Lovely Yarn

So I took these pictures with the intent to post this on Valentines Day (well, that did not happen)!! However, they did come out super cute, and I thought this would still be fun for upcoming “holidays” (St.Patrick’s Day, Easter, etc.)! They would also make great “little gifts” for family, friends, and teachers.

You Need: 
Cookie Cutters (any shape we did hearts)
Corn Starch
Parchment Paper
A Magnet Strip (or old advertising magnet would work great too!)

First, cut the yarn into pieces and make the cornstarch glue. Using a sauce pan heat 1/4 c. cornstarch and 1/2 c. water over a low/medium heat stir until smooth (see below).

Allow the “glue” to cool to touch. Place parchment paper on a cookie sheet/activity tray. Then place the cookie cutter on top of the parchment paper let your little ones go to town dipping string pieces into the “glue”. Carefully pulling out one string at a time and using your thumb and forefinger to clean off an access “glue”. Lay the yarn inside the cookie cutter. Repeating the process until a thin layer of yarn is in the cookie cutter forming the chosen shape.

Remove the cookie cutter and gently press the shape down. Let dry completely (we put ours in the oven for 1 hr @ 250 degrees). After the drying is compete you can then glue your yarn shape onto a magnet for a fun gift or decoration!!

WEE love Winter

“Wee” love winter…well sort of!! I drink way more coffee, dressing the kids in 10 layers just to go to the library is not exactly a favorite of mine, and the wet sloppy boots leaving wet puddles on our tiny landing is priceless. 
Other that that I love Winter!!!

We recently made “hole punch” snowflakes. I must say either my hole punch is really hard to push or this project was just not well suited for my little ones. This was one of those projects looks great but Mommy did the entire thing. I will be switching up a few things next time for sure to make it easier for the munchkins.

I’m not sure if this counts as school, but my little man has been busy at work these days…learning how to use a sippy cup, trying new foods (banana’s being his favorite), and scooting around (mostly backwards) at 7months old…he is happily progressing right along!

Family sledding day… this was the first time for Boo and Mr. Smiles (yes, the baby did go down too). The girls had an absolute blast and Mr. Smiles was a lil’trooper …

This Winter we have had snow on the ground about 95% of the time. Unfortunately, we have not had any good snow storms. The sledding hill is not far from our home and is extremely little kid friendly. The hill tends to be very quiet and not steep (hence why Mr. Smiles got to enjoy a ride with Mommy too)!!

As usual I was trying to capture the moment…just one last picture kids!

As we are chugging right along in our school work, enjoying some family time,  and trying to stay warm in the North. I hope you all are doing the same! Some things up and coming; our 2010/2011 curriculum plans are under way, new chore charts, more field trips, new extracurricular activities, and lots more!!
2011 promises to be a fun filled year for our little ones!!