Easy Bible crafts: 10 Commandments, Books of the Bible

    To help my boys memorize the Ten Commandments and the books of the Old and New Testaments I decided to put my laminator to work. I love God’s Word (my Bible) and I love my boys and I really really like my laminator! Laminating these cards make them durable. They will last longer than just going with cardstock alone.   I did tweak the free printables for the Ten Commandments to my liking, the free printable bookmarkers I used for the books of the Bible were just fine. Below I’ll share links to these free printables and a list of what you’ll need. I’m also using my Amazon affiliate links in this post. Clicking through them will not cost you anything and if you buy something Amazon may pay me a little (a VERY little) for sharing their links with you. Thank you for supporting my blog.       What you’ll need: cardstock or printer paper printer scissors markers, color pencils or crayons glue stick laminator (optional) laminator sheets or use clear contact paper instead key ring (I buy a small box of mixed key ring sizes at Walmart, but these king ring clips might be nice too). hole punch     Ten Commandments While you can do your own search for other options,  I believe I got my Ten Commandments printable from this source.  Customizing: I did print out a couple copies, used White-Out to cover any markings on the “stone tablets”, and made a page with a second set of stone tablets taped over the verse that is printed on one of the pages...

Our Minion Valentine’s Day boxes

      After showing my sons some Pinterest ideas for making their Valentine’s party boxes they decided on minions.  While I did help with some of the tricky parts these are ultimately their boxes and they had the “creative last word”.   I didn’t know how we were going to get the purple one done until we were into it so I thought I’d share a few points. This was the trickier of the two to do.     #1 –  I used a rectangular tissue box and opened one end of it. I tore off a couple of those top flaps and left the other two. This will hold the “hair” in place and allow it to be removed so my son can reach in and get his cards without tearing the box apart.   #2  – I took a doubled layer of purple tissue paper and wrapped it around the box with the pieces needing taped being on the backside. This opening allowed me to tape the tissue around the minion’s mouth (which is the regular opening the tissues are pulled from). I also taped the teeth in.   #3  & #4 –  For the hair I just took maybe 2 layers of tissue paper and folded upwards while twisting the middle into an “end” and then taped it to make it a bit stronger. This easily plugs into the box and can be removed.     I also cut the flaps from the top of the toaster box we used for the yellow minion so my other son could get cards out of his box...

Update on our Homeschooling Activities

  If I haven’t mentioned it yet on my blog, I will now. This year we joined our local Classical Conversations homeschool “co-op”. And, to help offset the tuition I am a tutor. In case you’re not familiar with “CC” – we meet one day a week for 24 weeks between August and May to learn a lot of classical memorization. CC makes a great “spine” for building on for your other homeschool studies.   Anyways, we finished up our first 12 weeks and we are on winter break till mid-January. So, a few of us decided we’d continue meeting on Tuesdays to do art projects. I thought I’d share what we’ve done so far. We’ve managed to include a little “school” on these days too – even if just a story or a CC review game.   Though we are on break for CC  – we are not on break from homeschooling.  We are filling our empty Tuesdays mornings during this break by meeting with friends and work on crafts. Here’s what we’ve done so far, and I am using my affiliate links in this post.   Week 1:  “Papa, please get the moon for me” – book and art project.     In addition to Tami reading the book she picked up at the library, Allie picked up some of the main supplies we didn’t have on hand.   Supplies: Some type of Bristol Board Paper (possibly sturdier than cardstock) paints & brushes (maybe acrylic?) star punch yellow cardstock for stars & moon or use foil star stickers scissors & glue wooden craft sticks, short and long...

Toilet paper roll Bird/squirrel feeder (with or without peanut butter)

I’m using my affiliate links in this post. My disclosure policy is here.   I’ve been saving a bunch of our empty toilet paper rolls for craft projects and just recently came across this one:  toilet paper roll birdfeeder -which became a squirrel feeder, to our enjoyment. It was really easy and I had everything I needed! My 9 year old was willing to help and it didn’t take much time; it also benefits our local wildlife (aka – the birds, chipmunks and squirrels in our yard).     I think this is a great way to get your kids to practice “spreading with a butter knife” too.  Preparing them to be able to spread their own peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, a by-product of having fun.     What you need: empty toilet paper rolls string or twine (I used kite string and twine we had on hand) scissors hole punch peanut butter (or sunflower butter for peanut allergies) birdseed plate & butter knife   Between the list above and the pictures below everything should be pretty self-explanatory.       Make sure you roll and pat the birdseed onto the peanut  (or sunflower) butter well to get it as coated as possible. If you’re child isn’t good at spreading you might want to help. Make sure you have enough peanut butter on there to hold the birdseed.   We hung ours in a various places outside.   The one hanging closest to the ground got the squirrels attention and brought us a a few episodes of squirrel-a-vision as you can see in these pictures.  Last I checked...

20+ DIY Gift Ideas Shared by my Facebook Friends

    Like many of you I’m on Facebook (personal account) ; and because I’m a blogger I do have a Facebook Page (which is kind of a “must” for a professional blogger).  You can follow me there if you’d like. Please do, in fact! This is one of the places I share my latest blog posts.   I also have a free email subscription available so you get my new posts sent directly to your  email the morning after they are posted. I’d love to send these posts to you, you can subscribe here.   [Back to Facebook.] Well,  I’ve been thinking about Christmas.  Since I’m thinking about making homemade gifts this year I recently asked my Facebook Friends on my personal Facebook wall:   “… what have been some of your favorite small inexpensive, maybe homemade gifts you’ve received or given?”   I was truly impressed with the response I received. And, on  hindsight I decided this would make a good post to share, thus we have 20+ DIY Gift Ideas Recommended by my Facebook Friends.        20+ Homemade DIY Gift Ideas   making cookies or other desserts  1784 Colonial American Molasses cookies (delish!) Cinnamon rolls (adapted from a Starbucks recipe)   freshly grated Romano Cheese (along with some ammo )   photo magnets made out of flat sided gems and pictures of family members   family scrapbook can be from parent to child, grandchild to grandparent, sister to sister, etc   framed photo/ scrapbook of an older parent’s childhood home (very thoughtful and creative!)   homemade spices (steak rub, taco seasoning, etc and include...

Practicing thankfulness with a Thankful (wall) Tree

    I thought I’d share our Thankful (wall) Tree. I found this idea online and pinned it a long time ago it seems. Finally, we have made one of our own.  I like this. Having a Thankful Tree helps me be intentional to teach my boys to get in the practice of looking for something new every. single. day. to be thankful for.       You can make yours any way you want. I used several pieces of brown cardstock I had on hand and formed a tree out of it, taping the backside seams together and then using that blue tacky-putty to adhere it to the wall.   The leaves you see are leftovers from some die-cuts I had purchased at the dollar store awhile back. I ran back to the dollar store this week and they don’t have them anymore so I am cutting out a variety of leaves free hand from colored card stock. You can also use construction paper or plain white paper and have the kids color them.   The boys and I are adding one leaf each, per day with something new to be thankful for every day in November up to Thanksgiving Day.         In addition, I plan for us to be making owls (there are some really cute ideas on Pinterest for this – check out my Fall Fun & Yum board here) to put in our tree. We might even come up with a squirrel or other critter to add to our scene.  One of my boys made a couple flying owls already, can you...