How to make a mummy doll

Because it’s scary, or I could claim it’s to study mummies from the Egyptians……..  But, we made the chicken mummy………  So, I guess this is just for fun.

 

Supplies: medical tape, fabric cut into strips (for a small doll I cut 1 inch wide strips, and for the bigger doll I made 2 inch strips), stuffed toy

 

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  We found it was easiest to first tape the strip of cloth to the doll and then start winding around and around, and tape it at the end.  It took several strips per doll, but Batman found this to be a delightful way to spend an afternoon.

 

 

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This is of course aided by a cute puppy hiding in the ball game.

 

Finally draw a face on your mummy with marker, because it needs one…….Maybe it’s the funeral mask.

 

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Eventually Superman wandered up from his sick bed (he’d been sick that day) and joined in.  And we got treated to a skeleton giraffe, and with plans of a skeleton snake.

 

I suppose if you want a book to go with this you could read “Skeleton Meets Mummy” for the scary factor or for the educational factor “Miss Frizzle’s Adventures in Ancient Egypt.”

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I present “SCARY!  Batman doll mummy!”

Science Sunday: Pumpkin and other fruit science

Science Sunday

Though now that I think about it, I’m not sure that a pumpkin is a fruit………

 

I got this unit from Currclick, and was going to do all of the projects, but just ran out of time between going out of town and Superman being sick this past week, we only got to the pumpkin one…….

 

It has 5 experiments for the price of 35 cents, that’s right less than a dollar.  This is where I start having a hard time paying a lot for things, between the freebies on blogs and deals like this………. By the by click on the picture to go to the product.

 

Well, the pumpkin one, was the traditional “does the pumpkin float” experiment, and measuring it with a nice little printable.  We did that a few years ago, and I was curious to see if they remembered the results.  They did, so the wow factor was kinda gone……

 

But, there’s a twist:

 

Based off what you learned from the pumpkin, will the other fruits (and vegetables if you’ve got them easily findable) float?

 

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They had a suggested list, but I forgot to get all of the things they suggested, so instead we tried: apple, orange, and tomato as well.

 

We did an initial guess and they decided the orange and pumpkin would float.

 

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Once we got to actually recording our predictions they changed their hypothesis about what would float.

 

They ended up predicting that all of them would float.  This was also a great opportunity for me to review the terms hypothesis, theory, and prediction with them.

 

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No pictures of the actual floating Afterwards we drew a picture to show what actually happened.  SURPRISE they all floated!

 

Have you ever repeated an experiment with your kids?  Did they remember the first time you did it?

Colonial America: presentation time

A couple of weeks ago we finished up our study of “Life in Colonial America,” and now we’ve moved on to the American Revolution…….
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Princess and Youngest E talked about the clothes people wore.  Princess did pretty well over all because she knew what she was talking about and could mostly name all the different layers of clothes……….

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The boys talked about colonial punishments.  They did a great job for their first presentation (and I’ll spare you the 5 minute video of it).  They remembered most of their topic, and were able to explain what the different punishments were for.

The most hilarious point came when Superman was asked how long someone could be in the stocks.  Batman said “100 hours!”  and then Superman said, “Until you die!”  The reality of it being only for a few hours was a little disappointing, but they did make sure to point out that you got to throw food at the people in the stocks.

Oh, and here’s our takeaways from our first attempt at presenting (for all ages and kids):

1.  Make them write out what they want to say, especially the older kids.
2.  Make sure they’ve rehearsed it out loud, not just take their word for it.
3.  Prepare visual aids better.  The boys ones worked well, but Princess’ kept trying to fall off.
4.  Did I mention practice?
5.  Assign out the topics, which we’ve already done.

Any suggestions for better presentation for our kids?  This was their first time doing it, and overall they did good, but we could see some room for improvement. 

Now, head on over to All Things Beautiful for some more history/geography projects.

Review: made to play!

 

I’ve said this before, and I’ll probably keep saying it, but I love the books I’ve been getting from Shambala publishing.  Each of them has been a hit with me, but they also seem tailor made to the way I want to live and be a parent.

 

Reading this book I now understand how people feel reading craft books that don’t sew.

 

He has several woodworking projects in here that I would LOVE to do, but I don’t know how to carve wood.  But now I want to learn.  I’ll add that to my rather long list of things I want to learn to do which also includes crocheting and a few random paper projects.

 

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There are several different projects in here that I’m itching to try out, none of them really require patterns, but there are some included for making them.

 

Before anyone starts thinking that significant craft skill is required, I think only the woodworking ones require that, and there’s several other projects in there.

 

Projects on my new to-do list, color coded according to type:

kid project, sewing, craft supplies needed, recycling

1.  Make a paper animal zoo

2.  Make a play blanket (can be used for the zoo or any other playscape), this is the simplest play blanket I’ve seen with lots of ability to adapt it to your new play ideas.

3.  Dollhouse projects

4.  doll sleeping bag and wooden doll

5.  slotted building discs (so VERY cool)

6. modular headband and leg bangs

7.  explorer utility belt and cape

 

All in all, I really enjoyed this book and I love the variety of crafts in it.  Most craft books I’ve tended to pick up have been one particular type of craft (cough sewing cough cough).  Many thanks to Shambala press for this book.

 

Anyone have a craft book they really enjoyed?  What about kid craft books?  Any favorites there?

 

Legal Mumbo Jumbo: I wrote this review in exchange for a copy of the book, they did not give me anything else but a copy of the book.  The opinions as badly or as goodly written as they are, are my own.

Review and Giveaway: Momsense

When MOPS international asked me about reviewing their latest book I leaped at the chance.  I have a couple of their books and have loved each of them.  Their chapters tend to be short and to the point and always have something I can relate to in it.

 

So, what is this newest book about?  It’s about developing your Momsense and how to best do that.

 

The first section is about defining and looking at where you came from, what was your Mom’s parenting style like, and what are the areas you want to improve.  At the end of each chapter there are questions for you to answer and look at for how you can improve your mothering.

 

003The second section takes some of the things every book about mothering agrees you need, and gives some practical advice and also some humorous or touching stories about other moms.  And, they’re not all stay at home, or the perfect family moms.  Some of the moms work full time, some of them are the accidental mother who now loves being a mom, others are single, some are the mom who has 5 kids, another is the mom who has one little girl who she loves with a passion.

 

For me the best part of the book is reading the testimonial of the other moms on what they did.  Jeff at one point had to ask what I was reading as I was chortling over the chapter on joy.  I won’t spoil the story for you, but if you’ve been reading the blog long enough you know I would get a big kick out of a child’s accidental trouble over bringing the wrong kind of “cool looking box” to school.  I then had to read the story to Jeff, and talk for a long time with him about it.

 

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I would encourage any of you moms out there, and I know that’s a significant portion of my readership to pick up a copy of this book.  It’s a nice easy read, and it’s tempting to blaze through it, but I’d recommend you just take a chapter a day and actually read it slowly and answer the questions, which I’m going to be going back and doing soon.

 

I’d also encourage you to find a local MOPS group to join if you have a pre-schooler.  I was in for two years as the Creative Activites director, and I really enjoyed the group.  My group met at night and was over half working moms, which made for a fun mix.  I learned so much from the speakers and the topics we covered, nutrition, parenting styles, personalities, solving conflicts, on and on and on.

 

So, that’s my two plugs.  Now for the giveaway:

 

ENTRY RULES:

1.  You must be over 18 and leave me a way to contact you, international is okay since I’m doing the shipping and I’m feeling generous.

2.  How to enter:

 

REQUIRED:  Tell me your definition of Momsense.  What is it and how do you use it?

 

BONUS:  You can get up to 3 bonus entries:

1.  Go to the MOPS international website and find the closest group to you and when does it meet.

2.  If you’re a follower that’s another entry.

3.  And ummmm….  I’m feeling a lack of creativity right now, so just add another comment for the third bonus entry.

Giveaway ends on November 4th, a week from today.

 

MAKE SURE EACH OF YOUR ENTRIES IS A DIFFERENT COMMENT.

I’m gonna link this over to my favorite resource of the week, because I really enjoy a good parenting book, and that helps me in my homeschooling.

Favorite Resource This Week

T-Rex Trick or Treats

 

This is a super cute book about a T-Rex who is trying to figure out a scary costume for Halloween, and tries on all manner of costume before finally deciding on the scariest (I’ll leave you to read the book to find out what).

 

Apparently this is part of a series of T-Rex holiday books and I plan on keeping an eye out for the others.

 

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After reading it I had to have the kids decorate their own T-Rex deciding on a scary costume…….

 

I let them use whatever supplies they wanted and they happily created their scary T-Rexes.

 

Princess heavily applied glitter glue and dot markers to hers, and then disappeared with her “pretty” T-Rex upstairs.

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The boys happily and quite proudly cut theirs out and glued them up to our Halloween mural.  Which is sadly lacking in much of additions this year, just too much going on this October…… I’m thinking to carry it over to Thanksgiving.

 

Can you figure out what the scary costume that both of these T-Rexes are wearing is?

Shibley Smiles