Heart FELT Truths Easter Banner

Heart FELT Truths Easter Banner

We were given the Heart FELT Truths Easter Banner to review {there’s a discount code at the bottom of the post}. I was immediately drawn to this unique way of sharing the Easter story with my kids.  This year I was aiming for meaningful, different, and simple to prepare.  This is just that!  We are excited to use it beginning on Palm Sunday.

We have our Easter banner hanging in between our dining room and kitchen like shown below. The kids have asked several times what it is for, I am excited to reveal it soon! I went through and reviewed it all but we have not used it yet as a family since it isn’t time yet!

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The complete set comes all prepared as you see, and includes the banner {which has 3 large banners in all that you flip over as instructed}.  The symbols are all included as shown below.

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A printed guide is also included telling you exactly what to read and do each day!  Each day you will find a brief introduction, scripture reading, and discussion to use.

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There are 8 days total {some days add more than one symbol}.  Here is a simple photo of one of the days so you can see how it is laid out.  It tells you exactly what to do, very simple and straightforward!

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You can find more information and details here on the Heart FELT Truths blog! There is even an instruction guide and patterns to make your own if you are feeling crafty!

There is still time to order one and have it in time to use for Easter this year! In the Heart FELT Truths Etsy Store you will find all of the following Easter products:

  • Complete Easter Banner Packet (includes banner, hanging dowel, instructions and story text packet, and felt pieces)
  • Easter Banner DIY KIT (banner, hanging dowel, instructions and story text packet) with DIY patterns and felt supplies for making your own felt pieces.

10% off using code 1PLUSEASTER through April 1, 2014

This code is valid on any products in the Heart FELT Truths Etsy Shop here

Just Color! ~ Bunnies and Eggs

The idea behind Just Color! is simple ~ theme packs all focused around coloring. There are mostly coloring pages, and a few coloring activities. The coloring pages are all in one download to make it easier to download and print all at once, in case you have coloring monsters like I do!

I just added a new Bunnies & Eggs Coloring set! We don’t personally celebrate the bunny part of Easter but that doesn’t mean I don’t think the spring bunny stuff is cute!

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Download the Bunnies and Eggs coloring printables and more here!

Remember, if you want to make a mini coloring book, you can always scale down PDF files! If you have any problems downloading or printing these or other PDF files, see troubleshooting tips here

We also have an Easter coloring set that focuses more on the part we celebrate as a family!

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Tot School Gathering Place ~ Week 63

Gather together here, gather ideas from other blogs, share your own ideas on your own blog. Browse around at the other posts linked up, leave a few comments if you have time, and be sure to check back to see if your blog was featured!


I’m not sure how you all are feeling about the weather right now (we are expecting SNOW AGAIN!), but my thoughts have been turning towards spring and I am just itching to put away those heavy winter coats and run around in the sunshine with my kids!  The signs are starting to show up – a flower here, warm temperatures there – and while we wait let’s help our Tots see and recognize that wonder and beauty that we call spring!!

Blue skies, blue oceans, blueberries!  With spring comes blue and became the center of attention for Tot Munch to explore!  Mama Claire over at Adventures in Tot Schooling shares with us a number of "blue" activities!  Be sure to take a look to help your Tot explore blue!

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Our thoughts often turn towards rainbows during these months of spring weather when rain showers are plentiful and sometimes produce the much anticipated phenomenon!  Learning is Messy has some wonderful ideas to encourage your Tot to investigate, learn, and even eat rainbows!  Hop on over to see if any of her ideas will stimulate the creative juices in your Tot!

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Over at Life with a Toddler, Mama Stacy shares with us several ideas to help celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Take a peek to see the fun activities and store some away for next year to work with your Tot!

Life with a Toddler


Remember to visit our Pinterest board hosting our featured blogs each week! Be sure to follow the board and re-pin ideas you like, it’s a great way to support each other!!

I also created a Tot School Printables Pinterest Board. If you are using Tot School Printables and blogging about it, will you email me with a link to one of your posts and your Pintrest link? I am opening up the board to allow other bloggers to pin their Tot School posts that feature Tot School Printables in action.

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Learning with Ladybug ~ Age 4y, 10.5m

Home Preschool March 2014

Welcome to our weekly preschool at home blog feature, Learning with Ladybug!  As you probably know, I scrapped our preschool plan and built a new one based around our current needs.

We have a few main preschool categories, you can read the entire plan here, I will break my weekly posts down by category so you can see what she did each week within a certain area. If we have a letter focus, I will do a separate post to make searching easier.  I will do the same for any themes we do.

See our entire Home Preschool Plan here!

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Spielgaben ~ Play Based Learning

We continued our work with box 5 in Spielgaben, which contains cubes and triangular prisms.  We only did one official lesson again this week, creating a birthday cake while learning about octagons.

Learning the shapes that work together to create a small octagon…

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Then a bigger octagon…

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Then for a birthday cake!  We used pieces from other Spielgaben sets for the decorations.

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Blowing out the “candle” on her cake!

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Then silly girl wanted to “eat” the cake…

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We have had LOTS of fun with our free play area I have set up now.  One day she asked to put together the spinning shapes again {she first did it here}.  She had the best time making her own papers for the shapes and spinning them.

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More cats.  She always makes cats.

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I set up the Nature Guide on my iPad for her and she was THRILLED! 

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After she completed the ladybugs, she chose a crocodile!

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Messy Fun

I don’t always follow my plan.  It is my goal to make something new each week, but I did not.  She played with Play Dough again.

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All By Myself Preschool Boxes

She spends about an hour in the afternoon playing with her boxes. Usually this hour starts right after lunch, but if she wants to play messy stuff first, I let her.  I am basically requiring her to float between her boxes or the messy play table, or if she wants to be difficult, she can take a nap.  I sneak in to snap photos, but mostly she plays alone.  Sometimes she comes to get me to show me something too.

We haven’t been able to do school on the 5th day recently in the afternoon {when she has her box time} so I only make 4 boxes now.

In her mini sensory bins ~ buttons, pom poms, shells and bird seed.

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There’s always a few books in each box, and many days that’s the first thing she goes for.  She is definitely a book lover!Home Preschool -5333

I wanted to get a shot of her naturally playing, and she jumps in her bin and cheeses for me!

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The pom  poms and the grabbers were a big hit.  She has loved these grabbers for a long time!

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She has a cute little pony set from Playmobil and I keep it bagged up and surprise her in her boxes every so often.  It keeps it fresh and exciting when she gets it!

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She always plays her own special way, often combining toys together.  Below she had little foam shapes {from Target awhile back}, Froggy Feeding Fun, Fraction Puzzles {she was using them as feeding troughs for the horses}, and the Playmobil set!

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Sorting buttons was a big hit, all her idea!

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Enjoying her books, again.

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Her Automoblox “limousine.”

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Those are the muffins from the mini muffin match up set.  She had them in all sorts of our containers!

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See all items that rotate through our boxes here! 

See our Simplifying Sensory Play post here!

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All the Rest

We are currently reviewing the Bible based version of Integrity Time and went back to Letter B is for Behavior!  I am absolutely in love with the Bible version {full review coming soon}! 

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The characters are a big favorite.

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For the object lesson, we took pom poms and the printable target provided and used this as a way to talk about how even when we love God, we often miss the mark.

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Needless to say, they loved this lesson and we had some great discussion throughout. 

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See our LETTER W work here, and Wall-E here, which was done during the same time as what you see above!

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Visit Preschool Corner to see more home preschool families!

Learning Resources Mini Muffin Match Up Review and Giveaway

Learning Resources Mini Muffin Match Up Review and Giveaway

We are in love with the new Mini Muffin Match Up from Learning Resources!  I was sent this toy to review and have one to giveaway to one of you!  I got to choose our review items {we have 2 more coming soon} and I was drawn to this particular toy for a few reasons.  I love anything with fun fine motor work, unique “grabbers” and cute little colorful items to grab!

It comes with 60 tiny colorful muffins, one special squeezy tweezer, a plastic muffin tray, 2 foam dice, 12 small double sided cardboard disks that insert into the muffin tray, and an activity guide.

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All three of my kids {ages 4, 7, 11} love this, but I got it with Ladybug in mind.  Knowing she needs fine motor work, it seemed to be a perfect fit and it is!

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She was immediately excited when I first showed it to her and got busy sorting.  She loves sorting by color.

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We have played with it several times since opening it! Yes, she is often wearing her mismatched jammies.  Homeschool is nice like that.

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Krash {age 7} and I played a game using the dice.  We had a race to see who could empty one side of the tin first.  We divided all of the muffins and put half on his side and half on mine and then rolled and removed that number, eventually emptying the tin.

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There is so much versatility with this toy, free play and structured games are both options.  Here I showed Ladybug how to roll the dice and get the correct color and number AND put them into the correct spot in the tray.  She also had to put the correct total in each spot. 

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Mini Muffin Match Up comes with a high recommendation from me and I think is totally worth the price for what you get.  Just the small muffins alone are awesome for so many things.  The addition of the tray, the grabber, the disks and dice make it even better! If you are looking for a new versatile learning toy for early childhood, this would be a great option.

You can purchase this on Amazon here, and also directly on the Learning Resources website.

We have more Learning Resources reviews and giveaways coming soon!

{See all of our Learning Resources reviews here}


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