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A Jolly Christmas Tree

29 Nov

I’m SO excited to announce the winner of the Barnes and Noble gift card! Congratulations to Lissa!! Hope you enjoy shopping with your gift card! Please email me at teachingmamablog(at)gmail(dot)com to receive your prize.

Thank you to all who participated!! I am blown away by your support and love.

I want to share an adorable little tree we made with just a few supplies. Here’s what you’ll need:

*styrofoam cone

*green paint & paintbrush



To start out, we painted the styrofoam cone green and let it dry. I should also note that I cut the cone smaller because it seemed too tall.

Then, I had Troy take the gumdrops and sort them by color. This was good practice for him!!

Then, I poked toothpicks onto the cone and Troy put gumdrops on them. He really enjoyed this part–look at his concentration!

And here’s the finished look! We have a ton of fake snow so I put them on the plate and laid the tree on top. It will be a cute centerpiece for the table! And now that the enormous Rockefeller’s Christmas tree is lit, the holiday season is officially here! Merry Christmas!!


A Cute Thanksgiving Gift!

21 Nov

I can’t believe Thanksgiving is tomorrow! I really love this holiday….such a beautiful time to reflect on the many blessings in our lives. I have so much to be thankful for, but the things I’m most grateful for is my family, good health, and Savior. What are you thankful for?

We read this book, The Perfect Thanksgiving. It’s a cute book about comparing 2 different family’s Thanksgiving and in the end realizing that as long as families love each other, it’s a perfect Thanksgiving at everyone’s house. 

We are headed up north to visit my grandma. As a thank you for her hospitality, I wanted to give her something. She loves homemade items and I thought Troy would love giving her something he made, so we came up with this craft. First, we painted some sheets of card stock. It was fun for him since he could be messy and it didn’t matter. Then we traced his hand and Wesley’s hand. So cute to see their adorable little hands! Then I cut out their hands and added eyes, beak and turkey gobbler. Next, I typed out this poem and added the little “turkeys” to the bottom. Here’s how it turned out! To get the PDF copy of the poem, click on ThanksgivingThankYou. This will be fun for my grandma to look at…in fact I think I want to make another one so I can remember those adorable little hands in a few years!

In other news, I’m SO excited to share that I’ll be attending the BEECH blogging retreat I talked about in Monday’s post. I didn’t win the giveaway, but they still had space for me, so I signed up! I am excited to learn more about blogging! 

And finally, I want to announce that I’ll be doing my first giveaway to my amazing readers starting Monday!! Make sure you stop by Monday to see this great giveaway!!

I’m so thankful for all of you. Have a wonderful, safe Thanksgiving!

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The MOST colorful turkey!

15 Nov

We have so much to be thankful for! I love Thanksgiving…a time to reflect on all the wonderful blessings in our life. With Thanksgiving being just 1 week away, I have been talking to Troy about what it means to be thankful. Kind of a hard concept to get initially, but he’s getting it. He came up with a LONG list of things he’s thankful for.  On the list were the obvious ones…God, Dad, Wes, every other family member, then there were funny ones like storms, trees, tv, Thomas, and his bike. So cute to hear the mind of an almost 3 year old. We made a turkey craft today to show our top 4 things he’s thankful for.

First, he took a card stock piece of paper and used paint dot markers to make dots all over the page. Then, I found a turkey silhouette picture online and traced it onto the paper and cut it out. And lastly, we added some feathers. I took some extra felt we had and cut them into the shape of feathers. Then I wrote his top 4 things he is thankful for. This little project will be fun to look at and remind us all that we are thankful for. What are you thankful for? Have a great day!

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Turkey Craft

13 Nov

Here’s a fun Thanksgiving turkey craft your little ones will love!!
Here’s what you’ll need:

*pine cone


*googly eyes

*puff balls

*pipe cleaner for turkey gobbler

*orange paper for beak


**These items I already had at home, so feel free to use whatever items you have to make this craft!**

This craft is pretty self-explanatory. You just glue everything onto the pinecone.

And here’s our little turkey almost 3 years ago! So thankful for this bundle of JOY!

Have a great day!

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Leaf Lantern

16 Oct

Here’s an activity that’s a little better for older kids. My almost 3 year old enjoyed watching me do it, but most of the steps were a little too hard for him. Here’s what you’ll need:

*leaves (8-10)

*clear glass jar

*Mod Podge


*tea light

If you don’t have any Mod Podge on hand, you can make a really easy version yourself. All you do is mix one part water to one part glue in a container. Then put a lid on the container and shake til it’s all mixed up. Then you’re ready to go! MUCH cheaper and it works great!

So the next step is to take a leaf, coat it with Mod Podge and stick it on the jar. Then plaster Mod Podge all over it so the leaf will stick. You don’t want to use too much or it will just be messy. Then you repeat these steps until your jar is full of Mod Podged leaves. Let it dry. You may have to check on it several times to make sure the leaves are staying in place or recoat some Mod Podge.

Lastly, add a tea light, light it and you’ll have your leaf lantern!

Like I said earlier, I did most of this craft, but Troy loved the result and reallllly loves lighting the candle at night and watching it glow. Maybe I’ll try this craft again when he’s a bit older!

Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf

4 Oct

One of my favorite fall books for kiddos is Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf.

This is a great book explaining the life cycle of a tree. The pictures are collage and creative.

At the end of the story, it has the idea to make a treat for the birds. So we tried it out today!

You’ll need these supplies:


*bird seed

*egg white


First, you take your bread and cut it into a shape. I used a circle, but you could cut it yourself or use a cookie cutter. Also, poke a hole for the ribbon.

Next, you paint the side with egg white. Troy liked this part, but I had to help him get the whole thing coated.

Then, you sprinkle the bread with bird seed. You’ll need to press down on it so it sticks. And now you let it dry.

Thread ribbon through the bread once its dry and hang it up! Sorry I don’t have pictures of it up on the tree…someone decided to take a super long nap so we haven’t done it yet. Not that I’m complaining 🙂

Melted Crayon Pumpkin

24 Sep

This is a fun activity to do any time of the year. I will admit that I couldn’t find a good tutorial online, and it took me 3 times to get it right.

So, I’ll be explaining the RIGHT way to make shapes with melted crayon. Here it goes!

First, find old crayons, peel off the label,  and either shave them with a vegetable peeler or use a chopper to chop them into fine pieces. I started shaving the crayons, but it took way to long and I was impatient and started using the food chopper. I would use 5-6 crayons, depending on how large your shape is to fill.

Okay, now you need a shape to put the crayon shavings into.

I found a pumpkin shape online, printed it and traced it onto wax paper.

Then I had Troy help me put the pieces onto the shape. He used a spoon, but eventually just poured it on with his hands!

Your pumpkin will look something like this. The colors are beautiful!! 🙂Now the next step is to place another piece of wax paper on top of the pumpkin.

Put a piece of paper on top of the wax paper. With your iron on LOW, put it on top of the paper and let the crayons melt.

It doesn’t take too long. You can always lift up the paper to see how well it’s melting. This is what it should look like.

It took me 3 times to get it right. The first time, I didn’t use a paper on top of the wax paper and it smeared everywhere!
The second time, I used black for the stem and it ran all over the beautiful colors, and the third time it worked 🙂

Once it’s cooled, you can cut around the traced pumpkin and viola…you have a beautiful fall pumpkin!

Apple Paper Plate

22 Sep

Today’s activity was making an apple out of a paper plate.

Troy was super excited to paint this morning. He painted several paper plates

different colors. Then once it dried, we cut it out to look like an apple.

Next, we added a brown stem and a worm sticking out. (I just cut a slit and put the worm through)

 And here’s the finished product!

Troy likes taking the worm out and putting it back in, which is great

for working on his fine motor skills!

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