Recently we did an American Flag made of tissue paper – this would be perfect for Veteran’s Day or Flag Day or Memorial Day or 4th of July. I found a printable online and used that as my pattern. Googling “American flag printable” and then looking at the images has lots of possibilities.
I gave the kids two choices – they could either do the whole flag in tissue paper or they could color everything but the stars. To do the whole flag took a good half hour.
You’ll need to cut lots and lots of 1×1 squares of red, white, and blue tissue paper.
We did the stars first so I put a dab of glue on each star (use liquid glue, not a glue stick).
Then put the squares around an unused pencil eraser and scrunch it.
Stick it on a star and repeat 49 more times.
For the blue background, we just put a row of blue around the edge of the stars. If you’re really ambitious, you could put a blue in between each star.
Finally, do the stripes (remember the first one is red).
So, I haven’t mentioned my honeydews in a while…it seems that they need water to grow. Who knew?
I put plastic lids under the melons to keep the from rotting and to keep slugs away.
This one might recover. *fingers crossed*
This one is looking pretty dead.
This one looks great and of course it didn’t flower so there are no melons.
Honeydews need the summer heat and humidity so I’ll try them again in a few months. Never fear, I’ve moved on to my winter gardening idea. We recently got a new recycling can so I’m turning my old ones into raised beds. The one with the marigold has peppers planted and the other one has parsley on one side. I’m planning to put lettuce in the other half. I also plan to water them a little more regularly.
I’ve updated my Footie Pants page to include pictures of different options. I also added a Pricing page. It is by no means all inclusive, but it does give you an idea of some of the more popular materials and requests. I’m always willing to work with customers. To contact me, please go to SewMona and use the “contact shop owner” link on the left-hand side.
Recently we went to a little playground. There really wasn’t much there and it was geared for the 2-5 crowd (my youngest is 5). My kids were the only ones there, so they entertained themselves by doing all the things that were against the rules. They didn’t even know they were not playing the way they should – they were just playing, having fun, being kids.
Swings (there were two – this one and a toddler one).
The main playground
Seriously, there were a lot of rules for that little playground – some of the stuff they don’t even have there. Vertical ladders and whirls (if there weren’t pictures, I would’ve been clueless!)? What’s wrong with monkey bars and merry-go-rounds? Tell me why you can’t swing an empty swing? I think they forgot one rule under swings – don’t jump off a moving swing (surely that’s more dangerous then swinging an emtpy swing?). What kid doesn’t love to climb up a slide or slide down backwards or *gasp* head first??
I understand that if there were a lot of kids there, the rules are to help make it safe, but still, that’s a lot of rules. It seems that if people used common sense, it would go a long ways. Teaching kids some basic rules – like watch out for the little kids (I’m constantly reminding them of this), My kids know they can climb up a slide only if no one is waiting to go down. They’re taught that pushing and shoving are not acceptable. Hurrying someone up the ladder is a no-no. Going down the slide before the person at the bottom gets out the way is off limits (well, if it’s a sibling, then maybe it’s OK…).
In my world playgrounds are for having fun, trying new stuff (my youngest shimmies up swingset poles), and not always following the rules. What about you?
My idea for art class this week was based on something I loved doing as a kid – making scribbles and then coloring them in. My father-in-law did the above drawing. It has my daughters hands traced in it as well as her scribbles which he then incorporated into the design. I certainly didn’t expect this caliber of art from elementary students, but perhaps I should have explained the scribble part better. A lot of what they did was just scribble-color the whole page,
I envisioned something more like this:
My kids kind of got the idea.
It was a fun and easy craft requiring no preparation and no special items.
Did you ever do scribble drawings? What was your favorite artsy thing to do?
One dish I really like is stuffed peppers, except I don’t care for large pieces of pepper. As a kid, I just gave my pepper to my mom. I think she ate everyone’s pepper and not much filling while the rest of us ate just the filling. I revamped it to suit my family’s taste and to encourage my kids to eat the peppers (and me too). The original recipe didn’t have nearly enough seasoning for us, so I upped the amounts – you can adjust them to your family’s taste. This is also a great way to use up some leftovers – rice, peppers, hamburg, ends of bread, add some spices bake just long enough to heat through.
How pretty! I normally only use green peppers to make this, but I had some leftover peppers from a veggie tray so I used them.
- 2-3 peppers, diced
- 1 lb ground beef browned with 1 small onion (or 1 tsp onion salt)
- Prepare 2 cups cooked rice
To the beef & onion, add the following:
- 1t salt
- 1t celery seed
- 1/2t paprika
- 1t curry powder
- 2T Worcestershire sauce
Mix well, then stir in the rice and peppers. Top with bread crumbs. Spread in a 9×9 pan and bake at 350 for 30 minutes.
Proverbs 3:5-6 says “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”
Sunday Verse includes a simple verse, perfect for memorizing.
Our next craft was taken from here. I simplified it some because I didn’t want to get into painting with little kids just yet. I printed out the pattern and then photocopied it onto red, yellow, and orange construction paper. I learned from last week that the kids didn’t like to trace and I spent a lot of time tracing their patterns for them. I thought they would be asking for help cutting, but they did surprisingly well! Each kid had time to make two or three leaves (depending on how well they focused on the task at hand).
Anyway, first make the fan folds on the long edge (hot dog folds).
Then open it back up and fold the paper in half the other way (a hamburger fold – anybody else have kids that were taught this way?).
Keep it folded in half and cut out the leaf.
Then, open it back up and redo the fan folds.
Fold it in half so the long edges of the leaf meet. Glue (or tape or staple) the long edges together and voila, leaf.
The great thing about this is it doesn’t matter how you make the fan folds. Big, little, a mix, it all works and makes the leaves unique.
Possibly the most important verse to remember:
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16
Sunday Verse includes a simple verse, perfect for memorizing.