Colors and Shapes Learning Board

My friend, Angela, made a board to help her son learn his colors. He and Turner just happen to be best friends! So, I asked her how she made it and made one of my own! Turner is a huge fan. I almost hate to admit that he already learned his shapes by playing a shapes game on my I-pad, so I can’t take credit for that. But I will teach him the colors! I’ll make a list of materials and steps I used to create it.



Materials:
*Foam board
*Card stock cutouts of 5 shapes (circle, rectangle, square, triangle, heart)
*12 velcro squares (comes with a front and back so there are actually 24 pieces)
*6 colored markers (green, yellow, orange, blue, purple, red)
*Felt sheets in those same six colors

Steps:
1. Use card-stock cutouts to trace 4 of the shapes in a vertical line 6 rows wide.
2. Color each row in one of the 6 colors.
3. Create felt shapes by tracing the card-stock shapes and matching them to the shapes on your board.
4. Put a square of velcro on the back of each felt shape and its matching velcro square on the shapes on the foam board.
5. And there you have a colors and shapes learning board!


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Big Boy Room

We converted Turner over to a twin bed a few weeks ago. Big step! It was so weird not seeing him in his crib! I was a little worried, because I didn’t know what to expect. I asked my mommy friends who have older kids. They all assured me that Turner wouldn’t get out of his bed, and it would be an easy transition. It actually was a pretty easy transition. We kept every other part of his night routine the same. We let him sleep with a book and a toy of his choosing. That sort of motivated him to stay in bed. In the mornings, if he wakes up really early, he’ll get out of bed and play with his toys. If too much time goes by (like when I had bad morning sickness) he’ll start knocking on his door. We seemed to have worked out the kinks now and he loves laying in his bed until we go get him.

It’s still a work in progress, but started planning it around trucks and cars, Turner’s current obsession! We got his bedding from Target and painted a magnetic road on the wall next to his bed so he could play with cars on the wall. I’m excited to finalize his room and share the finished photos in the weeks to come!

1 Twin Mattress– We ordered this on Amazon. I have always loved amazon, but I loved it even more after this purchase. $150, and BOOM, this mattress showed up shrink wrapped on my porch a few days later. We opened it up and were shocked at the quality of this mattress! It was really impressive.

2 Magnetic Primer– We went with a cars/trucks theme for Turner’s room, because he’s obsessed. I used this magnetic paint to paint a street on the wall next to his bed. Then I bought some magnets and glued them on the backs of a few of his tiny cars. That way he has his own little racetrack next to his bed!

3 Door Knob Lock– These are a must. I was wracking my brain thinking of ways to keep Turner from getting out of his room if he woke up. We have these on a few other doors around the house. And, it hit me! We put one on the inside of his door so he can’t open the door and get out!

4 Bed Frame– I found this on Ikea for $40! Stew cut a piece of plywood to fit the base of the bed to hold Turner’s mattress up. If you don’t want to go through that, there is a slatted base piece that fits on the bottom. We slapped a coat of paint on there and it looks incredible!

5 Magic Bumpers– I was skeptical about these at first. But they really work! They stick to the mattress really well and don’t slide around. We have one side of Turner’s bed against a wall and then these bumpers surrounding the other side and bottom of his bed.

 

 

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Homemade Clay

The other day, while I was putting some books back in Turner’s library, I came across The Little Hands Art Book. I started flipping through and came across some great ideas! I don’t know why I still feel like Turner is too little to do things like this, but it was actually perfect! I found an activity for Clay Hand-print Paperweights. It had the recipe for the clay and everything! I wrote out the recipe at the end of the post if you want to try at home!

I measured out all of the ingredients, and Turner poured them into the bowl.

He mixed the dough until my OCD kicked in and I took over. Then I gave him the rolling pin and the dough to play with. He loved that!

While he played with one chunk of dough, I’d knead the rest to get it ready for hand-prints! We rolled the three discs out, and then I pressed his hand into each. I used a knife to trace the edges so the hand-print wouldn’t get lost when the clay baked.

They came out so cute, and they actually were a lot of fun to make! Turner loved it too. Now I’ll have a little piece of him while I work everyday!

Clay Handprint Paperweights
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Ingredients
  1. 3/4 cup salt
  2. 2 cups flour
  3. 3/4 cups water
  4. Food coloring (optional)
  5. Paint (optional)
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients with a spoon (except food coloring) until dough forms. Add water if too crumbly.
  2. Add food coloring and knead dough until soft dough forms and color is even.
  3. Separate dough into 3 even balls.
  4. Use rolling pin to flatten balls of clay to 1 inch thickness.
  5. Press hand and fingers firmly into the clay to make a handprint.
  6. Use a knife to trace the edges of the hand.
  7. Bake at 300*F for 30 to 60 minutes until completely hard.
  8. Feel free to paint designs on the paperweight after it cools!
Adapted from The Little Hands Art Book
Adapted from The Little Hands Art Book
Little Baby Watson http://littlebabywatson.com/

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Fruity Grilled Chicken Salad

I am a salad lover! I feel like salads get a bad rap because they can be boring! But, salads can be a mixture of anything. It doesn’t have to just be lettuce and vegetables! I love salads because I can just throw everything in a bowl, without measuring, and have a flavorful meal ready to go!

This salad is basically a grilled chicken salad, but with a TON of fun additions. This is the chicken recipe I use. I had some leftover quinoa, so I tossed that in. I also had a million strawberries from strawberry picking and some corn from the Farmer’s Market last weekend. I decided to saute the corn for a nice warm bite. I folded in the cooked quinoa and seasoned with salt and pepper.  

Here is the assembly: I line the bowls with some arugula, then layer on a scoop of the corn mixture, strawberries, diced turkey bacon, grilled chicken, and then top it with some sunflower seeds for texture! Here is a link to the vinaigrette I use. 

WOW, delicious.  I even scooped out some of the corn mixture to serve Turner. He can’t exactly do salads yet, but this is a bit of our dinner deconstructed so I don’t have to make him a whole separate meal! I will definitely be making this again! It was a big hit!

Fruity Grilled Chicken Salad
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Ingredients
  1. 2 marinated chicken cutlets, grilled and sliced
  2. 2 cups arugula
  3. 3 ears of corn, cut from cob (or frozen)
  4. 1/2 cup cooked quinoa
  5. 1/2 cup strawberries, hulled and sliced
  6. 3 slices turkey bacon, cooked and diced
  7. sunflower seeds
Instructions
  1. Grill the chicken breasts and slice (chicken recipe linked in the blog). Set aside to cool while preparing the rest of the salad.
  2. Cut the corn away from the cob (or use frozen) and saute over medium heat for about 4 minutes. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  3. Stir in quinoa and set aside.
  4. Line two bowls with arugula. Layer the corn and quinoa mixture over the arugula.
  5. Layer strawberries, bacon, and grilled chicken on top. Sprinkle with sunflower seeds. Top with your favorite dressing (vinaigrette linked in the blog). Enjoy!
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