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 my kids discovered water draining down the road by our driveway and we decided to turn it into a fun project. Here are some fun water ideas that we did.
* We brought out our water bottles and a bucket to refill them and slowly added more water to the stream to see how far it would go…they loved making it grow!
* We tried to float some of our bath toys in it but it wasn’t deep enough.
* We build dams out of different things to see which would hold the water the best. Some things we tried were sticks, leaves, and rocks.
*We studied it the next day to discover most of it was gone!
* Splashed it it, of course!
* We also made a big pond, as we called it, and measured the water.
* We raced the water we poured in the stream down the hill.
* We also made handprints by getting our hands wet and slapping them on the ground!
* Add food coloring and see the water turn colors.
It was a fun way to experience the good outdoors without too much exercise for my sweet daughter. I love the times when my kids are just creative and invent new games and ways to explore!
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 daughter loves to paint, so today her and I took off our socks and painted with our feet! What a great memory…my kids have done this in the past but it has been awhile. We really enjoyed this time together though dancing and painting with our feet, mixing colors and laughing a lot! I put down a big piece of butcher paper. I put paper plates full of different colors of paint around it and we stepped on the plate with paint and then onto the paper! We made several different paintings, since it was so much fun! Here is a look.
Lately the temperatures have been so cold, we haven’t been outside much at all. Here are some ideas to do with snow when it is too cold to go out.
* Indoor snowball fight with white socks
* Snow sculpture contest. Who can make the biggest sculpture? Silliest? Most creative?
* Bring snow inside in a bowl and do some creative play. Have a cookie shop and use cookie cutters and sprinkles. Have a snowcone shop and put some flavoring (kool aid or tang work well) on it, sculpt the snow into some animals and pretend it is a zoo, add dolls or small cars to it for another fun adventure.
* See how long it takes the snow to melt in different places. One container next to a heating vent, one outside, and one on the kitchen counter.
* Measure it in a variety of tubs, which one holds the most/least snow?
* Have a relay race dressing up with layers of clothes. Who can put on the most and not fall over?
What are your favorite things to do with snow?
My daughter loves to paint. My son does some, but truly she is the one who engages in it more. Today I found a way for them both to be engaged. I got out a large sheet of butcher paper and some paint and let them create. I think because it was such a large sheet of paper, and something different, they both really got into it and painted for a good half hour or more! Just reminded me that changing something slightly, like the size of the paper, is really fun for kids.
My son had a playdate over our break and wanted to do something special for a snack with his friend. We decided to make Halloween houses with crackers, peanut butter, and of course, candy for decorations. This could be fun any time of the year. We also like to do the same thing with graham crackers and icing around Christmas. I love the way the kids made gummy worm sidewalks, and even a marshmallow chimney! Very creative.
I am convinced my kids are still young enough to enjoy sensory bins! At 6 and 5 they still love them. For a fun Halloween bin I put dried beans, balls that look like eye balls (my son LOVED this!), orange lentils, spider rings and acorns into a giant bin and let them explore. I also added measuring cups, spoons and bowls. My kids liked to pretend they were making spider soup and other
disgusting interesting things. Happy Playing!