Really Woolly Easter Blessings by Bonnie Rickner Jensen, illustrated by Donna Chapman

This adorable board book would make the perfect addition to your little one's Easter basket this year!



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I can't wait to stick this precious little board book in Gv's Easter basket this year!  



Latticed Learning - Jesus' Baptism

Learn while playing with Latticed Learning!  This week's Bible story has plenty of activities to go along with it - keep reading to find out more!



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Welcome back to Latticed Learning!  This year, we're continuing to learn while we play - repeating many of our favorites from last year while adding in all sorts of new activities as well.

This day's post is devoted to our weekly Bible stories - some weeks have more activities than others, but each lesson will help your little one grow closer to God!


Read the Bible

 

Pages 303-307 in this Bible and 211-217 in this one



Read a Little More


I came across two promising books for this week's Bible story:








Sing Some Songs

Two songs immediately popped into my head for this week's story. Neither one is explicitly about Jesus' baptism, but they're both full of baptismal imagery and beautiful, so we stuck with them:

Come Thou Fount



Down to the River to Pray





Watch Some Videos

We love these little videos from Saddleback Church, so this one was perfect for this week.



As was this one by Crossroads Kids' Club:



This was another quick one we watched:





Play and Create

We did a couple things to learn more about Jesus' baptism:

We first made this craft stick puppet set, using the graphic here:



I just folded up the bottom of a sheet of blue construction paper and glued it closed on the sides, then I cut a tiny slit in the bottom so Gv could "dunk" the Jesus on a stick in the water.  We added the dove after she demanded it. 

Somebody's been listening to the story!


Then we made a handprint dove:



I seriously wonder when Gv will get tired of tracing and cutting out her hand for projects like this, because I honestly don't see it happening for years and years...

The good news is that it's so easy to do - just trace the hand onto white paper, cut it out, glue it on some blue construction paper for the sky, add a yellow beak and googly eye, and you're set!




We printed the one-page story from here and chose five pictures to hang on the wall for our sequencing reminders.


We also folded paper into a dove, using the pattern here.




Finally, we did a real art project:


A joint-effort project!

I drew the dove shape onto a piece of printer paper, cut two layers of them and then taped each one onto a sheet of watercolor paper for me and Gv to create the white space on our painted pages.

We'd been discussing the differences between warm and cool colors in art lately, so she decided that I would paint a warm background for the dove and she would paint a cool one.

While I was painting my dove, Gv was accidentally tipping over her cup of water, soaking her paper all the way through.

Since we have to be so frugal around here, I told her she couldn't have another sheet of special paper (luckily, it would dry, but she wanted to paint now), but she could share my painting with me.

So, after I finished all of my declining-striped warm strokes, she came along and added her own inclining-striped cool strokes.

Which resulted in a rainbow, which you know made me terribly happy.

After the painting dried and we removed the dove paper, I added the appropriate verse and we admired our work.

We might just be framing this to hang it up in her room!



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Giraffes Can't Dance Roll-a-Dance Die (free printable!)

Books become even better when you pair them with fun activities!  See what we did to go along with this month's Monthly Crafting Giraffes Can't Dance Book Club selection!


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My bloggy pal Hilary over at Raising Fairies and Knights started a fun Monthly Crafting Book Club - a challenge to create activities to go along with some of the most beloved children's books.

We had some great fun last year (see links at the end) and have continued the fun this year:


January - Ladybug Girl Addition Bugs


This month, we're focusing on one of our favorite books, Giraffes Can't Dance





Project Snapshot - Week 164

Each week, Project Snapshot captures a memory from the past few days - either with a camera, words, or both.  

Time passes in the blink of an eye - see which treasured memory will join the year's collection for this week:



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My Snapshot(s)




We had our fun at the fair this past weekend and for the second year in a row, people gave Gv their leftover food so she got to feed the critters for free!

State Fair tip #237: if you don't luck into people wanting to unload their remaining cups of food at the Mooternity Ward's exit, just do what Gv did at first and scrape up all the dropped grain from the bottom of the enclosure!


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5 After 5, Favorite Presidents

Does President's Day mean a day off school or work in your area, or do things just plow full-steam ahead, as usual?

Regardless of whether you catch a break or not, join the fun as I share my favorite U.S. Presidents - and let me know yours, while you're here!



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It's time for another round of 5 After 5!  In case you missed it, last week's list was ways to show your spouse love and if you're new to this series, you can read more about it here - then catch up on all the old editions here.


Today I've got my list of 5 to share, as well as next week's topic for you to stew about over the upcoming days.


And this series is a link party, so be sure to scroll down and join in all the fun with us this week!




List 5 of your favorite Presidents


President's Day - do Honest Abe and the Father of Our Country make your list, or is your favorite more of a character like mine is?

Friday Frivolity - Funny Dogs

It's time for this week's edition of Friday Frivolity - the blog party for all things fun, funny, hopeful & happy!

Just wait until you see what we dug up for this week's theme...




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At last week's party, I shared a list of the Top 20 Romantic Songs of All Time and we're still boogying around here.

The 141st WKC Dog Show took place this past week, so we decided to shine the spotlight on silly canines.

Lots of Love by Kim Washburn, illustrated by Jacqueline East

This delightful little book about love is the perfect addition to your home library for the month of February!



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While this sweet little book would make the perfect Valentine gift for your child, its focus on celebrating all the ways we show love every day makes it a wonderful addition to your home any time of the year!





Latticed Learning - Baby Jesus

Learn while playing with Latticed Learning!  This week's Bible story has plenty of activities to go along with it - keep reading to find out more!



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Welcome back to Latticed Learning!  This year, we're continuing to learn while we play - repeating many of our favorites from last year (these, toowhile adding in all sorts of new activities as well.

This day's post is devoted to our weekly Bible stories - some weeks have more activities than others, but each lesson will help your little one grow closer to God!


Read the Bible

 

Pages 266-302 in this Bible and 191-207 in this one



Read a Little More


I found several books for this week's Bible stories:



The Christmas Baby

Christmas in the Manger

Baby Jesus is Born

Nativity Sticker Activity Book

Where is Baby Jesus



Sing Some Songs

You can obviously sing a whole list of Christmas songs this week, but here were some more unique songs I found that fit this week's theme:

Baby Jesus Song

Collection of several appropriate songs


Watch Some Videos

We first watched this to focus on the nativity story.



 
And this movie was fun, too.


Play and Create

We did a few things to learn more about the birth of Jesus:

We talked about our Celebrating the Season printable (since Christmas has not yet completely faded from our minds) and did a little mini-review of many of the days - see this post for more information.




We continued to play with the adorable nativity set that Gv got for Christmas (don't you wish your Grammy made you a super-cool play mat/carrying bag combo for it all to go in, too?)




Gv made another of this adorable craft (even though we just did it two months ago).



We tried out this cute idea to shine on the wall when we read our Bible story each day.



Since Gv still loves her "Joseph" craft stick puppets, I printed these out for her so she could have more.



Besides cutting out the characters and gluing them onto craft sticks to create puppets, we stuck the barn onto a paper bag and I cut out the interior to create a stage, kind of like we did for this week.

While she was playing with it all, Gv kept trying to stick the angel up on the top of the barn by the star.  I cut a double slit on the back side of the bag so that the angel would have a better spot.

Then, Gv insisted on my cutting "pockets" for the Holy Family inside the barn as well. 


We ended up printing and coloring a selection of pages from this little reader to post as our sequencing cards for the week. 

We also did a couple things to learn more about Jesus as a boy:

I hid the baby Jesus from this and had Gv go find him like Joseph and Mary had to do when Jesus stayed behind at the Temple in Jerusalem.


There he is!

We then spent some time talking about what to do if she ever felt lost - like reviewed her full name and our names, and started to talk about our phone number and address.


We used preparations for a weekend birthday party to talk about how the Wise Men brought Jesus gifts to celebrate his being born, too.


Since Christmas wasn't that long ago and we did so much, I kept things kind of light for this week - although you could easily do so much more (just look for Christmas activities!)



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What's your favorite thing that we did this week?  I'd love to hear!  Either leave a comment below or email me at lisahealy (at) outlook (dot) com.

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