0

Easy Holiday Party’s with Mother Goose Time

Every month Mother Goose Time includes a Party Pack. This is all of the ideas and supplies you need to throw a fun, seasonal party! 

For preschools and daycares this is a great opportunity to connect with families each month. If you’re a homeschool family (like us!) these packs are an amazing tool to make hosting a monthly play date super easy and successful.

This month the theme is Pumpkin Patch!

Ideas and supplies for games, songs, arts and crafts, sensory play and even a snack are included. 

And of course the kids will be learning while they’re having so much fun! Pattern matching, reasoning, taking turns, spatial awareness, fine and gross motor, number recognition and counting are all a part of the fun.

Directions, supplies and even discussion topics are all included.

What fun, seasonal activities does your family do? 

I received this month’s Mother Goose Time curriculum free of charge in exchange for sharing our experience and my opinions. All content and opinions are 100% mine and truly honest.

0

Toddler Felt Christmas Tree

I’ve been looking forward to setting this tree up for X for almost a year! Last year he was too little for it, but I had dreams of the awesome felt tree I would make when he was older.
Every year I go to the after Christmas clearance sale at Target. I buy wrapping paper and gift bags for the next year. Why pay full price when you can get it half off and just stick it in the closet? So last year I found this tree at Target for $5. I couldn’t even buy a piece of felt big enough for the tree for $5!
I intend on making some fancier ornaments to go with it, but for now he’s really enjoying it as is out of the box. I’m not sure if this is available this year. If not, it would be easy enough to make.
This has provided hours of entertainment and will continue to do so for many years in the future. Darn, I have fun helping him!

20141210-184213.jpg

0

Snow Dough!

So we’re trying to do something winter or Christmas related every day from December 1st to the 25th. Honestly we’ve been pretty successful! I’ve got a few posts I need to get up! The first we were actually traveling back from thanksgiving in Florida, but we’ve done something every day since!
This afternoon we’re going to do a little “snow” play. I grew up in Maine and snow was a huge part of the holiday season for me. We now live in Georgia, honestly I can’t complain. I love going to the playground in December or doing a walking tour of Christmas lights and NOT freezing my butt of. But I feel bad X won’t get a chance to build a snowman. SO I’m bringing the snowman inside!
This is similar to playdough (which you all know we LOVE around here) but with a few twists. The change in ingredients gives it a beautiful pure white color, just like fresh snow! Here’s the recipe:
-2 cups Baking Soda
-1 cup Cornstarch
-1.5 cups Water
Peppermint essential oil
Glitter paint

Now, combine the baking soda, cornstarch and water.
Heat, stirring, until it’s the consistency of slightly dry mashed potatoes. At first it seems like it will never happen, but it does, I promise!
Plop it out on a cutting board or the counter and let cool. I knead it every couple of minutes or it gets kinda dry and crusty on top.
Once it’s cool enough to handle, knead in a few drops of peppermint oil and a decent squirt of glitter paint. Knead until both are thoroughly incorporated. These are optional, but fun and add to the sensory experience. You could also use dry glitter, but I didn’t have any. My glitter was more of a shimmer, you can’t see it in the picture unfortunately, but it’s there!
I will present it with our normal playdough tools as well as a few seasonal additions (googly eyes, snowflakes, red Pom poms and cookie cutters!) feel free to add in any other seasonal items you have around (large sequins would be fun!)
What seasonal crafts have you been doing this year?

20141207-121823.jpg