Friday, July 31, 2009

More Muffin Mania!!


Emily and I love to do cooking projects so I was so excited when Our Homeschool Fun posted about her new "In the Kitchen With Mom Linky Carnival." Here are the muffins we created in the kitchen this week!

Oatmeal Raisin Muffins

We are on a Muffin kick in our house and made another batch of muffins for breakfast. These were originally just Oatmeal Muffins, however Emily loves raisins so we added raisins and maple syrup to the batter too!

Emily helped mix the batter.

Emily filled up a muffin tin with batter and then let me finish the rest :0)

Getting ready to enjoy her muffin for breakfast!

Oatmeal Raisin Muffins

  • 1 1/3 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  1. Mix together the flour, oats, sugar, baking powder, cinammon, raisins and salt and make a well in the center.
  2. In another bowl mix together the milk, egg, oil and maple syrup and then pour it into the dry ingredients.
  3. Mix until just moistened then fill 12 muffin cups with the batter.
  4. Bake for 18 minutes at 400 degrees or until browned and a toothpick comes out clean.

Open Ended Art ~ Yellow Collage

Emily's Yellow CollageAfter seeing so many great Open Ended Art projects at Teaching My Little Bookworm, I decided we needed to join in the fun! This weeks Open Ended art Theme is a Yellow Collage. We got out all of our yellow craft supplies and Emily went to work with the glitter glue first!

She enjoyed painting with pieces of foam and especially the sponges.

Emily glued on cut up yellow straws, pom poms, tissue paper and pipe cleaners.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Paper Towel Printing

Emily's Paper Towel Tube Print

We have a lot of paper towel tubes saved up so today we used one to make these prints. I got the idea from the book Crafts for Young Children.

I cut a slit in each end of a paper towel tube, then secured one end of the pipe cleaner in the slit and wrapped the rest of it around the tube. I secured the end in the slit on the other side.

Emily rolled the tube in some white paint.

Then she rolled it on the purple paper.

It looked like so much fun I gave it a try too!!!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Muffin Math

If You Give A Moose A Muffin Counting

Today we read If You Give a Moose a Muffin, by Laura Joffe Numeroff and since we made muffins yesterday I decided to do this counting activity with Emily today. I got the printable worksheets from this great website and Emily helped me put it together.

Emily colored half of the muffins. She did a great job staying in the lines, I was so proud of her!

Emily wanted to cut her muffins out so I cut them into strips and she cut down the middle. These strips were wider than she is used to and she did a great job with it. It looks like we can move on to more difficult cutting practice!

Finally we get to play the game. Emily had to put the correct number of muffins on the plate. We worked together to do this and I think it will be great practice for counting, number recognition and 1 to 1 correspondence.
When she was finished putting the correct number of muffins on the plate she enjoyed feeding the muffins to the little moose on the corner of the paper.

**We only worked with the numbers 1-5 although the printouts went up to 20. Emily also got tired of it by the time we got to the last one.**

Monday, July 27, 2009

Muffin Tin Monday

Banana Muffins in our Muffin Tin!!

This week for Muffin Tin Monday there was no theme so we decided to make Banana Muffins for Breakfast in our Muffin Tin. (I had 2 very over ripe bananas that I didn't want to go to waste too!)
Emily filling the muffin tins with the muffin batter.
Emily loves watching them cook in the oven.

All ready for breakfast!!

Emily was very surprised that we were going to use our muffin tin this way...she has never actually seen the originally intended use for a muffin tin.
Really Easy Banana Muffins
  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 3/4 cup smashed bananas
  1. Mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt and make a well in the center.
  2. In another bowl mix together the milk, egg, oil and bananas and then pour it into the dry ingredients.
  3. Mix until just moistened then fill 12 muffin cups with the batter.
  4. Bake for 18 minutes at 400 degrees or until browned and a toothpick comes out clean.
We also had a very yummy lunch in our muffin tin too!
Top Row: Pretzels, Black Cherry Jell-O, Emily's Spoon
Bottom Row: Tortellini and Spinach Soup X's 3
Emily's favorite was the Jell-O of course :0)


Tot School

Our week in TOTSchool
Emily is 29 months old

Emily enjoyed playing with her new little sister Juliette!

We made watermelons.

Emily enjoyed doing her Melissa & Doug Alphabet Train Floor Puzzle
that I got for free from a yard sale leftover pile!!

Showing Juliette the V piece. Emily is very excited to teach Juliette everything she knows!

Emily made bubble prints.

Emily practiced cutting strips of paper. She likes cutting out stickers and cutting on lines. I made a bunch up and keep them in a bag so that they are always ready for her!

Emily got to go in the pool. She loves the slide...

...and swimming in the water!

Our favorite books from this week:

Check out the great things that others are doing in their TOTSchools by clicking the button on the top of this page!!

Friday, July 24, 2009

Bubble Wrap Prints

Emily's Blue Bubble Wrap Prints

I have been wanting to try Bubble Wrap Prints for awhile now and finally got to do them with Emily today! I let Emily pick the colors of the paint and the paper, then cut a piece of bubble wrap and let her go to work. She had fun, but then decided she would rather make some hand prints. She just loves getting covered in paint!
Dipping the bubble wrap into the blue and white paint.
Pressing the bubble wrap onto the paper.
Pulling off the bubble wrap.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Picinic Table Talk ~ Organization

Our Art Cart

To keep all of our art supplies organized I use the 20 drawer cart that used to be the mailbox system for my 4th grade classroom. When I stopped teaching after I had Emily it hung out in the basement waiting to be used again. After my husband finished our laundry room/office I finally had a place to put it and all our art supplies.

In our art cart I have similar arts and crafts items in each drawer.

  • paint and paint brushes
  • pom poms, pipe cleaners, Popsicle sticks, straws
  • adhesives - glue, tape, staples, Velcro
  • play-doh
  • play-doh accessories
  • collage materials
  • construction paper
  • stickers
  • markers

My goal is to add a picture of what is inside the drawer and a label with the description of what is in each drawer.

Emily knows the sticker, paper and play-doh drawers and gets the supplies she needs when she wants to do those activities.

Head over to ABC & 123 to check out everyone elses organization ideas!!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Yummy Yummy Watermelon!!

Emily's Fingerprint Watermelon

Emily loves watermelon so when I saw this watermelon craft on Blueberry Pancakes I knew we had to make it. Since we didn't have any watermelon with seeds I decided to have Emily make the seeds with her fingerprints instead.

Painting the watermelon with green and red paint.

Making the seeds with black paint and her fingerprints.

Emily enjoyed singing "Down By the Bay" after we finished our project.
This was one of my favorite songs when I was little!! We loved making up our ownt silly rhymes at the end.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

It's a....


Juliette Faith was born on July 9, 2009
Emily is a Big Sister!

Emily is having so much fun kissing and hugging her new baby sister. She tells me all the time that she loves her and that she is so pretty.

She even sang her Happy Birthday in the hospital.


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