Monday, March 28, 2016

20 Ways to Redo a Cozy Coupe

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The red and yellow Little Tikes Cozy Coupe is iconic in its presence in American childhood.  I drove one as a child.  So, there's no wonder why the company still makes them in several styles.  I even read of a full scale, motorized coupe that could be driven on the road!  I love to see so many parents of my generation customizing a cozy coupe for their children.  We just scored one for Sunny for $20 off of a local BST group on Facebook. I'd love to redo it, but there are so many ideas, I can't decide on one!  Here is some of the inspiration I've found.

Superhero themes for the win!  The Superman and Batmobile ones are cute and look like they have a minimal amount of detail work to be done. Perfect for not-so-crafty me!

The ears on the Minnie Mouse cozy coupe are just darling!

Because nothing runs like a Deere cozy coupe! lol

They even put a little Styrofoam ladder on this cozy coupe Fire Truck...



I could see my little pink-loving girl zooming around the driveway in this zebra print cozy coupe.

Or we could do it up in our favorite team's colors... Go Hawkeyes!

The Dusty from Planes cozy coupe is so neat! I wonder how they made those wings?

Who you gonna call to help you recreate this Ghostbusters cozy coupe?

All I can think of when I see this this Herbie cozy coupe is how cute my love bug would look in it.



Even though Sunny prefers Cookie Monster, I bet she'd love an Elmo cozy coupe!

The safari green military vehicle seems pretty straight forward and hard to mess up.

I don't know why, but the purple leopard cozy coupe makes me think of Littlest Pet Shop... so cute!

This Spiderman cozy coupe would have been perfect for my little superhero loving son.

I'm flipping out over how perfect the details on this Mystery Machine cozy coupe are.



I have to admit that the Doc McStuffins cozy coupe is my favorite. Am wondering how they did those cool stickers on there.

My second choice is the Elsa cozy coupe.  Sunny is just coming into all things Frozen, so this would be perfect!

How cute is this cupcakemobile?  The red ball on top for the cherry is brilliant.

Or do we go with our favorite animal, the giraffe, for cozy coupe makeover inspiration?

Lastly, there's this super fun Woody from Toy Story cozy coupe.  This concept could be tweaked so it was done like the Jessie doll from the Toy Story movies, too.


Well... stay tuned! I'll let you know when I've figured out what theme we're going to go with on the cozy coupe makeover.  Which one would you choose?




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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Resurrection Eggs: The Easter Story for Kids {free printable}

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When I taught Preschool Sunday School, we made Resurrection Eggs with the kids.  It was a fun activity that they could take home and share with their family.  Since then (3 years ago), the Resurrection Eggs have been a favorite for our family during the Easter season.  The beauty of this activity is the simplicity.  I think that next year, we may invest in a sturdier set of eggs since they'll be used so much.  If you haven't seen or heard of Resurrection eggs before, here's what they are and how they're used.


An empty egg carton makes for a great container.  Each egg is numbered with a permanent marker so that you know what order to open them in.  Inside is a small object meant to represent a piece of the story of Jesus's crucifixion and resurrection. 

The objects inside the eggs are:
  1. cracker
  2. quarter
  3. piece of leather string
  4. pipe cleaner crown of thorns
  5. purple fabric/ribbon
  6. wooden cross
  7. nail
  8. dice
  9. sponge
  10. plastic cocktail sword
  11. rock
  12. empty

We also had a small paper printout that gave the details of the event and Bible verses that correspond to it. I've since created this printable that could be printed, folded up, and placed inside the carton. Or you can cut it apart to create a label for your carton using the picture header. Then fold up each numbered event and put them in their corresponding egg. Get your copy of the printable below here.


These Resurrection Eggs are such a great way to walk through the last days of Christ with children in a simple, hands on way that children can understand.  I hope your family enjoys them as much as ours does!



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Saturday, March 12, 2016

St. Patrick's Day Counting Game for Kids {free printable}

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We are gearing up for St. Patrick's Day!  Shamrocks are all over the place, so  I came up with a fun counting printable.  This is something that can be done independently or one-on-one as a game and would be great for the classroom or home!

Playing Independently
Preschoolers can practice one-to-one correspondence by rolling the dice and coloring in the appropriate number of shamrocks.  Older children can use two dice to practice addition or subtraction. After rolling, they would add/subtract the numbers on each dice and color in the sum/difference.

Playing One-on-One
There are two ways to play competitively with this Shamrock and Roll printable.

With one Print out
If you choose to play with only one print out, players take turns rolling and coloring shamrocks on the sheet, with each using a different shade of green.  When all the shamrocks are full, count them up.  Whoever has the most wins the game!

With two Print outs
This approach works best for more than two players.  Each player gets their own print out.  After rolling, the player colors that amount of shamrocks on their paper.  The first to fill up their sheet, wins!


This game has proven to be  a winner so far, both as an independent activity and as a two player game.  Bear likes this game so much, I'm thinking I'll make up some printables for this game that go with other holidays.  They'll be coming soon!
 





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