Sunday, March 31, 2013

Are you "Egg-cited" about eggs? =)

Happy Easter everyone!
   I hope everyone is having a wonderful Easter! Since we don't have family out here we are laying low today and just relaxing! I am actually waiting to hear from my sister soon so that we can SKype with the family and somewhat spend some time together for this holiday!
   Yesterday we colored eggs in a different way. I found the idea on Pinterest (as I seem to be doing alot of these days), posted from Shannon over at Tot School.
   I remember dying eggs last year and my little one didn't care to eat them b/c once we peeled them, she did not like that they were colored on the inside! So... to try and color eggs without the dye seeping into the egg, we attempted to try this: 
We used white vinegar, food coloring, whip cream and eggs.
First I had her put on an apron. Then I soaked the eggs in the bowl with vinegar for few minutes.
Then I put some whip cream in a bowl and added some food coloring and had her mix it. (We tried not to mix too much so that we could get some kind of swirl on the eggs.)

Once they were done, I used a spatula to get them out of the bowls and onto a plate. 
   One thing on her blog that was  specifically noted was that the eggs need to be refrigerated for at least 8 hours in order for the color to stay on the eggs. And this morning before she woke up, I wiped the whip cream off the eggs (very carefully) and we had some cute eggs! 
   (And when we cracked them open and peeled them, there was very little to no dye on the inside of egg at all!)
    OH--- I just remembered earlier today that I never posted the goodies I made for my daughter's Easter party at school nor the treats I made for my co-workers! It is so funny b/c they already know me and look forward to me yummy  little treats when holidays come around!
   Anyhow, I made little Bunny Tails for the kids at my daughter's school. Rather than use donut holes (which I could not find), I used mini donuts!
   And for my co-workers, I made these cute little butterflies using Reese's Egg Shaped Candy.
   And with Easter and Eggs on our mind the past few days, my little munchkin and I engaged ourselves into some fun and creative Egg Art Projects!
   Again, my fellow blogger over at Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas, highlighted a fun art activity (Wet Chalk and Tape Resist EasterEgg) that involves 4 simple items: Cardstock paper, colored chalk, water and masking tape.
   Anyhow, back to the Wet Chalk Art--- All you do is cut out an oval shape from the paper, place masking tape however you please, then dip the chalk into water and color away!
 Even I couldnt resist making one!
Once we were done, we let them sit out to dry for awhile.

   My little one wanted to take off of her egg all by  herself, and had a bit of a rough time and some of the paper got torn off.
 But they came out so Cute!  And it doesn't smear much as it would if it were dry chalk!
   Then we went on a button search to find enough fun and colorful buttons for our next project:   

A FUN button egg craft! 
(Which I still have to get into a frame!!)
  And she didn't want to stop there! OH-- my little one loves arts & crafts! She had randomly picked up an white egg decoration at Michaels last weekend and she wanted to paint it!  
   So she did just that! I was a pink and purple egg because those two are her favorite colors! (as she reminded me 50 times as she was painting it!)

 And well, that was all the "EGG-citing" Egg fun we had!

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Friday, March 29, 2013

"Egg"-cellent Ways to Learn Letters...with a little FREEBIE!

  YAY!! Spring Break is here!! 

Now I wish the weather would just cooperate a bit!
   This coming week, I plan to relax a bit, maybe catch up with some blogging and then… we are going to the Alicia Keys Girl on Fire Concert…in Toronto! It is only a 2 hour drive away, and I am SO EXCITED!!  It will prove to be the highlight of my spring break! 
   I am a huge fan of Alicia Keys! She is truly a talented artist (whom I had the pleasure of meeting years ago at her book signing) and after 10 years, she still remains my favorite artist, always keeping it classy with her wonderful work!  This will be the 2nd time I attend one of her concerts and I cannot wait!!!! 
   Anyhow, I will save all the excitement for later!!
   It has been all about eggs and letters the past few days with my little munchkin.
   Here are just a few simple activity ideas that we did throughout the week to practice learning letters with a fun Easter theme!
   I saw this idea on Apples and ABCs blog, using sight words and I just tweaked the activity for my little one!
   We worked on letter identification with these cute little eggs that I found at the Dollar Tree. I filled them with letter tiles, Easter confetti and some jellybeans! My personal favorites are Starburst Jelly Beans…Pure Deliciousness!!!
   She emptied each egg and named the letters that were in each one! And as a special bonus, if she named all the letters correctly, she was able to eat the jelly beans that were inside the eggs!
   And here is another idea that we have yet to do, but she has been waiting for me to get it all together!
   I was still on a Peep high from our Peep-tastic fun from earlier this week, so I created a Peeps Alphabet Match FREEBIE just in time for EASTER, which is also featured on this week’s Freebie Friday at Teaching Blog Addict.

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Some "Peep-tastic" Fun!

   So, I will admit... I am not a big fan of the ever so popular candy Peeps!
   BUT as I browsed around Pinterest and many other awesome blogs, I found some FUN stuff to do with peeps that don't require having to eat them.
   Bernadette, over at Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas, shared a post about Easter Science Fun. She highlighted a science experiment called The Microwaved Peep Experiment that I have been just dying to try!! THANKS for this idea, Bernadette!  (Be sure to go visit her blog to check out some more fun ideas!)
   So, we bought some peeps, and I had my little munchkin try one...Guess what? She isn't too thrilled about them either!
  So, getting her to play with them was so easy. We put the 1st peep in the microwave  for 25 seconds and watched it inflate twice its size. But one we opened the microwave door, it was quick to deflate.
   My 14 year old son was watching along and urged me to put it in longer. So  we took another one and put it in for 45 seconds. This one got even bigger! And quickly deflated and was splattered on the plate!
Check out my little one's face!
   THEN he put one in for a inflated to what I am sure was its max size, then began to deflate and started to burn through the styrofoam plate!!  OOOPS!!
   And once we opened the microwave door-- Wooo-wee! Did it stink!
   It was SOOOO much fun doing that! Even my 14 year old got a kick out the "exploding peeps"! He now wants to try it with the mega peeps we saw in the store the other day!
   We managed to save a few peeps so that we could play some more!
   And so I brought out some paint and had my little one paint with Peeps!
A Perfect Peep Painting!
Who knew Peeps could provide so much fun?!
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Friday, March 22, 2013

It's a Birthday GIVEAWAY!!

    Well, this month marks the month that I began my blog, last year! 
   It was off to a slow start, and well it is still kind of slow! (Still waiting on that 100 follower mark I will get there eventually.) They always say “You get out what you put in”, and I wish I had the time and energy to be a better blogger and focus on ways to increase my readership, but life always gets in the way!!
   BUT I am so happy to have connected with so many bloggers in the past year. Many of you have inspired me to kick things up a notch in my preschool classroom, so this blogging business hasn’t been a total waste of time! =)  Just kidding I do really enjoy all of this and I love blog hopping whenever I get a chance. I just wish I had maybe 5 more hours in my day
  ANYWAY to celebrate I wanted to go all out, but I figured I can save something like that for laterwhen my Follower Number reaches triple digits!!
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