Sunday, May 31, 2009

I re-use it!!

I know it is sad but I am not good at being Green. One thing I am good at is finding a new life for old stuff. Here is some things I reuse for our table time (Tot School).
Juice boxes I just started saving them. They are strong and it was the right size for the pens. I will be finding more uses for them I am sure.
I am sure we all reuse bubble wrap.(Girlygirl use to hate the noise but loves it now)
It is hard to see but that is one of Girlygirl's paintings made into cutting strips. I save the piece she cuts and give then to her to glue later. I have tried to let her cut and glue at the same time but it hasn't yet worked for her. Play-doh tubs work great for holding things on her trays. I also use the smaller one for sorting or with a small wet rag for painting (this keeps the water cup from making a mess). I save all our lids above she used the to glue below I traced and cut them out for her circle collage.The lacing card is made out of a cracker box and a painting Girlygirl did. I use old food tubs for lots of stuff to store stuff or to hold things on the tot tray. In this tub is cut paper and glue stick.
A cigar box become letter box.
Egg cartons are great. We us then lots we made Easter bunnies this year with them but no picture. Above: is was we use for counting. Below is pattern matching.The mail box is made from a tissue box.The jar is hold all kind of old stuff.We painted news paper hearts for Valentine's Day. I know I do reuse other stuff and I am do an other post about it someday. I just don't want this to be too long or is it too late. Anyways what do you reuse in your tot school or just with your kids?

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Tot School: Week 19

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~33 Months~ I don't have anything great to say this week but her are the picture of what Girlgirl did. We had a fun week. Girlygirl is getting so big.Cheek out what others did for there Tot School last week over at 1plus1plus1equals1. Remember to play with your kids today. They love it.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Tot School: Camping

~Girlygirl is 33 months~
Last week we had a great week of Tot school that ended in a great camping trip. Girlygirly has a hard time learning new things. She likes do everything right and will not do it if she knows it is wrong. This makes it hard for me to know the right way to teach her. Any tips let me know. Here is our great week.
We got sand on Sunday after church to put in a sandbox we found in the trash. Playing with mom in the sand. We played in the sand together a lot this is the only day when Sweetdude got a pictures.We went to a small free zoo close to our home. She loved see all the baby animals.We have worked on learning to buckle up. She is good at trying but gets mad when she doesn't get it. She loves acting like a frog right now and playing with her stuffed frog so we made a frog tot book. I will blog more about it soon. Here she is coloring pictures for her book.Playing with the book. She played with it a lot this week.Bubbles. We do them lots but I think I am like them more than her so I don't often take pictures as I am too busy playing.Stencils I got from a kid resale only $1 for 4. She loved it this day. I tape the paper to the stencil so it wouldn't move. Gluing caps to foam. She loved it.Match colors using color cards and chip clips from the Dollar Tree.She played in the dirt a lot while camping. She was good at getting others join her.Her favorite was with the boys. Here she is singing Happy Birthday with her dirt cake and stick candles (she loves Birthdays right now). She played games each night after dinner. She loves her doctor game. It is so cute and even better I got it from a church children resale for $2. Just like at home if she sees someone cooking she is there to help. Her she is make breakfast with her Auntie.This is quite time after lunch in the tent. She loved to play in the tent. Here she is playing with her Christmas gift from Gammy. It is a magnet Build a Bear dress up Bear and Bunny. She hasn't liked it much before now but loved it when camping. She learned to climb up the slide from watching the big kids. She got it on the first try. She stood on watch the older kids playing for about 20 minutes and then she tryed it and got it. I was happy to see her do it "wrong" something Girlygirl has a hard time with. She likes to so everything "right" all the time. I encourage her to try things a different way to see that it can be even more fun. Teacher her little cousin to play the drums with spoons. (At first she was mad. But then had tons of fun.) Tot School Cheek out what others are doing for Tot School by clink the link.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

20 Minute Cleaning

I hate to clean. If I could I'd never do it. Even now at home all day. I don't keep my house clean. I play so much with Girlygirl, do stuff outside, cook dinner everyday but I have a hard time cleaning. I know it is number one on Sweetdudes list to come home to a clean house. I know this so I try hard to clean my house house most days. My style of cleaning is well odd. Here is how I cleaning our living room.
My living room really did look like that. I set my timerSo I set the timer for 20 minutes. I got this idea from the FLYlady. She says 15 but I never finish in 15 minutes so I do 20. Then I pick up and put away all the big stuff that I can't sweep and put the dishes. 5 min in and one call from Girlygirl for help. My living room looks like this (picture below).Now what to do with that big pile in the mild of the room? I just put into smaller piles. Each room has a pile then I bring the whole pile to the room and put each thing in its place. After each pile has been put away the right way I clean the couch and sweep one more time to get the small stuff left. As you can see my room is not prefect but 90% better than before I started. 20 minute cleaning works for me. Go to We are that Family to see what works for others. Today I am going to say remember it is more fun to play in a clean your living space and enjoy it.