Easy Pre-School Craft: Birdhouses

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Oh Georgia weather, you’re such a tease. With the jonquils blooming and yesterday’s afternoon warmth I was thinking Spring was officially here, but no, this morning is downright chilly! Come soon Spring, we are ready for you to stay! Aren’t the flowers beautiful though?

Today I wanted to share with you something so easy and fun that your pre-schooler (or probably any kid for that matter) will have fun doing. The other day Preston (my 3.5 year old son)  and I went to my favorite place, Hobby Lobby. One of the aisles we went down had all the little bare wood items. I’m sure you know what I’m talking about, this aisle has wood letters, little boxes of all kinds, small shelves, shapes of every kind…a huge assortment of plain wooden items. Well, Preston found a tiny little birdhouse that he just thought was the cutest thing. It was only a few dollars so I let him get it.

Later that afternoon he was bored so I got out the birdhouse and his paints, covered his little work table with a plastic tablecloth and let him get to work. He probably painted that little house for over an hour and had such a good time doing it. It was a great pre-school craft because it allowed him to practice making decisions–he decided which wood item he wanted, and he got to tap into his creative side and let his artistic juices flow. I feel that letting children develop their imagination and creativity is so important.

This idea may be one you already to do with your little one, but in case you hadn’t thought of it before I decided to pass the idea along. I also loved that it kept him entertained and occupied for so long, this would be the perfect thing to let your child do if you need to work on laundry or clean the house a bit. Since this is an inexpensive activity we will be doing this a lot more often too.

And now I have the cutest little birdhouse painted by my most favorite little guy. Isn’t it darling?

Easy Pre-School Craft: Bird House

I love it sitting here on my front porch, however, the other day Preston saw it out here and got really upset. Apparently he painted it to give to his baby sister for her first birthday. He’s the sweetest child I have ever known.

I brought the birdhouse back inside after I took the photo; it’s just as well though because this was how the porch was decorated for the winter. During the Christmas season in place of the birdhouse was a tiny silver glittery reindeer that was just so cute. Don’t you just love the mix of all the mediums? I think the mason jar with twine wrapped around it sitting next to a mercury glass votive on a modern looking tray with a burlap runner has a fun, interesting look.

However, I need to do some Spring decorating now that April is just around the corner. Maybe, just maybe, after Madison’s birthday on April 4th Preston will let me put the birdhouse back on the porch. 🙂

What kind of crafts do you like to do with your little ones?

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I’ve been away far too long…

I don’t know about you but the time between Thanksgiving, Christmas and the New Year is always so crazy! My oven somehow becomes my best friend and it seems that we are constantly in the car visiting family and friends or shopping for gifts. As you can see, this year my blog got put on the back burner…but I have a huge stockpile of things I want to post, so I’ll be back soon! Have you have a wonderful day…and be looking for a new post soon!

Here’s a picture that might make you smile…my little love bug the night before Christmas. Yes, I know we’re past that, but it’s just such a happy picture…and Christmas is only 11 months away now, lol!

“Bye, Bye Fall” Photoshoot

I have somewhat of an obsession with taking photos…hardly a day goes by that I don’t take at least one photo of my little man! Before the Christmas season takes over I thought I would post a few Fall themed pictures of Preston. As you can see, he sported a monkey costume for Halloween this year.

Isn’t his shirt so perfect for fall pictures? I love the combination of orange and the grayish-green color.

The good thing about him sitting in a wagon is that he can’t run all over the place…it can be quite challenging capturing an active little boy! I’m learning some tricks though and at some point I have faith that I’ll be able to say, “Stand still please” and he’ll actually do it! (grin)

It’s about time to take the family photo for Christmas cards…need someone to take it for you? I’d be glad to! If you’re in the Metro Atlanta area and are in need of a photographer for Christmas card photos or engagement photos or maternity photos or just cute photos of your kids, contact me at AnneRains@gmail.com.

Pack a Shoe Box for a Child

The holiday season is not a happy time for many children all over the world, but there are many amazing organizations who are doing their part to help brighten many children’s Christmas season. One organization that I think is wonderful and I fully support is Samaritan’s Purse which has the Operation Christmas Child project.

It’s simple really; just load up a shoe box full of goodies for either a boy or girl. Pick an age group of 2-4 years, 5-9 years or 10-14 years. I get all of my shoe box gifts from the Dollar Store. Some gift suggestions include school supplies such as pens, pencils and coloring books; toys such as cars, balls and dolls; hygiene products such as toothbrush and toothpaste, etc. Basically, you may include any little kind of trinket or toy that will provide a child a bit of delight.

Some items that you may not include are: toy guns or any related military figures, chocolate or food; liquids or lotions; or breakable items such as glass. For a complete list of items you should not include please see: Operation Christmas Child–How to Pack a Shoe Box.

You are not required to wrap the box but I always choose to–just wrap the lid separately from the box. Also, you will need to print out a label from the website above that specifies if the gift is for a boy or girl and which age group. Include a $7 donation for each shoe box to cover shipping costs and place a rubber band around the box. Lastly, remember to pray for the little child who will be receiving your gift.

Next week is national collection week from November 14-21st. You can find a drop-off location here: Drop-Off Locations.

What an easy way to share Christ’s love with a little child who would otherwise not have a very good Christmas. This is also an excellent way to teach your children about giving and helping others. Have them shop with you and pick out the toys that go in the box, let them help you wrap the box and then pray together for the child receiving the shoe box.

Have a blessed day!

Beach Bum Cake Pops!

Well, sadly summer is almost over! Or actually, scratch that! I had a wonderful summer but I’m tired of the scorching heat and ready for the cool, breezy temps the fall brings…along with the rich colors that Autumn brings!

Summer was full of fun though; for one it was the start of my cake pops craze! I made so many cake pops this summer that I’ve begun to loose track! Some of the first ones I made were Beach Bum cake pops that I took to our Family Reunion in Navarre Beach, Florida.

These little guys cost me several precious hours to make but turned out so stinkin’ cute (and YUMMY of course) that it was well worth the time!

So, what do you think? Did these little guys turn out “beary” cute or what? Each teddy had a swimsuit drawn on (afterall, we weren’t at a nude beach!) and a face painted on…some I’m not gonna lie, they seem to be saying “Help me! I’m about to drown!” LOL! Regardless of their facial expressions, they were delicious and were consumed in no time. (P.S. Cake pops are delicious with a big bowl of ice cream, just sayin’.)

This is a picture from the Navarre Beach trip. Of course we did the classic khaki and white pictures that everyone seems to do these days! We did these in the morning when the beach was less crowded and boy was it sunny…the squinty eyes just couldn’t be helped!

Ok, well I hope you had a delightful summer as well. Oh and if you have a cake pop need…shoot me an email. AnneRains@gmail.com