Friday, December 30, 2011

winter sensory bin

Pin It
it's almost january, so that means we need a new winter sensory bin!  i used several items from the dollar store and hobby lobby (clearance items).  here's what it looks like:

the winter sensory bin is made up of:

blue rice (from our creation story sensory bin)
white/blue/purple pom poms
blue/white/purple pony beads
blue ribbon pieces
large blue sequins
iridescent asterisk sequins (they look like snowflakes)
iridescent star sequins (also left over from the creation sensory bin)
winter erasers
jingle bells
blue plastic table gems (used for table decoration)

Bear drove his dumptrucks and cars through the "sNOw"he even busted out some of our little gardening shovels and dug in the snow. 


and that's about it :)

 
Keep in touch with Crayon Freckles on Facebook to get daily post previews and hear about other great activities! You can also follow Crayon Freckles on Pinterest and Twitter.
Check out Why Does My Teen?, which is an informational site for the parents teens.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

homemade postcards

Pin It
right now Bear and i are participating in the postcard exchange hosted by Deborah over at Teach Preschool.  it has been sooo much fun!  

this is such a higHLigHT in Bear's day.  every time we check the mail, he wants to know if there is a postcard for him in it.  so i sent out emails to some of my friends on facebook who live out of state/country to see if they'd send us a postcard too!  the response oVeRWheLmED me!  what amazing people i'm blessed to know.

we have U.S. and world map posters on the wall in his room where we keep track of where we've received postcards from. we mark locations from the postcard exchange with sTaRS.  then we used hEaRTs for the people that i'm friends with. 

as far as the postcards we send out, we bought quite a few at our zoo to send.  since it's been colder, we haven't gone.  so i got resourceful and we made our own postcards out of manila folders.  i cut them down to standard postcard size and drew the separation line on the back.  we got out the stamps and markers and Bear decorated them.




 
Keep in touch with Crayon Freckles on Facebook to get daily post previews and hear about other great activities! You can also follow Crayon Freckles on Pinterest and Twitter.
Check out Why Does My Teen?, which is an informational site for the parents teens.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

tip-toe thru tuesday

Pin It
welcome to tip-toe thru tuesday!!! how was your Christmas?
ours was amazing!  we had some great family time and hilarious family pictures...
((think everyone smiling and Bear picking his nose))

here are the toP 2 pOSts from last week plus two of mY faVEs (in no particular order). if you're featured, grab a fEAtuRed button from my button page!! 
Pallet Cabinet from Shabby Love

now it's time to party!!!

PoST aNYtHiNG you've created (show me some etsy shops and giveaways!)

Link to your post directly

Link back to my page with a text link/button somewhere on your blog

Stay around and check out a few of the other links. wE aLL LovE fEEdBaCK!

what have you got to share this week?

Monday, December 26, 2011

in {her} shoes...preparing for a new year

Pin It
when the idea of the in {her} shoes series came to me, i didn't realize what a bLeSSinG it would be.  through it, i've met and befriended some aMaZiNG wOmEN.  


this is the last monday in 2011.  that being said, i'd like to invite all of you to participate in my in {her} shoes series.  if you're a mom (or grandma, or dad, or are TTC), i would love for you to share a glimpse of life in your shoes, whether you're a blogger or not.  if you're  interested in participating in this guest blog series,  email me at andiejaye@cox.net 

here's a rundown so that you can see if this is something you'd like to participate in...

there are a few questions i’d like you to incorporate into your post anyway you’d like:

• what is the most challenging part of being a mom?
• what is the most rewarding?
• in your opinion, what’s the most important value(s) parents can instill in their children?
• if you children could describe you in 3 words, which ones would they pick?



any other information you want to add is great! i don’t care what structure you put it in or how you do it.  i'd just love to hear your story!  so let me know if you'd like to contribute to my in {her} shoes series!

 
Keep in touch with Crayon Freckles on Facebook to get daily post previews and hear about other great activities! You can also follow Crayon Freckles on Pinterest and Twitter.
Check out Why Does My Teen?, which is an informational site for the parents teens.

Friday, December 23, 2011

have a blessed Christmas

Pin It

Merry Christmas my dears!

i just wanted to let you all know that i'm going on a bRiEF blogging hiatus... just until after Christmas.   i'm going to dedicate the next few days to focusing on faMiLY and this bLeSSed sEAsoN.  i'll be back on monday.  love to you all...
 
 
Keep in touch with Crayon Freckles on Facebook to get daily post previews and hear about other great activities! You can also follow Crayon Freckles on Pinterest and Twitter.
Check out Why Does My Teen?, which is an informational site for the parents teens.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

tip-toe thru tuesday

Pin It
welcome to tip-toe thru tuesday!!!  to start off,
i want to wish you all a blessed Christmas! 
here are the toP 2 pOSts from last week plus two of mY faVEs (in no particular order). if you're featured, grab a fEAtuRed button from my button page!! 

now it's time to party!!!

PoST aNYtHiNG you've created (show me some etsy shops and giveaways!)

Link to your post directly

Link back to my page with a text link/button somewhere on your blog

Stay around and check out a few of the other links. wE aLL LovE fEEdBaCK!

what have you got to share this week?

Monday, December 19, 2011

salt dough ornaments

Pin It
we made saLT doUGh ornaments!!!  i got this recipe from the amazing Laura over at Art for Little Hands in her Salt Dough post. {sorry. links no longer available} 


stirring the thick mix was fun...but a bit hard


we used many tools to play and create
((even a toy steamroller!))


the baking took a while...i had to keep standing the snowmen back up


the painting was fun!  we used tempera paint. 
then a coat of mod podge to add some shine.
have you ever made your own salt dough or playdough?

 
Keep in touch with Crayon Freckles on Facebook to get daily post previews and hear about other great activities! You can also follow Crayon Freckles on Pinterest and Twitter.
Check out Why Does My Teen?, which is an informational site for the parents teens.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

the transformation........new etsy item

Pin It
i've got another new item in my etsy shop!  i've been creating collage art for a while, but never like this.  miXEd mEDiA coLLaGe aRt is my new love. 

this piece is called the transformation
it's based on one of my favorite quotes ever!
just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly


this is sitting on a shelf in our preschool area.  i can't find the right place to hang it. 
i want it in every room...
 
 
Keep in touch with Crayon Freckles on Facebook to get daily post previews and hear about other great activities! You can also follow Crayon Freckles on Pinterest and Twitter.
Check out Why Does My Teen?, which is an informational site for the parents teens.

Christmas tree candle decoration

Pin It
i thought that decorating a Christmas tree candle might be fun for Bear.  i bought a white one and a green one at dollar tree.  the white one was my project and was a total fAiLUrE.  but Bear's turned out great!

i gave him the glitter glue and the star he asked for and let him go! 



 
 
Keep in touch with Crayon Freckles on Facebook to get daily post previews and hear about other great activities! You can also follow Crayon Freckles on Pinterest and Twitter.
Check out Why Does My Teen?, which is an informational site for the parents teens.

Friday, December 16, 2011

DIY felt parking lot playmat

Pin It
this year, i'm focusing more on handmade Christmas gifts.  this wasn't a Christmas gift, but it's an idea for those of you with kiddos that love to play with cars.

Bear was playing cars and lining them up on our dinner table.  i asked him if he wanted me to make him a parking lot.  of course he said yes, so we picked up the materials the next day.

i used two stiff pieces of felt so that it wouldn't bend as easily.  i fabric-glued three felt strips on the back to create the spine so it can fold in half.  the most time consuming part was painting the lines on it.  they aren't perfect.  i had to do this quickly because he wanted to play with it later that night.  he was ecstatic with it, so that's all that matters, right?



i'd love it if you left a link for any homemade gifts you've made so i can check them out!

 
Keep in touch with Crayon Freckles on Facebook to get daily post previews and hear about other great activities! You can also follow Crayon Freckles on Pinterest and Twitter.
Check out Why Does My Teen?, which is an informational site for the parents teens.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

say what you mean

Pin It
isn't it funny how we often say one thing, but mean another.  as in, we aren't always as clear as we should be to get our true intent across.

here's a prime example:
 
Bear was getting ready to play in his room with his dad.  so i said,
"please pick your toys up off of the floor."

mom translation:  put your toys away in your room where they belong

preschooler translation:

he picked his toys up off of the floor, didn't he?  haha!  guess that'll teach me to be more specific next time!
 
Keep in touch with Crayon Freckles on Facebook to get daily post previews and hear about other great activities! You can also follow Crayon Freckles on Pinterest and Twitter.
Check out Why Does My Teen?, which is an informational site for the parents teens.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

setting the Christmas table

Pin It
Christmas is fastly approaching.  with it comes planning and preparing.  here are some wonderful ideas i've found to make your Christmas table beAUtiFuL, peRSonAL, and weLcOMinG.

i love the blue and red combo!

made from fresh materials!
Homemade Advent Crown from Sun Hats and Wellie Boots


i think this would be gorgeous with poinsettia leaves and petals!

these would be cute spread out all over the table
Twinkle Little Christmas Stars from AngeliqueFelix.com

one angel could be made for each person
Christmas Angel Table Lights from At Home with Ali
these could be used every year!
Printed Napkins from Sun Hats and Wellie Boots

afterward, guests could take these home and hang on their trees with ribbon
Salt Dough Holly Leaf Place Markers from Rainy Day Mum

just a few ideas i wanted to share with you! 
what are your plans for your Christmas table?

 
Keep in touch with Crayon Freckles on Facebook to get daily post previews and hear about other great activities! You can also follow Crayon Freckles on Pinterest and Twitter.
Check out Why Does My Teen?, which is an informational site for the parents teens.

Monday, December 12, 2011

in {her} shoes...jen

Pin It
happy monday!  i've been one busy momma this past weekend! it's finals week for me and i'm trying to get LoTS of things done in very LiTTLe tiME.  i can't wait until the end of the week when things at school are wrapped up!  i still have a bunch of Christmas presents to make!  i'll be posting them as soon as i make them. 

anyway...today's  in {her} shoes guest blogger is Jen from the Kitchen Counter Chronicles!  she has soooo many fun projects plus a frequent spotlight of other bloggers ((and their kitchen counters))!  isn't that a cute idea!!  check out her story, then head over and say hi!



When I agreed to take part in this guest post I thought it would be easy to write a post about life in my shoes. How hard could it be? They are my shoes...right? Hmmm...then why was this so hard to write?



I suppose that any exercise that involves stopping and examining your life can be both enlightening and challenging. Life in my shoes is pretty good. I’m a stay at home mom to two beautiful, funny and smart girls. My husband is my friend and this year we are celebrating 20 years since our very first date...in high school. See, life is pretty good.

My shoes have carried me down many paths over the years - mother isn’t the only role that I have play - it’s just the one I’m performing right now. When I think about my life and what values I wish to pass on to my girls the first thing that pops into my mind is empathy. Unfortunately, this is a tough one to “teach”. I sort of think empathy is learned through experience...and you either get it or you don’t. My wish is that some day when my daughters are faced with the choice of sitting beside a stranger and listening to that person's story, they will choose to take the time. How do you teach that?!


Am I idealistic? Not sure. Am I realistic? Not sure. Am I cynical? Not sure. Those are the things I’m not so sure about. What I do know is that being at home and spending this time with my girls is the most rewarding thing I have ever done. On the other hand, I walked away from a career that I loved. I gave up the social part of me that was growing so nicely. True, I got a lot in exchange...but it is still challenging being a stay at home mom.


If you asked my girls to describe me...well, I shiver to think what they might say. I’m sure it would be something like; she’s crafty, she’s a good baker, she likes to garden, she always wants a hug. I hope this is what they would say. When they are teenagers, I’m sure things will change. I’ll take what I can get, while I can get it.


So, the shoes I wear these days are comfortable and ready for anything - kind of like me!

Friday, December 9, 2011

Christmas dominoes matching printable

Pin It
Bear and i had fun this morning playing a snowflake domino matching game that we got in our last issue of Highlights High Five.  so we decided to make up our own Christmas domino/matching game.  all you have to do is sAVe the image to your computer and pRiNT it!  then cUT them out, making sure there are 2 sQuaREs per piece (you'll notice that one of the rows has to be cut horizontally in order for them to be even pieces.)




the rules of the game are simple:
1.  hand out 5 pieces to each player
2.  place one domino in the center as a starter piece
3.  take turns placing the dominoes up end-to-end on your playing surface
4.  pieces can be matched up horizontally or vertically
5.  keep going until all the pieces are used up

enjoy and have fun!!  more printables to come soon!

 
Keep in touch with Crayon Freckles on Facebook to get daily post previews and hear about other great activities! You can also follow Crayon Freckles on Pinterest and Twitter.
Check out Why Does My Teen?, which is an informational site for the parents teens.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

egg crack painting

Pin It
Not the most poetic title for a blog post, huh?  But it's what Bear named this technique when he was 3 yrs old, so I go with it.  I saw this project on a news segment that Deborah Stewart from Teach Preschool did.

Bear loves to cook.  He always wants to help  crack the eggs.  So you can imagine his excitement when he found out we were going to do this project!  I filled up a dozen plastic easter eggs with watered down craft paint, taped paper in the bottom of a large bin, and let him take it from there.


After he'd dumped them all, he looked so sad because he thought the fun was over.  He didn't realize that we could turn it into shake ball art and keep going! 


And of course, if we make a mess together, we clean together.

Here are just some of his creations.  ((I ended up making 3 batches of eggs that day!))
 
 
Keep in touch with Crayon Freckles on Facebook to get daily post previews and hear about other great activities! You can also follow Crayon Freckles on Pinterest and Twitter.
Check out Why Does My Teen?, which is an informational site for the parents teens.
Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...