Toddler Time: Sorting (and Counting) Ornaments

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Before we go any further, let me preface:  Do not use ornaments that are special or sentimental to you.  And obviously, no glass. Okay, now that we've got that out of the way... We used some drum ornaments that I bought for 30 cents each at Dollar General last year after Christmas.   I dumped them in a bowl and Little Brother and I attempted to sort them by … [ Keep reading… ]

Math Made Easy (For School Age Children)

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Guest Post by Dana of Third Grade Gridiron I introduce students to several different ways to solve math problems.  When planning instruction and centers, I have to remember that my students learn in multiple ways and I must meet their individual needs.  Here is one strategy I use when teaching multiplication:   During this center, I show students multiple ways to find the product of a … [ Keep reading… ]

How to Remove the Stench from Sippy Cups

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Please tell me I'm not the only one who frequently finds nasty, old sippy cups full of curdled milk!!! We recently left our favorite Contigo cup at church one Sunday morning.  We thought we would pick it up the next time we were there, but we forgot.  And then we forgot the next time as well.  Finally, two weeks later, we remembered the cup.  It was partially filled with milk and was absolutely … [ Keep reading… ]

Build-Your-Own Snowman (in a bag)

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  What kid doesn't love building snowmen???  Now you can give the gift of snowman building and there is absolutely no snow required! This is the perfect gift for preschoolers...it's cheap, it's interactive, and it's fun!  Plus, it can double as a quiet time activity in church or doctors offices. Here's what you'll need: -felt in various colors (white, red, black/brown, gray, green, … [ Keep reading… ]

Cheesy Ham & Potato Bake

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Have any leftovers of ham from your Thanksgiving feast???  Make this warm and hearty Cheesy Ham & Potato Bake! Here's the recipe (adapted from AllRecipes.com) 4 medium potatoes 1 cup diced cooked ham 1/2 cup onion, chopped 1/3 cup butter or margarine 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour 1 1/2 cups milk 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese 3/4 teaspoon salt 1 dash pepper Extra cheese for … [ Keep reading… ]

Free Christmas Countdown Printable

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Thanks to RV Parties, you can now download and print this adorable Christmas Countdown (or is it Count-up?) Printable! I specifically asked to have it fit 5x8 sheets because I used these magnetic sheets from CraftProjectIdeas.com (that can be purchased at Walmart). All you have to do is print the sheets below (on cardstock, preferably), peel the backing off of the magnetic sheets, and stick … [ Keep reading… ]