Oct 17, 2014

Fine Motor Spider Painting

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Happy Fine Motor Fridays! This week, K wanted to get his paint on, so I set up a super simple invitation to paint with plastic spiders and washable paint. We have been exploring lots of Halloween items lately, and one of the ones that Kingston likes a lot are spiders! You may remember our Spooky Spider Sensory Bin earlier in the month. He was ready to get to work with the spiders as soon as he sat down.
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Oct 15, 2014

15 Arghhh-mazing Usborne Books About Pirates



My little guy just LOVES pirates! So I was immediately excited when I realized how much Usborne has to offer in the pirate department. Seriously, their pirate books are ARGHHH-mazing (see what I did there?!) They have everything from non-fiction and fiction stories to activity books and more, all geared towards varying ages. Without further ado, here are 15 awesome titles that are sure to make your little one walk the plank with excitement!
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Oct 14, 2014

23 Amazing Usborne Books for Girls



As the Mama of two boys, I don't get to play with or explore many girl-centered books and toys. Now, I am all about boys and girls playing with the same toys and not attaching a stereotype to everything, BUT Usborne offers so many precious books marketed directly to girls that I can't resist showcasing how amazing they are! As soon as I saw these titles, the girly girl in me just went gaga! So, here are 23 fantastic Usborne books for girls. There is definitely something for every little girl (and maybe some boys!) here.
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10 Usborne Books for Halloween


Halloween is just around the corner! We have been busy with plenty of Halloween crafts and activities, and have been reading plenty of books to go with that theme. Usborne offers plenty of reading books and activity books to get your little ones in the spooky mood! Here are 10 awesome products that you will definitely want to check out.

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18 Educational Sticker Books from Usborne


Usborne has phenomenal fiction and non-fiction reading books. I could go on and on for days (and stay tuned because I will!) about all of the awesome reading books they have to offer. Although all of their books are spectacular and unique, their sticker books really blow my mind! I have never seen anything like them. They have something for everyone. Dinosaur lovers, music aficionados, popstars in the making. You name it! What really struck me though was how awesome these sticker books would be as a homeschool tool. They would make awesome curriculum tie ins to really reinforce concepts and ideas. 
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Oct 13, 2014

Baby Book Club - Five Little Pumpkins

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For Baby Book Club this month, we couldn't resist reading a spooky classic: Five Little Pumpkins! We love the board book version of this Halloween tale (which by the way is INCREDIBLY cheap on  Amazon!) so we gathered all of our friends together for some reading, eating, and playing. 

We donned our pumpkin themed attire for the event (even me!) and sat down to read our story. We typically like to read the book twice so that the little ones have a chance to really soak it in. All the kiddos really enjoyed the spooky story, especially the "ooooooooooohhh" and the "out went the light"! 


This was my sweet baby's first book club meeting! He looks riveted doesn't he?! 


For our themed snack we did a pumpkin taste test!! This was so much fun. On the menu to try were Oreo Seasonal Pumpkin Spice Sandwich Cookies, pumpkin bread, pumpkin pie, and pumpkin muffins. We also had some delicious apple cider to wash it all down! 


Here is my favorite picture of Kingston from the meeting! He was waiting for his tasting plate.


We put our pumpkin treats on these adorable jack-o-lantern plates, and everyone sat down to enjoy. Most of the kids hadn't tried any of these items, so it was fun to see which were their favorites. It was pretty unanimous that the pumpkin muffins were the much loved kiddo favorite! They were devoured almost immediately. This snack was a huge hit with both the little ones and the Mamas. Pumpkin is definitely one of my all time favorite flavors!


While everyone was finishing their snacks, the boys played in the hallway shrieking and running back and forth. It was too cute. K loves his buddy L!


For our activity today, I put together a Five Little Pumpkins sensory water bin! To make it, I used five foam pumpkins (these are about double the size that I used, but still pretty awesome!) I drew faces on the pumpkins that matched the pumpkin faces in the book. Then I added some fencing from the Fisher-Price Little People Fun Sounds Farm, I dyed the water using red and yellow fizzy tub color tablets. These are awesome because they don't stain clothing like food coloring could. They also don't stain skin!


I added some spoons, ladles, and jack-o-lantern take and toss cups for the kids to pour, scoop, and stir. Everyone was psyched to get right into it. There was wild splashing, shrieking, and lots of sensory-filled excitement!


I also had our Pumpkin Patch Sensory Bag out for anyone who wanted to explore it. Sweet little Kay below definitely preferred that over getting wet!


This sensory water bin was a total hit! Everyone got soaked and so did the floor. The squeals of delight made the mess totally worth it.


I love the expressions on L and Ks' faces below.


While the older babies and toddlers played, Bentley was happy and content to observe the mayhem from the sidelines!


Stay tuned for our next Baby Book Club! We will be reading Owl Babies.

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Oct 12, 2014

Pumpkin Foam Resist Painting


We couldn't "resist" (get it get it?!) making more foam resist paintings for the Halloween season! If you missed our Spooky Night Foam Resist, check it out! This time we made a fun little pumpkin patch with three little pumpkins. 

To create this project, tape the foam to the paper. Make sure you tape it securely so that the edges don't lift up much. (Ours did a little bit, but they are still super cute!) Then using orange paint, encourage your little one to paint all around the pumpkins.


When our patch of pumpkins were dry, I removed the foam and tape. Then we added silly jack-o-lantern faces to finish them off!


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