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Pine Cone Bird Feeder Craft

When I was a little girl, my mom had a red plastic bird feeder that she kept full of bird seed all winter long. She hung it in the large bush adjacent to our living room window, and all we had to do to watch the birds was sit down on the couch. I remember sitting there for hours, counting cardinals and identifying other birds as they made tiny footprints in the snow. A few years ago, we got an awesome squirrel-proof bird feeder, and Joe erected a twelve-foot pole in our front yard so that I could see it … Read more

Lamb of God – Sheep Craft for Preschoolers and Older Kids

Lamb of God - Sheep craft for preschoolers and older kids

The next day John [the Baptist] saw Jesus coming toward him and said, – Look! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” – John 1:29 NLT I like sheep and lambs. I think they’re cute, and they’re synonymous with spring, which has been sorely lacking in my part of the world this year (until this week, that is). Having seen lots of cute lamb and sheep crafts on Pinterest recently, I came up with a little lamb project for my girls to do. I had intended to write Lamb of God on their pink hearts and … Read more

Learning to Count Money – Preschool Sorting Activity

This is a simple activity to teach preschoolers the beginning skills to count money.

“One-two-three-four,” Allie counted as she pulled her “quarters” out of her piggy bank. All the coins were quarters. When she got to the teens, she counted “sixteen, eighteen, sixteen, eighteen, sixteen, eighteen.” As adorable as it was to watch and listen to her counting her moneys, I decided to step in and help her to learn a little about the moneys themselves. (I love how she calls them all moneys. I can’t help myself.) Learning to Count Money Materials The materials are really easy for this one. A box or bowl of coins (Allie stuffed them all into her piggy … Read more

Painting with Cookie Cutters

Painting with Cookie Cutters - This is so simple and easy! Plus, it uses barely any paint so there's no mess.

Allie loves to paint, and I do like to help her paint, but at 4, her paintings are all the same sort of globby mess. It frustrates me that she soaks her brush full of paint and slops it around the paper (though I never let on), and I think it frustrates her that she’s not able to make things look the way her sister does (like actual things instead of abstract art). I came up with a way to paint that uses minimal paint (no big globs) and lets her find success in creating just the shapes she wants. It … Read more

20 Ways to Get Preschoolers Excited About Math

20 ways to get preschoolers excited about math

I have mentioned before (many times) that Grace resists “school time” every day. Because my earliest homeschool lessons were boring and repetitive (because I was strictly following the Calvert curriculum that was at least a year behind her ability), she associates school time with boring and repetitive. It’s hugely unfortunate, and I haven’t been able to break that association in the three years since. At the same time, Grace wallows in informal learning like an elated pig in a big mud hole. She can’t get enough of her lapbooks and nature walks and science experiments and mazes and brain teasers … Read more

Sticker Matching Activity & Game for Toddlers & Preschoolers

Sticker Matching Activity & Game for Preschoolers

Are your kids crazy for stickers? Mine are. Both of them, and the sticker addiction began very early. I think Grace was 1 when she discovered stickers, and Allie was choking on them prior to 6 months (because Grace has always left them all over the place). We had the opportunity to work with a new line from Darice Crafts called PomTree Kids, and I really, really love their products. They offer mega craft supply kits (some are no glue required!), building kits, and sticker tubs. The idea is that the kits are very open-ended to inspire creativity in children … Read more