Create a Wooden Alphabet Set

Create a Wooden Alphabet Set 

 

Perfect for a summer time indoor or outdoor activity, OR for preschool teachers looking for step by step instructions

Create a Wooden Alphabet set

 

Create a Wooden Alphabet Set

Hey There Mommas!

This wooden alphabet set craft idea is from Education.com and they have all sorts of different children’s activities. They asked to guest post on my blog, and I happily agreed 🙂

This little project is probably best for preschool to kindergarten aged kids, and once you make the letters (which the kiddos will LOVE) then the possibilities are endless!

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Preschool Reading & Writing Activities: Create a Wooden Alphabet Set

Preschoolers need lots of hands-on practice with the alphabet, and letter games are great for that. With basic wood letters from the craft store, you can make a cute set of painted alphabet manipulatives that are perfect for a range of letter games. As your child plays, she’ll build letter skills and prepare for what’s to come in kindergarten. Try one of the games listed below, or make up your own!

What You Need:

  • Wooden letters (these can be found in craft stores such as Jo-Ann’s or Michael’s)
  • Paint brushes
  • Acrylic paints in a variety of colors
  • Newspaper
  • Paper plates or bowls
  • Small bucket (such as a sand pail)
  • Paint shirt

What You Do:

  1. Cover your painting area with newspaper. Make sure your child wears a paint shirt that she doesn’t mind getting a little messy.
  2. Squirt paint onto the plate or into a bowl.
  3. Have your child choose a letter, and say its name and the sound(s) it makes. Help your child paint the letter in any color she likes. Set it aside to dry.
  4. Continue with all 26 letters of the alphabet. Try using a variety of colors and adding polka dots, stripes, or any other pattern for fun. You can also decorate the letters in your preschooler’s name in a special way to separate them from the rest of the alphabet. This is a great first step in building spelling skills.
  5. Show your child how to use a different brush for each color or how to clean the brush before dipping into another color.
  6. Once your set is complete, get ready to play! Start with these games, then try making up your own:
    • Letter Sound Hunt: Place all the letters in the bucket. Have her close her eyes and take one out. Can she say its letter name and sound? Place the letters she knows by her. The others can remain in the bucket for additional practice.
    • ABC Pick-Up: Dump all the letters on the floor. Can she put them in alphabetical order? Sing the ABC Song together to help her.
    • Alphabet Scavenger Hunt: Have her choose a letter. How many items can she find throughout her house that begin with that letter? She can place the items in her bucket.
    • Word Maker: Have her spell her name with the letters. Can she make any other words such as “dog” or “cat” or any other three-letter words?
Hope all you mommas are having a great summer!! Am I the only one counting down to fall?? Lol
And if you are looking for another alphabet craft or one for an older kid (and a football fan perhaps?) then I have instructions for this DIY Alphabet Border Corkboard Project 🙂
In case no one told you today… You are doing GREAT!
With Love,
Sahvana Stapleton
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DIY Baby Mobile

DIY Baby Mobile 

DIY Baby Mobile

DIY Baby Mobile

 

Creating this DIY baby mobile for our daughter’s room was one of the most enjoyable crafts that I’ve done. I didn’t even have one for my son’s room when he was a baby because we were on a very tight budget… Think family of 3 living on about $23k a year kind of budget, but that’s a topic for another post… And a crib mobile isn’t exactly a necessity. Knowing this, and knowing how fast the baby stages go, I did not want to spend a lot of money on something that doesn’t get that much use. Sure they are cute, and they entertain your bundle when they wake up before you in the morning… (because they will pretty much ALWAYS wake up before you do, or is that just me? Haha) but let’s be practical here. I’m not dropping $50 and up on a crib mobile.

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Coffee Bar

Make your own coffee bar

Make Your Own Coffee Bar

Coffee Bar Ideas

Hey Mamas!

Moms are pretty much fueled by coffee, right? I can’t be the only one. Maybe it is because I am a Washingtonian though. I heart coffee, but only the flavored foo foo kind. We all know that those barista made lattes are absolutely delicious, but the prices seem to keep going up. This is no bueno for my checking account. I didn’t want to feel like I was depriving myself of something that I enjoy. We all know that can lead to over indulging, and well… it just makes me grumpy. We just happen to have a little nook in our kitchen that was probably for a TV, but I turned it into my own little latte haven.

Creating my own coffee bar was enjoyable, and I can make barista inspired drinks at home. I don’t have anything fancy, nor would I even know how to use it if I did. Ha! Some Washingtonian I am. But I save so much money, and enjoy the drinks I make myself just the same. I still visit my local coffee stand on occasion for a treat because let’s face it, anything you don’t have to make yourself tastes way better. Unless, of course, you are a barista. Here are some of the things I used to decorate and supply my coffee bar.

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Coffee Bar Keurig

 

A Keurig: This is a single serve brewing system. I picked this one because I am the only one in my household that drinks coffee, so a whole pot would end up going to waste. I usually have a supply of pods, but for the most part I use a refillable one.

 

Canisters: I have a set of 3 canisters that I use for ground coffee, sugar, and hot cocoa mix. I will use the Keurig to make hot water and make hot chocolate sometimes. The kiddo loves it.

 

Creamer Dish: I didn’t know what else to call it. We got this with a set of dishes, so I figured I should use it for something. This is where I keep the non-dairy powder creamer, so that it is handy (especially when you have guests over.)

 

K-Cup Carousel: I love this thing. It just looks cool, and hey, its fun to spin around. It is a very visually appealing way to display your coffee choices. If you don’t have space for this, there is a K-cup storage drawer that the smaller Keurigs (like mine) can sit on top of.

 

Flavored Syrups: I only have one flavor in the pictures, but I usually keep at least three. I used an olive oil dispenser, and used a chalk label instead of putting the actual bottles out. The bottles are a lot bigger, so this saves me room so I can have my sweet carousel.

 

Cookie Jar: Now this is completely optional, of course. My mom got it for me, and yes, she checks for cookies every time she comes over. She is always disappointed because the cookies in there are usually forgotten about, rock hard, and no one really knows their date of origin. Haha. Sorry, not sorry, mom. It is filled with either hockey puck cookies or vanilla protein shake, which is what it is in there at the moment.

 

The Décor: So this is where your personal touch comes in. I found those two little teacups at a local thrift store, and had to make them mine. The wire cup hanger was a gift from a friend that always reminds me of her when I see it. The wooden utensils were also a gift from my sister in law. As you can see, I did not go out and purchase a whole slew of trendy things for this. I found some treasures, and had some things at home already that I put together to create a decorative piece for my coffee bar.

 

If you really don’t have anything you can use already then I highly recommend taking a trip to some local thrift stores. You can pick up some really cute dishes, coffee mugs, spoons for really cheap. You might even want to check out the dollar store. One of my favorite mugs is from a dollar store. Check it out, and have fun.

 

I hope this post helps you create a space that makes you feel good about your home. Having your own coffee bar can even help over spending on your morning lattes because you will want to make your drink without even leaving your kitchen. Enjoy your new space and your coffee!

 

With Love,

 

Sahvana Stapleton

 

 

 

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