Snow Ice Cream

It's finally here!  Today is birthday party day at our house!  The big Micky Mouse birthday bash is happening today!  Well, at least birthday party #1 (with friends).  Birthday party #2 (with family) will be tomorrow.  Whew!  I have no doubts that I will be taking a nap at some point today.  But I absolutely can't wait to share all of the party details with you!

In the mean time, I thought I would share just one quick moment from our W is for Winter Mommy School unit.  I haven't been the best about taking pictures of our activities and art projects this time around.  Maybe I'm still burnt out from taking a bazillion pictures through the holidays!  But I had to grab the camera when Little Man experienced snow ice cream for the very first time.

I'm sure you've made this before.  I remember enjoying this fun treat growing up, too!

Snow ice cream is so easy and fun to make!

Here is the recipe we use:

8 c. clean snow

1-1.5 c. milk

1/2 c. sugar

1/2 tsp. vanilla

Here in Colorado, we have had quite a bit of snow during the last few weeks!  So we just waited for fresh snowfall, and knew we could make our own yummy treat!  Little Man loved helping to measure and mix it up!  And it had a yummy sorbet-like texture.

Do you make snow ice cream?

Stay warm this weekend!

W is for Winter {Mommy School}

The first Mommy School packet of 2012 is here!

Download is available at the end of this post.

 

After the holidays, I needed something to look forward to.  A new project.  And so did Little Man!  So I decided to take advantage of the frosty weather to create a winter Mommy School packet!  I was able to complete this packet thanks to my husband!  Sweet Mr. Oopsey Daisy gave me two full days (and I mean full days!) to bust this packet out.

This unit was especially fun for me to put together because I created my own "Magical Mitten Day" with my first graders each January.  I had many happy memories sorting through my teaching files and creating a packet ready for preschoolers!  If you live somewhere where there is absolutely no snow (hello, Arizona!), then no worries.  There are tons of ideas for playing with pretend snow!  This might be a great time to teach about the four seasons.

Here are some of the concepts covered:

Letter of the Week: W

Number of the Week  2

Color of the Week: White

Theme of the Week: Winter

Song of the Week:  Once There Was a Snowman

And of course there are pages and pages of ideas that I can’t wait to do with Little Man including games, literacy activities, math, science, flannel board stories, arts/crafts, and snacks/recipes!

Here are a few sneak peeks:

This snowman sequencing will be a fun way to put events in order.

Count the number of mittens in every box!

ABC Snowman chant.  This packet is bursting with poems, songs, and games!

ABC Mittens for identifying letters

Which one is different? activity.

"The Snowey Pokey" sung to the tune of "The Hokey Pokey."  Clever!

"W "writing practice and coloring pages.

Winter Snow Walk scavenger hunt.

Roll a Snowman game!

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* PLEASE do not take advantage of my willingness to share.  I will not customize this packet using different fonts, colors or personalized formats.  I am sharing what I have created for my own family.

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Graphics Credit

Many thanks to the incredible designers at www.mygrafico.com for allowing educational use of their graphics!  Please keep in mind that their copyright statement indicates that PDF files can only be used for personal and classroom use.  I have used their graphics with permission, so thank you, thank you!  I want to credit these fabulous designers for their incredible designs:

Goodness & Fun for the “Smitten with Mittens” clip art.

Goodness & Fun for the “Let it Snow” digital papers.

Cupcake Cuties for the “I heart SNOW” elements clip art.

Now for the fun part!

You can download your own W is for Winter packet here on 4shared or here on Scribd.

You're going to love it {I hope!}

I would always LOVE to see if you post about your own Mommy School adventures.  Drop me a line so I can see what you’re up to!

Have fun!

Burlap & Lace Wreath {With Sweater Flowers}

It seems that every January, I am so consumed with recovering from Christmas and planning for Valentine's Day, that my winter decor is quickly forgotten.  Alright, it's more like extinct.  But not this year!!  Last week, this wreath came to me in a dream.  No kidding.  I actually woke up with a vision of this wreath!  It's still like eye candy to me.  I'm lovin' it!  And I even have a tutorial for you today!
I started out by cutting my burlap into strips about 2-3 inches wide.  I used my favorite spray adhesive, and just started wrapping the burlap around a straw wreath.
I just kept on wrapping until the wreath was covered.  Between the burlap fuzzies and the straw, this was one messy process!  (Little Man was quite disturbed when he woke up and found the carpets a mess!)
One of the best things about this wreath is that I didn't have to buy anything... I had everything on hand!  I had a few lace scraps, and I wrapped them loosely around the wreath.  I used small dabs of hot glue to secure them to the burlap.  I actually used 2 different kinds of lace (Shhh, don't tell!).  
Nothing says winter like a sweater.  Especially a creamy sweater!  This sweater is special to me because I wore it to my wedding dinner.  But sadly, the little jewels were falling off, and I knew it had seen better days.  I decided that this sweater would live forever through this winter wreath!
I made a whole assortment of flowers out of the sweater! Don't they look just lush and warm?! I think I made 4 different kinds of flowers... went a little crazy!  But I love the variety!  I used some of the silver buttons and jewels from the sweater to embellish some of the flowers.  I had some gold buttons and decided to add some gold touches, too!  
I arranged all the flowers on the wreath and just hot glued them on. I think I probably made just a touch too many, but that's okay!  
To hang the wreath, I made a simple loop out of jute.  I hot glued the loop to the wreath, and then covered it with another strap of burlap.

I thought I was done.  I even hung it on my door all weekend.  But something was missing.  I finally figured it out today....
So I added this gold bow from my Christmas stash.  I simply pinned it on.   I LOVE this finishing touch!  Here it is hanging on my red door:

Now... on to Valentine's Day!

Paper Doily Snowflakes {Book Advent Day 22}

It's entirely too late, and I know I'll be hating life in the morning.  BUT I just can't go to sleep knowing I didn't share today's book and project!  Today's story, Dream Snow, seems entirely appropriate for me right now.  I DO dream of snow.  In Colorado.  For Christmas.  But it doesn't seem likely.  Mr. Oopsey Daisy (originally from California!) loves this sunny winter weather... but for me, it just doesn't quite seem like Christmas without the snow!

I am a HUGE fan of Eric Carle.  When Little Man was tiny, the only stories he would entertain were Eric Carle books.  He loves the bright illustrations.  So I just knew that he would love an Eric Carle Christmas story.  This book has little transparency overlays to show the snow effect.  Little man loved it!
I really felt like I was reverting back to my childhood for this project.  Today, I made paper snowflakes!  Not just any snowflakes, though.  Snowflakes made from these:
Paper doilies!
I found these at Wal-Mart in the baking section, and I knew they were destined to make the cutest snowflakes.  Ever!
I read somewhere that the perfect snowflake must be made by folding your paper into sixths.  So I did just that.  I folded each doily in half, and then in thirds.
I created all sorts of different snowflakes during naptime.  I definitely wanted some shimmer to my snowflakes, so I added a layer of glitter glue to the front side of each snowflake.
Because I wanted to string up my snowflakes, I hot glued some twine to the back, using tiny felt scraps to secure the twine in place.
I just love how they turned out!  So in the middle of this warm weather, these little beauties can help me keep dreaming of a white Christmas!

Can you tell I was inspired by eighteen25's glitter trees??

Jingle Bell Snowman {Book Advent Day 21}

Yikes!  I don't know about you, but I am ready to stay in and snuggle for the next few days.  We have had unseasonably warm weather in Colorado, so everyone is out and about.  Our local grocery store...library... fast food... heaven forbid, Hobby Lobby!  When it comes to battling crowds, I think I'm ready to throw in the towel!  I'm not sure how I'll entertain Little Man in the house all day, but I'll do anything to avoid the madness out there!
I am SO happy with how this little project turned out today.  Any guesses what book we read?? The one.  The only.  Mr. Frosty the Snowman!  Even though we did several snowman activities a few weeks ago along with Snowmen at Christmas, Little Man is still lovin' Frosty!  I think he's watched the movie 3 times.  So I know I couldn't go wrong with this vintage Christmas classic.
I tried to save some "wintry" projects for last... that way you don't have to wait all the way until next Christmas to use them!  You can take some of your Christmas jingle bells and create a sweet jingle bell snowman any time of the year!  I originally saw this idea on Kaboose.  (In fact, Amanda, one of my readers, just let me know that SHE created this lil guy for Kaboose... way to go, Amanda!)
I didn't take pictures along the way, but hopefully I can talk you through making your own!  To make your own jingle bell snowman....
* Paint 3 large jingle bells with white acrylic paint.  It was a little tricky to paint my metal bells, so I used several coats.  I mixed in just a bit of glitter glue to give the snowman some shine!
* I strung all of the jingle bells together using thin wire.  I cut a long piece of wire and strung the first jingle bell up from the bottom.  I twisted it a bit so it could be hung, and then strung both wire pieces through the bottom.  Then I took the wire down through the next two jingle bells.  To secure the whole thing, I went around the third jingle bell and twisted in all in place.  (This sounds much harder than it is!)
* Using my Elmer's painters, I drew on the eyes, nose, and mouth.
* I used E-6000 to glue a red ribbon around the snowman's head.  Next, I glued red pompoms on either side to look like ear muffs!
* I glued buttons onto the second jingle bell.
* Finally, I tied a ribbon around the neck to look like a scarf!
Here is a close-up of the face:
What a bright, cheery little face!!  He was so fun (and quick!) to make!  
Thanks for making Oopsey Daisy part of your day!

Book Advent: Day 9 {Snowmen at Christmas}

Today was one of my favorite days of our book advent so far! I don't think Little Man remembers snow, and we haven't had any here in Colorado this winter.  (Hey, I'm not complaining... I'm enjoying my 60 degrees weather right now!)  Anyway, I think Little Man is very intrigued with snowmen.
Our book today was Snowmen at Christmas.  This is one of my fav's!!!  I don't know what else to say about it but read it.  We were so caught up in the snowman spirit that we ended up watching the Frosty cartoon tonight.  Little Man soaked it all up!
Today we did some snowman art using shaving cream mixed with Elmer's glue!  When I told Little Man we were doing an art project, he immediately took off his shoes and socks. I think he anticipated another reindeer craft. He really enjoyed making "snowflakes" by doing little fingerprints all over the page.  (I definitely recommend doing this project just before bath time!)
For this project...
* Mix equal parts of shaving cream and Elmer's glue.  The mixture dries puffy just like this.
* Use your fingers to spread the shaving cream mixture and create your snowmen on blue cardstock.
* Add cardstock pieces to form the eyes, nose, mouth, hat, and arms.  (I used ribbon for the scarf.)
* I saw this adorable idea here at Homemaking Fun.
This was a last-minute idea, but we made little snowmen treats for dessert tonight.  I stuck a couple of donut holes together using frosting.  We used chocolate chips for eyes, pretzel sticks for arms, and a Hershey's mint truffle kiss (delicious!) for hat.  We tried to stack the donut holes three high, but they kept toppling over.
Do you think Little Man enjoyed it?
Maybe I should have saved this treat for just-before-bath time, too!
Happy Friday!

Winter Wreath

Christmas Ornament Recycling!

I love recycling. Turning something I don't need into something I love is just so efficient. My husband and I got married just after Thanksgiving. Our first Christmas together, we had no ornaments for our first little Christmas tree... Zip. Zilch. Nada. So we bought a few boxes of plain blue and silver ornaments. Plus I still had some plain ornaments left over from teaching... yeah, I was tired of packing them up and moving them around from place to place!!

Now that we have been married for just over 2 years, we have somehow accumulated A TON of ornaments. Part of that is because we buy a new ornament as a souvenir wherever we travel. They are much more meaningful and sentimental. So I was ecstatic when I saw all of the ornament wreath ideas floating around out there. I used every single one of my pointless ornaments to make this gorgeous wreath.

I started by taking a wire hanger and bending it into a circle and cutting off the hook part of the wire hanger. Get your husband to do that part. He can demonstrate his Herculean strength. At least that's what I did.

You know the metal ring part of the ornament ball? Well, to be sure that they don't break, I hot glued on each and every one. Yes, that meant more hot glue burns. I am so clumsy with that hot glue gun. For the record, I don't support K-Mart brand ornaments. As I was gluing the tops on, many of them were breaking. Very frustrating.

Then the fun part: I just strung the ornaments on the wire hanger, and they arranged themselves quite nicely. I wish I'd had just a few more to fill in a few gaps. I used almost 80 and could have used even more. Anyway, I twisted the hanger together, added a wire loop to hang it, spiced it up with a pretty bow, and that was it!

Now it hangs quite nicely on my orange door. I mean why WOULDN'T you have an orange front door?! The joys of apartment life! At any rate, I thought blue and silver were perfect colors for January, so I left this little beauty up. What do you think--too Christmasey? Nice and winterish? Until we figure it out and I get my Valentine's stuff in gear, we'll just let it hang out for a while...

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