Toddler Time: Sorting Cookie Cutters

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Oh, the joys of simple activities!  This was a huge hit and allowed Little Brother and me to spend lots of time playing, laughing, and singing together. For this activity, I used a giraffe peg hanger that currently resides on the wall in Little Brother's bedroom.  I had originally planned to use our baby links (like these), but I couldn't find ours and refused to spend $5 at Target for a simple … [ Keep reading… ]

What puts out a fire?

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I started off this little science experiment asking Big Brother, "What do you think puts out a fire?" I then used a candle in a glass jar with a lid for the following activity.  PLEASE use EXTREME caution if you try this...and I only suggest it for children 4 or older!!!  Keep your child far back away from the flame. I first asked Big Brother to breathe in deeply.  Then I asked what he br … [ Keep reading… ]

National Fire Prevention Week

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Next week (October 9-15) is National Fire Prevention Week.  We take fire pretty seriously in this house...my husband was badly burned burning brush in our yard last year.  Had it not been for the pond in our backyard that he jumped in, the accident could have easily been fatal.  Thanks to  the staff at our doctor's office bending over backwards and spending up to 2 hours each day scrubbing his bur … [ Keep reading… ]

24-Hour Giveaway: 2 Movie Tickets (Fandango Ticketing Theatres)

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*Sorry!  This giveaway is now over.* Prince Charming and I went to see the movie Courageous last night.  It was amazing, emotional, and extremely convicting (especially for fathers parents).  It was made by the creators of Fireproof and Facing the Giants and has a strong biblical message...something entirely lacking in so many movies today!  If you haven't seen the movie trailer, watch this (g … [ Keep reading… ]

Caramel Oatmeal Cookies

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I love plain oatmeal cookies (without the raisins, thank you very much).  But adding a touch of caramel to the mix makes them even more scrumptious!  The thing that I absolutely adore about these cookies is that the caramel adds another dimension and texture to the cookie while not completely overpowering. I used the tried-and-true Quaker Oatmeal Cookie recipe (minus the raisins, plus the ca … [ Keep reading… ]

Copying and Cutting

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As a former first grade teacher, I can tell you that generally boys struggle much more with fine motor skills than girls.  Holding a pencil correctly, cutting with scissors, and legible handwriting are all skills that prove more difficult for the male gender.  That's why I wanted to make a concerted effort on providing my guys with fine motor practice early on to make these important skills easier … [ Keep reading… ]