In this Post: Charlotte’s Web, our Lent tree & blown out egg ornaments, several Easter crafts (cardboard chapel), and the neatest music site. Also homeschool freebies and online clubs/classes for homeschoolers!
Happy Crafty Monday friends! I’m going to start with the end of the week first since I’m so excited about it. Friday we had a small movie themed party centered around Charlotte’s Web. Yes, I actually kept this one simple. Below you can see we had pig cookies for “Wilbur” and a spider paper craft for Charlotte. I put our popcorn in these nifty popcorn bags that went with our circus party during the Time Machine study. I’ll put my Pinterest link at the end.
Michael finished reading Charlotte’s Web first. Yaaa Michael!
Then we baked sugar cookies for the movie.
Thankfully we had several animal cookie cutters and therefore we had pigs. I added red food coloring, sugar, & cinnamon to cream cheese spread and frosted the cookies with it. We added a chocolate chip for the eye. Maybe it’s silly but I was almost in tears at the end of the movie….even if I hate spiders. I liked Charlotte.
Now hold on to your horses. 🙂 I’ve got a ton of Easter crafts!
Blown out Eggs ~ I had not done this since high school but it’s super fun and literally…umm breath taking.
Clean off the outside of your egg with soap. Take a pin and poke a hole on the top and bottom of the egg. Make the bottom hole bigger because that’s where the egg yolk comes from. Blow through the top hole. You want to blow all of the yolk out.
Then I ran water through the eggs and blew it out. After that I boiled the eggs to kill any bacteria and when it cooled blew that water out. I strained the egg yolks for shells.
Then made egg patties to keep in the freezer. I couldn’t stand wasting a dozen eggs.
We painted eggs on and off.
Nana came over Tuesday and painted a few herself.
One of Nana’s (Mom’s) masterpieces.
One of mine.
I used rubber bands to make a striped egg.
This was neat because later I put one of our Lent symbols on it. It was a symbol for Jesus being beat by the whip (cat of nine tails). He bore stripes for our sin. I didn’t realize the egg had whip marks until the day we read it. That was completely unplanned by me…a God thing.
12 eggs for the 12 days leading up to Easter. This goes with our Resurrection Egg lapbook.
I then printed off the Ressurrection egg symbols and modge podged them onto the eggs. I ran thread through the holes to make them ornaments.
We hung them on our Lent tree, a simple branch painted white. I never covered the coffee can it’s in but oh well….adds character ;).
Resurrection Egg Lapbook
Link for this:
Inside the lapbook. Flip up eggs with Lent symbols and scriptures.
Tape Resist Art: Easter Cross
First, we made a cross out of tape, on the paper. Then Michael painted a hill scene over it.
A blue sky then pink rays to outline the cross.
After it dried it came out like this…
Empty Tomb Paper Craft
Easter Wreathe…sans wreathe. We just pinned this to our board.
Cardboard Box Stained Glass Chapel
I cut out windows and doors in an empty Goldfish box. Michael painted the box white.
We made windows with bits of colored tissue paper and contact paper cut to shape. We taped them inside and then taped a construction paper cross.
We put a real candle in it for these pictures but later found a batter operated candle.
I don’t have an after picture because this has yet to work for us. The crystals just form on the top. But Michael and Chris attempted to make rock candy together. They boiled sugar and added food coloring. They dipped the sticks into sugar so the crystals would have something to grow on.
They sit in our window a week later…still doing nothing. Sigh…not sure why this never works for us.
I forgot to tell you but last week we read this book on wegivebooks.org about rocks. It was very interesting. It’s from an evolutionary view but Michael and I just talked about how it differed from our beliefs.
This week I read “The Story of Me”. It’s the first in a series of books that teaches God’s design for sex. Each book is for a different age level. The next book is for 6 to 8 year olds but I may wait til Michael’s 9. “The Story of Me” is about a little boy asking to hear how he was born. The baby making process is explained as a special part of Mommy and a special part of Daddy to make a baby. It’s explains the story nicely and goes on to name personal parts and gives a talk about good touch bad touch. Because the word “sex” is on the cover, I explained that sex is how people have babies. I also explained to Michael that certain words in the book were special and should be kept to ourselves. This book presents sex (they don’t use the exact word) as God’s beautiful plan for marriage. I think it’s great for little ones and especially those expecting siblings. It also talks about breast feeding.
Nana visited Tuesday. Michael wanted to be a doctor this week so Nana got out her blood pressure machine. She’s a CNA.
Mom (Nana) explaining how to use it. Later I became the patient, Nana the nurse, and Michael the doctor.
Michael reading on the trampoline while Mom and I watched all the animals enjoy the outdoors.
Under the trampoline. The guinea pig doesn’t like the mouse.
Newton’s First Law Egg Experiment ~ http://www.ordinarylifemagic.com/2010/01/newtons-first-with-raw-eggs.html
All you need is a glass or vase of water, an egg, a toilet paper tube, and a pan. Line the egg and tube up directly over the vase.
Pull out the pan and the egg drops in the water!
Voila! Michael and Nana both tried it too.
Our new Lifepac Science work book~ this booklet is about colors and this week Michael learned how certain holidays are represented by different colors.
Wednesday our homeschool group went to see “Seussical”, a musical based on Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who. It was fantastic and interesting.
We had an easy day. I found these wonderful Easter themed worksheets for music on:
I absolutely love her site! There are worksheets for everything. Even composing! Michael composed his first song by putting the notes on whatever lines or spaces he wanted. The bunny song had a very interesting melody lol.
Michael solved bunny code by writing the note names and he also colored an egg by coloring the notes according to the color code. They also teach bass and treble Cleff. We’ve been slow with piano but Michael practices his scale and intervals each day.
I also found several musical apps on google play for android: Note flashcards, a guitar, and one that teaches piano scales.
Math ~ math apps and games
We’ve been blessed to have this little birdie sing to us most days. I think maybe he’s a Brown Thrasher.
Continent mobile ~ Michael colored the continents and stapled them to the ribbon. I’m still working on a felt globe. Michael also colored coloring pages for the 4 oceans. We watched and sang a song about the continents and oceans.
At our place there’s always a buddy to listen…sometimes that buddy is a dog :).
The life cycle of a chicken. We made this simple craft and watched a video of a chick hatching. I want a chicken now.
Health and Safety
Traffic signs ~ Popsicle sticks in bottle caps. You can print the signs here:
These went well with Michael’s race he had Saturday.
I brought the responsibility chart out again and Michael checks it off every day. I have to remind him often but he did good last week. He got a prize for his diligence.
Now for the awesome homeschool freebies site I told you about. You can find free homeschool materials (lapbooks, Ebooks, etc…) at https://www.currclick.com/
Currclick also offers classes and clubs for homeschoolers. We joined a free Lego club where we got to see the teacher online in real time. Michael was able to chat with other homeschoolers as they made a Lego project.
They have many clubs so check them out :).
They also have great classes for good prices. They range from 5 bucks to 50. It depends on how long the course is. We may take a one day class on subtraction tricks. I’m excited about their summer classes. Some require books and others give you the resources you need.
When you go to the site look on the left and click Live Classes to see what they offer.
Here is my Pinterest link for the crafts. Remember email subscribers to come to my blog to see the links.
Easter Crafts on Pinterest:
God bless & remember the High King lives! ~Amber Dover