Monthly Archives: January 2018

Chinese New Year: Fire Breathing Dragon Craft

Chinese New Year is coming. February 16th is the Chinese New year, the year of the Dog will be upon us! Every year families gather to celebrate Chinese New Year and celebrate health, wealth, and good fortune.

Every year in school my kids do something for chinese new year. But they enjoy it so much I try to have a craft waiting for them when they get home as well. This year I found this fun dragon craft. It is such a simple craft, but it will bring them so much joy to see it waiting for them when they get home.

We all love to celebrate together, we even prepare chinese food for dinner and eat fortune and almond cookies for dessert. This year they can enjoy playing with their dragons after dinner. Thank you to Homeschool Giveaways for the craft tutorial. Homeschool Giveaways offers many more ideas for creating and learning at home. Be sure to check them out!

What kind of occasions do you celebrate with your family that isn’t exactly traditions of your own culture or religion? We think it is important to learn about different cultures and religions in our family so we try to do little activities, crafts, or even find books about other cultures and read about them together.  

New in Shop: Wes and Willy Shirts!

We love Wes and Willy. They create incredible styles for boys. We try to keep them in stock as much as possible because their styles excite boys with all sorts of different interests. We know that boys have style. We know that they want more than just sports clothes. More than just boring tees. They want variety. Wes and Willy offers that. Be sure to check out all of their great styles!

Boys Skateboard Backpack Shirt by Wes and Willy: Do you have a skater boy? This long sleeve shirt will be perfect for them. It features a backpack strap on the front and a skateboard and backpack on the back. Whimsical and fun this is great for that wheeler in your life.

Wes and willy shirt with backpack graphic design

Boys Brontosaurus Has Had it Shirt by Wes and Willy: this fun blue shirt is funny and witty. Long-sleeved, it features a screen print of a brontosaurus on the front with the saying, “Brontosaurus has had it up to here!” Funny and witty it will impress not only the dinosaur lover but the also the smart-alec in your family.

Brontosaurus wes and willy shirt

Boys Rescue Dog V-Neck by Wes and Willy: this blue and red v-neck features a rescue dog on the front. This dog is here to save the day with his rescue flask. Do you have a dog-lover? A boy that wants to be a first-responder? This shirt will impress.

Wes and Willy shirts

Sensory Bin Activity: Rainbow Rice

Now that school is back in session my big kids are all gone for the day, which leaves me open to do more one-on-one activities with my youngest little guy. I try to keep him entertained and learning at least part of the day. I do have other things to do each day so I am not hovering over him engaging him in activities 24/7. However, I do try to do something interactive with him at least once a day. At two years old he loves to do things that are hands-on, messy, and destructive. I know that all of that is good for his cognitive development, including imaginary play and problem-solving. So I let him get wild and really learn hands-on several times a week.

This month I thought it would be fun to try something really hands-on. Since it has been so cold outside we haven’t been able to explore the outdoors as much as he likes. So instead I thought it would be fun to find a way for him to dig, and play as if he were outside. This sensory bin with colored rice will allow him to do just that.

This colored rice sensory bin is so easy to create and it allows for a lot of interactive play. I found this easy to follow tutorial on how to make colored rice here at Powerful Mothering. Thank you Powerful Mothering for such an easy tutorial. Be sure to check out Powerful Mothering for other great ideas for kids and parenting.