Savor Your Kids Through Stress

Life gets complicated, intense and stressful. Leaky hot water heater, aging family pet, workload, self-expectations, raising decent human beings… and my list could go on and on. Read on for ways I try to remember to savor my kids during stressful times.

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Even the most organized and mentally strong person has weak days. It can be super hard to put the pressing adulting matters plaguing us moms into the background when we are with our kiddos. Some moments it can even be impossible but that is ok too. Its good for the kids to learn how we handle hardships, teach by example.

Savor Your Kids Through the Stress

Here to remind you to try not to get so overcome that you miss the sweetest moments.

Smelling my daughter’s sweet strawberry fresh hair as she sits on my lap brushing her teeth after bath. What? She can now brush her own teeth?!! At least she still likes to sit on my lap while she’s doing it.

When my son is so excited about starting to read the Harry Potter series with me, he keeps me longer at bedtime to discuss the chapter we just read. What? He is old enough to absorb and comprehend this big book without pictures!? At least he is interested in something I think is awesome.

When we are sitting at the table for dinner and both kids finish eating (or don’t eat because they don’t like how it looks) and they both decide to stay and chat with us until we are done eating. What!? They are almost like real people?! At least their picky eating is childlike still.

There are so many times and locations during the day when it’s perfect to push all the adult stress to the side and reconnect with the kids.

Savor my kids during stressful times, in that one good moment. Think about it almost like pitching a tent around you and your kiddos so there is a blinder to the other junk, but it is only a thin piece of canvas away.

First thing in the morning. I always try to say good morning happily even when I’m still sleepy and so hungry I may snap. Starting the day with a happy thought goes a long way for kids and moms. I love it when my daughter, who still stays in her bed till I get her up, gives me the happy good morning first. Makes me smile every time.

At breakfast I always try to sit and eat with my kiddos. No phone in hand. They ask me questions about the day, or I just watch them eat. Once the big kid is on his way to school, I give my little some one-on-one time to play. I try to savor her creativity even when she is upset, I am not holding Barbie in the right way.

At breakfast, I always try to sit and eat with my kiddos. No phone in hand. Savor my kids trough the stressful times.

When I pick my oldest up from the bus stop, that is my time to talk to him about his day. My husband likes to ask both my kiddos at dinner since he isn’t home all day like me. Yesterday I was feeling so overwhelmed by things I rocked out to some music on the way to the bus stop so I could be ready for him.

Bath time is fun for making up our own crazy songs and savoring the kiddos still needing help with the simple stuff. One day it will be helping them navigate the real world and not just remembering to scrub behind their ears.

Savor my kids during stressful times. Bath time is fun for making up our own crazy songs and savoring the kiddos still needing help with the simple stuff.

Bedtime is my favorite. I love reading with my kids every night. We have special songs and snuggle time as well. Its one of the best ways to reset when the day may be been troublesome. Having the routine remain constant is comforting to all of us. Even when I have more to do after bed the routine reminds me to slow myself down and enjoy them!

I try my hardest to focus on these moments each day. To savor my kids during stressful times Time does not stop for leaking water heaters or while you are trying to get those work expectations filled. Kids keep growing and I don’t want to miss the moments they give me in this little stage. It will be over before the blink of an eye!

Savor my kids even when stress challenges you and tries to steal away those moments.



Check out this blog from another author. It’s about loving your kids but still being allowed to complain about them a little. @Her View From Home. 

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8 Frugal and Free Ways to Celebrate Valentines Day after the Kids go to Bed

8 Frugal and Free Ways to Celebrate Valentines Day after the Kids go to Bed (1)

Some of us parents are at that stage in life where parenting takes precedence. I’m not saying we cannot or should not treat ourselves to some adult time and situations but sometimes it’s just not in the cards. Read on for 8 Frugal and Free Ways to Celebrate Valentines Day after the Kids go to Bed.

Low funds, sickness, exhaustion, and stress make it hard to have that special time with your main man and partner.  

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Here I have compiled a list of 8 of my favorite frugal and free ways to celebrate valentines day after the kids go to bed

1. Share a favorite treat together.

Brownies, ice-cream, cheese plate, a glass of wine etc. This is a “treat yo self” moment. Just use what you already have on hand at home. Everyone has a favorite snack. 

Share a favorite treat together. 8 Frugal and Free Ways to Celebrate Valentines Day after the Kids go to Bed

2. Snuggle by the fire or candlelight.

Grab a fresh blanket straight from the dryer. I just like being warm. Makes me feel wonderful. It’s even better to share that warm feeling with someone. 

3. Watch a favorite sentimental or even new movie/ TV show together.

I love to pick out new movies and shows to try out and these days its so easy with all the streaming right at our fingertips. Sometimes it can even be overwhelming to pick something new. So we go with our old favorite standbys that we know we both enjoy.  

4. Yes, back rubs are great and free but break up that old routine, try a foot or hand rub!

Easy to do when laying on the couch together. And do not underestimate the relaxing power of a good hand rub. 

Yes, back rubs are great and free but break up that old routine, try a foot or hand rub! 8 Frugal and Free Ways to Celebrate Valentines Day after the Kids go to Bed

5. If the sky is clear and you are somewhere you won’t freeze your butt off- go sit outside and look at the stars together.

Even better next to a fire. Stargazing is fun. My favorite is to look up some of the current constellations and search for them in the sky. Bonus points if you pick an evening with a possible meteor shower.

If the sky is clear and you are somewhere you won’t freeze your butt off- go sit outside and look at the stars together. 8 Frugal and Free Ways to Celebrate Valentines Day after the Kids go to Bed

6. Take a bath or shower together.

I’ll wash your back if you wash mine. Don’t act like you don’t enjoy having your hair washed. I don’t have to go into any detail here, I’m sure you know the possibility of where this one may lead.  

Take a Bath or Shower together. 8 Frugal and Free Ways to Celebrate Valentines Day after the Kids go to Bed

7. Do a puzzle together.

There is something calming about working together to a peaceful goal while listening to music. My kids even like doing this one with us but since they are going to be in bed for this, pick a harder puzzle!!!

Here is a very satisfying beautiful puzzle for sale on Amazon!

8. Look at old photos or family movies together.

Grab out the wedding albums or scrapbooks. Remember fun times past with each other and the kiddos. 

Look at old photos of family movies together. 8 Frugal and Free Ways to Celebrate Valentines Day after the Kids go to Bed.

I hoped you liked 8 Frugal and free ways to Celebrate Valentines Day after the Kids go to Bed. Please check out my other valentines day posts. 

10 Cute Hand and FootPrint Valentines. 

11 Valentines Day Books for Kids



10 Cute Hand and Foot Print Valentines

Valentine’s Day is one of my favorite holidays. It is short (people don’t celebrate it for weeks like Christmas) and all about love! At my house, we use it as a time to warm ourselves from our hearts during the cold winter. It’s important to show those we love how much we appreciate them. Hand and footprint valentines are a great way to say I love you from little kids.

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10 Cute Hand and Footprint Valentines

Ever since I had kids I love creating Valentines with them for the family. Grandparents especially. It’s fun to think of cute, loving puns and change the little hand and foot prints into fun creatures and illustrations. Here I have compiled a bunch of my favorite hand and foot print valentines, worthy of the postage to send to the family.

Before I get started showing you all the cute hand and footprints my daughter and I just recreated, here is my favorite paint to use. Its the best for cleaning off those precious fingers and toes. Nontoxic and washable! The sponge brushes are perfect for applying the paint quickly and gently. 

1.Bee Mine

Two little handprints of yellow paint. The with a marker add stripes, stingers, wings, and faces. 

Bee Mine Hand print valentine.

2. Pink Flamingo I love you! 

Two little pink handprints with fingers spread. Then add the head, neck, beak, legs, and eyes with a marker. 

Pink Flamingo Hand print Valentine.

3. Be my Love Bug!

Two little red footprints. Then add heart spots, legs, head, eyes, and antenna with a marker. 

Be my love bug footprint valentine.

4. I love you from the top of my heart to the tip of my toes. 

Two little purple footprints. Then add the words and heart trace around with a marker. 

I love you from the top of my heart to the tips of my toes footprint valentine.

5. I’m Stuck on You. 

This one can be a hand or footprint in green. Add the planter box, face, and prickles with a marker. 

I'm stuck on you hand and footprint valentine.

6. Love you to the Core. 

Two little red footprints pretty close together. Then add the stem, leaf, and seeds with a marker. 

Love you to the Core Footprint Valentine.

7. Love you, Berry Much. 

Two little red hand prints. Then add the leaves and spots with a marker. 

Love you Berry Much hand print valentine.

8. Hogs and Kisses. 

One little pink handprint. Will look even better with the fingers spread out more. Then add the head, hooves, and tail with a marker. 

Hogs and Kisses Hand print Valentine.

9. You make my heart flutter. 

Two little purple footprints. Keep them pretty close together. Then add body, eyes, antenna, and trail with a marker. 

You make my heart flutter footprint valentine.

10. Owl always love you. 

This can be with a hand or footprint. I added the eyes, wings, and nose with a marker. I think it would look better if I painted the eyes in white onto the body of the print and not at the top as I did here. Also, drawing a branch for the owls to sit on would look cute as well. 

Owl always love you hand and footprint valentine.
This one is my least favorite. I love owls but next time I want to do big white eyes inside the print and not on top. It would look wayyy better! And maybe draw a branch for the owls to sit on.

I hope you loved these hand and footprint valentines as much as I do! If you create some and want to share I would love to see them in the comments or on my Facebook Page!

Please check out my other Valentine Post with some great books to share with your kiddos. 

11 Valentine's Day Books to share with your kids



11 Valentine’s Day Books for Kids

11 Valentine's Day Books for Kids

With Valentines Day just around the corner everyone needs some sweet books to help you teach your kiddos about the holiday. Reading with a theme always gets me in the mood for holiday celebrations and fun! I have compiled a list of 11 Valentine’s Day books for kids that we love here at my house.

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10 Valentine’s Day Books for Kids

11 Valentine's Day Books for Kids

1. Love Monster by Rachel Bright. 

This story is great for preschool age and younger. It has cute and goofy illustrations. It is all about a monster searching for love and finally finding it when he least expects it. 

2. Arthur’s Great Big Valentine by Lillian Hoban. 

This story is about a money kid who is not really feeling the Valentine’s Day vibe. He had a fight with his friend. In the end, he forgives and creates a Great Big Valentine for his buddy. This is a longer book and more appropriate for a first grade or higher level reader.

3. Peanuts: Be My Valentine Charlie Brown by Charles M. Schulz

This is a classic Charlie Brown story where he hopes for valentines in his mailbox. The version we have is extra fun with pop-ups and lift-able flaps. 

4. Valentine Friends by April Jones Prince

This is a great quick read. I recommend for age preschool and below. A short story about animals making and baking valentines with friends. 

5. Clifford’s First Valentine’s Day by Norman Bridwell.

The cutest big red dog back when he was little. Read as he gets into trouble helping his girl and learning about Valentine’s Day. 

6. LOVE from the Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle.

This is a cute story about love as told with the Very Hungry Caterpillar.  

7. The Valentine Bears by Eve Bunting. 

The is a sweet story about a hibernating bear who wakes up to share Valentine’s day with her Mr. Bear. The share treats and valentines and then go back to sleep until Spring. 

8. Who Loves the Little Lamb? by Lezlie Evens 

It is all about baby animals and their mothers always loving them no matter what they do. It ends with human kiddo and his mother just the same. 

9. Sweet Hearts by Jan Carr. 

This is a little story about hiding Valentine hearts all around for those you love. With great instructions at the end for making your own paper hearts. 

10. Will You Be My Valenswine? by Teresa Bateman.

This is a story of a baby piglet looking for a valentine all over the farm. In the end, she finally realizes she already has a valentine in her loving momma. 

11. A Sweetheart for Valentine by Lorna Balian 

This is my 3-year-old daughters favorite this year. An oversized baby was left to a town to raise. The story is about how she is so big they all work together to raise her and find her a husband. 

I hope you enjoy this very cute and loving book list for Valentine’s Day with your kiddos.

Please feel free to shop through my links. I am sure most of these treasures are also found at your local library!

Be on the lookout for my WHooo Loves You? Valentine Card template, Heart Scavenger Hunt and Sweet Treats for Valentine’s Day Round-Up post! 



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If you really like this book list check out my Christmas one! 

Groundhog Day Fun for Little Kids

Groundhog Day Fun for Little Kids. Printable activities, poem, book list and more!

Groundhog’s day is often an overlooked holiday. I think it is super fun to celebrate and teach the kiddos. February 2nd is almost upon us! Winter is cold and long. This little furry interruption reminds us that Spring will be here eventually, even if it isn’t for 6 more weeks. In this post, you will find some engaging activities to do with preschool age kiddos while you are teaching them about Punxsutawney Phil! Read on for some Groundhog Day fun for little kids. 

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Poem and Coloring Page for Groundhog Fun!

First I have a poem and a coloring page with a cute little groundhog. Color him and cut him out. Glue or tape along the bottom fold to plain paper. take him outside and place on the ground. Trace his shadow if there is one. You can also just hold it for the kiddo and let them trace the shadow with some sidewalk chalk. (Be sure to print this on some card stock so it will be strong enough to stand on its own.)

Groundhog Color Page and Shadow Activity. Link to Google Doc Printable.
Mr. Groundhog
Winter is here, long and cold. 

Groundhog's hole is getting old. 

He is very ready for Spring to be here. 

But if he see's his shadow he'll run in fear. 

Then six more weeks of winter for us. 

But no shadow, winter will be over in a rush.

Groundhog Mask

Next, there is a little printable groundhog mask. Color and cut out mask for the kiddos to act out being the groundhog and looking for a shadow. Cool connecting to teaching emotions- scared or sad when he sees his shadow. Happy and excited if he doesn’t see his shadow. 

Groundhog Mask. Color, Cut, Play. Groundhog Day fun for little kids.

Here are some fun Groundhog’s Day Books. Check them out at your local library or grab them up on Amazon! 

Groundhog Day Fun for Little Kids. Printable activities, poem, book list and more!

Here are some awesome links of other blogs who created some Groundhog day fun for little kids. 

Very cool Groundhog’s Day Shadow Matching Activity.

More Free Groundhog Day Coloring Pages. 

If you are interested in reading up on the meanings and origins of the day, check out this site! The Old Farmers Almanack 

If you like these activities be sure to check out my post 8 Fun Ways to Beat Cabin Fever with the Kids for more winter fun. 



8 Fun Ways to Beat Cabin Fever with the Kids

We are now headed to the middle of winter. Cold, Cold, Cold! My motivation to be outside, for any reason, is at an all time low. 8 Fun ways to beat cabin fever with the kids will help on those frozen days when we are trapped inside with them.

Also, check out my past blog about Connecting on Days You Just Can’t. 

8 Fun Ways to Beat Cabin Fever with the Kids - Girl in Window

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All of these ideas are not totally my own. I have borrowed them and tweaked them for my kiddos and my house rules. Please enjoy and I will link to my fellow bloggers where I can. 

1. Scavenger Hunt Games 

This is one can be played in so many ways! You can build it around any theme you can think of. All you will need are the objects to hide, time to hide them, and a way to list or show what they are searching for. Here are several example themes:

Lego Color Hunt for beating cabin fever with the kids.
Paint Chip Scavenger Hunt Beat cabin fever with the kids this winter.

2. Movement Die

Another game with endless possibilities. You can get this cube here on Amazon (also pictured below), create your own from tape and cardboard, or get the awesome one with dry erase spots on it that I found at Dollar Tree (also pictured below)! On each side of the die, write or draw a symbol for some movement. The kids roll and do the movement the die says! Pick a theme and there are 6 options for movements you can fit on the die. Here are some cool examples:

  • Super Hero Moves (Hulk Smash, Superman Fly, Spider Man Swing, Batman Kick, Wonder Woman Shield, Cat Woman Pounce, etc.)
  • Winter Moves (sled, snowball toss, snow angel, snowman build, drink hot coco, shovel snow, etc.) 
  • Animal Moves (stomp like an elephant, run like a cheetah, jump like a frog, hop like a bunny, swing like a monkey, swim like a dolphin, etc.)
Movement Die with Super Hero Moves for beating cabin fever with the kids.

3. Dance Game

I always keep some fun playlists on my Amazon Prime Music App. Its right on my phone and I can instantly play the kiddo favorites. Dancing is a great release of energy and an awesome way to reconnect with the kiddos when y’all have lost it to the cabin fever. 

Another music and dance idea is Go Noodle. It is a super cool online channel with song and dance moves. My Kindergarten Kiddo does it at school during brain breaks. He loves to show us some of his favorites here at home. I really like the Friday Night House Party Mix. It has songs and dances to get them moving with some goofy challenges mixed in for fun! It is free and you don’t have to give your email but if you do, your favorites and settings can be saved across devices. Dancing is a wonderful way to beat cabin fever with the kids! 

GoNoodle Image

4. Arts and Crafts Time

My kiddos always have access to crayons, markers, pencils and paper. They get more excited about using these things when I give them a purpose. For example, draw your favorite Star Wars character, draw the grocery list, draw the birds at our bird feeder, etc. 

Give the kids direction with their coloring and drawing to keep them engaged. Crayons, Marker and Pencils.

Play dough, slime and paint aren’t always up for grabs. They are messier and need more guidance. So it’s a special treat when I get these out!

Paper Air Planes. I have a really cool kit I have been saving for a rainy day. May have to break it out on a cold one. You can fold, decorate, and race these for entertainment. 

5. Tape Games 

It’s amazing the ideas people have created to keep kids moving and entertained with only tape and a few other supplies. Using masking or painter’s tape is the best, so that nothing is damaged when removing the tape after play. Here is a list of some great “Tape Games”:

  • Hop Scotch- Old fashion, easy to change up if you need to and safe inside if you have a good space. Here is where I found my hop scotch inspiration!
  • Car Race Track/Road- Map out a play area for toy cars and trucks to travel while your kiddos use their imaginations! Find my race track inspiration here!
  • Line Walking- Trace out some fun lines (squiggle, zig-zag, dotted, straight, wavy) and have the kids travel around the place following the lines. 
  • Alphabet Game- Trace out letters on the floor. Have the kiddos jump, hop, skip, or twist to each letter when you say a word matching its beginning sound. You can even do a scavenger hunt with these letters as well. Finding things in the house and placing them on the letter they begin with. 
  • Sticky Spider Web- Tape up and across a doorway to create a sticky tape spider web. Let the kiddos have fun tossing small toys or crumpled paper balls to see if they can make it through or get stuck in the web. Bonus points if you craft a scary spider to sit at the edge of your web. Sticky Spider Web inspiration is here. 

6. Balloon Games 

There are many ways to play this game. Any parent knows kids will be entertained with a balloon for a long time. They are just fun and attention grabbing. Here are some ideas to give that play direction: 

  • Don’t let it touch the ground. Oldie but a goody.
  • Balance the balloon. Use a foot or a hand and see who can do so the longest. 
  • Tape the balloon up high and have the kids jump to tap the balloon with hand or head. Count how many times they can do it in a row. 
  • Waddle with balloon between their legs pretending to be a penguin.
Balloon Games. Fun ways to beat cabin fever with the kids.

7. Sports Games

Everyone loves sports. They keep the kids moving all year round. Here are some that are controllable and safe to try out inside your house. Sports remind us of warmer times when we can be outside. So beat cabin fever with the kids and try out some inside!

  • Bowling. They make cute sets of pins and little plastic balls here. (Also pictured below.) If you want to be thrifty you can make your own using 2 litter soda bottles!
  • Mini Golf. Keep to putting only and be sure to have some plastic practice golf balls to use. Lat year on Fathers day I created a whole mini golf course for my husband to play with the kids. They playing it almost as much as they loved helping me create it (I promise a blog detailing how I created the course).
  • Soccer. Just set up a few cones like this or use whatever you have to pretend. Get a light ball and have each kid stand at the goal. 
  • Target Practice. Grab out those Nerf guns, set up some cups, stuffed animals, balls, or anything that can get shot at safely. You can even put numbers on different things for them to keep score like a shooting gallery. 
Mini Golf Game Ideas for beating cabin fever with the kids.

8. Act It Out Games

This last section is a combination of several games where you have to copy, mimic, or act it out. 

  • Fashion Show. Gather your kiddos favorite outfits, turn on some music and get them to strut their stuff.
  • Indoor Snowball fight. My mom has a great basket of white pompoms at her house. Every time we go to visit my kiddos love to pretend they are having an indoor snowball fight. I also have a fun blog about how to make a pretend snow ball fight inside be educational.
  • Mirror, Mirror. This is a copy game. You do one thing and get your kiddos to stand in front of you and match what you do. Another way to adapt this is playing it like Simon Says (less moving for mom!)

I hope you enjoyed all these wonderful ideas about how to beat cabin fever with the kids this winter. If you subscribe with your email I will send you all my content direct! No searching!



Parents Feeling Guilty About Screen Time?

Parents Feeling Guilty About Screen Time?

Almost every parent uses it with their children. Some use it more than others. I bet at least 75% or more have some kind of GUILT over how much or how often we use it. Are you one of those parents feeling guilty about screen time? Read on for some reasons why I think we should not feel so guilty. Also, included at the bottom, some cool ways to moderate screen time. 

Kids hands on X box one controller.

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I find myself longing for simpler times.

When people had more self sufficient life styles and looked to other humans around them for things like company and help. As much as I want and miss those times and ideas, in their pure form they are not realistic goals in this age of technology.

So many modern amenities I love to use take away the opportunities for the face to face interactions of those simpler times.

Some of my favorite examples of awesome technology include but are not limited to:

  1. Working online-from home.
  2. Searching Google instead of going to the library.
  3. Facebook communication instead of a good old telephone chat.
  4. Amazon prime instead of going anywhere to shop.

To throw it way back-

Most of us would choose a dishwasher instead of hand washing dishes wouldn’t we? This is why technology will keep moving, getting better and making simpler times seem further and further away.

Throw back to hand washing dishes and reading actual books.

I am sure that once upon a time, long ago there were parents telling their kiddos not to read! Thinking it would keep them from other important life pursuits. You would never catch a parent saying that this day and age! 

How do all my thoughts on technology connect with screen time for the kiddos?

Well, while I find comfort and importance in the simpler times of harder work and face to face interactions, times are a changing! I find it just as important for myself and my kiddos to learn and be aware of all the great technology out there. Even if it means making some of those simpler times harder to come by or harder to instill in my kiddos.

Parents Feeling Guilty About Screen Time?

Technology is especially important for the future of our kiddos, more than it will ever be for us.

Their future success will lean so heavily on technology and screens. I am going to say that screen time is IMPORTANT!

Now I am not a doctor or even a scientist but to me screen time should be treated the same as any other thing we give to our kiddos. We give it to them in MODERATION and with our guidance. 

Yes, I am sure there have been medical studies to research the negative implications of screen time on child development. Such as it being bad for fine motor skills like eyesight and finger dexterity or slowing social and emotional growth. Again I say- moderation. Screen time should not be your child’s only form of entertainment and education.

So everyone is worried about that magic number of how much, but really you should use your judgment. Trust you instincts and guide those kiddos to use it appropriately. It will be in their life now and forever.

Model, Teach and Practice what you preach!

Kid wearing Xbox head set.

If you are looking for some tips and tricks to help you moderate screen time for you kiddos here is a wonderful list of ideas and even a free printable tracker I created just for you!

If you like my throw back mentality please go check out my blog about Free Range Kids.

Screen Tine Allowed Check List



Screen Time Weekly Tracker

DIY Snowflake Cork Stamp

DIY Snowflake Cork Stamp

Here is a quick and easy craft for creating a sweet snowflake stamp using only a wine cork and puff fabric paint! The learning activities with stamps are endless. I will give you some great examples with photos and a full list of all the ideas I can think of! Time for some DIY Snowflake cork stamp fun!!

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How to make the Stamps:

I love recycling and up cycling things that I have when crafting.

  1. Pull out some wine corks from my collection.
  2. Grab a bottle of black puff fabric paint leftover from another craft.
  3. I turned the cork up and drew some lines, dots, and circles with the paint on one side to create a “snowflake like” look and shape.
  4. Let the paint dry over night or if you can’t wait- at least 3 hours.
  5. Then all you need is some stamp pads and paper to let the fun begin!
DIY Snowflake Cork Stamp
You can see that last one wasn’t all the way dry yet. Oops!

Math Learning Activities 

For my Pre-school kiddo, I modeled how to create number sets. #1 gets 1 stamp, #2 gets two stamps etc. I also encouraged her to use the stamps to create fun repeating patterns.

Snowflake Stamp Number Sets

For my Kindergarten kiddo, I wrote him some subtraction problems to practice (that’s the math skill happening at school right now).  He stamped out the total and then crossed off the snowflakes that needed to be subtracted. I also, had him making patterns because they are just fun!!!

Snowflake Stamp Subtraction

Other Math Ideas

  • Filling in 10 frames.
  • Measuring in non standard snowflake units.
  • Addition, Multiplication and even Division too! 
  • You write the number and they stamp along the line.
  • Taking surveys and filling in charts. 

Literacy Learning Activities

For my Pre-school Kiddo, I write the letter S and have her stamp the snowflakes along it to become familiar with the shape and associate the sound. 

For my Kindergarten Kiddo, I get him to write a few sentences about snowflakes using his sight words and the stamps to stand in for the word snowflake. 

Other Literacy Ideas

  • Letter match by stamping the same snowflake next to matching letter. 
  • Decorating an illustration about a winter scene and then labeling. 
  • Recognizing the correct letter/word by stamping out all the letter S or S words in a group of words or letters.

There are just so many ways you can use these for fun and skill practice at home or in a classroom! Great way to incorporate winter and snow theme into learning!

Please check out The Snowball Learning Game here for more winter themed fun!



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Word Family/ Alphabet Snowball Sorting Game

Snowball Word Family or Letter Activity

It is winter here in Maryland and the weather can’t make up its mind. I am ready for snow! To get the family in the mood I created some fun snow-themed activities. This first one was inspired by my son’s school work about word families and the fact that my daughter doesn’t know her alphabet as much as I would like. I created a Snowball Word Family or Letter Activity to practice those skills. 

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Supplies You will need: 

  1. Practice golf balls or ping pong balls-24 of them. (They are great for throwing inside the house and not hurting anyone or anything. They do get lost easy though.)
  2. Wet erase marker (Expo Vis-a-vis). 2 colors- 1 for each kid. (Great for staying on during the game but easy to change for a new set of letters or words to practice.)
  3. 2 Egg cartons or Ice trays can be used too!
  4. 2 Piles of pillows. (These are just for fun!)

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My Kindergartner

He will be sorting word families and some digraph words because he started them in school this week. He will have 4 different kinds to read and sort before he is able to join the fight. 

Here is the list:

  1. -ed words are red, bed, led
  2. -all words are fall, wall, ball. 
  3. sp- words are spill, spot, spend. 
  4. sh- words are shell, shoe, shirt

I added little notes on the egg carton where to sort the different kinds of words. You could just write on the carton but I am hoping to reuse them for different words. 

Snowball Word Family or Letter Activity

My Preschool Kiddo

She will be sorting letters because I realize I have been slacking in that area with her. I chose only 4 letters and only uppercase since she is just a beginner. 

Here is the list: 

  1. L
  2. S
  3. N
  4. B
Snowball Word Family or Letter Activity
As you can see I took the photo after we played and lost a letter N.

They each built up their pile of pillows and I gave them the balls mixed in the other side of the carton. They had to sort them first and then came the snowball fight and hiding behind the pillows while trying to get each other with the balls. It was a little challenging for my preschool kiddo at first with the sorting. She really doesn’t know letters but after some prompting, she matched them up great and was repeating the names of them back to me. They loved the final throwing part and even did the sorting a few more times. 

I am sure we are going to try this out again with different words and letters. Maybe up the challenge by matching an uppercase to a lowercase letter, or for the bigger kiddo even writing his own word families before tossing. 

I hoped you loved my Snowball Word Family or Letter Activity. Make sure to read my post about creating a snowflake cork stamp for counting and pattern fun. 



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Potty Training- The #1 thing that made her “get it”.

Here it is, the #1 thing that made potty training click for my daughter.

ATTENTION from me, the Mom!! 

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Potty Training- The #1 thing that made her _get it_.
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Last week I started potty training my 3 1/2 year old daughter, for like the 4th time. My son was so much easier. Second kid and you would think I would be a pro at this by now- NOT!

There is a laundry list of reasons we both have been dragging our feet on the whole potty training thing. 

  1. This is my baby! Potty means getting older and bigger. I have not been ready for that!
  2. She is constipated A LOT. Going #2 is always difficult and scary. Adding a toilet to the mix makes things even more challenging. 
  3. I broke my foot and have been trying to get my mom self back on track. 
  4. Changing diapers is a lot less work in the present moment. 

What I know about potty training and had been applying with poor results. 

  1. Rewards, rewards, rewards. 
  2. Feed water and set timer for pee reminders. 
  3. Remind, encourage, and more rewards. 

Reasons things were not going well.

  1. Again, she hates doing #2. 
  2. She was wanting the reward before it was time- telling me she had to go every five minutes even though she really didn’t have to. 
  3. I was lacking in consistency. 

Trying to get back to myself after my foot injury and surgery had me in mom survival mode. House work, this blog, and my own issues distracted me. It all kept me from giving her the one thing to make it all click- ATTENTION!

Being consistent with the timer and rewards just wasn’t enough. It was my attention she needed. A distraction from the potty training to actually do the potty training. I had to stop thinking about and doing everything else and just play with her. Barbies, little people or whatever to keep her from thinking of peeing and the reward until the proper moment. 

3 days of constant timer every 15 minutes to sit and try. 3 days of my total focus, attention, consistency and distraction. We got it! She has learned the feeling, catches herself and knows what to do when the feeling strikes. #2 is still a process but she is has even nailed that a few times. I have no expectations for sleep times yet but we have come a long way and I am very proud. 

The reward chart I used was super simple.

  1. Cut paper into strips and drew lines for 6 spaces.
  2. Pinned a barbie outfit (I have a huge stash from my own childhood) into the top space.
  3. Each time she peed on the potty she got a sticker.
  4. 5 stickers and she gets a barbie outfit!
  5. Once she filled 10 charts she gets a bigger prize.
  6. I hung the charts up high where she could see them well, but not reach. 
Potty Training Sticker Chart.

This process has been eye opening for me. 

Cue the mom guilt. I feel like she has not been getting as much attention from me as she should in all areas. Not just the potty training one. Yes, I know I always preach the, “do your best and sometimes depending on the moment your best will be different” but I really feel like I could be doing more for her. Time to change something and fix this. It is currently in my power to do so!

How you ask? I’m going to get up earlier! I am not a morning person currently, but I can be. Its going to be a little challenge but worth it. If I can get some things done before my kids are awake, I can be mentally and physically more attentive to my sweet girl while her brother is in school. She deserves it.  I really need to do it while I am able and before she grows again and goes to school!!!

Here is a few of my blogs featuring my “Always try your best” Mentality. 

 4 Mindful and Resolution Worthy New Years Mom Goals

5 Ways the Make it Through When Life Gets Hard