I love chalk markers. There - I said it. And I don't just mean for kids. I've been making note cards lately and these things rock for that, too!
But I was delightfully surprised at how well they held Kay's attention and inspired her creativity. And in the past few days, when she's had nothing else to do, she's asked for the chalk markers. She loved that they wrote on windows (she's never been allowed to do that before!) and mirrors ("This is just like a chalkboard!" she exclaimed as she erased it off with a paper towel). I had to draw the line when she wanted to doodle on the TV screen, though it probably would have wiped off there, too. While Kay goes through the house looking for new surfaces she can write on (practicing writing and fine motor skills - but she doesn't know that!), I came up with some uses for these chalk markers too:
I love the great ideas that turn up around this time of year, creative ways to express thankfulness and encourage gratitude. And let's be honest, a lot of adults could use this reminder just as much as kids who are still learning!
ANYWAY...that's why I want to share some of the creative giving thanks posts that have been linked up lately. What are you feeling thankful for right about now? (Besides having stumbled upon this awesome post...right? Right?!)
Winter is coming, and that means a whole lot more time spent in the house. What to do with all that extra time? Well, maybe the kids will help with the cleaning. (Hehe, just kidding!) But these DIY toys and games are a creative way to pass the hours - and maybe even learn something in the process (but I won't mention that last part if you don't!)
In the US, we're celebrating Thanksgiving next week. Syncopated Mama shared an easy turkey craft that toddlers or preschoolers will like! (And will look so cute on the fridge!)
Sandpaper letters are a great multi-sensory way for kids to learn letters - but they can cost a lot to buy them. Scattered Yet Together made her out set - and shows us how to do it too!
Disclosure: I received this product in exchange for an honest review as part of the Mom Meets blogger program. All opinions are my own.
Kay gets home from kindergarten and, like kids everywhere, is looking for a snack. We try to keep healthy things around to tide her over until dinner (a whole hour and a half away...the horror!). But I recently remembered one of my old favorite snacks and decided to give it a try with her.
I like the easy crafts. Fortunately, at 4, Kay is still satisfied with this. And if they happen to also come out cute - bonus! These cardboard tube turkeys certainly fit the bill on both counts.
I went to update this post this year (to give it a rockin' title image; the original was too "meh") and discovered I had never published it. Oops. But that just gives me an excuse to show it to you this year!
A little bit fine motor, a little bit color-matching, a lot of colorful fun!
Did you know that November 17 of each year is World Prematurity Day, helping to raise awareness of preemies who are born too soon? This year Helen of Craft Ideas for Kids is hosting a blog hop to spread awareness - and it's all about rainbows and stars!
There are some pretty awesome "Thankfulness Trees" out there - from elaborate to simple, you can probably find one that works for you. I love the idea of taking time to appreciate the things you might sometimes take for granted and it's an important quality to pass on, too.
This is probably the simplest thankful tree you'll come across. This was our last year's version. I drew a tree(-ish) outline on a large piece of paper, with many branches. No, it won't be winning any artistic awards, but it's not really about the tree, anyway, of course.
When you think about it, Etsy toy-makers are like elves. (Go with me for a moment!) They make the toys all year-round to be under the tree for children on Christmas Eve. Only they don't wear green pointed shoes. (Or do they?!)
Anyway, I love perusing Etsy for the lovely products they have - and narrowing it down to 10 choices was no easy task. (But someone had to do it...)
And so I present... my top 10 picks of the best handmade toys on Etsy!
Just a few quick favorites to share today because someone forgot to get a round-up together and didn't realize it until this morning. (Yep, guilty!)