19 April 2015

Preschool Painting - Try It With Shaving Cream!

By Sinea Pies





Isn't this pretty?  
The artist: a four year old. 
The medium: shaving cream!
For a new experience and a very fun time, let your preschooler paint with shaving cream. 
You can't go wrong.

Tip #1: be sure that your little artist has at least 3 or more pieces of blank cardstock to paint on. It goes fast but, if you keep 'em coming, this will keep your little one happily busy for some time!  

Tip #2: if you are doing this project with a group of children, write their names on their papers before they start. Doing it first will protect the delicate artwork as it dries. Otherwise you may accidentally touch the page while trying to write on it.



Use a disposable aluminum foil muffin tin for your "paints."
Squirt each one full of white shaving cream from the can.
Add some drops of food coloring to each.
Using a different craft stick for each color, mix the color through.



Ideally, it makes sense to have a different brush for each color but we don't live in an ideal world. My students each had just one brush and they made it work fine! Even their "pallets" looked pretty.
shaving cream painting



Shaving Cream Painting Activity

Supplies
Foil Muffin Tins
Food Coloring
Shaving Cream
Small craft sticks for stirrers
Small paint brushes
Card or Cover Stock Paper
Smocks or old shirts to wear as protective gear

Directions
Spray shaving cream into each depression on the muffin tin.
Add several drops of food coloring to each.
Stir with a different stirrer for each color.
Using a paint brush, children "free-paint" on their page.
Lay the page(s) out to dry.

*If there are several artists in the room, pre-label each page in advance so that you can identify whose work of art is whose.

Other great preschool painting ideas:

Paint With Rolling Pins



Fork Painting 




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17 April 2015

Thick 'n Delicious Strawberry Banana Smoothie

By Sinea Pies

Love milk shakes? Been avoiding them? Me, too. I don't want the extra calories or empty nutrition but I still LOVE milkshakes! 

This strawberry banana smoothie is a delicious calcium-rich, high protein "milkshake wannabe" that takes care of it all. Make it with regular milk and sugar or specialty milks (I use soy) and the healthier low calorie sugar substitute Truvia (stevia.) It totally satisfies that milkshake urge!


Strawberry Banana Smoothie recipe #smoothie #strawberries Ducks n a Row



Smoothies taste like milkshakes without the ice cream.
That's why we love them!
This Strawberry Banana Smoothie is a tasty delight 
and a healthy meal, besides.

Strawberry Banana Smoothie 
Tools
Electric Blender

Ingredients
1 cup vanilla soy milk or 2% milk
1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder
1 tsp. Truvia baking blend sweetener or 2 tsp. sugar
3/4 cup chopped frozen strawberries*
1/2 frozen banana*

Directions

Pour the milk into the blender container.
Add whey powder, sweetener and frozen fruit.
Blend till thick and smooth...no lumps.
Pour into a lovely fountain shoppe ice cream soda glass ...
Enjoy!

Makes 1 serving
(For those who care to know, Weight Watchers Points: 4)
Tips on freezing strawberries and bananas #fruit #smoothie

Tip: Pre-freeze fresh strawberries and bananas. If you cut them into pieces, it will be much easier to mix them in your blender.


Freezing Bananas: Peel the banana, cut into 1-2 inch slices, lay out on a small cookie sheet or freezer safe plate, freeze and then put into a plastic bag to store in freezer.

Freezing Strawberries: Wash, pat dry and trim off leaves. Cut in halves or quarters and freeze in the same manner as above. Store frozen berries in a plastic bag or container in the freezer.

Love smoothies?

Retweet Here and Let People Know!

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Photo credits:
Smoothie photo by Sinea Pies
Strawberry by Ambro on Freedigital Photos


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16 April 2015

Google+ Growing Circles Party is OPEN -- and so is G+ school!

Are you a fan of Google Plus?
You are in the right place!
We had so many people partying with us last week!
Did everyone learn something about G+ Communities? Did you have a chance to browse and find any to join? 

Before we continue on with our Google Plus Tips, we wanted to open it up for any questions you might have. We've shared FIVE tips already, and it's a lot to take in. We also want to make sure that we didn't miss anything. Hopefully our in-depth tips on circles have helped you out so far!

See all the posts for our G+ Tips Series:

Week 1: What is G+?
Week 2: Importance of Circles
Week 3: Using Circles
Week 4: Categorizing Circles



Now let us know if you have any specific questions that we can answer for you on any of the topics already covered. Leave your questions in a blog comment on any of our hosts' blogs!
Next week we'll resume with another great G+ Tip, so make sure you link up, share your G+ post, use the hashtag, and come back again next Thursday & Friday!


Now, let's party! 

Use our Party Hashtag when you share a public post as part of our party every week. Your G+ post could be our next Party Hashtag Feature! And remember: You need to use the party hashtag AND link up. =0)




*** Don't forget! ***
We have also extended the party. It will stay open until Friday night at midnight, EST! So don't be shy, come and visit on Friday too. Search our party hashtag in G+ to see awesome content for TWO days instead of just one! Share your posts!




Show some G+ love to our April Co-Host, food blogger Marilyn from Marilyn's Treats!


Don't forget to use the party hashtag:
#GrowingCirclesHop

 

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+ pagesOR -- you can link up a specific G+ post of yours - but NOT your blog URL. 
3. Publicly share a post - (new or old) on G+ and use the party hashtag #GrowingCirclesHop
4. Connect with others by clicking on your #growingcircleshop hashtag, or enter "growingcircleshop" in the search box at the top. Engage with at least 2-3 others by a Share, +1 and/or Comment. 
5. Add new friends to your circles! Be social. 
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).
Check back on G+ and +1/comment on the party posts with our hashtag #growingcircleshop until Friday night.

LINK UP below!!! You can now link up your G+ profile page -OR- you can link up a specific G+ post that you've already publicly shared using our party hashtag!  






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14 April 2015

Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop #119


Welcome to our party! 
We are so excited to have 
a new co-host, Heidi Jo, for the month of 
April 
-meet her below-
so our party now appears on 12 awesome blogs! 
We're growing...

So let's not waste any time. 
Here is what you loved the most last week...


Most Viewed




Very Popular


Editor's Pick
I was so hungry when I was deliberating over whose post to select this week.
And then I saw this ...number 424 on last week's party. Yum!

Slow Cooker Creamy Chicken Tacos from All She Cooks


Meet our hosts...

And welcome to our special APRIL co-hosts... Heidi Jo and Dawn!


Love this party?
Please tweet (RE-tweet, that is) this invite for us!

Simple Guidelines:

  • Please follow our host and co-hosts in as many ways possible (social media links below) 
  • PLEASE TWEET THIS PARTY !!!!  We want everyone to know about it!
  • Add as many of your family-friendly posts as you would like, no giveaways please.
  • Visit three or more others. Let them know you've been there! 
  • Visit our FEATURES and comment, pin or share -- do what you can to bless them!
  • When you are PINNING, please remember to do it from the original post. ♥
  • If you are new,  let us know in the comments so that we can follow you back. ♥
  • And, thanks for joining us!

Follow our hosts as you can. 
Heidi Jo of Simplee Thrifty NEW !!

Dawn of Spatulas on Parade 
Tammy of My Life Abundant

Nicole and Susan of Flavors By Four
Brittany of Mommy On Demand

Libby and Rachel of Two Keck Girls

Diane of Recipes For Our Daily Bread

CD of CD's Country Living

Carrie of A Mother’s Shadow

Jaime of The Stay At Home Mom Survival Guide

Kim of 2JustByou

Sinea of Ducks 'n a Row  



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13 April 2015

G is for Giraffe Preschool Lesson & Fun Craft

By Sinea Pies


 
Giraffes, those fascinating long-necked giants. They are one of the first of the wild-beasts that our children learn to recognize on sight. This was such a fun lesson to prepare. There are so many interesting facts about giraffes that I never knew!

Did you know that ...

  • Giraffe's tongues are blueish purplish and hairy?
  • Giraffes sleep very little. Only about 30 minutes a day, or less!
  • When a giraffe sleeps, he sleeps standing up, 
  • Giraffes are called "ruminants" because they have more than one stomach. Giraffes have FOUR!
  • To drink water, giraffes must spread their legs first. Their necks are too short to reach the ground.
  • Giraffes are the tallest mammals on earth...up to 17 feet tall!
  • Giraffes spots are for safety. They serve as camoflage.
  • No two giraffes have the same spots. Like fingerprints in humans, every giraffe's spot pattern is unique.
  • Their horns are called "ossicones.
More fun facts about Giraffes: 
National Geographic Kids


What I loved about this preschool craft is that it was so simple to do. Since my students are at different levels in cutting ability, I prepared for cutting "disasters" by printing a couple of extra pages. Everyone was armed with child-safe scissors but, just in case the pieces were unrecognizable, we adults could jump in to cut some new pieces for them so that they could finish the craft. Only one child needed help, which was a happy surprise!




G is for Giraffe Craft
Supplies
Template printed on cardstock
crayon, brown
green tissue paper
yellow and orange copy paper
googly eyes
child-safe scissores
glue stick

Directions
Color the trunk of the tree.
Rip green tissue paper, scrunch and glue onto tree for leaves.
Use the pattern for the parts to copy onto yellow copy paper.

Cut them out.
Cut shapes for spots out of orange copy paper.
Glue the yellow body parts of the giraffe aiming for its head to be near the top of the tree.
Glue the orange "spots" and googly eyes onto the giraffe. 

Free Printables
Giraffe Page Template

Giraffe Craft Parts







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