Saturday, June 22, 2013

Art and craft for my girls - part 2

Part 2 is here quicker than I expected. I just kept getting ideas for fun things to do. There are 21 new things to do! We have enough to keep going for 6-8 weeks now. 

I've made a few new categories. Cooking could be seen as an art but texture play... Oh we'll it's all good fun! 

1. Paper fan 
2. Origami 
3. Paper mâché 
4. Stain glass window (with coloured cellophane) 

1. Butterfly's (fold paper in half, paint spots on one side, fold)
2. Face painting 
3. Colour boiled eggs 
4. Paint a wooden trinket box (you can get cheap ones from Bunnings)

1. Jelly 
2. Decorating cupcakes
3. Bake cookies
4. Little balls (like choc rum balls)

1. Peg-asarus & tube-asaurus dinosaurs (seen on play school, using toilet paper rolls, egg cartons, cereal boxes and pegs)
2. A princess wand
3. A box car 
4. Make a jack in the box (a box with a lid and a balloon that pops out)

(For texture play, it might be easier to buy a cat litter box per kid - to help contain the mess!) 
1. Rice 
2. Shaving cream/foam
3. Mud 
4. Ice 
5. Play dough 

Friday, June 21, 2013

Art and craft for my girls - part 1

I find its easy for kids to be fed up with being in doors on cold, wet, wintery days. It's also very easy to be tempted to just put the tv on. 

So I've created this list of 21 crafty activities to do with your little one. There is enough for one each day for three weeks exactly. But we'll probably just do one each weekday, which will make it last four weeks. 

Feel free to use my list or make your own. And if your not sure what I mean for each activity please ask. 

1. Tracing around hands
2. Rubbings eg; coins
3. Night time pics eg; Black paper white and yellow crayons 
4. Colour on sandpaper 
5. Drawing your family

1. Finger painting 
2. Paint a plaster mould 
3. Water colour picture
4. Potato stamps picture

1. Make play dough
2. Free play 
3. Make & bake the letter of our name
4. Making animals

1. Balloon man with feet 
2. Make & decorate a sparkly crown 
3. Toilet paper roll fairy (using pipe cleaners for limbs and tulle or tissue paper for wings)
4. Create a castle (life size) 

1. Button bracelet 
2. Pasta thread necklace 
3. Finger knitting 
4. Squiggle picture (paste wool onto a page) 

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

For your little ones

What is the best the thing you can give your little ones? 

There are so many objects needed for a baby. Cots, change tables, bath, high chair, nappies, bottles, blenders, little tiny clothes, the list goes on! 

Toddlers need things to... More clothes, a toddler bed, nappies, a potty, big girl/boy pants, play dates, playgroup, arts and craft, play equipment etc. 

Pre-school kids... Single bed, a pre-school, friends, more play dates, swimming lessons, dance/sport classes... I don't even know what else yet! 

As well as those material, educational, and social things that i've listed above (of the top of my head), there are other needs. Food, water, sleep, shelter, safety, love, hope and a vision for the future. 

Other things which are important to me personally are family, manners, a bible, an opportunity for a relationship with Christ, self esteem, dreams and encouragement. 

Really the list seems endless. Kids just need stuff! It is our job as parents to equip them with the best of everything we've got so that they grow up into responsible, independent, accomplished, confident, young adults. We are their teachers of life. 

So I would have to say (especially in this day and age) that one of the best things you can give or do for your children is to love your spouse. 

Wives love your husbands! 
Husbands love your wives! 

It is through our unity and our example of love that children learn a great deal. 

I would wager that our love for each other is of more value than all the material, educational and social things we could give combined. Not only are we an example of Christ's love for us the church but we are an example of what a their future relationship with someone of the opposite sex should be like. 

A loving, united marriage has power and can teach: love, forgiveness, team work, patience, authority, respect, perseverance, joy, admiration, friendship, and I'm sure countless other qualities we would all hope for our children. 

In 1 Peter 3 wives are told to accept the authority of their husbands. In turn husbands are told to honour their wives and treat them with understanding. 

The Word also tells us, where there is unity God commands His blessing. Amen. 

So go get out of here and love your spouse!

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Do It Well!

Ecclesiastes 9:10 Whatever you do, do well. For when you go to the grave, there will be no work or planning or knowledge or wisdom. 

Amen! So get out there today mummies and be the best you can be. Wash that laundry, cook that meal, change those sheets, use kind words, love those kids... And do it well! 

Thanks TimeWarpWife for this great pic. 

Monday, June 3, 2013

My Protector!

At times in my life it has seemed like everything is coming against me. Just one tough time or hard thing after another. I don't want to talk about the tough times. I want to talk about the recovery time after the tough times. 

It is after those rough stretches of road in life's journey that I personally struggle with. I know how to hold to God in the tough times. I grasp him with everything and don't let go! But on the other side, when things go back to 'normal' I have to work hard at not being stuck in the mud. My mind is quick to let the fog of doubt and worry creep in. I am vulnerable to thinking that something else bad is going to happen. I see trouble instead of looking and believing for good. 

I found these verses in Proverbs today (which I've read a number of times before) and the Holy Spirit just illuminated it to my spirit. 

Proverbs 3:24-26 You can go to bed without fear; you will lie down and sleep soundly. You need not be afraid of sudden disaster or the destruction that comes upon the wicked, for the Lord is your security. He will keep your foot from being caught in a trap. 

I know without a doubt that God is my protector. It's time to start believing it! That means living it out. Rebuking the doubt and renewing my mind. Just because one bad thing has happened doesn't mean it will happen again. I don't need to think 'what if..?'

God is in control. He has the world, including my world, in the palm of His hands. Amen. 

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Sunday mornings

What do you and your family do on a Sunday morning? 

We go to church as a family but before that its quite relaxed. A yummy breakfast all round; usually bacon and eggs, pancakes or French toast. Whatever takes our fancy. Maybe some cartoons for the girls although I really don't like television of a morning (before 9am!) Music, signing and dancing or tickle fights. Spending time all four of us squished on the couch chatting or a new phase, doing something on an iProduct. 

I love it! Sundays are relaxed, peaceful and family orientated before church. Then by setting apart time to spend with God and worship him as a church we make it Holy. I imagine that's what God had in mind when told us in Exodus to keep the seventh day as a day of rest and to keep it Holy. 

Exodus 20:8-11 “Remember to observe the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. You have six days each week for your ordinary work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath day of rest dedicated to the Lord your God. On that day no one in your household may do any work. This includes you, your sons and daughters, your male and female servants, your livestock, and any foreigners living among you. For in six days the Lord made the heavens, the earth, the sea, and everything in them; but on the seventh day he rested. That is why the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and set it apart as holy. 

P.S. Most Sundays my beautiful husband lets me sleep in!