Sunday Spotlight

frosted fingers

So rarely do I find blogs to share just when they are starting. Luckily I know the cooking mama behind Frosted Fingers . The blog is new but you wouldn’t know it by looking at it, so polished and she already has regular features like Menu Monday and Thirsty Thursday where she puts down the sauce pan to get everyone a little sauced up!  The food she makes is realistic for families with young kids, because she has 3 little taste testers and we all know kids don’t lie to protect our feelings!

Check it out!

DIY Music Stand

DIY recycled music stand

I know this isn’t going to be the most popular post we have ever posted, but my son is into music. He is also into music stands and every where we go he finds one. At restaurants the “Please wait to be seated” sign is one, at parks the little signs that tell you about the plants become ones and on the airplane his tray table became one too. So it shouldn’t have been such a shock when he said he wanted to make one for a project. Well I never say no to a challenge!

  1. Gather your materials. You will need a wrapping paper roll , a shoe box , decorations ( we used stickers) , scissors and a lot of packing tape.DIY recycled music stand
  2. Start by having your wee one add stickers to the roll for decoration, you can also paint or color it too! Can you tell he just got up from a nap? DIY recycled music stand
  3. Cut the top off the shoe box. Keep both pieces.DIY recycled music stand
  4. Make a slit on either side of one end of the roll about 2-3 inches long.DIY recycled music stand
  5. Bend one side down to make a lip. Tape the top of the shoe box on . Use a lot of tape!DIY recycled music stand
  6. Cut 4 slits on the other end about the same length to make an X shape.DIY recycled music stand
  7. Have your helper hold the tube to the bottom of the  box. This picture took almost as long to take as the stand took to make.DIY recycled music stand
  8. Tape it down.DIY recycled music stand
  9. It’s done and leaning only a little to the right.DIY recycled music stand

Books

Mole Music

Mole Music by David McPhail is a beautiful book about the power of music, trying hard and not giving up on your dreams.  The story is about a mole who sees a violin on TV one day and decides to get his own and play. He is terrible at first but sticks with it. His music becomes beautiful, and over the years he thinks only he can hear and enjoy it. In reality his music is nourishing a grand tree above the ground that serves roles in great things including as a mediator in a battle where both sides end up coming to a peaceful agreement instead of warfare. Now yes I think that one little mole’s music ending a war is a rather large statement but if you break it down, music and the arts are vital and do transform people’s lives the way they transformed Mole’s.  My favorite part is in one illustration Mole is playing anf in another tunnel you can see his old TV discarded and tipped over, I like that message.

Sunny

Sunny by Robin Mitchell and Judith Steedman  is a great book about finding sounds all around and making music with anything and everything you find. Sunny hears music from the animals around town, the vehicles and of course his friends playing at the playground.  My son loved when they had a “Hootenanny” and everyone together makes music in their own way. This book reminded me of the broadway show “Stomp” from the 90s, and is a great lesson for kids about how accessible making music really is.

Moose Music by Sue Porter

Moose Music by Sue Porter is a goofy book about how what might sound like a racket to you, may indeed be music to other ears. Moose finds a violin in the mid and picks it up, and plays it. The sound is not music to the animals and people in the forrest. They get angry, they threaten to chase him, and he doesn’t stick around. He doesn’t stop playing thoughm he plays with all his heart and finally someone appreciates it. A lady moose , as you may have guessed it they fall in love and live happily ever after. My son thought this book was hilarious . It’s a cute lesson about following your heart even in the face of adversity.

New Years Craft

Wishing Tree

Wishing Tree Craft

This post was sent in by Cathy at NurtureStore, she originally sent it to me before Christmas but when I got so many guest posts sent in I ear marked it for the new year. Making wishes is a great way to introduce children to resolutions and goals for the new year in a gentle and generous way. I love this craft and know you all will too!

Here’s my idea for a wishing tree I made today with my children aged 3 and 6. It’s a simple craft activity which creates a beautiful centerpiece and also encourages children to think of others by making wishes for them – perfect for this time of year. As the tree uses star symbols it’s suitable for Christian or Jewish celebrations.

You’ll need: paint, card, glitter, a star shaped cookie cutter, scissors, hole punch, glue – and a tree!

1. Pour some glue into a shallow dish and dip in the cookie cutter.

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2. Press the cookie cutter, paint side down, on to some card. (You can give the cutter a little wiggle if you want a thicker outline)

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3. Carefully lift off the cookie cutter to leave a star-shaped outline.

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4. While the paint is still wet, sprinkle the star with glitter. My daughter says the more sparkles you use, the more the wish comes true. Leave the star to dry and then gently shake off any excess glitter.

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5. Cut around the star with some scissors.
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6. Punch a hole in the star and thread on a ribbon. Write ‘I wish…’ on the glitter side.
Then for the magical part -  ask each child to think of a wish they could make to bring someone else some joy. It’s easy for children to see this time of year as all about them getting presents so this is a way for them to do some giving too. They might like to wish something for a special person – perhaps for a sick relative to get better – or something more general. You might be surprised how thoughtful or creative your children are. My daughter wished for angels to appear in the sky for everyone to see.

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7. Once you’ve helped them to write their wish on their star you can hang the wishes on your special wishing tree. We use some twisted branches in vase for our tree, but a Christmas tree or one growing in your garden (or even your community) would work just as well. You might like to make some extra stars so family and friends can add their wishes over the season too.

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Then wait and see which ones come true.

Best of 2009 #3

Letter Of The Week

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I can’t list all the people and emails I get about my letter of the week crafts, from teachers, homeschooling parents and every day moms like me these are a huge hit. For my perspective on letter of the week concept read this. In the last year these posts have gotten so popular I started a lowercase series in addition to the uppercase collection and a tab on the main menu bar just for them. Here are a few of our favorites!

Owl O !

Owl O !

Spider S !

Spider S !

Bee B !

Bee B !

Mountain M !

Mountain M !

For a full list of the letter of the week crafts, click on the main menu tab,  check out our exhaustive categories list on the right side bar, or click here!

Best of 2009 #6 !

The countdown continues! This post is my most popular of all time, which is funny because loyal readers with preschoolers probably have never done it. It’s a craft for older kids and parents, something I have given the name “Naptime Creations” but someone liked it and it got stumbled and has since had tens of thousands of views.  So based just on that it’s our number 6 of 2009!
“Tweet” Nest !

The seasons are changing and here at No Time For Flash Cards we are celebrating longer days, warmer weather and the pretty colors spring brings all week long. I hope you join us , we have some awesome activities coming including a giveaway so stay tuned! This nest is not a kiddie project but older children will love it .

  1. Gather your materials. You will need a balloon, barely inflated, some brown yarn, scissors, a dish, white glue and some blue malt ball candies.
  2. Cut our yarn into 4 inch strands. In all I had about 25 strands.
  3. Dip into the glue
  4. Place it on the balloon. I like doing it on the tied end because when you are done you can clip it to a hanger by the tie to let it dry. You want it to be random and only part way up the balloon.
  5. Keep going. Criss cross all over, layer it, zig zag etc… Oh and yes this is very messy, but worth it.
  6. Let dry for at least 24 hours. You can hang it to dry by clipping it to a wire hanger, or you can also place it in a bowl or glass just be careful not to let the yarn touch the dish , it may stick to it.
  7. Pop the balloon and throw the balloon away- please please be careful with latex balloons and little kids , it’s terrifying what can happen when the two mix.
  8. Add your “eggs” and enjoy.

* What I love so much about this isn’t just the aesthetics but many people don’t celebrate Easter and this is a way of making a fun springtime treat using the candies that are EVERYWHERE this time of year.