Book Friday!! Awesome Deals on Usborne Books

Book Friday

I LOVE Usborne Books!  About seven years ago, I became a consultant just because I wanted to be able to get a discount on them.  Every Black Friday, they have special deals for what they call “Book Friday“.  There are four pages of deals available, but here is a small sampling of the sales:

Big Book of Things to Color

Big Book of Things to Find and Color – $14.99 (reg. $19.99)

First World War

First World War Sticker Book – $5.99 (reg. $9.99)

Make & Create Calendar

Make & Create Calendar – $3.99 (reg. $5.99)

County Estate

Historical Sticker Dolly Dressing – $6.99 ($9.99) – My daughters LOVE this whole series of Sticker Dolly Dressing books!

Gulliver's Travels

Gulliver’s Travel CD/Book Pack – $4.99 ($9.99)

Thanksgiving Chain: A Simple Gratitude Activity for Families

One simple idea for cultivating gratitude in your family is to make this Thanksgiving Chain.  Set aside 20-30 minutes or so to do this as a family activity and then use the chain to decorate your home.  This would also make a great activity for a family get-together — just set out the supplies and let each person add to it!

Thanksgiving Chain Craft Idea for Families


  • Construction paper or cardstock cut into 1″ strips
  • White crayons
  • Glue or gluestick

1)  Cut a supply of construction paper into one inch strips.

2)  Have each person use a white crayon to write something they are thankful for on each strip of paper.

3)  Glue one end of the strip and attach the other end to make a circle.  Link the circles together as you continue to add the strips to form a chain.

4)  As you add to the chain talk about your blessings!

Don’t forget about the printable Gratitude Journal you can use, too!



 Get my eBook, Thanksgiving Heart:  Cultivating Gratitude in Young Children, for just $2.99.


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Truth in the Tinsel: Save An Extra 20% Now

I was so fortunate to meet Amanda White, the author of Truth in the Tinsel, at the Allume conference a few years ago.  She is just a doll and really has a heart for teaching children the Bible.

It seems like we’re having a pretty late Thanksgiving this year, so we’ll be jumping right into Advent!  If you are interested in doing something special with your kiddos this year, check out Truth in the Tinsel – an Advent devotional for kids.  Not only does it have 24 days of Bible readings and discussion questions, you’ll also get 24 simple ornament crafts to complete with your children and extra extension activities.

For those who are less crafty, Amanda is also offering printable Truth in the Tinsel ornaments this year.  She has a Spanish version of the book, too!

Also, if you are a director, children’s ministry leader, or volunteer, they’ve released a Truth in the Tinsel curriculum for churches – Sunday School, children’s church, or other kid’s programs!


{Sample page from the book}

The current price for the eBook is $7.99, but Amanda is offering all of my readers a 20% discount!  Use the code ONADIME at check-out to take 20% off the price and make it just $6.39.


God’s Little Explorers: Week 12 (Jonah and the Whale + W is for 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 12

  • Theme:  ”w” is for Water
  • Bible Story:  Jonah and the Whale
  • Bible Verse:  “I knew that you were a gracious and compassionate God, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love.” (Jonah 4:2d)
  • Letter:  w
  • Number:  7

Here are a few activities we did:

We painted a tissue box blue, added some wiggly eyes and a tail, and pulled a few tissues from the top to make our “whale in the w-w-w-water”.

We did various experiments with water exploring the idea of liquid, solid, and gas.  Here I was just having her identify the difference between liquids and solids.  We discussed how the liquid takes the shape of the container it is poured into.  We also froze water to see what happens to it, and then we watched the ice cubes melt.  You can see another water experiment here.

We made this table into a “whale” and sat inside of it as we read the story of Jonah and the Big Fish.  I used paper plates for eyes, crumpled tissue paper for the blowhole, and construction paper taped to a t.p. roll for the tail.

I drew the letters we’ve done so far on a piece of construction paper and let the girls trace them with water.  After it dried, they could reuse it!

jonah and the whale water activity scoop

We made a “whale scoop” from a milk jug.  I just cut the bottom off with scissors and added a {ridiculous-looking} eye.  It was fun for water play.

My daughter used watercolor paints on her letter w printable (included in the lesson plans).

red fish, blue fish

We made Jello with Swedish Fish for a Jonah and the Big Fish snack.

Finally, we added a w to our Treasure Map!

Other ideas:


God’s Little Explorers: Week 12


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