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4th of July! Kids Activities and More!

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4th of July Activities and More

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We have just a few more days until the 4th of July! I love this holiday! I enjoy celebrating our county and the freedoms our brave soldiers fought for us to have so very long ago, and still do to this day. Independence Day is a such a fun time to decorate your home, fire up the grill, have friends and family over, get out the water guns, and watch a fireworks display to end the day. It is also a wonderful opportunity to throw in some history for the kids so there is a deeper meaning for them so they can appreciate the country they live in and Independence Day even more. Join us for this #WeeklyKidChallenge, we will be decorating our home, making some fun crafts and food, watching some entertaining and educational videos, and learning what Independence Day truly is about. Below are links to some fantastic crafts, tutorials, and activities we will be working on this week.

⇒Erica, over at Enrichment Studies, has put together an enriching list of YouTube videos (Including the links) of the science behind fireworks and several awesome fireworks displays. She also some great freebies including coloring pages and some very insightful information, as well as more YouTube videos on our National Anthem. You must check it out! Your kids will have a lot of fun watching the videos and coloring. This is defiantly on our list for this week! CLICK HERE to go directly to her link.

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⇒At Embark on the Journey, Tara has made an impressive, 25-page, 4th of July unit study perfect for your young ones, PreK-2nd. She has really out done herself with this free, very colorful, printable pack that includes:

  • -ar, -at, and -ag word family practice
  • handwriting practice
  • American flag report/research page
  • skip counting
  • odd and even sorting
  • and more!

Make sure to check it out by CLICKING HERE.

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⇒When you think of the 4th, what is one thing that comes to mind? ROCKETS! Sheila, at Brain Power Boy, has come up with just that. She has an outstanding tutorial for making rubber-band powered rockets with items you have in your home. This will definitely keep your kids (and pets) entertained for hours. CLICK HERE for the instructions.

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⇒Another object that you may have thought of is Lady Liberty. At Teach Beside Me, Karyn has a fabulous instruction on how to make Lady Liberty’s crown that your kids will love. How about a patriotic shaker decorated in red, white, and blue, and ready to get the music started? She has instructions for that, too. CLICK HERE to go to her page.

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⇒When your ready to take a break from making crafts and head outside, Karyn also has printable, patriotic scavenger hunt. CLICK HERE.

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⇒I LOVE wreaths! I love having them and displaying them, but never have I attempted to make one. However, after seeing Rebecca’s tutorial on how to make a patriotic rag wreath on Raven Threads, I think I might actually be able to pull it off. This looks like a great project the family could work on together. For instructions, CLICK HERE.

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⇒Julia, at My Mundane and Miraculous Life, has a clever 4th of July activity to help your little ones work on their fine motor skills. I wish I would have known about this when my kids were little. It is such a simple yet brilliant idea. CLICK HERE to check it out!

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⇒At A Sip of Southern Sunshine, you will find an exciting unit study on American symbols and landmarks. She has listed a great collections of books to read, fun hands-on activities, and more to give your kids a more in-depth look into our history. To get started, CLICK HERE.

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For more 4th of July crafts, activities, and food ideas, CLICK HERE.

I hope you and your family have a blessed week and Independence Day!

I want to say a special thanks to all the wonderful mommy bloggers listed above who so willingly let us into their world and bring us such fantastic craft and activity ideas to keep our little ones busy and engaged!

Wondering what #WeeklyKidChanllenge is and why your should follow along? CLICK HERE to learn how it can be beneficial for your whole family.

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Father’s Day! Make him a craft!

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Blog Father's Day

Boy, Daddy has really been getting a lot of attention around here lately. He has been doing even better than he was last week, walking around with a cane now and many times just on his own. I’m sure in a few more weeks he’ll be able to get back to work. But, in the mean time, we are going to take advantage of him being home. Yes, home, completely stuck at home to where if the kids want to tell him hour long stories, he has no were else to go. It is great.

Father’s day is coming up real soon, so we are going to make him some presents. CLICK HERE for some great ideas. I’ll post a new blog featuring what we make along with the tutorials. I would love to see what you guys make! Post your pictures here, on my FaceBook page or on Twitter using #WeeklyKidChallenge.

Notebook of Love

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Make notebooks for others to leave messages in! #WeeklyKidChallenge
Make notebooks for others to leave messages in! #WeeklyKidChallenge

If you’ve read my other post, As Simple as a Note, then you know my daughter LOVES writing little “I love you,” notes all the time. It’s hard keeping up with the little post it notes, or ones ripped out of a notebook. In the last few days I’ve received several little colorful “I love you,” pictures. Just the other night, while the kids were having quiet time in their rooms before bed and I was winding down in the living room, my daughter brings me one of her lovely notes. After thanking her and giving her a hug, I sat it down on the coffee table intending to take care of it when I got up again, but forgot. The next morning, she discovered it on the floor under the coffee table. I could tell it hurt her feelings even though she did understand it just fell off. So, I’ve decided for this week we are going to make our own notebooks. We are going to take copy paper and cover it with construction paper which we will color and decorate. Click here for ideas. The notebooks are for others to write or color in and the pages are intended to stay in the notebook. This will be a great way for us to still exchange notes, but it will be easier to keep up with.
If you guys also make your own notebooks, I would love to see them! Post your pictures here, on my Facebook page or on Twitter using #WeeklyKidChallenge.

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Craft week!

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Have fun and bring joy to someone else by making bookmarks and giving them to friends. This week on #WeeklyKidChallenge
Have fun and bring joy to someone else by making bookmarks and giving them to friends. This week on #WeeklyKidChallenge

My mother has a conference coming up soon and has asked that we make bookmarks and a lap book that she will be using for display. Yes, not a normal conference when you think of one. More of a meeting of great minds that are in children ministry. So that is what we will be working on this week. They will get to be creative and also know they are spending their time, using their talents to help out their grandma. Kind of a 2 in 1 this week. Crafts and volunteering their time to help someone else. If you would like to join us with our Weekly Kid Challenge, make some bookmarks with your kids for them to give out to their friends. They will get to have fun and be able to experience that joy of putting a smile on their friends’ face.

Click HERE and HERE to get some ideas if you would like to also make bookmarks or a lap book.

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Easter Fun!

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Easter Fun

This weekend is Easter! Time is really going by fast!

Since we had such a fun time decorating for Valentine’s Day, I want to do it again for Easter. So for this Weekly Kid Challenge we are going to spend time making decorations and talking about Jesus. Post pictures of your decorations and Easter Eggs!

Valentine’s Day heart decoration for kids

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What my kids love most about Valentine’s Day, next to chocolate, is the crafts they get to do decorating for it. So, here is one of the decorations we made last week for our #WeeklyKidChallenge that they loved so much we plan on doing again next year.

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What you need is:

Colored paper

Stapler

Ruler, pencil and scissors (or paper trimmer)

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We started off by choosing two different colors of colored paper. Then we cut one color of paper long ways in one inch strips, then the other color width ways in one inch strips. If you have a paper trimmer that works the best. But if not, use a ruler to mark one inch on each side of the paper, draw lines then cut.

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Next, fold the strips in half.

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Fold the shorter strip of paper on the outside of the longer one then staple them together at the fold.

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Take the shorter paper and bring the sides down to create a heart shape and staple.

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Do the same with the longer, outer piece and add another long and a short piece. Staple them all together.

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Continue with steps until you are out of paper.

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By twisting it, you can create something else.

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Here is the one my daughter made using purple on the outside and blue on the inside.

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 Here is variation that we made by making changes to the steps. We still cut the papers into the same one inch strips, but we cut them both width ways.

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 Start by using just one strip and turn into heart shape, then add two strips to the bottom. As you can see we used two strips of the same color, then next time we used two of the other color. By doing this, alternated the color of hearts in the middle between red and purple.  What we also did differently was not turning the outer strip into a heart shape, we just left it out to make a different look.

 I hope you guys have fun creating these paper crafts together. I know we did.

This was part of our Weekly Kid Challenge. Make sure to check it out.