Pinterest Challenge- Lego Crayons

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We bought a coupon of silicon molds for my son’s Lego Party last April to make candies and ice cubes.

After seeing this pin on Pinterest, I decided we could use up our broken crayons and create some fun new ones!

We removed the paper and cut the crayons into small pieces.  We set the oven for 230 degrees.  It took about 30 minutes for them to melt and another half an hour to cool!

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Pinterest Challenge- Lego Table

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A while back my oldest son was complaining about how his younger brothers always had their Legos all over their bedroom floor.  My second son told me he needed a place for his Legos–like “another room.”  Well, that wasn’t going to happen!  But I did find this great pin of a Lego Table on Pinterest!  The original inspiration for her was from Family Fun magazine.

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I found a piece of wood in the garage and sent my husband and son to work on it.  They sawed and routered and sanded and primed and spray-painted!  We ordered three X-Large Gray Baseplates off of Amazon.com, and they used construction glue to attach it to the wood.  I already had the plastic drawers (bought at Target.com).  We decided not to attach the table top to the drawers.  Now, their room stays neater, and the boys have a great place to build their Legos!

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Pinterest Challenge- Fun Reading/ Phonics Games

Our daily “learn to read” time has been growing boring, so I decided to find some games to spruce things up a bit.  Of course, it was easy to go to my Pinterest Learn to Read board to find lots of great ideas.  Here are some that we tried this week!

Hopscotch

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Very fun for the kids.  Toss a rock and hop to the square.  Say the word there!

 

Cootie Catcher

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I put phonograms on the outside that I want them to memorize by spelling:  augh/ough, tion, eigh, and ould.  So, they would say, “O, U, L, D, ould.”  Then, the words in the inside are ones that use these phonograms (such as could, eight, tough, etc.)

 

Dice Game

This was for a paid download, so I created some sheets myself using the words found at Jan Brett’s site.
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Easy!  They roll the die and say all the words in the column of the number rolled.  I made 6 different sheets.

 

And some more to try next week:

Parking Lot Game and Stair Phonics

 

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Pinterest Challenge: Library Crate

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I try to keep on top of when library books are due, but it’s another one of those things that have been a little out of control lately. Last month I found this beautiful crate at a resale shop for $5! It was perfect for turning into our library book crate. I painted the side with chalkboard paint so I can easily see when the books are due. The kids are supposed to keep the books in there when they aren’t being read, and when they are being read they are to be kept in the same room (our family room)!  Hope this saves us some fines in the future!

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Before painting:

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Pinterest Challenge- Denim/Flannel Picnic Rag Quilt

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I’ve been wanting a picnic quilt for a long time.  You know, the kind you can just leave in the van and pull out when you want to sit on the ground.  It needed to be big enough for our whole family, so that’s pretty big!  And intimidating as far as making a quilt goes!  I had made a rag quilt with both sides flannel for one of my son’s beds and thought that might be a good way to go.  But I wanted it to be more durable since it would be out in the elements.  Then I saw the ideas for using denim!  I don’t know why I never thought of it before, but denim works perfectly for a rag quilt!  I love the way it frayed.

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I like this pin and someday will probably use my old jeans stash to piece together some squares and upcycle.  But for this project I just bought some denim and cut big squares to be able to finish it quicker.  The top side uses flannel.  I didn’t purchase any more flannel, so the top isn’t as pretty as it would have been if I had planned it out.  But I wanted to use up my scraps.

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The squares are 10″ x 10″.  The seam allowances are one inch, which makes each sewn square 8″ x 8″.   The final dimensions of the quilt are 80″ x 96″. Here are two tips:  use rag quilt scissors to cut the seams (they are spring loaded so you don’t have to keep opening and closing the scissors) and wash the quilt for the first time at a commercial laundromat (it produces SO much lint!).  One other thing I did to save time was not to put any batting in it.  It’s thick enough and certainly heavy enough.  My younger kids can’t even carry it!

This is what the underneath looks like:
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Now, for a picnic!

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