We have been talking a lot about hand washing at my house. JDaniel has to wash his hands a lot. Dirt seeks him out constantly. He loves to watch Sid and I thought your kids might too. With flu season arriving and colds are appearing out of nowhere. This would be a good video to watch.
Happy Earth Day Coloring Book
This is a fun coloring book created by the EPA. Children love to color and this is coloring with a lesson. You may want to print the book out on paper that you have as scrap or that you got as flier in your mailbox that you no longer use.
Rubbish Challenge- This is a fun online board game that has children deciding what objects can be recycled, reused, reduced or given to charity. It is definitely for elementary age kids, but it is really fun. I had trouble beating the clock in the challenge.
This site has crafts that use things from dryer lint to plastic bottle caps
I just had the opportunity to try Cousin Willie’s Original Microwave Popcorn. If I said it was awesome that would be an understatement. After bags of whatever microwave popcorn was on special that was half popped in the bag. This was a bag that was fully popped. There weren’t any “old maids” or kernels left in the bottom of the bag. I did make sure that I followed the directions on the bag. They were very specific about the amount of time to cook the popcorn based on our microwaves wattage. I try to do that with the bags I buy with coupons on sale. I have found that if there aren’t “old maids” in the bag part of the popcorn is burnt. My husband popped a bag last night and I popped one tonight. It was perfect both times
Another thing that I have had mixed success with is the taste of microwave popcorn. Some of it is awesome and some tastes like cardboard. This popcorn has a sweet and buttery taste. The popped kernel had a nice crunch. They weren’t mushy or crumbly.
I learned while visiting the website that the popcorn is kosher, cholesterol free, and high in fiber.
Where can you get it? It is available at Ramsey Popcorn for $19 for a case. I know that I don’t buy popcorn by the case. If you are looking to buy popcorn in bulk, this may work for you. If you love great popcorn, it would be worth it.
I was just reading through e-mail and came across this great idea from Amy Loves It. It fits right in with the recycling theme I have been talking about this week.
Here is her tip: If you are not near a recycling center, see if your local animal shelter can use your old newspapers. Even if you have a recycling center near by, you may want to see if shelters can use the newspapers.
I just read this tip in Family Fun Magazine. You need to tape up your child’s spelling list on the outside of glass door of your tub or shower. Then let your child trace the letters in each word this bathtub crayons. I think it is a great way to review your spelling words.
Here is how you put together your greeting card picture walking book:
1.You remove the front part of a bunch of greeting cards.
2.You take a hole punch and punch a hole in one corner of each card.
3.You put a metal ring through the holes.
How do you use them to picture walk?
-You can flip through the cards and talk about what it happening on each card.
-You can look for a particular color on each card.
-You can look for a particular element on a card.(trees,animals,candles,flowers)
-You could use them to discuss the setting of each illustration.
-You could have a child select a card and use it as a story starter.
-You could have a child select a card and make up a word problem for that card.
Moja Creations has donated two great reusable lunch bags to this giveaway. The only thing they asked was that I let you know they strongly support recycling, reusing, and reducing waste. If you don’t already have bags like these, you may find yourself going through boxes on sandwich bags. Yes, you can clean your zip lock bags and reuse them. Some of you may do that. Some of you may get your children to bring their bags home from school so you can clean them and used them again if they remember. With great bags like these your children won’t forget to bring them home. You will be able to reuse them over and over again. Think about all the waste you will be saving. I know there are have been several giveaways in the last few months for bags like these.What I love about these are their sturdy construction, cute designs and a great handle. The handle would be great for children to have around their wrist to carry their snack around or to hang from a stroller.
I do want to tell you a little about the ladies at Mojo before I tell you how you can win the bags.
This is what they wrote in their Etsy bio:
We are two life-long friends who have recently graduated from the University of Florida. Throughout our lives we have found ourselves wanting to create and sell many things: from lemonade stands as young kids to beaded keychains while saving up for a car! In the past year we have discovered sewing and love that the ideas are endless. So often we find ourselves saying “Hey, we could totally make that!” to one another!
We hope you enjoy our items- we love knowing that our eco-friendly and reusable items will help create a sustainable environment for the future!
This giveaway begins September 19th and ends September 30th at 11:59 p.m.
What do you need to do to get these wonderful bags?
-Tell me something about MojaCreations that I didn’t mention above. (1 entry)
For extra entries do any or all of the following leaving a separate comment for each entry.
*Tell me a way that you are trying to recycle, reuse, and reduce waste. (1 entry)
*Blog about this giveaway, and then come back and leave me the link to your blog entry. (1 entry)
*Leave a comment on one of my blog entries that is not a giveaway. Come back and tell me what entry you left your comment under. (1 entry)
*Enter another giveaway that I am hosting. (1 entry for each giveaway entered)
*Follow my blog. Leave me a comment saying that you now follow or that you already do. (2 entries)
*Write about this giveaway with a link back to this giveaway on Facebook or another social network. (2 entries)
* Subscribe to my blog. Leave me a comment saying that you have subscribed or that you already do. (2 entries)
*Twitter about this giveaway with a link back, you must also be following me on Twitter. Copy and paste: MojaCreations2ReusableBags@JDaniel4smom .(3 entries)
*Vote for me on Love This Site . (3 entries)
*Buy anything from their shop and come back and leave a comment. They have a special discount if you buy multiple bags. (6 entries)
4-5 bags —5% off
6-7 bags—10% off
8+ bags—15% off
That is 10 ways to win. The winner will be chosen by using the random number generator at http://www.random.org/. )
Clue 9: be called
It has become a bedtime ritual to watch the first story on Curious George before bedtime. We gather as a family on the couch to watch it. JDaniel places one hand in the sleeve of my shirt and snuggles down to watch the show. It is the first thing that he watched on T.V. that made him laugh. It is where we learned about shadows and then went outside the following morning to find them. We don’t watch a lot of T.V. with JDaniel, but we sure watch Curious George.
The PBS Curious George site has printables, games, video clips, and ideas for parents and teachers. There is a variety of math and science activities available. (Some of the games on this site can take awhile to load.) I went to Guide to Web Features to learn about each game and how to play it before I started exploring the games.
I checked out the following games:
Zoomazing– This is a mapping activity that has the child use the arrow keys to move around a map. It ties to the episode when George let the animals out at the zoo. A preschooler could do this activity.
Super Bouncy Blast Off– This is an estimation game. It seems to be geared for first or scoend grade.
Cows Don’t Quack– This activity has children matching conversation bubbles to animals that made the noise the bubbles contain. I don’t think this would hold my guy’s interest, but an older child would like it.
Mix and Paint– This activity lets children mix paint colors and paint a picture of their choice.
On Saturday night JDaniel walked across the lawn with the measuring tape and headed to the shed. Once he got there he bent over and dragged the tape across the doorway. My husband noticed what he was doing and commented that he had just done the same thing that morning.
JDaniel is demonstrating to us in big and small ways that he watches our actions very closely. It is a reminder that I need to be on my toes. He will repeat the things I want him to do like measuring, raking the yard, putting toys away, and making the horse in his Fisher-Price barn gallop. He will also repeat things that I don’t want him to do to like throwing the toys into the toy bag at the end of the day and throwing junk mail in the trash. Throwing junk mail is fine. He just runs out of it quickly and tries to find other things to throw away.