Thursday, March 29, 2012

Easter Activities

He is Risen!  He is Risen Indeed!

I love Easter.  The story of Easter is what give us hope in this dark world and is the most life changing story of all time.  We have already been working through some activities surrounding the Easter story and the girls are getting to better understand a rather difficult story.

Next week, we will review the Passion week activities starting with Palm Sunday.  The book we are basing our activities is found here on Amazon.  Each day and part of the story has a different color assigned to it.

Green - palms
Purple - bread and wine shared with friends
Red - Jesus' death
Brown - grave
White - Angel said "He's Risen"
Yellow - bright sun

It is just a nice, simple book that is not too deep for little kids to understand.  Because the girls are much older and able to understand I plan on reviewing the Exodus from Egypt more to help them understand the idea of sacrifice and the idea of the perfect lamb.  One day I want to plan a real Seder dinner but not just yet.

I have seen pictures of lots of different Resurrection Gardens and have plans for making one of our own.

Lots of fun and reflection involved.  Blessings to you and praying you come to a greater understanding of the Hope of Easter!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Leprechan Shenanigans

Lydia really felt excited about St. Patrick's Day when she came home from school yesterday so I went with it.  I already had some activities planned but including a Leprechaun house/trap was not one of them.  Having seen some ideas earlier this week from on of my all time favorite cute idea blogs (Happy Home Fairy) we decorated and set up a nice little Leprechaun friendly space.

Leprechaun House

Shamrock's left by the Leprechaun.

Balloon's too!

Excitement and big smiles!

Green pancake's with rainbow sprinkles.

Balloon and paddle fun.

I also printed out some crafts and a few other activities that I saw this week on ABC and 123.

Fun memories in the making.  Did you do anything special for St. Patrick's day?

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Nursery Rhymes - 2

This is the second installment of the nursery rhyme unit I am doing with Emma.  Enjoy and thanks for reading!

Hey Diddle Diddle

Craft from Spell Out Loud

Writing farm words

Not too bad!

Farm riddle matching book

More smiles!

Little Boy Blue

Adding hay to the haystack

Scissor practice with blue paper (for Little Boy Blue)

Farm animal counting from Making Learning Fun

Farm animal mother/baby matching puzzles

To see the first 2 nursery rhymes we learned check out this post.  

On a side note to any local moms who are reading this.  I am ready to part with these farm activities as they really are too simple for my kids.  If you want them to plan your own farm theme around just let me know.  Thanks.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Dr. Suess Day

Here are some pictures of the festivities surrounding Dr. Suess's birthday.

Waking up to green eggs and ham
Cat in the hat


Lots of messy fun!

Dying green eggs (different day)

We have read all the Dr. Suess books we have.  Certainly it is fun to celebrate for lots of different reasons why not the creativity and silliness God has given us.

I also used printables from 2 Teaching Mommies and Teachers pay Teachers (found some that were free).
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