Egg Carton Mayan Masks

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I absolutely love to upcycle, creating something from the discarded. I try to base my unit study activities on things that can be found around the house, minimizing cost and waste. I was inspired by these masks on a similar version found on Instagram. I thought they would be perfect for my Guatemalan Unit Study! … Continue reading Egg Carton Mayan Masks

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Jamaica Unit Study: Juice Box Truck

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Years ago, many children in Jamaica didn't have toys like we had today, they relied on their imagination and creativity for playtime. By doing this, they came up with many creative toys, games, learning coordination skills, teamwork and social interaction. Juices often came in strong, square/rectangle boxes which were once very popular and children found … Continue reading Jamaica Unit Study: Juice Box Truck

St. Patrick’s Day Activity: Straw Shamrock Sun-Catcher

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I love activities that allow me to upcycle or reuse things that would normally be thrown away. Instead of throwing away plastic straws, rinse them out and save to make colorful plastic "sheets" to upcycle into fun crafts. This month we are also studying Ireland, and as the shamrock is the national flora, this was … Continue reading St. Patrick’s Day Activity: Straw Shamrock Sun-Catcher

Vintage Quilt Patchwork Christmas Stockings

  I love to find creative ways to use older items in a new way. A few years ago, a family member gave me a couple quilt tops that had been made by a great-great-grandmother. I didn't know what to do with them, so they lived in my storage room in my basement for over … Continue reading Vintage Quilt Patchwork Christmas Stockings

Reusable Advent Calendar – Dollar Tree Hack!

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Christmas is one of my favorite time of year - I think some of my best memories as a child are related to activities I did together with my mom. I wanted to continue this tradition with my daughters, and came up with this activity to make together. I love Advent Calendars, but they can … Continue reading Reusable Advent Calendar – Dollar Tree Hack!

Make Bugs out of Foil

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This month we've been doing bug-themed crafts in anticipation of a co-op put on by my friend Mama's Happy Hive. I saw a foil ant on Pinterest and my imagination took off - what other bugs could I make? There really isn't any "steps" to making this craft, but you need a foundation for the body. … Continue reading Make Bugs out of Foil

4th of July Surprise Toilet Paper Roll Poppers

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I have to work this 4th of July, so I wanted to make a fun activity for my kiddos in preparation for this fun holiday. I'll be honest, the last couple of years this holiday has been mostly a loud way to ruin my now toddler's sleep and frankly I've been cranky about it. This … Continue reading 4th of July Surprise Toilet Paper Roll Poppers

Pool Noodle Interlocking Discs

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Anybody that has kids knows two main things about toys - they seem to multiply and can be quite expensive, which is frustrating when your kids seem to tire of them after a few hours or days. As the weather is warming up, many retailers are selling pool noodles. If you are lucky, you can … Continue reading Pool Noodle Interlocking Discs