We took a break from our Letters of the Week and did pumpkins for Halloween!
I made a pumpkin Play-Doh from iheartcraftythings which is still being played with!
I also made a sensory bin (these are really popular with my 3-year-old!) with black beans for 5 Little Pumpkins. I bought the pumpkin containers from Amazon.
This last week (and-a-half), we were working on our Letters of the Week when we were so rudely interrupted by Hurricane Irma.
We (obviously) started with the letter A.
I started making lists of everything I could think of that started with the letter A:
Then I turned to the handy dandy Pinterest for ideas on how to incorporate these into crafts, snacks and more.
I also dug out our Dr. Seuss’ ABCs book.
First, I borrowed our Alligator craft from my fellow homeschool momma, Erika (check out her blog at erikajohnsonblog.com)
I decided to work on uppercase letters with Addie (my 3.5-year-old) and lowercase with my almost 5-year-old, Emma.
So, for Emma, I had her do a lowercase “a” for apple. I laminated both letters and hung them on our wall as part of our alphabet border we will be making.
My New Year’s resolution this year was to DO LESS.
I pretty much felt overwhelmed every holiday, even small ones to make sure I was doing “enough.”
Enough themed meals.
It was too much and I doubted that it was any fun at all for my girls. It also stressed me out.
So, instead of stressing out making sure I “did it all,” I just stopped doing it all.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I still go to Pinterest for ideas. But I don’t overload myself thinking we have to do them ALL.
The day of love has come and gone…
Here’s what ours looked like!
This year, we made Froot Loop hearts for the birds
“I Love You to Pieces” tissue paper hearts
AND I added in some school stuff too:
Trace and color Hearts, ABCs with conversation hearts, name puzzles, and color matching with conversation hearts.
Food (Heart-shaped EVERYTHING!):
For the last couple of years, my husband and I have talked about having a Friendsgiving, but it wasn’t until this year that I made it happen.
Since it’s Thanksgiving break, lots of our friends are out of school and work, so we settled on a day during the week to have all the mommies and kids over for snacks and crafts.
We made paper plate turkeys by:
1) coloring the paper plates brown
2) cutting out feathers
3) gluing the feathers to the back of the paper plate
4) hot gluing googly eyes
5) hot gluing a stick (if needed/ wanted)
Then, the kids played outside on the playground/ with Legos, etc.
We had lunch of Chick-fil-a nuggets (because all kids eat those, right?!), broccoli cheese casserole, candied yams, pumpkin pie, veggie straws, Tee Pees, Corn Pops and more. It was potluck and all the moms brought a dish to share.
We have had Olympic fever in this house since the Opening Ceremonies!
These are the first Olympics my kids have been old enough to watch and understand!
It’s been so fun sharing it with them!
Emma says her favorite Olympian is “Katie Tedeky” aka Katie Ledeky.
We have been watching the Olympics almost every day and I have been encorporating crafts, which have been really fun for the girls.
They recognize the Olympic Rings now because they’ve made them and they talk about the gold medals because we’ve made our own.
Here are the slew of crafts we’ve completed over the last 14 days:
This was our first craft that we made for the Opening Ceremonies.
They were quite simple:
Two toilet paper rolls
Painted gold or white (I looked up the past torches and they have all been gold or white)
Red, yellow or orange tissue paper for the flames
And that was it! For my older daughter, we wrote USA on hers since she is working on her letter recognition
“In an old house in Paris that was covered in vines, lived twelve little girls in two straight lines.”
For a while, I had been eyeing some cute Madeline dresses I had seen on Pinterest.
I happen to be lucky and have a very crafty grandma who can sew, and I asked her to make them for me.
She offered to help.
Oh grandma, you cruel, cruel woman.
So I reluctantly bought a pattern from Etsy and cut it out.
And there it sat for about two months.
Right before my grandma left to go back to Michigan (snowbirds. ugh), she had me over to her house and we busted out one of the dresses in a few hours.
Then, she left.
And I had the sew the next one. By. My. Self. *gasp*
With a little help from the hubby, we finished both dresses (we had to sew on buttons and make button holes) in about 2-3 days.
Then, I bought some hats from Amazon and added a little extra long black ribbon.
Let me just tell you: They. Were. Presh.
Don’t take my word for it. See for yourself:
Side note: these pictures were taken in Downtown Plant City. GREAT place for taking pictures!!!