Friday, 27 November 2015

Letter of the Week: Letter E Printable Pack

For those of you in the United States, I hope you had a fabulous Thanksgiving yesterday! One of my friends from high school is staying with us this week and on Wednesday evening, we decided to have a Thanksgiving celebration. Thanksgiving doesn't exist in the Netherlands of course so running to the store the night before was not terribly chaotic. 

Planning a Thanksgiving meal for family on the day of? Surprisingly, it wasn't stressful at all! I'm not too sure how we managed to pull it off, but we had an awesome Thanksgiving meal prepared with zero prep work or planning. It was magical. 

Seriously. Not only did we have amazing food, but cooking with a girlfriend that I have known for over ten years, catching up over stuffing and pumpkin pie? Glorious! Thanksgiving was pretty perfect. My only regret was that we had written down our amazing pumpkin pie concoction. 

Aside from Thanksgiving celebrations, I was also prepping out Letter E shelves for the Letter of the Week series! Today, you are getting the Letter E printables! Scroll down to download your own free set below! 
  
Tot Labs presents: Letter of the Week - letter e featuring tons of free printables! #totlabs, #preschoolactivities, #letteroftheweek, #montessoriactivities, #montessori

As always, be sure to stop by Mumma Diaries youtube channel to see what wonderful activities and printables Amruta is sharing! You and your kiddos are sure to love her ideas! 

Monday, 23 November 2015

Letter of the Week Review A-E printables

For today's letter of the week post, I am sharing a review of the letters covered! 

Since starting the Letter of the Week series with my friend Amruta from Mumma Diaries, I have noticed a huge increase in Y's interest for learning about the alphabet. As we learn new letters, I want to make sure that we continue to review and practice the ones we have already covered. That is why today, I wanted to take a small 'break' from the usual progression. Instead of sharing the next letter, I am sharing two sets of fun printables for reviewing the letters already covered in this series. 


This printable pack includes: 


  • Beginning sound clip cards
  • Beginning sound sorting cards


Free Letter of the Week Printables


Beginning sound review A-E (English)
Beginning sound review (Russian)

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Christmas fine motor activities

Today, I am so excited to be participating in the 12 Days of Christmas blog hop! There are tons of amazing Christmas ideas shared by some fantastic bloggers! 

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I am sharing a Montessori inspired fine motor activity with several variations.

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My husband made a sort of geoboard for us!

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How to make your own Christmas tree geoboard


He used a block of wood and nails in the shape of a Christmas tree. To get the shadow, you can use a cut out of a Christmas tree and spray paint. My husband used a wooden cutout and a small blowtorch. 

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This idea doesn't need to be used per se for the holidays - you can easily do the same thing in any shape or form! I love the theme for this time of year though!

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This type of idea is so easy to make, but is a wonderful way to get little fingers working, as developing many other skills. These include: 

  • fine motor skills
  • hand eye coordination
  • creativity 
  • shape recognition 
  • prewriting practice 

The first variation we did was simply using rubber bands. However, there are many ways to use this board! Christmas decorations and little knickknacks serve the same purpose, but also allow creativity when exploring this board. 

We also used a beaded chain (from the Christmas decoration stash in the attic) 

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As well as ornaments 

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Y also exercised his own creativity and got out some nuts and washers to use as ornaments! 

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Lastly, we also used some fake ivy. The idea was to bend it into whatever shape or form Y wanted. 

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Our favourite building toys

The holidays are approaching quickly! When it comes to gifts, it can be difficult to decide on what to get the little ones in your lives. Today, I am sharing tons of ideas for building toys for kids that range in price points! 

Building toys are great for kids! Y loves to construct different objects, towers, cars etc with these types of toys. They're great for development of so many different skills: hand eye coordination, motor skills, creativity and so much more! 

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Our favourite building toys

The holidays are approaching quickly! When it comes to gifts, it can be difficult to decide on what to get the little ones in your lives. Today, I am sharing tons of ideas for building toys for kids that range in price points! 

Building toys are great for kids! Y loves to construct different objects, towers, cars etc with these types of toys. They're great for development of so many different skills: hand eye coordination, motor skills, creativity and so much more! 

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Friday, 20 November 2015

Letter Dd activities

Today, I am so excited to share with you guys our letter d shelves! We had so much fun this week combining letter D works with a dinosaur theme! Y loves dinosaurs and couldn't wait to get started with these works. Let's keep this intro short and get to the works!

Tot Labs presents: letter of the Week: letter Dd activities and printables by Welcome to Mommyhood and Mumma Diaries #preschoolactivities, #letteroftheweek, #montessori, #preschool, #montessoriactivities, #totlabs

As always, don't forget to stop by Mumma Diaries youtube channel to see what she is sharing! Amruta and I are hosting this awesome Letter of the Week series together and you can be sure to find tons of wonderful ideas for teaching your kiddos all about the alphabet from her!

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Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Ultimate collection of delicious butternut squash recipes

So butternut squash? It's pretty much that time of year when I incorporate all sorts of pumpkins and winter squash into essentially all of my meals. The only thing is that the husband claims to dislike foods like butternut squash, pumpkin, or even sweet potato. 

Well, he says he doesn't like it, but when I add it to meals like chili, pasta dishes, or even baked goods, as long as he doesn't know I added any of the 'banned' ingredients, he'll tell me how delicious the dish is. So I hide it. Luckily, the kiddo also shares my love of all things squash. 

Inspired by my family, I scoured the internet for some amazing butternut squash recipes. Here is a collection of over 50 delicious butternut squash recipes - I'm sure there are plenty of ideas for the non-lover of squash, too! Whether it's breakfast, dinner, a snack, or even a drink, this round up has it all! 

50+ awesome butternut squash recipes! Ideas for every meal of the day and even drinks, too! #butternutsquashrecipes, #butternutsquash, #healthyrecipes

Monday, 16 November 2015

Letter of the Week: Letter D Printable Pack

We're back for another installment of the Letter of the Week! Today, I am sharing an awesome collection of letter D printables. These are so much fun and feature tons of fabulous learning activities! Read further to learn all about what is included in this pack. 

As always, be sure to stop by Mumma Diaries youtube channel to see what she is sharing! 

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Friday, 13 November 2015

Turkey Colour Cards

With Thanksgiving approaching so quickly, I am sharing a new freebie! I made some fun Thanksgiving themed Turkey Colour Cards! These cards a cute and fun way to help little ones practice their colours and are perfect for this time of year! Happy learning! 

Letter of the Week

Happy Friday everyone! Today, I would normally share a letter of the week printables pack for you guys. However, Amruta and I are taking a small break from letter of the week in honour of Diwali. You can learn more about Diwali as well as some beautiful hands on learning activities from Amruta's blog and vlog posts about it. 

On Tuesday, I will be back with the next post in the Letter of the Week series with a free printables pack for letter D! Also, be sure to stop by the blog again later today to get a different freebie that I will be sharing - a Thanksgiving colours printable! 

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Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Butternut squash muffins

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It's that time of year - butternut squash, sweet potatoes, and pumpkins are constantly on my mind! Last summer, my in laws planted butternut squash in their garden for the first time. This fall, we've definitely been enjoying the benefits of their work! 

Since my injury, I've been on the hunt for easy, healthy recipes, especially kiddo approved ones! These butternut squash and apple muffins were definitely successes in both the easy/healthy compartment as well as a total hit with Y. 

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Not only was he incredibly excited to help bake the muffins, but he was equally as excited to gobble them up. Luckily, I made an extra batch for the freezer and can thaw a few out the night before for an easy breakfast or a snack on the go! 


Thanksgiving cutting strips

Thanksgiving is coming up so quickly! Today, I have a fun Thanksgiving freebie for you guys that is Thanksgiving inspired! 

We've been working a lot on scissor skills lately. I created a very cute Thanksgiving set of cutting strips that can help your little ones practice their cutting skills! You can download your own free set below! 

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Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Tot Labs: Letter Cc Activities

As promised last week, today, I am sharing what's on our Letter C shelves in the next installment of Tot Labs: Letter of the Week series! This is an amazing series that I am working on in collaboration with Amruta from Mumma Diaries! She has tons of wonderful ideas for hands on learning activities for kids! 

To learn more about the Tot Labs series, please visit the Letter of the Week landing page

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Thursday, 5 November 2015

Tot Labs Presents: Letter C printables and books

This week, for our letter of the week series, Amruta and I have decided to switch things up. You see, my blog posts for this series are long. Honestly, I don't even share all of the works we do. In order to make these posts more readable, I decided to split them up.

Every Friday, I will be sharing the printables set that we use as well as book recommendations. Every Tuesday, I will be sharing the photos of the trays, art activities, and hands on works that I set up for Y. 

As always, be sure to visit Amruta's youtube channel to see all of the gorgeous ideas she has for learning all about the letter Cc

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Monday, 2 November 2015

St Nicholas Day Activities

I am so excited to be participating in the 15 Days of Montessori for the Holidays series! Today, I am going to be sharing the trays my son has been working on for our Sinterklaas or St Nicholas Day theme! 

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