Showing posts with label pretend play. Show all posts
Showing posts with label pretend play. Show all posts

Sunday, May 3, 2015

The Nativity - A Christmas Tradition

Usually, when I post on this site it is something new that I have tried, but I wanted to share something a little sentimental.  Ever since I was a little girl, we have re-enacted the nativity on Christmas Eve.  Now that I am older it is a delight to watch my children act out the nativity.

This Christmas Eve we performed the nativity at my parents' house.  I thought I'd share our nativity with you.


Here's my little shepherd.  I especially liked Bud's towel hat.

Two gorgeous angels.  I wrapped them in sheer curtains and added some garland for sparkle.  My girls love sparkle.

Here's my attempt at some fancy hair.  I don't do hair like this often, so I had to snap a picture.

The shepherds were sore afraid (especially of the sick little angel who had to wear a mask all night).

The shepherds went to see the baby Jesus.  The angels sang.  My new little nephew was an adorable baby Jesus.

The wise men brought gifts for the baby.

Re-enacting the nativity will never get old.  I love celebrating my Savior's birth each Christmas!

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Friday, July 4, 2014

Statue of Liberty Headbands

Happy 4th of July!  We have been getting ready for tomorrow by making paper chain decorations and interchangeable flowers for the girls' flip flops.  Although the kids had fun helping me, the Statue of Liberty headbands were the big hit of the day.  They are so easy to make.

All you need is a headband and a 4 x 6 piece of green foam.  Cut the foam into a crown shape (pictured above).  

Cut slits in the bottom of the crown and pull the triangles through.  Slide the headband through the opening created and you're done.  Could that be any easier to make?

If you would like a larger sized crown, check out the template here on  It's perfect for adults!

Once they put them on, my girls ran around the house posing like the Statue of Liberty.  I love how excited kids get over the simplest things.

What are your favorite things to wear on the 4th of July?

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

A Happy Home - Preschool Lesson

At this point in our mommy school we have learned about healthy bodies, about me & hobbies, and families.  It has been so rewarding already to see the kids retaining the information they have been taught!

Lesson Topics: Letter D (the sound it makes and writing it properly), homes (similarities & differences, the rooms in the house, and that our attitude effects everyone in the home), using scissors correctly, gluing, and large motor skills.

Letter D:
I start every lesson with a code word.  When I say that word the children are supposed to zip their lips, fold their arms, and have eyes on me.  The code word starts with the letter of the day.  Today's code word was Dad.  We practiced saying "D, 'duh', dad."  The girls then wrote capital and lowercase D on a whiteboard.

Different Kinds of Homes:
I told Goofy and Brownie that we don't all live in the same houses.  We talked about some of the differences between their houses (one has stairs, one has two rooms, etc.).  I explained that even though each house is different, they are both good and have the people we love most.  To further discuss the differences between homes, I gave the girls a House Matching activity sheet (above).  We talked about the each house.  For example, the first house is dark and a little scary.  We then examined the people on the page.  I asked the girls to try to figure out which person would most likely live in each house and to draw a line from the house to the person.

The Rooms in the House:
We gathered at the table and I gave the rooms in your house sheets (above).

I let them color the different rooms: kitchen, living room, bedroom, and bathroom as well as the little girl.  I had fun seeing their different coloring styles.  Brownie likes to color everything her favorite color - green.  Goofy colored her little girls' hair to match her own and didn't show much interest in coloring the rooms.  She would much rather be cutting.  

Princess took a lot of time making sure she colored each detail correctly.

Once everything was colored to their satisfaction, it was time to cut everything out.

Brownie gluing the rooms onto her house.

Cutting and gluing was Goofy's favorite part by far.  She knew exactly where she wanted every room to go.

Here is Goofy's finished house.  They used these little houses at home when they did their homework.

What Room Am I In? - Large Motor Game:
After all of that sitting it was time to get moving!  I acted out something that is done in a specific room of the house (for example: brushing my teeth = bathroom).  The girls had to figure out what room I should be in when doing that action.  Then the girls had their own turn doing some actions.  They laughed and laughed when I pretended to sit and watch television.  I guess the dead look on my face had something to do with it.


Making Your Home a Happy Place:
It is very common for 3 year old kids to throw fits when they don't get their way.  Your kid never throws fits?  Teach me your secret...PLEASE!  I taught the kids the song "When We're Helping We're Happy."  My mom used to sing this to my siblings and me ALL the time.  It teaches kids to help the other members of the family and that helping others makes you happy inside.

I explained to the girls that the way they act affects the home.  If you are happy, then the house is a happy place to be.  When you're being mean it makes everyone else feel bad.  I let them make their own happy home.

Here is the finished result.  I decided to use a large, red brad to make the house look like it has a nose.  Isn't it cute?!  The little mouth can change from happy to sad.  Goofy absolutely adores her happy house!  Bestie told me that Brownie simply can't stand it when her little house is sad.  (This would make a great FHE object lesson by the way.)   If you make a happy house of your own you will only need one mouth sheet.  I needed two because I had two girls to teach.

Follow your daily schedule.  Walk the little girl through the rooms of the house.

What are some ways you teach your children to be happy and helpful at home?  I would love to hear any all suggestions!

*Feel free print out and use any of the different activity sheets and flashcards.  I only ask you give credit where credit is due.  Thank you.

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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

My Little Pony Activities

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My girls are My Little Pony addicts.  If I let them they would watch it all day every day.  I thought I would surprise them.  While they took a nap I set up a couple of My Little Pony themed activities they could do together.

In Ponyville we have Fluttershy with the creatures.

Here is Twilight Sparkle's reading nook.

And here are the makings for throwing a tea party with Pinkie Pie and Apple Jack.

Off to Canterlot to spend time in the castle with Princess Celestia and Princess Luna.

My kids love having puppet shows in the castle with their movable mouth puppets.  Princess helped me make it a little while ago.  We love making things with cardboard boxes.  (Check out our Where's Waldo Cardboard Box Tunnel.)

Finally, they could choose to ride on the wheeled pony or...

The hobby horses I made for them.  This is Rainbow Dash.

And this one is Twilight Sparkle.  Get the directions to make your own Hobby Horses from Pool Noodles here.

Here are the new "ponies" just waiting for the girls to find them when they wake up.

Look at Princess' face when she saw the new ponies.

She was super excited.

New ponies!

Goofy showing me Rainbow Dash.

Time to try them out.

She loves these ponies.

Off to try the new pony.

So much fun!

Trying out the different activities.  Princess really loved reading with Twilight Sparkle.

Goofy visited the castle.

Time for a tea party.

Plates for everyone.

After some play time we watched a couple episodes of My Little Pony together.

Such a fun day!  What do you like to do with your kids?  What can you make with a pool noodle?

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