Our Journey out of Homeschool

Our Journey out of Homeschool

In April, I hopped a plane to Tennessee to spend a few days with fellow kidmin Infuse members and the amazing Jim Wideman. During this information packed retreat, I learned a lot of things, including (big surprise), I can't do it all. Ever since baby #3 arrived, I've been feeling pretty overwhelmed. Even though we brought on a Children's Ministry assistant in October (who is, by the way, fabulous), I still had the distinct feeling that I was falling behind in everything. At the … [Read more...]

N is for Nest (Preschool Alphabet Activity)

N is for Nest (Preschool Alphabet Activity)

This is a high sensory activity we did right after Easter last year, but you could do it any time of the year. You'll need some basket grass and some playdough (we made our own).  We used brown since many birds use mud to hold their nests together. To begin, encourage kids to form a little bowl with the playdough. If you have very little ones, you might want to give them a bowl to press the dough into. Once the dough is in a small bowl shape, add the basket grass, moving it around … [Read more...]

Paper Plate Flowers (Preschool, Kindergarten)

Paper Plate Flowers (Preschool, Kindergarten)

Last Monday, we hosted our first Arts and Crafts in the Park of the year.  I wasn't sure what to expect in terms of numbers, so I wanted a craft that could easily accommodate whoever came our way.  The winner?  Paper plate flowers! This craft was originally geared towards preschool and kindergarten, but we had kids of all ages wanting to give it a try during our Arts and Crafts at the park program.  It's a nice one, because you can make it as simple or complex as you like. Ready to get … [Read more...]

Island Getaway Less than a Tank of Gas Away!

Island Getaway Less than a Tank of Gas Away!

Every summer, we try to make the most of the warm weather and sunny skies.  In the past, I've compiled a list of free and low cost ideas for families around Erie, PA -- but now that the kids are getting a little older, we thought we'd explore some day trip options. I heard about Put-in-Bay, Ohio and was surprised to find out this lovely little island was less than three hours away.  So, on Memorial Day this year, we packed up the kids, loaded up the Spotify playlists and away we … [Read more...]

Preschool Story Time Round-Up

Preschool Story Time Round-Up

For the past few years, we've been spending Monday mornings at a local park, reading stories and doing simple crafts with kids.  This year, we're trying something a little different.  We'll be focusing on art projects and structuring the program as more of an open house so parents can come and go as their schedule allows.  I'll be posting soon about our art projects of choice, but I thought I'd salute the past by doing a round-up of last year's books and projects in case you're looking for some … [Read more...]

Easy Preschool Flag Painting Craft

Easy Preschool Flag Painting Craft

Ready for another patriotic preschool craft?  Be sure to check out yesterday's project (Construction Paper Flag) as well! Here’s What You Need:  Painters Tape White construction paper Newspaper or other scrap paper Red Paint Paint brushes Blue Construction Paper Star stickers What You Do: For this project, I used crayola WASHABLE tempera paint and it worked great, but I’m sure any kids paint will do.  Tape the white construction paper onto the newspaper as shown. … [Read more...]