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.
Birthdays are kind of a big deal for me.
So, this year, even though it’s not a milestone birthday, I threw myself (yep) a Rainbows & Unicorns pool party (my birthday is in the middle of summer).
First, I started a Pinterest board.
Unicorn door hanger, $3 Target Dollar Spot
aka Jelly beans
Unicorn Bathing Suits, Target
1) Finding Unicorn/ Rainbow food that’s not candy/ donuts/ cake/ sweets is REALLY HARD! Here’s what I came up with:
Unicorn Horn Pasta Salad
Crescent Dog Twists
Unicorn Popcorn (still had some candy drizzled on top)
Crescent Rolls with chicken salad
Unicorn Droppings (aka jelly beans)
Unicorn Farts were a huge hit with everyone at the party (cotton candy)
Unicorn Bacon was Airheads Rainbow Sour Belts
Rice Krispie Treats with Fruity Pebbles (LOVED this!)
I made my own shirt using my Cricut!
Unicorn wands made using unicorns from Amazon. I drilled 5/16 holes in them and used skewers (think shrimp skewers). Then I tied ribbon around their tails.
Headbands: Forever 21, Target, Amazon
Cake & Cakepops: Petite Madalyns Bakery
Mini donuts: Remi’s Minis
Balloons: Party Planet
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!):
I know Valentine’s Day is supposed to be all about your significant other or spouse, but I’ve ALWAYS celebrated it as a day of LOVE. We send Valentine’s to grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, and even old co-workers! So, the fact that my husband and I don’t have “Big Valentine’s Day plans” isn’t really that big of a deal to me. But if you are stuck with your kiddos this weekend, here are 7 ways we have been celebrating WITH the kids so that Valentine’s Day with kids doesn’t have to suck:
1) DONUTS! Because who doesn’t love donuts?!
2) Mommy and me Mani/Pedis
I used Jamberry on my nails and paint on my toes and the girls’ toes. You could turn this into a date and actually go to a nail salon, but I just DIYed it at home.
3) Ice Skating!
If you have a rink nearby, this is a fun option! We are thinking of taking the kids but aren’t sure they even make skates big enough for them! Maybe next year!
4) A boat ride
We did this last year and it was awesome! We took a boat out of Clearwater Marina and did a dolphin cruise.
Cookies and brownies and frosting, oh my!
Hand and footprint crafts are a favorite around here! Check out my Pinterest board for more ideas!
7) Learning Activities
I got a few printable here to practice our ABCs and color recognition. I also made a name puzzle and a number matching game.