We are God’s workmanship, created
in Christ Jesus to do good works,
which God prepared in advance for
us to do.
Ephesians 2:10
Ideas for stay at home moms, teachers and anyone who loves to play with children

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Painting rocks for Earth Day

Today we went on a rock walk and my daughter found her "perfect rock" to paint the Earth. She took so much pride in washing it so it was clean and ready to paint she was so sweet as if she was taking care of a small baby. Then we painted it with blue and green for the earth with tempera paint. I think she did pretty good what do you think?

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Soup can crayon holders

My daughter had a pencil case that was overflowing with crayons, markers, and color pencils. So I decided to reuse some soup cans ( the ones that have the pile off lid so that she doesn't cut her finger on a jagged edge) to put her drawing supplies in she has 3 cans so she can sort them in the right place and it looks a lot cleaner on the desk. I want to add cute paper and decorate them some time.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

My little gardener:)

Because it is earth day this week and H got some gardening tools and seeds for her birthday we decided to plant flowers. She loved helping and is so proud of her seeds. We are learning the different stages of a seed and how it grows and changes. She is so mindful of the seeds and wants to check on them often it is a good thing cause I would forget lol

Bird feeder from milk jug

In honor of earth day this week we reused a milk carton to make a bird feeder. I cut windows and a door out of the carton with a box cutter or razor and gave it a light coat of spray paint. Then I had H glue nature sequins on the jug to decorate it.
We hung it in the tree in the back yard. Excuse the yard color we just sprayed for weeds.

H looked at it and it was blowing in the wind and she asked me how the birds would hang on. So we had to come up with a better plan

so we tied it up on both sides and now it can't go anywhere. this made H feel much better about the birds eating the food.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Earth Day cookies

In honor of Earth Day this week me and H made Earth cookies we made a regular batch of sugar cookies and then split the ball in half and dyed on half blue and one half green. Then we took a little of each and rolled them together and made a swirl and put them on cookie sheet and baked they came out so cute! then we put one in H's muffin tin monday

Muffin Tin Monday: Earth day (week)

This week is Earth Day week. So have been planting flowers, recycling (like always, just talking about it more), and reusing things in new ways. In our tin we had
~ Dirt cake with worm H helped me make
~ Earth sugar cookies H helped me make
~flower fruit leather
~ broccoli trees
~hot lava spagetti
~meatball rocks.


Saturday, April 16, 2011

Kitchen tool art

We have been experimenting with textures and shapes. so we used some different items from the kitchen to paint with.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Muffin Tin Monday: Weather themed

We have been talking about weather this week so for Muffin Tin Monday I chose to do a weather theme. It is not often that you see rain in the desert so when it was rainy this past week I used it as a good time to talk about rain, rainbows, clouds, snow, the sun, ect.
We had: Sunny cheesy eggs, yogurt with rainbow sprinkles, a rain cloud and rain drop tortilla, muddy sausage, an apple umbrella and banana, chocolate chip and sprinkles snowman. H was more than excited to eat and talk about the weather today.

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Kids in the kitchen

My daughter LOVES to help in the kitchen and she is always wanting to help me chop onions and bell peppers, ect. I have let her use butter knives in the past until I found this knife for kids. It is from Pampered Chef and it is only $4.00! It is similar to a pumpkin carving knife. A safe, stainless steel cutter with a rounded point, just sharp enough for kids to cut apples, cheese, pancakes and more.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Rain cloud art

We are currently talking about weather. Last night it started to rain so I thought it would be a perfect time to talk about rain and clouds ect. I let her finger paint with shaving cream on a piece of paper to make a "cloud". Then using an eye dropper with slightly watered down tempera paint to make rain drops.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Practicing writing letters

I used shaving cream on the table for finger paint to help H practice writing her letters. It is a great sensory project.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Muffin tin Monday

We had our Muffin Tin Monday today for dinner. H had carrots sticks, ranch veggie dip, pita chips,blueberry cereal bar, and pasta salad. I kinda felt bad there was no protein in the tin but she had chicken for lunch. H loved helping me make pasta salad. She adds all the veggies and the salad dressing.
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Friday, April 1, 2011

Chicken Chilli

This recipe is sooooo yummy. My friend made it and past it on to me and it is one of our family favorites now.

Chicken chili
Serves about 8 people
In a 4 to 6 quart slow cooker combine:
1 cup chopped onion
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon dried oregano, crushed
1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
3 cans (15 1/2 oz size) Great Northern beans, drained and rinsed
2 4-ounce cans diced green chile peppers
4 cups chicken broth
3 cups chopped COOKED chicken
Cover and cook on low heat for 7 to 8 hours or on high heat for 3 1/2 to 4 hours. Then, stir in 2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese until melted.
Optional garnishments: sour cream, canned diced green chile peppers and cheese

Homemade pizza on a tortilla

this week we made a homemade pizza on a tortilla and baked it. it was really good little thin crust pizza. just sauce cheese and olives yummm H made it herself and gobbled it up