Groundhog Day: Crafts, Activities, and Snacks

Groundhog Day is coming up on February 2.  Here are a few easy activities you may want to try at home!

groundhog day crafts activities and snacks

Groundhog Day Activities, Snacks, and Crafts:

shadow theater and shadow guessing game

Play a Shadow Theater Guessing Game.

shadow stomp game

Play a fun game of Shadow Stomp.

brownie ice cream sandwich

Make a Shadow Snack!

silhouette

Make a Silhouette of your child.

 

Groundhog Day Ideas from Other Websites:

groundhog snack

Groundhog’s Day Cupcake Push Pops | Sweetology

groundhog day pop up

Groundhog’s Day Pop Up Craft (includes printables) | Mrs. Ricca’s Kindergarten

groundhog grub

Groundhog’s Day Printable “Groundhog Grub” Treat Topper | Teaching Resources Resort

groundhog shape craft

Groundhog’s Day Shape Groundhog Craft | Almost Unschoolers

groundhog handprint craft

Handprint Groundhog | The Educator’s Spin on It

 

Best Books for Groundhog Day:

groundhog day

Do you have a favorite craft, activity or snack idea for Groundhog Day?

God’s Little Explorers: Week 18 (H is for Hungry + Jesus Feeds the Multitude)

Each Thursday, I will be reposting our lessons from last year.  If you want to follow along with us, we’d love to have you!

Considering purchasing the complete download of God’s Little Explorers?  You can find out the top 10 differences between the weekly free preschool lesson plans and the complete download here.

Welcome!  Here are this week’s lesson plans.  You can find the printable plans at the bottom of the post.  If you’d like to know more about God’s Little Explorers Preschool Curriculum, head over here.  Please feel free to share your ideas in the comments or send me an email!  Also, if you find any errors, please feel free to let me know.  This is a work-in-progress!!

God’s Little Explorers Week 18

  • Theme:  ”h” is for Hungry  (Food and Nutrition)
  • Bible Story:  Jesus Feeds the Multitude
  • Bible Verse: “Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry…”  —John 6:35
  • Letter:  h
  • Color:  Orange

Here are a few activities we did this week:

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Since we are studying food this week and the story of Jesus feeding the 5000, we made bread.   We are gluten-free now, so the bread-in-a-bag option didn’t work for us (but it’s still a fun cooking project).  I found a recipe for gluten-free bread made with almond flour, so that’s what we adapted.  It was delicious!

 

fruit & veggie guessing game

We played a veggie & fruit guessing game. I blindfolded the girls and gave them various fruits and vegetables to see if they could identify them by touch. The broccoli was hilarious–she threw it down at first because she thought I’d put a spider in her hands.  Yeah….like I would do that.  😉

preschool color sort

We went on an “Orange Hunt” and found all kinds of orange items in our house.

veggie painting

We also did some painting with various veggies (broccoli, celery, carrots, avocado) and kitchen utensils like a potato masher and fork.

orange color collage

We created an orange collage.  We will save all of the collages and make a color book at the end.

building with marshmallows

I didn’t include this on the lesson plans, but the girls made these fun marshmallow toothpick creations yesterday with some friends.  We’ve done these before, but never quite on this scale!

picnic lunch like the 5000

We set up a large blanket and spread out stuffed animals, dolls, and whatever other figures we had in the house to represent all the people in our Bible story.  Later, we had an indoor picnic!

grocery "find it"

We sorted food by category.  Then, I lined up various foods on the table.  I had my daughter close her eyes while I took one of them away.  She had to guess which one was missing when she opened her eyes.

You can easily make this more challenging by adding more items or taking away two items at a time.  This is a variation of our “Fall Find It” game.

god's little explorers treasure map

Finally, we added the letter h to our “Treasure Map”.  We’re getting closer!!

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6 Sure-Fire Ways We Keep Organized with Kids in the New House

Monthly contributor post from Kristen at Celebrate Every Day with Me:

6 Sure Fire Ways We Keep Organized With Kids in the new house

Can you breathe easier when things are clutter-free?  Organization does wonders for the body, mind and spirit.  But what nobody tells you when you have kids is that clutter becomes a battle for the next 18 years.  All the baby gear, toys, school supplies, clothes, shoes . . . legos.  Did you ever think your arch enemy would be a tiny piece of plastic?!!

We recently built a house and the clean slate gave me the opportunity to rethink the ways in which we organize.   I looked at where our messes tend to be, where we need a plan and how I was going to implement one . . . or several.

I started from scratch and asked these questions:  

  • What are the biggest categories of our clutter?
  • What rooms tend to be cluttered most frequently?
  • What drives me crazy about clutter?
  • Are there dedicated places for things?
  • Have I made things easy to put away?

Here are 6 ways we keep organized as a result:

clutter baskets (2)

1.  When I find something belonging to the kids on the main floor, it gets put in their basket.  

 

I am not talking about a bunch of toys all over the place.  My kids still have to clean those themselves.  A pair of socks, a random toy, a box of crayons, a piece or part of something else . . . that kind of stuff goes in the basket.  We have deliberately (and because our children are no longer so young) chosen not to have toys on the first floor.  The kids may bring toys up from the basement or down from their bedrooms, but toys do not live in the family room or anywhere else on this level.  And that alone has helped the clutter!

 

The basket system has allowed me to move quickly through a room to clear clutter.  If my daughter has left a magazine on the counter, it gets put in her basket.  If there is an item of clothing on the couch belonging to my son, it goes in his basket.

clutter baskets

Where do I keep the baskets?  The baskets are on the bench in the mudroom.  It is out of the way, yet present enough not to be forgotten.

How often do the kids empty them?  It really depends.  The kids will occasionally grab things as they head upstairs.  I remind them as well.  If the baskets get really full, it becomes mandatory.  And every so often, I hide a treat in the bottom of the basket so that if they are emptying it on their own, there is a reward.

mudroom lockers

2.  We have a system for walking in the door and putting things away.

Coats, backpacks, shoes and right now, all the winter gear.  I was very deliberate about how this would go and I designed a locker system to fit our needs.  I searched Houzz and saved pictures of mudrooms I liked.  Then with our builder, I showed him the components I wanted from the different photos.

Here is what worked for our family:  a basket up top to store off-season items, hooks for coats and backpacks, a place for shoes and the built-in bench.  We ended up adding a higher round of hooks last minute because my husband’s coats were dragging on the bench and I will never regret that!  Each locker now has five sets of double hooks.

The only thing we could have improved on is the width of my husband’s locker.  He wears size 14 shoes and it is a bit tight for him to get two pairs side by side.  Other than that, our lockers fit our family’s needs perfectly.

family game wardrobe

3.  We store all of our games in one place.

In our last house, we had some of our games in the hall closet, some in the basement and some in the storage.  That is no longer the case.  I found this gorgeous (albeit beat up) armoire at a garage sale for $5.  It was one of those things that caught my eye driving by and when we were at the house and the seller said $5 because she just wanted it gone . . . well, my husband came on his lunch hour to help move it.

But what I love about it most is that it holds all of our games.  No more games spread out here and there.  You want a game?  You go to the game wardrobe. . . and then you put it back.

home library

4.  We have one place where our kids’ books are kept.

I love that both of our kids enjoy reading.  But I don’t love when books are all over and messy.  With our old IKEA cubed organizer, I have made a dedicated place for books.  Aside from what the kids are reading at nighttime, this is where you find all the kids’ books in the house.  (I have something similar in my office for my books.)

A great idea I read about but have yet to implement, is a book drop for returning the books.  Maybe a basket or bin nearby where the kids can put the books when they are done with them.  The point being that if it is easy to put away, they are more likely to do so.  I also like that I can see how much and what they are reading.

colorful rolling cart for little artists

5.  A colorful 10-drawer cart holds supplies for our little artist.

Do you have an artist or crafter?  My daughter loves markers, colored pencils, crayons and all those sorts of creative, artistic supplies.  Not to mention paper, and lots of it.  She is always drawing, coloring and everything is usually everywhere.  This 10-drawer organizer cart has been wonderful.  It belongs solely to her and it is up to her how to organize it.  Plus, when it is full, she needs to reassess what she is keeping.

built in shelves for lego creations

6.  We have a set of shelves dedicated to Lego creations.

You knew it had to come back here, right?  In the last house and in my mom’s house (where we lived while building), there were legos on every surface in my son’s bedroom and often sprawling out into other areas of the house.

We improved that situation by giving my son a set of shelves that is dedicated to Lego creations.  When he builds something and wants to keep it together for awhile (like all the Lego Movie Sets), he can house it on his built-in shelves.  Now, any bookcase would work.  We just happened to make use of some dead space and create these shelves for him.

And there you have it.  That is how we are keeping organized with kids in the new house.  

Leave a comment and tell me your tips for great organization.  

Kristen Summers-squareKristen of Celebrate Every Day With Me is a fun-loving mom to two kids who keep her busy and laughing. Add her great husband and the Lord to the mix and her life is one fantastic (and sometimes crazy) adventure. She is a former youth leader, professional wedding and event planner and has a degree in Christian Thought/Christian Ministry. She loves long lists, diet soda and playing jokes on her husband.

Kristen is the author of Teach Me To Serve:  99 Ways Preschoolers Can Learn To Serve & Bless Others.  On her blog, you’ll find fun ideas for children’s activities, creating memorable moments and party planning.

 

God’s Little Explorers: Week 17 (B is for Boat + Jesus Calms the Storm & Jesus Walks on Water)

Each Thursday, I will be reposting our lessons from last year.  If you want to follow along with us, we’d love to have you!

Considering purchasing the complete download of God’s Little Explorers?  You can find out the top 10 differences between the weekly free preschool lesson plans and the complete download here.

Welcome!  Here are this week’s lesson plans.  You can find the printable plans at the bottom of the post.  If you’d like to know more about God’s Little Explorers Preschool Curriculum, head over here.  Please feel free to share your ideas in the comments or send me an email!  Also, if you find any errors, please feel free to let me know.  This is a work-in-progress!!

God’s Little Explorers Week 17

  • Theme:  ”b” is for Boat
  • Bible Story:  Jesus Calms the Storm & Jesus Walks on Water
  • Bible Verse: “Then those who were in the boat worshiped Him saying ‘Truly You are the Son of God.’”  —Matthew 14:33
  • Letter:  b
  • Color:  Red

Here are a few activities we did this week:

boat fruit snack

We made simple boats from apples, bananas, and pears.  We cut them in half, stuck a toothpick near the back, and cut out some fruit leather to make a sail.

b sees d

Now that we’ve learned the letters b and d, I decided to introduce this trick to help my daughter remember the direction each letter faces.  If they are having trouble figuring out if the letter is b or d, I will ask them to hold up their hands and make a b and d and say “b sees d”.

b sees d page

After I taught them the above trick, I had my youngest color in the “b sees d” printable included in the packet.  We added faces to make it more fun–and to look like they were really “seeing” each other!

boat math game

This is the most simple game, but we played it for a while!  Color and cut out the “boats” included in the download.  Roll a die (or two if you want to practice addition) and put that many boats in the water.

letter b for boat

My 4-year-old just drew her “best boat” on the printable letter b a few times!

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Making oobleck is a favorite activity around here.  It’s just fascinating…and even more so when you can put your dolls feet into it.  We had a great time experimenting!  What happens when you push the doll into the Oobleck quickly?  What happens if you push the feet in slowly?

the reading teacher 20 easy lessons

I received a copy of The Reading Lesson: Teach Your Child to Read in 20 Easy Lessons a few weeks ago, and I’m using that….along with our Eye Spy wands to teach my youngest to read!

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