Monday, December 31, 2012

Skating

L has been excited to go skating so we went early this morning. It was also E's first time skating.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Monday, December 10, 2012

open end art. bottle lids & paint

Every once in a while we break away from the more structured crafts and have fun creating open end art. I put out various supplies that can be used to create with. This time we used bottle lids in various sizes, glue, pieces of cardboard and different colours of paint. It is a great way to experiment with various art supplies, explore different textures and encourage creativity.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

O is for orange stamping


 When learning about letters we do a variety of different activities and crafts. This was a craft we did when learning about the letter O.
Supplies needed:
1 orange
orange paint
2 pieces of  paper in different colors (we used contruction paper)
paper plate
glitter (optional)

Cut a big letter O out of one piece of paper and glue onto a different coloured piece of paper. Pour some paint onto the paper plate. I mixed some glitter in with our paint . Cut the orange in half  and start stamping around the letter O.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

L's mermaid party

We went with a mermaid theme for L's party this year since she loves them.
The girls had alot of fun being turned into mermaids with a game we played. They wrapped a roll of  paper streamer around their legs to create a mermaid tail. Then the 'mermaid' hops across the room to the finish line and back in her tail. The girls took turns wrapping each others tails.  After we used the streamers to dance with while playing freeze dance.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Halloween

Despite the cold and rainy weather it was still a great Halloween night!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Sticky spider web craft

Supplies needed:
black paper plate
contact paper
black piece of construction paper
small plastic spiders (make sure the bottom part of the spider is flat and not raised so it will stick more easily. I bought a pack of 50 from the dollar store)

To start cut out the center part of the paper plate then stick the paper plate to a piece of contact paper, trimming any extra around the plate. Next cut your piece of contruction paper into approx. 1/2 inch strips. I gave the paper plate and strips of paper to E and let him build his web sticking them where ever he wanted.  Once the web is built, you can start adding the spiders. E loved this part because he could stick and unstick them as many times as he wanted.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Pumpkin patch. Caramel dipped apples

We picked our pumpkins, carved them and made caramel dipped apples.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

DIY Halloween Decor


Supplies needed:
 branches
glass jar
black cardstock
thread
   Collect a handful of branches. Trim the ends so they are roughly the same in length.
 Place the branches in a glass jar or vase.
 Using black cardstock, trace and cut out the bats. I used this template for the bats.
 Poke a small hole at the top of the bats head and loop a piece of thread through.
 Hang from the bats from the branches.


Friday, September 28, 2012

Blueberry sour cream pancakes

 (adapted from The Pioneer Woman cooks)
          makes about 6 pancakes
         1 cup sour cream
         7 tablespoons all-purpose flour
         2 tablespoons sugar
         1 teaspoon baking soda
         1/2 teaspoon salt
         2 large eggs
         1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
         1/2 cup fresh blueberries
-In a bowl combine sour cream with dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking soda and salt).
-In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs and vanilla together.
-Pour egg mixture into sour cream/flour mixture. Stir gently until all ingredients are mixed well.
-Fold in blueberries.
-Spray pan with nonstick cook spray. Pour about 1/4 cup of pancake batter onto the pan for each pancake.
-Cook until each side is golden brown.
-Remove from heat, top with butter and drizzle with syrup.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Apple counting craft

Supplies needed:
construction paper (green, brown and one other colour of choice for the background)
glue stick
red sticker dots (bought mine at the dollar store-comes in a package of  a variety of colours)

Out of contruction paper cut out tree trunks and leafy tree parts in various shapes and sizes. Build the trees by gluing the leafy parts to the tree trunks. Next add the red sticker dots for the apples.

Simple counting activities: *count how many apples are on each tree
                                              * which tree has more apples
Variation: you can use more than one colour of apples using the same simple counting activities by counting how many apples there are of each colour and which colour of apples are there more of.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

summer travels

I really loved everything about this summer. It was more relaxing then not even when it was really busy. We even did some travelling. We drove up into the mountains. Beautiful views and fresh mountain air.
We toured caves, saw butterflies and explored at natural rock bridge.
We spent alot of time at the beach collecting shells and searching for shark teeth.
We checked out the sharks and fish at the aquarium and watched an underwater mermaid show. 
L absolutely loved the lazy river at our hotel.
 

Thursday, September 6, 2012

First day of school

L started school but it is full days every day unlike when her sisters started school. She seems happy and excited to go. I on the other hand am kind of sad. A full day is a long day and I am going to miss spending as much time with her.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Markers & spray bottle art

I used to do this activity with the big girls quite alot when they were younger. I thought L and E might like to try it. The big girls joined in too. To begin draw a picture on a piece of paper with washable markers. Make sure they are washable otherwise the colour will not run.  The more colourful the picture the better as there will be more running of colours. Once you've completed your picture, hang it on an easel or since we did ours outside we just clipped it on some branches and spray with the spray bottle. The marker will start to drip and fade a bit giving the picture a soft look. The more you spray the more the colours will continue to run.

Supplies needed:
paper (fingerpaint paper works great as it can hold alot of water without damaging the paper)
washable markers
spray bottles
water




Tuesday, July 31, 2012

blueberries and ziplines

We missed out on blueberry picking last year because the season ended early so this year we went at the beginning of berry picking.
 The zipline was new since we had last come to visit. The big girls loved it and even convinced me to give it a try. It would be fun to have one of these in our backyard:)

Thursday, July 26, 2012

deck reno update

  We've crossed off a couple things from our list. The deck now continues towards the bbq area making the whole deck feel larger and providing a much nicer space to bbq. The railing is also up which now separates the upper deck from the lower patio.

Things still left to do:
-continue building stone wall up to deck edge
-add a railing
-add stairs
 -continue deck towards bbq area
-stain deck
 -replace ugly cushions on couch
 -restain the outside of hot tub
- replace stair to hot tub
-finish roof of the gazebo


This is what it looked like just after building the deck.

Friday, July 20, 2012

bubble wrap stamped starfish craft

We experimented with stamping using bubble wrap.  Out of construction paper I cut out some starfish shapes. I poured a variety of paint colors onto a paper plate and cut the bubble wrap into 3x3 squares. I thought this would be a good size for dipping in the paint and stamping with. To finish we added some glitter.

Supplies needed:
paper (we used construction paper)
paint
bubble wrap 
glitter


Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Rock exploring

We hiked through and around these massive rock formations. There were lots of big rocks to climb and explore and many interesting small rocks along the trail.

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Nature inspired art

We've done a couple of nature related crafts lately. L and E loved searching the backyard to collect sticks and rocks for the crafts.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Painting with water

Not sure why I haven't done this one before. L and E really enjoyed this activity. L painted for the whole time we were outside. We painted pictures, practiced our letters and traced our feet. The possibilities are endless and it dries up in no time with the sun out so you can start all over and paint something new.

Supplies needed:   
water
container(for the water)
paintbrush

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

K's Birthday

 We celebrated K's birthday over the weekend. I took the girls to play mini golf and then we came back to the house for food and cake. I found this recipe for strawberry shortcake which was really good.