

 My busy boys!

 Baby N's Mittens. (he had help from mom)


Adding the finishing touches

  All Done!

 The finished mittens displayed on our schoolroom wall.

 Do you want to be build a snowman? (sorry, couldn't help it!)

 Next we made some super fun snowman puppets.

I love how each snowman is so unique!  

Although my boys have been wishing for snow to build a real snowman, these were a good substitute. They had a lot of fun and played with them all day.  I hot glued everything together so they would not fall apart. 

Happy Winter!
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Sunday, January 11, 2015

Have a Sparkling New Year!

It's been a long time since I have updated my blog.  This past month has been one of the most stressful times we have experienced in a long time.  On top of the holidays, we closed on a new home (we purchased a foreclosed home which was quite the long, grueling process), moved in the snow, and battled the stomach bug in our family.  I am thankful for this new year for many reasons, but at the top of my list is the mere fact the stress we had to experience has now ended!  I am ready to get back in the swing of things.  My children and I started up homeschool again this past week and are enjoying the normalcy school brings to our days.

My little boys were especially excited when I pulled out January's Art Pack from Funshine Express! They have been asking to make crafts.  It is their favorite past time.  :-)

New Year Wishing Wand art supplies

January's Art Pack contains 8 of the best art projects from the January Fireflies curriculum kit. Themes for this month are "Wheeling About" and "Sparkles and Shivers".

This week we completed one project from each theme.  First we made New Year's Wishing Wands.

These were fun and the boys loved adding sparkling glitter to their projects.  

 So Sparkly!

 Make a wish!

Baby N having fun and making wishes!

Lots of sparkles for J Bug!

 Happy New Year!

 Beetle Bug Car art supplies

Our second project was Beetle Bug Cars.  This project had the boys coloring, cutting, pasting and drawing.  They really put a lot of thought into how they wanted their roads and cars to look.

 Drawing trees

 Time to add the beetle bug car!

 Drawing the driver

 "Look what I made, mama!"  So proud. 

 Vroom, Vroom!


Want to teach your child art in a fun, stress free way?  Check out the Monthly Art Packs from Funshine Express.  Click here.

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Sunday, December 7, 2014

Jump for Joy, It's Christmas Time!

This month Funshine Express has some super fun activities in their Buttercups kit as well as their Monthly Art Pack. This past week we explored jumping.  We learned what is means to jump, how to sign "Jump" and of course....we jumped!

Here is this weeks ASL card and vocabulary card. So cute!

Signing "Jump"
(we are getting ready to move that is why our walls are so bare now)

Each month in the Buttercups curriculum kit you receive 2 sturdy board books. This month "Hop a Little, Jump a Little!" was the book.  This book was so much fun as it gave instructions on how to get moving, stretching, and jumping.

Hop a little, Jump a little,

Bend a little, stretch a little

Run a little, skip a little

There are even notes to a "Hope a Little, Jump a Little" song on the back on the book.

Big brother gladly played the song for Baby N.

While his big brothers did their school work, Baby N enjoyed making his Joyful Shaker.  First he colored a paper cd case with marker, then filled the case with red pebbles, and lastly we taped the ends and added Christmas ribbon.

Shake, Shake, Shake!

In the Monthly Art Pack

The December Art Pack was filled with all sorts of awesome Christmas projects this month.  We have really been enjoying them.  Here the boys are making "Joy" holiday cards.

Little E made his card for his big brother Corban.  I thought that was very sweet of him.

Last weekend we had some good friends over for dinner.  After we ate we had a little craft time with the kids.  They made "Elf Shoes" and "Jingle Bell Sticks" from the Art Pack.

Elf Shoes!

All for one....
and one for all!
Jingle Bell Sticks
(also make great swords!)

After the kids finished up their projects we put on the Music and Movement CD and jammed out to some of the Christmas songs.  These kids are a hoot!


Want to learn more about the Buttercups program for infants and toddlers? You can read my full review, here. To read all my Funshine Express posts, click here
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