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Recycled Fun with the Kids

Hi everyone!

Just wanted to pass on a great site that Jackson and I found the other day!

We were watching Qubo and a show by the name of Artzooka came on! We had never seen it before…what a great show!

It teaches children how to recycle items in order to create something new! This particular show was about creating a party critter out of newspaper, modeling clay and some other ‘junk’ found around the house.

After seeing this, Jackson and Mommy were inspired and had to find it online! We googled Artzooka and found the official site here: http://artzooka.com/

(Although I’ve had this post ready to go for a few days and I can’t seem to get back on the site! I hope it works for all of you! You can find Artzooka through Qubo’s Website though)

They have recycle challenges, downloads available to print out project ideas, and even an upload section if you would like to share your child’s work!

Jackson and I had a blast checking out the site and creating our own party critter that you can see in his pictures on this page!

He is very proud of his Party Critter!

He’s also pretty bummed that we have not been able to get back on the site in the past few days! He wants to make the rocketship! LOL!

Enjoy your little ones! They don’t stay little for long! ❤

Create a recycled art project today!

Always Remember!

Alan Jackson sings it so well in this song!

As I sit here on September 11, 2012, I still remember the exact things I was doing on that tragic morning in 2001.

As I’ve written before, I was a Pre-Kindergarten teacher before I had my son Jackson, so I was at school that day. In our school, we would take the children to the cafeteria for breakfast and eat family style.

I remember clearing some dishes and one of my friends receiving a phone call in the cafeteria that there was a terrorist attack in New York. It didn’t really hit me at first. Her son lived in New York at the time and the concern started to rise.

When my children were finished eating, I took them upstairs to our classroom and immediately called my family to tell them of the news and tell them that I love them!

Throughout the morning, we tried to take a minute here or there to view the news coverage, but my first priority was the children! Keeping them safe!

We had parents who picked up their children very early that day, just so they could be with them and cherish each other! As a school, we supported their decision wholeheartedly!

Hey, I wanted to be with my loved ones too! As soon as school was over, that’s exactly what I did! We hugged and watched the news with tears in our eyes as the New York skyline that we had grown up with had completely changed!

We spent lots and lots of time praying and trying to contact our family in New York, which if you remember, was very difficult to do that day as all the ‘circuits were busy.’

I always tell people that I’m really good at praying, (I think I get it from my Gram, Mom and Dad) so if you need a prayer or someone you know needs a prayer, you can always call on me!

I know God’s personal phone number 😉

Always remember that day and if you are a religious type like me, then

– take the time to say an extra prayer for those who suffered that day,
– take the time to say an extra prayer for those who still suffer from losing someone that day,
– take the time to say an extra prayer for those who still suffer from dealing with the traumatic events of that day! (i.e. people suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Depression, the list goes on)

Thank you all for reading this post!

If you can relate with this post, then please give it a like and a share!

Share it with those who need my extra prayer today! I can always say a few extra!

Let me know in the comments if you need a little prayer today!

Appreciate who and what you have in life!
❤ ❤ ❤

Enjoying Your Little One! #1 Art with Shaving Cream

Hi everybody! I’ve never mentioned this but… I used to be a teacher before I became a Work-At-Home Mom! (Bet you’d never guess with my adventure days and crafts I do with my little one… LOL) I had my son Jackson in September of 2006 and have enjoyed every milestone and teachable moment with him possible. I was thinking that maybe you might like to hear about some of the things that Jackson and I do throughout our days together on the blog. This was my reason to start working from home!!! Years 1 – 5 are the most developmental! 🙂

Art is very important in Early Childhood development. It encourages your child to explore different mediums and artists, as well as, getting hands-on into the MESSY! This is one thing I absolutely love about Art. I have spent time encouraging Jackson to get down and dirty while teaching him about sensory things through playing with shaving cream and creating goop out of cornstarch and water to name a couple!
Children love to assist adults, so this is a great way to encourage learning through creating a special art project together! It will also incorporate math skills through measuring! 😉

Shaving Cream – I recommend using the sensitive kind, as you might see a reaction using others…if you see any allergic reaction or you are concerned about one, consult your child’s pediatrician. Jackson was pretending to shave with Daddy one day using Daddy’s shaving cream and ended up with a slight rash that went away quickly. This is why I point out any concerns you might have about allergic reactions. We use baking pans or the kitchen table to play with shaving cream. 😉

Mix the shaving cream with white school glue and create some “sundaes with whipped cream” or “ice cream sodas” or “snowy pictures.”

If you are not concerned about your child’s “art” clothing for the day, then add some food coloring to the shaving cream for some more fun!

Goop –
food coloring
1 cup cornstarch
1 cup water

This is a great recipe! It feels wonderful in your hands and your children can close the Goop into their fist and then open their hand to watch it transform and slip through their fingers!

Expand this experience more by adding the classic book Bartholomew and The Oobleck by Dr. Seuss to the fun for the day! Go visit the library and borrow it to read with your child!

Recipes from Creative Resources for the Early Childhood Classroom – Judy Herr and Yvonne Libby Larson