Thursday, March 22, 2018

V is for Van Allsburg; Chris Van Allsburg

My boys and I just love the imagination and intrigue of Chris Van Allsburg's books.  He has written many picture books, a few of which have even been made into movies.

We find his stories and ideas captivating and hope you will too.


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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Virtual Refrigerator--Lots of Pokemon Art

Thanks for stopping by and joining us again this week as we host another virtual refrigerator arts and crafts link up.

Alec saw that I had bought some more Fimo dough and decided he wanted to make some Pokemon charms with it.

He pulled out the computer searched YouTube for a few videos and finally settled down to begin working on all the evolved forms of Eevee (his favorite Pokemon).

So far he's finished up Eevee

He ended up not liking Eevee and crumbled her back up





I just loved all the details! Right down to their tiny tales


He's just missing Leafeon because we don't have the correct colors... guess what we're buying this weekend?  LOL.

He also spent one morning drawing lots of different Pokemon characters on his white board using our new dry erase markers and his Pokemon book.  I only managed to snap one quick photo of his last drawing:  Mismagius

The picture he was using 

His drawing. 

Now without further ado I invite you to grab a "magnet" and link up your arts and crafts or how- to posts below and visit some other bloggers to see what they shared on their refrigerators.

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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Love to Learn-- Geography Craft idea

This past week the boys and I  decided to get a little crafty!

We decided to make a salt dough topographical map of the United States.  I've seen many variations of salt dough maps and as much as I always thought it would be fun to make them we never made time to do it.  I am so thankful that our Pinterest Challenges are pushing us to try and do more!

Our map before coloring. 
Our completed map.

If you'd like to read HOW we made our map we you can click here.

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March Pinterest Challenge -- Salt Dough Map

Welcome to the March Pinterest Challenge Blog Hop, hosted by My Pinterventures. The purpose of this Pinterest Challenge is to motivate all the participants of this hop (and you too) to not just pin, but to make it happen!

This month the boys and I decided to try making a salt dough map.  We've been studying the United States this year and we thought this would be a fun family craft.  I had pinned this idea from Kris at Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers and then pretty much had forgotten about it up until now.

We found a sturdy piece of cardboard and printed out an outline map of the United State that would fill up our cardboard nicely.  Alec traced it for us onto the cardboard using carbon paper.

With our image all set and ready we mixed up our dough.  We used 4 cups of flour (I had wheat flour on hand), 2 cups of salt, 2 Tablespoons of cream of tarter, and about 3 cups of water.  We started with 2 cups of water and added a bit more as we mixed until we couldn't see any dried flakes of flour anymore.

The boys scooped up small bits of dough and filled in the whole map first being careful to keep the dough as close to the outline Alec drew as possible.

Once the outline was done we consulted a topographical map of the United States on our phone and we added more dough for the Appalachian and Rocky Mountains as well as building up other areas that needed it.  We then set aside our map overnight to dry.

The boys each picked one or two colors and worked together to paint it.  They decided to use brown for any mountains, yellow for desserts, light green for plains and darker green near water.

It was a really fun geography activity!

In January my boys and I made nail polish marbled mugs.
In February we tried out a new recipe for turkey & cornbread pot pie.

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Now let's see what other things Pinterest inspired! Head over and visit the other hosts to see what they crafted, cooked, built, or tried!

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 Lynne - My Family Thyme • Beverly - Across the Blvd.
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Monday, March 19, 2018

Welcome Spring Link Party!

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  Welcome Spring! We're celebrating warmer weather and blooming flowers with a group of our blogging friends. 

You're invited to share your spring time posts with us from March 19 through April 19. 

Is anyone else ready for spring?  I sure am!  We have had quite a few series of storms raging through our area these past few weeks and have lost power more times than I'd like.  I love the sunshine, wearing flip flops, and enjoying lots of time outside.  Since it's not really spring- like where I am just yet my boys and I have turned to decorating our house in hopes that spring will finally arrive so I jumped at the chance to help co-host this wonderful spring linky.  

Meet the co-hosts of our Welcome Spring Link Party

Each co-host will be sharing a spring time post to kick off the party. You'll find their links first in the Link Up below. Please visit their links and check out their posts. You're sure to find lots of inspiration!

Last week the boys and I decided to try our hand at making some adorable bunny mason jars.  I'm not sure yet if we'll fill them with candy, fake flowers, or even just some tea lights but we sure love our adorable jars.  

You can read all about how we made them by clicking here, on the picture, or in the link- up below. 

You’re invited to share any spring related posts: Crafts, Decor, Activities, Gardening, Recipes & More. If it’s a way to celebrate spring, we’d love to have you share it with us! We're looking forward to seeing your spring time creativity!

All of the co-hosts will be sharing a Welcome Spring Link Party features post on April 23, so be sure to check back. 

100 Days of Science #20-- Eco Plant Pals

My boys got these planting pals for Christmas and we have had so much fun with them.

We opened them the day after Christmas and followed the directions enclosed in the box.

First we put the disk in the bottom of the container, added water and let it sit until the soil had absorbed all the water.  Then we flattened out the soil and added the seeds; some of them were SO tiny!

Then we covered them and put them in the windowsill.

After a few days I noticed that there was some mold starting to grow inside the covered cups so I removed the lids and we just kept adding water once a week to keep the soil nice and moist.

We did have some success with two of the plants but all three boys were disappointed that the one plant that did not grow was the Venus fly trap.  They were really hoping to grow a large plant from those seeds since they are such a neat plant.

We'll continue to watch them grow and transplant them when/ if they get big enough and in the meantime I'm going to keep my eye out for a Venus fly trap plant to purchase for our home.

So you have a favorite house plant?

Others in this series:

2.  Field Trip to the Ecotarium 
3.  Learning About Air Molecules

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