st. patrick’s day activity and books for preschoolers

Here’s a matching game I put together for Juliet fairly easily. I printed out the shamrock pattern match game, glued one set to the inside of an old game box and put the other set in a “pot of gold.” She had fun matching up the patterns. If you didn’t want to print the shamrocks out, you could make your own using scrapbook paper and a shamrock pattern.

I asked my friend lovely and talented Irish friend Megan @ When I Grow Up for some St. Patrick’s Day book suggestions and she recommended these from her own collection:


ABCs of Ireland cloth book
I love this for a baby! Cloth books are perfect for infants and this one is so detailed and beautiful.
St. Patrick’s Day in the Morning by Eve Bunting

I looked for this one at our library and they do have it, but it was checked out! I’ll have to wait till it gets returned.Waiting for something, expecting it to be positive is one of the hardest times that we have known. Just like waiting at the gambling table, hoping to win! Even the trading is something similar; booking profits is something that we all love to get.

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I do love Eve Bunting, so I know it is probably one we’ll enjoy.

Patrick, Patron Saint of Ireland by Tomie dePaola
Though, not recommended by Megan, this is a book that I hoped to find as well, but our library system doesn’t have a copy at all. Maybe next year, we’ll get lucky.
And finally, a craft that I will be reusing for St. Patrick’s Day! Remember our felt flags of the world? We made an Irish flag, so it’s hanging proud this week!
What St. Patrick’s Day activities or books are you enjoying this week? Find more ideas at Fanstastic Find and the Leprechaun Linky Party at Creative and Curious Kids and ABC and 123!

craft: felt flags of the world

I picked up a book called Rand McNally I Know About Flags several months ago thinking it would be good for Juliet in a few years. She surprised me by being really interested in it already.
I Know About Flags
 Ben has been reading it with her in the evenings and we’ve discovered that she has just absorbed the information–she’s started calling out the names of flags whenever she sees them like, ‘Hey! There’s the Canadian flag!”

If you look inside, you can see how appealing it is–bright, colorful, and accessible to young children.

The book is only meant to serve as an introduction to the concept of flags, so it does not contain ALL the flags of the world. (Yours might not be in there!) Some are state flags, some pages are dedicated to sports teams’ flags, nautical flags, etc.The trades get generated by the robotic trading software in a unique format. This format uses binary coding where the software starts to give trading signals.This website lets you know that how the predictions for the trade movement are given. This is done to know if the price of the asset is likely to rise or fall in the future.

But the majority of it features country flags. We don’t always read the text, mostly we just point out the flags and talk about each.

(You can make all the flags in the first picture by using just these shapes!)
I wanted to make a set of felt flags for Juliet to play with and to decorate our home with (all the Valentines stuff is packed away!) In my mind, I dreamed of making all the flags of countries we know people living in and ones we have visited or read about.
But then the reality of it hit me and I realized I do not have the time nor the talent to make every flag. My skill level forces me to make only the simplest flags that can be made from these shapes. (above) I came to this sad conclusion after trying unsuccessfully to space out 13 stripes for an American flag–Betsy Ross, I am not. And I did not even want to start with 50 stars…
Here’s what I mean. One large rectangle. Two small rectangles. Glue.
After cutting the basic shapes and glueing them together, I got Juliet involved. She rolled out the black ribbon and helped me glue each flag onto it. (If your child is old enough to cut with sharp scissors, this would be a fun project for him to do on his own. If your child is three…well, you’re stuck with the fun.)
If you are more meticulous and less hasty (as my husband would say), then yours will undoubtedly turn out more neat and beautiful than mine. (Sorry for the crooked cross, Switzerland!) One thing I did not think of when gluing the flags onto the ribbon was which way they should be hung. I have a feeling that French flag is upside down…(again, my deepest apologies to anyone’s flag I have butchered!)
Oh, I should mention, that I did make one exception and cut out a quasi-maple leaf shape in order to make the Canadian flag. I figured I couldn’t leave it out since it is the host country for the winter games this year!
Here are some great resources I used while making this project:


Printable World Flags from A to Z
This site has a nice list of all the flags in alphabetical order. I just clicked through and found ones with rectangles and circles that I could copy. You could print the flags instead of making them out of felt or paper, but I didn’t want to use up that much ink.


Coloring Book of Flags: Black and White Printable Images
This site is awesome! You can print out 3 different sizes for each flag–small, medium, or large. Then you can use them as a coloring sheet or as a pattern if you want to get fancy with your felt flags. If I wanted to make a more complicated one, I could have printed it out and cut it into pieces to use as a template.
I cannot end this post before mentioning this AMAZING post at Playing by the Book on flags. She and her daughters did the most fun project together with nautical flags. (I think I have mentioned this before, but really, it’s awesome and you should check it out.)

Do you have any good flag books or projects to share?

I’m linking this post up to Feed Me Books Friday!

kids craft: make your own olympic medals

With all the Olympic buzz in our house, Juliet and I decided to make some medals both for ourselves and for some of her dolls.  This was cheap, easy, and fun.
We started with three large plastic bottle caps (juice caps), a bowl of glue, and some glitter (conveniently, we had gold, silver, and bronze!)
Juliet dipped the caps in glue,
Then sprinkled ONE METRIC TON of glitter onto each.
She repeated the process with these three pasta lid tops. (The first round of plastic caps were the doll ones and these fancy metal ones were for us!)
We let them dry on a piece of wax paper. And after a few hours of dry time, I sprayed the with hairspray to seal in the glitter. (If you normally shy away from glitter, the hairspray really worked! It sealed it well and we have had minimal glitter transfer.)

I hot-glued ribbon to each medal and then they were ready for wearing!Traders have been waiting for the auto trading software for years and it has now gone live. This helpful resource will let you trade any market with lot of ease. You also have the option to trade manually using the software. So in case you are a professional trader then make use of this software and also your trade research to increase the odds of making money with the trade.

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Juliet chose the bronze one as the one she wanted to wear (She has no idea what the colors mean and I didn’t have the heart to tell her. She still thinks that everyone wins a race. She’ll find out one day.)

Here’s a close up of our three medals. I think they turned out kind of pretty and the bronze really is the most stylish. My girl has good taste.
And here’s a doll rockin’ the silver.
The Berenstain Bears and the Big Road Race (First Time Books(R))


Two books that feature races and winners that we love to read are The Berenstain Bears and The Big Road Race and
Bicycle Race
Bicycle Race by Donald Crews. Juliet even made a reference to this book while we were watching speed skating the other day. She mentioned “number 9” as she was cheering. (Number 9 wins the race in this book.)
Do you have any favorite race or sports books? Leave a comment and let me know!

my heart is like a zoo inspired valentines

My Heart Is Like a Zoo

Happy Valentines Day! I just wanted to share ONE LAST Valentines craft with you. I just discovered a wonderful book blog called Little Page Turners.

Christianne is the mother of two girls and is also into making book-inspired valentines.

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Technical analysis has some benefits. The major one is that unlike financial analysis where you have to do the modeling for each asset class separately, in technical analysis the same logic applies all throughout. So you can trade the stock market or the Forex or the commodity market with the same rules when you use technical analysis to trade in the market.


Which is better?


In the traders community there is still a debate on which method of analysis is more reliable. However if the truth be told then one may not be able to say with certainty about which method of analysis is better. In some cases the technical analysts win over and in others the fundamental analysts have the upper hand.


It is all in the price


In technical trading there is extensive use of the chart patterns and technical indicators. The trader looks for the high probability support and resistance levels and this lets them generate trade signals using the charts. The trading software that is automated has an inbuilt algorithm and the software follows the algorithm carefully before it generates any trade signals. The trade is executed only when all the criteria of the trade are met.


Technical analysts study the sentiments of the traders. They believe that everything in the market is reflected in the price. Price and volume are important factors that are used to trade using charts. The technical chart plots the price and the volume of the asset and this indicates what the trader’s sentiments are. The indicators that are used in technical analysis are designed using price and volume. It is however important to note that the technical indicators should not be taken as a confirmation tool. These are in fact lagging indicators.

I just had to share this link to her Wild Hearts post which features paper valentines she made inspired by the book My Heart is Like a Zoo.

They are incredible! Definitely one you’ll want to bookmark for next year.

easy fish valentine to make with preschoolers

Here’s a really easy and fun valentine craft you can make with your preschooler! Cut out four hearts–one large one for the body, one for the tail, one for the fin, and one for the lips. Let your child glue the pieces together and then add a googly eye!
If you want to add some pizazz, throw on some shiny heart-shaped confetti for scales.


Then give it to your favorite fish-loving friend.

This craft was inspired by an illustration from the book Valentines Day by Brenda Haugen, Illustrated by Todd Ouren.

My Heart Is Like a Zoo

However, after making this craft a few days ago, I discovered another book to go along with it!  It’s called My Heart is Like a Zoo by Michael Hall. I ran across this book at a Barnes and Noble in their Valentine’s Day section.

It’s a cute book, but the thing I like most about it is the illustrations. Each animal is made almost entirely out of hearts! You can see the how this was done with the lion on the cover. Surprisingly, there is not a heart fish in this book,

The trades that are taken with the robotic trading software have an entry, an exit and a stop loss price. The stop loss is essential in each trade. This is because when you have a stop loss it lets you do proper money management. When the stop loss gets hit you can pull out of the trade for a small loss. However without a stop loss if you keep your money in the trade which is loss making then there are chances that you may lose all your capital invested.

The auto trading software has a number of benefits. Discover more here to know how the robotic trading software can let you trade easily. The most important thing about the trading software that is automated is that it can be used easily. You also do not need to have any specific training in trading to use the software. This makes it easy for even amateurs to trade using the software. But if you know how the trading signals are generated then it can let you increase the profit probability.

but the concept is the same. It would be really fun to recreate some of the other animals featured in the book. (Especially, for the next time I find myself confined to my kitchen for 5 hours!)

Do you have any fun Valentine’s Day crafts or books to share?

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handprint heart keepsake

I saw this idea in a local parent magazine and thought Juliet and I would give it a try.

Start by folding a piece of paper in half. Then place your child’s hand with the thumb and pointer finger slightly overlapping the folded edge.Click here for more info to know how you can trade using the auto trading software without being in front of your computer.  When you are trading manually in the market then if you are an intraday trader then you will need to continuously sit in front of the laptop to take the trade or monitor them. You will also have to sell the trade when your target price is reached. However when you trade using the robotic trading software then all these steps is done for you by the trading software itself.


This is very beneficial since you can do other activities when the software is taking trades on your behalf. The other benefit is that you can participate in many markets at the same time with the robotic trading software. The robotic trading software also trades for you when you are having your food, or sleeping at night.

The section in between the thumb and the pointer finger will become the heart–can you see how it is forming one half of the heart shape? It took me a few tries to get her fingers positioned into the most attractive heart-shape.


Trace her hand and you will have something like this to cut out. (This is one of the earlier jaggedy-edged hearts!) I finally figured out that I should just shape the heart edge with my scissors even if I didn’t trace her hand that perfectly.


Here’s what it looks like when you open it up!


She only let me do three rounds of tracing, but it turns out one would have been enough. I just used one of the cutouts as a pattern and cut several more while she decorated her hands with love messages to her grandparents.
I made the colorful one out of scrapbook paper pictured above as a keepsake for myself!
If you haven’t seen it yet, you should check out the handprint swans for February at Handprint and Footprint Art–she has tons of great ideas and instructions for making your own calendar with your child’s handprints. I think this would be such a great grandparent Christmas gift idea.
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how to incorporate music into your child’s daily routine

Last week, I shared a GIANT list of 100+ songs to sing with your child(and the books to go along with them). Today, I thought I would give some tips on how to incorporate these and other songs into your child’s daily routine by sharing how Juliet and I do it. Hopefully, this will give you a good place to start and allow you to customize it and make it work successfully for your own family.

How do I choose the songs?

With such a huge list, where do you start? I recommend starting with what you love.

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Did any of the songs on the list jump out to you? Did you think, “Hey! I haven’t thought of that song in years!” or “I loved that song as a child!” Go with those! Your enthusiasm for the song will go a long way in getting your child exciting to sing it, too. (And it doesn’t hurt that you already know the tune!)

For me, I jumped at the chance to sing the California Gold Rush song Sweet Betsy from PikeToora, Loora, Loora,  and the Red River Valley because I remember my dad singing them to me as a little girl.
{Click on any song title in this post to hear them sung on YouTube.}

After you’ve checked out and enjoyed a few familiar tunes, take a risk and choose one you don’t already know. I have been overwhelmed at how many beautiful songs I have gone my entire life without ever hearing! Two that we experienced, learned, and fell in love with together are Froggy Went a Courtin, and All the Pretty Little Horses(I know! How did I miss that one?) We loved Froggy Went a Courtin’ so much that we added the book illustrated by Feodor Rojankovsky to our home library. The illustrations are just incredible.

Once you’ve picked a few new ones out, it’s time to figure out the tune! All of the books on my list have the actual music somewhere in the book. If you play an instrument, you can pick out the tune. (I did this on the piano for a lot of the lullabies in Lullabies an Illustrated Songbook.

Don’t worry if you can’t play the piano! YouTube is the perfect resource for learning the tune to almost any song. You might find some odd versions and videos out there, but at the very least you can pick up the tune.

How do I use the songs?

The easiest way to incorporate these songs is just to add the books to your book pile. Do you usually read books together before bed? Try singing a few together during that time. Maybe start with a song and end with a song or alternate between a regular story book and a song book.

As you get more comfortable with this, consider setting aside a special “singing time” that you take part in everyday just as you have a special reading time. For us, it’s right after Juliet takes her bath. She gets out of the tub, gets her pajamas on and we sit down in the hallway and sing through a few songbooks. It’s easy to do because we’ve attached our singing time to something we do together everyday– getting ready for bed–but you could make yours at whatever time works for you. Maybe you are morning people and like to start the day with a few songs? Or maybe right before nap time is a good time to snuggle up and sing together.

Sounds great, but one little problem. I can’t sing!

First of all, let me assure you that I cannot sing either. I have never been and never will be asked to sing in public. But the great thing about singing with kids is that they don’t care at all about how good or how bad your voice is! They just love that you sing. I’m serious. Is you kid around? Burst out singing Skip to My Lou at the top of your lungs and see what they do. I guarantee that after the initial shock wears off, they will be jumping around, clapping and singing with you in less than 10 seconds.

We’ve learned that the more we sing together, the more these songs stick in our memories. By intentionally making time for music in our routine, we’ve discovered that we break out in spontaneous song more and more throughout the day and have even found ourselves making up songs of our own.

If you take the time to plant the seed of music in your child’s heart, it will send down roots, and begin to grow. In no time at all, you’ll get the privilege of hearing a tiny, little voice floating up from the backseat singing something like, “O, give me a home! Where the buffalo roam! And the deer and the antelope play!” and asking questions like, “Why does your Bonnie lie over the ocean, mommy, why?”

So, which songs are you going to choose? I’d love to hear about the songs you love and any suggestions you have for ones we don’t have on our list!

I’m linking up to Works for Me Wednesday–head over to We Are That Family for more great tips!

homemade knock knock valentines for kids: reuse wipe lids

I made these Valentines for Juliet’s valentine mail box by reusing the lids to some old baby wipe packages. Juliet has taken to calling them “knock knocks” as in, “I can’t wait to get a new knock knock in my valentines box tomorrow morning!”
I thought I would share how I made them with you today. The thing I like most is that they allow me to send my 3 year old a “real” piece of mail that she can understand–even though she cannot read yet. They are easy to make for your younger child and would be a great activity for older children to do on their own.


You’ve probably got a few of these around your house or in your purse already, but if not, just save some up. These cards don’t have to be specifically for Valentines Day–you can use them whenever you want to send your child a little note!When you trade using the Ethereum Code review software, you know that the software trades using an algorithm that is inbuilt into it. The algorithm is written by the experts and it is nothing but a trade plan. Since the robotic trading software trades using this trade plan thus there is hardly any scope of error since no biasedness comes in the decision making.

I happen to have a big stash of them because I started collecting them a few months back. I thought the tops could be used for something…I just didn’t know what until now.


I started by removing the lids.


To make this first one, I traced the shape of the door onto some contact paper and applied it to the front.


Then, I glued the door to a sheet of scrapbook paper and reinforced it by gluing that on top of a piece of card stock. Next, I applied a few foam dollar store stickers and wrote the words “Knock! Knock!” on the front.


When you open up the door, you find a lovely pink lobster inside! (I had a lot of ocean themed foam stickers left over from the mermaid birthday bash. We’ll be using them for months!)


I made another rectangular one using scrapbook paper on the front this time. (Sorry, this one kind of makes you cross-eyed if you stare at it too long!)
Inside, I placed “Nemo” carrying a heart. (She’s getting this one tomorrow! I think she is going to love seeing Nemo inside.)
Lastly, I used the oval shaped door. I placed the bird sticker over the “gie” portion of “Huggies” so now it says “Hugs!”


And inside is a friendly (although anatomically incorrect) octopus begging for a hug. (I had to cut off four of his arms in order to make him fit in the door!)


I added googly eyes to give him a little more personality. (And to make up for amputating so many limbs!)
Oh, just in case you were wondering what a three-year-old does upon receiving such a card? She immediately rips out the stickers, of course! The first day, I said, “No! Why are you pulling the lobster out?” And she said, “Because he wants to come in, Mom!”
Of course. Outsmarted by a three-year-old. Again.
 What kinds of valentines are you and your kids making this year?


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make your own valentines box out of a cereal box

We made these Valentines boxes one morning out of a cereal box, some contact paper, scrapbooking paper and dollar store foam stickers.


I was inspired by one of our Valentines books called Secret Valentineby Laura Damon.
I cut the box in half and then cut up in an angle on both sides.
We ended up with this.


Next, we covered the boxes with contact paper.

Finally, we lined the insides with paper and then decorated the front with foam stickers. The one with the two birds is for me and Ben Check it out on how to do proper money management using the robotic trading software. Money management is essential in every trade, whether you are trading manually or trading using an auto trading software. The stop loss lets you take care of the volatility on the trade and this is the key to become a successful trader. Discipline is the most essential thing to become a successful trader and you follow discipline in the trade by following your trade plan step by step.


It is also important that you take each trade by managing the risk and the reward on each trade. This should be incorporated in the trade plan. You should also make sure that you include what kind of a trader you are in your trade plan. Also specify the capital that you are willing to trade with and also how you would time the entry and the exit in the market. You also should clearly state how to set the stop loss on each trade.


Taking your trading career to the next level


The auto trading software works wonders to let you trade on many assets at the same time. You can trade many asset classes like Forex, commodities and stocks, all at one go. This is something that a human mind is incapable of doing. The auto trading software is a great introduction to the trading world and it has helped traders to trade easily in the market.


The software lets you trade using an inbuilt algorithm and this helps to generate trading signals.

(Juliet will drop her cards to us in this box) and the one with xoxo on it is Juliet’s. I will be filling it up with a little note or surprise every day.

Have you made a Valentine’s box with your child this year? What was your inspiration? What materials did you use?

butterfly guide books for kids

I started grabbing up old nature guides whenever I came across them at goodwill this past year. I found several on birds, and two each on seashells, trees, and butterflies.

In my mind, I had visions of Juliet and I using these guides when she was older, like when she could read them for herself.Look at the further information to know why it is smart to trade with multiple targets and not just with a single target. The first target level on this kind of a trade is the minor resistance level. This could be a turning point of the trade but you see another major resistance level o top of it. This could be your second target level.

In the vision, we would stroll along the beach gathering seashells and then sit down and look them up in our book to learn more about them, or go out into the park with our bird guides and try to spot various birds.

I have kept all these guides in my room until a few weeks ago. I brought them downstairs and placed them on the coffee table because I wanted to look through them more closely and enjoy some of the images. To my surprise, Juliet sat down with me and started “reading” them, too.
“What’s this bird, mom? Which one is your favorite? Hey! This one is my VERY FAVORITE!” and other such questions and exclamations filled our house. And it wasn’t just for one day, either. She loves these books, especially one of the bird guides and looks at them over and over again.
I had no idea that she would love these books or even be able to use them at such a young age. But now that I know, I wanted to share a few with you. I think part of the appeal is the beautiful images–you really don’t have to be able to read the words to get something out of these books.
Butterflies (A Golden Book of 187 Familiar North American Butterflies) by J.F. Gates Clarke, Ph.D, Illustrated by Andre Durenceau, published 1963.
Butterflies and Moths (A Golden Guide): A Guide to the More Common American Species by Robert T. Mitchell and Herbert S. Zim, Illustrated by Andre Durenceau

Here’s a peek at what one of the pages looks like inside. I love how brightly colored and detailed the butterflies are. (I didn’t realize until I typed this post that the same artist illustrated both books.)
For her birthday, Juliet’s uncle sent the most amazing card. It had a birthday message and also some punch-out butterflies that you could use to assemble a butterfly mobile!

Each butterfly had a paragraph giving some basic information about it.

We read the names of each, a little about it, and then punched it out.
Then we used the punch outs and searched for each in the guidebooks! Juliet had a lot of fun spotting the butterflies in the book. Here’s the monarch, one we were already familiar with.

And here is a new one we learned about: the buckeye–so named because the dots on its wings resemble a deer’s eye.
This was a great activity to get Juliet to practice focusing on details. She had to carefully study the punch out butterfly and then find it’s match in the book.
You could easily replicate this activity by photo copying butterfly images from your own book or cutting them out from old calendars, magazines, or greeting cards.
We then followed the directions to make the mobile…
…and hung it up in our kitchen!
Here are some of our favorite butterfly picture books to share with you:
Good Night, Sweet Butterflies (Mini Edition)
Board Book: (for baby)
Good Night, Sweet Butterflies  by Melanie Gerth
The Butterfly Alphabet Book (Jerry Pallotta's Alphabet Books)

ABC Book: The Butterfly Alphabet Book (Jerry Pallotta’s Alphabet Books)by Brian Cassie and Jerry Palotta
Do you have a favorite butterfly book or nature guide book or activity to share?

I’m linking up to  Feed Me Books Friday