This month’s half-price Goodwill sale was particularly good. If you haven’t discovered this sale, you need to check it out. Goodwill can sometimes get a bad rap. It’s easy to think of it as just a bunch of old stuff that someone didn’t want anymore, and really, it is. But, as the wise old saying goes, one woman’s trash is another woman’s treasure. Typically the first Saturday of the month is the half-price sale, and this is when Goodwill puts out all of its treasures. Here are some helpful hints: go to the largest location, go early, and don’t shop too fast; the best finds are usually hidden. (more…)
My walls are quite stark. This isn’t because I take a minimalist approach to decorating. Rather, it’s because I have little
patience with myself when it comes to measuring and measuring again to get it right the second or third or fourth time. You see, I have a one-sided war with those little triangular doohickeys on the back of frames—especially when there are two. (more…)
You first appeared in my life 8 months ago. I left town and you moved in. No notice. No warning. A little heads up that my life would never be the same would have been nice. I thought I’d have more time, just my daughter and I. I didn’t think we’d disagree on a companion until she was a teenager. I wasn’t ready. (more…)
Every year, I take the girls to our community’s 4th of July parade. They enjoy listening to the band, gathering up the candy, and watching the floats go by. At the dinner table this week, an idea struck me. Why not bring the fun back to the house this year? It wouldn’t be too hard to make Riley’s bike into a float.
I asked her, “If you could turn your bike into anything, what would it be?”
She thought for a minute. “A bike.”
“It is a bike. What if you could change it into something else but still ride it. What would you want to change it into?”
“A Spiderman bike! Yeah, a Spiderman bike! Come on, Mom, let’s go. A Spiderman bike!”
I probably should have asked after she finished her dinner.
What You’ll Need:
Glue (I used felt, which required a hot glue gun)
Black Sharpie marker
Supplies will vary depending on what kind of float you are making.
Directions for the Spiderman bike:
1) Google a picture of Spiderman. I knew what he looked like but had no idea what the details of his face were. Who knew he had webs on his face? Good thing it was easy.
2) Cut the cardboard in the shape of his face. Use the cut cardboard to measure and cut the felt. Glue felt to cardboard.
3) Cut the eyes and glue to the face. Use black Sharpie to outline the eyes and draw the webs on the face.
4) Cut two pieces of long ribbon. It doesn’t matter if they are too long. You can always curl them after attaching the face. Glue the ribbon to the face. Again, the hot glue gun came in handy here. Regular glue will need drying time.
5) Attach to the front of the bike and curl excess ribbon. Attach more ribbon to the bike and curl.
This is a great craft to get creative with! We’d love to see your creations!
Nurture the Experience:
Use this as a chance to teach your child about community involvement and organize a neighborhood bike parade! If you have an HOA, contact them, if not, contact some other parents that you know and ask them to spread the word! Work with your child on what you should say in your communication with them. What will they need to know to participate, what questions will they have, why would they want to join? These questions will help your child begin thinking about what it takes to plan an event and considering others’ points of view.
Bike Parade! The Coloring Book (Volume 1)
This first one isn’t actually for reading but is great for this activity! It is a coloring book with different animals on parade. Perfect if you are seeking ideas or need something for the kids to do while you put the finishing touches on the bike.
This was a simple craft that we conjured up with some extra craft supplies. What the girls really wanted was some ice cream. Not wanting to spend the money or the calories, this was a great distraction. And, hey, they still got ice cream!
Cheerios are notorious for easily fitting into math lessons. They even have a Cheerios counting book that is pretty awesome. Who doesn’t love to snack and learn how to count? Learning with this craft can go way past Cheerios, though. Check out how we connected it to learning below.
Painted lima beans (see Painted Lima Bean flowers)
1) Cut a pie-shaped piece out of the paper plate. Use the remainder of the plate to cut out a semicircle. Glue the semicircle to the “crust” side of the pie piece, creating an ice cream cone and one scoop.
2) Glue painted lima beans to the semicircle.
3) Glue Cheerios to the cone. Done!
Nurture the Experience
Let’s add some math to this craft! Start the fraction conversation by learning how many pie pieces can make up the whole of the paper plate. Fold the paper plate in half, then fold it in half again. Use a marker to outline the folds. Ask your child how many pieces make up the whole of the plate. Cut one piece out. How many of the whole are left?
Continue the math journey by counting the Cheerios as you add them. It’s never too soon to begin learning math!