September 16, 2014

Our Perfect Play Dough Days

We LOVE play dough! We love to create dough, smell dough, squish dough, and just have fun with it. So since we found out it's Play Dough Day, we are sharing a few of our favorites from the past year. I think we all should go make a new batch of play dough today.







Play dough can be easy to make and fun for all ages.
You never know what recipe we will come up with next so follow us by e-mail so you don't miss out on anything. You can also follow my Sensory Board on Pinterest for hundreds of great Sensory play ideas.   

Check out these other great play dough recipes from some of my buddies.


  • Edible Pumpkin Pie Play Dough from Coffee Cups and Crayons
  • Fall Play Dough Fun from Craftulate
  • Fine Motor Play Dough Activities from What Do We Do All Day?
  • How to Make Crayon Play Dough from Sugar Aunts
  • Beach Themed Microwave Play Dough from Teach Me Mommy
  • Gingerbread Play Dough from FSPDT
  • Fall Play Dough Mats from This Reading Mama
  • No Cook Natural Cinnamon Play Dough from Natural Beach Living
  • Play Dough Activities All Year Long from Little Bins for Little Hands
  • Gingerbread Play Dough from The Pleasantest Thing




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    September 12, 2014

    No Cook Natural Cinnamon Play Dough

    OOOO There are so many things to love about Autumn. The crisp air that has just begun, the beautiful colors changing around us, the smells of apples, cinnamon, pumpkin, and all of that yummy goodness we get to enjoy. We are saying goodbye to summer but welcoming all of the amazing things fall has in store for us. To welcome the new season in to our house, I decided to set up an invitation to play with an amazing natural sensory experience.    
    This is an easy no-cook natural cinnamon play dough. Your children will want to spend hours playing with it. My children loved the smell, the feel, and really enjoyed the whole experience of it. 
    Set-up is easy. 
    It is nice to have child size kitchen utensils because it makes it much easier for children's small hands. 

    Are you ready for some apple pie? 
    I love to see those smiley faces and I also love seeing those little hands at work. All of that squishing and molding is really great for working those muscles needed for fine motor skills. Not to mention they are using all of their senses. This dough is super soft and smells delicious.  
    I hope you are excited to try out this recipe. We fell in love with it. 
    Cinnamon no-cook natural play dough
    Ingredients
    2 cups all purpose flour
    1 cup salt
    2 Tablespoons cream of tartar
    2 Tablespoons cinnamon 
    3 Tablespoons oil (I use coconut oil) 
    Add all the ingredients together in a bowl, then slowly stir in 1 1/2 cups boiling water (adult job). Mix, let sit about 10 minutes to cool and then it's ready for play. This can be stored in an air tight container for a few weeks. 

    I took an extra step and added in 2 drops of cinnamon essential oil. The spicy scent from the cinnamon eos gives a warm uplifting feeling that we love.    


    Isn't fall sensory play the best?!?! Honestly, I love ALL sensory play and so do my kids. So we are going to keep on creating great recipes, and hope that you join us for the fun. 

    If you are a fan of sensory play like we are, you don't want to miss these...


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    Interested in more no cook dough recipes? Check out these fabulous bloggers that are joining me in the fun. Plus if you are a blogger, feel free to link up your sensory dough experience. 








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    September 8, 2014

    Food That Kids Will Love To Make & Eat

    As a mom I am always trying to come up with food that my children will eat and enjoy. I also try to include them as much as possible because they love to help. I have found that letting them create their own dishes sometimes is the best way to get them eating healthy. Today I am going to share one of my kids favorites all through the year. Think the perfect appetizer on Thanksgiving, fun food for half time during football Sundays, or just something special for your family dinner time.   

    Is that not super cute?!?! 
    Think about it, each person can create their own salad person or animal using so many different ingredients. 
    For this set-up I included: 
    different colored peppers, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, broccoli, avocado, red onion, shredded cheese, and dried cranberries. We used Ranch dressing for the face because my kids love Ranch. 
    This recipe was inspired by the Salad People Cookbook.

     You can add sooooo many things to this for instance, different types of lettuce, cauliflower, beans, chickpeas, ground meat/turkey, hard boiled egg, string cheese, and more. Be creative and your kids will love it.  
    Get your kids involved. Let them cut and chop their own fruits and veggies. They learn wonderful practical life skills plus they are working those important muscles to help with fine motor development.  
    Little Miss enjoyed eating while she worked. I can't blame her, I do the same thing.  
    Eating time! After everyone checks out your super cute person, you get to eat all of those yummy things. 
    Delicious!!!!!
    I hope you enjoyed our easy, fun, and healthy salad set-up. 
      

    You might want to check out some of our favorite Kid Friendly Cookbooks. I've included affiliate links for your convenience. A great big thank you in advance. Just click name or picture below.   

    Salad People                                                                      












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    September 3, 2014

    All About Reading

    It seems like now a days the first thing a parent talks about is when their child learned how to read. If you are familiar with my blog than you know that's not my style. I believe in peaceful parenting and going off signs from the child. Don't get me wrong, we LOVE books, purposeful play, and spending the days learning in a fun, comfortable way. That's why I love All About Reading. I'm all for anything that offers a hands on multi-sensory approach to learning.

    All About Reading Level 4 is Brand New and it is on Sale until September 15th. This post may contain affiliate links

    If you aren't familiar with All About Learning Press, you definitely want to check them out. This has been our first year using them and we love it. They offer hands on activities, great books, and my favorite an open and teach lesson plan.



    I think the thing that drew me to All About Reading in the first place was their goal is the same as mine. A great foundation for a lifetime of learning. I don't think it gets any better. Having your kids love to learn is a wonderful thing.
     
    Make sure to check out the All About Reading blog to download Free reading activities. 

    All About Reading Activity Bundle


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    Homeschool Curriculum Top Picks

    I'm finally ready to share our homeschooling agenda for the year. It's taken some time this summer to figure out what was going to work best for all of us. I've looked through a dozen catalogs, read several books, talked to the kids about their interests, and done a lot of praying. So what curriculum best suits my family, was the question. I didn't find a quick and easy answer, however I did find and put together the best curriculum and activities for us this year. So here is what we have planned for the boys.

    The two older boys do most of their learning together. Blakey is 8 this year and Blazey is 10. Even though they might be at different levels for a few things, it has worked out great keeping them together. We really enjoy learning together as a family. (This post may contain affiliate links, which means we will get a small percentage to go towards purchasing new books and items used in our homeschooling journey. Thank you so much). 

    To start with we decided on Beyond Five in a Row because we love that hands on, see where your interests lead you feeling. FIAR (short for Five in a Row) has wonderful classic stories, and like unit studies, it includes Literature, Social Studies, Fine Arts, Geography, Vocabulary, and more into each book study. It also gives us the freedom to explore their interests. The interests that they find while reading the books.
    For Math the boys are really liking Teaching Textbooks. This is our first year purchasing a math curriculum and so far, so good. I love everything about it. If you are interested in seeing some of the other fun math books and manipulatives we have at our house for the kids to enjoy Click here.


    For Science that will be all me again this year. I love putting unit studies together for the kids. I make sure to include a lot of hands on learning and various scientific activities. A few of the Unit Studies I have planned are Jellyfish which you can see part 1 here, Anatomy, Animals, Frog Life Cycle, Rocks, Plants/Planting, Weather, and The Little House Series. I am sure there will be more. I usually plan for at least six and let the other units be delight directed. If you missed what we did last year, you can see some of them right here.

    We will be studying American History this year and finishing up our Continent studies. I've bought several books for our American History study and again we are winging it (otherwise known as unschooling/unit studies/project based/delight directed learning) I like to call it a lifestyle of learning. Blaze is very much into American history this year so I am letting him take more of an active lead to see how much we get into. Some of the books we've choose are the Heroes of Historyseries and the DK History Books. We will also work through our Montessori Continents boxes.


    The boys love getting their Little Passports each month and will continue using it to go a long with their lessons. You can see how we incorporate it in to our learning in part 1 of our Traveling through Asia. You can also see how we used it in our Egypt study.  

    Art and Music we will all do together. I choose Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists and Getting to Know the World's Greatest Composers. We love all of the Mike Venezia books, they offer great information in a kid friendly way. That makes them perfect for us. We are also including the Artist lapbooking from Confessions of a Homeschooler.
    Little B's favorites are the Draw Write Now books and Draw and Write Through History Series. So we will definitely be using them.



    We have baskets full of new books we will be reading, and as always I will let you know what our favorites are. Oh and I have to mention Skrafty. My boys LOVE Minecraft and having a safe place to play and the option of tons of fun classes. It's a Huge Winner!!! Check out SKrafty Homeschool Minecraft Server.

    Spelling Can Be Easy When It's Multisensory

    We aren't done yet...
    I think learning different languages is very important, even if it is just touching on several different ones. So far we have been enjoying Signing Time Collection Cards, Cd's, and Dvd's and Rosetta Stone. We also incorporate different Languages into all of our geography.  
    Signing Time Online Dictionary: Learn ASL Signs!
    My goal is to establish a love for learning and a passion for many different things. I try to keep our days full of activities and books that the whole family enjoy. Every day is a gift, and to watch the children grow and thrive in the world is the most rewarding gift of all. 
    Thanks for joining us. 

    Some of our favorite things from the past.






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