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Friday, February 28, 2014

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Thank you to everyone who shared with us last week!! There was a little technical problem on the part of Linky Tools and I apologize for it. Apparently they were upgrading there servers and had a hard drive crash. It was the one with the images for the linky parties. Of the three back-ups only one was good and it did not include anything from 2014. Thus why all the images for the Linky Tool link parties for 2014 are gone. However the few that linked up after this issue still have their image and all the links still work. However I did still pick many features to share with you and highly suggest you check out some of the great ideas even without the pictures.


http://www.planetsmarty.com/2014/02/design-and-build-a-leprechaun-trap.html
Our Most Clicked last week came from Afterschool for Smarty Pants and was part of her Engineer This: Build a Leprechaun Trap.

For features I chose some holiday related ones (after all the most clicked was a holiday based one) and then a few favorites.


Holiday Themed Features

1) From Twig and Toadstool: Mardi Gras Masks

2) From Peakle Pie: Mardi Gras Carnival Mask from Recycled Packaging

3) From Ma Made Creations: St. Patrick's Day Craft Felt Tic-Tac-Toe

4) From The Crafty Journal: Easy Way to Make a Shamrock (wonderfully, simple tutorial!)


A Few of My Favorites

1) From Every Star Is Different: Black History Month Unit

2) From Twig and Toadstool: Fairy House (a wonderful tutorial to make this one)

3) From Crayon Box Chronicles: Paper Mache Dinosaur Cave

4) From Moms and Munchkins: Sailor Food - Sailboat Hot Dogs

5) From Mothers Madness: Spring Flower Garden


Thank you to everyone who shared last week!! I hope you will join us and share again!! If you are featured here, please feel free to grab a featured button to display proudly on your blog. 

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This week we had an even more hectic week and I somehow could not sit down and write a decent post whenever I did have free time, so I only wrote three posts. We shared a review of The Woollyhoodwinks vs. The Dark Patch and a fun sewing craft to go with it, continuing our Hawaii Dreams with Luka's Quilt and a look at Hawaiian quilting and a new series that was Hazel's idea--Friday Fruit Explorations and this week's fruit was strawberries. Next week we will be doing a DVD review and Giveaway, another Hawaii Escape and fruit exploration plus a math lesson (if I can sit and write it)!! I hope you will join us for it.








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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Friday Fruit Explorations: Strawberries


The other day Hazel decided we should go on a fruit exploration. She pulled out her magnifying glasses so we could look more closely at some of the fruit. We started our adventure with strawberries--one of our favorites. 


First we looked at the outside of the fruit to see what we could find.

We noticed the seeds which we knew were there. Did you know strawberries are the only fruit with seeds on the outside? After she was done looking at the outside, I cut one in half so we could look at the inside.

The white lines in the interior of the strawberry bring the nutrients to each seed. Of course to learn all these little facts, we got some books from the library.


Two books focus on the growing cycle of strawberries and the third shares a Cherokee legend on the first strawberries. I was hoping to find some information on the nutrition of strawberries, but have not found books with it. However I did find it on-line. A serving size of one cup has 49 calories. That cup of strawberries contains 12 grams of carbohydrates of which 7 gram are sugar and 3 are dietary fiber. There is also 1 gram of protein and gives you 149% of your vitamin C for the day. They also have a small amount of iron and calcium. The other minerals that strawberries provide are potassium and manganese. Strawberries also contain omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids. (Source



Strawberries have also been rated the 27th best among U.S. food, however due to the large serving size needed for the top foods, strawberries move to the 3rd position when considering of which foods you would eat the 3.5 ounces. Strawberries are fragile fruits that start to lose their nutrition after only two days and ideally they will be in 90-95% humidity (most refrigerators have less humidity). An interesting discovery is that when sugar is eaten with strawberries, the blood sugar spike caused by the sugar is reduced by the strawberries. Strawberries also have anti-inflammatory affects. (Source)



To go with our strawberry exploration, I wanted to do some crafts. Hazel and I have had a busy week, so she was not able to make any of them with me yet, but I thought I would share a few. The first two involve handprints and I found them on Pinterest. The first one is inspired by Activity Village: Handprint Strawberry. Theirs was done with paint, but I had some foam handprints and just used those to share it with you. The second  is from French Toasty: Strawberry Handprint Kid Craft. I did not add the seeds, but if I do it with Hazel we will. The third are needle felted strawberries. I will provide a tutorial below to make them. And finally are Strawberry Treat Box Printable from Oh Happy Day! I wanted Hazel to cut one out to make, but she was too tired after her busy day--she got her first filling/crown today at the dentist and then came home to a playdate. 



Now for our needle felting tutorial. The supplies you need are some red roving, green felt and the needle felting needle and mat. Roll or wrap the roving to be a basic strawberry shape and then needle it to firm it up. To cut the leaves, cut a small square of felt and fold it along the diagonal two to three times. Then cut a triangle from the sides. Open it up and trim how you want it. Then needle felt it to the top of your strawberry.

These are quick and easy to make.

For more ideas on strawberries (mostly recipes):
Join us next week for a different fruit exploration!!

Monday, February 24, 2014

Dreaming of Hawaii -- Luka's Quilt


With snowflakes flying again today and the arctic cold coming back, it is time to dream of Hawaii again. Last week I posted our first Dreaming of Hawaii and introduced pu'ili and Daria's Music wonderful giveaway. Today I am going to share another wonderful book and look at Hawaiian quilts.


Luka's Quilt by Georgia Guback is a wonderful tale about a young girl, Luka, and her Tutu, grandmother. Tutu takes care of Luka while her parents work and they have the best time together. Then one day, Tutu decides to make Luka a quilt. They go to the fabric store and Tutu has Luka pick one color. Luka assumes there will be more colors in her quilt since Tutu described it as her own garden and gardens are colorful. However Tutu is a traditional Hawaiian quilter and makes quilts in two colors. Luka is upset when she sees the finished quilt. Tutu is upset that Luka does not love the quilt that Tutu worked for so long and hard to make her. Finally one day a truce is called and they go to a festival. At the festival there is a place for children to make leis. Tutu tries to tell Luka to only use one color of flower, but Luka wants to do it her own way and use all the colors. This helps Tutu realize the Luka loves lots of colors and two colors were not enough for her. Tutu comes up with a solution to the quilt and both love it.

Hawaiian quilt, Na Kalaunu (Crowns),
Na Kalaunu (Crowns) Source: By Hiart (Own work) [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons


To go with this book, I thought we would look at Hawaiian quilts. Quilting was taught to the Hawaiians by missionaries. The Hawaiians thought it made no sense to cut bolts of fabric into small pieces to be sewn back together since they did not have scraps of fabric. Legions say the first Hawaiian quilt pattern was the breadfruit and it came about when women laid fabric on the grass to dry and noticed the breadfruit's shadow on the fabric. As a result the tradition is to always start with the breadfruit as your first pattern. This ensures a fruitful life, never hungering for wisdom or knowledge. (Source)

Our Paper Hawaiian Quilt Squares
When looking at Hawaiian quilt patterns, I found Extreme Cards and Paper Crafts: Hawaiian Quilt Block Cards and realized we could easily make a quilt square with paper so Hazel could benefit from the lesson. I used as a basis for our blocks one of the patterns on Hawaiian Quilting with Poakalani & Co.'s Resources Page. I simplified Hazel's so she could cut it out, but she was overtired and threw a tantrum and got Daddy to cut it out for her.


To make ours, we folded our paper (12"-square) along the diagonal and then in half again. I drew the design on it and the we cut them out. There are other ways of doing it, but I thought this would be relatively simple for Hazel.




After we cut out our designs, we glued them onto another piece of 12" scrapbook paper. We put them under books to make sure the folds were glued down well. I love how they came out and may play with this method some more. Maybe I'll actually try to make a Hawaiian quilt one of these days. For more on my quilting you can check out the posts here.

The solution Tutu came up with for Luka was to make her a colorful fabric lei for her quilt. So another wonderful project/craft would be to make a fabric lei or maybe even a paper one or even just paper or fabric flowers. Perhaps for another day.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Book Review & Craft: The Woollyhoodwinks vs. the Dark Patch

Disclosure: I was sent this book digitally to review free of charge from Immedium. All opinions in this post are my own. I did not receive any other compensation for this review. I am including links to each item for your convenience but do not receive anything if you purchase them.

http://www.immedium.com/products/woollyhoodwinks.html


Today I get to share with you another fun book from Immedium. The book inspired me to be crafty and as a result Hazel and I did some hand sewing together. The book is The WoollyHoodwinks vs.The Dark Patch by Jeff Root, Scott Runcorn, Phil Dumesnil and Asa Sanchez. The woolylhoodwinks are five homemade characters that live in the North Black Forest in a pretty carefree way. Then one morning they awaken to a strange noise in their forest and they go off to investigate it. They find a strange black patch on the ground and wonder what it is. As they investigate the patch grows and some of the woollyhoodwinks and their dear forest get stitched into the black patch until the one who is afraid of the dark finally saves the day. 

The story uses such imagination, and the pictures are fun. Hazel and I really enjoyed reading it. The characters are similar to common animals, but not quite and are just basic enough for a child to love. 



To go with the book, we decided to make our own woollyhoodwinks or should I say feltyhoodwinks since we did not use wool. We used the pattern for finger puppets in Kata Golda's Hand-Stitched Felt. They are relatively simple. The body shape is a rectangle that is stitched in the back and then on top. You then add ears. The original pattern comes with mouse ears (outer and inner). 





We glued Hazel's inner ears to the outer ears so she would not have to sew as much. Then I quickly stitched them into one side of the rectangle. We also drew the faces on for simplicity. Sorry the lighting was not great to get the face details on hers. We left the tails off since the woollyhoodwinks do not have tails.







For mine I tried to make it a bit more like the woollyhoodwinks by using a different color for the body from the head. I also tried to make the longer ears and put them to the sides and I added feet. Since these are finger puppets, I did not make them so they could be stuffed. Mine required a bit more sewing to make the different colors in the body, but I'm happy with how it came out. Hazel wants to make the rest of the woollyhoodwinks too. We will see if we get to it.

http://www.immedium.com/products/woollyhoodwinks.html


So we loved The Woollyhoodwinks vs. The Dark Patch and I loved that it inspired us to sew and craft. The story itself requires some imagination and I was asking Hazel if different parts were really possible in real life. A perfect book to grow a child's imagination and inspire more! The hardcover book is available at the Immedium website for $15.95. It is also available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Sharing Saturday 14-8

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Before I get into our Sharing Saturday features and party, I want to share with you about an exciting giveaway over at Lee & Low Books. They are giving away a signed copy of Dear Mrs. Parks: A Dialogue with Today's Youth in honor of Black History Month. For more information and to enter visit here. (Lee and Low have sent me books as prizes and to review, so I wanted to help get the word out about this amazing giveaway.)

Now onto our features. Thank you to everyone who shared with us last week!! There were so many inspiring ideas and if you have not checked them out you should!! We did have a most clicked from Mums Make Lists: Mardi Gras Activities for Kids.


http://mumsmakelists.blogspot.co.uk/2014/02/mardi-gras-activities-for-kids.html

I guess we are all in the party mood. For my favorites features, I picked a few of my favorites and then also have a group of features having to do with reading and learning speech. First my favorites.



1) From Seven Days of Sunday: Go for the Golden Rule

2) From Crayon Box Chronicles: Root Beer and Vanilla Float Play Dough

3) From Toddling in the Fast Lane: I Love You in 4 Languages

Reading and Speech Development Features

1) From Afterschool for Smarty Pants: How To Teach Your Child To Read Early

2) From Mums Make Lists: How To Teach Your Child To Read

3) From Africa to America: eBooks and Reading Apps for Little Ones

4) From In the Playroom: Helping Your Child With Reading

5) From The Ma Made Diaries: 10 Toys for Speech and Language Development

6) From Keitha's Chaos: Lunches: Feb. 10th - 14th (Keitha's lunches are usually based on a book they read the night before and this week was one about silent letters)

7) From I Think We Could Be Friends: My Mighty Girl Book List for 2014 (This is for the older girls)



Thank you to everyone who shared last week!! I hope you will join us and share again!! If you are featured here, please feel free to grab a featured button to display proudly on your blog. 

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This week Hazel had school vacation. I need a vacation from her vacation week. I feel like it was non-stop on the go. We had many play dates and not much down time at home, so there were not as many posts as usual, but we did share a review of the book, The Day No One Played Together by Donalisa Helsley, Our Presidents' Day crafts and books to learn about George Washington and Abe Lincoln, our Canada post for Around the World in 12 Dishes, and some Hawaiian Dreaming with a fun musical craft and links to Daria's giveaway of pu'ili (Hawaiian rhythm sticks) and a ukelele!








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5) If you do not have a blog, but want to share an idea you can leave it in the comments or e-mail it to me with a picture (if possible).

 
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Please Note: Linky Tools is experiencing a technical difficulty with its hard drive that stores the images. They are trying to fix it, but some images may be missing here however the links do still work. All new images should show up, so please continue to share and check out each others posts even if you cannot see a picture!! 

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Dreaming of Hawaii with Pu'ili, Hawaiian Rhythm Sticks, Music and Stories


Now this winter has been harsh for most of North America. The past two weeks it seems it snows five to six inches every few days here. I am so over winter and cannot wait for spring!! My friend, Daria, invited me to make pu'ili with Hazel and tell you about her fabulous giveaways!! Daria is giving away a ukulele and a pair of pu'ili [POO' ee lee] which are Hawaiian rhythm sticks. Now she thought of us because she knows about Hazel's ukulele and knows how much Hazel loves to play it as well as any instrument really. We have even made our own ukulele. I should also add that Hawaii is my dream vacation. Steve has already been there, but it is the place I really want to go. One day I hope...


I So Want To Be Here!!
Hanauma Bay, Oahu, Hawaii (Turnstange)
Hanauma Bay, Oahu, Hawaii
Source: By Turnstange (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Pu'ili Now Hazel loves to make musical instruments, so Daria suggested we try to make some pu'ili. She has a wonderful tutorial at her new blog, Tiny Tapping Toes, called Make Your Own Pu'ili Hawaiian Rhythm Sticks. We followed her easy tutorial using paper towel rolls, scissors, and duct tape.



Pu'ili are split bamboo rattles used by dancers as a rhythmic accompaniment to the hula. (Source: Hula Lullaby) One end of the pu'ili is hollow and slit. The other end of the pu'ili is solid.


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To make your own pu'ili, cut slits in one end of each tube. Then use the tape to close the other end.



After doing this, I let Hazel decorate them. Traditionally pu'ili are not decorated, but they are more fun for kids with decorations. We used stickers (the most tropical ones we could find in our supply).


 

Now we are going to try to play them along with some of the Hawaiian music we found at the library. Here are so me of the CDs we are listening to songs from.



Now we have also been enjoying some books with stories about Hawaii. We found the perfect book to go with our pu'ili craft, Hula Lullaby by Erin Eitter Kono. The story describes the instruments often heard at a hula dance and how Hawaiian mothers often think of the music as a lullaby to lull their babies to sleep. As we read it, Hazel told me she also wanted to make the pahu. The pahu is a large drum made from a hollowed out tree with a stretched sharkskin as the drumhead. (Soruce: Hula Lullaby)



We will be sharing more Hawaiian adventures as we dream of the warm sun and beach!! I hope you will join us and I wish you luck in Daria's giveaways. I hope you will stop by and enter them. I know we have! I put pictures of her prizes below for you to see!! Make sure you scroll down to enter both giveaways!

http://www.dariamusic.com/monthly_song.php
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Until my next Hawaiian inspired post---Aloha!!