Friday, May 15, 2015

Brigham City Temple Coloring Page

My brother got married recently in the Brigham City Temple. We wanted to give the kids something to do, so I made a quick sketch of the Temple for the kids to color at the luncheon. We didn't get time to print it off (busy morning :)) but it worked out. We rolled out a bunch of Kraft paper and let the kids color on that.

Here is the PDF for a printable coloring page of the Brigham City Temple you can use for church or personal purposes.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Little Red Riding Hood Cape Pattern

Another pattern has been added to my Etsy shop!

Little Red Riding Hood's cape! Every girls loves a good cape, right? Be it for winter or pretending, this is an easy pattern that will prove durable enough for any child's play! It is completely lined with no scratchy edges.

This pattern comes in child sizes 3T-6X. Available in digital format at my Etsy shop!

Art Class ages 3-6

I recently had the opportunity to teach an art class to kids ages 3-5 and it was so fun! I found a really awesome book called "Perfect Square" by Michael Hall and used it as the theme for the class.

I loved this book because it encompassed the whole idea of art--starting with something ordinary, and using creativity to turn it into something awesome!

Here is the lesson plan for the class:


1. Show children shapes and have them identify them: circle, square, triangle, rectangle, and diamond. You could also add an oval, a star, and/or a hexagon.


2. Play "I Spy' by finding different shapes in 3 pieces of art.
-Posted are: Composition in Red, Blue and Yellow by Piet Mondrian, Dedication Page of a Moralized Bible, from Paris, France, and Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh

3. Give each child a paper square in the color of their choice to hold.

4. Read the book, "Perfect Square."

5. Tell the children to tear, cut, crinkle the paper... whatever they want to do.

6. Give each child another piece of paper and tell them to turn their scraps into something--like in the book.
       -You could do an example or two with the same torn or cut pieces of your own to show them what to do.
       -If they are having a hard time deciding what to do, ask them what their favorite toy, or place is. 

7. Help them create!

Lesson Materials List-
-a circle, square, triangle, rectangle, and diamond cut from construction paper (add other shapes if you want)
-3-5 prints of art with recognizable shapes (ie: Composition in Red, Blue and Yellow, the Dedication Page of a Moralized Bible and Starry Night)
-the book, "Perfect Square"

Art Materials List-
-construction paper
-glue sticks
-a few hole punches
-crayons or markers or colored pencils (for the details)
-optional: one alternate craft/art item (pipe cleaners, puff balls, tin foil)

Friday, February 20, 2015

family tradition: old fashioned black and white baby photos

My mom's mother had 10 kids (!). Their family had many great traditions that have been passed down to my mom and then to me.

My mom (Melinda)
I clearly remember my grandma's romantic, Victorian style decorating in the living room. There were touches of my grandpa's art everywhere. Along the stairway were 10 oval framed photos of each of my grandparents' children. The pictures were all taken when each child was between one and two years old. My sisters and I liked to go up and guess who was who.

Me (Rachel). I would NOT let my mom curl my hair. Therefore, my photo is the least cute of the group. ;)

My mom had photos taken of each of her children as babies. They are up in the living room with baby photos of my mom and dad at the top.

Of course, I wanted to continue this tradition. I love looking at the little photos of my children when they were younger. We recently took Abram's photo, so we're as up to date as we can be.

birth announcement for Eve

I stayed up way too late last night working on these to send to grandparents.

Eve looks so different now, but I love the newborn photos. I meant to send these out sooner, but was delayed because poor Evie stayed in the hospital for a week because of RSV. It was very scary at first, but she is doing better now. After being conked out for three days because of her breathing tube, Eve awoke all smiles and with eyes twice as big as before! Sweet Eve.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Job Chart/Chore Chart

Sometimes I make my kids do lots of jobs. I generally assign the number of small jobs that matches my child's age: Jack is 6, so he is supposed to do 6 small jobs daily. Rose has 4 jobs, Abe has 2 jobs.

Here are some of the jobs we do:
  • get dressed
  • make bed
  • clean bedroom
  • pick up 20 things
  • empty the dishwasher
  • wash the table
  • organize the shoes
  • put clothes away
  • help mommy (they do on-demand things like getting diapers, helping a sibling)
I wish I were more consistent, but this little chart helps! At the beginning of the week, we make a list of daily jobs (for the kids who can't read, we draw a symbol for the job) then the kids can mark off when they have finished their jobs  If they want to make money to earn a toy, we add extra jobs.

You can download the chart here.

Good luck! Teaching kids to work hard is hard work!

Ponyo Felt Christmas Ornament

Anyone fans of Hayao Miyazaki? He is a famous Japanese cartoon movie director. My husband is a die-hard fan and has introduced a bunch of great movies to our family. Ever heard of Kiki's Delivery Service? My Neighbor Totoro? My personal favorite is Ponyo. It is a favorite of Rose's as well. Because Rosie loves it so much, she got a wool felt Ponyo ornament this year. She was very fun to make.

The story of Ponyo is based off of Hans Christian Anderson's The Little Mermaid. In this version, an adorable little orange-haired girl is the main character. Miyazaki illustrates the story beautifully and I LOVE how Ponyo is styled after a goldfish.

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