JUL
18
2016

World’s Greatest Artists Video Review

Hi everyone! I thought it would be fun to do a quick video showing you what my World’s Greatest Artists curriculum looks like, and of course there are a ton of art projects that you’ll be creating as well throughout the curriculum.   So let’s take a look at the curriculum! Learn about the World’s Greatest Artists here!     Click below to get your Greatest Artist Unit Studies now! Hope you enjoy learning all about art! The World’s Greatest Artists Vol. 1 – $5.50 The World’s Greatest Artists Vol. 2 – $5.50   Age Group: These unit studies are intended for elementary students ages Kindergarten - 5th or 6th grades. Come along on our quest to learn about some of the world’s greatest artists! So grab some art supplies and get ready to explore, create, and learn! In this series of artist studies, we will be learning about 8 of the world’s greatest artists. We will immerse ourselves in the work of each artist so we become well … [Read more...]

MAR
24
2016

Easter Activities for Kids 2016

Good morning everyone! I posted some fun easter flower cookies yesterday, but I also wanted to share some of the fun Easter themed crafts and recipes that we’ve done in years past as well!  So here are a few of my favorite ideas to help make this Easter special! Here we go, I hope you enjoy them and Happy Easter! Easter Garden If you missed yesterday’s post, creating a mini resurrection Easter Garden is a wonderful idea to remind your family of Jesus this season! Click here for detailed instructions on creating your own mini resurrection Easter garden. “Life of Jesus” Bracelet This is a great Easter craft for kids as well as a wonderful gift! Here is the story: One night there was a bright start, which guided three wise men. They carried three gifts to give to the King of the earth upon His birth. He grew up to become a carpenter, and a fisher of men and souls. He had twelve apostles, who spread the Word of Christ. Because of our sins He was crucified, shedding … [Read more...]

FEB
07
2016

2016 Valentines Day Kids Activities

Good morning everyone! As most of you know Valentine’s Day is this weekend, and I wanted to share some fun Valentine’s Day kids activities with you to help make the day  more fun and meaningful. Since our kids are young, Valentine’s Day  is just a day to show those around you that you love them! Often we’ll make cards or little gifts for our friends and neighbors. I have a ton of gift ideas for you today as well as some educational games too! Hopefully you’ll find something fun for your family below. Just click on an image below to find out more information on how to make these fun crafts and Valentine’s projects!   Preschool Letter V for Valentines activities. These are all part of my Letter of the Week preschool curriculum. We played the Letter V games with candy hearts for fun!   One year we made a fun Jesus Loves Me Lapbook for Valentines! I think the site has been changed around a bit, so I’m not … [Read more...]

DEC
17
2015

FotoFinch Elementary Photography Curriculum

Hi everyone! I reviewed a product for The Foto Finch a while back and we loved it. Strawberry Shortcake used it last year as her elective class. She loves to take pictures and it really helped her with learning how to use her camera as well as how to put together a well composed shot.   My other kiddos were anxious to try out the program themselves, but I wasn’t sure if it would be too difficult since they are younger. And so today I wanted to share with you the elementary level version that is now available! Along with written lessons, assignments, and activities, the elementary level curriculum also comes with video lessons to help explain the concepts and assignments which I love. That way students can choose whether the prefer to read the lessons, or watch them online. My son prefers to watch the video lessons and honestly so do I.   Each lesson is followed by a hands-on activity to help solidify the concepts taught. Just to give you an idea of the lessons, … [Read more...]

DEC
15
2015

Kwik Stix Review and Giveaway!

Good morning everyone! I have a really fun giveaway for you today, and just in time for the holidays! I’ll be giving away a set of the fun new Kwik Stix paint pens by The Pencil Grip!   I’m sure you’ve seen these popping up all over the internet, I know I have! And my kids were so excited when I said that they were sending some for us to review. At first I thought they’d just be like regular crayons or maybe even markers, but they aren’t. They’re actually paint in a stick. So they glide on really smoothly, and can be blended somewhat as well. They go on wet, but dry within about 90 seconds which is nice. And one that that I definitely appreciate is that they come out in an even amount. So you don’t have any large globs of paint like when working with paint and brushes.   We found that they work best with thicker, painting paper as opposed to regular copy paper. Since they are wet, they do act just like paint and can soak through thinner paper.   Hopefully … [Read more...]

DEC
01
2015

Lakeshore Learning Spiral Art Design Center

Looking for some great gift ideas this year? I’ll have more 2015 Holiday Gift Guides coming out soon so stay tuned! But in the meantime, I thought it would be fun to do a giveaway of one of my featured products this year! We got the Spiral Art Design Center for Miss Lady Bug this year and she loves it!   Actually I have my suspicions that a few of my older kiddos will love this too. I remember having one of these when I was a kid, and had so much fun making cool designs with the different disks and colors!   And I was right, everyone ended up giving it a try. I had to set a timer so each one could have a turn.   I’m really hoping they’ll enjoy this for awhile. And I think it’s a great way to encourage creativity while working on fine-motor skills too!   The other thing I like about this one, is that all of the pieces fit into the carrying case, so it’s easy to store, and travel with. Miss Lady Bug likes to bring it … [Read more...]

OCT
13
2015

Homeschool Art Projects

Hi everyone! If you’re following me on Instagram you might have already seen these, but I also wanted to share them on my blog. Because I got so many questions on our art curriculum for this year, I thought it would be helpful if I did a post on what we’ve been working on so far. This year we’re using our Home Art Studio DVDs for art. I received 3rd and 4th grade DVDs last year to review, but our year was packed and so we only got to a few of the projects before they made their way onto my shelf and stayed there. This year, I vowed to be better at getting art done. The kids love it, and while I’m not a huge fan of large messes, I love to see their creativity flowing! The first lesson was on the color wheel. They’ve done color wheels before, but this time they created their own blends using the paint, and I think it was great practice for them to see how much they can change a shade with a little mixing. We just set up my laptop in the kitchen and then everyone gets their own area … [Read more...]

SEP
10
2015

Zentangle Panda Art

Hey guys! Today I have a super fun and creative art project for you. If you follow me on Instagram you’ve already seen it, if you don’t follow me there you should because I post lots of pics that never make it to the blog! An awesome reader found this fun activity on the Make and Takes website and recommended it to us for our Expedition Earth China week.  It looked like so much fun so we gave it a whirl. Thanks for the idea Tiffany! So if you don’t know Zentangle® is a technique used to create beautiful images using repetitive patterns. And though the term Zentangle is a relatively new one, I suspect that this type of art work has been around for centuries. As a matter of fact, it reminded me of some of the Illuminated Manuscripts that we learned about today in our Middle Ages history curriculum! And since we just happened to be learning all about China I thought this went along great. So we decided to try out this style for ourselves. First I printed a panda coloring page. … [Read more...]

APR
01
2015

Fun and Easy Easter Activities for Kids!

Good morning everyone! Easter weekend is already upon us, and I have some really fun and easy Easter crafts that you can do at home to celebrate! Easter is the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ (in the Christian religion) and His promise of eternal life.  It is celebrated on the first Sunday after the full moon on the Spring Equinox, usually sometime between March 22nd and April 25th. Many people begin celebrations with Lent which starts on Ash Wednesday and runs for approximately six weeks before Easter Sunday. Many people celebrate Lent by giving up something of value to them for this time period. Popular items to abstain from are various foods, drinks, sugar, TV, etc. Traditionally one was to abstain from eating animal products including eggs during Lent. Holy Week starts off with Palm Sunday, commemorating the arrival of Jesus of Nazareth into Jerusalem. It is followed by Holy Thursday, commemorating the Last Supper, and Good Friday, the day of Jesus’ … [Read more...]

FEB
11
2015

DIY: Valentine’s Day Candy Box

  SUPPLIES: Paper Mache boxes (I Found this set of 3 from Michael’s Craft Store) Elmer’s Glue Fun colored duct tape Red or pink felt sheet Scissors Valentine’s stickers & other embellishments  you like     And here are some more goodies we found…   STEP 1: Trace the top of your box onto a piece of felt, then cut it out and glue it to the top of your box.   STEP 2: Time to decorate! Because we found some transparent polka-dot tape I quickly painted the box white using some spray paint. I just didn’t want the brown box showing through my cute polka-dots!   Next we finished decorating our boxes with duct tape, heart stickers, some fun washi-tape, and whatever other embellishments my kiddos managed to scrounge up.   STEP 3: Time to make it sweet! And then lastly, we filled them with some of our favorite candies! I put a tiny bit of tissue paper in our boxes to make them a little bit fancier. … [Read more...]