Preparing our hearts for Easter

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We have been working on several activities to prepare our hearts for Easter.  I wanted to share them with you today — it’s not too late to just do a few simple activities with your child to show them the true meaning of Easter — that God became man so that he could save us from our sin!  What amazing news!!

 

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The first learning activity we are doing together is utilizing the amazing ebook by oh Amanda: Sense of the Resurrection.
A Sense of the Resurrection

This wonderful 12 part ebook guides children in using their senses to understand and learn about the resurrection of Jesus Christ.  Smell, hear, taste, see, touch.  I love how this ebook is organized — it is simple and concise — with Scripture and activities and coloring pages.  A perfect Easter learning curriculum to do with children.  It can be quick and short, or you can draw out the lessons to be longer if you’d like. You can print it out or use it straight from your iPad or computer.

A Sense of the Resurrection

I wanted to share just two of the activities we have done.  My son has loved this time (he’s not the “coloring/crafting” type, so he appreciates the sensing of these learning times!!)  I don’t want to share more because, of course, you’ll have to buy Sense of the Resurrection for yourself (it is just $7.99)!

Here we are washing each other’s feet, as Jesus did for his disciples before the Last Supper.   John was hesitant at first, but then was very eager to have his feet washed and then wash mommy’s feet. Feel!

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And I made a special Naan Bread to remember that Jesus’ body has been broken for us.  John loved doing the Lord’s Supper together, we read the Scripture and talked about it for a long time.  Taste!

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We have also been reviewing the Resurrection Story with Easter Eggs.  Check out our post for details on how to easily make this with supplies you already have from home — includes a free printable!

Resurrection Eggs

We would love to make an Easter Garden, but probably won’t until next year.

Easter Garden tutorial

We may try to make these Resurrection rolls from Teach Mama.

esurrection rolls teach the easter story to kids

And this free Easter Tomb craft looks like a wonderful hands on craft!

We have also been playing with our Egglo Eggs set in the dark mornings.  Jesus is the light of the world!  Check out our full Egglo Glow in the Dark Eggs review for more ideas!

Egglo Easter Eggs
We’re always working through our various bibles, especially focusing on our Bible felting stories of Palm Sunday, The Last Supper, In the Garden, At the Trial, Crucifixion, and Resurrection.

Check out our Bible Learning Time Resources post for more details!

Bible Learning Time

We have made new pages in our Preschool Bible Notebook for all of the above leading-up-to Easter stories too.  We are reading the story and then drawing a quick picture with a prayer in our Bible Notebook.

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For more Easter Activity ideas, check out my Easter Pinterest Board — many of these ideas involve Eggs and Bunnies, but I’ve tried to include some Christ-related things too….

Follow Wildflower Ramblings’s board Easter on Pinterest.

I hope that you are enjoying the true meaning of Easter with your little ones!  He is risen!

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ABC Learning: Sticker Dot Letter Review

ABC Learning: Sticker Dot Letter Review from Wildflower Ramblings

Help your child review their ABC Learning with stickers!  A Sticker Dot Review!  A fun and easy review that emphasizes literacy and fine motor skills!  All you need is paper and some sticker dots for this simple activity. Once your child knows their uppercase letters, you could move on to matching lowercase and uppercase. Simple and cheap.  Love it.  And John was so proud of himself at the end!

DSC05144 DSC05146 DSC05147 DSC05154Looking for more Alphabet Learning Ideas?  Check out my extensive ABC Learning Pinterest Board!  I am adding new ideas from many amazing bloggers every day!

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How to make a Felt X-ray Fish {ABC Felt Animals}

How to make a Felt X-ray Fish {ABC Felt Animals} with FREE printable from Wildflower Ramblings

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I am creating a felt animal for my son for every letter of the alphabet in a new series: ABC Felt Animals!  We have had so much fun making these animals together — and they are helping him learn the phonetic sounds of the letters, so it has been very worth the time and effort put in to make these felt animals!

I think that God created an X-Ray (Tetra) Fish just so kids would have an animal to relate to the letter X. Otherwise, it’s just x-rays and xylophones, right?  (And boxes, axes, and foxes, if you’re thinking about learning to read).  Anyways, my son absolutely loved making this little fish and learning about skeletons along the way.

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I have tried to be semi-precise with its colors.  A transluscent body, a white skeleton, an orange tail, yellow and black fins.  It is actually quite beautiful, eh?

All you need to make a Felt X-Ray Fish is:

  • felt: gray, black, yellow, orange, and white
  • cotton balls
  • hot glue gun (or Elmer’s if you’re just using colored paper)
  • amazing Fiskar scissors (if you’re going to work with felt at all, you have to check these scissors out!)

** This craft uses a hot glue gun — please keep out of the reach of children — these are for adult use only!!

This is the only way this makes sense to me.  I cut the picture I drew out (free printable at the end of this post!) into pieces. Then, I assemble all of my felt pieces — I cut two each of the body, the fins (with black stripes), the tail, and one skeleton (you could do two, but I only put it on the front).

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Now begin to assemble and hot glue.  I just wing it and go as I go.  (Of course with my sweet John “helping” with his “hot glue gun”.)  I glued the skeleton on one of the bodies, then glued the fins together — a black stripe on the yellow.  I really could have not made these double, either way would be fine.DSC05786-001 Now I glued on the tail and the ready made fins.DSC05787-001 And stuffed one body with cotton balls and carefully glued the other body on top — I always use a fork now to wait for it to cool — don’t burn your fingers — it hurts!  Last, I glued on a little black circle for eyes and a little black line for a mouth on either side and he’s done!DSC05788-001John loved this little guy. DSC05904 DSC05909

I made a template and a coloring page for you to make your own x-ray fish!  I am not an artist, but I hope you find this helpful!  

How to make a Felt X-ray Fish {ABC Felt Animals} with FREE printable from Wildflower Ramblings

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You can download the X-Ray Fish printable here!

Book Extension

Alphatales to the rescue again.  This whole collection focuses on one letter at a time.  Super fun for kiddos.  We don’t own them right now (I used them when I taught kindergarten), but I really, really want to buy them!  A Xylophone for X-Ray Fish.  Perfect and fun.

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Other Posts in the ABC Felt Animals Series:

T is for Turtle

U is for Umbrella Bird

V is for Viper

 W is for Whale

 

 

how not to make scented gluten free play dough {12 months of sensory dough}

 how not to make scented gluten-free play dough {12 months of sensory dough}

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So I have made a couple batches of gluten free play dough.  Even glitter gluten free play dough.  And scented gluten free play dough.  I used my recipe.  This time, I decided to try something new.  Bad idea.

Note to self: follow the recipe

I made a couple big mistakes….

We used this gluten-free play dough recipe from Celiac Family.  I didn’t have white rice flour, so I substituted Bob’s Red Mill All-Purpose Gluten Free flour.  Mistake.  This play-dough ended up really cracky and not moldable.  Don’t change the ingredients, bottom line.

The second mistake was that I followed the recipe in the way they suggested I add color.  They said I should make the play dough, put into balls, put a hole in the center of the balls, and then add the color in the center of your ball and “knead” it in.  This did not work.  I kneaded it and kneaded it.  The color did not distribute well.  The kids really didn’t mind, but it looks a little awful.

I will be sticking with my original method and add color to the liquid while making play dough.

At least it smelled heavenly

For the scented portion, as this is a scented play dough celebration, I added that with the food coloring in the hole of the ball of dough.  I think I would probably do that again.  The only good thing about this dough was the scent.

We chose three colors and three scents: orange essential oil in orange, lavender essential oil in purple, and peppermint essential oil in green.  They smelled deliciously amazing.

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So I hate making play dough

Maybe it’s because I have to make it gluten free. But I am a little fed up.  I gave our last batch (a really great smelling, glittery, beautifully colored batch) to our church preschool.  So John could go in without my being worried they were playing with generic play dough and he’d break out in a rash.

I think I’ll get over my funk about cooking play dough.  I still love love love sensory play, but just not the cooked play dough.  I think I’ll buy my next round from this wonderful play dough making Etsy mama.

Sensory play can enhance language skills!

Reading and Writing activities could include:

Speaking:  Talk to your child about their sensory exploration and experiences.  Ask what she likes about it, what she feels, what she thinks.  When I hear her responses, I can repeat and expand what he says by using more complex speech. “Oooh!”  ”Ooh it feels so soft, doesn’t it!?” Even at her very earlier age, this shows her sentence structures and teaches a broader vocabulary.

Listening: Listening to what they have to say about the experience.  This may be inaudible in younger children, like my daughter.  Sensory play may bring out new sounds or words in their vocabulary — words and noises that come with the play time!  Encourage this language building time by sitting down and simply hearing them.

Viewing: Let your child play without interference.  You can be there without jumping in.  Allow them to experience the senses they are experiencing around them.  (Of course, always use caution when choosing materials that are age-appropriate and ability-appropriate for your child.  If they are still “mouthing,” don’t give them inedible sensory items!)

Invitation to Play

We got our Melissa & Doug play dough tools out, along with some feathers and our letter stampers.how not to make scented gluten free play dough {12 months of sensory dough}

DSC06139 how not to make scented gluten free play dough {12 months of sensory dough} John made swords with the dough and letter stampers.  He did play for over an hour, at least that was  a success!  He also guessed the mint and orange scents!  He loved smelling them, so that was fun too :)DSC061403

My son tried to stamp with our stampers, but the dough was way too awful.  Here is our current letter of the week.  And May just threw the play dough on the floor.  Rejected.

We live and learn :)


12 months of Sensory Dough

This post is a part of the Best of the Best Sensory Doughs: 12 Months of Sensory Dough!  Every month, on the 12th of the month, we will be sharing a post on a different sensory dough.  

Here are the wonderful co-hosts – check out their posts:

Lemon Lime AdventuresDelightful LearningGlittering MuffinsI Heart Crafty ThingsLittle Bins for Little HandsLook! We’re Learning!Natural Beach LivingPowerful MotheringStill Playing SchoolThe Eyes of a BoyThe Life of Jennifer Dawn

Do you have a post on Scented Play-Dough that you’d like to share? Please link below!  Please read the following guidelines before linking up:

  • Share family-friendly posts related to the month’s theme. Feel free to link old or new posts that highlight your favorite recipes for sensory dough. Failures and unsuccessful attempts are welcome.
  • We ask that no posts are linked with copy/paste recipes from other sources. If you use a recipe from another source, please link back to the original recipe.
  • By linking up, you give permission to share your post and one photograph in future posts and through social media channels.
  • The linky will remain open for two weeks. On the 12th of each month, all co-hosts will post a new dough with their spin, highlighting at least one post from the month before and pin each post to the 12 Months of Sensory Dough Board.