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Saturday, January 22, 2011

Today Is Brought To You By The Letter N; Tinfoil Letter

We are a little over half done with the alphabet series and today is the letter N. I thought of something easy and silly today. This will also work well with any letter you are having trouble remembering.

Run on over to the pantry and grab a large piece of tin foil. Crinkle it all up and form the letter N.

That is it. Simple and sweet!

Don't forget to write the letter N and practice it's sound.

If your little learner is ambitious you could make tin foil letters for the entire alphabet.


Today Is Brought To You By The Letter M; Toilet Paper Roll Mouse

What you will need:
Toilet paper roll
Glue or tape
Construction paper

Cover the tp roll in gray construction paper.
Cut out the face.
Using markers draw the mouse's face and glue it onto the toilet paper roll.
Cut out a tail and glue it on.

Be sure to practice writing today's letter and also making the Mmmmm sound.

This has been a really fun and crafty series. Be sure to check in on all the ABC crafts by MeloMomma!

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Friday, January 21, 2011

Homemade Bean Bag Game

What to do on a rainy morning?

We made homemade bean bags and have created our own game using nothing but items we have in our house.

First go grab some beans from the pantry or dog food. If you are in need of a good laugh, I recommend dog food. My dogs could smell the food in the sock but could not get to it. They have been chasing the beanbags around sniffing and biting them. It is amusing!

Now, find some old socks. I always keep the socks that lose their mates just in case we need them for crafts later.

Fill the socks up and tie the top. After we played for a while my son decided to grab a marker and decorate his beanbag.

Then, I grabbed a laundry basket and two cardboard boxes. If you make it in the laundry basket you get 10 points. The boxes are smaller so you get 20 points if you make it in them.

Have fun!


Today Is Brought To You By The Letter L; Jello Jigglers

I have thrown lots of ideas out there so far in this series, but this is the sweetest idea. Literally!

Today it is time to open up the pantry and make some Jello jigglers. But wait... don't just make ordinary jigglers, make them in the shape of the letter L. If you don't have a cookie cutter just cut the shape with a butter knife. This is a fun activity and is sure to bring a smile to your little learners face.

Don't forget to write the letter L and practice the sound it makes as well!


Thursday, January 20, 2011

Recipe Thursday: BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches

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1 boneless pork roast about 3 lbs.
BBQ Sauce
Hamburger buns

Place roast in slow cooker with one cup of water.
Cook on high for 3 hours.
Remove pork and dump out water.
Put pork back into the slow cooker.
Shred pork into bite size pieces using a fork.
Add 1 1/2 cup BBQ sauce to the shredded pork.
Mix well.

Side dish suggestions: Baked beans or coleslaw


Today Is Brought To You By The Letter K; Hand Letter

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Today I share a silly but effective idea to learn the letter K. This really will work with any letter you are learning and in fact I have done this with my son when he has trouble learning a letter.

You need to head over to your child's art bin and grab a washable marker. Choose their favorite color and write the letter on their hand. You can now ask them throughout the day what letter is on their hand. By the end of the day they will definitely know the letter of the day.

Also practice writing it and saying it's sound.

Additional ideas for today:
Alphabet soup
Homemade kaleidoscope
Whipped Cream Letter
Letter Hunt
Alphabet Men


Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Today Is Brought To You By The Letter J; J Shaped Jaguar

What you will need:
Googly eyes
Construction paper
Black marker

Cut out the letter J.

Make dots all over it.
Cut out the face.
Cut out the ears.
Cut out the hands and feet.
Cut out the tail.
Glue on the googly eyes.
Glue on the ears.
Glue on the hands and feet.
Glue on the tail.

While your Jaguar is drying be sure to practice writing the letter J and the sound it makes!

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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Your The Best Mom I Could Ever Have

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I generally share with you my chaotic stories of everyday life, but tonight amongst the busy time of this ABC series, I must share with you the sweetest story!

A few weeks ago I asked my oldest son on a date. I planned on going to Baskin Robbins and getting him anything his little heart desired. I was really excited and even posted on face book how excited I was.

When we woke up, I got showered and ready and he did not want to go. He would rather stay home and play with his Dad. I understood as his dad is busy working all week and when he is free to play Gabe is excited. After all, Mom's don't play Starwars like Dads do.

Although my heart was breaking because I really wanted this one on one time I decided to suck it up and take my toddler out instead. We did not go to ice cream but did a little shopping then to the play place in one of the stores as a fun reward.

I had decided to wait a month or so before I asked Gabe on another date and to my surprise a few nights ago, as I lay him down, he asked me for a Lego date in the morning. Legos are not my thing, but how could I say no? I was very excited and quickly agreed.

My husband likes to wake up before the chickens, so when he does, he brings Gabe into my bed so he is not woken by any noise.

When Gabe woke up he rolled over and said exactly this, "I'm so glad it is morning! I have been waiting to love on you all night!" With that he rolled over and snuggled up. My heart was pounding with joy as I snuggled him tightly. We cuddled for about ten minutes when he says, " Your the best mom I could ever have. Now, are you ready for our Lego date?"

Children can be such stinkers, but when they are sweet... they are really sweet!


Today Is Brought To You By The Letter I: Indian headband

What you will need:
Paper bag
Construction paper

Cut the paper bag to a three inch width.

Size it to the child's head and secure it with tape.
Cut out five feathers.
Make slits in each side of the feather to create more of a feather look.

Take the feathers to the inside back of the hat.

As always, make sure to practice writing the letter I and saying the sound it makes.
You may even want to walk around the house and find objects that start with the letter I.

If you are just now joining in on my ABC journey please be sure to check out all the crafts. Feel free to start at the letter A and follow along or just join in for a fun craft or two or ten!


Monday, January 17, 2011

Today Is Brought To You By The Letter H; Whipped Cream Letters

After practicing writing the letter H and making the H sound go grab some whipped cream out of the fridge.

Fill a cookie sheet full of whipped cream and allow your child to get messy while writing the letter H with their finger.

What a fun way to learn!


Sunday, January 16, 2011

Today Is Brought To You By The Letter G; Egg Carton Grasshopper

What you will need:
Egg carton
Green paint
Googly eyes
Pipe cleaners

Cut the egg carton to your desired length.
Paint it green.
Allow to dry.
Glue on googly eyes.
Using the tip of scissors (or a corn on the cob holder) poke a hole in the sides and the top.
Insert the pipe cleaner and bend to shape the two legs and the wings.

While the paint is drying be sure to practice the sound the letter G makes as well as writing it!

If you are just now joining me on this series be sure to check out all our crafts and projects we have done as we make our way through the alphabet.

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