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Chore Chart. Teaching Hard Work & Money Management

Our way of doing chores and cleaning is constantly evolving and adapting. Wanting to put more responsibility on the kids and also wanting a way for them to earn money, I came up with this simple chart.
How to Make it: If you want to make it look a little bit cute, find a piece of scrapbook paperyou like for the back. This is totally optional. :)Get a piece of paper and divide it long wise into how many sections you need for how many kids you have doing chores. Mine is 3. (LM, LB, LL)Leave a big space next to where you'll write their names for the square chore cards. Next to that draw a small space for the sun & moon. These represent morning & night.Then divide the rest of the paper into the days of the week, adding an extra space for extra Saturday chores.In each box write the money-value they can earn for completing their chores. I chose 10 cents for the daily chores, and 60 cents for doing the extra Saturday chores. (We also decided not to pay the kids for doing chores on S…

Playtime Hearts

I recently had our 4th child, and we also recently moved. I've been busy and tired and we are trying to find our new rhythm..... and I'm trying not to lose my marbles. :)
The kids seem to be acting up a little bit more lately, and I've been praying & asking for help and guidance as a Mother. The answer that keeps coming back to me is to spend more time with my kids. Because when all is said and done, I know that is what really matters to me.

So I came up with an idea to help make that happen: PLAYTIME HEARTS.
Here's what I did:
1. I traced heart shapes onto yellow paper and cut them out. They are roughly 2 1/2 inches big. I cut out about 26 hearts.

2. I wrote on each heart a fun activity that I know the kids like to play.  A lot of these are things they've asked me to play with them in the past......the ones where I have given the all-too-often response of "not now." I came up with these myself, but it would be fun to sit down with your kids and think o…

He is there.

(The Doctrine & Covenants is a book of scripture--The Lord's inspired words through His modern-day prophets. You can learn more HERE & about my faith HERE.)
I love this scripture so much. No matter where we are in our lives, or what challenges we face, these words are true for us! God is our loving Father. He is with us when we are weak and struggling. And even when we're not. We may not see it, but help is there. He is there.

Bedtime Game

Having the kids tucked soundly in bed at night is a glorious thing. But bedtime is most definitely NOT my favorite time of the day.
The kids are riled up and hyper, I'm exhausted, and trying to get them all ready for bed seems to take forever.
To help move this notoriously slow-moving routine, I came up with a very simple and fun way to get the kids motivated to get ready for bed. Here's what I did:
1. I cut out a bunch of squares from red & blue paper. I was originally going to do circles. But squares are so much easier to cut with a handy-dandy paper cutter. Or even just a pair of scissors! :)

2. Next, I started taping them onto the wall in the boys' bedroom, alternating red & blue:

3. I already had this laminated lion picture that I used a couple years ago in our Learning Binder. So I taped him up onto the wall as well. You can use a picture or cutout of anything. And it doesn't have to be laminated.

Here's how it works!
It's really very simple. Each of the …

Apple Puppets

The best kind of crafts for kids are ones that are not only fun to make, but also fun to PLAY with!
This craft is that kind of craft.

And if that wasn't enough reason to want to make these,
 they are also very easy. Here's how to make them:

Supplies: Craft foam in red, light green, dark green, or whatever color you want your apples to be Craft foam in brown and green (for leaf and stem)Craft sticks -aka- Popsicle sticks (I used these really small ones, but any size will do)ScissorsGlueBlack marker
Craft Time!
1. Draw circles onto the craft foam and cut them out.  My circles are about 2 1/2 inches big. And I cut out 3 circles of each of the colors--so my 2 kids and I could each have one of each color.

2. To turn these circles into apple shapes, simply cut out a little indent on the top and bottom of each circle. Like this:

Now you've got your apples!

3. With a black marker, draw eyes and a smile on each apple.
4. Using the brown foam, but out small rectangles for the stems. And using…

Animal Crafts & Activities for kids

Here are some of our favorite ANIMAL themed crafts & activities that we've done. Click a picture below to see that post!

Power & Strength

I have been thinking about how amazing it is that through the Lord we can accomplish anything. So many times in our lives, we tell ourselves that we can't do something. We limit ourselves.
"I can't do this." "I can't handle this." "I can't ____."
But our Heavenly Father loves us and wants us to succeed!  When we turn to our loving Father in Heaven,  pray and ask for His help, He will give us power and strength. Instead of facing our challenges with discouragement, we can face our challenges with a smile and say,  "I can do this!"
Because with God, ALL things are possible.

Book of the Week: This Little Piggy, by Tim Harrington

I picked up a book at the library the other day that is really cute! It's called "This Little Piggy", by Tim Harrington

At first I thought it looked kind of....odd. The way the toes were separated, but still looked like toes. But the story is really cute, it's definitely worth reading. :)
Most people are familiar with the rhyme you say while you tickle your children's toes.  ("This little piggy went to market, this little piggy stayed home," etc.) I thought it was so clever of the author to take that rhyme we all know and show all that our piggys are capable of! :) Especially for the pinky-toe piggy, who usually goes wee, wee, wee, all the way home. He's pretty much the coolest toe of all.
My kids got a good laugh out of the this book. And now when we do the rhyme, it's fun to come up with all kinds of interesting things for the piggys to do, inspired by this fun book.

You can buy this book on Amazon. Click HERE.

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