Monday, July 09, 2012


for a Yo Gabba Gabba loving friend

Pattern is modified from Spiky Dino, worked in stripes, with three spikes placed across the head instead of four spikes placed front-to-back.

Saturday, July 07, 2012

wiggle blocks

(Disclaimer: this is a homeschooling post on a craft blog. It's going to happen some, because I don't plan to blog about homeschooling enough to warrant a separate blog, and I'm not going to re-name this one to include homeschooling.  So there.)

I love these blocks!  I bought them after reading through this website.  I was most excited about the potential to use them in phonics lessons.  But we aren't there yet, so I printed the "physical activities" inserts.  They have ROCKED our preschool time.  Between subjects, each kid rolls a "wiggle block" and then we do the activities.  Simple, they love it, gets some wiggles out, and we move on.  Brilliant!

Now, the whole set up was sort of crazy, expense-wise.  Blocks plus the (one-time) subscription to the site for downloads was about $30.  I'm pretty sure this would be easy to DIY if you were so inclined.  But I am so thrilled with how it's working, so I'm not complaining.  I'll just have to use them a lot to make it worth what I shelled out!

Oh, and I printed the dice dots for the 4th one, and we've been using it for dice games.  It's nice because it can't roll all the way across the floor and get stuck under the bookshelf!

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

4th of July

We made these shirts two years ago when my kids were 3 and 2, and I loved them!  When they were outgrown, I cut them up and made them into the world's longest throw pillow, which is now sitting on my entryway bench.  I've been walking past that throw pillow all week thinking that we needed to do the shirts again.  So I took shirts over to my friend Annette's house today for our kids to paint.

Super easy! Kids put left hand prints in blue fabric paint on the upper left of the shirt, and then took off running.  Mamas painted the red stripes with a foam brush.  I had intended to let the kids thumb print their red stripes on, but they were wiggly and wanted to get in the pool.  


Look! We got two nose-pickers in one picture!