Ice Skating, Ice, Ice, & More Ice!!

This Winter we are trying out some new activities in our home. One of which is Ice Skating. Not sure we are ready for the Olympics but we are certainly enjoying our time spent at the rink. 

I recently found a post on how to make this cute little “Ice Skating Rink” complete with an ice skater. I of coarse had to do it since it coordinated so well with our new hobby. If you make one…be sure to leave me a comment with a link back to yours so I can check it out!!

Supplies Needed:

  • White Card-stock
  • Blue crayon 
  • Blue Water Color, paintbrush, water
  • Salt
  • Cotton Balls
  • Green Construction paper for trees
  • Glue & Scissors 
  • Choose your Skater
  • Crayons (for coloring your skater)
  • Cardboard (optional) we used this as the base and then glued our pond on top for sturdiness 

How to;

First color a pond shape onto your white cardstock. Then, cut and glue to your card board for sturdiness. Taking the blue water color paint…paint over your colored drawing. Sprinkle with salt to give your pond a glistening affect.

To create skating marks in the ice while it is still wet take anything pointy but not too sharp (a retracted pen, the end of kids scissors, etc.)

While the pond is drying color your skater, make trees (out of green construction paper), and glue cotton balls around the outside edge of your pond (making snow).

Lastly cut and glue your skater and trees in place (careful to leave a tab on the end of both for folding…this is so they will stand)

Voila…you have your own indoor skating pond!

We have also been busy learning about the Arctic, Polar Bears, and Penguins…so I made these yummy treats last night!!

You Need;
Ice Cream
Ice Cream Sandwich
Whip Cream
Chocolate chips

These were super easy and very yummy!! 1 scoop of ice cream on each plate, cut an ice cream sandwich for ears, form the face using whip cream (as much or little as you would like)…you could also use coconut for fur but my kids won’t eat it. Using the chocolate chips give your new friend some eyes and a nose!!

Boo says…”mmmm…thats good Mommy”!!

Frenzy Book Organization

Some of you will get a real chuckle out of this one…In my mission (i.e madness) to get things in order I created our new “library system” so far I must say it is working out splendidly. I could no longer handle the bookshelf as a means of organization for our kids books. Pumpkin loves to “read” and I was tired of the books getting out of order (themes). I could never find the exact one she wanted: because she does know EVERY book we own!! That left me with one option revamp the current book system and come up with something new! So below is a picture of some of the books I collected throughout the house and set on the counter.

I dragged the girls out (in the rain) I might add to the store to buy some bins (with a pocket) for labeling. I needed them on a budget, needed them to be durable, and most important I NEEDED that pocket. So I found these at Walmart for $5.50 for 2 (what a deal) only the yellow ones were that cheap the rest were $10 (I figured I could live with the yellow for that price) I bought 4 sets (8 bins)!!
I came home Pumpkin helped put all the books in piles (we had books EVERYWHERE) we sorted the books ; religious, Disney/TV, Educational (science, seasons, feelings), Family, Baby, Holidays, etc. (you get it)! What ever made sense to me. Then I assigned each “theme” a number; labeled each bin and book with the corresponding number and VOILA! Every book in our home now has a number system. When we are finished reading a book we can easily put it back in the appropriate themed basket.

No more searching for lost books, no more messy book shelf, one happy Mumma!!