Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Advent Prayer Chain

This year, in addition to our usual advent calendar, J is doing an advent prayer chain.
The simple paper chain has enough links for each day until Christmas. Inside each is a small act of grace he is to perform that day. They are all appropriate for his age (11). They include things like "I will make room in my heart for others. I will try to show special love for someone who seems unhappy or lonely." or "I will not complain today even if I must do things I don't want to do."

Another way to do this would be to have a scripture reading inside each link.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Thanksgiving Crafts

The kids have been working hard at making Thanksgiving crafts lately. Their favorite was this Indian Corn project.

To make it you glue a paper towel tube inside a paper bag and then peel several strips down like you'd shuck corn. Next you glue packing peanuts into the opening to represent corn kernels and then paint with reds, oranges and browns for Indian Corn.

The kids were surprised to find that the packing peanuts shrunk after they were painted, so we got a mini science lesson in as well. We will be using these as part of our table centerpiece on Thanksgiving day.

Another favorite was the handprint turkeys.

Anything involving hand paintingis a favorite at our house. Even Baby B got to participate in this one.

I had planned on the kids gluing feathers on to some turkey body shapes I had cut out, but they decided being real-life turkeys was more fun. (J did this too, he just refused to let me take his picture.)

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Love At First Bite

Baby B is almost six months old and in our house that's time to start solid foods.

To say he enjoyed it would be an understatement.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Native American Drum

We are studying North America in Geography, and with Thanksgiving around the corner it's been a good time to talk about Native Americans. Today we did a craft I remember from my childhood: the oatmeal box drum.

M used dot markers to decorate it and we covered the top with a crumpled paper bag to resemble leather.

Simple and fun are my favorite kind of crafts.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Turkey Sandwich

J goes to a local public school and takes a packed lunch from home every day. I try to liven his lunches up every once in a while by including something different for lunch, adding a note, or cutting his cheese into seasonal shapes. This week I made him a turkey sandwich. It didn't quite fit in his container so the feathers and legs got mushed by lunchtime, but he was happy with it!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Pom-Pom Finger Puppets

M wanted to make puppets the other day so we made some finger puppets using foam and pompoms - two things I always have on hand. The foam finger sleeves worked better than I thought they would. I let M glue this with school glue, but I would recommend using a hot glue gun if you want them to last more than a day or two.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

stART: Black Crow, Black Crow

This morning M asked me if she could "glue something today". Since we haven't done many craft projects lately I came up with a quick project to go along with a book we recently got from the library - Black Crow, Black Crow by Ginger Foglesong Guy. This is a cute story about a Mother Crow tending her baby crow.

M was very careful in placing her pieces for the Mama Crow (I helped her with the feet), but then told me she didn't want to do the nest or baby crow because it was "perfect" just like it was. That's how a lot of our craft projects go lately!!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Where In The World Postcard Swap

The kids and I participated in the Where in the World postcard swap hosted by Jo over at A Bit of This and a Bit of That. We participated in three different swap groups and received postcards from all over the world: Singapore, Japan, Wales, France, and Cape Verde just to name a few.

We looked the countries up on our Atlas to locate them, and read about the countries in our Children Just Like Me book. For now, they are posted in our dining room but they will eventually make it into our continent boxes. This was a lot of fun, and I hope we can do something similar again soon.