How ‘Pinteresting’: The World is Flat

One ‘pin’ a week; that is the goal. Nothing too fancy, nothing too far-fetched; just a good opportunity to finally test out a few of those Pinterest ideas and see which ones really work! Join along and chime in; let us know which projects you’ve been working on and how they’ve turned out!

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Summer_PinterestHere it is… the last ‘pin’ of the summer! Something that will tie our geography lessons in with our crafting and Pinterest boards. Three jobs in one!

When I was a child we were required to make these as part of our lessons on California History, along with a California mission. (I made my mission out of lasagna noodles, but that’s a story for another day.) I remember having to carefully reconstruct the state of California, making sure to get all the topographical details absolutely correct. Then, we had to paint it accordingly. What a project!

Let’s inflict the same pain fun on our own children. It’s actually pretty easy and you might already have the materials on hand!

Salt Map

Click on the image above to be taken to the original Pinterest link.

Here’s what you’ll need:

Clay (either homemade or store-bought)
Heavy Cardboard
Paints & Brushes

The project is fairly simple. On cardboard (or any other heavy-duty, disposable, flat surface), shape a mound of clay into your geographic location of choice. I would suggest modeling a current country you are learning about or your home state. If you’ve completed a lesson on world geography, perhaps you could allow your children to pick their country of choice. Once you have the location properly modeled to the best of your ability, allow it to dry for at least 24 hours. Once dry, paint your map accordingly.

See how easy that is?! The hard part is deciding what to do with all of these maps once they are complete… Hmmm… Either way, salt mapping is tons of fun and provides several valuable lessons in the learning process.

Enjoy!

Time to Chime In: What is your favorite at-home recipe for modeling clay? Please share!

How Pinteresting: X Marks the Spot

One ‘pin’ a week; that is the goal. Nothing too fancy, nothing too far-fetched; just a good opportunity to finally test out a few of those Pinterest ideas and see which ones really work! Join along and chime in; let us know which projects you’ve been working on and how they’ve turned out!

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Summer_PinterestMy kids like maps. Travel maps, atlas maps, road maps, pirate maps; name it and they like it. We keep a stack in the car, just for long trips and moments of needed distraction. There is something about finding your way via map that intrigues children.

When our kiddos were little, my husband would create maps for them and send them out on treasure hunts. As they grew older, he let them design their own maps and we would go searching for buried treasure. Lots of fun memories and creativity have centered around such activities.

Our Pinterest activity this week, reflects our children’s love of cartography. With very few materials, you too can recreate this project!

Milk Map

Click on the picture above to be taken to the original post via Pinterest.

Here’s what you’ll need: milk, paper, and an iron. See how easy that was? Now, here is what you do: draw a map (or any other image, for that matter) using milk onto a piece of paper; let the milk dry for a half hour; and then, iron the image. Voila!

There are a few things I ought to point out…

  • Use Cardstock – Regular paper might buckle under the use of liquid. If you have it on hand, I would recommend watercolor paper or card stock.
  • Use Q-Tips – Regular paint brushes might be difficult to work with using this medium. If you have them on hand, use q-tips or short, blunt paint brushes; they will work more efficiently.

Above all, have fun! Perhaps you, too, can make a treasure map. Don’t forget the buried treasure!

Time to Chime In: When was the last time you made a treasure map and buried ‘treasure’?

Care to participate in next week’s Pinteresting project? Take a look at THIS link to get a head start on next week’s ‘pin’!

How Pinteresting: One Bite at a Time

One ‘pin’ a week; that is the goal. Nothing too fancy, nothing too far-fetched; just a good opportunity to finally test out a few of those Pinterest ideas and see which ones really work! Join along and chime in; let us know which projects you’ve been working on and how they’ve turned out!

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Summer_PinterestWe’re big book readers over here. I think there is current debate going as to who is the fastest reader, myself or my oldest daughter. Amidst all the books we own and borrow, you’d think we have a plethora of bookmarks, but no.

Our ‘pin’ of the week was to make these little monsters to help us out:

Monster Bookmarks

Click on the image above to be taken to the original ‘pin’.

These were super simple to make. Even the littlest of hands could have made these. There are a few suggestions I’d like to make, however:

  • Using plain white paper would be utterly boring AND the paper would be too thin. Consider grabbing a few sheets of patterned or colorful card stock and using that instead.
  • Follow directions when it comes to gluing pieces. The kids might get a bit over-anxious to complete their projects and accidentally glue incorrectly. Make sure they are clear on which pieces should be glued and which should not.
  • Do not strictly stick to the pattern. Our girls got the basics down and then were free to be creative. One of my girls added antennae to their monster’s head; another colored the irises of their monster quite uniquely.

Above all, have some fun and be creative. These little guys are super cute and definitely do the job! I can’t wait to put mine to use.

Time to Chime In: What is your bookmark to book ratio? Do you own enough book markers?

Care to participate in next week’s Pinteresting project? Take a look at THIS link to get a head start on next week’s ‘pin’!

New Lists for a New Year

I am an organizational freak. Even if something seems organized, I will re-organize until it best fits my needs for the moment or aesthetically pleases me to the fullest. Recently, I have noticed some areas of my life which I wanted to revamp, so I spent some time this weekend getting them taken care of.

Pinterest_Homeschool-MomPinterest – For those of you who follow (or have at least dropped in and taken a look), I have redone my Pinterest folders. I had originally gone with cutesy names for each page, but I soon realized this was creating some organizational havoc. The folders are now retitled, streamlined, and better organized. There are several great folders to look through: Menu Planning, Homeschooling, Kids Activities, and more.

Instagram – I’ve been wanting to create an Instagram account for some time now. This weekend I was finally able to get that taken care of. Using Instagram, I can share some of our favorite field trip haunts, great recipes we’re working on, fun things to do with the kids, and so much more! If you haven’t tried Instagram yet, make sure to click the link on our sidebar to give it a whirl; it’s so much fun.

Grocery – As part of our ‘Fail to Plan, Plan to Fail‘ series, we shared how we organize our grocery list and shopping. Up ’til now I have always handwritten our lists as needed. Recently, a friend asked me if I had a printed version of my grocery list so she could use it as a reference for herself. I was ashamed to say I didn’t. This got me thinking and prompted me to come up with a typed list of my own. If I thought our list was taking care of business before, it doesn’t even compare to our new list! The new and improved grocery list is a wonderful compilation of necessities, general stock, and perishable items; there is even an area set aside for miscellaneous items and stops at multiple stores, which can sometimes be the case.

New Grocery List

Just as before, the new grocery list is hung in a cupboard in our kitchen. As we go about our week and begin to notice items running low, we simply place a check mark next the items needing to be purchased. No more writing them down; how convenient. The categories have been carefully placed in order of aisle at our local store, as well. This cuts out an additional step I was already making. At the end of each week, I check to make sure no items have been forgotten, I double-check it against our budget, and out the door I go. This new list is incredibly convenient and simple to use. I am thoroughly enjoying it!

We are so excited to begin the new year with these helpful updates to our lives. Now, we can be even better organized and have more fun with the resources at hand. Hopefully, some of you will find these resources handy as well.

Do YOU have a dedicated grocery list to make things run more smoothly?