Category Archives: Kids

Feed the Birds

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For a fun afternoon craft with the kids, make a bird feeder.  My grandsons ages two and four loved making these. Plus they got to lick peanut butter off their fingers.

Watching the birds fly into eat was a added plus.

you will need a empty toilet roll tube for each child.  Plastic knife, peanut butter,  bird seed and a pan to pour bird seed in, string for hanging.

Help the young kids to smear peanut butter all around the toilet roll.  Pour bird seed into pan and roll peanut covered toilet roll around in the bird seed.  Poke a hole and thread string through to hang.

Fun, easy and quick craft project.  Feed the birds.  Spending time with your kids.  Everyone wins!

Bathtub paints for Kids

Shaving cream paints
Shaving cream paints

Bathtub paints for Kids (adults can use them, I won’t tell), so much fun to make and use.  This is a great project for the entire family to make right before bath time.

My daughter makes these bathtub paints in large muffin tins.   Put your child in the tub, hand them a paintbrush and watch the magic happen.  When they are all done painting rainbows, flowers, houses and stick families, just turn on the shower and rinse away.

All you need is shaving cream and food coloring.   Spray shaving cream into your container..  Add food coloring.  Stir to mix in the color.  Now let the fun begin.

You know this will turn into body painting as well.  Hand your kids a paintbrush or let them create with their little fingers.  It is all fun.  Enjoy!

 

Play Dough Homemade

Play dough straight from your kitchen.
Play dough straight from your kitchen.

Cooler  weather is just around the corner.  Which means children will be starting to stay inside a wee bit more.  Play Dough is excellent choice for those rainy, cold or snowy days.

Get your kids involved in the process of making play dough.  Let them choose the different colors.

This is an inexpensive way to entertain your family.  Make some up to give as stocking stuffers, or make up a bunch of different play dough colors, add some tools.  Rolling pin, knife, cookie cutters etc.  Wrap everything up for a simple but awesome gift.

Here is what you will need:  medium pot, gloves if you don’t want your hands to become stained, large spoon, wax paper to knead the color into play dough, zip lock bags or containers to hold each color.

Food coloring
2 1/2 cups water
1 1/4 cups salt
2 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 Tablespoons cream of Tarter
5 Tablespoons vegetable oil

Mix everything except food coloring in your pot.  Cook over low heat.  Keep mixing and cooking until the dough looks dry.  Keep stirring it will go from wet to dry quickly.  If the dough isn’t gooey it is ready.

Divide dough into as many balls of dough as you want to make colors.  Flatten each ball of dough.  Add food coloring and knead.

Store in cover container or zip lock bag.

Now go have some fun.  ENJOY!

Our Weekly Schedule

Hello,  My name is Clarissa over at mywifestyles.  I’m so excited to be talking to you guys about a homeschooling schedule that works best for my family.  Although we are fairly new to homeschooling, and our schedule tends to get off course some days.  I feel like my life is so much more organized with a routine and my kids actually listen to our day to day schedule which makes my life as a mother so much easier.

Now that we have been homeschooling for alittle over two years, it has become a lot easier on me.  I have found a new patience (that I never thought I would find), and I’m starting to second guess on putting my son in regular school ever again.  Here is my homeschooling schedule that works best for us.

Our Weekly Schedule

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Ok, let me just say, my son is only in preschool.  I by all means DO NOT stick to this schedule regularly.  I am lenient when it comes to playtime and we do run errands every once in a while.  But I still feel good having this schedule to keep in the mix of getting my kids on a routine.

Lets get more in depth of what we do during the day.

5:00 a.m. – My alarm goes off, which gives me about 2 hours of alone time (to catch up on emails, drink coffee, etc).

6:30 a.m. – I get my husbands breakfast and lunch for his day at work.

7:30 a.m. – Is about when my littlest will come out of her room.  I’ll make a simple breakfast, cereal, waffles or toast, usually what they want for breakfast, (we aren’t big breakfast people).

7:45/8 a.m. – We start cleaning off our dining room table and I’ll change them for the day and brush their teeth.  (We some days don’t change until a little before lunchtime).

8/10:30 a.m. – After getting changed and cleaned up we get his school stuff out (packets, cards, crayons, puzzles, books, etc.) and we do different types of activities (I signed him up for ABCMOUSE.COM and that’s where I get my curriculum on what he needs to learn that week, etc.)

10:30/11 a.m. – We clean up all school supplies and get ready for lunch.

11/11:45 a.m. – We are making and eating lunch.

12:00 p.m. – I put my 2 year old daughter down for a nap, and while I put her to sleep, Ethan is on ABCMOUSE.COM (he knows how to do it all by himself!  I chime in time-to-time when he has questions)

12:45/3 p.m. – Is quiet time, my daughter normally falls asleep around 12:30 and doesn’t wake up until 2-3 p.m.  So I’ll put a movie on for Ethan ( he doesn’t nap anymore) and I will normally sit in the kitchen and work on the computer.

4/5:30 p.m. – Is playtime/TV time (My husband normally arrives home by 5:30 p.m.) so the kids keep themselves occupied while I finish making dinner and keep this house clean.

5:30/6 p.m. – Is dinner time ( We clean up toys and rooms after dinner before bath).

6:30/7 p.m. – We are in bed reading a handful of books (Dr. Seuss is their favorite).  There are also times where we get bored of the books and tell stories instead.

8:00 p.m. – lights are out and the kids fall asleep by themselves (normally) by 8:30 p.m. they are out).

9/10 p.m. – My husband and I get to relax (well I’ll clean the kitchen and pick up any last things that need to be done, and he will watch tv).

Then REPEAT…..

i definitely did my research on my homeschool schedule before actually writing it up, as I was clueless on how many hours kids really needed to “learn”.  I hope this helps you out on where to get started.

Until Next Time

Clarissa

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Thank you Clarissa for being a guest blogger on www.candysfarmhousepantry.com.  Be sure to check out Clarissa blog.  ENJOY!