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09 February 2016

Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop #161

Welcome!
Surprise!  Guess who's back? Cathy of A Peek Into My Paradise, that's who! She thought, she prayed and then she got a creative idea. In short, Cathy will be blogging afterall. She has returned as a co-host of Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop after one short week away ... and we couldn't be happier! Welcome back Cathy!

Drumroll please: next week we will be introducing four new co-hosts to you! Stay tuned

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08 February 2016

Paint With Q-Tips - Letter Q Preschool Activity

Painting dots with q-tips is a simple fine motor skill activity for 3 and 4 year olds to do and it is such a fun preschool activity!

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Our letter Q day in preschool this year was Q is for Queen. We made a really cute queen paper bag puppet as our craft. Since there really wasn't enough about queens to fill up the day, we branched out to more Q words: Quick, Quack, Quail, Quarter, Quilt and Q-tip. Painting dots with q-tips is a fun fine motor skill activity for 3 and 4 year olds.


Tip: Happily, this painting exercise is neat enough that we could skip the smocks however I would advise having plenty of baby wipes on hand to get those cute little painted fingers clean!

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Q is for Q-tip and Quilt Preschool Painting Activity

Supplies
Cotton swabs
Q is for Q-Tips and Quilts Printable*
Cardstock weight paper
Tempera paints 
Baby wipes


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Directions
Print the FREE PRINTABLE (here) onto cardstock.
Put "blobs" of paint on a plate to dip in.
Give each child enough cotton swabs for a clean side for every color.
i.e.  four colors of paint = 2 q-tips
Child dots paint inside of the letter Q. 

Tip: If you are aiming for it to look like a quilt, help them think it through. They should concentrate colors in groups. I found that my 3 year olds really didn't do that and some even rubbed the paint on instead of dotting it. No problem!   EVERYONE had FUN! 


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07 February 2016

Super Bowl Weekend and Happiness Is Homemade Party Too!

Welcome back to another great weekend with us at Happiness is Homemade!!
Woohoo for SUPER BOWL SUNDAY!! You are you all routing for?? I have my team but I'm not tellin'! One thing for sure --- good food, great company and fun TV commercials!
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We are SO EXCITED to announce that Cathy from A Peek into my Paradise will be staying connect to the blogging world! We are thrilled to have her back with us!!

Here are this week's features and then on to our party ...

Great FEATURES from LAST WEEK

1
Pepperoni Breadsticks from Meeshie's World


2
Mexican Meatloaf from Family Food On The Table


3.
Chocolate Chip Raspberry Granola from Strength and Sunshine



4
Nutella Hearts from Simply Stacie


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05 February 2016

Letter Q is for Queen Preschool Lesson and Paper Bag Puppet Craft

Letter Q preschool lesson is not as easy to pull together as it may seem. I was thrilled when I found a free printable for a queen paper bag puppet. It was the perfect craft for letter Q! So Q is for Queen became the theme of the day.

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As I sat down with my little class to talk about the mysteries of the letter Q, we began by talking about what it looks like. As I only had one day to discuss this wondrous letter, we concentrated on capital letter Q. 

First, I wrote the letter C on the board and asked them "what letter is this?" They all chimed in "C"  Then I closed it up and they yelled "O"  Then I showed them the squiggly that makes an O turn into a Q. 

Finally, we talked about words that start with the letter Q. We touched upon Quail, Quarter, Quick, Quack, one of my favorites "Quiet" and Q-Tip. We eventually made our way to our topic of the day - Queen.

I asked them what a Queen was. 
"Princess." 
"King, but a girl."
We even discussed the concept of authority.
Queens (in theory) have authority. "They tell you what to do and you have to do it!"

I printed out photos of the most famous queen alive today: Queen Elizabeth 
Letter Q is for Queen preschool lesson, paper bag puppet craft

My smart little kiddos were quick to answer my "queen" questions:
"What is a queen's house called?" Castle
"What is her chair called?" Throne
"What does she ride in?" Carriage
"What does she usually wear on her head?" Crown
"Who protects and fights for her?" Knights 
I printed out photos of each for visual aids.

Finally, we made our paper bag puppets!


Paper Bag Puppet Craft
This craft is very easy and fun to do.

Supplies
FREE Queen printable
White cardstock
Crayons 
Glue stick
White school glue
Jewel
Paper sandwich bag


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Directions
  • Print the Q is for Queen printable on white card stock.
  • Color the queen.
  • Cut out the queen into two parts.
  • Glue a jewel to the top of the crown using white school glue.
  • Place the paper bag, flap up, on a hard surface.
  • Lift the flap and glue stick liberally.
  • Press the chin/mouth part of the queen's face on the glue. Take care not to glue the bag shut. You want the mouth to open and close.
  • Now close the flap and glue-stick the brown square on the bag like crazy!
  • Press the top of her head on that part, aim it so that the upper part of her lip covers the tongue. You should only see the tongue when the puppet's mouth moves.
  • Done!

As I said, the letter Q has lots of possibilities but I was stretched to find enough material for any given Q word. As a result we read books on more than one Q topic:

              

In addition, we did a great Q-Tip Painting activity.  The kids had lots of fun. I love painting other ways than just paint and paint brush. So far we have used plastic forks, marshmallows, shaving cream, sponges and now q-tips!


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04 February 2016

Recipe Share Party - Yum and Get Yummed!

Welcome!
This is a Recipe Sharing party.
Share your best recipe below.
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If you blog at all about food, I am hoping this will be the 
BEST PARTY 
you've ever been to!
Here is how it goes:
Share just ONE recipe post from your blog, below.
Visit all of the recipes shared.
Simply YUM them by clicking the Yummly button on their page. 
(I use Yummly so much that I added a Yum "bookmarklet" [i.e button]  to my toolbar so that I can Yum any recipe I want to, even if they don't have a Yum button!)

Tip: Feel free to share the recipes in other ways as well but 
Yumming will go faster if you "yum and move on" to the next.

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If you are unfamiliar with Yummly please read the post below. 
You will be so glad!

Recipes get LOTS of traffic when they are Yummed.
If you post recipes on your blog, you will soon love Yummly.


Example: my blog is not just a food blog. I write about many topics. Even so, this month I have had 973 pageviews from Yummly alone. There have been some months that I receive thousands of pageviews from that one source! 

Party opens Thursday 9:00am and ends Saturday 11:55pm so spread the news and come back again and again.

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