24 October 2014

Very Hungry Caterpillar Kids Activity

By Sinea Pies

I recently shared our C is for Caterpillar preschool craft with you. What I didn't say was that I made a Very Hungry Caterpillar graph for my kiddos to work on, too. It is really fun. 


preschool graphing activity; caterpillar; C is for Caterpillar

My students are ages 3 &  4 and I must say that the 4 year olds were much more successful with this one. Five or six year olds would do very well.

This activity allows the little ones to recall what the caterpillar ate and glue each kind of food to a graph. They can practice their counting and work with some number recognition, as well. 

I was told by a brilliant little child that I mixed up how many strawberries and oranges he ate. Whoops! His catch gave me a great opportunity, though, to praise him for his great observational and memory skills!!!
food

How to prepare this activity:
Supplies
Graph,  printed on white card or cover stock
Laminated fruit and food icons
Child safe scissors
Crayons or markers
Glue Stick
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Book

Directions
  • Print the graph and food icon sheets on white card stock.
  • Laminate the food sheets*
  • Read Eric Carle's "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" with your child.
  • Have your child color the picture of the caterpillar and butterfly on the graph.
  • Next, child cuts out the food pictures and glues them on the graph using glue stick.
One apple next to the number 1 and in the "apple column"
Two pears in the "pear column" - next to numbers 1 and 2.
And so on.
See if your child catches that the strawberries and oranges are mixed up.

*I chose to laminate the pictures of the fruit and other food because ink jet print smudges with moisture. Glue-sticks and little hands? Laminating preserves them.

FREE PRINTABLES

Plush Toy




This is the laminator I use. 
I LOVE my laminator!

Note: this author is an Amazon affiliate. Anything you purchase from Amazon through this blog will result in a small commission for me. In advance, "thank you" ... Sinea

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23 October 2014

Tough Day?




bulldog puppies


Today was good.
Today was fun.
Tomorrow is another one. 
                ...Dr. Seuss


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Growing Circles Hop!


Welcome to Growing Circles Hop!

Time to share your awesome content.
Use our party hashtag and let's share!

Party Hashtag Feature


Mama's High Strung did not share a post of her own last week, so I chose this one for our Party Hashtag Feature Post this week. =0) Please be sure to stop by and show her some G+ love!


Link up AND use our party hashtag for your chance to be next week's feature.
All weekly features are randomly chosen using Random.org.

Co-Host with us.
Send an email to 2justByou(AT)gmail(DOT)com with "G+ Hop Co-Host" in the subject line and include your blog and G+ links for consideration. We'd love to have you!


 

To make the most of this link party, please follow the rules below.
1. You MUST add your hosts and co-hosts to one of your circles before linking up. 
2. Link up your personal Google+ profile, blog or business G+ pages but NOT your blog URL. 
3. Share ONE post ONLY - (new or old) on G+ and use the hashtag #GrowingCirclesHop
4. Connect with others by clicking on your #growingcircleshop hashtag. Engage with at least 2-3 others by a Share, +1 or Comment. 
5. Add new friends to your circles. 
6. Grab a button for your blog, if you'd like. Help us spread the word so we can keep trending on Google Plus each week! (You can edit size to fit your blog in the code).
Mommy Mentionables



Throughout the next 12 hours, check back on G+ and +1 posts with the hashtag #growingcircleshop.

Note to Ducks 'n a Row readers: I made a simple but AWESOME discovery on Google+ that I shared in a post last week. It is a way to locate and follow other G+ users who are very active on Google+ and like the same topics that you do! ... Sinea
#socialmedia #Googleplus

Learn more about it here.

Google+ Tips from Kim...

The real participation comes with sharing a blog post to G+ using the party's hashtag and engaging with others who are also sharing posts from this party. Interaction and engaging with others on G+ will bring you the most success! You will notice some posts have a very large picture associated with their post and others have a tiny picture. To increase your chances of being shared, post a photo along with your post link and NOT the tiny one that gets posted automatically with the link. The bigger and more clear your photo, the better chance of it being shared because those are the posts that G+ users want to share with their followers.
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21 October 2014

Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop #96

Many of last week's Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop's most viewed posts were PUMPKIN posts. How appropriate for this lovely month of October.


Most Viewed




Pumpkin Cornbread from The Gold Lining Girl



And number 384 from last week's party is 
Editor's Pick


Orange Dreamsicle Pumpkin Cakes

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19 October 2014

Beer Marinated Chicken

By Sinea Pies

grilled chicken; beer marinade recipe #grilling #recipes #cookout


Getting a tired of chicken with barbecue sauce? I am. Oh, don't get me wrong. When I'm in the mood for barbecue, chicken is my first choice. But when I came up with this recipe, it was simply time to try something new. 

I had a can of beer on the shelf -- it was left from making Belgian Brisket -- so I looked up recipes online that contained beer. None of them exactly fit what I had on hand, so I made up my own and it tasted great. 

If you like yours spicier, increase amounts and play around with it. My hubby likes his food "uneventful" so I kept the spices on the lighter side. 

The process may sound labor intensive. Really, it is not. The reason I started in the oven and moved the chicken to the grill is because of me! I am notorious for starting something on the grill and getting caught up making sides indoors only to return to the grill and find it burned beyond recognition. Rather than messing this up, I opted to reduce the outdoor cooking time. Everything came out great. Delicious!




 
 Beer Marinated Chicken

Ingredients
6 bone-in, skin-on chicken pieces
1 12 oz can of beer
1/3 cup olive oil
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp cayenne
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1 tsp sea salt

Directions
Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and add the raw chicken. COver an marinate in the refrigerator 1-5 hours, prior to cooking.
Preheat oven at 400 degrees
Remove the chicken from the bowl (saving the marinade in the refrigerator) and put it on a foil-covered jelly roll pan.
Precook the chicken in the oven for 30 minutes.
Heat the grill for 5 minutes on high, before the 30 minutes is up.
Move the chicken to the hot grill.
Turn the pieces often to prevent burning.
Each time you turn the chicken, spoon a little marinade over it.
Test the chicken using a meat thermometer. 
It is done when it reaches 190 degrees F.
Serve with salad & corn on the cob or any delicious side your family loves!

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