Costume Kids Coloring

We have a brand new set of Costume Kids Coloring printables for you! Many children will be planning their dress up outfits this month, so I thought kids in costumes would make a fun coloring set!

Costume Kids Coloring Pages

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!

If you want to make a mini coloring book, you can scale down PDF files.

Here’s a peek at the different dressed up children in this free printable set!

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Download the Costume Kids coloring printables and more here!

Look for this graphic and click to download!

Costume Kids Coloring Pages

If you have any problems downloading or printing these or other PDF files, see troubleshooting tips here.

Some Fabulous Companies ~ September 2015

Homeschool Blog Sponsors Sept 2015

We are so thankful for our blog sponsors and want to share them with you each month!  Read below to see what reviews & giveaways we have coming soon, and about any special discounts our sponsors are offering right now.

Educents has incredible deals for homeschoolers!   I even set up an Educents shop and am working on adding more products! You can see my Educents Shop here! We have another fun giveaway planned for you, stay tuned!



We love Home Art Studio! We are working through the 1st Grade DVD with Ladybug right now, our latest project is here along with a giveaway!

Home Art Studio Giveaway 3 DVDs Winner Choice ends 10.5.15


Spielgaben is a long time blog sponsor and we are still enjoying our Spielgaben set!  Our monthly posts share what we have been up to with our set, we’ve been loving our set this year for 1st grade math!

Here’s our recent post sharing the fun we have had this past month with Spielgaben.



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I have loved Rainbow Resource for many years!  I am honored to have them as a blog sponsor and I’m excited about our upcoming review and giveaway!



Barker Creek  publishes the Sticker USA book we are using for our USA geography this year.  They also carry tons of fun school, office and homeschool supplies!

Be sure to check out Barker Creek’s Teacher’s Pay Teachers site, they will be running a sale this Friday-Sunday!



Betty Lukens is back with us as a sponsor and we have a fun review and giveaway coming next month!  Be sure to check out their educational magnets, felt play sets, and Bible felt sets. One of our very favorite educational felt sets is this ABC set!



We love Friends and Heroes and are happy to have them back as a sponsor! We  own the entire DVD series {bought the rest after we were given the 1st for review}.  I highly recommend these, my kids love them!

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Playful Learning with Spielgaben ~ 1st Grade Homeschool Fun

Playful Learning with Spielgaben is our monthly post sharing Spielgaben in action!  If you missed the introduction to this series, you can see it here. We were given the Spielgaben set to review and are honored to have them as a blog sponsor.

Playful Learning with Spielgaben September 2015

Lessons We Enjoyed

Speilgaben is a wonderful addition to our 1st grade math curriculum.  For now, I am choosing lessons based on her needs.  She has mastered many 1st grade level skills so I knew she didn’t need a full 1st grade curriculum.  Spielgaben is a great fit for her right now!

Each week I choose lessons or worksheets for her and write them into our lesson plans.  Yes, this takes a bit more time than following a pre-written math curriculum, but I want her working on what she needs and will enjoy. I wouldn’t have been as confident in doing this years ago, but now I am after homeschooling 2 other kids at this grade level!

We finished up our work with 3 Dimensional shapes using Worksheet Set 2, Level 3, Activity 5 – Cut in Half {in case you own Spielgaben and are looking for these specific worksheets, I label them like this so you can easily find them}.

This activity was tricky and involved imagining the shape cut in half.   and checking what it would look like on the inside.

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 Worksheet Set 3, Level 3, Activity 1 – How Many Cubes  involved focusing on how many blocks were shown on a particular view.

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Worksheet Set 3, Level 3, Activity 3 – Stacking Play involved rebuilding figures with cubes and counting how many blocks were used.  Before building each one, she guessed by only looking at the worksheet {2D image}.  Then she built it and checked her guess.

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We are still enjoying our unit study about frogs, so of course we had to build a frog!  The Spielgaben Nature Guide {shown below on my iPad} had an adorable frog with tadpoles for her to recreate.  I showed her the picture and she gathered the needed pieces and put them in that big blue bowl.  Then she built the scene herself.

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See more math fun we have had with Spielgaben!

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I can’t say enough about the new storage system, it is AWESOME!


Spielgaben offers a special discount to my readers, just send an email to [email protected] mentioning 1+1+1=1 and you will be provided with a discount coupon!

Acorn Friends ~ Fall Craft for Kids

Acorn Friends Craft for Kids

One morning last week I was out running errands for hours.  I came home expecting to find my husband studying in his office {he is in grad school full time right now}, but instead found these adorable acorn friends on my dining room table!

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I looked down and saw this huge bucket filed with acorns from our yard and just smiled.  What a great Daddy!

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He showed me how they were making them, using a skewer to poke holes for the legs and arms, and a stand to make them prop up.

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Pipe cleaners, Sharpies and googly eyes…

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One VERY happy daughter hard at work on her next acorn friend.

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I admired the collection and noticed they had made a few minions. How cute!

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They continued on for awhile and now we have an awesome collection of little fall craft friends to play with and set out during the fall season!

Have acorns? Make your own Acorn Friends!

  1. send your kids out to gather acorns, this is loads of fun by itself!
  2. poke holes in the acorn where you want holes, use something sharp like a skewer {adult job}
  3. cut pipe cleaners for arms, legs, and a stand
  4. carefully push pipe cleaners into tiny holes {my daughter was able to do this}
  5. color acorn with Sharpies as desired, add eyes and whatever else you desire
  6. Admire the cuteness!

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Tot School Gathering Place Week 142

Welcome to Tot School™ Gathering Place! 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!

Each week we will feature photo{s} and ideas from blogs who link up. Remember, provide a link back to Tot School Gathering Place within your post that you link up, so you can be considered for the feature!


Happy fall! Fall is officially upon us and with it thoughts of apples, pumpkins, cool crisp days, and maybe a little leaf playing with our Tots!! Whatever activities you have planned for this fall we’d love it if you would share them with us at the Gathering Place! Be sure to link up and let us know what you are up to!

Grandmama Deb from Living Montessori Now and GrandTot Zoe are diving into fall with a beautiful fall sensory bin. Check out how she made the sensory bin and incorporated it into Tot Zoe’s Montessori learning!

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Mama Tara from The Magnolia Barn was thrilled with how this past weeks Tot School went! Check out the many activities she and Tots Summer and Kaitlyn enjoyed while studying the letter A!

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Are you looking for a “cool” art project with a little bit of science thrown in? Check out the art project that Mama Swapna from The Practical Mom enjoyed with her Tot this past week. Your Tot may enjoy it as well!

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Were you featured? You are welcome to a button but you certainly don’t have to use it! Totally optional! Tot School Feature

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Do you have your FREE

Where to Begin with Tot School eBook?


See the Tot School webpage here!

Follow {1plus1plus1} Carisa’s board Tot School Ideas on Pinterest.

We have loads of free ABC printables, here’s just a few!  Find them all here!

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 Are you NEW or have never been featured? Read this! Basics: write a specific post about what you did with your tot, link up the permalink from your post, link back to Tot School within that post, put your tot’s age in months in ( ) like this: (43 months).