Category Archives: Crafts

4 Activities for Memorizing Psalm 23

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My kinders are working on memorizing Psalm 23!  These are some activities we’ve done to hide it in our hearts.  Maybe they would help your littles, too!

1.  Psalm 23 Wordless Book

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We made wordless books to help us remember the order of the verses!  My twins like to “read” them to us!  They are simply half sheets of paper stapled into a full size piece of construction paper.   My littles illustrated a white cover for their books.  Here are the colors we used:

  • white – The Lord is my shepherd
  • green- green pastures
  • blue-  still waters
  • red- restores my soul
  • gray- paths of righteousness
  • black-  valley of the shadow of death
  • brown-  rod and staff
  • yellow- Thou anointest my head with oil
  • purple- (wine) my cup runneth over
  • gold-  goodness and mercy, Lord’s house

2.  Psalm 23 Bracelet Craft

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These were fun!  My little girl wears hers everyday!  🙂  The colors are about the same as the wordless book.  Our inspiration for this craft can be found here.

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3.  Psalm 23 Picture Cards

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I found some great Psalm 23 clip art at ChristArt.com.  I used the pictures to make cards that my littles can use to retell the psalm.  There are a few that they still need a little help ordering!

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4.  Psalm 23 Mini Book

{from Christian Preschool Printables}

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD YOURS!

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Aren’t these the sweetest?  I love these little books and have printed other ones from this site in the past.   You could also cut these apart and use the pictures to work on putting the verses in order!

We’ve also been doing hand motions, singing, and watching our cups overflow in the bathtub to remember this psalm!  🙂

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Easy Art for St. Patrick’s Day

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While I haven’t mentioned it here, St. Patrick’s Day is a great time to talk about the Trinity!  Take a minute to read our St. Patrick’s Day post from last year about Teaching the Trinity and then come back here for a few easy art ideas!  Last year’s post includes some fun activities, a printable, and a simple song for remembering the Trinity!  🙂

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We took an afternoon this week to get out the paints and pastels…

I got the idea for cork shamrocks from a post at Happy Hooligans.  Aren’t’ these flowers cute?  😉

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I thought the corks used for the flowers would make great shamrocks!

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Did you know I was art major in college?  (Ok, it was only for 1 semester!)  I have wanted to find ways to incorporate art instruction into our homeschool, but I’ve had a hard time figuring that out!  I purchased A Seasonal Start in Spring Chalk Pastels from Hodgepodge.  It was such an easy solution!  My kids thought their pieces were MASTERpieces!   I think that is what I liked most about this activity… we followed the instructions and got great results!  Pastels are such an easy medium and this gave my kids the confidence and desire to do it again!  The ebook has lots of spring pastel tutorials to choose from!

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And another thing I liked about this activity… I have a festive St. Patrick’s Day display in my kitchen!  🙂

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Don’t forget to teach your little ones about the Trinity on St. Patrick’s Day and get out those art supplies and HAVE FUN! 🙂

Paper Plate Owls

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Here’s a fall craft that my preschoolers enjoyed!  Aren’t those eyes cute?

Supplies for paper plate owls:

  • uncoated paper plates
  • brown paint
  • paint brush (or fingers!)
  • school glue
  • paper cupcake liners
  • BIG googly eyes
  • feathers
  • small piece of orange paper or craft foam for a little beak

Paint.   Let dry.   Glue.   Have fun!

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owl craft

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Then, maybe it’s time to practice a new Bible verse!  I thought Exodus 15:11 would be perfect!

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We are having so much fall fun with friends and a great time reading through the Bible together.  I’ve got lots of fun pictures, Bible crafts and activities, and homeschool studies to share!  Can’t wait!

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Happy Fall, ya’ll!

Pony Bead Suncatchers

This simple spring craft turned out so pretty and brightened our cloudy day!
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Put translucent pony beads into baking pans.  We used several different sizes.pony beads in pans

Bake at 400 degrees for about 20 to 30 minutes.  (There were some pretty yucky smells.  You may want to plan to play outside while the beads bake… maybe even open the windows and find the Febreeze.)

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Let the suncatchers cool.  I moved ours outside.  They popped right out of the pans after cooling for a bit.  The pans were fine– no damage or residue!  Yay!photoUse a drill to make holes in the suncatchers.  You may not have a helper as handy as mine for your drilling.  I’m sorry!  😉

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All that’s left to do is add string for hanging.  We used some wire to add fun beads!  Done!

Suncatchers collage

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I know you are wondering about this fun, whimsical artwork in my kitchen window, aren’t you? “When it comes to school, there’s no place like home.”  How cute is that?!  I love it!  I also got one for my girls… “You are beauty full”  The artist is a sweet, homeschooling, Christian mommy at LIGHT ON A HILL.  Click over to visit her art room and see the fun things she and her girls are creating!  I can’t wait to get another post from this crew!  I wish I could join the fun!  You can also visit their Etsy shop Prairie Paisley {mixed media art} and snag your own cuteness!  You’ll find lots of encouragement and love!  ❤

Easy Ideas for Learning Letters

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We began our first homeschooling year with two 3-year-olds, a 6-year-old, and a 7-year-old!  Our “preschool” activities are pretty simple!  There’s a lot going on in Mom’s homeroom class!  😉  Now our twins are 4 years old and our big kids are 7 and 8!  We are nearing the end of our year, and things have worked!  Whew!  The littles have been learning a letter a week, and they love their 30 minutes of preschool with Mom each morning!  This post is a wrap up of the last half of the alphabet.  Don’t ask me where the first half is… I guess I was too busy to snap pictures!

We learn a letter a week using A Beka animal flash cards and language development posters.  We needed some language development!  🙂  Jack is reading, and Mary Sorrels is not far behind!  I have also loved using Early Education at Home:  A Curriculum Guide for Parents of Pre-Schoolers and Kindergarteners.  I got a used copy!  It is a simple book giving letter activities for each week, character qualities, snack ideas, field trip suggestions, and Bible characters beginning with each letter.

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A Beka

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I keep this handwriting saved on my desktop.  I change the letter each week, print it off, and cut it in half so that we can practice writing our names and letters.

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We practice writing our names and letters.

Now for the {very simple} last half of the alphabet wrap up….

Ll is for ladybug!

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We also made easy, delicious Crockpot Macaroni and Cheese!  You don’t even have to cook the noodles first!

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Nn is for nest and Noah’s rainbow!

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Oo is for octopus.

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Pp is for pink putty, purple play-doh, and peanut butter!  You can see our Pp post here!

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Qq is for Queen Esther and quilt.  You can print Queen Esther, Vashti, Ahasuerus, Mordecai, and Haman masks here!

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Rr is for reptiles!

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Ss is for smiles, sticks, S-shaped hotdogs, and spiders.

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Tt is for toes on Ts.

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Uu is for underground and umbrellas!  We used a package of umbrella straws all week and put little toothpick umbrellas in our food!  Fun!

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Vv is for vegetables!  (We also painted vegetables last summer and used okra to paint part of our Psalm 1 artwork! )

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Ww is for water!  Playing in the water {with permission!} is fun!

Ww is for water

Xx is for X-ray!

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Yy is for yarn and yellow!  We found a lot of Y-shaped sticks!

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Zz is for zipper and zinnias!  We made zipper bag ice cream and planted zinnias.

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It wasn’t until the very end of our letter weeks that I found these ABC Bible Printables!  There is one for each letter of the alphabet!

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As much as the twins love their preschool time, they love learning with their big brother and sister even more.

One of the most beautiful things about homeschool is the opportunity we have to learn as a family.  I love seeing my children play and learn and work together!  It fills my heart with JOY!

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HAPPY LETTER LEARNING!

(Some of these pictures are from our fun on the first day of summer and our pumpkin party! You can click to visit.)

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Fun on the first day of summer!

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We had a fun week of pumpkin lessons!

 

 

 

 

 

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