Christmas Fun Q-Tip Painting Printables

Christmas Q-Tip Painting Printables

Looking for more Christmas Q-Tip Painting Printables? Here’s a new Christmas Fun set for you!  {We have more in the following themes also ~ Nativity, Thanksgiving, Noah’s Ark, Tinkerbell, Despicable Me, Lalaloopsy, Sofia the FirstMouse Paint, ABC, 123}.

~>~>~> Download Christmas Fun Q-Tip painting here! <~<~<~

See our Nativity Set here


More Christmas Fun…



Tot School Gathering Place ~ week 48

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!



Toddlers! Just the word conjures up thoughts of wide eye wonder, curiosity, and maybe a bit of mischief! That’s what I see while exploring the different posts about Tot School with your sweet Tots – and it thrills my heart! Keep up the great work! And be sure to check out the different post that are linked up this week to gather some fresh ideas for your upcoming Tot School – and don’t forget to post about it!!!

Mama Amy over at No Greater Honors had a blast working with Buddy on tot trays that focused on the colors brown and orange. She also discovered that less is more when busy months prevent us from sticking to the normal schedule! Be sure to check out the great activities in which Buddy participated.

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Exploring the letter Uu took center stage over at Delightful Learning. Mama Michelle’s Busy Bag activity looked to be the hit of the week! Michelle also shares her heart concerning an issue in Bo’s health and the miracle that is in progress. Take a look and share a word of encouragement!

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Life with a Toddler shows how much fun fall can be with a toddler! Check out all the fun activities Mama Stacy found (thanks to your posts!) to complete with Little Guy.

Life with a Toddler

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Tot School Feature

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  1. A photo and a link to your post may appear in a future Tot School post. You give me permission to choose a photo from the post you link up, and give me permission to use your ideas in my post. I will link back to you, mention your blog, and give you full credit for any ideas choose to share form your post. If you don’t want me sharing photos, your blog, or ideas, please don’t link up.
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  4. Link up your exact Tot School post {not your blog homepage} if you are unsure how to do that read this!
    Each week I will feature photo{s} and ideas from blogs who link up. Sometimes it may be one simple idea, sometimes it may be a collection based around a concept .

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On the List… Unique Riding Toys

From now until Christmas, I am featuring our all time favorite toys!  I will feature 10 different gift ideas between now and Dec 21, every Saturday. Already I featured Straws & Connectors, Indoor Energy Burners, Balance Bike, Bean Bag Chair, Letter Construction, Candy Construction and Foam Blocks!

{disclaimer ~ affiliate links are used, thanks for your support!}

On the List...Unique Riding Toys

Our three favorite riding toys are…

RipStik ~ both boys have one and love it.  It scares me to death, but that’s part of having boys, right? They have the Ripster, which is the smaller version.  K’s awesome helmet is this one.

Both of our boys have the RipStik Ripster, which is the smaller version and is recommended for ages 8 and up {max weight 175 lbs.}.  Krash got his for Christmas when he was 5 1/2 and has been riding it ever since.  He is advanced in physical and balance skills. PacMan is 11 1/2 and still uses the Ripster, but could move up to the regular size if he wanted to buy a new one.

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RipRider {FlashRider 360 has the spark addition} ~ the boys put their money together awhile back and purchased this together.  It was a great investment and is ridden every single time they are outside.  If we had a bigger space to ride I’d love for them to have 2 to ride together. 

We have the FlashRider 360 {red} made for ages 6 and up {max weight 160 lbs.}.  The RipRider {blue} is recommended for ages 5 and up and doesn’t have the spark addition.  The boys love the spark but it certainly isn’t necessary. Their cousin has the blue RipRider and they love his too. RipRider is currently $59 on Amazon.

My boys paid $95 for this one, I just checked Amazon and it is only $69.99 right now!


Plasma Car ~  Look how old ours is!  We got it for a review item back in 2010 and have enjoyed it ever since. All 3 kids still ride it and although it is run down looking, it still works!  Shh, don’t tell, but they are getting a brand new one for Christmas thanks to Zulily credit!

The Plasma Car is recommended for age 3 and up {max weight 220 lbs.}.  We even have fun riding it!  Here’s our original review, you can see how young our boys look!

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Do you already own fun riding toys? Is there another you recommend for us?

See more gift ideas On the List…

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Favorite-Gift-Idea-Balance-Bike512   Favorite-Gift-Idea-Letter-Constructi[2]   Favorite Gift Idea Bean Bag[6]



{disclaimer ~ no company featured in my “On the List…” posts knew in advance that they would be featured, nor was I paid in any way to include any item.  Although affiliate links are used and some items were once review items, these are completely tried and true personal recommendations.  As you can always see from our photos, we own and use everything I recommend.}

Learning with Ladybug ~ age 4y, 7m

Learning with Ladybug Age 4

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 finished up our work with set 3 {cube blocks} from Spielgaben this week.  Below she was doing lesson 3-6, How Many Cubes it it?

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We started our work with Set 4 ~ the cuboids.  I always let her simply explore first, which is what she was doing below.

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We used the cuboids to make “wells” and invited her animals to drink out of them.

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We even added in the tiny dots to be water…

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FYI ~ I am not being paid at all to continue to share about Spielgaben, I was given the set to review and write one post {this one}.  What you will see from here on out is just because we are loving it so much!

Jim from Spielgaben saw my blog posts and emailed me to say thanks and offer my readers a deal on the pre-orders now being taken!  If you contact Jim from Spielgaben, he will give you a discount if you mention my blog!  Regular price to pre-order is $405, and my readers can pre-order for $355 {these are AUD prices but the conversion is similar, it actually favors USD right now so your price will be lower than AUD}.  Shipping is free. Contact Jim with any questions!

Messy Fun

We have always had lots of messy fun but I am making it a more intentional part of our plan.  Almost all of my ideas are pinned here on my Sensory play board.  I am trying to have one planned messy creation experience per week, even if it just making a new batch of something we’ve already done. 

We tried a new recipe, “Wonder Dough” from Growing a Jeweled Rose.  This one was a hit with both of us.  Yes, it was messy but we used washable paint so the red came off of her hands easily with soap when she was done each time.

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I did the initial mixing, yes with gloves.

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She loved it!

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The next day our MessMatz mat came in the mail from our Zulily order, thank goodness!  This mat is awesome for our messy play!

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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 4 small sensory bins this week: corn kernels, cotton balls, mini ABC pasta, purple fish rocks.

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I bagged up her Mr. Potato Head and added it to the box rotation, she was thrilled!

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She loved the ABC pasta!

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Cleaning up is sometimes a fun and creative event.  Most of the time we still have drama over it though.  Here she was cleaning her Family Counters with her scoop.

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Ahh, box time by the fire!

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Our fall decorations got decorated.

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Sometimes she will wander in and bring us something, this time it was “cookies” made form her wooden shape set.

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See all items that rotate through our boxes here!

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I ordered this base ten blocks set from Zulily recently, and got it with K in mind, but Ladybug fell in love and uses the pieces to create!

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An impromptu reading lesson.  We made up names for her little pets and then she drew a card and used the beginning sound to try to match up the cards to her pets.

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She LOVED it!  It took me all of 30 seconds to prepare.

See our LETTER R work here, it was done during the same time as what you see above!

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Visit Preschool Corner to see more home preschool families!

Why should you come to Teach Them Diligently?

As you may know, I will be speaking at 3 out of the 4 Teach Them Diligently Conventions this spring!  I will be attending in Nashville, Spartanburg, and Washington D.C. {my family will join me there!}.  The focus of my talks will be all centered around my passion ~ early childhood education at home!

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I am honored to have Teach Them Diligently as a blog sponsor and would like to share this message from David Nunnery with you.

Why should you come to Teach Them Diligently?

The point of Teach Them Diligently is to encourage and renew the vision of Christian homeschooling which is to disciple your children and equip them to go into the world and glorify God.  It is the Gospel that makes us distinctive.  After almost three years, Teach Them Diligently Conventions has ministered to thousands of families, and we feature some of the testimonies we have received on the front page of our website.  One of my favorite testimonies from an attendee in Omaha in 2013 was that the "place was thick with the Gospel."  Another favorite of mine would be from a father in Spartanburg in 2012 that proclaimed that the event was "like a revival."  Many of the families say that Teach Them Diligently is the best homeschooling convention they have attended.

As parents, our effort should center in preparing our children to go out and make a difference in the world and proclaiming the Gospel in word and deed.  Our Gospel focus is the reason that even many non-homeschooling families also feel comfortable at Teach Them Diligently.  There are many different reasons homeschoolers start the journey of home education.  Far too often once we get into this adventure, we put our faith in some method that promises it will make our children smarter, more capable, or more "Christian." However, at Teach Them Diligently the method of homeschooling is secondary to the foundation.  Academics will be well represented along with instruction on methods, strategies, and how-tos for teaching and organization like you would find at other homeschool conventions.  However, what is different about Teach Them Diligently is this commitment to the authority of the Scriptures and centrality of the truth of the Cross.  The foundation is the Grace of our Father and the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Teach Them Diligently will have many great speakers.  Pam Tebow, Stephen Kendrick, Ken Ham, Voddie Baucham, Todd Friel, Sally Clarkson, and many others have or will speak for Teach Them Diligently.  Go to our website to see our speakers for 2014. There will also be a large exhibit hall with diverse resources to help you on your journey. Plus we offer an exciting children’s program, teen program, men’s breakfast, robotics classes and Getting Started Homeschooling Track. This event is built for the entire family, not just Moms.  It is a family discipleship and homeschool convention built on the Gospel because we believe families need this foundation, but we also believe that the families of America is where revival will start.  If you have come before, come back!  Refreshment, Renewal, Revival–they need to happen constantly.  We hope to see you in 2014!

What does The Lord have for your family at Teach Them Diligently this year?

I truly hope to meet some of you at one of the conventions this year.  Please be sure to let me know if you will be attending, so we can try to say hello!

Teach Them Diligently