Playroom September 17 2012

BonBon Break

Turn Your Child’s Artwork into a Keepsake Pillow

~:: While Wearing Heels ::~

Fall is in the air and school has begun, again.

I just sent my daughter off to preschool, for the first time…

And the art, she so lovingly has created, during her hours away from me, is already stacking up.

Sure, I’ll hang most of it up and at the end of the year I’ll store it away in a box labeled preschool.

But the problem with storing it away in a box is just that…it is stored away in a box.

Out of sight, out of mind.

So, instead, I’ll appreciate it.  I’ll use it.  I’ll decorate with it.  Sure, I could frame it but why not turn some of that art into a custom pillow.



ABOUT AMY:  Amy, from While Wearing Heels, suffers from a severe form of Crafter Attention Deficit Disorder SO does her blog. She finds herself doing a lot of tutorials. What sort of a tutorial really depends on the week (crafts, hair, home decor, how to extract a bento box cup from your dog after she has eaten one). She likes to share things she thinks are interesting or helpful and hopes to get that across with a few laughs thrown in.

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From Green to Gold: Creating Fall Leaves

 ~:: Boy Mama Teacher Mama ::~

While at the local bookstore we came across a new-to-us book called, Leaf Trouble, written by Jonathon Emmett. In the book, Pip, the squirrel, wakes one morning to find his home, a tree, changing. The leaves were no longer green AND they were falling off the tree! This bothered Pip greatly and he did everything he could think of to make the tree look as it had before. It was not until his mom explains to him that what is happening is part of the normal life cycle of the tree and that the leaves will return come spring, that Pip is finally able to enjoy the beautiful fallen leaves.

After reading this delightful book, my boys and I decided to make some leaves of our own. Using coffee filters, droppers and liquid water colors, we created our own pile of leaves which are as beautiful and colorful as the leave outdoors.




ABOUT STEPHANIE:  Stephanie is the creator of Boy Mama Teacher Mama. She taught primary school for 14 years before “retiring” to stay at home with her two boys, ages 3 and 5. Boy Mama Teacher Mama offers both parents and teachers a variety of activities that can be done at home or in the classroom with a special emphasis on issues related to raising boys. When not creating, crafting or blogging, Stephanie enjoys spending time with her boys, quilting and baking. You can follow Boy Mama Teacher Mama on Facebook, Twitter, Google and Pinterest.


Block Bowling!

 ~::Word Play House::~

Indoor bowling! This simple children’s game, young ones can make themselves, is a perfect rainy day activity—or any day full of fun game. We show you how children can make their own bowling set and even an idea—with everything you need—to make a bowling gift set for a child!








ABOUT HEATHER:  Heather Cahoon is a mother of more than a few children, and a bestselling children’s book illustrator and author, who treasures slow, under-scheduled days. Each week she shares creative, natural play inspiration, outdoor family activities, and wholesome recipes for children on . And, you can find her handmade designs at Heather on FacebookPinterest or subscribe to her site.

Pocket Chart Activity

 ~:: The Activity Mom ::~

When my big girls were schooling at home, I used pocket charts to display their spelling/sight words. They were inexpensive and colorful, so I was glad to find them in the dollar section.

Pocket charts are a great way to practice patterning, matching, counting, and retelling stories.







ABOUT JEN: Jen, Mom to two daughters, ages 7 and 9 and a 2 year old son.

Jen is the author of Creative and Curious Kids. Presently she is teaching her children at home via Cyberschool.  She has a degree in Elementary Education with a background in the area of Gifted Education. Her experiences include ten years of teaching in grades K-6.

Jen enjoys exploring and creating with her little ones and sharing ideas with other parents and teachers.
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