This blog is about taking 10 minutes each day or multiple times a day to teach your child or children something, ANYTHING in a fun and engaging way. What parent, no matter how busy, can't spare that little amount of time?
Not feeling creative? I will help you! Browse through the many different 10 minute activities posted here. So, don't delay, take ten with your children again and again and again!
We had a wedding to go to and we also have a strict budget to adhere to...how do we go to a wedding, take a nice gift, and not break the bank? This is where one must get creative.
I recently have become more interested in re-purposing items I find at yard sales, Goodwill, etc. And burlap for decorating is becoming really popular so I like to use it in projects too. I combined an estate sale item with a little paint and burlap to create a nice wedding gift for only $4.50 out of pocket.
Here is what I did, and yes the kids can help too! (With a little guidance of course.)
1.) I bought this frame for $2.00 at an estate sale.
2.) I took out the backing, the print, and the glass and laid the frame on top of a cardboard box in the yard. Then, I spray painted it an almond/cream color. It covered up the blemishes and gave it a fresh, new look.
3.) I used about half a yard of burlap to wrap around the cardboard backing that was in the frame and hot glued it down. Then I taped it to the back also to ensure it stayed in place.
4.) Next, I stenciled in Mr. and Mrs. Est 2013 onto the burlap using permanent marker.
5.) Finally I placed it back into the frame with the glass over the top.
6.) Here it is! At first I only had Mr. and Mrs. on there, but later added the Est. 2013.
7.) This cost me an estimated $4.50--Frame: $2 Burlap $1.50 and part of a can of spray paint $1.00.
I've been slacking on taking tens with my kids lately. Not just regular old take tens, but planned, thought out, take tens. So today I made a schedule and made myself stick to it.
Yes I wrote it on a magna doodle because it's kid friendly! ...but I also took a picture of it in case someone erased it. I showed the kids the schedule when they woke up and they were excited for it! They kept asking "what's next?" after we would finish something.
Everything on the list went smoothly except for math.
I made math worksheets and I should have foreseen the problem. I should have known the kids would get frustrated trying to do a math problem while their mom was in the shower unable to help. But I still like the schedule idea. I can see this helping for a homeschooling future.
I got this idea from Pinterest and my kids LOVED it!
1.) Get a piece of blank paper.
2.) Fold it so that when it is unfolded there are eight little squares from the fold marks.
3.) In each square write an addition problem.
4.) Show the kids how to make dots for each number. For example, if the problem is 1+2 the child would write one dot for the 1 and 2 dots for the 2.
5.) Have the kids count all of the dots together to solve the equation.