Teach Me Tuesday: Jack-o-Lantern Game

Welcome to Teach Me Tuesday! A (mostly) weekly series where we share all things kid-friendly that you can do with your kids or teach them how to do. It can be educational, artistic, scientific, hands-on…anything goes as long as it’s kid approved! Today, our kid-friendly contributor is sharing a fun game your little pumpkins will love!

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Hi Friends of Kara!! Michelle from Delicate Construction here. Can you believe that it is already October? I surely can’t, but it is, so let’s embrace it with a fun and easy preschool Jack-o-Lantern Game!

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All you need for this is orange (4 sheets), black (1 sheet) and brown (1 sheet) felt, some hot glue, pillow fluff and a wooden cube. All easy stuff that you can find at the craft store! First, take the four sheets of orange felt and cut a pumpkin shape out of them as big as you can.

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Then cut one stem out of the brown that you will sandwich between the two orange pumpkin shapes.

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Glue the stem between the two layers and then glue around the orange pumpkins to attach them together pillow style. Leave an opening at the bottom.

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Fill it up with your pillow fluff.

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Then, use the hot glue to close up the opening so you essentially have two pumpkin pillows.

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Now it is time to put make the face pieces! These are all cut out of black felt and really I just wanted to have 6 different shapes so that there was something for each side of the wooden cube or dice. These don’t get glued to the pumpkin because this is going to be a reusable game.

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After all you face pieces are created, each shape goes on each side of the wooden cube that will become your dice for the game. After drawing on the shapes, I also drew on the edges because I thought it looked a little more fun! You don’t have to.

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Now you are ready to play the game! Basically it is designed so one child rolls the dice and then adds that piece to their jack-o-lantern, and then the next child goes. This goes back and forth until someone has a whole jack-o-lantern face. You can decide if the eye need to be the same shape which may help the game go a little faster. Also fun, you can make as many of the pumpkin and face pieces as you need for your group for not much more money!

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What games do you like to play for Halloween?

Teach Me Tuesday: Learning Through Games

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Welcome to Teach Me Tuesday! A (mostly) weekly series where we share all things kid-friendly that you can do with your kids or teach them how to do. It can be educational, artistic, scientific, hands-on…anything goes as long as it’s kid approved! Today I’m going to be sharing how learning through games is not only fun for kids, but it’s super engaging. And let’s face it… if you are having fun while you are learning, you will more likely retain the information. 

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As a former elementary school teacher, it is safe for me to say that there are a TON of different learning styles. But it is also safe to say that most kids are willing to learn anything that involves FUN or a GAME of some kind. Now at home and homeschooling my daughter, I have found that whether I am teaching my daughter new concepts or reviewing old concepts, educational games are often times my go-to answer. Sometimes I make up the game myself, and other times I’m lucky enough to find a game that relates to whatever we are learning.

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One of my favorite resources for educational games is ThinkFun. They offer a variety of educational games for different grade levels and they also offer teacher resources and game bundles. Recently my daughter and I played the Robot Turtles Board Game, the first board game for little programers. That’s right. A board game that teaches computer programming early on to kiddos.

The coolest part ever is that this game was designed by a dad (and computer software entrepreneur) for his 4 year old twins. It’s super kid-friendly, colorful, and fun. Through simple commands, kids learn what it means to write code, debug and use functions. Something even I can learn!

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Robot Turtles Board Game allows the kids to be the programmers (who have all the control) of the computer, which is the parent. Yes, parents, you play too!

My other favorite part about this game is that it advances as your child does. So you can start this board game with your 4 year old, but expect to play for years to come as they advance and understand more about computer programming through playing Robot Turtles. 

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I also love that this game encourages the entire family to get involved. Kids of all ages and parents alike are all about to spend family time together, having fun and being silly all while learning. I’m thinking that’s a win folks!

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You can find Turtle Robots at Target and on Amazon. And you can also enter the giveaway below to win your own Turtle Robots Board Game! Think… early Christmas ‘shopping!’ 

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Giveaway is open to US residents 18 years or older. Giveaway closes in one week and the winner will be notified. Good luck and thank you for entering! 

Teach Me Tuesday: 14 Valentine’s Day Games for Kids

Hey there friends! Welcome to Teach Me Tuesday, where I share all things kid-friendly. Most of which involves you teaching your kiddo a craft, learning activity, game, etc. 

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We are in the midst of planning a Valentine’s Day party with our homeschool group, so I was searching for fun activities and games for our special day. I came across 14 Valentine’s Day Games for Kids of all ages that you are sure to love. Check them all out by clicking on the links below!

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SO fun, right?! Perfect to do with your kids on Valentine’s Day or if you are having a Valentine’s party. Any room moms or teacher friends out there? I think your party has been pretty much planned *wink*. Don’t forget to PIN it!

Thanks for stopping by today friends! What fun traditions do you have with the kiddos for Valentine’s Day?

Teach Me Tuesday: Build a Snowman Game

Hey there and welcome to Teach Me Tuesday where I share all things kiddo-friendly. Games, crafts, educational activities, and more!

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Have you taken the kids to see Disney’s Frozen yet? We have already seen it twice (we LOVE it) and my daughter is always singing the songs from the movie and reenacting different scenes. We both fell in love with the snowman character, Olaf, and since we don’t have snow where we live, I improvised and came up with a different plan.  Check out this Do you Want to Build a Snowman Game…

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Back when I taught first grade, I had a winter center that was very similar to this and my students loved it. So I decided to recreated it for my daughter and she loves it. And of course I want to share it with Mine for the Making readers so that you can play with your kiddos too!

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Just download these printables (personal use only) HERE and HERE. Then print them out on white card stock and laminate the snowman print. Then grab a dice and dry erase marker and have fun!

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Roll the dice and draw the corresponding snowman part with the dry erase marker. Once the snowman is complete, you can erase it and play again!

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Although this snowman may not be as exciting at a real snowman (or a singing snowman from a DIsney movie), it’s still super cute and super fun! I’m positive your kids will love it too. 

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DIY Wooden Checkerboard Game

Hello there!

One of my sisters (in law) is planning a “Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn” themed baby shower for the other sister (in law) who is expecting her first baby boy. My sister is using lots of vintage, shabby pieces to decorate with and asked me if I could make a DIY Wooden Checkerboard Game (or two) to have at the shower for guests to play. What a fun idea! I knew it needed to be shabby to fit with the theme. Here’s how it turned out…

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I really love how it turned out and it was fairly simple to make. I went through my button stash and pulled out white buttons and gold/brass buttons to use as the game pieces. I think that little touch really goes a long way.

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Would you like to make your own? Here’s what you’ll need:

10×10 inch piece of sanded wood

1 inch wide masking tape

2 colors of spray paint (I used white and almond)

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pencil

sanding block

dark brown stencil cream

newspaper

buttons

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Let’s get started!

First you want spray paint your 10×10 piece of sanded wood with white spray paint. I applied 2 coats, allowing each coat to dry in between.

After the paint dries, use your ruler to mark out the inches all the way around the square. I just used my pencil and made small marks at the edges of the wood at each inch line. So you should have 9 little marks on each side of your wood.

Next you want to run strips of tape down your board using your inch pencil marks as your guide. Tape every other space so that when you are done, you have stripes of tape and white paint. Flip your board and repeat the process so that you have taped out a checkerboard (or lattice).

Spray paint the board with the second color, in my case, the almond color. Allow dry time and then peel off the tape and discard.

Now it’s time to re-tape your board, but this time you want your strips of tape to go over the spots you just painted with your second color (almond). You still want the checkerboard (or lattice) look with the tape.

Spray paint the board again with the second color (almond) and allow dry time. Peel the tape off and discard.

Using the newspaper, mask and tape off the center of the checkerboard so that only the outer inch of the board is showing all the way around (you will have the inner 8×8 square taped off and masked).

Spray paint the inch boarder you created with the 2nd color (almond) of paint as well. Allow dry time and peel off the tape and newspaper.

You should have an 8×8 checkerboard with an inch boarder all the way around the checkerboard.

Sand and scuff up the board with your sanding block…you want it to look distressed and worn.

Using a piece of newspaper, rub streaks of the dark brown stencil cream into the wood. Use the sanding block again to distress the stencil cream you added.

Pull out 16 buttons per player (matching so you can keep track of who is who) and get your checkers on!

This project took me about 30-40 minutes to make one, and that’s only because I had to allow for dry time.

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What a cute game to add to the baby shower…especially with the theme! And don’t you think this would make a great handmade gift for a girl or a boy…of almost any age! I’m even thinking it would make a great family gift. I already have handmade holiday gifts on the brain and I’m thinking this one will be my go-to gift this year!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

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Kiddie Halloween Party

Tomorrow is Halloween!
Where did this month go? October always seems to be packed full for us…how about you?
Today I am sharing a FUN Halloween party a good friend and I threw for our kiddos and their friends. We found much of our inspiration from our cyberspace and had so much fun creating fun food, decor, and activities for the kids to do.
We kept our budge down by making a lot of the decorations ourselves and by using what we already had in our Halloween decor stash. 
Jack-o-lantern balloons- Brittny (my partner in crime)
Spider balloon inspiration- Family Crafts
Paper & yarn bats – yours truly 
We had so much fun making Halloween themed food. 
Mummy dogs- yours truly 
Witch brooms (pretzels/Reeses) inspiration- Pebbles in my Pocket
7 Layer Web dip w/ tortilla chips- Women’s Day
Pumpkin Pie dip with apples, animal crackers, and graham crackers- Skinny Taste 
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cupcakes with cream cheese frosting- yours truly 
Spider web design inspiration- Easy Cupcakes
Paper plate & yarn spider web craft- Brittny
Ghost bowling- Brittny
Cupcake Walk (not pictured)- Paging Supermom
Halloween Bingo (not pictured)- The Crafting Chicks
My favorite part of the party was the fun all the kiddies had.
And how cute are the jack-o-lantern smiles (my beloved Silhouette made those babies)?! LOVE.
And the party planners… Miss Kitty (me) and Rosie the Riveter (Brittny). 
It’s nice to let loose and be the FUN mom every once in a while {wink wink}.
Thanks for stopping by today!
I hope you have a safe and HAPPY Halloween!!

Little Mister Mustache Bash {baby shower}

For the last two months I have been preparing for my sister’s baby shower.

The second I found out she was expecting a boy, the theme came to me in an instant.

I started designing things for the shower right away and had SO MUCH FUN planning this party.

My sister and I have almost 10 years between us, but we are VERY close. It was important to me to make her shower super special and memorable while keeping it budget friendly.

Today I am going to share the pictures of her shower with you, and tomorrow I will share all of the prints I created for FREE. That’s right, sweet friends. An entire boy baby shower that you can download and print for no cost other than the paper and ink used to print. Because sharing is caring *winks*

Let’s check out the Little Mister Mustache Bash {baby shower}…

 Almost every decoration was designed or mad by me. I spray painted and antiqued cheap frames, turned my Spring Wreath into the shower wreath, used my silhouette to cut out mustaches, and designed the prints that are in the frames on my computer. I also made chocolate mustaches for party favors for our guests…they turned out WAY cute.

Streamers, tissue paper pom-poms, a mustache chandi, washi tape pennant banners, and a collage of weekly baby bump photos…plus a lot of little details (love the little details).

 We had an awesome spread of food. My husband made salsa and a pretty fruit tray, my mom brought a cheese and crackers tray, meatballs, and chips; a friend made cupcakes; I hand dipped strawberries in chocolate, made Chicken Cabbage Salad, and Key Lime Cheesecake Bars.

 I had 4 fun games planned and a diaper raffle. My mom bought 4 gift cards for the game winners and I put together a gift bag of some of my handmade jewelry for the raffle winner.

-Don’t say BABY! 

(Give guest mini clothes pins to clip to their clothing. If you hear someone say BABY, steal their clothes pin. Whoever has the most at the end of the shower wins.)

-Sculpt a BABY!

(All guests are given a small container of Play Doh and a baking cup. Guests have 5 minutes to sculpt a baby. The mommy-to-be decides who made the most life-like baby.)

-How big is the momma?

(Guests use a piece of yarn to guestimate how big around the mommy-to-be is.)

-Draw a BABY!

(Guest are given a marker and small piece of paper. They place the paper on their head and draw a baby without looking, within 2 minutes…NO peeking! The mommy-to-be decides who drew the cutest baby.)

 My sister made out well in the gift department. Most everyone brought a book for baby rather than a card and wrote a message inside (suggested on the invite) and diapers for the raffle, which was GREAT! She got a ton of cute clothes, blankets, a stroller, carseat, swing, and lots of other baby essentials. Talk about blessed! And of course my nephew got a ton of handmade items from his auntie, including that bow tie onesie. LOVE.

Lots of friends and family which is what really made this a celebration.

We all love my sister and her little mister so much.

It was a blast preparing and planning this shower and my sister had a great time, so I consider this shower a SUCCESS. *Pats self on back* 



What do YOU think about the shower? 
I would love your feedback.

Join me tomorrow for all of the free prints from the Little Mister Mustache Bash {baby shower}!


Click HERE for the prints!