Sticky Fingers…Happy Faces

Back in the day when I only had 3 children, I invested in a simple preschool program that I used for Bekah and Mary. We had a lovely time sitting on the floor discussing the calendar, weather, and singing the Days of the Week song. I’m sure that Caleb soaked up tons of information as he rolled around on the floor. It was a sweet, sweet time that I will treasure.

Now over ten years later, I still have little ones but our “preschool program”  has changed a bit. I ditched the formal preschool program years ago and take a more laid back approach. They run outside, dig in the dirt, pick flowers, and explore. They are read to often. I read to them, their siblings read to them, and they even “read” to each other. They build and create with wooden blocks and Legos. It seems they always have an adventure for their peg dolls.

While there are no fancy, pre-assembled preschool kits waiting on the shelves, they do have free access to glue, scissors, markers, crayons, tape, and paper. At the table (and with a bit of supervision for the really young ones with the scissors) they are free to cut, glue, and color to their hearts content. Naturally, when the older ones are doing school is right when they want to join us at the table. The hardest part is not the mess the little ones make but trying to keep the older ones focused and on task.

A few weeks ago, the little ones were asking for “school work”. No problem. I grabbed some paper, scissors, and glue. With a moment or two of prepping (and some help from Big Sis Sarah) the little ones had sticky fingers and happy faces.

We glued small pieces of paper to make letters and shapes. If they wanted, they were welcome to free style it. I love how focused Martha is on her glue bottle. She grabbed the one glue bottle that is the hardest to squeeze glue from. She worked hard and never got frustrated. So, so precious!!


Have little ones that you need to keep busy during school time or dinner prep? Want to let your preschoolers have some hands on learning fun? On a tight budget and need frugal ideas for your little guys? Then grab some paper and glue and let the fun and learning begin. In a flash you will have sticky fingers and happy faces. ( You might even find that you want to play with the glue, too!)

What are your little ones learning and creating? I’d love to hear all about busy hands, little hands at your house!

Random 5 on Friday – Jan 17th

Happy Friday!  Here’s a few random thoughts from this past week….

1 -This has been the week of the pointless to do list. I don’t think we have had one day that was even close to the plan. There is always next week, right?

2 – Our long December break should have included math. Especially Algebra. Serious brain cramps have occurred this week as the brains have tried to transition back to mathematical skills. We are very thankful for chocolate.

3 – Having a menu plan this week has been a huge blessing.

4 – I love finding surprise pictures on my refrigerator. This one popped up this week.

5 – My husband is the best. He never hesitates to swing by the library and pick up books on hold for me. This week he went to pick up books and left three behind. Without a word,  he went back the same evening to get those books. Yep. He’s the best.

The Pebble Pond

I’d love to hear your Random 5!

Recyclers Strike Again

There is a bit of confusion in our home. I throw things in the trash. You know things like: empty boxes, empty toilet paper rolls, and random pieces of string. That is I throw those things away if one of my Recyclers doesn’t come and grab it first.

Do you have Recyclers? I have more than one and getting the trash out of the house can be quiet challenging; almost a covert operation. Before I even move toward the trash can, it begins. “Can I have that box?”  “Do you need that piece of paper?” “Can I have that bottle when you are done?’

I did a dangerous thing. I did. I have given my children imaginations and I continue to encourage it. My rule for the Recyclers is simple. You can have all the ‘trash” you want, but if I trip over it or see it on the floor, it will be trash. They stash it, hide it and hoard it up until the perfect opportunity to pull it all out and bury my dining room table under it all.

Hannah recently used part of a Velveeta box, empty toilet paper roll, other cardboard and more to create a cozy home for a plastic bear. Basic supplies of glue, scissors, tape, etc are always on hand and she used them was pure skill. I was quite impressed with her little bear den. Cutting up a twist tie to make clothespins was pure genius.

I love my Recyclers. Imaginations are a beautiful thing! Any Recyclers in your home? If so, I’d love to see some of their creations. If not, gather up some random pieces of ‘clean trash” and see what happens!