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Turning Your Child’s Paintings Into Quote Art

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I’ve been making over the boys’ creative corner in our basement for a little while now.  I revamped the art supply stash with some pallet storage and I rehung some of the art that was already there.  But it was definitely still bare.  It needed some color and character.  What better way to add some character than with the two characters I gave birth to?!  I got some paints and let my little Picassos go to town.

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Ready, Set, Craft! Challenge // Wood

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Can I just say, I am loving this challenge series!  It’s forcing me to think outside the box since we’re purposefully picking very generic craft items. These are all items that I have used in previous DIYs so it’s really getting my wheels turning and getting the creative juices flowing! This month, Emily chose wood.  Oh, the possibilities!  I have to say that one of my favorite aisles of any craft store is the unfinished wood section.  I could stand there and just stare for awhile, coming up with a million ideas on what to do with it all.  Something I haven’t really used much, even though I look at them all the time, are the shapes.  Small little baggies, hanging on hooks, filled with different shapes in all sizes.  Then, when I looked at the circles, I was reminded of a recent play date with our besties when we played a memory game with the kids.  Just some small circles with pictures on the back sides and I thought, “Hey!  I can make this!”  So I did! What You’ll Need: Wooden Circles (an even amount), stickers, Modge Podge (or other sealant) If you have a toddler or preschooler, you…

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My Favorite Apps for Tots and Preschoolers

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These days you’d be hard pressed to find a kid that didn’t know how to work an iPad or phone.  Technology is just part of their everyday life now.  I’ve tried to make sure, however, that the iPad or my phone is something special rather than an everyday activity.  This keeps Mr. G from having too much screen time and it keeps his attention longer when he gets to play with it.  But I also don’t like to have just any random app on there.  I like for him to be learning, wether or not he realizes it or not! So I thought, with Christmas coming up and many little ones probably getting a tablet or device of some kind, I thought I’d share some of our favorite apps that are both fun and beneficial for your tot or young kiddo. Build and Play 3D Mr. G has been playing with this one for a while now and still loves it!  You pick from a variety of toys that are broken into pieces for your child to put back together.  I like that in addition to being a puzzle like game, it promotes problem solving since the toy has to…

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Saw It, Pinned It, Tried It // The Alphabet Monster

Saw It, Pinned It, Tried It // The Alphabet Monster

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It’s been too long since I’ve done a Pinterest project.  But, since it’s been so long, that means I have a ton of projects piled up to try now!  THIS PROJECT was sent to me by my mom.  She’s a first grade teacher and loves finding these types for things for me to try with Mr. G.  I loved the idea especially since Mr. G is already learning so much in preschool this year and this is a great ay to reinforce that.  So I immediately started collecting the supplies.  It took me a little while but you’ll see why in just a second. What You’ll Need:  Empty Wipes Case, 26 Bottle Caps, Sharpie, Crafting Scraps First things first, decorate your monster!  This is where those scraps come in.  Use whatever you have, be it paper, felt, foam sheets, googly eyes, etc. Now for those This is what took the longest to collect.  To get them faster, ask friends and family to help out.  I just saved the tops from our almond milk containers as we went through them.  Take your sharpie and write the letters of the alphabet on them, one per cap.  The tutorial uses small circle labels…

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Toddler Journal

Toddler Journal

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One day my mom sent me a message with an attachment.  It said something along the lines of “This is really cool” and “You should do this with Gavin”.  So I clicked on it and immediately knew I wanted to start doing said activity. *This is also my way of saying that this is not my original idea.  I don’t remember where I saw it.  I just have to share! A lot of times, life can just pass you by.  Especially the standard, mundane, gotta do it activity filled days.  This is true whether you have children or not but, if you have a toddler (or a baby or both/a few) days can begin to blur together pretty easily.  Not everyday is filled with big events, parties, etc., but, like my little blog title likes to point out, there is joy in every day.  That is why I love this tiny, quick activity that I added into our bedtime routine. I remember having a journal as a teen/20 something to document my day to day life.  I’m sure you do too.  And, like mine, it’s probably filled with more “woe is me and my teen existence” stories than joyous ones…

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Tot Activity // Storybook Magnets

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I don’t know about your toddler my my little man loves magnets!  He loves playing with the magnetic letters my mom found for him forever ago and now even sorts them by color.  Plus, since they’re on the refrigerator, it’s convenient for me when I want to cook or clean up the kitchen.  I thought I’d add something to his magnetic collection that’s also great for us to use together.  These are great for when you first tell the stories to your little one and even when they know it by heart.  Then they can retell the story to you! What You’ll Need: Small Wooden Rectangles, Clipart, Modge Podge, Adhesive Magnetic Strips Now before we start, if you’re super artistic and want to draw these out, have at it!  I tried that as my first approach and then started to get really frustrated trying to draw a bed.  So I went a different route! Find some pictures online of your characters and key points of the story.  I found all but one of my graphics from clker.com, a completely free library of clipart.  You may have to combine some graphics, or even draw a little on one or two, like…

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Saw It, Pinned It, Tried It // Crazy Love Valentine Art

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I saw this Valentine art on Pinerest and thought it was adorable.  Then, once I saw how to make it, I knew I had to try it with Mr. G.  It’s such a simple DIY with an awesome end product and it’s fun for your little ones. What You’ll Need: Paper, Pen/Sharpie, Watercolors, Straw For my paper, I chose to use some that is specifically for watercolors.  This keeps the paper from getting too soggy plus, I planned to scan the final product into my computer so I wanted the paper to hold up.  Draw out a head, face, and any other doodles you’d like.  Just be sure to leave the hair out. Once you’re ready for the paint, fill a cup with water and get your first color ready.  Gently dab some of the paint onto the paper and hand your child the straw.  Get really close to the drop of paint and blow!  Mr. G thought it was so cool when the paint went crazy! Side Story: He only thought it was cool for the first couple of seconds.  Then he realized that the boy on the page was going to have crazy hair and he didn’t want…

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Tot Activity // Attention Expanders

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Ever since Mr. G stared preschool we’ve been working on “listening ears” and following directions.  As with any young child, neither of these is easy, especially going into a preschool setting from being the only child of a SAHM.  And don’t get me wrong, even when he was just at home he got time outs and general discipline.  Preschool is just more of it for longer periods of time and that’s just not something my child is in to at this stage of his life.  And let’s be real, no one really likes doing what they don’t want to do, adults and toddlers alike! One day, after a day of general not listening and zero attention in circle time, Mr. G’s teacher gave me a suggestion of how we can work on it at home by sitting down for 5 minutes for a small activity where he has to concentrate and listen.  I don’t know if I’ve said this before, but I just love Mr. G’s teachers!  They are always communicating what they are working on so that Mr. G can have consistency and will thrive in his school environment.  Just had to say that! So, in an effort to…

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Mommyhood // Toddler Chores

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Sometimes I sit back and think about how great it will be when my child (or children, who knows) will be able to have chores.  When they can take out the trash, scrub a toilet here or there, etc.  But, of course I don’t think about it too long, I have a beautiful, happy toddler who still needs me and that will be gone all too soon.  Plus that also comes with budgeting in an allowance and I just don’t want to think about that either. However, there are things I feel like Mr. G can help me with and I can even teach him valuable lessons about helping around the house and earning something.  Earning and saving money is a pretty advanced concept when you think about it in adult terms but it can still be relevant, in my opinion, on a toddler level. All I do is tell him that if he helps mommy do this chore or that one, he can earn a quarter for his bank, or “money counter” as he calls it.  There aren’t many chores he can help with at the moment but he can help me empty and load the dishwasher which happens…

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Tot Activity // Nature Sorting Box

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Today I’m over on Love, Joleen sharing our new favorite outdoor activity.  Mr. G and I love exploring and now it’s turned into “treasure collecting”.  I came up with a fun way to add a little learning to the mix with a sorting box. Check out my POST for the tutorial and some fun pics of the box in action!

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