Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Dinosaur Stomp File Folder Game




When school is out for the summer the kids think that their learning is done until school starts again.  But I find ways to secretly teach new concepts.  Usually, I do this through games.  This summer I decided to make some file folder games for my kids to play to help them keep learning.

Bud needs to work on the knowing his left from his right.  I created the dinosaur stomp game to teach him this concept.


I made these little dinosaur feet, some with an L and some with and R on it (representing left and right of course).  After cutting them out and laminating them, I threw them all over the living room.  I turned on some good stomping music.  Then, I would call out either left or right and Bud would try to step on a foot with the correct letter on it.  Goofy played along as well.


These are the little dinosaur footprints.  Feel free to save the picture to your computer and make your own dinosaur stomp file folder game.


Here is the cover I created for the file folder.  Now, if I make more dinosaur games I have a place to keep them.  (Again, feel free to save your own copy.)

Do you have any favorite summertime learning activities?

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Friday, July 3, 2015

4th of July Waffles




Start off your 4th of July right with this patriotic breakfast.  My kids loves waffles - who am I kidding?  I love waffles!  


Use your favorite waffle mix or recipe.  After you have made the batter, divide it into two separate bowls.  Dye one bowl of batter red and the other blue.


Pour one of the colors into the center of the waffle maker, then pour the other over the top of the first color.  In the pictures above I poured red first and blue second.



Once the waffles are baked spread on some butter, pour some syrup, and top with some festive sprinkles.  Isn't that a fork-full of yum?!

How do you like to celebrate the 4th of July?

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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Strawberry Float



Root beer floats are a 4th of July staple in our house.  My hubby can't get enough of them!  I thought it might be fun to shake up the usual routine by making strawberry floats.

I bought some strawberry kiwi Shasta and strawberry revel ice cream.  We loaded it up just like a root beer float - ice cream on the bottom, pour the drink over the top.  Princess loved that the ice cream looked pink.

We all thought it was a tasty little drink (although Hubby, always the purist, said real root beer floats are better).

Think of all of the different flavors you could try - orange, grape, lime, etc.

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Red, White, and Blue Paper Swirls




4th of July is right around the corner.  That means it's time to DECORATE!  My kids always enjoy being part of the decorating process.  Last year we made paper chains for the windows.  This year I thought we'd make some paper swirls to spin in our entryway.


All you'll need is some colored cardstock, scissors, a pencil, a bowl/plate, tape, yarn/string, and stickers/glitter glue (optional).


Pick your favorite color of cardstock.  Trace around the bowl/plate to get a nice circle.  *Tip: don't use one that's too big.  I tried a plate that filled the whole 12 x 12 cardstock and my swirl didn't spin as well as the others.


Draw a swirl ending in the middle of the circle.  Cut out the circle and then cut along the line until you get to the middle.  This was wonderful scissor practice for Goofy.


Tape a piece of yarn to the middle of the circle.  After that it's time to decorate the swirl.


The stickers were fun, but my girls especially liked squirting glitter glue all over their swirls.


We love sparkly swirls!


This craft also helps children work on their fine motor skills.  Bud was very meticulous about putting his stickers exactly where he wanted them.


Here are a couple of our completed swirls.


Another look at the swirls.  Can you see all of the pretty glitter?


Bud couldn't wait to hold them up and watch them spin.


Here they are in our doorway.  The kids sat and watched them spin and spin!


What are some of your favorite 4th of July crafts?

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

30 Sucks Birthday Bouquet



My hubby turned 30 this year.  SO OLD!  Okay, it's not really, but this is the only chance that I have to tease him about it before it's my turn next year (yikes!).

I wanted to make hubby a fun, little gag gift.  I bought some dum-dum suckers and a foam ball to stick them into.  I already had the vase and ribbon on hand.  Using scissors, I cut the foam ball into a cone shape on the bottom so that it would fit into the vase.  Then I stuck suckers all over.  I finished up by making a tag and tying on the bow.  Voila!  A silly little gag gift that made my hubby smile.  (He thinks I'm a little crazy.  Maybe he's right.)

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Monday, June 29, 2015

Cinco de Mayo Food & Fun




Hola!  Welcome to Pinning with Purpose.  I created this website to share some of the fun things I do with my family in hopes that it can help give you ideas to make memories with your own family.

This Cinco de Mayo I wanted to have a Mexican dinner.  We had burritos and chips & salsa.  I don't make spicy food often (because I'm a wimp), but the kids absolutely loved it.  For dessert I bought acoiris.  They were a marshmallow cookie with jam in the middle and coconut.  The kids LOVED them.

After dinner we watched The Book of Life and played with maracas.  It was a very low-key, low-cost, enjoyable Cinco de Mayo.

What are some of your favorite Hispanic foods?  Leave a comment.  I'd love to try some of them out!

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Saturday, June 27, 2015

General Conference Easter Egg Hunt



General Conference is one of my very favorite times of the year.  I always look forward to hearing what the general authorities are going to say.  I remember how hard it was to sit and listen to all of the messages as a kid.  We have lots of activities to keep the kids engaged during conference.

This Easter time I decided to have an egg hunt.  I put a picture of different gospel topics onto Easter eggs and filled them with candy.  Whenever the kids heard one of the words they could go find the egg with that picture on it and eat the treat.


I "hid" the eggs all over the living room.


I made three eggs for each gospel topic so that all of my kids could find one.


My little hunters ready to listen to conference.


Goofy found an egg.


Having so much fun finding eggs!


Tasty treats and uplifting messages.

How do you like to watch conference?  How do you keep your kids engaged?  Leave a comment.  I'd love to hear from you!

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