How Do Dinosaurs… Clothes Peg Dinosaur craft

 

This month’s craft for the Monthly Crafting Book Club is How Do Dinosaurs… Clothes Peg Dinosaur craft.  Have you ever read the book series How Do Dinosaurs…… by Jane Yolen & Mark Teague?  It’s a really fun series.  They cover a bunch of  different topics How Do Dinosaurs Go To School, How Do Dinosaurs Love Their Dogs, How Do Dinosaurs Learn Their Colours, How Do Dinosaurs Clean Their Rooms, etc.  Tons of books to cover almost anything.  It’s a really fun series as it is a great learning tool.  It starts off with naughty dinosaurs doing the wrong thing, but usually funny.  Then it continues on to show how to do things the nice way.  A great and whimsical way to teach kids right or wrong in certain situations and a big hit with my kids and sister!

This month's Monthly Crafting Book Club is the How Do Dinosaurs series, with a Clothes Peg Dinosaur Craft. Come see what the other bloggers came up with

 




If you haven’t been following the Monthly Crafting Book Club you should!  Every month we focus on a different book, series, or theme geared towards kids.  A group of bloggers all contribute fun crafts or activities towards the theme to help you connect with your kids and help encourage their love of reading!  I chose to do How Do Dinosaurs… Clothes Peg Dinosaur craft.

This month's Monthly Crafting Book Club is the How Do Dinosaurs series, with a Clothes Peg Dinosaur Craft. Come see what the other bloggers came up with

Materials Needed:

materials needed

  • Fun Foam (not a lot) in varying colours
  • Clothes peg for each participant
  • A googly eye for each dinosaur
  • Glitter glue
  • Glue gun, scissors, and markers
  • How Do Dinosaurs … Book by Jane Yolen & Mark Teague

How to assemble:

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  • Have kids colour one side (the outside edges) of a clothes peg while you roughly sketch out the top of a dinosaur head, and the Bee making her dinosaurmouth section (two separate sections) on fun foam and cut them out.
  • Next, distract kids and have them choose what colour glitter glue they want while you use the hot glue gun to glue the top and bottom of the face onto each clothes peg.  Add on a googly eye (if they are antsy and hovering I get them to point to where they want me to place it) and add on a dot at the end of the mouth for a snout.
  • Give the new dinosaur to the kids to saturate, I mean decorate, with glitter glue.
  • Let it dry for a few hours, or days depending on how much glitter glue they used.
  • Then VOILA, it’s ready to be played with!

Po making his dinosaur

This month's Monthly Crafting Book Club is the How Do Dinosaurs series, with a Clothes Peg Dinosaur Craft. Come see what the other bloggers came up with

Come join us for the Monthly Crafting Book Club. Each month we focus on a different book and encourage early literacy by pairing it with a craft.

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This month's Monthly Crafting Book Club is the How Do Dinosaurs series, with a Clothes Peg Dinosaur Craft. Come see what the other bloggers came up with

 

This month's Monthly Crafting Book Club is the How Do Dinosaurs series, with a Clothes Peg Dinosaur Craft. Come see what the other bloggers came up with
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Interested in joining us next month?  Join the Facebook group for updates HERE and feel free to participate whenever you can.

Next month we are doing The Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle, any books you would like to see us do?  Let me know in the comments below.

Did you miss some posts from last year?

January – Barnyard Dance

February – If You Give A Moose A Muffin

March – ABC’s

April – Piggy in the Puddle

May – Five Little Monkeys

June – A Camping-related book

August – A Back to School-related book

September – It’s Pumpkin Day Mouse

October – Have You Seen My Monster

November – Georgie the Gingerbread Fairy Wand Craft

December – Winter Theme Book

January –Ladybug Girl Wings

February – Giraffe’s Can’t Dance Craft

 

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Pack a Busy Bag for Medical Appointments

You need to Pack a Busy Bag for Medical Appointments for kids, you never know when you may need to run out the door fast to the ER or doctor, be prepared!

 

How many times does it happen that you have little to no warning that you have to go somewhere and keep the kids busy and quiet for a prolonged period of time.  Usually a walk-in clinic, doctor’s office, go to the ER, etc.  This is why you need to be organized and Pack a Busy Bag for Medical Appointments in advance.

I cannot tell you the number of times I have to grab the kids and go to the walk-in for step tests, ER for minor injuries, etc.  The last thing I want to think of when running out the door to take my sick or injured baby to the doctor is what I need to pack and bring with me to keep them entertained.  Even with an appointment we are at our doctors office for usually almost two hours.  A walk in clinic two to three hours.  The Emergency Room (even if considered high priority) three to eight hours.  Sometimes you really need to be prepared to keep your kids busy for a prolonged period of time.  But not just the doctor’s office, restaurants, shopping, non-kid houses, there are tons of places you may go where it can be helpful to have a dedicated bag full of kids activities they can use.


You need to Pack a Busy Bag for Medical Appointments for kids, you never know when you may need to run out the door fast to the ER or doctor, be prepared!

Here are some items I like to Pack in my Busy Bag for Medical Appointments to keep my kids busy at the Doctors office:

  • Grab & Go bags – I find them at the cash at Micheal’s, for a dollar, this is an AMAZING find.  Even just to throw in your purse.  A mini colouring book, crayons, and stickers.  These are perfect to keep kids busy.
  • Books – New-to-them books, or books they don’t read often.  Pick thin paper books so it isn’t as heavy or takes up a lot of room.  They are great to read quietly in the waiting room to kids, or in the examining room while waiting for the doctor or between medical tests.  Bring a bunch.
  • Flash Cards – Great to go through with kids and start conversations.
  • Brain Quests – They have tons starting at 2-3 years old.  Great to keep kids busy and interactive to do with the kids as you sit trying to keep them entertained.
  • Snacks – try to keep it peanut free as you never know what kind of regulations there will be, raisins, fruit pouches, crackers, juice boxes, water bottles, etc.  Don’t forget to pack some snacks for yourself.  Try not to bring items that squish easily.
  • Grab a tablet and chargers as you run out the door, once your busy bag fails, take a break and let them watch Netlflix or play games on your tablet.  Plus, especially in the Emergency Room your phone will die, bring a charger!
  • A book or magazines for you, you will get bored too, bring some stuff to entertain yourself with as well.
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What to pack it in?

  • Cinch Sac – I love this bag, it’s a Cinch Sac by Thirty-One Gifts, we have a bunch we use for different purposes, but I keep this purple one by the door with stuff for a quick visit to the doctors or anywhere else we may have to go.  You can check them out HERE to get one.

What would you Pack in a Busy Bag for Medical Appointments?  Where else would you use one of these bags?

How do you keep your children busy in the doctors office or restaurants?

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You need to Pack a Busy Bag for Medical Appointments for kids, you never know when you may need to run out the door fast to the ER or doctor, be prepared!

I made a bag for kids to use in restaurants check it out below:

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Printable Preschool Planner Stickers

Printable Preschool Planner Stickers - I have made some Printable Preschool Planner Stickers to help make organizing your calendar easier for your Preschooler or Nursery School.

Have you got hooked on planners and planning yet?  Searching Michael’s for planner stickers?  I sure have been!  Along with Etsy, but I haven’t quite found what I am looking for, with my daughter in Nursery School and my son scheduled to start soon I decided to make my own Printable Preschool Planner Stickers.

 

If you are just getting into planning you may wonder what you need, I’m here to help you!

  • My favourite PlannerAn awesome planner.  I like the Create 365, The Happy Planner.  Personal preference, but I like how there are three slots per day. I have a home business, blogging stuff, and regular day to day kids, school, schedules to keep track of so having the three slots means I can track it all in one place.   If you go to the Michael’s website and get a 50% off coupon it makes the cost much cheaper!
  • Pens. A fun collection of fine tip markers, coloured pens, and other writing implements, I love coloured pens!  I use them to keep track of different things. Usually pink to keep track of stuff for my daughter, purple to keep track of my stuff, blue for my son, green for my blog, hot pink for my work, etc.
  • The best Planner BagA good planner bag. Like this one from Thirty-One.  It’s actually a hanging travelling case, but it fits my stickers, pens, markers, planner, etc.  Having a bag where I can keep all of my tools together makes things easier, then whenever I need to add something to the calendar or planner I grab the bag and have everything I need.
  • Stickers.   This is the best part, stickers to decorate your planner with, seasonal, inspirational, to do, etc.  You can use stickers to decorate your planner like a scrapbook, keep track of important events and holidays, whatever, it’s your planner!

 

Printable Preschool Planner Stickers - I have made some Printable Preschool Planner Stickers to help make organizing your calendar easier for your Preschooler or Nursery School.

Who else needs Preschool Planner Stickers!

I need some very specific stickers to accommodate the events at my daughter’s Nursery School.  My daughter belongs to a co-op so I bring snack once a month, my hubby cleans toys once a month, and I am on the board and have board meetings.  They have lots of fun theme parties, field trips, and other events, so by designing my own Printable Preschool Planner Stickers it made life much easier!

Materials Needed for Printable Planner Stickers

Ready to print your own stickers yet?

I discovered you can print your own stickers by getting full sticker sheets at the store!  Game changer for planning when I need specific stickers, I can make my own.  Just in case you could use them too I am sharing them!

 

Print the Printable Preschool Planner Stickers below. Or the PDF here.

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What kind of stickers are you searching for to make your planning easier?

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Fruity O’s Craft

Fruity O's Craft & Snack - This great three-part activity to keep your kids busy.  Sorting by colour, practicing using a mortar & pestle, and painting with glue and the coloured dust.

My husband is out of town on business for the week, whichmeans it is just me and the kids, all week…….. Therefore, I am looking for activities to keep them busy, even better if it has multiple parts to it to keep them occupied.  This activity was perfect to distract them for awhile, a little messy, but worth it to keep them busy for awhile.

 

Materials needed:

  • Fruity O’s or Fruit Loops (I chose the cheaper ones, especially since it doesn’t taste as good so is more likely to hang around long enough for a craft.  Fruit loops don’t last in our house).
  • Mortar & pestle
  • White glue
  • Paint brush
  • Construction paper
  • Pencil

Instructions

Part One:

 

13466142_10157168473360245_26082753535845439_nGrab a bunch of different coloured little bowls and a big large bowl.  Poor the fruity O’s in the bowl and have your child separate them by colour.  Yes, they WILL snack, so do this right after a meal, or in lieu of a snack time as no one can resist these!

 

Part Two:

 

Take each colour separately and use the mortar and pestle to grind them to a fine dust.  A few chunks are fine, I think its more important to have your kids do it than be perfect.

 

Part Three:

13521839_10157168472285245_5420044529820569236_nDraw a picture and using one colour at a time spread the glue on it, then take the colour and sprinkle over it to colour it.  Repeat with all the colours until your picture is full of colour.

For my son, who is only 18-months, I just had him smash them all together and practise with the mortar and pestle, then drew a big heart and had him help me paint it with glue and shake the multicolored fruity o’s all over the glue.

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That’s it!  There are so many different things you can make with this, you could even just take out pages from a colouring book and colour those one at a time.

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What is your favourite craft to make with fruity o’s or fruit loops?

 

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Monthly Letter’s from Santa Review

Monthly Letters from Santa Review - Want a cute idea to keep the magic of Santa alive all year long? Try these interactive letter's from Santa every month from #12lettersfromsanta

I was approached by 12lettersfromsanta with a super unique idea.  They have a business sending out monthly letters to kids from Santa, all related to the actual month.

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I got to try it out with my kids in April and it was really fun.  My daughter got her letter in the mail first and was thrilled to get a letter from Santa.  She carried her letter proudly home from the mailbox and could not wait to sit down and read it with me.

 

The letter talked all about Mr. and Mrs. Clause’s plans for the garden and what veggies they were going to grow.  The letter came with an interactive activitiy, a paper with a pretend garden in it and a bunch of vegetable stickers.  The purpose being my daughter was supposed to “plant” a veggie garden with her favourite veggies to help let Santa know which veggies kids like best.

 

She had a lot of fun, and being a three-year-old loved putting all the stickers on.  She loved how Santa sent her a personalized letter.

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My son, 16-months-old, got his letter the next day.  I picked different fonts/layouts for the letter so they did look different, but they were the exact same letter.  I read it when my daughter was not around, but she would have been confused to know that her brother got the same letter (word for word) as her just with his name on it and a different paper.  He loves books and being read to so enjoyed having a story read to him and helping to open up the envelope.

I loved the letters and thought they were super cute.  My three-year-old would love to get a letter in the mail from Santa each month and is totally the right age for this activity.  My son is not the right age (not that I thought he would be, I just wanted to try them both out and he wants to be included).  My only issue was if you have two kids that get the exact same letter then it could ruin the magic a bit as my daughter would figure it out.  I think there needs to be a way to ensure that there are different letters sent to the same children in a certain household otherwise the kids may clue in to the fact that it’s not really “Santa” sending it to them, or that someone other than Santa, meaning he may not be real, is sending them the letters.  They have the option to write the Santa letter yourself, so perhaps if you have multiple children you would need to write them all yourself to ensure they all get different letters.

If you have one child, especially over three-years-old this is a cute activity they are sure to love.  I know my daughter would be thrilled to get more letters from Santa.  She has had two Christmas’s understanding Santa so is very much affected by the magic surrounding Santa.

This is a really fun way to get mail for your child each month and keep the magic of Santa going all year round.  You should check them out at this link to see if this is something your kids would enjoy doing each month too.

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Monthly Crafting Book Club for February – If You Give A Moose A Muffin

 

Monthly Crafting Book Club - February's book for the Monthly Crafting Book Club is If You Give A Moose A Muffin by Laura Numeroff. Come see the crafts, games, and activities related to the book.
If you have not read If You Give A Mouse A Cookie series by Laura Numeroff you are seriously missing out.  She has an amazing series of books all starring different animals and the mischief they get up to.  You have If You Give A Mouse A Cookie, If ou give A Pig A Pancake, If You Give A Dog A Doughnut, If You Give A Cat A Cupcake,  If You Take A Mouse to School, and a few others including If You Give A Moose A Muffin, which of course is our book for the month.

I have had a soft spot for these books ever since I worked as a teacher in the preschool class at a Montessori school.  The kids just adored these books so I immediately started collecting them for when I had my own children years later.

The monthly crafting book challenge is for encouraging children and their parents (or whoever) in the love of reading.   A great way to encourage reading is by incorporating crafts, games, activities, etc. to keep the love alive.   Every month we focus on a different book and try and do a craft or activity or pretty much anything that encourages children to read and associate it with the book.  For me the love of literature is very important.  We are big readers in this house and really hope to pass that onto our children.

A bunch of us bloggers get together each month to focus on a different story and craft to go along with it.  This month we are focusing on If You Give A Moose Muffin. Last month we did Barnyard Dance by Sandra Boynton.  If you’d like to see what next month’s book challenge is check out below.  Even if you are not a blogger you are welcome to participate anyway, just send me a picture of you and your children reading the book and doing crafts or activities related to it.

 

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Monthly Crafting Book Club for February - February's book for the Monthly Crafting Book Club is If You Give A Moose A Muffin by Laura Numeroff. Come see the crafts, games, and activities related to the book.

 

This is next month’s book (just in time for Dr. Seuss’s Day) the ABC’s by Dr. Seuss.  If you want to participate join our Facebook group here.  All you need to do is come up with a craft or activity related to the book and send it to me by March 20th, the post goes live on March 25th. Join the group above for more details and I cannot wait to see what you come up with!

 

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Preschool

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I cannot believe it but my baby is starting preschool!  Bee is two-and-a-half years old and this is the first time that she is really going to be away from me for any length of time on a regular basis.  Being a stay at home mom who also works from home means I have the luxury of being with my children all the time.  I love watching her grow and learn new things.  She is such a bright little girl and as much as I want to teach her I know she needs to be taught by others too.  It will only help her learn more.

She needs a chance to socialize with other children, learn to take her turn, discover problem-solving with other children while fighting over the same toy, learn how to  take direction and listen to other adults, follow a classroom schedule and most importantly know that she will be ok without me all the time.  That last one will be harder for me, it is a scary idea knowing she will not be with me all the time to protect her and keep her safe.  I know she will do great though; although, it will be an adjustment for the whole family.

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To help get her ready for preschool I tried a few of the following:

  • Visited a few preschools so she got used to them and got an idea of what “school” is.
  • Had a few playdates with other kids in her class so she had some friends when she started and she didn’t feel so alone.
  • I got a few books about starting school and we started reading them to her.
  • I signed her up for an independent two-year-old gymnastics class so she had a taste of going into a class setting without me and a structured schedule while listening to another teacher.
  • We had a meet-the-teacher meeting and she got a chance to meet her teacher ahead of time, check out the classroom again and start to get excited about starting school soon.
  • We talked a lot about going to school and how she would be going on her own and mommy & daddy wouldn’t be there with her.

preschool-scenery-1-1565828-639x425Overall, I hope we did enough to prepare her and get her set.  Please cross your fingers for her first day on Wednesday in the hopes it goes well.  Also, send calming mommy vibes my way, I have never dropped her of somewhere (not a relatives) and driven away from her leaving her on her own.  It feels so weird!  It will be a coin toss who handles it better.

How did you feel when your baby started school?  Any other tips I can do to prepare her before Wednesday?

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