My Mother-in-law gave us an amazing book titled Hello Cupcake! a while back. It has so many fun and creative cupcakes designs and it has actually become one of the boys favorite books to read! LM had his 4th Birthday a little while ago and so I let him look through the book and decide which cupcakes he wanted for his big day. He chose these fiercely delicious SHARKS!
Mine didn't turn out nearly as immaculate as the book's picture, but I gave it a valiant effort with the supplies I had! They were a lot of fun to make, and even more fun to chomp!!
Last year I decided to come up with a Family Home Evening (FHE) idea each week and post them on this blog. (You can see our past ones here.)
It was fun to come up with a new idea each week....but sometimes we didn't have FHE simply because I didn't have time to come up with an idea! I knew that I wanted to make our FHE's more regular, and so I decided to not come up with my own ideas, but to simply use the lessons in the Church's Nursery Manual.
We bought one a while ago and so each Monday evening, after dinner, we sit together and have our FHE lesson, and of course, a treat. The lessons are short, simple, and preparation is minimal. You can do as little or as much as your children's attention span will allow. They have suggested activities you can try if you want and even pages you can copy or print for the kids to color and craft.
We've been doing these lessons for a while, and I have to say, that Nursery Manual is the best thing since take n' bake pizza! FHE has been successful. Often short, but always sweet. :)
I'm going to post a link to the lesson we are on each week for anyone that wants to join in. This week we are on Lesson 15: I am Thankful
We are slacking a bit in the craft and activity department lately! So, today I just wanted to share that I love being a mother.
I recently heard another mother share this amazing thought (I’m paraphrasing):
My children will grow up and in a few short years they will be adults. From then on, and for the rest of their life, everyone who meets them and knows them will know them as an adult. But as their mother, I get the privilege of knowing them as babies and children. I get to see them experience childhood. What an honor it is.
Every child is precious. Every child is divine. What an honor it is to know the children in our lives.
A simple and fun way to create a place for all those writing utensils hanging around the house:
Wash out an old soup can and put scrapbook paper around it. I used double stick tape on the edges to hold it in place.
Book & Craft this week was making hens to look like the ones in this book:
I don't know if you can tell from this picture, but the hens look like they're painted. So I thought that would be a perfect craft to go along with the book!
The boys painted with finger paints onto several pieces of white paper. After they dried, I cut them into hen-shapes. I cut out red feathers for the head, and orange beaks from construction paper and we glued them on. Then we drew on the eyes with a black marker. Cock-a-Doodle-Doo!
This would also be a fun craft during Easter and springtime!
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Since we don't have any shamrock cookie cutters, I found a super simple way to make St. Patrick's Day Cookies over on everydayfoodstorage.net . They gave a whole recipe, but I just used a box of sugar cookie mix and put a few drops of green food coloring in it.
Roll the dough into balls and place them together by 3's (or 4's) on a cookie sheet
Use a cup, plate, lid, or anything else and flatten them.
Add a stem.
The result: Clover Cookies sure to bring oodles of Good Luck!
Use stickers to re-create a scene from a favorite movie!
LM's favorite movie is Cars. He loves Lightning McQueen! We have some Cars stickers so I thought it would be fun to create one of the scenes from the movie with them, when McQueen races Doc but runs into a cactus and Mater has to tow him back up.
You could do this with any stickers from a movie or not. Create a fun scene with whatever stickers you have!
This activity is so easy and fun. We grabbed a bag and placed all kinds of toys and objects from around the house in it. I had LM reach in the bag and asked him to try to feel for something specific each time (apple, egg, airplane, etc.) When he thought he found it he grabbed it and brought it out of the bag to see if he was right.
After I was inspired by the things I mentioned in my post, Enjoying Early Childhood, I have wanted to allow LM to have more opportunities for Free Art. Most of the time we have a specific craft we are working on. Occasionally we paint or color just for fun. But I thought it would be fun to one day get out ALL of our arts and crafts supplies and just let him go at it! I thought it would be a fun way for him to just be as creative as he wanted to be.
I haven't done that yet, but this was a step closer. I cut out a big clover using construction paper and then got out all our markers, crayons, colored pencils to let him color it however he wanted to. He chose to mostly work with the pencils and markers, but it was fun to just watch him CREATE!
This week's Book and Craft was making our own paper-bag Monsters to go along with this book:
All you need is:
paper lunch bags
We colored the monsters with crayon and I drew the teeth. Then we glued on googly eyes. I cut out a piece of "broccoli" and we took turns feeding the monsters different things like in the book. The boys loved it!
We made a craft that ended up turning into a fun game. LM has been very observant and helpful about watching traffic lights for me as we drive around town. I originally thought it would be fun to just make one, but then we decided to tape a paper flap over each color and open them up one at a time as we played the classic, Red Light, Green Light game. (the flaps fell off from so much use, so they are not shown in the picture above.)