Nov 21, 2014

Fine Motor Turkey Craft

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Happy Fine Motor Fridays! This week, K has given me a daily request to "do toorkey pawjex!" So turkey projects it is. We are super excited about Thanksgiving, and this little turkey is the perfect activity to do with your tot as the holiday quickly approaches!
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Nov 19, 2014

Pouch Cap Turkey Footprint Craft

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We are the type of house that is overflowing with recycled materials! I save all kinds of things: toilet paper rolls containers of all kinds, pouch caps, and more. Kingston has been obsessed with fruit and veggie pouches his entire toddlerhood. The Plum Organics Mighty 4 Essential Nutrition Blend Pouches are some of his favorite. I have been saving each and every pouch cap for quite sometime and we have used them for quite a few projects (Pouch Cap Sheep PrintingPouch Cap Fireworks), counting activities, and sorting exercises. They are super versatile! In this craft, the pouch caps are the turkey's feathers!
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Nov 17, 2014

10 Toddler-Friendly Thanksgiving Books

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We have been buried in talk, play, and books about Thanksgiving! Kingston is 2 and just loosely grasping the concept of the holiday. We have been reading books to reinforce what Thanksgiving is about and talking about being grateful for what we have and giving to others. While these are really abstract concepts for 2 year old to grasp, these fun books have been helping him to understand! These 10 books are "toddler-friendly" meaning that we read them constantly and we think other toddlers will love them, but that most of them can and will be used with older children also!
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Nov 16, 2014

Thanksgiving Sensory Bin



Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and we are SO excited!! As much I love Christmas for all of the magic, presents, events, and over the top hoopla, I love Thanksgiving for the opposite reasons! For us, Thanksgiving is a mellow day of food, family, and fun. There is no planning (at least not for us since my amazing grandmother cooks every last bit of food!) and it is just a time to enjoy each without worrying that everything is perfect (at least for ME!). In honor of this delightful holiday, I whipped up this cute little sensory bin using some items I picked up at Hobby Lobby - a feather boa, some crystal maize, a foam turkey, and some Native American stickers!
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Nov 13, 2014

The Ultimate Baby Gift Guide

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It is my favorite time of year, and with all of the holiday excitement and cheer comes the need for another one of our trusty gift guides! Last year we brought you the much loved Ultimate Toddler Gift Guide and Ultimate Toddler Stocking Stuffer Guide. These are two invaluable guides that can definitely work for older infants and young preschoolers also. This year, with the arrival of our sweet baby Bentley, we are focusing on the babies in your life! This gift guide is separated into 8 easy to navigate categories ranging from inexpensive items to moderately expensive items. This guide isn't just for the holiday season though, these products would make excellent gifts for a baby shower or for any other one of baby's first holidays! A few of these items you will see are aged for slightly older children, but we don't like to hinder our babies' development over here and always offer toys at slightly more advanced levels. Use your best judgement when purchasing toys for your little one! Babies are super fun to shop for and there are plenty of exciting toys to pick up for them that will be both stimulating and educational. Don't leave them out! Get them something awesome this year!
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Nov 6, 2014

Power Wheels Corvette Review


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Today we are participating in Kids Wishlist: Reviewed: a giant blog hop brought to by a bunch of awesome kid bloggers reviewing hot items for your child for the holiday season and beyond! For our review, we are bringing you the Power Wheels Corvette. This is a big ticket item that packs big fun. This car would make a jaw-dropping gift any holiday or birthday! 


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Nov 5, 2014

Felt Resist Leaf Art

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Earlier this Autumn, we made several foam resist art projects - Pumpkin Foam Resist Painting and Spooky Night Foam Resist. This project was similar, but a little different in that it used felt! This leaf art was created using this gorgeous Fall Maple Leaves Felt Table Scatter. When I saw it, I knew I wanted to use them in multiple decorative ways this season, but I was also very interested in the outline. It makes such a beautiful leaf shape. Plus, the texture is great soft and fuzzy which makes for a perfect added sensory experience!


To create, I gave Kingston a piece of white cardstock , taped down the felt leaves as well as I could, and poured some red washable paint and orange washable paint on top. Kingston went to work spreading the paint with his fingers. As he painted, we talked about Autumn, falling leaves, and the different colors. 


Once the paint dried, I removed the felt leaves which surprisingly washed very well. We were able to save them for reuse which makes this Mama very happy! The leaf art didn't come out perfect, but that adds to the charm. Process art doesn't have to be perfect!  These make fantastic fall window decorations.


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