Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Blog Hop Getting in His Word Wednesday

Resurection Eggs

Last week I decided to host a new blog hop called Getting in His Word Wednesday. Every Wednesday I will post a Bible story and an activity to go with the story. The hop will be open all week. I hope others will join this hop. I am looking forward to meeting more moms and sharing activities with one another.

This week our activity was Resurrection eggs. I've seen these at the Christian Book Store, but decided to make my own. Basically you buy 12 plastic Easter eggs and place a different item in each egg. Your child opens each egg and takes out the item. You explain how the item relates to Jesus's death and Resurrection. The eggs help to tell the story about Easter.

Little Sweets really enjoyed opening each egg to see what is inside. She is too young to really understand the story, but we wanted to start a tradition in our family.

We plan on doing this activity every year around Easter time.Here is what goes inside each egg.

Egg #1 – Picture of a Donkey to remind us that Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey.

Egg #2 – Penny – The penny reminds us of the 30 pieces of silver Judas received for betraying Jesus into the hands of the Jewish leaders.

Egg #3 – Cup – The cup reminds us of Jesus’ last supper with His disciples before His crucifixion. It was what was used for the wine, which we drink in memory of Christ’s blood that He shed for us and our sins. The children had a sticker with a cup in it, but you can simply draw a picture of a cup.

Egg #4 – Praying Hands – The praying hands remind us of Jesus visiting the Garden of Gethsemane to pray. Again, this was a sticker but can easily be a drawing.

Egg #5 – Leather Strip – The leather strip reminds us of the whip used to give Jesus 30 lashes after His trial by Pilate. A leather shoelace can be cut into small pieces for this.
Egg #6 – Thorns – The thorns remind us of the crown of thorns the soldiers placed on Jesus’ head while mocking Him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” Simply cut a small piece from a rosebush that includes a thorn on it.

Egg #7 – Nail – The nail reminds us of the nails that were driven into Jesus’ hands and feet to nail Him to the cross.

Egg #8 – One Die – The one die reminds us of the Roman soldiers gambling for Jesus’ robe. This is one of two “dice.”

Egg #9 – The sponge – The sponge reminds us of how the Roman soldiers gave Jesus vinegar to drink.

Egg #10 – Linen – The linen reminds us of the cloth used by Joseph of Arimathea to wrap Jesus’ body after He died on the cross. Use a piece of fabric.
Egg #11 – Stone – The stone reminds us of the tomb with the stone rolled away. A simple pebble will do for the stone.

Egg #12 – The empty egg reminds us of the empty tomb and Jesus’ resurrection from the dead.

I found what to put inside each egg from this website. I modified it some.

Monday, March 29, 2010

April Showers Printables

Preschool Printables

I have created some free printables for this weeks theme: April Showers. The printables include: A Rain Boot Matching Activity,Cloud and Raindrop Number Matching Cards, An Umbrella Number Activity and Raindrop Letters. Here are some pictures of the printables. The links to download them are beneath the picture. All the printables are copyrighted and can not be sold. Please feel free to use them, but please link back to me if you post the activities on your blog or would like to share the activity with others. If you use my printables please also leave a comment or send me an e-mail. I would love to know if you and your child enjoyed the activity. I am always looking for ways to improve my activities. If you have any questions or comments please e-mail me at

Rain Boot Matching Game

Cut apart the boots and have your child match the boots together.
Download Printable Here

Download Printable 2 Here

Cloud and Raindrop Matching Game
Cut apart the cards and have your child match the number with the correct number of raindrops.
Download Printable Here

Umbrella Number Line

Cut out the umbrellas and have your child place the umbrellas in numerical order.

Download Printables Here

Raindrop Alphabet

Attach the raindrops to clothespins. Hang the clothespins on a clothesline.


Place the raindrops on the clothesline in alphabetical order.

Take off some raindrops and have your child find where the letter goes.

Spell your child's name or familiar words using the raindrops.

Download Printable Here

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Blog Hop- Getting in His Word Wednesday

If you read a Bible story with your child and do an activity along with it, please consider joining my blog hop on Wednesdays. I am hoping to meet other mothers and share ideas and activities with one another.

Tot School Week 5 Colors and Easter

Little Sweets fractured her leg this week. We spent most of Thursday and Friday at doctor's offices and hospital getting x-rays. We did manage to get some tot school in.

This week we had two themes colors and Easter. Here are some of the activities we did.
StArt Activity
This was the activity we did that went along with the book I Ain't Gonna Paint No More by Karen Beaumont. You can read more about this activity here.

Color Activities

Colored Sensory Exploration Bottles

Little Sweets helped me make sensory bottles. We filled up empty soda bottles with water and added different materials to each bottle. I put beads in one bottle, glitter in another bottle, and vegetable oil in the last bottle. Then Little Sweets helped me add food coloring to the bottles. I used the bottles to help me teach Little Sweets about colors. I ask her to find the bottle with green water, or red water etc. Little Sweets also likes to shake the bottles. I think her favorite is the bottle with beads because it makes noise.

Activity Resource: The Encyclepedia of Infant and Toddler Activities

Piggy Bank Fun

We talked about the colors of the coins as she put them in her piggy bank. (This was one of the new toys I picked up at the local consignment sale.)

Homemade "I Spy" Color Book

I decided to make an "I spy" color book using pictures of Little Sweets Toys. I grouped some of her small toys together and then took a picture of them. I pasted the pictures into a homemade book. We looked at the pictures in her book and I asked her to find the different toys in the picture. She also likes to find the actual toy (from her toy box) that is in the picture.

Colored Picture Sort

I found some picture cards that I used in my kindergarten classroom and had Little Sweets sort the cards by color.

Easter Activities

Getting in His Word Wednesday Activity

Since Easter is coming up I decided to talk to Little Sweets about Jesus's death and resurrection. I read the story out of her children's Bible about Jesus's death. I explained to her that Jesus lived a perfect life and died on the cross for us so that we could go to heaven. Then I printed off a picture of the cross and wrote Jesus died for.... so that they could go to heaven. Little Sweets pasted pictures of mommy, daddy, and herself on the cross to show some of the people Jesus died for.

Tissue Paper Cross Collage

We also made a tissue paper cross collage using tissue paper, contact paper, and construction paper.

Field Trip- South Carolina State Museum

Little Sweets loves pushing buttons.

Yes, that is a turtle shell on mommy's back.

Little Sweets uncovering a dinosaur bone.

We went to the South Carolina State Museum. Little Sweets enjoyed the discovery kids zone and uncovering dinosaur bones.

Gross Motor

Little Sweets loved running around in the backyard after her ball. This of course was early on in the week before she broke her leg.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Blog Award

I want to give a big thanks to Debbie from Our Cup of Tea. She gave me this award. Unfortunately, it has taken me awhile to repost it.
For this award I need to write 10 things that make me happy.

1. My Faith in Christ
2. My husband- He is my best friend
3. My daughter
4. Running on a cool autumn day
5. Watching snow fall
6. Worshiping God underneath the stars
7. Taking hikes in the mountains
8. Watching The Sound of Music
9. Spending time with family
10. Spending time with friends

Here are the 5 blogs I am giving this award to:

1. Our Worldwide Classroom
2. A Mommy's Adventures
3. A Munchkin's World
4. Confessions of a Homeschooler
5. My Alabaster Jar

StART- I Ain't Gonna Paint No More

This week we read the book I Ain't Gonna Paint No More by Karen Beaumont. It is a cute book about a child who paints things that he isn't suppose to paint, including his own body. I absolutely love this book. It is adorable and is also great to use when you are teaching about ryhming and predicting.

Little Sweets and I made finger paints out of handsoap and after we read the book I let her paint paint with the finger paints. She painted her body and the bathtub. She really enjoyed this activity. The best part was that clean up was so easy, we just filled up the bathtub.

Here is the recipe to make fingerpaints from hand soap. I got it from Mix together 2 tablespoons of liquid soap and 1 tablespoon of cornstarch. Add 1 drop of food coloring.

To post your story and art or read more from other please go here.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

A Picture's worth a thousand words

I just had to post this picture because I think it is hilarious. This is Little Sweets impersonation of Sally Jesse Raphael.

New Blog Hop- Getting in His Word Wednesday

I decided to host a new blog hop. I hope you will join me on Wednesdays as we share a Bible story and an acitivity.

Since Easter is coming up I decided to talk to Little Sweets about Jesus's death and resurection. I read the story out of her children's Bible about Jesus's death. The story was too long for her attention span so I baiscally showed her the pictures and explained the story in my own words. I explained to her that Jesus lived a perfect life and died on the cross for us so that we could go to heaven. Then I printed off a picture of the cross and wrote Jesus died for.... so that they could go to heaven. Little Sweets pasted pictures of mommy, daddy, and herself on the cross to show some of the people Jesus died for. Here are some pictures of the activity.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Great Deals on Educational Toys

I found some great deals at Tot Trade today. Today was the 60% off sale and boy am I glad I waited. I bought 7 board games, 2 puzzles, 2 Playskool educational toys, and a hand held electronic game all for $27.00 Here is the list of educational toys I bought : Build a Bug game, Dora the Explorer Play Park Adventure Board Game, Hi Ho Cherry-o, Mickey Mouse Shape Bingo, Old MacDonald had a Farm Game, Leap Frog Math Mission Write –On Floor Puzzle, Eric Carle Animals Animals color Bingo game, Dora the Explorer Domino game, Playskook Counting Piggy Bank, Stacking Cups, Playskool Fit a Shape Box, Balls, Fun 2 Learn Electronic Hand Held Game, and a Melissa Doug Fish Puzzle.

The items were all used, but in good condition. I love tot trade because it's like going to one huge garage sale. There are around 1300 consignors at the event. If you have a Tot Trade in your area I recommend going. Click here for details.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Tot School Week 4

Our theme this week was based on the book, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see? We also did some other fun activities too.

Brown Bear, Brown Bear Activities
Early on in the week we read the book Brown Bear, Brown Bear What do you see? by Eric Carle. I love this book and had planned on using it for my story and art activity. What started out as just one activity evolved into multiple activities. Here are some things that we did.

Math Activity: Color Sorting

While we were reading the story we talked a lot about colors. That's when I decided that it would be a good idea if we did a color sort. I copied three pictures from the book: blue horse, green frog, and yellow duck. Then I found items around the house that were one of those three colors and I had Little Sweets sort the items by color.

Science: Animal Identification Game
I copied all of the pictures of the animals from the book, cut them out, and glued them to index cards. Then I had Little Sweets point to the animals. I tried telling her which animal to point to but, she thought it was more fun to tell me which animals she wanted to point to. She wasn't super interested in this activity, but I hope to come back to it and emphasize the animals colors. I would like to ask her; "to point to the blue animal or the green animal etc."

Art Activity: Painting with Pudding

I got this idea from Michelle Kincaid at Little Sweets used pudding to paint her bear brown. Great art activity and snack....

Other Fun Activities

Field Trip: Saluda Shoals Park and Enviromental Center

Little Sweets loves being outdoors. She also loves animals, so I decided to take her a park near our house for a nature walk. While we were at the park we saw lots of squirrels and birds.

This is a picture of Little Sweets running after the birds saying; "flying, flying."

We also went to the enviromental center at the park. They had a play area for children. Little Sweets loved playing in the tree house and the tunnel.

Jellybean Math

I made jellybean number cards for Little Sweets. She placed the jellybeans on the card and we counted them together. To read more about this activity and to get printables for it go here.

I also made jellybean pattern cards. I used the cards to teach Little Sweets about colors, matching, and to introduce patterns. To read more about this activity or to get the printable to go with it, please go here.

Language Arts: Learning about the Alphabet

Little Sweets has a new favorite song; "The Alphabet Train" by Dr. Jean. We listened to this song four times in a row before daddy and I decided that was enough. Little Sweets danced on her alphabet mats as she listened to the song. She also got out her alphabet puzzle as soon as the song started playing.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Fun Frugal Friday- Babysitting Swap

Do you date your spouse?

I am very excited because my husband and I will be going out on a date night tomorrow. The great thing is that we don't have to pay a babysitter. This is because we swap babysitting with some friends of ours. We watch their kids so they can go out and then we get a time to go out. This has worked out great for us. I can't wait to get dressed up and go out with my hubby. : )

I highly recommend "dating your spouse." If money is an issue ask some friends if they would like to swap babysitting with you. I think you would be surprised how many people would be willing to do this. We've had to limit the number of people we swap with because we just don't have the time to swap with everyone.

Over the years we've learned that you don't have to spend a lot of money to go out on a date. If we can't afford a dinner out, we do something simple like go to the book store and share a cup of hot cocoa or have a picnic in the park. The most important thing is that we are spending time together. My husband and I firmly believe that one of the best things we can do for our children is build a strong, healthy marriage. We believe dating each other is one way to build that kind of marriage.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

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stARt- Brown Bear, Brown Bear What do you see?

I found a fun carnival on the blog a mommy's adventures. We share a story and an art activity. This weeks Little Sweets and I read Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see? by Eric Carle. After we read the story we talked about the colors and the animals in the story. Then Little Sweets painted a red bird. I printed the picture of the bird from the DLKT website.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Jellybean Math Printable- Patterning Activity

This is another activity I did with jellybeans. Little Sweets had a lot fun doing math using jellybeans. I used this activty to teach her about colors, matching, and to introduce patterns.

You can download the printable for free here. If you use this printable and post the activity please link back to me, thanks.

Here is the picture of the printable. It is nothing to get too excited over, but I thought I would share it. You could easily make this at home, but why bother if it is already made for you.

(You can purchase starburst jellybeans on sale for $1.17 a bag at Publix if you use a $1/2 coupon from the red plum insert from the March 7th Sunday paper. I found this coupon deal at southernsavers)