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The school year has already started, and it’s important to maintain your child’s success all throughout it! School and its success doesn’t just stay at home, but leaks into home life and vice versa. The fantastic thing is that studies also show higher test scores for students that reside in houses in which healthful habits, regular patterns, and decent communication exist. Here are a few tips to make sure your child is prepared and healthy through the school year.


Enforce Healthful Mannerisms
You can not work well if you don’t feel great. Pick a bedtime which will provide your child lots of sleep, and offer a wholesome breakfast daily.

Regular Routines

Most children thrive on construction and will respond well to patterns that help them arrange their times.

Organization is Key
Beloved parents understand it is important to have one place to place backpacks, shoes, coats, lunchboxes, and college projects every day. Our place is a hook from the back door. Then you will know right where to locate everything through the early rush.

Space Designation
At school, your kid has a table or desk at which she works. There’s loads of light, a lot of equipment, and sufficient space to do the job. Why don’t you give her with the exact same sort of environment for assignments? A desk is very good, but a basket of supplies along with also a stretch of kitchen counter tops function equally also.

Promote Literacy
It’s often said that kids spend the first several years learning to see, and the remaining lives studying to find out. The written word is a gateway to all sorts of instruction, and the further you read to your kid, the greater chance he has of getting a skillful and excited reader. Attempt to sit down with your kid to read just a tiny bit daily, give him lots of chances to read out loud to you, too, and most importantly have fun. While the value of reading with your child can’t be stressed enough, it shouldn’t be the reason behind anxiety.

 

Learn Consistently
Your little one could be beyond the preschool years, but learning at home remains a crucial part of his general learning experience. Search for ways to educate your child through the day. As an instance, cooking combines elements of mathematics and science. Make use of the time if you make dinner as a chance to read and follow instructions, to talk about fractions, to create hypotheses (“What’ll happen when I beat the egg whites?”) , and also to test success.

Lead Them

Kids learn by example. Let your children “grab” you studying. Remember to find out a new ability and explore the experience together. Sit right down and pay invoices or perform other “homework” while your children do their schoolwork. Should you exhibit a solid work ethic and always find learning opportunities for yourself, your children are going to start to model the exact identical behavior in their own lives. Should you make your expectations clear and supply a house environment which encourages learning, then your child is going to have a higher probability of getting the best student he is.

The school year has already started, and it's important to maintain your child's success all throughout it! School and its success doesn't just stay at home, but leaks into home life and vice versa. The fantastic thing is that studies also show higher test scores for students that reside in houses in which healthful habits, regular patterns, and [...]

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Scrapbooking Early Childhood Years

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From his or her first haircut to the first day of preschool, these early childhood years are full of wonderful experiences–both for you and your child. It’s a terrific time for a parent, and also a wonderful time to catch at a scrapbook.

Yet this point in your child’s life can appear to go by so quickly. Wondering how a busy parent could preserve these memories? From photo ideas to article tips, we have got a few parent-tested ideas to get you started!

Organizing Your Album
As with any scrapbook, you have a couple of choices for album organization. You might scrapbook your photos chronologically. This is ideal if your child is a toddler right now. If you are going straight back and scrapbooking early childhood photos of someone who’s old, you may choose for a “chapter” sequence, in which you group photos by section as opposed to chronological order. In cases like this, you could have a chapter for “Likes and Dislikes”, “Milestones” and “Events and Events”.

Whichever way you decide to go, here are a few ideas for topics to record:

Measuring Growth
A small child changes a lot from day to day–sometimes it can take you by surprise! A physical growth graph, recording changes in height and weight, makes a great “snapshot” of a child’s progress. You can also do this visually: Every month during her toddler years, I took photographs of Lauren holding her favorite Winnie the Pooh bear. Flipping through her album, I now see Lauren getting larger while Pooh seems to get smaller!
Every few months, I record a dialogue with Lauren, where I ask her to tell me her favorite items. As she grows, the conversation changes from only record her favorite foods and colors to more “grown up” subjects like best friends and favorite tales. You will be astonished at how some of the same things come up frequently–and how radically other things change!

Sometimes it is the smallest landmarks which capture the heart of childhood. Paper from Girls Baby & Toddler Pages.
Milestones

Make certain to record those milestone events in your kid’s life: First haircut, first tooth, first visit to the pumpkin patch, first time visiting the shore or snow. Lauren’s first visit to the dentist was a landmark for her–not just the visit itself, but the way she told the dentist and me that she really wanted braces. For her, they were the ultimate “big woman” item to get!

Some of your child’s “first” moments will even reveal something about you personally. I scrapbooked photos of Lauren to document her first pigtails…the moment when she finally had enough hair!

Occasions & Events
Christmas, birthdays and other annual events are pretty important to a little child–and a child’s response and anticipation to those events make for fun scrapbook pages. Take photos of gifts, food, and party guests…and make sure you record the kid’s Christmas or birthday party theme wants for each event.

As opposed to mailing it off to the North Pole, Lauren puts her list (that she orders to me) in “Santa’s Mailbox”–a metal mailbox that hangs out of our tree. One day, the correspondence is magically gone…and I get to keep it. Looking back over past lists is so fun and really captures Lauren’s changing character.

Do not forget to include pictures and journaling that represent your family’s customs for all these events and occasions. How did you describe them to a child, and what was his or her response?
There are so many preparations that go into this momentous day…for the kid and the parents! Record these pre school preparations: Shopping for new clothes, choosing out the lunch box, new shoes, and school supplies. Do not forget to write down how you and your spouse felt through these training–excited, wistful, just plain teary. Take photographs of this college, your child’s teacher, and your child in that “first day of school” outfit.

Any child heading off to school will soon begin bringing home those pieces of art and schoolwork. Save samples of their handwriting to watch as it progresses. When there’s no more room in the fridge for all those newspapers, you are able to scan them all and load them onto a CD to store on your record, or simply reduce them on a color copier and scrapbook them separately.
Recording Sound
High tech offers you more and more ways to preserve your memories. Try recording your child singing a few of his or her favorite songs. A toddler or preschooler will soon grow out of that childlike willingness to sing for you. Document conversations between the both of you, or involving the child and your spouse, relative or friend. Don’t be worried about the subject of the dialogue…just try to capture the child’s vocabulary, voice, and infections.

Each Christmas I record Lauren’s Christmas Special. I put in a blank tape, then give her the microphone and let her move for five minutes. She sings songs, tells jokes and basically hams it up. (I act as emcee and provide her the cue when it’s time to wrap up.) Every year’s special is on exactly the exact same cassette, so we are able to hear “Lauren’s Third Christmas Special” when she didn’t really know all the words to Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and compare it with her own fifth Christmas Special when she added her own flair to the song. (I also send copies of this to Grandma, who thinks they’re the most valuable thing on the planet.)
Not every scrapbook page has to present a significant milestone–a few of the sweetest pages are the ones which capture the child in his or her own world. My co-worker Susan recalls the way her daughter would concentrate so much while enjoying that she would breathe very heavily. Small things like this really catch the sweetness of a small child.
Toys
Every child has a favorite toy…that tattered bear or cherished doll which appears to accompany your child everywhere. What is the story behind this toy? Was it a present, and from whom? Does it have a special name? Has this toy had some experiences of its own–is lost, for instance? How often have you needed to repair it or ship it via the wash? A very simple picture of your kid and the toy, plus some actual journaling, will tell the story for generations to come.
Your child’s vocabulary will expand so much in this time–be certain to record what they state in their own language. Like most toddlers, my daughter devised a lot of her own words, together with special words for certain individuals, things, and places. It seems every child has their own sentence for a specific blanket, a grandparent, or even a favorite toy. Record those distinctive words–and their translations–in journaling that lists “according to…”.

Personality traits really come to light during those early childhood years. Is your child silent and thoughtful or gregarious and outgoing? Who does he or she resemble in the household? Remember, what’s fresh to a toddler and little child…how does yours respond to those new items? Some matters will be funny and some scary–yet it seems everything is pretty surprising! And what is your expertise, seeing these regular things through a child’s eyes?
Your toddler or preschooler will even start expressing a unique character with more separate speech. When Lauren first detected jokes, she’d repeat the same one over and over and simply crack herself up. Pretty soon she was making up her own jokes–and repeating all those over and above!
Simple lists are a great way to record a child’s changing character.
When you are busy chasing a three-year-old around the home, it might seem difficult to find time to scrapbook or journal. Yet every parent will tell you, those little moments can slide away so quickly–and can be forgotten.

1 way to keep an eye on your child’s progress is to maintain a Parent’s Journal. You might write down a list of things on the computer, and either log them there or print out pages and keep them in a binder or notebook. I recommend adding to the list about once each week. It doesn’t have to be time-consuming, simply capturing the highlights of this week. Some things to record:

– favorite food
– favorite outfit
– favorite story
– favorite game
– favorite toy
– the span of nap time
– play dates (with whom, for how long, in which)
– the activity of this week
– expression of this week
– elevation and weight
– clothing size

If keeping a Parent’s Journal becomes a bit overwhelming, you can even write notes down to a normal calendar. That way you have the date and the data in one spot.
I enjoy experimenting with various forms of the movie and went through both a black-and-white and sepia stage. If you get a digital camera, I encourage you to experiment when printing your photos. Try out a black or sepia print and see what you believe. The look is timeless and somehow can magically turn the most ordinary photos into gorgeous works of art. If you are not digital, simply pick up a roster of the black-and-white movie and give it a try.
Scrapbooking these web pages is an enjoyable (and occasionally necessary) method to remember those little details that can so easily be forgotten. I am still amazed at how easy it is to please Lauren today that she’s five and a half, in comparison to when she was two years old and only ate about seven distinct foods. Whether you capture these memories on your family’s main album or dedicate a whole book to your child’s early years, then I think you’ll find it turns into a pretty cherished keepsake in the years to come!

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From his or her first haircut to the first day of preschool, these early childhood years are full of wonderful experiences--both for you and your child. It's a terrific time for a parent, and also a wonderful time to catch at a scrapbook. Yet this point in your child's life can appear to go by [...]

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Glubber Made EasyHomemade slimy creations are a fun kid craze these days. If you’re a parent on the hunt for an easy recipe to make at home this summer, look no further… we have the perfect Glubber recipe* to share with you! All you need are a few supplies from Dollar Tree to mix up this colorful, ooey gooey concoction your kids will want to get their hands on.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • Air-Tight Plastic Container
  • ½ Cap (About 2 Ounces) of 10-oz. Tide® Simply Clean
  • Laundry Detergent
  • 4-oz. Bottle of Elmer’s® School Glue
  • Food Coloring (Optional)
  • Glitter, Sequins, Beads, Gems, or More

Easy Step-by-Step Directions:

  1. In an air-tight plastic container, combine one-half capful (about 2 ounces) of 10-oz. Tide® Simply CleanLaundry Detergent with one 4-oz. Bottle of Elmer’s® School Glue.Glubber Made Easy Step One
  2. Use a plastic fork or utensil to stir until Glubber forms.Glubber Made Easy - Step Two: Use Fork to Mix
  3. Add one or two drops of food coloring if desired (Tide® Clean & Fresh will make it blue, Tide® Clean & Sensitive is clear), glitter, sequins, beads, gems, or other small craft items. Continue to stir until mixed thoroughly.Glubber Made Easy Step Three: Add Food Coloring
  4. Keep stirring. You will be able to tell when you’re almost done when the Glubber hangs off of a fork! Add a few more drops of detergent if Glubber doesn’t lose its stickiness.Glubber Made Easy - Step Four: Add Glitter
  5. Allow your Glubber to sit in the container (with the lid on) for five minutes or so at room temperature to further solidify.Glubber Made Easy - Step Five: Set in Container
  6. Take out and enjoy… with adult supervision, of course! (And try to keep it off of Grandma’s carpet!)

*Always make Glubber under adult supervision and wash hands after play. Please be aware that Glubber can be toxic if ingested, and children with allergies should take special precautions.

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Homemade slimy creations are a fun kid craze these days. If you’re a parent on the hunt for an easy recipe to make at home this summer, look no further… we have the perfect Glubber recipe* to share with you! All you need are a few supplies from Dollar Tree to mix up this colorful, [...]

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Kids 4th of July Crafts

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4th of July is a holiday that all kids love to celebrate with all of the parades, parties and fireworks!  Our fun and easy Fourth of July crafts will help enhance the fun of the day.  Make some great decorations for a party and involve your child in the planning or make some great hats or wands to take with you to a parade or a fireworks celebration.

Patriotic Windsock Craftpatriotic windsock craft

This patriotic craft is a unique take on the American flag. Your child will enjoy wrapping red, white, and blue yarn around a toilet paper roll. Stars cut like paper dolls hang down to complete the windsock effect.

Fingerprint Flag Cardfingerprint card craft

This American Flag card is a simple, but great craft especially for young children. Toddlers will be so proud of their American Flag and will be thrilled to give to mom or dad.


Patriotic Hair Decorationspatriotic hair decorations

Make these cute patriotic hair decorations just in time for 4th of July. This special craft is definitely geared towards girls and they will have fun making this craft and then wearing it. We have a few different types for girls to choose from including directions for each.


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These patriotic pinwheels are are a great craft for 4th of July. These red, white and blue pinwheels make a fun item to play with when complete and they also make a nice decoration for this special holiday.


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Looking for a patriotic game to play? This homemade tic-tac-toe game featuring stars and stripes gives a perfect patriotic spin to this famous game. Use our simple template and instructions to make this 4th of July game for kids.


Uncle Sam Clothespin Magnetuncle sam craft

Make this Uncle Sam magnet craft using a clothespin and some other basic materials. This is a simple craft that kids will enjoy doing around the 4th of July holiday. Check out our pictures and simple craft instructions.


Firecracker Noisemaker Craftfirecracker craft

This firecracker noisemaker craft is a fun one for kids of all ages. You end up with a cool noisemaker that is fun to play with and it even makes a cool party favor so the craft can be adapted to different situations.


4th of July Magnets4th of july magnets craft

We made magnets in the form of U.S.A and an American Flag, but you could do anything you want. Kids will have fun making the salt dough used to craft the magnets and then they will enjoy painting them red, white and blue as well.


Hand Print Fireworks Crafthandprint fireworks craft

Hand print cut-outs and glitter are all you need to make this festive fourth of July craft with your kids. This is a simple paper craft, so it’s good for even toddlers to help make if you cut out all of the hand prints ahead of time. Add some glue and a whole lot of glitter and you have a great firework craft for the fourth of July.


Toilet Paper Roll Fireworks Craft4th of july fireworks craft

Turn a toilet paper roll and some streamers into a fun and simple firework craft for the Fourth of July! This cute kids craft is a fantastic homemade 4th of July decoration for your picnic or party and is even a fun toy for kids to run around the yard with.


Koosh Ball Fireworks Craftkoosh ball fireworks craft

This cute firework craft for kids will have your child asking to make it again and again. Dip the squishy koosh ball in paint and then drop it onto black paper. The addition of a little glitter makes this craft sparkle, as a firework craft should. This is a great and unique fourth of July craft that kids will really love.


4th of July Wand4th of july wand craft

We like to think of this great Fourth of July wand as a “sparkler” for younger children.  Our toddler daughter got frustrated last year when she couldn’t hold a sparkler like a big kid, so we came up with this fun craft to give her something to wave and run around the yard with. At the end of the night, even the older kids wanted one.


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Do your kids need an easy and inexpensive patriotic touch to wear to the local 4th of July parade?  This great 4th of July visor is the answer! This visor is a great craft for children of all ages – it is simple enough that the youngest toddler can make one (our 18 month old helped put the star stickers on the one shown here) but yet older children can make it as complex as they want.


Bald Eagle Craftbald eagle craft

The bald eagle is our national bird; a symbol of freedom and everything that 4th of July stands for. Our handprint eagle craft is a simple paper craft for kids so that they can make their very own eagle on the 4th of July. Even better, this craft uses your kids’ handprints as wings, so it becomes a lasting keepsake from when they were very small. Simply print our template and glue the pieces together to make this fun 4th of July craft for kids.


4th of July Flower Potindependence day craft

This Fourth of July flower pot makes a great decoration for either your lawn or as a centerpiece filled with candy at a party. This craft is a great way to transform a regular clay pot into a fantastic patriotic piece.


4th of July Star Mankids 4th of july craft

Transform the red, white and blue into a fun 4th of July “Star Man”. With long wavy arms and silly googly eyes he’s sure to make anyone smile.  This is an easy craft made from materials that are usually on hand and even young children have fun helping with all the stars.


4th of July Wreathpaper 4th of july wreath

Made from a paper plate, this patriotic 4th of July Wreath makes a great holiday decoration. A great craft for kids of all ages to help with, especially if you use pre-cut foam stars as we did. This wreath makes a great decoration for the door.


Foam American Flagkids american flag craft

A homemade American flag that your kids can wave alongside a 4th of July parade. This flag is made from craft foam so it’s able to stand up to even “toddler-strength waving”.  Make multiple flags to use as decoration around the house or yard or even for a party.


Sponge Paint Fireworks Flagkids fireworks craft

Oooh Ahh – Fireworks! Cut a sponge into a firework shape and use lots of glitter paint to let your little one create their own 4th of July night sky. This simple 4th of July craft was a huge hit in our house and our daughter wanted to make it again and again.


Paper American Flagkids flag craft

A fun paper American Flag craft. Making a simple American flag out of paper with your kids presents a great opportunity to teach them about the flag. Tell them how each stripe represents one of the original 13 colonies and how each star represents each state in the USA. This is a great way to make learning fun.


USA Magnetsusa magnets craft

Have fun making these U.S.A magnets around 4th of July with your kids and then hang them on your refrigerator or any other place you like. Kids will enjoy decorating them and being patriotic. We have a simple template to go with this to make it even easier for you.


Red White and Blue Fan Craftred white and blue craft

On your way to a hot 4th of July celebration? Make our red white and blue fan craft to help keep you cool. This is a very simple fourth of July craft made with paint, a paper plate and a popsicle stick. Older kids will enjoy making the colors go in a pattern like a flag while even young kids will enjoy painting with the three colors. Add a little confetti for some sparkle and your 4th of July craft for kids is ready to go.

4th of July is a holiday that all kids love to celebrate with all of the parades, parties and fireworks!  Our fun and easy Fourth of July crafts will help enhance the fun of the day.  Make some great decorations for a party and involve your child in the planning or make some great hats [...]

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1.Walking in Dad’s Shoes!

This is a cute and easy craft to make with your kids for fathers day!

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2. Popsicle stick card!

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3. #1 Dad Trophy!

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4. D is for DAD

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5. Mr. Fix it!

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6. Tie for Dad

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7. Best Dad Ever

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8. A place to put his keys!

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9. Fathers Day Puzzle

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10. I love you Thiiiis Much!

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1.Walking in Dad's Shoes! This is a cute and easy craft to make with your kids for fathers day! 2. Popsicle stick card! 3. #1 Dad Trophy! 4. D is for DAD 5. Mr. Fix it! 6. Tie for Dad 7. Best Dad Ever 8. A place to put his keys! 9. Fathers Day Puzzle [...]

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Easter will be here before we know it. If you’re looking for an alternative to the traditional Easter egg hunt, we have an exciting idea for you. Create a Glow-in-the-Dark Easter Egg Hunt for the kids that takes minimal time to prepare and will have the kids “glowing” about their finds! When you’re shopping for plastic Easter eggs and candy, pick up glow-in-the-dark bracelets, too. Place a special treat and bracelet inside each egg, and then hold your hunt indoors with the lights off or outside when the sun goes down. This is especially fun for older kids!

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • Large Translucent Fillable Plastic Easter Eggs
  • Glow-in-the-Dark Bracelets
  • Wrapped Easter Candy
  • Easter Baskets or Buckets for Collecting Eggs

Easy Step-by-Step Directions:

  1. Remove the glow-in-the-dark bracelets and crack them to make them glow.
  2. Tie each bracelet into a knot and place them into each translucent egg.
  3. Add some wrapped candy or other trinkets into the egg and close it.
  4. Hide all the eggs inside or outside and let the kids find them all!

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Easter will be here before we know it. If you’re looking for an alternative to the traditional Easter egg hunt, we have an exciting idea for you. Create a Glow-in-the-Dark Easter Egg Hunt for the kids that takes minimal time to prepare and will have the kids “glowing” about their finds! When you’re shopping for plastic [...]

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101 Uses for Clothespins in the Classroom and Home

At Christmas this year I just didn’t have the funds to spend a lot of money. I decided to make many of the gifts for family and friends. I spent hours and hours on Pinterest searching through easy and cheap crafts to make for gifts. I noticed a trend: clothespins! I saw a plethora ( love saying this word!) of ideas for crafts with clothespins. I know I used them a lot in the classroom for various and sundry reasons. Therefore, this post! I challenged myself to think of 101 uses for clothespins in the classroom and home. Please know, this is not a comprehensive list. It is a compilation of ideas that I deemed clever, cute, easy, and useful. I hope you enjoy. If you have a favorite use for clothespins, please share below in the comments.

  1. My first experience using clothespins in crafts was with my granddaughter this Christmas. We made a wreath for her great grandmother. I am sorry now that I didn’t take a picture of it because it really came out beautiful. It was a craft that did take some time. I had her paint all the clothespins with acrylic paint. She was even able to place the clothespins on the wire frame. It was truly made by her hands. She was three at Christmas! Here is a picture I used as my inspiration. I bought the wire wreath frame and wooden clothespins at the Dollar Tree.  Affiliate Link: Dollar Treeuses for clothespins2. What did I learn? Next time I would have used RIT clothes dye to color. It was a bit too tedious for a three year old to paint.

3. I probably would have used WASHI tape, as well. There are many wonderful ideas for decorating clothespins, not just for holidays. a16f7781879fef7ef659dcba098e0700

Hanging and Organizing Using Clothespins

4. After you place the WASHI tape on the clothespin, glue magnets on the back. The easiest way is the magnetic tape roll. a16f7781879fef7ef659dcba098e0700

5. It’s easy to make a Memo Board using the clothespins with magnets using a cookie sheet.

6. Close to the memo board, you can create a Menu board easily with a cookie sheet and a calendar.ad-diy-clothespin-crafts-07

7. You can also make a cute Advent Calendar using those clothespins. Use your creativity to design one to your liking.1d493116557bbbbe4ee5412c8370befa

8. Photo Memory Boards are a great way to bring back to mind some great times with families.15c49478ca294ecd54f99325752b7df7

9. Did I mention the use of hanging clothes on a clothesline? Who does that anymore?

10. Mounting clothespins onto a yard stick or thin piece of wood creates a hanger for all those scarves.70c427445819be2bce78ec97d4c4bd6c

11. You can also hang jewelry with the same design.

12. How about a Birthday Chart? This one is a great design and lets you see who’s birthday is coming up.d67a9d9f5c421ccc0e5b5d56d0fd317d

13. Hanging  photos in your room can get tedious. Use a string of lights on your wall and use clothespins to hang photos with pretty fairy lights shining on them.e1e536f5f30717d2b9413a52ab5e38fc

In the Kitchen

14. What do you do with loose socks that don’t have matches after washing them? Use clothespins to display them so family members can find them.3e3839c17121e2ee3e97f836fa72a005

15. Mount a couple of clothespins on the inside of the door of your kitchen cabinet under the sink to hold rubber gloves and rags. This will save much time when you need them.stick-a-clothespin-to-the-inside-of-the-kitchen-cabinet-door-to-hold-your-cleaning-gloves

16. When decorating your tree for the holidays use clothespins to attach some of those pesky ornaments that continually fall off.06b3825444d5b27592acb47aaeb03800

17. Hang some of your children’s art work or current work from school in the same way as hanging scarves.d069d96cda04c2ea75118838c5f067b1

18. A clothespin attached to the top of a pan is a great way to keep that spoon from falling while your food is cooking.a42905c45ed24dca02ec8fa14c8e9115

19. Clamp a couple of clothespins over that parchment paper on a cookie sheet. You know how annoying it can be to keep that parchment flat while prepping.use-clothespins-to-secure-parchment-paper

20. Clothespins make great page holders, especially in cook books.dsc_03472

21. Using two clothespins, display your recipe cards proudly while cooking so you don’t loose your place.d444b84039438573de08e7260846dd9f

22. Gluing the clothespins together makes a great trivet for those hot pans. You may need to take the wire spring off to keep it flat.521a0cfc29c070dcba65b2fa26ce0799

23. For all of those buffets you host, use a clothespin with a label or card to identify what is in each dish.6cead2d82577d3571c49936b59447533

24. Can you use chopsticks? I cannot, unless it is something I can stab! Here are two great ideas to help you maneuver those chopsticks. One, glue the chopsticks to the clothespin so you can actually use the clothespin to pick up the food. Two, take the spring off the wooden pieces and drill two small holes in the chopsticks to put the spring in. Whichever one works for you.3bca571128cbbd91ac7050e3b48e40ea5cb78e1f668db62b19b95ac3841d7c28

In the Craft Room

25. Is your ribbon drawer like mine: just ribbon wheels and pieces of ribbon stuffed in a drawer? Wrap those pieces and wheels onto clothespins. This will save time looking for ribbon and also give you more room.4fba0c68cef9c43169886d118004194f 68bee0cf710985e1bcbe2ea2ea84be67

26. You may also want to wrap your embroidery thread around the clothespins, as well.

27. Wrap the excess cords for your macrame projects around clothespins so you can keep track of them all. The clip board is an added bonus for you.f738d527883e18df044c11f0b2675656

28. An old, cleaned tuna fish can can make a great planter. Paint or dye your clothespins and pin around the can. Place soil and your plant then.e821727568ab97032864b30f29c6e4b0

29. Read Across America is an annual celebration held in many schools across the country. It commemorates Dr. Seuss. Here is a cute Dr. Seuss magnet using pasta and a computer. Print out the face of the Cat in the Hat and cut out. Glue to the clothespin. Paint the hat red and white with the rigatoni and a red bow tie pasta. Glue.diys-can-make-with-clothespins-21

30. The kids can easily entertain themselves with animal puppets.clothespin-animal-puppets-47-of-470421

31. There are a ton of ideas to make cute ornaments and decorations with painted clothespins, anything from rabbits to reindeer. (If I can’t make it to 101, I may have to list each one!)

32. Children sometimes don’t like the feel of finger painting. Clip a clothespin to a large pom pom. They can use this as a paintbrush. Do you want them to paint their bedroom walls?eb71104f91efc5942992985c30cb4e88

33. Here is a neat idea for making jewelry- take the spring off the wooden pieces and place beads on it. String the chain through the tunnel. Beautiful!d63d2fa0e5849d59c9de509564945635

34. Another idea for puppets is to cut a figure in half and glue them onto the sides of the clothespin. Glue another figure that is much smaller than the first one on the inside. When pinched, it looks like the larger figure is eating the smaller figure. This is just one example.20-creative-uses-for-clothespins-you-can-make-for-your-home7

35. Painting with ice cubes is another way of keeping the kids busy. It certainly would come in handy on this hot days of summer. Using an ice cube tray, pour colored water into the  cubes, and place a clothespin with the pinchy side up. Place in freezer. When frozen, use the clothespin as a paint brush.216e4f4c7f5c99223493399fe745d9ff

36. Snowflakes are a great way to decorate for the winter. To make these snowflakes with clothespins, take it apart and glue flat ends together. Join in a circle and glue. Glitter is a must to finish it off.55440e3b8002e7c993189bc761dc3d4f

37. Here is a novel idea: make a lamp using clothespins. Clamp the clothespins to each other and form a base. Place a mounted light with bulb in the center. It certainly would make a lovely gift or decoration in someones house.ad-diy-clothespin-crafts-25

38. One clever idea is to paint a clothespin as a  bride and groom. One side of the pin is painted as a groom and the other side is painted as the bride. They look like they are kissing!4cb4c3165933240b04293743781f50a4

In Play

39. Children can create a town with roads. (I actually found some duck tape with roads on it. You can also use black paper with chalk to make the roads.) Use the clothespins to label the traffic signs.8289576bda0c28df8ff6d2b9e71bdaa0

40. With an old shoe box children can make a foosball game. Dowels or Straws are  used as the handles and the clothespins are the players. Cut holes in each long side for the goal.860d091b730eeb7ce2078b4caaa716ca

41. Play clothespin tag. Give each participant three clothespins to clip on their shirt. As the children run around they try to grap the clothespins from each other. Whoever has the most at the end of the play, they are the winners. If all of your clips have been taken you are out. Great game to play with large groups like field days or camps.f51f602e3fa6330d50439eb49cdacd61

42. I have always imagined having my own rubber band launcher. Here is a quick one to make. Glue a clothespin to a ruler. Wrap the rubber band around the top and the other end around your thumb and let loose.550_101978966_w

43. Hang water balloons from a clothesline for children to shoot with nerf guns. Whoever breaks a balloon is out.

44. Drop the clothespin in the bottle. Do you remember this game from when you were a kid?

45. A great rainy day activity is a marshmallow catapult. You will need a wooden base, clothespins, popsicle sticks, and bottle caps.61a7baf5ca52e0a460aa17afa71c66f2

46. An easy outdoor game using an embroidery hoop to toss clothespins through.c49069dff9f905523311d8428181aeb9

Decorating with Clothespins

47. Placing essential oil on a piece of felt that a clothespin is clamped to will act as a diffuser when placed near a fan or vent.clothespin-car-diffuser-for-essential-oils-diy

48. Using the mini clothespins, you can string wire from side to side of a wooden  frame and display photos or print out some saying.ee80c8e3a4c82df9b574ea2938a6f407

49. Of course, wreaths of all kinds will add to any decor. Here is a tea bag wreath that is quite lovely.54232f24c53ea5ea4bd346bf8dbaafca

50. Clothespins can be used to keep drapes and curtains closed or in place when needed.dsc_03322

WHEW! I made it half way to 101! This post has taken me 3 hours up to this point!

51. A decorated clothespin personalized will make a nice place card for seating at special events.b4f5b55fc85b73fe51a58321bc19acd9

52. Mini chalkboards glued to clothespins could be used as labels or seating cards.

53. Adding a mirror to a wreath is a decorative touch most people can’t deny.05c6b14d37d03c6feb3f3f997c13726a

54. Daily planners are a great way to keep organized. You can use a simple clipboard painted with the labels and pin clothespins in that area.b39743a58663378f442ffec7991cc226

55. To help your children keep track of special days in a month, make a countdown calendar. With a thick ribbon in your room color, number clothespins and have the kids take a pin off each day until the event.7afd42f8b05f8a674995dd0c720c71ed

56.    This is still under construction- I needed to take a break.

At Christmas this year I just didn't have the funds to spend a lot of money. I decided to make many of the gifts for family and friends. I spent hours and hours on Pinterest searching through easy and cheap crafts to make for gifts. I noticed a trend: clothespins! I saw a plethora ( [...]

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Quick and Easy Math Games for Preschoolers

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Math Games for Preschoolers

I taught elementary school for 29 years and retired over a year ago. I loved teaching, but I really was not teaching anymore. We had the Core Curriculum. It was just a matter of forcing the information down their throats that they wanted the kids to learn. There was no wavering; no creativity; just core curriculum stuff. With the curriculum so jam packed, I was not able to use the math games I was used to using. I was done. So I retired. Now I can concentrate on teaching my grandchildren and using quick and easy math games for preschoolers.

So now, I don’t have to worry about core curriculum stuff. I baby sit my grandchildren 2 days a week. The oldest is 4 years old. She just started preschool this month and is really enjoying it. Previous to her starting preschool I had taken it upon myself to do “school” with her. I knew she could repeat the ABC song, but I knew she didn’t consistently recognize the letters. I knew she could count, but then noticed her skipping numbers and other things. So I purposed to make sure she didn’t fall behind and decided to do literacy, math and science with her. The best way to learn is to play games. So, math games here we come!

We had fun! I printed out many of the free printables I was able to download from some great blogs ( those will be mentioned in another post). My laminator finally got used that I got for free from Staples many years ago. I made centers, magnetic busy boards, and set up crafts every week. We used playdough math mats, concentration games, math grids, and even pattern blocks to learn all kinds of things. I want to share with you some of the great things we did and used to learn math during our school sessions.

Playdough Math Mats

I decided to do the letter of the week and choose a topic that began with that letter. So the first week was A, and apple was our theme. I figured she knew what apples were, and I could always fall back on making homemade applesauce! I printed out an apple themed playdough math mat. There were pictures of a plain old tree without apples, and the numbers from 1-10.  The idea was for the children to make apples using the playdough and place as many apples on the tree that the number showed. She loved it! Of course, she spends hours playing with her playdough anyway.

math games for preschoolersHere us an example of a playdough math mat courtesy of google images. When I printed it out, I places two of the mats on the same page to save a little ink and paper.

Math Grids for Preschoolers

I also found some math grids. Again, I downloaded them from a great blog for free and just printed it out. (A shout out to: The Measured Mom) A math grid consists of a table filled with the same picture creating a game board, of sorts. We used a spinner, and moved our marker that many spaces, so the person that got to the end of the grid first was the winner. She is so competitive and only loved the game until I won. Then she didn’t like it any more. We had to play it until she won!math games for preschoolersHere is an example of the grid games. They are great for counting, counting on, left to right progression, and so much more! Thanks for the graphic from themeasuredmom.com.

A Note: I put most of the printables I print out in plastic sheet protectors so I can use them again and again. Call me frugal! I like it. You can purchase them in most department or office supply stores. Here is an affiliate link to BulkOfficeSupply.com where you can purchase items in bulk to help keep the costs down. You can purchase anything in the office supply arena. Sheet protectors, envelopes, paper, pens, etc.

Another Note: Many of these math games for preschoolers were printed on cardstock to help with durability. Eventhough they were put in sheet protectors the strength of the cardstock makes it great for the little ones. Go to BulkOfficeSupply.com to see what they have to offer!

Hole Punch Numbers Game

Another math game for preschoolers that my granddaughter loved, loved, loved! There wasn’t a whole lot of prep either. Just divide up a paper into ten boxes. Lable each box counting from one to ten. Cut them out. You now have ten pieces of paper. Using a hole punch, have the child punch as many holes as the number says. If the number is seven, they are to punch 7 holes. It became even more fun because I happened to have different shapes of hole punches- flowers, hearts, stars, shapes, etc. You can see some punches available at Scrapbook.com. This is an affiliate link.
math games for preschoolersHere is an example of the hole punch math game compliments of google images.

These are just a few of the math games for preschoolers I have used, so far. I plan on continuing making many more. Have you ever made a game for your children? Please comment below and share!

I taught elementary school for 29 years and retired over a year ago. I loved teaching, but I really was not teaching anymore. We had the Core Curriculum. It was just a matter of forcing the information down their throats that they wanted the kids to learn. There was no wavering; no creativity; just core [...]

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Boo-Boo Bunny Craft Idea for Kids

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Before we all know it, spring will be here and more outside playtime for children means the chance for scrapes and bruises. We’ve got a soothing and fun approach to look after their booboos cheer them up and …! With ice, these cute handcrafted Easter bunnies can be filled with just a couple of supplies to help reduce swelling. Plus, when they’re perhaps not used, they could be put around the house included in your Easter decorations.

What Need:

Washcloths
Rubber Bands
Brilliant Ribbon
Plastic Easter Eggs
String or Yarn (Fits Washcloth Shade)
Googly Eyes (Elective)
Ice
Simple Step by Step Instructions:

Starting at opposite corners, roll the face cloth from each corner to the middle creating two rolls next to each other.
Fold the rolled length of face cloth in half (rolled side in) around a plastic Easter egg. Draw on the washcloth tight above the egg and fasten using a rubber-band.
Fasten having another rubber band (which will wrap around the first rubber band).
Cinch the washcloth about two inches above the very first rubber band to create the head and ears. Secure with string or yarn.
Conceal the rubber-bands by tying ribbon into a bow on the top of those. Finish your rabbit by gluing on eyes. In case you are going to use these with quite young kids where throttling is a concern, it is possible to skip the googly eyes or even attract eyes on with mark.
When your child gets a boo-boo, just pop the egg out and fill it using a couple cubes of ice, then place it back in the middle of the boo-boo bunny.
Enjoyment Tip: Make additional boo-boo bunnies and fill them with sweets to hand out as presents for your Easter party guests or for the child’s schoolmates.

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Before we all know it, spring will be here and more outside playtime for children means the chance for scrapes and bruises. We've got a soothing and fun approach to look after their booboos cheer them up and …! With ice, these cute handcrafted Easter bunnies can be filled with just a couple of supplies [...]

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This valentine craft for kids was inspired by our candy-cane names, together with the preschoolers’ love for beads! The kiddos’ title hearts that are beaded incorporated literacy, mathematics, and fine-motor abilities. Check ’em out . . .

Beaded name heart valentine craft - great for fine motor skills, learning math patterns, and name work!

Beaded name heart valentine craft – great for fine-motor skills, learning math patterns, and name function!

Materials
Pipe cleaners in a variety of colours
Beads – we used circular beads, too as cube like beads
Pony beads – we chose white, purple, blue, pink, and red

How The Kids Created It

Once the beads and pipe cleaners were presented on one of our centre tables the kiddos were very intrigued! There’s only about stringing beads onto pipe cleaners interesting and something cathartic. Plus, the kids love wearing their creations and decorating together.

Beaded name hearts valentine craft for kids

The kiddos motivated make designs on their hearts that were beaded and to find the letters. Some did just that, attentively patterning and incorporating letter beads to create their names. While brilliant beads went about the different side, others used the beads to create their names on one side of one’s heart.

Not all of the pupils were interested in making name beads, and that’s fine! We were nevertheless able to talk about letters, colors, and styles – all while having some excellent motor pleasure.

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A heart merely focused on brilliant patterns was made by this kiddo!

beaded name heart valentine craft for kids

After the children added a pipe cleaner and their preferred beads, I shaped a v’ with it. Then I twisted the ends together and arch in either side of the pipe cleaner. If needed, I evened it out to make the heart-shape.

Beaded heart valentine craft

 

The learning
Here are a few of the early learning concepts we touched on with this easy- peasy valentine craft:

  • Counting
  • Letter identification
  • Spelling Names
  • Patterning
  • Fine motor practice

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This valentine craft for kids was inspired by our candy-cane names, together with the preschoolers’ love for beads! The kiddos’ title hearts that are beaded incorporated literacy, mathematics, and fine-motor abilities. Check ’em out . . . Beaded name heart valentine craft - great for fine-motor skills, learning math patterns, and name function! Materials Pipe [...]

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