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Crafty Monday: Charlotte’s Web Party & Gearing Up for Easter March 25, 2013

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.

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Michael finished reading Charlotte’s Web first. Yaaa Michael!

Spider craft:

http://greenbabyguide.com/2009/10/13/how-to-make-a-simple-paper-spider-in-its-web-more-diy-halloween-decorations/

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Then we baked sugar cookies for the movie.

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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.

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Now hold on to your horses. 🙂 I’ve got a ton of Easter crafts!

Art

Blown out Eggs ~ I had not done this since high school but it’s super fun and literally…umm breath taking.

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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.St. Patty's 2013 150

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.

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Then made egg patties to keep in the freezer. I couldn’t stand wasting a dozen eggs.

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We painted eggs on and off.

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Nana came over Tuesday and painted a few herself.

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One of Nana’s (Mom’s) masterpieces.

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One of mine.

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I used rubber bands to make a striped egg.

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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.

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12 eggs for the 12 days leading up to Easter. This goes with our Resurrection Egg lapbook.

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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.

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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 ;).

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Resurrection Egg Lapbook

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Link for this:

http://teachingheart.net/blog/2011/03/resurrection-eggs-idea-with-printables/

Inside the lapbook. Flip up eggs with Lent symbols and scriptures.

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Tape Resist Art: Easter Cross

First, we made a cross out of tape, on the paper. Then Michael painted a hill scene over it.

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A blue sky then pink rays to outline the cross.

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After it dried it came out like this…

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Empty Tomb Paper Craft

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Easter Wreathe…sans wreathe. We just pinned this to our board.

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Cardboard Box Stained Glass Chapel

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I cut out windows and doors in an empty Goldfish box. Michael painted the box white.

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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.

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We put a real candle in it for these pictures but later found a batter operated candle.

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Cooking

Rock Candy

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.

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They sit in our window a week later…still doing nothing. Sigh…not sure why this never works for us.

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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.

Link here: http://www.wegivebooks.org/books/rocks-and-minerals

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.

http://www.christianbook.com/gods-design-series-book-story-revised/stan-jones/9781600060137/pd/060137

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Nana visited Tuesday. Michael wanted to be a doctor this week so Nana got out her blood pressure machine. She’s a CNA.

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Mom (Nana) explaining how to use it.  Later I became the patient, Nana the nurse, and Michael the doctor.

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Michael reading on the trampoline while Mom and I watched all the animals enjoy the outdoors.

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Under the trampoline. The guinea pig doesn’t like the mouse.

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Science

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.

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Pull out the pan and the egg drops in the water!

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Voila! Michael and Nana both tried it too.

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Our new Lifepac Science work book~ this booklet is about colors and this week Michael learned how certain holidays are represented by different colors.

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Music

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:

http://www.susanparadis.com/

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.

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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.

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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.

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Geography

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.

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At our place there’s always a buddy to listen…sometimes that buddy is a dog :).

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Creation studies

The life cycle of a chicken. We made this simple craft and watched a video of a chick hatching. I want a chicken now.

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Health and Safety

Traffic signs ~ Popsicle sticks in bottle caps. You can print the signs here:

http://www.doodlesandjots.com/2012/05/04/all-signs-point-to-fun/

These went well with Michael’s race he had Saturday.

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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.

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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

 

Crafty Monday: Preparing for Easter & celebrating the Resurrection March 26, 2012

Note: this blog is for informational purposes only. I will not debate or argue in the comment area. You can take it or leave it. Ultimately, I hope we can agree to disagree and get along 🙂

( Like my Easter centerpiece? ~ I got the eggs and tree at the Dollar Tree & the butterflies from Michael’s)

Hello dear ones and welcome to Crafty Monday 🙂 I’m very excited about the crafts today and coming up next week because it’s all about Easter & celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ :). Easter has a new meaning for me this year. As a kid I grew up learning about the resurrection on Easter morning, hunting eggs with my cousins, and dressing up in a nice dress. Those were happy memories. But at one time not too long ago I believed the traditions of Easter were pagan and in worship of spring etc…and that the word “Easter” itself was of a pagan fertility goddess.   I believed this for a long time and I hated the Easter egg because of the practice of child sacrifice I thought it represented. After leaving a place of spiritual bondage and legalism I began to research the history of this holiday and what I found was surprising. Take this as you will but this is why I now embrace Easter: http://fortheloveoftruth.wordpress.com/2010/03/26/611/

(Pic of our cross bracelets for passover. Mine’s the girly one)


(Pic of Welcome Mat I made from scrap carpet. I just painted it.)

This will be my son’s first Easter egg hunt and he is almost 6. I’m very excited he finally gets to do this. Some good books for kids are : http://www.amazon.com/The-Parable-Of-Lily/dp/0785272313

and http://www.amazon.com/The-Legend-Easter-Lori-Walburg/dp/0310224470

Now on to the crafts and fun ideas 🙂 We’ve never done Lent because we’re not Catholic but I do like the idea of taking a whole month to celebrate Easter. Of course Christ’ resurrection should always be on our mind. It’s good to have holidays though to really help us focus. We spend a whole season focused on Christmas and advent but Easter doesn’t get that much attention. I love this blog about it: http://mustardseeds.typepad.com/my_weblog/easter.html

So my family has started the holiday early. We began last week. I set up a forgiveness table that is kind of like Lent. The idea came from: http://www.aholyexperience.com/2012/02/how-to-prepare-a-family-for-lent-printable-create-a-forgivness-fresh-start-place/

This is just a beautiful idea and my son really loves it. He’s come up with all kinds of people he needs to forgive lol. It’s a great object lesson.

You can find the ideas I’m using on my Pinterest. I’m also including some spring recipes 🙂

http://pinterest.com/doverette/spring-crafts/

http://pinterest.com/doverette/spring-cooking/

Stained Glass Cross Craft

Resurrection Set

I really like this craft. Most of us have nativity sets but rarely have I heard of a Resurrection set. Michael has had such a blast with this set. I added the brad  to the tomb so Michael could roll the stone back n forth.

There are so many neat ideas to celebrate the resurrection. I’ll be sharing more next week. My son’s Pirate birthday party is the wkd of Easter so  I’m going to be busy.  I really like these ideas from Focus on the Family: http://www.thrivingfamily.com/Features/Magazine/2011/easter-activities-and-crafts.aspx

Don’t forget my Pinterest ideas above. There are way too many to list on here but I hope they are helpful to you. Please let me know if you try any of these ideas with your kids. The Forgiveness table can be used for anyone.

God bless and Remember The High King Lives! ~Amber Dover