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It’s been forever since I’ve posted a do-it-yourself project, but this t-shirt was too easy and fun not to share!

Jenna’s third birthday is this week and I thought it would be enjoyable to whip up a special shirt for the occasion.

I almost settled for a vinyl design but I kept coming back to this adorable, floral-patterned fabric and decided I had to use it.

Bonded-Fabric Birthday T-shirt Materials Needed:

Directions for t-shirt:
  1. Prewash and iron the fabric.
  2. Apply the Heat n’ Bond to the patterned fabric (following the instructions on the packaging.)
  3. Remove the paper backing and place on your cutting mat.
  4. Cut the birthday number out of the fabric. (I used my Cricut Maker)
  5. Adhere the number to the t-shirt with your iron, and… you’re done!

*No Cricut option:  If you don’t have a cutting machine, you can print off a number, cut it out, and use it as a stencil for your patterned, fabric cut.

It’s a win and almost as cute as Jenna’s attempt to pose for me…

Need something else for your three year old? Check out these Printable Busy Books!

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I love busy books (also called quiet books).  They are little books, filled with various hands on activities for little people. Most of the ones I’ve seen are made from fabric and sometimes include textiles like snaps, ribbons, and felt.

Since my fabric skills are not quite up to par with my paper skills, I decided to break the rules and attempt to make one with paper.

I chose to make it half page, so it would be easy for my daughter to carry around, put in her backpack, or even take in the car.

The results: She loves it!

This busy book has ten different, interactive activities that teach patterns, counting, numbers, spatial reasoning, as well as, building of fine motor skills.

Assembly:

This did take a little prep work up front, but the result was definitely worth it! (I took mine to a local print shop and had it bound.)

Here are the materials I used and how I put it together.

Materials:

Directions:

  1.  Purchase, download, and print the ‘Printable Summer Busy Book
  2.  Laminate the pages
  3. Cut the pieces from the “cut” pages
  4. Velcro the cut pieces to the coordinating page using clear velcro
  5. Insert the pages into a small, half page binder OR have it bound.

Download

As always, I like to share the resources I make and they are available in my tpt store. (This platform allows me to have a safe place to store my creations, as well as, allows me to make a little money from my hard work.)

If you want to make one of these Printable Summer Busy Book for your homeschool or classroom you can get the download HERE.

ALSO, Check out this Summer-Themed Prewriting Notebook! What are your little ones doing this summer?

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Only twelve more days until it is officially summer. We plan on taking much of the summer off and getting our daily dose of vitamin D before the next rainy season.

However, I plan to do a little reading and math with the kids, so we don’t loose our momentum come September.

Of course, with the older kids doing anything educational, our youngest will want to be included…

She’s still enjoying her Preschool Learning Folder, but to add more options, I put together this summer-themed, prewriting notebook.

Now she can sit at the picnic table in the backyard and have her “school” too.

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As always, I like to share the resources I make and they are available in my tpt store. (This platform allows me to have a safe place to store my creations, as well as, allows me to make a little money from my hard work.)

If you want to make one of these Summer-Themed Prewriting and Shapes Notebook for your homeschool or classroom you can get the download HERE.

Contents

Prewriting is a gentle introduction to handwriting. It builds fine motor skills, teaches basic strokes of handwriting, and simply allows the child to become acclimated to using a writing utensil.

This packet includes the basic strokes of letters and shapes (straight, angled, and crossed lines), flowing motion, and shape formation.

Are you doing any schooling this summer?

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This year we build small raised beds for each of the kids to plant their own garden. We took them to a nursery and let them pick out their favorite plants.

Of course, once our eldest picked a blueberry plant and a pack of beautiful, Alyssum flowers, the other two quickly followed suit. 

Blueberries and Alyssum it is!

Regardless of our lack of variety, I’m so glad we were able put these together. The kids have really made them their own.

Jovie added a little fairy house that she got for her birthday, and Jace has a handful of small cars that he likes to play with in his…

Garden Activities & Journal Pages

Here is a garden journal I created for my kids. It has all sorts of activities and journaling pages to supplement their garden experience throughout the summer.

This resource is designed to be a seasonal nature journal. My hope is that it will serve as a wonderful, learning experience, as well as, a sampling of writing, drawing, and personal experiences.

I’m hoping the prompts will not only be fun, but will to teach the basics of gardening.

A Printable Download for you

If you would like this resource for your summer, home school or classroom, you can find the DOWNLOAD HERE.

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We have a local farm that opens its doors up to the public. It is the perfect place to go with our kids, because there are lots of animals and much to do.

Farm life, animals particularly, are absolutely fascinating to our kids. Feeding the goats, petting the rabbit’s fur, or watching the horses run, makes for a day full of fun.

Along with these trips to the farm, here is a list of our favorite farm-animal, picture books (No Sleep for the Sheep is my kid’s favorite).

Picture Books About Farm Animals The Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown
The Little Red Hen by Diane Muldrow
Baby Farm Animals by Garth Williams
No Sleep for the Sheep by Karen Beaumont
The Jolly Barnyard by Annie North Bedford
The Tale of Tricky Fox by Jim Aylesworth
Barnyard Dance by Sandra Boynton
Farmer Duck by Martin Waddell
Rooster’s Off to See the World by Eric Carle
Rosie’s Walk by Pat Hutchins
On the Farm by David Elliot
Pelle’s New Suit by Elsa Beskow
What are your favorite picture books about farm animals?

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For more book lists click HERE.

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