Saturday, April 4, 2015

Cleaning Up with Toddlers is _________

If you were to ask me to fill in the blank above I would've answered something like: "a nightmare," "hell," "nonexistent," "futile," "useless," etc. I am always having trouble getting Joshua (my five year old) and Nicholas (my three year old) to help clean up. Even when they do help, they easily become bored, distracted, annoyed, or a combination thereof. No more! We found a way to make cleaning up fun: 

Simon Says.

I even had Nicholas walk away from a spilt glass of milk and I said, "Simon Says get a towel and clean it up." He went and asked Daddy for a towel.

Something that I find makes it still seem like a fun game and not Mommy using a game to be a tyrant, I sprinkle fun "Simon Says" steps to make it fun throughout the cleaning process. I even let them make up their own for all of us to do, too! 

So how do you creatively handle chores around your house? Comment below. I am always needing new ideas.


Thursday, March 26, 2015

Joshua Drawings Part 1

Joshua really loves to draw. He started drawing at 18 months old. He holds a pencil more correctly than I do. Here are some of his best drawings to date.

Fish

Monkey

Penguin

Pumpkin

Monday, March 23, 2015

Biblical Commentaries According to Joshua (Part 1)

We have been reading from a children's Bible and I just wanted to share with you some biblical commentaries from my oldest son. Hope you enjoy them.


- Regarding Adam and Eve eating the Fruit after Yahweh said not to: "An' den dey died!" Took a lot of talking to convince him otherwise. It made sense to him: Yahweh said they would die if they ate, they ate it, so the logical conclusion is that "den dey died!"


- Regarding Cain killing his brother Abel: "An' den Yahweh spank him because he's really BAD!!" Love how children so easily understand cause-and-effect and justice. We adults always like to look for loopholes don't we? Especially in Torah: "How can I make this not look bad?"


- Regarding Lot's wife turning into a pillar of salt: "That would be spicy!" He said this with a big old grin on his face.








This is the children's Bible we've been using. It's the same exact one my mom used with my siblings and me.


And that's all the time we have for today, folks. Tune in for more "Biblical Commentaries According to Joshua" in the future.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

A Little, Red Wagon

What child doesn't love a little, red wagon? My oldest son, Joshua, was telling me the other day that he would love to get one, because Little Bear has one. If you don't know who Little Bear is, he's a character from stories written by Else Holmelund Minarik and illustrated by Maurice Sendak. There is also a television series about Little Bear, which my children enjoy as well. I told Joshua that I would keep a look out for a little, red wagon.Well, I didn't even mention this incident to my mother, but she told me a few days later that she was getting my children a surprise...a little, red wagon! I was so excited! It arrived just before the weekend. Here are my littles in their wagon. :-D

                                     
                         From left to right: Joshua, Nicholas, and Charlotte 

Toy City Accessories

Children love to play with toy vehicles (cars, trains, etc.) and my children are no exception. My mother and father went to visit my sister, brother-in-law, and niece in Seoul, South Korea last fall/winter and brought back some toys for my children that included: two city buses, a school bus, a taxi cab, an ambulance, and a police car. Coupled with their already large number of toy cars and trucks, my children have a whole city's worth of vehicles. I decided it would be fun to make some accessories for the toy vehicles. You can make them, too.

Traffic Light

Supplies
  • A toilet paper roll or a paper towel roll cut in half
  • Scissors
  • One of each of the following: red, yellow, and green soda bottle caps (we used a Dr Pepper cap, a Sun Drop cap, and a Sprite cap)
  • Tape 

Instructions
  1. If you are using a paper towel roll, you will need to cut it in half. Reserve the remaining half for the other projects listed below. 
  2. Hold and tape each of the bottle caps in the order listed (red, yellow, green) to the paper roll.



Traffic Light


Yield Sign

Supplies
  • Remaining paper towel roll (if available) or another toilet paper roll
  • Scissors
  • Yellow crayon, colored pencil, or marker (we used crayon)
  • Black crayon, colored pencil, or marker (we used crayon)
  • Tape


Instructions
  1. If you are using the remaining paper towel roll from the previous project, then skip this step. If you are using a toilet paper roll, cut a thin strip and a triangle.
  2. Color triangle with yellow crayon, colored pencil, or marker. 
  3. Write "YIELD" on triangle with black crayon, colored pencil, or marker.
  4. Tape triangle on thin strip.


Yield Sign


Bus Stop Sign

Supplies
  • Remaining paper towel roll (if available) or another toilet paper roll
  • Scissors
  • Black crayon, colored pencil, or marker (we used crayon)
  • Tape


Instructions
  1. If you are using the remaining paper towel roll from the previous project, then skip this step. If you are using a toilet paper roll, cut a thin strip and a square.
  2. Write "BUS STOP" and a number (or numbers) on square with black crayon, colored pencil, or marker. I had my boys each pick a number. Joshua chose "3" and Nicholas chose "7."
  3. Tape square on thin strip.


Bus Stop Sign



Additional Sign Ideas
  • Stop signs
  • Ped Xing signs
  • Construction signs
  • Street signs 
  • Speed Limit signs
  • Dead End signs
  • One Way signs
  • School signs
  • No U-Turn signs
  • Do Not Enter signs
  • Interstate signs
  • Railroad Crossing signs
  • Signs warning for different types of animals (bears, deer, snakes, alligators, etc.)

Hope you enjoyed this fun, little activity. Check back on our blog for more fun activities to do with your children. Have a good day!