Sunday, July 6, 2014

FROZEN Activities~ Unfreeze Anna & Troll Rocks!

Whose house hasn't been hit with the Disney's Frozen epidemic!?
I was invited by Design Dazzle to be a guest Camp Counselor this summer!  How exciting!  You can find my guest post HERE.
I have two little girls that are OBSESSED with Frozen. Well, isn't everyone? :) Of course we had to have a Frozen Birthday party this summer and these are a few of the activities we did and the kids loved it! {You can check out some of the other activities we did on this post

 Unfreeze Anna!  

Kids will love trying to save Anna by thawing her "Frozen Heart".

Supplies: Anna Cutout, Plastic Cups {I used 16 oz}, Paper Clips, Water, and Access to a freezer. 


You can laminate the Anna cutouts or you can use packing tape to "laminate" them yourself. Put a paper clip on the bottom to weigh Anna down. Fill the cup with water then place in the freezer overnight.

Tomorrow Anna will be frozen solid and will need to be rescued by your little ones! I turn on the faucet and run a little water over the ice so it will come out of the cup easier. After briefly running the water over the ice, I just hit the cup face down on the table, floor, etc... and the block of ice comes right out! Kids can use warm water in spray bottles or blow dryers to try to set Anna free!


 This is a fun little craft for your kids this summer! A Troll Rock!

 These are the materials you will need: Sheet Moss {I got mine for about $3.50 at Walmart}, Jewels, Grey Felt, Grey Pom Poms, Rocks, Black and White Tempera Paint, Google Eyes, Sharpie, Q-tip, and Glue {you can use kid friendly Tacky Glue or help them with a hot glue gun}

The kids paint their rock grey by mixing the black and white tempera paint. Let it dry. {this won't take that long}

I would make the face first so you make sure there is enough room. If you do the moss first then you may not leave enough room for the face. To make the ears, you cut out a U shape out of the felt and hot glue it to the rock. Make sure to pinch in the middle! After you add the moss on the bottom all around, make sure to use some for the Troll's hair.

 Next, add some jewels. Then, add the troll's smile by using a Sharpie and Q-tip with white paint to make the teeth

Such cute little Trolls! I think I'm going to keep you! ;) {name that movie!} These would be fun to do on just a "boring" summer day or at a Frozen Birthday Party!

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Saturday, July 5, 2014

July Come Follow Me~ What does it mean to take upon myself the name of Jesus Christ?

These handouts/activities go with the Come Follow Me lesson:
Before the lesson I plan to put one of these "name tags" on all the YW's shirts.

At the beginning of my lesson I was going to show a picture of my Great Grandmother Lucelle Eliza Taylor.  My middle name is Lucelle because I was named after her.  I will share with them a little history about her- she served on the General Primary Board.  Her husband was Vice President of BYU working along side President Wilkinson.  She was a magnificent woman who had served a lot in the church.  

Then, I will share the first 3 paragraphs of Elder Arnold's talk: What Have You Done with My Name?

I will then explain the name tags as we read D&C 20:37, 77
I will explain that when we made a covenant with God that we are willing to take upon us the name of Christ, it is like we are willing to wear his "name tag" with us always. 

We will then do this bullet from the Come Follow Me lesson:
  • Read as a class the last two paragraphs of the talk ("What Have You Done with My Name?"), and invite the young women discuss how they will apply Elder Arnold’s challenge.
Below is a pic of the pages found in the DOWNLOAD HERE.

Page 1

Page 1 can be used with the above bullet discussing "What Have You Done with My Name?" talk.

Page 2

Page 2 can be used with the "Dare to Stand Alone" video.
I added a little applying the scriptures part you can choose whether to use or not. :)
It's using the story of Abinadi as an example of how we should always stand as a witness of Christ because you never know who is watching or will be effected by your testimony or actions.

I encouraged the girls to wear their "Jesus Christ" name tag the entire day.  Then I posted a "selfie" :) on Instagram pointing to my Jesus Christ sticker.  In the description I said "Who is still wearing it?  Mosiah 18:9 {YW Theme} #standingasawitness #YWtheme #YWlessontoday.  I then tagged all my YW peeps and told them to post a picture and tag their YW classmates.  :)

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Friday, June 13, 2014

Summer Camp Link Party!!

Design Dazzle Summer Camp Link Party
I hope you're all enjoying your Summer! I'm THRILLED to say that I have been asked to be a Summer Camp Counselor over on Design Dazzle!!  {Stay tuned for my guest post on her blog next week!} Design Dazzle hosts a Summer Camp on her blog where guest bloggers share FUN summertime ideas you can do with your kids this summer! We still have a few more weeks of Summer Camp fun left! But we want EVERYONE to be involved in Summer Camp, so we're hosting our annual Summer Camp link party because we want to see YOUR fabulous ideas as well! Our Summer Camp Link party starts today and will run through Saturday June 28th. Feel free to link up any projects, ideas, crafts, etc. that you have created which involve Summer Fun & Kids. We want new ideas as well as ideas from years past…the more the better! We'll feature some of our favorites throughout the party on our blog. We've recruited some of our Summer Camp Counselors to help host our link party.

When you link up to our party, it will show up on ALL the following participating blogs:

Be sure to visit all of our new and previous Summer Camp ideas as well, by clicking the banner below!
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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Playschool~ Teddy Bear Picnic!

Teddy Bear Picnic!
Check out what we did for Teddy Bear Picnic Week:

B is for Bear
Ingredients: Bagel, Peanut Butter, Ritz crackers, and Chocolate Chips.
We ate these with our teddy bears on a picnic blanket.

Using our counting bears, the kids put a bear on each circle I had on the page.  Then, they would touch the bears' head as we would count aloud.  Helps with one to one correspondence
We completed this Teddy Bear Exploration Page about our bears and used cubes to measure it's height.  Click on the link to find the FREE printable.

Gummy Bear sorting and graphing.  I found these worksheets HERE.  But, you have to download the picture and put it in word.  So you can download my graphing page HERE.

A picnic busy bag where the student puts the number ants on the food.

You can find this Busy Bag in my Etsy shop here.

Reading & Craft:
We read "Corduroy" by Don Freeman

I printed the bear HERE and had the kids do marble art with brown paint.
I cut out these green overalls and had them glue a button, eyes, and nose on their Corduroy. 

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Monday, June 9, 2014

3-Digit Subtraction Or Addition Practice!

This activity is great for hands on practice for 2nd and 3rd graders struggling with 3 digit subtraction or addition w/ regrouping!

I split my "class" into 2 groups.  2 students vs. 2 students.  They rolled their set of dice.  Set up their problem.  I had to check (at the beginning- they ended up catching on) before they subtracted to ensure the larger number was on top- to avoid any negative numbers. :)  The groups would find the difference (or sum depending on what you are practicing).  Whichever group had the largest answer won the round!  I loved watching the teams catch on to put the biggest number on top and the lowest possible number on the bottom so they can get the largest possible difference.  So fun to see the light bulb go off in their little minds. :)

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Distributive Property Hands On Activity

Great hands on activity for 6th - 8th graders struggling or just learning the Distributive Property.  I like to tell my students that a fun way to remember Distributive Property is that the parenthesis are like a bowl and the term in front is going to be "double dipped" (or "triple dipped" depending on how many terms are inside the parenthesis) into the bowl.  I always have them circle the term in front including the sign so it's easier for them to remember it when distributing. 

Materials Needed:
Half Sheet of Paper (write boxes and parenthesis as pictured)
3 dice (I put in one red one for the older kids to represent a negative number)
Whiteboard or paper and pencil

Students roll the dice and place the dice in the boxes
(if they are using a red dice for negative numbers, then just put it in either of the first 2 boxes)

Students write the problem formed when the roll the dice and solve!

My summer class of 7th graders wanted to make a competition of it.  So, we set a timer to see who could solve the most distributive property problems correctly the fastest.  It was funny to watch them catch on that when they rolled a 1 they would put it in the first box so they didn't have to distribute or "double dip" like I call it. :)

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Frozen Birthday Party!

I think every child (and parent) knows the lyrics to "Let It Go"!
The Frozen epidemic has hit our house too!
My daughter turning 3 wanted a Frozen Party and this is what I put together:

Since it's pretty much impossible to buy an Elsa or Anna doll right now without dropping some serious cash.  My first choice for a cake was out since it was an Elsa with a cake dress.  There isn't a Wilton cake pan for Frozen yet either- so that was out.  Then, I found this tutorial on YouTube: Olaf Cake.
In case you didn't recognize it, this is from Olaf's song "In Summer".
Thought it was simple enough so I gave it a go.  Didn't have time for all the fancy extras but I thought it turned out great! {Seriously, I probably only spend like 30-45 mins on decorating.  Most of the time was unwrapping all those Kit Kats} Little tip: It's easier to manipulate the gum paste when you rub a little vegetable shortening on it. 
Cake Mix
Your fav buttercream frosting (and blue food coloring)
Kit Kats
Gum Paste
Orange Starburst (for nose)
Candy Eyes



My welcoming activity for kids to do {since they always show up at different times} was playing with snowdough.  Seriously this is HANDS DOWN the best playdoh recipe.  Stays soft forever!
You can find the recipe HERE

This idea is ALL over Pinterest.  Before you nix this idea cuz you "can't draw" then check out my Etsy shop cuz I will draw it for you. :)

I drew Marshmallow on a shower curtain.

Then, you can make these soft "snowballs" out of white pantyhose and polyfil.
Again, you can purchase Marshmallow and the snowballs in my Etsy shop if you don't want to make it yourself.

You can play this game a couple ways:
1) You have the kids stand on a line a distance from Marshmallow and have them try to hit him with a snowball (like Anna did in Frozen)

2) You display it in the room you will have the snowball fight. I put down a masking tape line in the middle of the room. I divided the kids into teams. Set the timer and said "Go!". When the time is up you see which side of the room has less snowballs, that is your winning team!

This was the funnest game!

Then, I had Elsa and Anna come for a visit. 
If you are local to the Mesa, AZ area then Fairytale Events is awesome!

I have one other original game idea but I can't show you because it is going to be featured on a blog!  Eek!  So.... stay tuned for that. :)


This label got a little cut off in the picture so I took another pic below.
I was going to have some Oreo Truffles here... but that didn't happen so I just put out some chocolate!

And the water cooler full of water bottles.

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