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4th of July Game: Nickel Hunt

I'm a teacher and a learner. It is important to me that I somehow tie learning into my daily activities with my children. The best way to learn is through play and within the context of our daily lives. This 4th of July hunt is fun while also providing the opportunity to learn about a famous person that is instrumental force in our independence.

In preparation of the hunt, gather your spare nickels and hide them around your home or yard.

Gather the children around you and show them a nickel. Explain who Thomas Jefferson was and why he is important to the 4th of July celebrations. {Honestly, when I do these type of discussions, it leads to my son asking me questions that I don't know the answer to. Sometimes, with him, I swear I do not know anything!} I try to not make these discussions long at all... it's more as an informal FYI and then periodically during the day I may ask them random questions about our discussion to see what they remember.

Give each child a bag and set them loose to find the nickels. I let them keep the nickels for their spending or savings banks.

It's a win-win game... win for the kids because they get to keep the money and win for the parents because it's cheap!


Patriotic Stick Flag

We made a fun and easy flag out of tongue depressor sticks. It was super easy and the kids love having them hang on their bedroom doors.

How To Make a Patriotic Stick Flag

Items Needed:

  • red, white, and blue paint and brushes
  • tongue depressor sticks (found at any craft store)
  • white cardstock
  • star paper punch or a paper cutting machine (I used my Silhouette)
  • glue
  • scissors
  • hot glue gun
  • string of any type to hang the flag



1. Paint three sticks red and two sticks white. Let dry.

2. Using scissors, cut three sticks into half. You will need to use three for the flag and two to glue the flag onto.

3. Paint three half sticks blue and let dry.

4. Cut out small white starts on white cardstock.

4. When paint is dry, take two of the cut sticks and align vertically.

5. Starting with a red stick, glue down red, white, red, white, and red horizontally onto the two vertical steps.

6. Glue down the blue sticks with the rounded corner on outside, lining up with the sticks below.

7. Glue down stars.

8. Let glue completely dry.

9. Cut a string large enough to glue onto the flag and still have enough room to hang around a door knob.

10. Using the hot glue gun, glue down the ends of the string onto the back two vertical sticks.

11. Admire the handiwork!


Outdoor Fun

We have been spending most of our days outside. Thankfully, until this week, the humidity has been very low which allows fun in the sun! We have two games we really like to play. The first is an adding game and the second an old classic.


{Excuse my phone photos, I cannot hold a baby and take photos with my larger camera! Thank goodness for phone cameras so I can still capture the moments!}

Using sidewalk chalk, I write numbers 1-10. I then say an addition problem and Logan jumps on the correct number. Hannah just jumps on the number after him. Mental and physical exercise!

The other is one of my favorite childhood games.


I just love this game!

What fun, outdoor games do you enjoy!?!?


Summer Fun!

I feel like I am back in my groove again and looking forward to summer plans. My biggest hurdle is trying to plan activities with also mothering my three children. However, I am finding some great online resources that does a lot of the planning for me!

Today, I came across "Do It Yourself, Summer Reading Camp" on Awesome! It lays out activities and plans for 10 weeks with each week having a theme. Perfect! It is exactly what I have wanted to do for the past few years. I am going to try to come up with some extra activities and hope to share. This week, I am going to work on organizing bug week which will start next week. I am so excited!

I am hoping to create some stickers for my kids that we can put on a poster to show what we have learned this summer. Hopefully I can get it done this week and share!

Have a wonderful Wednesday!





Bug Week would not be complete without some buggy snacks. I was originally inspired by this recipe by Taste of Home for Ladybug Appetizers. It is summer time though, so my fridge was full of fresh and yummy produce. I am fortunate to have a kiddo that LOVES fruits and veggies, so I decided to mix the cracker snacks up a bit and create different "bugs" using things I already had in my fridge. 

For the base of the buggy cracker snacks I used Ritz crackers with either peanut butter or cream cheese. I searched the fridge and collected the following: grape tomatoes, cherries, half of a cucumber, olives, snap peas, cut-up cantaloupe, half of a banana and some grapes. Once we had a pile of foodstuff on the counter I started to cut up the fruit into small, buggy parts per Maggie's suggestions. This is what our counter looked like when done:

I let the kiddo have at the scraps; she also asked if she could suck the black frosting out of the tube. That was a definite NO. You will noticed it is removed in the picture below. 

The final products turned out even better than expected! I did most of the "bug creation" based on the child's suggestions due to time constraints. 

I think they all turned out adorable (with the exception of the creepy, Dark Knight-esque Joker bug on the right). I used cherry stems and sugar snap pea strings for the antennas. Maggie suggested those as antennaes and they worked perfectly. I also added some eyes (cream cheese and black frosting put on with a toothpick, tedious would be a good work to use). Here are some close-ups of our favorites:


Maggie could not WAIT to eat them. I may have booted her upstairs while I was trying to get some pictures because she kept trying to grab one. Once I had the needed pics, I got her a glass of milk and let her munch away on the buggy snacks. The only one she did not eat was the lady bug; she does not like olives. I did though and it was DELICIOUS (even with the kind of weird flavor profile of black frosting). Below is a picture of her trying to decide if she should eat the antenna of not.

These buggy snacks are a great way to get your child to try a variety of fruits and veggies. I think another great idea would be to serve these as party food; you could have the buggy parts prepped before and let kids create their own. This snack was fun to make and fun to eat, as evidenced below.