Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Wordless Wednesday: May 24, 2017 (w/linky) : Enjoying God's Creation

Saw this in the river by the Y. Not sure, but I've checked and sort of think it is a heron, or a crane. I can't really tell.

And then Tabitha found a wooly bear caterpillar.

And next there was a toad. They each got a chance to hold it.

Looking forward to seeing your Wordless (or not so wordless) Wednesday posts this week.

Tots and Me

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Littles Learning Link Up: May 23, 2017

 Each month you will find:
  • A seasonal round-up (toward the beginning of the month)
  • Posts where I share what I have been up to with my preschoolers and/or early elementary children (including occasional highlight posts where I share how we used ideas that have been linked up here on Littles Learning Link Up).
Each week, I will host a link up, where you can share either what you have been up to recently, or old posts that may go with the theme.  Feel free to link up more than one post.

Each week I will continue to feature a couple of posts from those that have been linked up. 

I hope you will continue to share your wonderful posts, and I hope you will find something new to try with your child(ren).

It would be great for everyone to stop by and visit the other linked-up posts as well. Check them out, leave some comments, pin those that interest you. Let's make this a real party and socialize with each other.

What have we been up to?

We have been learning about China for the past week, though we are taking a week off so I have some time to recuperate from my surgery. So, we will continue China next week. We have watched both Mulan movies and Kung Fu Panda. The children had fun using their Chinese yuan to purchase their movie tickets and some snacks for the movie. We learned that sunflower seeds are a popular snack in China, so the children have been enjoying eating them for snacks and with lunch.

I wanted to share the fun we had the other day when Tabitha planned a fun treasure hunt for her siblings. She made up rhyming clues (with a little help from me) and set them around the yard. She buried a bowl that she had placed some packs of gummies and a box of pudding for them to make together, as the treasure.

Let's take a look at that review schedule:

Last week I posted my review of Only Passionate Curiosity's online course called Homeschool Rescue. And yesterday, my review for Thin Stix from The Pencil Grip, Inc. went live. I have been reading the Christian Heroes book about David Livingstone from YWAM Publishing.  That review will be posting at the very beginning of June. Also in June I will be posting the reviews for: Memoria Press Latina Christiana, which I am using with Tabitha, K5 Learning, WhistleFritz, Marsh Media, Hewitt Homeschooling, and the Adventures of Rush Revere Book Series.

Some thing I would like to share with you:

Father's Day is next month. If you are looking for ideas for gifts or cards, I would love for you to check out my Father's Day Gift and Card Round Up.

Two weeks ago I shared the Colors and Color Mixing Fun Literature and Craft Round Up which featured some of my favorite books about colors and color mixing, along with our Camouflaged Chameleons. You will also find a collection of great links to other blogs with fun color/color mixing ideas that go with different books.

And here are some of my past Round Ups with lots of fun crafts and activities that are appropriate for springtime.

(featuring Complementary Color Flower Craft)

Now onto:
Littles Learning Link Up Features

On my last Littles Learning Link Up post, there were 13 wonderful posts linked up. I will be picking one randomly selected post to share, plus the top clicked-on post.  

Don't forget to stop by other posts that are linked up. See what catches your eye, stop by, pin the post to a relevant board, and perhaps leave a comment to let the author of the blog know you have been by for a visit. I know I appreciate others commenting and letting me know they have read my posts, so I am sure others do too.

This week's randomly selected post is:

Jennifer from The Jenny Evolution shared Modeling Clay Color Mixing For Kids.

And here is this week's top clicked on post.

Amanda from Sicily's Heart & Home shared The Tiny Seed Activities for Toddlers.

Join the Party!

I would love to have you join in this week! What sort of activities do you do with your young children? Do you have some favorite activities you would like to share? I invite you to link up below. I will be pinning posts on one of my relevant boards, and I would love to feature some of the activities each week from what is linked up.

Please know I may share a picture from your post and link back to it, along with sharing how we used your idea in our school time. By linking up you are giving me permission to use a picture from your post. I will ALWAYS give credit and link back. Additionally, if you choose to try out any of the ideas with your child, please make sure you give credit where credit is due.

Linky will be open through Monday night, to give me time to check out all the posts and get the Features organized. Please take the time to visit some of the other wonderful posts linked up.


Monday, May 22, 2017

Tuesday's Giveaway Link Up- May 23, 2017

Welcome to Tuesday's Giveaway Link Up with your hosts Karen @ Tots and Me, Emily @ Emily Reviews, Shelly @ The Attic Girl, and Rena @ An Ordinary Housewife.

So glad you could join us as we share our giveaways on  Tuesday's Giveaway Link Ups. 

This link up will be posted Monday at 7 PM est. and run all week long! Make sure you stop in as often as you can to list your latest giveaways.

Here is how to use the Giveaway Link Up

1. Post your reviews and/or giveaways, as many as you have, be sure to add the end date (family friendly please)

2. Help spread the word about the giveaway link up by grabbing our button, Tweeting or posting on Facebook. (Not mandatory- but it helps get more exposure to your giveaways as well!)

3. Take a moment to enter any giveaway that strikes an interest to you!

If you would  like to follow the  hostesses, we will gladly follow you back! Simply leave us a message to do so.

Featured Giveaways

Rock Dog Blu-ray US only Ends 6/2

Thank you for linking up with Karen @ Tots and Me, Emily @ Emily ReviewsShelly @ The Attic Girl, and Rena @ An Ordinary Housewife.

Letting the Creativity Flow With Thin Stix from The Pencil Grip, Inc. {A TOS Review}

If you have visited my blog before, you may have noticed that my children love to create works of art. They are always getting out the paint, markers, and/or crayons. Sometimes they even remember to ask first, which is especially important with the paint. Due to the mess it makes, paint is something I may just have to say "no" to sometimes, while other art media are usually allowed with no restraints. Even though our regular acrylic paints or water colors may be off limits at times, we also have these really cool paint sticks called Kwik Stix. We received the regular Kwik Stix a year and a half ago, and just recently we were given the opportunity, through the Homeschool Review Crew, to try out the new Thin Stix 6pk of Classic Colors from The Pencil Grip, Inc.. We have been using and enjoying them in our home for several weeks. 

Here are the colors that are included in the 6pk of Classic Colors:

Black, Brown, Blue, Green, Red, and Yellow

When I wrote my review for the original Kwix Stix a year and a half ago, I said I thought of them as a combination of paint, a marker, and a glue stick. The reason I say that, is because they are solid tempera paint, and they are in a tube like a glue stick, so when you use them, it is almost like using a marker, but it is really paint. Now, these Thin Stix don't feel quite like using a glue stick, as they are longer and thinner, but the idea is still there. 

Thanks to the thinner tip, it is easier to fill in smaller areas of a painting and making finer lines. 

We love that the Thin Stix, as well as the Kwik Stix, go on nice and smoothly. Because of this, it is a lot easier to fill in a large area as compared with markers. You can also get different textures by varying how hard you push down on the Stix. 

This time around, I didn't really have any specific projects I wanted to work on with the children. We were working on some color mixing projects, but unfortunately, Thin Stix really can't be used for this kind of activity as the color from one stick will remain on the other stick as you combine the colors on the paper. So, while Thin Stix are a wonderful product, they will never be able to completely replace liquid types of paint. 

That doesn't negate all the great benefits, such as not having spilled paint on the table, and not having to wait forever for paintings to dry. We have always been impressed by how fast works of art made using Kwik or Thin Stix dry. The box says it will dry in 90 seconds. Depending upon how heavily the paint is applied, it may even take a shorter amount of time. Though we did notice that it can take a bit longer if it is applied really heavily, like Harold has been known to do. 

Thin Stix at work:

Time to share some of the paintings the children have created. They have huge "art galleries" by their beds where they have been hanging these pictures. Because they are mixed in with works of art that used other media, I decided to have the children pick some of their favorites for me to share with you, as I want to focus on the paintings that use the Thin Stix (though some of these paintings do have mixed media in them). 

Amelia has been using these things like crazy. She was making paintings and hanging them on the easel to "sell" to her siblings. 

This is one of the paintings that includes Kwik Stix as well. That was because she was running out of blue. It seems someone got blue-crazy recently. In some of the other paintings, other things were used because additional colors were desired.

Another benefit of Thin Stix is that they are also allowed to paint with them at the coffee table, because they won't make a mess like regular paint would.

Of course, with two children painting, I am especially glad that they won't be knocking any paint or water over. And if they get a little paint on the table, it is easy to clean up.

We were learning about Japan, and Amelia chose to make a Japanese flag. Also in the picture below, there is an apple tree (yes, that is one HUGE apple) made by Amelia, and a girl made by Hannah.

Here are some more of Amelia's creations:

(A bike, tree with flowers, treasure chest, sun, and apple pie)

Amelia also made some background scenery for a little play she put on, starring her "Cute Little Ugly Bug."

Here is her adorable play:

She even helped me compare the Thin Stix with the Kwik Stix by creating two "Hickory Dickory Dock" paintings.

She found it was definitely easier to make thinner marks with the Thin Stix, and she had more control when she was making the smaller parts of the picture.

Tabitha shared three of her favorite projects.

She has really been enjoying trying to write in Japanese (and now Chinese) as we were visiting Japan and China with our core curriculum. She figured writing in Japanese would also be fun with Thin Stix.

Here are a couple of Hannah's favorite paintings:

And Harold just HAD to share his dinosaur.

As you can see, Thin Stix are quite popular in our house. They usually paint on computer paper and card stock, but we also made some paper bag puppets using the Thin Stix. They can also be used on cardboard, wood, and canvas, but we haven't had the opportunity to try that out. 

We are definitely going to have to invest in a bigger pack of Thin Stix some day soon. There is a 12 pack available, plus a 6 pack of Neon, or a 6 pack of Metalix. Or I could really thrill the children with the Creativity Pack which contains all the colors (12 normal, 6 Neon, and 6 Metalix). 

These Thin Stix are just as wonderful as the original Kwik Stix. I am so glad that they have made a thinner variety, because one of the things I mentioned in my previous review was that smaller areas were not able to be painted with the thicker Kwik Stix. Granted, really fine lines or spaces will still be tricky, but these are a step in the right direction. 

I highly recommend Thin Stix as a wonderful addition to your art supply shelf/cupboard. When you need a product that will allow your children to create works of art without having to worry about a mess, these fit the bill. 

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No Mess Art with Thin Stix Classic Colors {The Pencil Grip, Inc. Reviews}

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