Every year, The Goose asks for a Pinata at his birthday party. Last year we were all very disappointed with the Pinata at our Chuck E. Cheese birthday party. There were a lot of kids and not enough candy for everyone. A lot of the littler kids didn’t get any candy at all – and that is no fun for anybody.
This year, since we decided to have his birthday party at home, we decided to make a homemade pinata. I did some research on the internet, and, as it turns out, making a homemade pinata is really simple – and really fun.
When The Goose was a toddler, he refused to do any type of art projects unless he was wearing his artist outfit – a black beret and one of his dad’s old button-down shirts with the sleeves cut off. Back then, it seemed as though he spent more time getting his artist outfit on than he actually did painting!
These days, The Goose has a little more focus, and actually spends more time working on his drawings than he does making sure he looks the part. And while he loves his markers, crayons and watercolors, nothing beats coloring outside with sidewalk chalk… nothing, that is, except painting with homemade sidewalk chalk paint!
A few weeks ago I shared the gift that The Goose and I gave his preschool teacher at the end of last year. This year, as he finishes Kindergarten, I wanted to give his teacher an end of year gift that was homemade – but, I also wanted it to be something that she would really use and enjoy…
You see, this year there were 27 children in The Goose’s Kindergarten class. And even though his teacher did have some help (a parapro in the morning, another parapro for part of the afternoon) that is a lot of kids to handle! I spent a lot of time volunteering in his classroom, and I can tell you that his teacher was dedicated, patient, and really cared about the success of each of her students.
It’s almost summer, and we all know what that means… School is quickly coming to an end. At the end of each school year I like to give The Goose’s teachers a gift to show our appreciation for (1) Teaching him all kinds of new things throughout the year and (2) Putting up with him and his crazy antics.
I always let The Goose help me decide what to give his teachers, that way it really is a gift from him. Last year, The Goose wanted to give each of his teachers a plant. While I am a tried and true lover of plants (just ask my husband – he brings near dead plants home all the time and marvels as I bring them back to life), I realize that not everybody has a green thumb, and giving out plants as gifts is sort of risky.
Growing up, I was lucky to spend a lot of time with my great-grandmother. She babysat me nearly every day when my mom was working, and I learned a lot from her. My Great-Grandma made the best eggs and toast, she fed me Mrs. Grass soup for lunch everyday (she’d even let me drop the flavor ‘egg’ in), and she would read books with me for hours and hours (I still have many of these books – including my favorite book, Peppermint, that I used to read to The Goose when he was younger).
One thing my Great-Grandma did that always fascinated me was use a sewing machine. With her sewing machine, she made countless Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy dolls for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She made almost all of my clothes, and she made clothes for all of my baby dolls. To me, her sewing machine was magic.
Today marks 100 days of school for The Goose. During their mid-winter break last week, all of the kids were given the assignment of doing some type of project to commemorate the day, whether it was making a poster, putting together a collection of 100 things, or wearing a T-shirt about the 100th day. The Goose and I scoured Pinterest looking for projects that we liked, and we found a lot of cute ideas.
When we were looking for ideas for our 100 days of school project, The Goose wanted to make something fun, and I wanted to make something using materials we already had around the house. One project we liked was a hot air balloon that was made using 100 deflated balloons. But, we didn’t have 100 balloons laying around the house, so that one was out. Next, we found a gumball machine that was filled with 100 poms. But The Goose wasn’t willing to give up his poms because we use them for all sorts of games at home, so that one was out. We also found a cool sculpture made out of 100 Legos, but since the projects were going on display at school, The Goose didn’t want to take the chance of losing his Legos.
Valentine’s Day is just a few days away, and if you’re like me, and dislike giving out the plain Valentine’s cards from the store, but also don’t have a crafty bone in your body, this cute and simple homemade Valentine is right up your alley.
Last year, we made this homemade Valentine and had The Goose holding a sucker. But this year candy is not allowed at The Goose’s school, so we have revamped the idea, and he’ll be holding a pencil instead.
The weather is getting colder in Michigan, which can only mean one thing – snow days are coming. This means I’ll need lots of indoor activities to keep The Goose busy when he gets bored playing with his everyday toys. This is when I break out the cloud dough. Softer than clay, better smelling than play doh, and less sticky than putty. Cloud dough is easy to make, fun to play with and, best of all, a breeze to clean up.
8 Cups All-purpose flour
1 cup Baby oil
I love giving homemade gifts. They are thoughtful, creative, and make me feel like maybe I could be crafty after all. Normally, all of the homemade gifts that I give are food (especially peanut butter kisses and fresh-baked artisan bread). But this year I decided to try my hand at making homemade birdseed ornaments.
A few weeks ago I was put in charge of dying a few boxes of pasta for The Goose’s kindergarten classroom. Having never dyed pasta before, I wasn’t quite sure where to start.
I was surprised to find that coloring pasta is quick, easy and cheap. And now I have a lot of ideas for crafts for when The Goose is home for winter break.