Kate baked and decorated her own birthday cake this year – and loved every second! Watch this 1-minute video and see how easy it was to create the Motherboard Cake.
I haven’t posted a child friendly activity for quite some time. Writing, homeschooling, and the usual mom tasks have absorbed all my energy. But this week, I created a game that I’d like to share with you as a FREE download.
All three of my children are learning about the various parts of speech. After completing their regular school, they are not interested in additional review to help solidify the parts of speech in their brains. To make practise a little more fun, I made this BINGO game that my grade 3, grade 4 and grade 7 student can play together.
The PDF download includes bingo cards for three players, easy instructions, and a master list of words.
We played one game today and the kids immediately asked to play another. The youngest even said, “We should play this every day!”
Yes, that’s what I want: a love for learning.
Download your FREE PDF printable of the game today by clicking the link below. I hope your kids love it!
Who has the coolest dad in the neighbourhood? Kate, Jon and Nick! He built this giant sling shot to compliment their cardboard box creations. First, the sling shot…
He made a box from wood.
He supported a post in the centre.
He made “football uprights.” (He tells me this phrase will mean something to anyone who likes football. Means nothing to me!)
He used leftover material and two bungee cords to create the launcher.
The only thing left to add – is cardboard.
Kate and Ian sketched out several designs for the cardboard boxes, then, we played!!
This pile of cardboard became the Jolly Midd-Weeks, a pirate ship destined for adventure.
The poles came from Fabricland and became a mast for the sail. The long cardboard pieces were wrapped around a box and taped at the ends to form the canoe shape of the boat.
They designed the sail and used string to attach it to the mast.
They painted the boat orange, drew on the lines to create the look of wood.
While the big kids built a boat, the little ones made hats and swords.
What a great week-long project!
Summer is here and it demands creative thinking to keep the kids busy, happy, and unplugged from the electronic devices. Who wants to see kids cooped up indoors gaming, watching, and getting paler by the minute? I want to see wet smiles through the splashing, brown skin from our outdoor adventures, (It doesn’t seem to matter HOW much sunscreen we apply, we always turn a bit brown!) and imaginations going into overdrive.
But overdrive doesn’t have to cost a bomb.
Check out our first (of quite a few) cardboard creations. Every day Kate and Ian took their available tools and supplies and put their brains together to design, build, paint, and decorate a booth for…
Cool Lemonade/Fun Puppet Shows!
We got the old refrigerator box from a furniture store, the cardboard poles from a fabric store.
They used duct tape to hold together their design.
Leftover latex paint covered the printing on the box.
Various craft supplies decorated the project
While the big kids worked on the theater, the little kids made the puppets. It was a perfect way to spend a rainy morning.
I’m not sure how long the cardboard will hold up under the aggressive use of five kids, but they are having a blast putting on shows. Entertainment doesn’t get any better than this.
Nothing sounds better on a hot summer day than a juicy slice of watermelon. After an afternoon of splashing in the pool we refreshed ourselves (okay – gorged ourselves) on this tasty terror.
I found easy to follow step by step instructions here. I especially appreciated the pictures that accompanied each step. The whole process took less than 15 minutes. It was so easy (but don’t tell the kids that!)
The ooohhs and ahhhhs abounded as I proudly carried the catch of the day into the backyard. The kids were certain I slaved over this impressive snack. As you can see, they had no problem diving in.
It’s Personal says: Check out Homemade Mom for an easy maple syrup recipe recently posted! You may never buy store syrup again.