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The Versatile Blogger

I am honored and excited to note that I have been given The Versatile Blogger Award (VBA) by Suzanne down at My Buddies and I!  I want to thank you, Suzanne, and encourage everybody to check out My Buddies and I.  It’s a really sweet blog about her day care (check out her yard- it’s a great play-space!).

The VBA Rules require that I now pass on the award to 15 excellent blogs.  My awards for Versatile Bloggers go to (in no particular order):

Play-Based Classroom. Never underestimate the power of play!  Amen to that!

Dr. Jean.  Dr.Jean is wonderful when it comes to preschool/preK/Kindergarten ideas.  If you haven’t visited her site before, it is definitely worth a look!

E is for Explore.  Tons and Tons of great activities for kids/classroom.  Especially love the how they often combine science and art!

Almost Unschoolers.  I found lots of great games and projects here that she does with her kids for homeschool.

Teacher Tom.  Teaching and Learning from Preschoolers.  If you haven’t seen Teacher Tom’s blog yet, please check it out.

Housing a Forest.  Filled with  ideas for art, crafts, science and games.  She does all kinds of great things with her kids at home!

1 2 3 Kindergarten.  A blog with lots of great activities for kindergarten readiness!

Steve Spangler Science.  We truly are Steve Spangler groupies.  If you haven’t discovered him and his great science yet, it’s not too late!

Teach Preschool.   I especially like the M&M paint idea I found here!

Rushing to Read.  Some good children’s book reviews.  Great if you are looking for a good book for your kids!

Frugal Family Fun Blog.  Fun and cheap things to do with kids.  Many ideas!

Adopt a ‘Do-Cute Girl Hairstyles. A must-see if you have a little girl in your life.  Lots of really cute, really easy hairstyles!

Delia Creates.  Some really cute sewing ideas here, plus some really fun kid activities!

Jill Cataldo- Super Couponing.  Jill has a great couponing blog.  I use it every week to save money on my grocery bill!

Klique Social Media Marketing.  Looking to expand your business using social media?  Klique can help you with interactive webpages, blogs, Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, and YouTube.  “Klique” on the link to check out their blog.

Congratulations to all the winners!  Check here to see the VBA rules.

Finally, I’d like to share 7 things about myself.

1.  I am married to my best friend.  I know this sounds cliché, but we were friends for over ten years before we got married!

2.  I (still) dance: ballet/pointe, jazz, tap and other.

3.  I like to paint.

4.  I am a Catholic, and I love it!

5.  I live in a small and adorable apartment with a bay window that overlooks a park with a gazebo.

6.  I love Fiestaware.

7.  I super-coupon and make my own cleaning supplies.

Thanks for reading and please take some time to check out the links above!

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Ornamentation Station! (Part One)

During Christmastime, our workbench transforms into “Ornamentation Station,” a festive place where little elves can create all kinds of adorable Christmas Tree ornaments!

Usually the ornaments are something very simple that the kids can create independently.

The following are a few examples of ornaments the kids could make at the Ornamentation Station.

Cinnamon Gingerbread Men

The gingerbread men were made by using sandpaper and our Ellison die cut machine, but they could easily be made by cutting the sandpaper into gingerbread man shapes using scissors.  We put cinnamon sticks at the table as well as stick-on buttons or other decorations.  The children simply rub the cinnamon stick on the sandpaper gingerbread men to make it smell wonderful, then decorate it however they would like.

Paper Balls

 

This one required a little bit more assistance from the teacher, but was great for some of the older kids as it promotes fine motor control, following step-by-step directions and patterning.

At this point I have to admit that I got this idea from Martha.  Yes, I saw this Martha Stewart ornament on Pinterest and loved it!  The idea is simple.  I provided the children with paper strips with holes punched at each end, as well as some brass fastener brads.  First, they decorated the paper strips using markers (if they wished).  Then, they secured their series of  paper strips with the brads on each end of the strip (they needed the most help with closing the brads).  Then they fanned out the paper to make it into a ball.  I helped them tie a length of yarn to it so they could hang it from the tree!

Stay tuned for even more Ornamentation Station ideas!