Aa-Zz Alphabet Letter Mini Color Book Practice Printable

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A-Z Letter Mini Book Practice Printable

As you’re gearing up to teach the kiddos letters, the alphabet, and practice writing print out this FREE Aa-Zz Learning Letters Mini Book Printable . Feel free to print out as many as you need for your kids or your classroom! And if you’re working on writing this year you might be interested in this pack of 30 Themed Writing Letter Templates which is on sale all month for just $4!

Recycled Robot Soup Cans – Great for Storage or Kid’s Craft

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Meet the Recycled Robot Soup Cans! I have only completed 6 of them. These unique guys will hold the party favors at my son’s robot birthday party in a few weeks! They are simply soup cans which have been cleaned out. I then searched the garage for random pieces of “junk” to glue on the can including but not limited to bolts, washers, furniture pads, pieces of a light bulb, soda caps, paper clips, and other random items I found.

 

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If you loved this recycled robot idea check out our other Recycled Robot posts!!!
Have some other run Robot ideas? Leave a comment and let me know what you’ve created!

 

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Make a Recycled Robot out of a Toilet Paper Tube Kid’s Craft

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Cute little robots aren’t they? Over the next month I’ll be working on robot-themed projects for my son’s birthday party and these toilet paper tube robots couldn’t be easier! 

You’ll need:

toilet paper tubes
acrylic paint
paint brush
pipe cleaners (1 per toilet paper tube)
optional: googly eyes

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Paint your toilet paper tubes each one single color. I chose many bold colors for our robots.

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Don’t forget to paint the inside of the tube too!

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Next you’ll need to stand your toilet paper tube up on end. Choose a different color paint and paint a square completely colored in about 3/4 ways down the front of the toilet paper tube as shown below. This will be the front “electrical panel”. 

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Next you’ll complete the “electrical panel”. You can design this however you would like. I turned my paintbrush around and dipped the end of the stick into the paint then made different colored dots on the panel like I’ve shown below.

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Once all of your paint has dried you can start on the arms for your robot. You’ll need one pipe cleaner per toilet paper tube. Cut your pipe cleaners in half, then wrap them around a pencil to make them a spiral shape.

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You don’t have to make them spiral shaped – you can keep them straight and bend them any way you would like!

 


I then used my pencil to poke little holes in the side of the toilet paper tube and inserted the half pipe cleaner. On some of the robots I straightened their arms out a bit for a different effect.

These are great to have sitting around the house, standing on the food table, send home with the kids, or pin up on the wall!

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Homemade Natural Lavender Chamomile Bath Salt Soak

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DIY Homemade Natural Lavender & Chamomile Bath Salts

So far this is my absolute favorite natural homemade product that I’ve come up with! Homemade Natural Lavender Chamomile Bath Salt Soak. It smells absolutely amazing and is SO relaxing! You wouldn’t believe how simple these DIY recipes are and they make amazing and frugal gifts for the holidays, birthdays, and any other special occassions. I purchased cute 8 oz glass jars with lids from Walmart which came in an 12 pack for $7.50. (I LOVE these jars but they were too small.)

Check out our homemade recipes for DIY Laundry DetergentDIY Dish Detergent, and Natural Lemon Sugar Scrub.

DIY Homemade Natural Lavender & Chamomile Bath Salts

You’ll need 5 ingredients for this recipe:

*1 1/2 c. Coarse Sea Salt
*3/4 c. Epsom Salt
*1/4 c. Baking Soda
*5 drops Lavender Essential Oil (I highly Young Living essential oils as it’s 100% pure, although you can buy the cheap stuff on Amazon here)
*2 teabags of Chamomile Tea

In a bowl combine the coarse sea salt, epsom salt, and baking soda in a bowl. Add 5 drops of lavender essential oil and mix well. Once the lavender essential oil is mixed in well then cut open the chamomile tea bags and mix in the contents. Lavender is a fantastic essential oil to have on hand. We use it for everything from cuts and scrapes to congestion and allergies.

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Discard the empty tea bag.

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Mix together well.

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Carefully pour the mixture into your containers. You can use a wide funnel if needed.

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I printed out these free Lavender Bath Salts labels (even though technically it’s Lavender Chamomile Bath Salt) and tied some simple purple ribbon around the jar.

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These are inexpensive to make and are beautiful for holiday gifts, teacher gifts, mother gifts, and any other special occasion that come up!

This recipe makes enough for three 8 oz. jars. 

DIY Summer Pool Noodle Lawn Golf Course Tutorial

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You will need:

  • 2 6” stakes per ‘hole’ (old ink pens or popsicle sticks work well)
  • 1 Pool Noodle per ‘hole’
  • 1 Pool Noodle (for club)
  • 1Pool Noodle Connector
  • Ping Pong Ball (or other lightweight ball)
  • Duct Tape
  • 2 6” stakes per ‘hole’ (old ink pens or popsicle sticks work well)
  • Knife
  • Ruler
  • Cardstock (for signs)
  • Popsicle sticks (for signs)

To make the club:

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  • Cut 16” off the end of the pool noodle.
  • Slide the longer length through the center hole in the connector, leaving connector at the end.
  • Place the 16” length into one of the open ends of the connector.
  • Bend the 16” length in half and secure with duct tape.

To make the hole:

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  • Place stakes 18” apart and slide a pool noodle over them.  You may need to adjust the lengths of the stakes as the length of the pool noodles vary.

To make the par signs:

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FREE Americana BINGO Printable

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Here’s a FUN little Americana BINGO Printable game to pass the time with your kids! Just click here to print: Americana Bingo Printable PDF

Booking Across America in IOWA – Countryside Scavenger Hunts #BookingUSA

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I’m SO excited that another year brings us to yet another FUN “BOOKING ACROSS AMERICA” tour! What exactly does that mean? That means there are at least 50 bloggers in all 50 USA states covering fun adventures and activities in each states! Of course our post is about Iowa! And this year we teamed up with Blue Apple Books to incorporate “Travels with Charlie” into our fun! The book we received was for the MIDWEST since we live in the Midwest and what was really awesome for us is that it coincided with our big RV Cross-Country Road Trip that the boys and I took! We took our Travels with Charlie book with us on our road trip and were able to follow Charlie all the way across the Midwest as we drove through each state! Each page in the book is filled with fun illustrations about various oddities and landmarks as well as a “search and find Charlie” game!

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Because my kids love finding things so much, and perhaps at first glance Iowa seems full of only cornfields and cows we decided to come up with a countryside scavenger hunt just like our Travels with Charlie book! While on our RV road trip (photo above!) my son studied each and every state and was so excited when we were able to stop at some of the things featured on each state page! I KNEW he’d love our Countryside Scavenger Hunt game when we got back home again! So I started to put together a list of things to hunt for – but not that could be completed in one day! This was a week long scavenger hunt (you could even turn it into a month long expedition!) of things that you would have to visit several different types of locations to find the items! Some could be found in our backyard……

an acorn, a dandelion, a cicada shell, a red leaf, two different colored feathers….

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And some had to be found on our excursions to our local lake and nature trails such as:

animal bones, algae, a seashell, a geode, an empty snail shell……

 

And of course since we’re in Iowa we had a farm day too!

….an old piece of wood, a piece of brick, a corn husk, a metal object, an egg……

ANYONE can create their own “Countryside Scavenger Hunt” no matter where you live! Just make sure that you plan several outings and give plenty of time to complete the hunt! It can be completely tailored to your area! If your kids are older you can certainly expand your options by creating a Photo Scavenger hunt where the kids have to find things they can’t physically collect such as specific numbers, words, landmarks and locations, specific items like a typewriter, wagon wheel, animals, etc. Here are a few more suggestions to add to your Scavenger Hunt:

berries, mushrooms, bark, something fuzzy, something shiny, something smelly, a stick that looks like a Y, pinecone, pine needle, seeds, trash, a coin, a railroad tie, something rusty, a brochure, a map, a piece of rubber, a tulip, etc.

There are SO many awesome places to visit in Iowa that are so much more than just cows and cornfields! Here are a few that I’ve blogged about:

Lost Towns of Red Rock

Covered Bridges of Madison County

Knoxville Raceway

Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center

Iowa State Fair

Dutch visions of Pella 

Science Center of Iowa 

Blank Park Zoo

Dairy Farms (statewide!)

Lake Red Rock

Scarecrow Farm – Sioux City

 

DIY Chalkboard Frame Gift for Teachers

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Spring often puts us in the mood for sprucing up our spaces so why not get spruced up for less? Not to mention since it’s the end of the school year you may be thinking about teacher gifts, Mother’s Day gifts, Grandparent’s Day gifts, etc. You can easily make your own chalkboard frame, perfect for staying organized, using just a few dollar store supplies and paint! In no time you can have a chalkboard frame perfect for decorating your home or office, or even for giving as a gift. Take a look below at how to make your own in just a few minutes … YES minutes!

Supplies Needed:

Faux silver Tray
Ribbon
Chalkboard Paint
Brush
Hot glue & glue gun

We found the tray and ribbon at our local dollar store for just $1 each. Chalkboard paint can be found at any craft or hardware store for a few bucks a can or I usually just order it on Amazon. You only need a little so one can can go a LONG way and will last you many projects.

Directions:

1. Begin by applying paint to your brush and applying it to the inside of your tray. Try to stay in the center creating a square or rectangle with the paint.

2. After your first coat has dried apply a second, and even a third if needed. You want the paint to be nice and thick.

3. Cut a length of ribbon and glue it to the back of the tray. Tie the ends together into a bow.

4. Allow the paint to dry for 24 hours prior to using. When dry, use basic chalkboard chalk to write on it with.

Now all you need to do is hang your chalkboard frame and go! It is ready to display your memos, greetings, and more. Gather your supplies and give this simple DIY project a try. The end result is a sweet and simple chalkboard frame that is sure to spruce up your space for less.

I am Amelia Earhart by Brad Meltzer Unit Study – DAY 5

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You don’t want to miss DAY 1 and DAY 2 and DAY 3 and DAY 4 of our Unit Study for this series!

It’s our LAST day of our unit study on “I am Amelia Earhart” (written by Brad Meltzer) but DON’T WORRY! You can encourage your children to creative their own adventures and imaginary travels year-round!! When you are able to take mini trips on the weekends make it a special ordeal! Let your kids borrow your camera, bring a journal or sketch pad, and record their adventures to look back on as they grow up!

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Paper Airplane- Lay out sheets of plain printer paper with crayons, markers, stickers, and maybe even glitter. Customize your plane and then fold it If you don’t already know how to make one, you can easily find TONS of ideas online and youtube videos on how to make one. My boys literally make piles and piles of paper airplanes at a time which is great because they can then compare how each one flies and determine why one flies better than another!  Alex Toys makes an awesome “Fold n Fly Paper Airplane Kit” which we recently bought that makes for a TON of fun with cool pre-designed airplane papers!

ACTIVITIES

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Writing Prompt- Provide your  child with the prompt “If I could fly an airplane anywhere in the world I would fly to______ and do…..”  If your  child is not yet writing they can dictate their answer to you and you can write it for them, OR have them try to draw a picture of their destination and activity! YouTube is a phenomenal resource for watching videos of that location and even introducing your children to new landmarks around the world.

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On our last day of our Amelia Earhart unit study lesson we decided to make an extra special airplane treat! You’ll need one Twinkie per child, a granola bar cut in half (or two granola bars for longer plane wings), an animal cracker or LEGO minifigure to “fly” the plane, and perhaps a drop of icing for the tail fin. Then send the kids outside to burn off their extra energy and imagine their own adventures!

Don’t forget to check out DAY 1 and DAY 2 and DAY 3 and DAY 4 of our Unit Study for this series!

I am Amelia Earhart by Brad Meltzer Unit Study – DAY 4

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You don’t want to miss DAY 1 and DAY 2 and DAY 3 of our Unit Study for this series!

I am Amelia Earhart Unit Study

UP UP AND AWAY! HERE WE GO! We’re diving right into DAY 4 of our “I am Amelia Earhart” unity study – there are SO many great ideas here!

ART

Sky Collage- We used torn blue paper, paint, felt, and stuffing to create a multi-sensory sky scene. I laid out a tray of sky and cloud like items and let the kids go wild and glue on items to create a fun collage.

ACTIVITIES

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Set records just like Amelia Earhart-Have your child do various activities and time them to get their base time, running from one side of the yard to the other, going across monkey bars, swimming from one side of the pool to the other, etc.

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Pretzel Stick Planes- Dip pretzel sticks into melted chocolate, add a little extra to the center of one for “glue”- and cross it with another to create a whole fleet of planes.

You don’t want to miss DAY 1 and DAY 2 and DAY 3 of our Unit Study for this series!