Today I am here to introduce Elva Fisher from Pursuingdelights.com she is sharing a thanksgiving project with us.
To my wonderful American friends, I know that your Thanksgiving holiday is coming up soon. So I'm thankful that Marcie is giving me this opportunity to share with you the wonderful activity that I did with my family for our Canadian Thanksgiving. It was an activity that helped teach my children gratitude and to be thankful for all the wonderful things they have in life.
What I did is make a thankfulness tree! It was such a rewarding activity to do with my kids and husband. It was a wonderful way to hear from my girls and what made them happy that day. Now for the first few days, my girls did just copy whatever my husband or I said but they very quickly caught on and were able to express what they were thankful for or as I would sometimes ask them "What made you happy today?"
Sometimes their answers were silly (fish poop being the silliest) or they said whatever they saw first, but there were also many days when you could tell their answers came from deep in their hearts as with their little words expressed what meant the most to them that day.
Often it was their baby brother who they were so thankful to have in their lives. Or it was a sweet expression of love to an Uncle who gave them hours of attention, playing whatever games they wanted. Whatever they were grateful those days wither it was big or small, they truly meant it.
It was also a wonderful activity for me. It gave me the opportunity at the end of the day to stop and reflect on the things that mattered most.
I can recall one day that was particularly stressful and where I didn't get done half of the things I want to. One big thing (or so I thought at the time) is that I didn't get my kitchen cleaned. So as I got out the markers and things to share out thankfulness thoughts, I started to get upset and mad at myself for not cleaning up in the kitchen, then all of the sudden it hit me, at least I had a kitchen that could get messy. At least I had plates and utensils that could pile up. In that moment I had forgotten how truly blessed I was to have a wonderful home where my children and my husband and I can learn, laugh and grow together as a family. That day the thing I was most grateful for was a lovely messy kitchen.
So how did I make it!
Things you will need:
Lots of brown construction paper
Yellow, orange, red and pink construction paper (or really whatever color you want)
Regular Scotts Tape
Painter Tape (just to make sure you won’t damage the walls)
When making the tree, I first laid the brown construction paper on the floor and drew out the truck part of the tree.
Then I taped the paper together and cut the outline of the truck. Then using the painter's tape, taped it to the wall.
For all the branches, I just cut the brown paper into strips. And then again with the painter's tape, I attached them to the wall off of the truck.
Then to make it fun for the kids I did draw a few little extras, like a squirrel and the owl. But those were just for fun and you don't have to do that.
For the leaves, I did use my circuit machine to make this step go a little quicker but one could just as easily freehand it, no matter what your drawing level is at!
It did look a little funny, but the kids didn't care! They thought it was the best thing ever!
Then it is the best step, writing down what you are thankful for! We found doing this at dinner or right bedtime worked the best for us. But one could really do it anytime!
Now if making a tree isn’t really your thing, you could very easily use something else! You could have a thankfulness jar. And just write what you are thankful for down on a little piece of paper and just put it in the jar. Or my sister-in-law used some sticks that one of her children picked up and put them in a vase and hung little pieces of paper with what they were thankful for on the sticks.
There are many different things you could do!
Really the important thing is taking the time and reflecting on the day and expressing what and/or who you are grateful for! So I hope that you all would use this wonderful time of year to take a moment and remember all the wonderful things and people you have to be thankful for.
I would love to see you all again, so come and visit my blog at www.pursuingdelights.com
I am still looking for thanksgiving projects or stories to share stop by and let me know if you’re interested the more the merrier! If you liked the thanksgiving tree don’t forget to stop by and visit and see what Elva has been working on.
things you will need
1. paper plate
Take the paper plate and paint it black and put a side to dry. While the paint drys take the .paper and cut eight strips of paper . When the plate is dry take the strips of paper and glue them on the plate. The finishing touch add goggle eyes.
Let me know if you have any Halloween stories or projects you would like to share. I Would love to hear your ideas!
Seema Adnani is sharing some great ideas with us on back to school activies. sit back and check out the post and let me know your ideas.
Interesting Excitement-Filled Back to School Party Ideas You Must Check Out
As the popular cliché states, “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy,” it is necessary for us to make the school a fun place for the kids. The school is about the come back to life soon and it requires a flavor of fun to make it interesting. Here are a few back to school party ideas that will fill your kids with the excitement to go back to school after the long summer vacation.
Art and Craft Party
Creativity is best expressed in form of art. You can host a DIY craft and art party at the school to welcome the kids with an enthusiastic approach. You can gather the necessary stationery for the kids and ask them to paint their summer vacation adventures on a canvas. An educational coloring book can serve as a parting gift for the kids who participate.
If you have the infrastructure to accommodate pets,you can invite the kids for their first friendly pets while you get to click some great pictures.
A fashion show and a costume party are two of the only kinds of events that are popular amongst both kids as well as adults. Your kids can dress up as their favorite superheroes to this party and have a fun-filled first day at the school.
Other Unique Back to School Ideas
If you wish to let the kids enjoy something absolutely different, here are some more ideas:
Author Bio: Seema Adnani is an entrepreneur by passion, a blogger by choice and a workaholic by attitude. She’s a crazy content writer who loves perfection and enjoys connecting with like-minded people. Apart from writing, she loves learning new things and spending time in solitude. YouandKids.com is her blog where she writes about Kid’s crafts, Parenting, Kid’s Safety and more.
I am sharing with you children's book author Jean Reagan's interview.Where she reads one of her books with us and shows us some of the work that goes into being a writer.
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Calling all Moms and Dads it is your time to be in the spotlight! I am looking for some back to school guest posters. It can be a recipe, a back to school story or craft. Now is your time to shine come share your back to school stuff.
I have put together a list of some books to enjoy.
1.Fighter Ted by Andrea Beaty I loved the pictures they were so bright and the text was easy for young children to enjoy.
2. What Do You Do with an Idea by Kobi Yamada fabulous Pictures and fun to read.
3.The Day The Crayons Quit by Oliver Jeffers Lovely story and great text. The children will get into it while reading it.
4. Piglet Is Surrounded By Water by A.A Miline If your children have read Winnie The Pooh Adventures they may recognize some familiar characters in the story. The pictures are great and I love the text
5.Snow Leopard by Lynne Cherry Nice story about the snow Leopard for children who love animals this is a great book. It has lots of information and fabulous pictures.
6..Critter Sitter by Chuck Richard Fabulous pictures and great text. Follow along with Henry on his first job as a critter
A warm welcome to Michelle who is sharing this post with us today from www.highheelsandhomework.com/home/working-mom/
I thought this was a great read for all parents who have children graduating in June.
Saying Goodbye to Babyhood
My youngest child graduated from kindergarten yesterday. Now, it’s time to say goodbye to babyhood. I’m SO not ready for this.
I thought after having six children, I would get used to saying goodbye to Babyhood…. NOPE!
I walked into the crowded cafeteria. The kindergarteners were standing on the stage, and dressed in Hawaiian outfits. They began to sing and dance and OMG…they were SO cute…and so grown up!!
As I watched them, I began to realize that I would never again have a kindergartener. I would never again walk an excited baby into a classroom for the very first time. The more I started to think, the more emotional I got.
It got worse when they called Michael’s name. He walked on stage and accepted his certificate. Yep, I lost it.
I remember the day he was born. His pregnancy was really rough. I was on bed rest for six months, and they had to stop my labor multiple times.
Three weeks before my due date, I started having a LOT of pain. I went to the hospital and they admitted me for observation. By the morning, I was 5 centimeters dilated and my blood pressure was elevated.
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The doctor broke my water and they hooked me up with the epidural. I was a happy camper! I chilled out for a few hours watching Law and Order.
He was born after a few episodes…. three weeks early at 8 lbs. 12 oz. (SO glad he came early).
He made my heart melt with his chubby cheeks.
Now, six short years later, he was officially graduating from kindergarten. He’s not a baby anymore. He has his own likes and dislikes, as well as his own personality.
He’s in the stage where he still needs Mommy, but he’s pulling away to find his own path in life.
I’m not ready for this!
It seriously never gets easier. You never get used to it. Every milestone reminds me that my children are growing up.
When my daughter graduated 5th grade, I couldn’t breathe because I was crying so hard. When each of my daughters graduated high school, it was the same thing.
My middle sons are 15 and 12. They are BOTH taller than I am. I think my 15-year old grows another inch every week. My 12-year old is a serious gamer and talks non-stop about games that I have never heard of. Listening to him reminds me that they too have their own lives and personalities.
My babies aren’t babies anymore! They are growing up!
I want my children to grow up to be responsible, well-adjusted adults…but does it have to happen so fast?
Tips to Encourage Memory Development in Infants
Babies begin to develop their cognition and memory in the womb. The formation of neurons during the third trimester has peaked interests in research and recognition in babes. The following looks at memory development and ways of encouraging learning skills in infants.
I wish to share with you a study on the effects of napping and memory in babies. Scientists have consistently linked sufficient sleep to better memory. In a single study, researchers launched two experiments. In each one, the babies are 6 months or 12 months and taught how to take mittens from animal puppets. During the experiment, some of the babies took a nap and some did not. A total of 216 babies were tested. The researchers then tested the babies to see if they remembered what they had learned after a 24-hour period. The research found that only the babies who had taken naps after the mitten class, remembered what they’d learned, especially after 24 hours. Study author Sabine Seehagen said: “Its “quite unlikely” that the babies who didn’t nap remember less because they were tired.”
Experimental evidence has revealed the benefit of sleep for infants between the ages of 4 and 12 months. Paediatric professionals recommend an additional 3 hours of rest during the day in combination with the standard 10 to 11 hours that all babes should receive.
Napping helps the brain rest, recover and retain information. Ensuring that your little one receives the appropriate amount of sleep can help facilitate the learning process faster and easier.
Memory is an important neurological function serving as the foundation for future learning and developmental processes. Understanding the importance of memory and ways of improving such skills from a very early age makes it easier for children to grasp information and apply learned abilities in preschool and schooling years. There are many simple ways to ensure that your precious toddler receives the correct amount of daily sleep.
The best way to get your baby into a good sleeping pattern is to create routine. Structure includes keeping play limited to a specific area or room, providing timely feeds and soothing baby to get him or her to rest and fall asleep at similar times. Before 3 months, infants are forming a short-term memory base and by sticking to the same procedure in familiar settings will help little ones make stronger connections.
Research completed by the University of Sheffield indicated that the activities introduced and participated in before relaxation and rest, are more likely to be remembered than if the infant was wide awake. Reading a book or singing to toddlers before they go to sleep has shown favourable results in improving memory. Naps longer than 30 minutes are more beneficial than short periods of sleep. Consulting with a professional can help parents create the ideal sleep structure for little ones.
Provide your precious baby with the best possible start in life. Learning the benefits of sound sleeping patterns will encourage healthy infant development. Creating environments for sufficient rest has proven supportive of cognition and memory in b
Father’s Day is this weekend and I thought what better way to celebrate fathers than to share a guest post from Lee single father sharing his thoughts on the challenges he faces with work/life balance.
Hey y'all, my name's Lee. I'm a single father and blogger at fatkidchronicles.com. I was asked to talk a little bit about the challenges I've faced with the work/life balance. Something I know quite a bit about since I work from home making it harder to separate work and life.
It's my belief that we let our work get in the way of actually living our lives with our children. Along with TV, video games, social media, and cell phones, this problem is only going to expand unless we do something about it as parents. Let me explain.
I used to sit behind my computer desk all day and all night and work on client's businesses (I'm a digital strategist). But when my son turned 3, I looked back at those last 3 years and wondered where the time went. I also couldn't believe how much I hadn't done with him. That got me thinking.
What is my son learning from me? Is he learning how to be an adult, or is he learning how to just work all the time. How am I developing his life skills if I'm sitting behind a computer screen or in front of the TV all the time. Of course, we did that once or twice a year vacation, but is that really enough? These are all questions that I had to ask myself and sadly, the answers weren't good.
I realized we have the unique ability, and frankly, a responsibility to create moments that are kids can look back on and use as building blocks for their own kids. We have the power to create a generation of kids with respect, manners, a sense of belonging, and values that this current generation does not have. We have to step up and be the parents and make the tough calls so that our kids can have better lives.
And we have to start now.
Thank you for reading, I'd love to know what your thoughts are. Please leave a comment below and I'll make sure to read and answer them!
Hi I am Marcie Kenny the women behind this blog. No I am not a mother but I am a sister in a family of nine my number is seven in this crowd. I am also known as aunt Marcie to 18 and great aunt to 10.