Happy Belated Birthday Dr Seuss !

Happy Monday !

I can not believe it is March. That means spring is just around the corner . It does not feel like it though . On the first of March it was minus 37 degrees Celsius . I keep on telling myself that this frigid cold weather will be over soon.

Being stuck in the house for months at a time is not fun, but I do keep the little ones busy with different activities . This past week we have been reading Dr Seuss books . I found out On Facebook that it was his birthday was on March 2 (Sunday ). The thing was I did not have Dr Seuss books! How did this happen ? Well as you know I have three teen age children ages 19, 18 and 15. I did have Dr Seuss books and the kids loved them . Their most favorite was Green Eggs and Ham. I remember reading over and over again. I could read that book in my sleep. When the children got older I gave all my children’s books away to friends and family . Now ten years later I’m bookless . I ask one of my dayhome kids mother who is an elementary school teacher if she had any Dr Seuss books I could borrow for a week . She did bring me two books from her school library. The books were Green Eggs and Ham and The Cat In The Hat. Guess which book they liked the best . You guessed right! Green Eggs and Ham. Today we did do a little craft in honour of their favorite Dr Seuss book. I will not give the how to for this craft because it is easy to figure out and besides it is on Pinterest every where. Here is a Picture!image
After they finished they took their little creations to the Play Kitchen were “cooking” the green eggs and ham . It was so cute ! They would give me the plate of the green eggs and ham . I would say I do not like them Sam I am and one replied ” Try them and you may I say” . I love reading to kids ! Till next time

Tricia

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Rainbows and shamrocks !

Hello everyone !

We are all about rainbows at my house . We have done our share with snow men activities, but things need some brightening up. We still have snow in Swift Current Saskatchewan , Canada . I’m sick of the snow and I have decided to brighten things up with rainbows . I’m doing a craft challenge with lovely Uk bloggers Called #Get your craft on. They do a challenge every month and this months challenge is St Patrick’s Day! I have decided to do a shamrock pin( you can use it for whatever you wish). I like the history of the shamrock . St Patrick used it as a tool to teach the Irish of the Holy Trinity. I have not done this craft yet with the kids yet. The one shown is just my sample . Children ages from 2 and up should be able to this craft with some assistance . I got this idea from a craft magazine called “Kids Crafts 123”. The pin was of hearts . Here is a photo of the shamrock pin image
I think it turned out pretty cute ! They are pretty simple and quick . They are made out of cupcake liners . This is what you will need image
Materials:
School glue or a good quality glue stick

Mini cupcake liners ( you could use the regular size but it will result in a bigger pin)

Shamrock stickers

Glitter glue ( optional but the little ones like it at my house ).

Dabbers like you use for bingo ( you could use water colours or other paint that you have on hand)

Safety pin or magnet ( if you want to put it on the fridge)

Take your cupcake liners and flatten them . Colour each liner a different colour ( red,orange,yellow,green, blue and purple) . I did shaped them with scissors and punched holes in them( you do not have to do this ). Stack the liners in order of the rainbow, putting glue between each liner . Put a shamrock sticker on top . The last thing is to attach the pin in the back. That is it ! Easy peasy ! I have more things to show you but I will leave it till next time !

Till we meet again !

Tricia

Happy Friday !

Hello everyone !
It has been a quiet week in the Campbell household . It was school break this week , which means I had few kids in my dayhome . We managed to get outside for a little walk. We had fun stomping in the snow .

I am looking forward in seeing all the little ones next week . We will be making Rainbows and learning the colours that make up the rainbow . I am also in a craft challenge with other bloggers. It’s called Get Your Craft on . Every month they do a themed craft challenge . The theme for this month is St Patricks day ! I decided I’m going to do it . I have been brainstorming on what to do . I do have a few ideas and I will keep you posted on what I create . Good Bye for Now !

Triciaimage

Happy Valentines day!

Hello Everyone!
I have been meaning to post earlier this week but I got sick over the weekend and closed my dayhome for two days to rest . I’m glad that I spread out my valentine crafts and activities over the past three weeks .

This morning we made Chocolate play dough . I came across chocolate play dough recipe over a year ago on Learning4kids.net . I meant to make it many times , but I get distracted on wanting to try something else out. Well I did it today and I must say it sure was a hit . Play dough has always been a favorite thing at my day home , but when you put Cocoa powder and glitter and vanilla flavouring in it , it’s makes it so much more special . I had kids 18 months to age seven and they played with it for two hours . The 18 month old kept smelling it and saying to me “Cookies” ! It did really smell good . The oldest one said it smelled like chocolate cake ! I set out cookies cutters , buttons, faux gems and sequins. A few weeks ago I bought a heart-shaped box of chocolates and ate most of them( my family had a few ). I bought the chocolates so I could have the box for this activity . I got the idea from The Imagination tree . image
I’m sure glad I kept the box. The children were delighted to fill it and decorate the “chocolates “. Thanks Imagination Tree for the idea!
We made a cute card yesterday . I saw something similar on Pinterest and I do not know who did it . I apologize that I can not give the thanks to . It’s a butterfly with heart-shaped doily wings and the body the shape of a child’s foot . The thing was I could not find any heart-shaped doilies in my small city , so I did what any woman would do , I made my own heart shaped doilies . I used a hole punch and cut out tiny heart shapes all over . The kids did the rest . I think they turned out pretty adorable . image

Today I had some kids that did not take part of all my activities and valentine crafts from the past few weeks so they made some last-minute ones . They made their moms in no time at all , but they were wanting to make some thing for dad that was suitable for him. I asked what things does your Dad like and they said “Star Wars ”
. So this what we came up with( thanks to Pinterest ;))image
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I hope you had a great Valentines Day ! I sure did !

Till next Time !

Valentines is only a week away

Hello Everyone!

Well it is a Friday night and I am at home . I was out earlier with my husband for supper. We went to out to our favorite restaurant and had curry . Yummy . Then we went back home to relax in front of the T.V.

The rest of this week was still too cold to take out the kids outside to play. There is always something for them to do. As you may know already that the little kiddos have been making Valentine decorations and cards. They also discovered that drawings pictures on a big roll of paper is really fun . I got this idea from http://nurturestore.co.uk. If you are looking for simple play ideas go check them out . image
The picture shown is of the drawing the kids did . They love doing this and we have been colouring on the floor all week . It is frugal fun for the kids . We have been baking this week as well . What kid does not like home-baked treats . We made Rice Krispies Cake( Gluten Free) , Chocolate chips cookies( Gluten Free) and we make marshmallow pops that every body is making on the internet lately .

We made more Valentine cards ( the little one love making them ) . Here is a picture!image
I call them Wild For You Hearts . We imageare going to glue them in Card stock . The kids loved ripping the tape and putting it on. I used a designed masking tape I purchase at the dollar store. I still want to but the ever famous Washi tape , but I live in a really small city that does not have much .

I have one last little craft for you to share . It is a collage made of hearts . My little buddy and I used a paper plate that we painted in pink and purple. I had a big stack of the kids watercolour paintings that I was keeping for something . The cut the paintings into hearts . My little buddy glued the hearts on to the plate . We finished it off with a sprinkle of glitter ( glitter always seems to be apart of our projects ) here is a picture image
I think it my little buddy did an awesome job! I hope some of these ideas might spark your interest . I hopefully will show more valentine crafts and activities before Tuesday but I’m not promising anything . The women who blog sure make it look easy . I’m stumbling through it that’s for sure . I know one day everything will click together . These crafts that I show are ideas I have seen . I do not claim that the ideas are my own they are my twist on the things I see . If I know for sure where I have seen an idea I will give credit to that blog or site . I have seen so much stuff out there that I do not always remember where I have seen it . I hope that makes sense to you all . Well I better turn in because it is 12:15 Saturday morning ! Nighty night:)

Till next time

Tricia

We are Getting Our Craft On with Valentines

Hello ! Good Evening!

It’s still pretty cold out here in Swift Current, Saskatchewan , Canada . Today it is not as cold as it has been but it was – 25 Celsius , still too cold for the little ones to be outside . We have been keeping busy playing hide n seek ,dancing and musical pillows( our version of musical chairs). We also have been doing lots of crafting . We have been doing lots of valentine crafts . I have discovered that the little ones like making valentine cards. Here is one I’m going to share for #GetYourCraftOn. It’s a Facebook group with fellow crafters . image</a
This card involves the little one favorite thing , Painting ! Two weeks ago I made some liquid water paints from dried out markers and they loved them . This card involves oil pastel and watercolour resist that the little ones discovered last week . They were excited to make the heart appear when you add the water-colour
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We used watercolour paper and I cut the paper into quarters and folded them in half . The little ones wanted me draw their hearts on with white oil pastel ( the little ones are not able to do their own ). Now is the fun part the little ones started to paint and make their hearts appear.image
As you can tell they enjoyed it . The picture above is of my little niece who will be two on Valentines Day! . She loved making the card but she was more interested in painting the scrap piece of paper under it ! The most important thing is that she was having fun. I hope to put more of the crafts we have been doing . This blog adventure has been a little challenge . I have been trying to figure out all terminology . I apologize for the lack of knowledge of setting is post up , but I’m trying 🙂

Till next time !:)

Tricia

My blog update!

Hello Everyone!
I m writing this post about how this blogging journey I started in the beginning of December 2013. I have wanted to blog on what I loved to do . I have a blog from 4 years ago,that is basically a journal of my day-to-day life. I do not post on it anymore . On this blog , it is about me being back at home and running a day home . I do have three teenage children age 19 ,18,and 15 . When people ask me what I’m doing now , I say” I am back at home running a dayhome” . They look at me strangely and say why would you do that ? Your kids are practically grown up ! Well I say ” because I love looking after children” . This is not the first time I looked after children . I started when my oldest was 10 months old and I also was 4 months pregnant with my second . I did it for almost two years and quit when we had to move out-of-town. I went back to looking after children almost two years ago . I love it!

I think being at home when your kids are teenagers is important ( I know not everyone can do this) . They need you more emotionally than when they were younger. I just wished I would have left the office sooner so my oldest could have benefitted from me being at home . Doing this blog has been gutsy because I do not know what I’m doing . I started this blog kind of prematurely. I should have at least of researched on how to blog . I am determined to figure this all out and learn as I go . Just bear with me and I will get it. This blog will have children’s activities,crafts ,recipes and thoughts of motherhood . I plan to have another post later this week !

Till next time !

Tricia