D is for Dinosaur….

This week we began the letter Dd.  We had a great time learning all about Dinosaurs, learning new songs, reading lots of dino books and of course making lots of dinosaur art work!


(to the tune of O Christmas Tree)

Oh dinosaur,

oh dinosuar

How big you are to me.

Oh dinosaur,

oh dinosaur,

As big as big can be.

You are so heavy,

and so tall,

You really make me feel so small.

Oh dinosaur,

oh dinosaur,

How big you are to me.

dinosaur books

Dinosaurs Galore and Dinosailors

dinosaur craft

Cutting the spikes for our dinosaur craft

dinosaur craft

This is what was left after cutting out the dinosaur spikes, we saved these to use for another craft, maybe a snowflake?

dinosaur craft

Stapled the spikes onto half of a paper plate

dinosaur craft

Painting the dinosaur

dinosaur craft

The finished dinosaur after adding google eyes, feet and a triangle tail

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Easy Indian….

We LOVE Indian food!  It is one of our favorite choices when we go out to eat and Taste Of India is a great restaurant just a few miles from our house.  When we are craving Indian, but can’t make it out, we make it at home.  This is one of the easiest, most delicious meals I make when we are in a hurry.  It requires one pot and almost everything comes out of the pantry.  It is so close to the real deal from Taste of India and very healthy too!

1 jar of Target’s Archer Farms Tikka Masala simmer sauce

1 can of chick peas

1 can of diced potatos

1 can of diced tomatoes

1 cup of frozen peas

1 package of Naan ( I actually found a whole grain version at Wal-Mart)

Throw everything into a large stock pot and bring to a low boil then turn down to simmer for 15-20 minutes.  Warm the Naan bread in a pan.  Then eat!

indian food

Everything you need to make easy Indian at home

tikka masala

Tikka Masala simmer sauce

indian tikka masala

Eat up!

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Happy Meal toys get new life….on a wreath!

In our play room we had 2 shoe box bins full of Happy Meal toys and other trinkets from Dr. office visits and birthday parties. The kids really haven’t touched them since they first got them. What to do? Previously I had gone through them and given them to GoodWill. But I had remembered in Family Fun magazine they had glued them together and spray painted them gold to make a trophy. Then online I saw how you can hot glue them to a foam wreath form and make a cute wreath for a child’s playroom. I thought this was a great idea! I had a ton of JoAnn coupons that I had gotten in the mail, so this project was $6 and took less than an hour to make. This may even find its way onto my classroom door!

making a wreath

Start with your form and ribbon of choice, then wrap around the form and hot glue as you go

happy meal toys

The offending toys!


The wreath all wrapped up, ready for hot glue and toys

happy meal toy wreath

The finished toy wreath!

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