We are God’s workmanship, created
in Christ Jesus to do good works,
which God prepared in advance for
us to do.
Ephesians 2:10
Ideas for stay at home moms, teachers and anyone who loves to play with children

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Muffin Tin Monday Holiday Theme

Ok we did this on Monday but I am just late posting it! We had our tin a snowman tin with marshmallow snowman and M&Ms, yogurt with holiday sprinkles, grapes, tomatoes, snowman with peanut butter and coconut for snow and M&Ms for eyes and buttons and piece of cheese for nose. Muffin Tin Monday at Her Cup Overfloweth

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Today I had H make a drawing of a turkey by looking at a picture I had and this is what she came up with I think it is pretty awesome for 2 1/2 years old. I was super impressed. I also surprised her with a special play dough theme of turkeys today. She was super excited and made several different kinds of turkeys.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Peanut butter sandwich cookies

These are amazing!!! I learning the recipe from a cousin about 5 years ago and have to make them seasonally every year. It is so easy but a little time consuming. Only problem is that once you start to eat them you can't stop!!
Almond Bark chocolate flavored coating
Box of Ritz crackers
Peanut butter
Wax paper
You make little sandwiches with the Ritz and peanut butter. then you melt the chocolate for dipping. I melt it in a glass bread loaf pan in the microwave. You start it off for 90 seconds stir the chocolate and then continue for 30 seconds at a time till is melted. Then you roll the Ritz in the chocolate and place on wax paper to cool.

Muffin Tin Monday: Thanksgiving theme

This weeks theme was Thanksgiving We had dried cranberries, carrot sticks, green beans, Turkey sandwiches with peanut butter half wheat thin nose, piece of a twizzler, yellow M&Ms and the feathers has fruity pebbles, craisins, and cheerios, and mac ans cheese. I got the idea for the turkey from here. There are such amazing ideas.
Muffin Tin Mom

Sunday, November 21, 2010

November words

I made a list of words that are associated with November so H could see them as we talked about the words through out the month. This helps with the start of word recognition and promotes letter writing.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

What we are thankful for

I did the classic "what are you thankful for?" with H. She had some really sweet answers and some funny ones. I made several leaves for each of us and put it up using fishing line from doorway in front part of house. Some of H's answers: daddy staying home with me all day, zoo, children's museum, mommy and daddy, Nana and paw paw, friend Kiera, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, writing my name, and yogurt smoothies lol.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Wordless Wednesday Tutu Model

Modeling tutu for my business Hailey's Butterfly Garden

Monday, November 8, 2010

Muffin Tin Monday

there was no theme for muffin tin Monday today. We had carrot sticks, tomatoes and hummus, mini pickles, trail mix with chex, goldfish, craisinis, and chocolate chips, broccoli, lasagna, and bread sticks with milk.
Muffin Tin Mom

Saturday, November 6, 2010


Here is a picture of H in her ladybug costume I made her and the trick or treat bag I made her (it doesn't match the costume but it is for many years so it is just Halloween themed. I got the idea for the bag here)

Hailey wrote her name

First time H has wrote her whole name! I was so impressed. She looked at her name card I made her and copied it.

Ghost shaving cream art

OK I am trying to catch up my daughter was sick and then my friend had a baby and I kept her other 2 children while she was in the hospital so I have not had time to post this. I did find this project on someone elses blog and don't remember who's it was so if it was yours please let me know so I can give you credit for it. H had so much fun doing this I often let her play with shaving cream as a sensory project she loves it so when I saw this cute ghost I knew I had to try it. It is 3 parts shaving cream 1 part glue I cut out the ghost and provided H with the ingredients and let her go when she was done exploring I let her chose where the eyes go to my surprise she put them on perfect and then we added glitter.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Homemade bats and tshirts

We went to a birthday party and they had black bats all over for decoration and H feel in love with them. She asked if I could make her some. So I found an old pattern of a bat and got a piece of foam, cut them out and put them up with sticky tack.

The shirt I made for the pumpkin patch. I found the wonder in wonder under. lol. you iron it to back side of fabric cut out a shape peel off paper on back of wonder under and iron it on the shirt. what could be easier. It stayed wonderfully but after washing the fabric started to slightly wear so I am going to add a zig zag stitch around it.

Monster art

In the spirit of Halloween we did a Halloween Monster college. I gave her glue, googly eyes, feathers, pom poms, and spiders and let her lose. It was so fun to see her create her Monster. She talked about how many eyes it had and it was a sticky monster because of the glue. it was really fun

Pumpkin Math Matching

We are working on number recognition. Seeing the number in both the numerical way and the physical way. I made some number cards that I can use over and over again. Right now it is fall and I am using pumpkins I got at hobby lobby in the fall section. I used scrapbook numbers and garage sale pricing circles on index cards. She has to count the number of dots and then add that number of pumpkins, and start to recognizing the numbers in there numerical form.

Mini Carmel Apples

so I have seen this snack at http://familyfun.go.com/recipes/mini-caramel-apples-688916/ and it really looked like so much fun. However, I did not follow directions lol. I just used peanut butter and caramel dipper sauce from happy meal and sprinkles. I took the picture at face value and it was not easy to make. I think had I followed the directions it would have been much funner, however it was yummy

adding a surprise to play dough

I surprised H with some googly eyes in her play dough this morning. She loved it!! She made monsters, kitties, and happy faces. it was so much fun

Monday, October 25, 2010

making pumpkin scented play dough

H one of her friends and I made homemade play dough the other day. We added pumpkin pie spice and vanilla to the dough the girls loved the smell. and we learned that red and yellow makes orange had fun touching the sticky play dough and kneading it. lol. It was so much fun to see them see the ingredients change in front of them, and then played with it of course there favorite part.

Muffin tin Monday: Halloween theme

This weeks muffin tin Monday was by far the most fun to plan and create! We have monster googly eyes cup, grapes with cran~raisins eyes, witch fingers with blood red finger nails, a mini cupcake, mummy pizza, hard boiled egg eye with black olive(I don't know why the yellow is white in picture), applesauce with a bat and bones and Halloween shaped cheese around the ghost shaped muffin tin. I usually have H help me make the tin and make it a fun experience but, I have a really busy day tomorrow so I made the tin ahead of time so we could get to it fast. I can't wait to show her.

Muffin Tin Mom

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Patterns with fall leaves

Working with patterns is a great way to increase your child's math skills, patterns are all around us in our clothes, in nature and all around us. Identifying and creating patterns is just the beginning of the mastery of life-long math skills. I was going through some of my old preschool stuff and came across a pattern and decided to make on for H then I starting pointing out patterns to H in the car and in the stores. In just a couple of days she is really catching on and becoming interested and pointing them out to me and my husband. It is so amazing to see how fast they learn

Bento lunches

I made H's lunch and my hubby's snack in the bento style today. She has cubed deli turkey, apples, grape tomatoes, carrots, red and green bell peppers, and cheese and olives. Hubby has cheese and olives, grape tomatoes, apples, carrots, grapes and red and green bell peppers.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Muffin tin Monday

There was no theme for Muffin Tin Monday today. We had pumpkin cheesecake(my husbands specialty), cheez-its with letters on them, an apple, chicken nuggets and ketchup and Mickey Mouse cheese shapes.

Muffin Tin Mom

Leave Prints

Before we did our fall college from our camping trip, I taped the leaves to the a clipboard so they wouldn't move around and let H rub crayons on top of them to see the print. It was trail and era cause she was not rubbing hard enough but she finally got the hang of it. We talked about why the leaves change colors and fall out of the trees, and the different shapes and sizes of leaves. and we used a magnifying glass to see all the lines and veins in the leaf.

Fall college

We went camping over the weekend and we went on a scavenger hunt to gathered several types of leaves, acorns, pine cones, ect. Then H made a college with some of her finds for her fall college.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Pretend Pumpkin Patch

H wanted to go to the pumpkin patch the other day and it had already gotten to late to go so we went outside and I drew a pumpkin patch with chalk on the ground. She pretended to drive there on her three wheeler and pick up pumpkins for mommy, daddy, and her the ones for mommy and daddy were really heavy so I had to help her pick them up. then she walked around our pretend corn maze and to a ride on the hay ride. She had so much fun!

Muffin Tin Monday: pumpkins

Muffin tin Monday this week had a pumpkin theme~how fun! We made pumpkin muffins on Sunday, and orange kool-aide with pumpkin shaped ice cubes. For our tin we have pumpkin muffins, orange yogurt, pumpkin shaped sugar cookies H decorated in a play date the day before, "pumpkin looking" carrots, jack-o-lantern english muffin pizza and orange jello. H loved all the orange and taking about pumpkins I think we will be visiting the pumpkin patch in the next couple of day.

Muffin Tin Mom