Friday, November 17, 2017

Fall is Keeping Us Busy

It has been a wonderful fall season so far! We have stayed pretty busy with football season, pumpkin patch trips, and roasting marshmallows. Yep, 70 degree temperatures here don't stop us from pretending it is 40 degrees.

I have not done much Tot School in the last week or so, well not organized curriculum anyway. We have done some blog-worthy crafts though!


Olivia enjoyed making her own version of pumpkin pie! I did most of the prep work on this. She is still working on her cutting skills, so I knew it would go much more smoothly if I prepared it!

I showed the steps below to prep the activity! Very simple, very few materials!




After it was prepped, I let her take over. I gave her an orange Kwik Stix. If you do not have these, I would suggest buying them! When you do not have the time for a painting mess, these are perfect!

She enjoyed "coloring" (painting) the piece of pie! 


After she was done painting, we glued the crust on the piece of pie. 


Add a cotton ball for whipped topping, and your craft is complete!


Next, we did an acorn hunt...followed by acorn painting!



Getting outdoors is so much fun for Olivia! I do it any chance we get! She found 6 acorns (there are not very many around our neighborhood.) We played for a while outside after that, then came in to do our acorn painting. 

We used a foil pan. I taped some paper in the pan and grabbed some paint.


I let Olivia squirt the paint in the pan. She loved it! 


Then just add in your acorns.


PLACE THE LID ON :) Then SHAKE!


Now, the end result isn't anything super "beautiful" but the process was so fun!


The last two activities we did were an absolute blast! Livi had the best time and we both laughed so hard. 

First up, Turkey Haircuts! Yep! You read that right!


I hot glued some feathers to a plate and drew a turkey face! Then Livi gave him a haircut!


Last, Feeding the Turkey! Pardon our feather remains on the table. :)


When doing this activity, YOU MUST talk for the turkey. :) Olivia laughed so hard when I talked for the turkey. Pure joy. 


Anyway, that's a wrap, folks! I will be taking a break through the Thanksgiving holidays on all things work related! I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!

Friday, October 6, 2017

A Jell-O Pinterest Fail

Ha! Yep, you read right! A Pinterest fail occurred in the Kiser house today! I wish I could tell you it was the first time...but it isn't! It probably (definitely) won't be the last either! I love Pinterest...but sometimes I just want to scream LIES! 

So, how did I fail? Let's start at the beginning. The birth of a beautiful dream by my 6 year old son! "Mom, can we make Lego Jell-O?" 

Well, of course...I went to Pinterest and found this photo! 


Gorgeous right? After reading a few more articles, we decided on Mega Blocks!

And the dream began to become a reality!


Jell-O...CHECK!

Mega Blocks...CHECK! 

Let's conquer this!

Arranged the Mega Blocks! 



Sprayed the blocks with oil, prepared Jell-O and poured into the Mega Blocks! (I'm thinking...I AM GOOD.) 

Who even did THREE colors? This gal. The kids helped; it was a proud momma moment! Pretty much feeling like a rock star at this point. Just Saying.


Jell-O in fridge for hours upon hours...CHECK! 

Now, the excitement of my children is just too much to handle. I heard the words "best mom ever" and rumblings of "mom of the year" (where my trophy?)

And then...it happened. Imagine this next part in slow-mo if you will. 

Ready...




Now...excuse me. These do not look like Mega Blocks. Where did I go wrong?? Well...I don't know. I went back to the articles...it turns out they didn't have success either. (Mental Note: Read the whole article next time...) Except for that crazy picture I posted first. And guess what? There was no article with that picture! LIES. Lol. 

So...my son ate the jello out of the Mega Block with a spoon. Actually with 1/8 teaspoon spoon. I wish I had snapped a picture of that. Priceless. Anyway, I must be parenting semi-correctly because Rex was happy as a clam to eat it out off the block itself. Win? Eh. 

What a waste. In closing...DON'T try this at home. :)


Farm Week

It has been a few weeks since I have posted about our Tot School, so I felt it was time to do a post! Livi and I had a great time this week learning about farm animals, and all things on the subject of farms!


First, we started by working on animals names and sounds. I placed these animals cards from Mrs. Plemon's Kindergarten Tot School in a sensory bin with some Spanish Moss. Possibly the easiest sensory bin ever and she loved it. 


She did great on most of the animals names and knew all of the animal sounds! She did not know tractor, farmer, and barn but now she does! 

Next, we pulled out the Lego Duplo Farm Set. Olivia loves Lego Duplos and they are great for her motor skills. 


We built the farm and played with the animals. She was very intrigued by the instruction book so we spent some time looking at that as well! 






Our favorite books this week were First Farm Words, Farm Animals, and Big Red Barn


 She learned so many new words which made me really proud!


Our craft for the week was a cotton ball sheep! The craft was fun and simply! Materials included cotton balls, googly eyes (you can make these out of paper if you need to though) and black paper! 

During craft time, I focused on her gluing and her fine motor skills. 





We also did another sensory bin this week that consisted of her washing her toy animals. We purchased the Munchkin Barnyard Friends (which can also be played with in the tub!) 


I ran some warm water in the sensory bin then added some tear-free shampoo. Please with the little ones, use tear-free! You will thank me later. 

She did this for an entire hour! I was shocked! She loved this activity the most. I think it is time for her to start washing dishes. :) 





 We also worked on hand coordination with tracing. This is not an easy concept for toddlers but so important to practice.




I was really impressed with her coordination. We have some work to do, but I think for the first time, she did great! 

We also love doing stickers to work on fine motor skills. This Melissa and Doug Puffy Sticker Farm Set was perfect! Puffy stickers are great because they still help with fine motor but there is less "picking" involved with pulling them off the paper! 




Our last activity of the week was butter making! It was challenging to get pictures of this activity but I snapped a few. To make butter you just need heavy whipping cream, a jar, and a marble (or something similar.)

Pour the heavy whipping cream into the jar, drop the marble in, screw the lid on, and shake...a lot!


It takes a team effort! Finally, it will look like butter! We added a little salt to ours to make it taste better! It was delicious!


We had a great farm week we are looking forward to some Fall and Halloween themed weeks very soon!