back to school pencil magnets

So, we’re still on our popsicle stick kick. Here’s what inspired us.

A great way of learning numbers as well as reading is by having a counting book. Learning math can go anywhere if you just carry one such counting book with yourself where ever you go. You can have counting books that illustrate area of a field which means that these books start off with a single picture which will count as one and in the next page they will add another picture that matches the previous one which will count as 2 and in the third page another picture and so on. This help the kids in future if they want to trade and learn Via Top 10 Binary Demo

Another type of book to learn counting which is useful for different age group of kids is having a book which has 2 levels of math in a single page. There is simple counting of animals and addition of numbers whose result will show the number of animals.

There is a counting book which has a person who travels around the world collects souvenirs. Now counting this souvenir will help in learning numbers, and also about the country’s culture and values because each souvenir has printed on it that particular country’s information. This is a perfect combination for small and big kids.

Another great book for toddlers is a book that has counting animals which involve different types of noises they make, since kids will love to make the same noises and learning becomes fun.

Having accounting book which has rhyming sentences written in the form of a story which illustrates about a shop and the number of people who visit it keeps increasing. First only one person arrives in the first page then in the second page one person more is included and so on. It not only helps in accounting but also has a hidden message which says there is always room for everyone.

pencil book
One Some Many by Martha Jocelyn and Tom Slaughter is a gorgeous counting book.
One Some Many
Slaughter is an acclaimed artist whose works are in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art. I love the bright colors–so inspiring. In fact, Juliet started making pencils and ended up painting a picture of a flower and a bee from another page in this book.
We turned them into magnets. (Just like the ones from yesterday.)
pencil and cricket
We’ve been reading a bunch of “back to school books”. This is an illustration from A Pocketful of Cricket by Rebecca Caudill (illustrated by Evaline Ness).
A Pocketful of Cricket
The Rattlesnake Who Went to School
The Rattlesnake Who Went to School is another fun one for back-to-school.

Do you have any favorites to recommend?

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back to school craft: “I love you” sticks

I saw a picture of some painted popsicle stick magnets on flickr (via the crafty crow) and have been wanting to make them for awhile. Juliet and I finally got around to working on them this past week.

There are a lot of things that you can recycle and make something useful from them either decorative item or something that you can use to store similar to this robot about which we got information straight from the source. Popsicle sticks are one such recyclable thing. One of the things that you can do using this popsicle sticks are

  • Make A Geometric Shelf: This is a hexagon shape shelf and to make this you will require
  1. Popsicle sticks, 100 in number
  2. Any type of glue but tacky glue is most preferred
  3. Paint brush
  4. Wax stain
  5. Photo hanger which is optional
  6. A template to make hexagon shape shelf.

Start off by adding a drop of glue to both the ends of the sticks and lay them on the alternate lines of the template. Lay 3 more sticks on the glued ends of the sticks. Continue layering and gluing until your hexagon shelf is so deep that you can place whatever you want in it. Once the glue is dried using a brush apply the stain making sure you even cover the gaps in between. Once this is dried glue a picture hanger so that you can hang it and your hexagon shelf is ready.

craft time popsicle sticks

We had a lot of fun painting designs–there was no real rhyme or reason to it.
A little magnetic strip on the back (the kinds with a sticky backing) turned them into fridge art.
magnets on fridge
They ended up being really fun to play with–Juliet has enjoyed making them into shapes and patterns.
I love you sticks
I had a few extra and I thought it would be fun to write some messages on them. I envisioned dropping them into Juliet’s lunchbox once school starts up again. (You know, instead of writing a note on a napkin, write it on a popsicle stick!) I also wrote a few to send to our sponsored kids.
I love you sticks
I love the idea of her slowly growing a collection of these “I love you sticks” and keeping them in a stash in her room somewhere. Hopefully, they’ll encourage her on the days when she needs an uplifting word or two.
They are the perfect size and they feel substantial in your hand. I like that it’s something tangible that she can hold onto and feel my love for her even when we are apart. (Kind of like the mommy doll we made last year, but it fits in her pocket a bit more easily.)

I’m telling you, popsicle sticks are really fun! They might be my new favorite craft staple. Do you have any fun popsicle stick projects that you love?

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book/activity boxes for your child’s library

I came across this post about Montessori-style library baskets at The Sleepytime Gal the other day and have been inspired to declutter and rearrange our own library space.

There are a lot of ways to arrange the bookshelf which depends on how many books you have, just like you have lot of trading software which you can discover more here. If you have too many books it is always better that you have a separate room for this and make it like a library with shelves where you can arrange your books according to your will. You can use this option in case you are home schooling your kids which will need a lot of space that too if you have more than 1 kids.

If you are a bookworm and have been collecting books from a very long time you would have figured out a way to keep the books well arranged. When we consider arranging books one must be oh so well organised person and must enjoy to elaborate the home library or school library. There are few tips which you can follow to organise your home library or school library.

  • if you are running a day-care as well as a school you need not worry much about the books used for toddlers. It is always better to keep toddler and baby books at the lowermost shelf so that they can reach them and choose what they want. You can also use baskets to keep books instead of shelf.
  • It is always better not to label the books because nowadays all books come with labelled covers. Not labelling will come in handy when you are willing to resell or donate them because they will be in excellent condition. Apart from this it is important that you teach the kids how to handle the books so that they are not torn and well maintained.

We have the very same Ikea Expedit bookshelf, the same baskets, and many of the same books and toys. Yet ours is nowhere nearly as functional because it is more of a “place to keep things” rather than a place to learn things.

Nicole has chosen to organize interesting books and toys in a way that is appealing to her children and in a way that lets them discover them on their own.

I love taking a peek into her baskets–she has several–and seeing which books she has inside. I’ve already added several to my library list.

So, I am resolved to tackle our bookcase and toy baskets very soon. I’ll try to take some before and after pictures to show you.

How do you encourage learning and discovery in your home?

cupcake liner volcanoes!

Juliet’s been asking to do the old baking soda/vinegar volcano trick lately, so we finally went outside and gave it a go. (The first time we tried it in the kitchen and yeah, that was messy!)

All the kids are very amused with this very old experiment of using baking soda and vinegar for creating volcano eruption. This experiment takes about 3 minutes to prepare and so does registering for this software, you can learn even more here. It makes Use of 6 ingredients which are commonly available in every household and it does not create any mess as well.

The Ingredients You Will Require Are

  1. Plastic cup. You can use water bottle, Sippy cups as well.
  2. Water
  3. Minimum 3-4 tablespoon of baking soda. Use more tablespoon of baking soda to make it more foamy.
  4. One tablespoon of dishwashing soap
  5. 1/2 oz to 2 oz of washable paint of your desired colour
  6. One cup of vinegar to start the eruption.

Choose a location that has sand, dirt or gravel. For the base ingredients put some water inside the plastic cup. Fill it about three fourth then the baking soda, dishwashing soap and paint. Mix all these base ingredients together and make a small mountain inside which you can place this plastic cup. Just give a good stir before adding the last ingredient and then it’s time for eruption. Pour in the vinegar until it starts foaming over which will start pouring out and seem like lava erupting out of the rocks.

I dug up some old toiletry caps, let her fill them with baking soda and then we covered them with cupcake liners. (Why not, right?)

It leant the caps more of a “volcano-ish” feel, so we went for it. Ripping small holes in the tops allowed space for the vinegar to go in and the lava to come out.

The effect was quite dramatic–baking soda and vinegar never disappoint! The nice thing about the caps is that they contained the baking soda nicely and allowed Juliet to continue pouring more and more vinegar to bring on more and more lava.

The fun would probably still be going on if we hadn’t run out of vinegar.

An unexpected piece of fun for Juliet was the varying sizes of the caps–this gave her a small, medium, and large volcano which she enjoyed comparing to one another. As in, “Okay, now it’s the small’s turn! Wow–that’s good. Okay, now it’s the largest one’s turn! Woo-hoo!”

Good cheap fun on a hot summer day. 🙂

This project was inspired by the “Earth” book we got in a chik-fil-a kids meal. Now we are looking for these:
Time For Kids: Volcanoes!
Time For Kids: Volcanoes!
The Best Book of Volcanoes
The Best Book of Volcanoes
Volcanoes (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2)
Volcanoes (Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2)

Any volcano favorites to share with us?

mother’s day crafts for kids: button blossoms

Moms love jewelry (or at least this mom does), so I was trying to come up with some sort of craft Juliet could do with me to make something pretty to wear for Mother’s Day. This is what I came up with, and after working on it with my 4 year old, I’d have to say that it is probably better for an older child–i.e. one who can use scissors. Having said that, we did have a lot of fun even if I had to do most of the crafting. She was a good button finder and paper crumpler.There is also a software which offers Crypto trading robot known as the crypto code which is created by Dr Derrick Simmons. This software makes use of algorithmic trading which is used for cryptocurrencies which will help you in growing your profits. At present there are several cryptocurrency trading robots being offered. They are available in both free software as well as very expensive subscription required software which are mainly used by professionals who do crypto day trading.

You need to find some of these buttons with the one hole on the back (not sure what they are called.) We just looked through our button stash and found some. This part is perfect for a four year old as looking through the button box is an activity in its own right.

Next, I cut out some flower shapes from some scrapbook paper. Juliet matched up which button would go with which flower.

I cut a slit in the middle and asked Juliet to place the button in it. This proved too difficult for her tiny fingers. But maybe a 5 or 6 year old could do it.

Next, cut slits around the petals–just define about 5 or 6 petals. The kitty was very interested in this part.

After cutting the slits, Juliet bent and crumpled the petals so they curled up.

Lastly, I threaded some ribbon through the hole and we had bracelets and necklaces. Juliet asked if she could wear one–so, I may not be getting any for Mother’s day….

I found that a few of the buttons could accommodate a bobby pin, so we made a few hairpins, too. I wanted to take a picture of a bracelet, but couldn’t tie one on with one hand. Juliet hasn’t learned how to tie yet, and the cat, well, she was all paws.

So, sorry. But they do look cute around the wrist as well. 🙂

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thumbprint easter eggs: kids craft

We were looking for a fun “egg” craft to do that didn’t involve actual eggs…so we came up with this. I just cut out a basket from some scrapbook paper and opened up some paint.

There is a method in cryptology where messages are encrypted using a code. Encrypting messages means words or phrases which are converted into something else. Let’s take an example to understand this. Suppose you have a word “hello” it will be transformed into “CDHK” or “Greeting lounge”. If you want to encrypt or decrypt a word or a phrase, you need to have a codebook to do so.

Cipher is a term involved with cryptography. It is an algorithm for performing encryption and decryption process. It is a sequentially well-defined step which is followed by a procedure to encrypt and decrypt. There is another very less common term used instead of the cipher which is ‘encipherment’.

Individual letters or small group of letters are encrypted by the ciphers. There are also some modern ciphers which have the capability to even encrypt individual bits of the message. The message you want to encrypt or decrypt is first transformed by a code and then later by the cypher. Cryptanalysis is made difficult by such multiple encryptions which are also known as superencryption.

The difference between the codes and ciphers is that in coding letters or group of words are directly represented without the use of mathematical formulas whereas when it comes to cipher, a letter of a group of letters are encrypted and decrypted using a mathematical formula. When it comes to coding it has the variety of drawbacks such as we need to manage a big cumbersome codebook. Another disadvantage is that susceptibility to cryptanalysis. Since cipher is a less complex way to encrypt and decrypt they have become more dominant technique is used in modern cryptography. Crypto code is a software used to trade Bitcoins.

The codes are not susceptible to the mathematical analysis of each element in the codebook because of this the codes are very representational. Suppose you have a set of the message which says 16 28 34. It can be divided into each number like 16 and then ranking them alphabetically, but in the codebook cryptanalysis, it says that the individual code element’s comparative frequency must match the same frequency of letters. The matching must take place within the plaintext message using frequency analysis.

egg basket
It was fun to fill our baskets with eggs! I think these would be cute as cards for the grandparents or even as little keepsakes. I think I might get out the alphabet stamps and personalize Juliet’s basket. And unlike Pottery Barn, it will not cost me $6 to do so.

What egg activities/crafts are you doing?

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spring kids craft: tissue paper tulips

After making our daffodils, Juliet and I were inspired by the tulips growing in our garden.

When big banks were accused by Occupy Wall Street of using clients, borrows money, rigging the system and charging people astonishing amount of fees in the year 2008, this is when Bitcoins came into existence. The people who created Bitcoins wanted to give complete charge to the sellers. They Didn’t want any middle man in between the deals or any interest fees and make all the transactions completely transparent to the customers and that is why they created Bitcoins. This was created in order to stop the corruption and cut the unnecessary fees.

The makers of Bitcoins created a decentralized system where one could control the funds, and know what is going on with their money at all times. The Bitcoins were created not so long ago and have come a long way. One of the largest jewellery chain in U.S. known as Reeds Jewellers as well as some private hospitals in Warsaw, Poland, are making use of this currency by accepting them. Some of the big companies like Expedia, PayPal, Dell Microsoft companies are also doing so. The Bitcoin has its own application programming interface, index and exchange rate. There is a bitcoin magazine that publishes news related to Bitcoins, websites promote it and the forums discuss cryptocurrency and the coins are traded. The bitcoin code is used to trade bitcoins. In its simplest form Bitcoin can be described as a virtual currency or reference to the technology. The transactions and readings can be carried out by wiring, check or cash.

what you need
The key ingredient was a piece of a styrofoam egg carton–it was the perfect thing to give our tulip its shape. I cut out some rounded red petals from tissue paper, and we used our trusty mod podge. (Love that stuff.)
We just put some mod podge on the cup and placed petals all around it. Easy for adults and kids.
I just kept layering the petals till I was satisfied with the look.
Next I tackled the inside. Same thing–just pasted and layered till it looked right.
Here’s an inside shot.
After the flowers were dry, we punched a pipe cleaner through the middle. ( I used a black and a green one to make the stem and stamen? (Is that what it’s called?)
To finish, I twisted it underneath to secure.
Cheery and fun!

Anyone know of any good tulip books? I don’t have one right now….but I’m on the hunt!

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kids spring craft: tissue paper daffodils

side view
Spring has been here for a few weeks and we’ve been on a flower kick. Our garden is is full bloom and what we see outside is definitely inspiring our craft time inside.
a host of golden daffodils
I mean, how can you resist these beauties? I want to keep them all year long, so we decided to try our hand at making a few.
what you need
Here’s what you need: pipe cleaners, a circle of clear contact paper, tissue paper petals, and some ribbon or paper to make the center of the daffodil.
contact paper
Start by punching the pipe cleaner through the center of the circle (sticky side up) and then back down again. Twist the pipe cleaner under the circle to secure it. Then peel the protective paper off. You will stick the petals to this part. (I did this part as prep and let Juliet continue from the next step on her own.)
Kids can easily hold the stem and place the petals around the circle. We learned through our own observation and from Bright Yellow Flower  that daffodils have six petals.
However, Juliet decided they would look better with a few more, so you’ll see that ours are not scientifically correct. (I’m okay with that–it is art, after all!)
For the trumpet (middle part), I found this gold lamay trim on the clearance rack at Walmart. It was $1.50 and there was only one roll left. But it was perfect, I thought. If you don’t have something like this, you could always just make it out of regular ribbon or construction paper. You just need a tube that will stand up straight in the middle of the flower.
Gluing on the trumpets was the final touch.
a host
Once they dried, we placed them a vase to enjoy.
They are quite cheerful, don’t you think?

Doing something different from your routine could give you such a joy that you can experience from nothing else. It was the same when I started using the Bitcoin code system for the trading option. I have always believed in trading manually and with a robot by your side it gets a lot easier.

We found this book Bright Yellow Flower by Judith Hoffman Corwin to teach us more about daffodils. It’s a good spring-time read.


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st. patrick’s day bouquet: kids craft

We had some extra green cupcake liners after making the garland, so we decided to make a bouquet for our March centerpiece.
what you need
We raided the button box for green buttons (we only found 8), sent Ben to Walmart for some green pipe cleaners (we only had black), and got to work.
through the center
We punched the pipe cleaner through the center. (Somewhat related aside: When I worked for the textbook company, we had to call these “chenille stems”, but I prefer the old school “pipe cleaner”. Hope you don’t mind.)
punch it
Juliet placed the button on and then I bent it and brought it back through another button hole (that part proved a bit too difficult for her 4 year old fingers.)
It ended up looking like this–I twisted the pipe cleaner underneath the button to make it secure.
green bouquet
I have to say, it looks quite cheerful! I think I’ll be keeping it around long after St. Patrick’s day.

Bottle caps better watch out–I think cupcake liners might be my new favorite craft material!

When you start concentrating on small art forms or hobbies, you will see that the happiness has just elevated to another level. For me, what works well is trading and it brings me immense joy with also some hard earned money. Trading could turn out extremely profitable if you are having a good day. To have good days routinely you need to take help of trading robots which could take care of every transaction and still bring you profits. These robots are programmed to pick the market trends which could turn into high returns. This ensures that the trader associated is never let down. What is extremely relieving is how much return rates these applications promise.

Bitcoin Code is one such trading robot which takes care of every transaction and needs very little participation from external traders. The advantages which come with it are too many to ignore. It is completely free and no cost is associated with every single transaction. You could also choose a broker of your choice and all the brokers associated with these applications are all knowledgeable. It is completely browser based and no download is necessary. Imagine using software without installing on your device, it works well on a browser. All that is required is a computer and a decent internet connection and you can start trading right away.

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shamrock ribbon barrette tutorial

I love making holiday hair accessories for Juliet. I had some green ribbon and came up with this shamrock for St. Patrick’s Day. It was pretty easy to do, hopefully, you can get the idea from these pictures.
first loop
Start with one loop and hot glue it together. Leave enough ribbon for a stem. You can trim it to size later.
2nd loop
Make a second loop and glue it down. (behind the first loop.)
third loop
Make your third loop and secure with glue.
trim ribbon
Trim the ribbon on one side.
fold stem
Fold the stem over and glue it down. Then trim it to the desired length.
glue on barrette
Finally, glue it on a barrette and you are done!
shamrock barrette
Ready for St. Patrick’s Day!

It is so much joy to try your hands on something so different from what you routinely do. The amount of happiness this small head band brings with it is no way comparable to anything else. This joy is similar to the time I have been spending on the automatic trading robot like Bitcoin code system. It is always nice when the hobby of yours also brings with the joy of money. Your finances could forever be settled when what you venture into turns profitable. Trading though sounds quite financially risky, it could always be fun and yield great profit if all goes well.

The advantages when it comes to trading with an automated trading robot are too many. First things foremost is how this application is completely free. The amount that is funded is considered for the initial transaction. There are no hidden charges or any brokerage charges which come associated with so many applications. It is also convenient to use as it is completely browser based and there will be no need for any sort of installation or download of the software on to your computer or mobile device.

The return rate that is promised is quite high and this is no way comparable to what a reasonably profitable trader makes in his transaction. It is not easy to always yield profit when you are trading on your own. It could be a lot better when you have help predicting from the robot by your side. It could turn out to be a high profit when you start using it over the period of time.

Hopefully, those pictures made sense–feel free to email me or leave a question in the comments if you need more explanation.

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