Lately my son has been really into cooking…hopefully this will last! My husband is such an amazing cook, I think that is a lot of his inspiration. The kids have been asking if they can make dinner, however due to other plans we decided on breakfast. They made their own pancakes. We mixed up the simple batter and then they added in special items like sour patch kids and sweet tarts (gag). They were nasty, but the kids had fun making them. They did make some that were delicious combos like peanut butter and banana, and strawberries with chocolate chips, YUM! I love to encourage their creativity, and they mess never lasts too long. Tonight is pizza night…maybe they’ll invent a new favorite!
Today we got to plant some of our seeds for our garden! I am really excited about our garden this year as we have lots of space to make it large. I decided to keep track of what we planted we’d decorate rocks and write the name of each plant on it. My kids really got into it! They enjoyed being able to spell the words on their own, choose their marker color, and make it their own. We just used Sharpies..quick and simple, and now I will know what is growing in my garden.
My son is just slightly obsessed with basketball. To entertain him, as well as our whole family, we made up a game to play with our hoop. We drew circles around our driveway (and then across the street) and wrote numbers inside the circle to show how much each one is worth. The closer the circle, the least amount of points. It was lots of fun. I started with numbers 1, 5, and 10. Isaiah added ones worth 30 and 90 points! It is a great way to practice basketball skills as well as addition. Love it! Here is a look.
Easter in our world today a lot of times means eggs, bunnies, and chicks. These things are fun and entertaining, but this year we are seeking to have our kids remember the true meaning of Easter. Here is a look at our week of Easter Celebration.
Sunday: Palm Sunday, Jesus is treated like a King as people wave palm branches and lay their coats down so he didn’t have to walk on the dirty road. They also shouted Hosanna (Save us). Today we will be making our own palm branches and talking about how Jesus is the true King!
Monday: Jesus cleans the temple. This is the day Jesus found people making the house of the Lord a place to make money. Jesus was upset that they weren’t respecting His Father’s house. He took out the things that didn’t belong, and cleaned house! Today we will paint Easter Eggs and get really messy…then show each other how we need Jesus to clean us up, just like he saw dirty things happening and clean house.
Tuesday: Mary pouring perfume of Jesus feet, what a great display of love and adoration Mary showed for Him. Today my kids and I will make reed diffusers to spread the wonderful smell around our house, see more at http://impressyourkids.org/mary-anoints-jesus-feet-easter-for-kids/ I saw this idea and loved it! (We ended up making Easter cookies instead due to family life, this worked better for us, we talked about the wonderful smell of the cookies baking)
Wednesday: Money Hunt: Judas sold Jesus for 30 pieces of silver. Today my kids and I will hunt for 30 coins hidden over our house. Once we find them we will count them and give them to our church!
Thursday: The Last Supper: We are actually going to our church tonight to celebrate Jesus’ last supper with his disciples, with our fellow believers. We will also participate in communion together.
Friday:Good Friday: Today is the day we will talk about Jesus dying for us on the cross. He did it out of His deep, unconditional, love for us. He chose to die for us. Another idea I saw on impress your kids is to draw a red dot on their hands (representing the nails) and also writing their names above the dot to show he loves Ayla, Isaiah, Michelle, and Trevor. He died for us.
We will also make our own crown of thorns (saw this idea on Pinterest). Use a paper lunch sack and fold it down so it looks like a circle/nest. Glue all over the top, add sticks to it and you are done.
Saturday: We are going to make resurrection rolls (Easy). Take a large marshmallow (Jesus’ body) dip in melted butter (oil)and roll in cinnamon and sugar(spices). Roll a crescent roll (tomb) around it and bake. When they are done the marshmallow (Jesus) is gone! It is quite yummy too!
Sunday: He is Risen! We will be at church, celebrating our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! I am so thankful for His love and death for me a sinner, who is undeserving, but ever so thankful. We will also get to spend time with family.
Have a meaningful Easter!
We have been loving the weather! Spring is here and it feels great. Here is something my kids and I have enjoyed doing together over spring break. Draw several squares with sidewalk chalk joined together and number them (we did 1-12). Inside each square write a number as well as an activity. Have your kids roll the dice and do what numbers add up to (mini math lesson!!!). Our kids really enjoyed the suspense of waiting to see what is rolled and playing some games we haven’t played in awhile. Here are some ideas for what to put in the squares.
1. Play Duck Duck Goose
2. Play a round of croquet or ladder golf
3. Paint rocks
4. Trace your body with sidewalk chalk and label the parts.
5. Take a family bike ride
6. Eat popsicles
7. Play 4-Square
8. Look for signs of spring
9. Play hide and seek or tag
10. Play a basketball game
11. Roller skate
12. Relay races
My kids were off of school for a few extra days (yeah!!) so we came up with some new fun games. Here is a look at a game that requires no preparation, you just need a deck of cards and a hat (or bowl). I gave each my kids half the deck and had them stand back and see how many cards they could get it. Lots of fun! My daughter got frustrated since she couldn’t get many in so we let her move up. You could also make it learning by having the kids add up the number cards inside the hat and outside the hat (or even simpler just count the cards). Easy and fun! Happy Playing!
Dr. Seuss’ birthday is March 2nd so that is our theme for our Family Fun Friday!! We are celebrating by having green eggs and ham for breakfast! The kids are off of school as well so I have a few extra things we will do during the day. Here are some ideas of how to celebrate.
* Make our own books. I will set up a writing station for the kids with paper, pens, stapler, etc. to make their own books, be real authors like Dr. Seuss.
* We will read lots of his books
* We will use our recycling and craft supplies to make our own creature like are in so many of his books (egg cartons, googly eyes, feathers, etc.)
* We will play Horton Hears a Who game
* Freeze red and blue candy fish in blue jello for a fun snack!
* Like Fox in Socks: we will play a game to see who can put on the most pair of socks in 1 minute.
My kids are way into games right now so tonight we are doing a Family Fun Friday involving playing games with a twist! I love our times together the kids chant Family Fun Friday when they go to school, knowing upon pick up the fun begins!! Here is a look at our Friday this week.
Jenga: When you pull out a block you get to choose someone in our family to do an activity (like dance their silliest) or answer a question.
Memory: We will play this with Hershey kisses. When you get a match, you get to each your kiss!
Twister: Add sight words to the circles and have the kids call them out when they put their hand or foot on them!
Candyland: Play it backwards!
As we begin this season of focus on Christ and His life, death and resurrection, my husband and I were considering what to do with our kids to make it meaningful for them as well. Our family has decided to add in praise and worship each night with our kids along with our Bible reading and prayer. Instead of taking something out, we thought we’d add something in. The kids are really excited about this and it is a great way to prepare them for the praise of Easter! What does your family do during the season of Lent?
With the superbowl being Sunday I figured what better theme than football? My son and my husband both love it so I thought this would be a great way to gear up for Sunday’s game. Here is a look at what we’ll be up to.
1. Make our own jerseys of shirts to cheer for our favorite team
2. We are playing charades! Acting out football terms, this will help me for the actual game!
3. Play snow football in the backyard
4. Hot potato with the football
5. Hide the football. Have the kids go on a hunt around the house for the football
6. Contest to see who can make up the best victory dance after a touchdown is scored.
7. Coin Toss: See how many times head verses tails come up. Who can get 50 heads first?
8. Football toss through the hula hoop inside with the nerf football
9. Make pennants and pom poms out of cardboard and yarn
10. Football drills, complete with jumping jacks and lots of push ups!