Zoo Scavenger Hunt- Freebie


Today was supposed to be our first day back from Spring Break but I decided last night that we’d start off our week with a surprise field trip to the zoo.  I created a Scavenger Hunt for the girls to fill out as we went.  They loved it!  They are walking around with clipboards looking for carnivores, mammals, different types of birds, animals from each continent (except Antarctica) and having a blast.  Here are a few pictures.

We ended the scavenger hunt with a picnic with Grandma & Grandpa.

Complete the Picture


My girls love doing these complete the picture activities.  I cut out several interesting pictures from a magazine and let the girls do the rest.  They pick out one, two, or however many pictures they want and create the rest of the picture.  It’s a great art activity and it really gets their creative juices flowing.

These are great because they can stop at making a picture or you can have them write a story to go with the picture.


Practicing Exponents


My oldest is in 3rd grade and I’m starting to get worried about how long I will be able to home school her.  This week we learned about exponents.  She can rap all the lyrics to any Toby Mac song but is having a hard time remembering that 3 squared means 3 times 3 not 3 times 2.  :)   Anyway, I found this great activity for her to practice this week.

To make these, take a strip of paper and choose a base and power to work with.  Fold the strip of paper like an accordion so that it is divided into equal sections.  On the first fold, write the base and the power.   On the inside folds, write the power in expanded  form /product of factors.  On the last flap, write the answer.

Squares and lots of Sorting


Molly had a great week and continues to love her activities.  We started off doing squares and then moved into more sorting,  I also threw in a couple of things she had done before but loved.  It’s such a great skill for kids to practice for not only math but also reading when they get older. Here is her week in pictures.

We go to story time each week and this is one of her favorite things they do.  So I decided to make one for home.  I hide a mouse under a different house and she has to guess which house it’s under.  It’s great for practicing colors and counting.

She gets so excited when she finds him!

I use old greeting cards and cut them up into puzzles.  This is a favorite!

I gave her a bunch of square post it notes and let her go.  She decorated most of the door, dining room, floor…

Tape Shapes!  You can do this on the floor or on a table.  This held her attention for quite awhile.

So proud of herself!  :)

Here’s a win win activity.  She practices sorting and helps me out.  She loves it!

She made an adorable turtle using tissue paper squares.

I had more square activities planned that we will leave for next week!  Fridays are Mommy and Molly play days!

Gift Idea


My hubby and I try to give each other gifts that are meaningful and allow us to spend time together.  He has surprised me with concert tickets, sporting event tickets and day trips to fun places through the years.  We are simple folk that enjoy the little things in life.  :)   For Valentine’s Day the girls and I made him the sweetest gift that would be perfect for Father’s Day, birthdays, or any special occasion.

We got a Mason Jar and decorated it with fabric and a heart that said 20 Dates.  Then we each painted 5 popsicle sticks a specific color.  I painted my 5 blue, my oldest painted her 5 yellow, and so on.  So we had 20 popsicle sticks.  I asked the girls to think of 5 different things they would like to do with their Daddy.  I wrote one idea on each of their sticks.   Some of them were go get ice cream, go fishing, practice kicking the soccer ball, play a board game, play baseball wii, go to the library.  Most of what they thought of is stuff we do all the time with them but they love it.  I love that the little things like going to the library together mean so much to them.

Now he has 20 different dates he gets to do with his girls!

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