Forcing the Bloom

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Frying Pan Artwork

B (now about 2 1/2 years old) likes to paint THINGS.  He’s not so much into just painting on a piece of paper, although he will.  He is VERY motivated to paint something, such as a wooden airplane or a pumpkin.  In this project we painted wooden balls (it’s what we had available).  Knowing that the balls would roll away, I put them in an old, lightweight frying pan.  B had fun using his paintbrush and turning the pan to get paint all over the wooden balls.  Then I added some cut out paper shapes on the bottom of the pan.  SIMPLE, EASY, FUN!

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Easy Pumpkin Craft

Calling all crafty parents!  What is your favorite pumpkin craft?  I’m so curious to see what other people do with their pumpkins (assume you buy one for fall).  Carve it?  Paint it?  Decorate it?  Roast seeds?  Eat it?

B enjoyed picking out his own pumpkin, carrying it home (in the stroller), and decorating it.  First he painted it and then he cut paper shapes and glued them on.  B assured me that what you see below is the pumpkin’s face.  He can describe exactly where the mouth and eyes are, although you might not see it.  Then he added some frizzy “hair.”  Daddy mistook the hair for leaves but B confirmed that it was the pumpkin’s hair – NOT leaves.

Do you have a favorite fall craft for the kids?

Here is a link to the YouTube video of our pumpkin craft:  Pumpkin painting.  SUPER EASY!


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Montessori Toddler Classroom

I loved spending time visiting our Montessori schoolroom.  B attending Christian Montessori School at Lake Norman 3 days a week.  This week was Teacher Appreciation Week.  I volunteered to help the kids paint a stool and flower-pot for our teacher.  My 25-month-old thought it was pretty cool to have mom at school.  He was not happy when I had to leave – only to return a few hours later.  All the toddlers enjoyed the painting activities.  They loved being outside and getting messy.  The paints washed off easily.  Fingerprint flowers were a big hit and easy for the toddlers to manage.  Then, I couldn’t help explore the toddler room.  I always get inspired seeing new activities.  I especially loved the “around the house” items, such as  an old phone and keyboard.  Don’t throw away your keyboard!  It’s a perfect toy!  I hope these pictures give you some good ideas for spring and/or activities around your Montessori-inspired home!

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Crafty Moms – Nursery Ideas

I’m always amazed when I hear about what other moms are up to!  There are some seriously crafty, creative women out there.  They are hard at work maintaining the “fort”!  I always think of them as pioneers – navigating new landscapes and settling new territories.  Building homes…

Check out this mom’s remodeling work for her kids’ room and nursery.  I love the colors and the hardwood flooring!  Beautiful!

Have you remodeled or redecorated your kids’ rooms?  What about the nursery?

Kids Rooms @ Stupendous Strouts

Ella's room 2

Owen's original room 2