Something Special ~ Baby Food Jar Pumpkins Craft

Baby Food Jar Pumpkins

Again,  I browsed around online for pumpkin craft inspiration and came across this post from Stacie. We didn’t have small bottles but we did have baby food jars, so I modified the craft a bit! Here’s our baby food jar pumpkins!

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It was a very simple craft to make, with little mess for momma to deal with.

~ First, have your kids rip up orange construction paper, crumple it up and stuff into the jars.  This is a great fine motor activity for little ones!

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Ladybug was EXTREMELY into the stuffing part!  She loved this!  It kept her busy the entire time while I did the other things with the boys!Pumpkin Craft (4 of 5)

I was engaged with the kids for the rest of the steps, so no photos, but here’s what we did…

~cut jack-o-lantern faces out of black construction paper

~use a green Sharpie to color the jar lids

~twist a green pipe cleaner into a stem {Pac did his own, I did K and L’s}

~use a hot glue gun for it all!

They are now adorable little keepsakes and will certainly be brought out as decorations for years to come!

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Something Special ~ Family Pumpkin Patch Craft

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John 15 5 Family Pumpkin Patch Craft

We created a Family Pumpkin Patch Craft based on John 15:5!


I had each family member do the knuckle painted pumpkins and then I drew the vine and wrote John 15:5 at the top…

I am the vine; you are the branches.

If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit;

apart from me you can do nothing. 


I then wrote our names by our pumpkins {along with the ages of the kids on the back} and laminated it.  I didn’t get any photos of the process since I was controlling paint covered hands ;-).  While each child was waiting, they free-painted pumpkins…


Krash isn’t into free-painting so he lasted all of about 30 seconds ;-).  Ladybug made dot-paint pumpkins ;-) and Pac LOVES free-painting so he stayed for awhile enjoying it all!

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Thanksgiving Toys

Below are some of our favorite Thanksgiving toys, play-sets, toys, and books!  We have had ours for years and get them out every season.  Pac Man is 8 and still LOVES when they come out!  I am currently making a new Preschool Pack {similar to Tot Packs but with more printables to focus on preschool level skills} using photos of our play sets as the main images!

Fisher Price doesn’t sell the Mayflower anymore {at least not on their site}, but I see that Amazon does and if you look in the “new & used” section you will see they have ones cheaper than the main set shown on Amazon.image

We also have the Thanksgiving Celebration play set, which they do carry on Amazon and on the Fisher Price site.image


We have this stuffed turkey and he is featured in our upcoming Thanksgiving Preschool Pack too!turkey


We also have several Thanksgiving books we love, here are a few of our favorites…


I have Thanksgiving ideas linked up here on our Fall Fun webpage and will be adding to it as we do more this year!

Something Special ~ Marble Painted Pumpkin Craft

something special Marble Paint Pumpkin Craft

This week I get full credit for my pumpkin craft idea!  I am sure someone else has done exactly this, but I didn’t use the internet to search, I used my creative {ahem} brain.

I made a simple pumpkin printable {which you can download here} and printed them on white cardstock.  I saved some perfect cardboard box tops and we marble-painted pumpkins!  When I told the boys how we were going to paint, they were both overjoyed!IMG_0017

Look at K’s face as he was beginning his “painting game” as he called it!IMG_0010

We used a paint tray {ours are from Oriental Trading but I have seen them at Michaels and AC Moore} and plastic spoons to help keep my hands clean {I did the transferring for them}IMG_0040


I put a small tape roll to hold the paper in place, the boys loved how the box top looked when we took the first one off!IMG_0051

Each child made 1 large pumpkin and then 4 smaller ones {I had decorating ideas in mind ahead of time!}.IMG_0044


Ladybug made one too, except I really had to help her so no action shots of her!  She kept trying to grab the marble!!!  She giggled and giggled though-loving the process!IMG_0075-2

After they dried, I laminated them all, and then used them as fall decorations!  I made a leaf chain for our living room mirror, and hung the big ones in different places.  One in a window and the other two in our schoolroom!  The kids LOVE seeing their art up as decorations!



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Raising Rock Stars Preschool ~ Letter Zz

Raising Rock Stars Preschool Letter Z

Rock stars This is the main section of our preschool posts-focusing on what we do for our
Raising Rock Stars Preschool Curriculum. I am not sharing photos of each part every week, just what I happen to catch! We do the entire unit even if I don’t show it here in the photos!

Our letter this week ~ Zz, our verse: Zacchaeus, make haste and come down, for today I must stay at your house. Zz

Our new book shelves {picture ledges from Ikea}, now holding our seasonal theme books {top} and RRSP weekly books and word {bottom}IMG_8966

He continues to LOVE coloring his verse!IMG_8964

Cutting out his verse…IMG_9273

Can you tell he is proud of his craft?IMG_9404

The Power Point lessons are located in the Members Only section. You can see a video here showing a PowerPoint lesson. You can learn more about the Members Only section here. The entire printable unit {everything else you see pictured above} is available for FREE on the main RRSP page…

You can download the entire letter Zz unit here.

RRSP Zz lesson plan is also on the same webpage! Zz Lesson Plan Included is our exact plan, with links to everything we used. Page 2 is blank in case you don’t do exactly what we do! You can download the PDF file on the Zz page!

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{A few things that were in his preschool workboxes for the week, not all activities are pictured}

He did one drawing ~ a snow cone, from his Kumon Drawing book this week. He is enjoying this MUCH more and isn’t fighting me at all anymore! He already likes to go back and see his “old” drawings and read his stories!IMG_8970

He made a letter Z with tangramsIMG_9289

Z is for Zoo dot paintIMG_8983

He is REALLY enjoying our ABC Twiggles membership, mostly for the fun stories online. He asks to watch them again and again!IMG_9292

He also enjoys selecting which worksheet he wants me to print, this day he chose a large Z… IMG_9293

Zz’s on a Play Doh mat, this is the first time he did the entire process independently. He was VERY proud of his work! IMG_9284

We did a few fun letter of the week activities. Here he is playing the “Roll a Zebra” game, which he loved!IMG_8980

We are continuing our ABC Crafts, I didn’t get a shot of his adorable zebra.

I picked up this adorable game, Rhyming War, from a bookstore while on vacation a few weeks ago, he LOVED it! First, we laid all of the cards out in rhyming rows and named them all.IMG_9427Then we put them all over the room and I called out a word and the boys took turns finding a word card that rhymed with my word!

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star boxes This is where I share the 3 special open-ended toys that were in our Star Boxes for the week.

Our 3 STAR boxes for the week: Lacing Beads, Counting Bears, Shape Bean Bags {my mom makes them}, BUT Krash spent his week playing mostly with Magneatos {yes again}, and his new transportation floor puzzles. Ladybug sure enjoyed his Star Boxes though!IMG_9015IMG_9007 IMG_9213

game timeOur game this week was Hyper Dash. We simplified the game at first by keeping the targets close and after he really understood the concept, we spread them out and ran around to play! This is a GREAT game for colors, numbers and most importantly-LISTENING SKILLS {which is an area my son needs loads of work in}


See more of our favorite preschool games here.


Something Special Krash really loved our special time each day last week. He enjoyed making a fall tree craft, singing apple songs and playing with bells during music time, working on our art project for our sponsored child, and baking muffins with me {these}.

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Life School This is where I share games, toys, and life experiences that occur outside of our planned preschool time.

Our easel is a big hit and Krash has been drawing more than normal. He will often walk up and add to a creation that has been started. Here he was coloring in mushrooms Pac had added to our fall tree. ~ yes he has a pink and purple belt tied on his head, he is actually “Zoom” from Hot Wheels Battle Force 5-I can thank the grandparents for his new obsession ;-)IMG_9436He added the night sky to this picture Pac had drawn of a jungle ;-).IMG_9017

Our daily reading time is a new favorite for both boys, we rotate the use of the bean bag chair {},bean bag sometimes they even share! bean bagI LOVE walking in on these moments. These are the precious few that are just the icing on the cake of homeschooling!!bean bag

Moms fav Yup, you might have noticed Krash got a major hair cut! This is the shortest his hair has ever been, it was cut at his request. I think he is a cutie either way!!!





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