5 After 5, Salad Edition

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It's time for another round of 5 After 5!  In case you missed it, last week's list was 5 fun fall activities and if you're new to this series, you can read more about it here and catch up on all the old editions here.


Today I've got my list of 5 to share, as well as next week's topic for you to stew about over the upcoming days.


And this series is now a link party, so be sure to scroll down and join in all the fun with us this week!




List 5 of your favorite salads


We eat salad every night - and out of this monstrosity, no less:



So if you haven't already guessed, we like our greens (Popeye would be so proud).

Despite all that roughage, we don't really deviate from our typical salad combination (see #1 below), so for once, this list ended up being pretty simple for me:

Friday Frivolity, Superhero Edition

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At last week's party, we fell in love with fall.

This week, we're bringing you funny that's faster than a speeding bullet....


Llama Llama Fun with Mama (Action Cube Download)

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Our Monthly Crafting Book Club members were all so sad to hear of author Anna Dewdney's recent passing, so we decided to remember her by creating a craft or activity to go along with her fabulous books.

I decided to get our bodies moving and created a new set of action dice (do you remember this one?) to go along with parts from these fun titles:

Llama Llama Red Pajama



Llama Llama Mad at Mama



You can print these cards out yourself and stick them in one of these great objects.



Don't have a set of super-cool dice, you say?  No problem.  Just adhere these onto each side of a square tissue box (like this) or make your own cube out of cardstock.

To play, just roll the die and act it out (make it more fun with props!).




Besides playing with this little toy, be sure to check out the official Llama Llama site for more fun ideas as well as online games!



I love coming up with book connections like this, how about you?  I'd love to hear!  Either leave a comment below or email me at lisahealy (at) outlook (dot) com.



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Latticed Learning: Adam & Eve

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Welcome back to Latticed Learning!  This year, we're continuing to learn while we play - repeating many of our favorites from last year while adding in all sorts of new activities as well.

This day's post is devoted to our weekly Bible stories - some weeks have more activities than others, but each lesson will help your little one grow closer to God!


Read the Bible

     

Pages 14-25 in this Bible and 13-19 in this one



Read a Little More

We think books are the best around here, so it's always fun to discover great new titles:



Sing Some Songs

Sing the song here on your own, follow along with this:



or check out these:






Watch Some Videos


This video combines creation with Adam and Eve, but it's one of Gv's favorite things to watch!




Play and Create

We repeated lots of things we did last year to learn about Adam and Eve, then added in a few new activities.

Since Gv enjoyed the Creation story in a ring book so much, I created one to match this week's story.  You can read all about it and download your free printable here





Next, we role-played the story.  To do this, first we had to set the scene.

We started by creating our own sneaky snake.  I let Gv color a paper plate:


I'd just intended for Gv to decorate the plate so that it'd be more colorful, but she surprised me and actually drew a snake!  Do you see it?

Then I cut it out in a spiral pattern.  She glued on a couple of googly eyes and a red construction paper tongue and we were ready to hang him up in her room:



We made a tree out of a toilet paper tube, some construction paper, and pom poms:

I had to glue two craft sticks in a "V" shape on the back so that the paper wouldn't fall over with the pom poms attached.  

Finally, we grabbed a boy and girl doll from this toy to be our Adam and Eve and then we were ready to reenact the story!




We also discovered some new things to do:

We played this Stop & Go game and Gv "answered" one of the adorable take-home pages.



We also did a simplified version of this activity that focuses on sin (& Jesus' forgiveness!)

Adam & Eve before eating the fruit


Looking for all the great posts associated with this concept in one place?  Check out my Latticed Learning page here!

What's your favorite thing that we did this week?  I'd love to hear!  Either leave a comment below or email me at lisahealy (at) outlook (dot) com.

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Pumpkin Fun: Book Crafts & Activities

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My bloggy pal Hilary over at Raising Fairies and Knights started a fun new Monthly Crafting Book Club this year - a challenge to create activities to go along with some of the most beloved children's books.

We've really had some great fun so far this year, just take a look:


January Animal Action Dice Game for the book Barnyard Dance.
February Cause & Effect Box for If You Give a Moose a Muffin.
March - an alphabetical scavenger hunt for Dr. Seuss's ABC.
April handwashing fun to go along with The Piggy in the Puddle.
May 5 Little Monkeys Fold 'Em Up for Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed.
June pinecone princess & Cozy Sweater Warrior Paper Dolls for The Princess and the Pony.
July - lantern craft for Curious George Goes Camping.
August - mini backpacks & dress-a-doll fun for Froggy Goes to School.

Now it's September, and our book is the adorable It's Pumpkin Day, Mouse!



I have to say, this month's book really inspired us.  We hadn't even finished our initial craft idea before we thought of new things to do.


Project Snapshot, Week 142

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The goal of this post is to capture a memory from the past week, either with a camera, words, or both.  Time passes in the blink of an eye and this will create a collection of treasured memories from throughout the year.

My Snapshot(s)


Grammy and Papa are cruising the St. Lawrence right now (I've been totally stalking them using this and this - how cool is that?), so little Piper has come to visit.

Gv promised Grammy she would take "real good care of Piper - I will, Grammy, I will" and she has been taking this promise extremely seriously.

Not only has Gv been in charge of taking Piper outside (and, most importantly, doling out the treats afterward!), but she has also been acting as the puppy's personal concierge - if there's an opportunity to provide a blanket or a stuffed animal to make the little critter's stay more comfortable, Gv is on it!

What was your favorite memory from this past week?  I'd love to hear!  Either leave a comment below or email me at lisahealy (at) outlook (dot) com.


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5 After 5, Fall Activities Edition

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It's time for another round of 5 After 5!  In case you missed it, last week's list was 5 of your favorite 80's movies and if you're new to this series, you can read more about it here and catch up on all the old editions here.


Today I've got my list of 5 to share, as well as next week's topic for you to stew about over the upcoming days.


And this series is now a link party, so be sure to scroll down and join in all the fun with us this week!




List 5 fun activities for fall


We don't exactly experience fall around here, but there are definitely a few traditions we love to engage in each time this season announces its arrival (at least on paper, if not out the window!)

It Just Makes Cents: A New Way to Clip Coupons - with Groupon!

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I shared yesterday how I finally opened my eyes and noticed that Groupon offers more than just local deals on their website, but I'm back again today to share another savings-weapon I discovered while I was investigating things.

Besides the typical deals to places like local restaurants, stores and experiences, did you know that Groupon has regular coupons, too?

Groupon Coupons are just like "normal" coupons - you go online, search for a store, restaurant, or service, print out your coupon and you're good to go!

The cool thing is, these coupons aren't limited by area - they're often even good for online purchases, too (like eBay - can you believe it?)

I looked around a bit and discovered coupons for all the grocery stores we have down here in the South, for the common department stores, for the most popular restaurants (how would you like a free appetizer or dessert?) and even for those big-box and warehouse club stores we all shop at far too often!

I'm so excited to learn about Groupon Coupons, because now I know a new frugal trick - to head here first before setting out on any shopping trip, whether by the car or online.

I can't wait to start saving even more money through this site - who knows what secret I'll discover next?



Did you have any clue that Groupon offered more than just local deals?  I'd love to hear!  Either leave a comment below or email me at lisahealy (at) outlook (dot) com.


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Friday Frivolity, Autumn Edition

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At last week's party, we shared some of our favorite female comedians.

This week, I'm excited because it's finally going to be fall.

Even though we pretty much miss out on the concept of seasons down here in Florida, just reading about the crisp breezes and changing leaves around the country puts me in an autumn mood.


Christmas is Coming - Are You Prepared? Groupon Can Help!

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Eeek!  A friend just shared her excitement over the fact that there are less than 100 days until Christmas right now.

I can't handle that knowledge right now.

I mean, I'm not even ready to think about Halloween costumes yet, much less that busy time of year that is so full of cheer.

But I have just discovered a secret weapon for whittling down that gift list way before the weather turns chilly (or at least not-quite-as-sweltering, if you live down here in Heats-ville).

I've shared in the past how Groupons are one of our big tricks for achieving free, month-long summer camping trips in the mountains, but as I was poking around the site the other day, just trolling for great deals in our area, I noticed a drop-down menu at the top for Groupon Goods.

What?  You can buy stuff here, too?

I had no clue.

Turns out, there's a list a mile long of actual things you can buy from the website, all at typical crazy-deal Groupon prices.

All I can say is, I think I'll have all of my Christmas shopping done pretty soon...

(And pssst...I just noticed that you can get 25% off your first Groupon with a code listed at the top of the home page, so if you've never taken advantage of their money-saving deals before, now would be a great time!)

Like their typical local deals, Groupon Goods has offers specific to your city and region, so click on over and see what deals are available in your area!



Did you have any clue that Groupon offered more than just local deals?  I'd love to hear!  Either leave a comment below or email me at lisahealy (at) outlook (dot) com.


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