Here’s another contribution to the Rocks In My Dryer, Works for Me Wednesday blog carnival. This is something that’s given my husband & I a way to encourage our 5-year old daughter and give her some extra reading practice.
A few years ago my husband and I read the book Five Love Languages in order to find out what each of our Love Languages were. If you’re curious, the five love languages are physical touch, quality time, acts of service, words of affirmation, and receiving gifts.
Besides just using it for each other, we’ve begun to try to figure out how our girls feel loved by us. Ashlyn loves spending quality time with us, physical touch, and words of affirmation. So with Valentine’s Day just around the corner I decided to have her make a mailbox so my husband and I could leave her little notes to encourage her and let her know how special she is to us. She is so excited!
We took an empty box of garbage bags, covered it with paper, and she carefully decorated it with stickers, crayons, and paper hearts. Then, she found a special place in her room for it and made sure to show my husband where it was – hint, hint. She’s learning quickly.
She is anxiously waiting for her first piece of mail.
I can’t believe it but my little girl turns 5 tomorrow. We had her party this past weekend and I am still recovering from it. The theme was a Princess Party which is funny because I swore (before I had girls) that I would never let my girls wear all pink. My how that has changed! All 10 little girls came decked out in princess attire. I was a little worried because the day before Emily said she wasn’t going to wear a dress but a ladybug costume instead. She changed her mind once all the girls came though.
We borrowed this amazing castle made out of appliance boxes from a friend. It was so big we had to remove all the furniture from our living room. It took 2 hours to put together but it was well worth it. Right Honey?!?! This kept the girls entertained for quite a while.
I split the girls into groups and had them rotate between 3 different stations.
Station 1- make tiaras. I bought 2 packs of 6 foam tiaras from WalMart. It included all the foam stickers as well and only cost $4.00 each. (Much cheaper than Michael’s)
Station 2- The Royal Salon. I had my mom and mother in law paint the girls finger nails and put blush on them. While their nails were drying they got to listen to princess stories.
Station 3- Pin the Lips on the Frog- I bought lip stickers and had them put them on the frog.
For party favors I bought cheap scrapbook paper and some glittery princess stickers. I had a friend (who has much better handwriting than me) write Princess ________ on each paper and then I decorated them with the stickers. I laminated them and made them into place-mats. They got the tiaras they made and a balloon also. It was a great party. Here are some pictures.
My friend Sarah made this. I wish I could take credit for it.
This is what Emily was doing almost the entire time…EATING!
This past weekend our family packed up our things and headed to Southwind, a Young Life camp near Ocala, Florida. My husband was the Head Leader for about 300 highschool kids. He had to work but the girls and I had the whole weekend to relax and play. He ended up having a lot more free time than we thought though. Here are a few of my favorite pictures.
We decided to let the girls sleep together in one big bed. They stayed up until 10:00 both nights talking. It was so cute!
Getting ready to go canoeing with Daddy
My girls loved making this turkey today. All you need is brown construction paper, a coffee filter, and some washable markers.
- Cut out a turkey shape from brown construction paper. I traced one that I found online.
- Have your child color a coffee filter with washable markers. It really doesn’t matter how they color it but it will look best if they color most of it and don’t leave many white spots.
- Have them spray the coffee filter with water. This will allow all the colors to run together.
- While waiting for the filter to dry, I had my girls draw a face on the turkey pattern that I cut out. I let Ashlyn cut her own out.
- Once the filter is dry, fold it in half and glue or staple it to the back of the turkey for the feathers. They turn out really cute!
I did a different activity with Emily and I was able to use the same turkey pattern. This time I wrote her name on the front of the turkey and colored it. Then I cut pieces of different color construction paper and wrote a letter on each piece that is in her name. These are the turkey’s feather. Now she has a game to practice how to spell her name. I mix up the feathers and she has to put them back together in the correct order.
What do you get when you put 2 toilet paper rolls, a piece of cardboard, and some cotton balls together? Here is what my girls came up with.
Ashlyn found a toilet paper roll and asked me for some purple paper so she could turn it into a telescope. Emily heard her and of course wanted to make one too. I gave them the paper and they ran into Emily’s room. About 15 minutes later they came out with two decorated purple telescopes. They ran around the house looking through their telescopes yelling something about finding Baby Jaguar (they love Dora and Diego).
Then Ashlyn found a piece of cardboard and asked if she could have it. She and Emily worked together to decorate it with stickers and markers , added some cotton on the inside and voila created a tent, bed and pillow for her Little People. They played together in her room for almost an hour. Who knew two toilet paper rolls, a piece of cardboard and some cotton balls could be so much fun!
It amazing how creative kids can be when given the opportunity. Look and see what kind of trash you have laying around that your kids can turn into something wonderful!