Shamrock Theme Bath

I know its not St Patrick’s Day yet but I keep seeing all these fantastic ideas on Pinterest and I just couldn’t wait any longer to have some fun with it!

Shamrock Theme Bath from Suzy Homeschooler (2)

I dyed the bath green and gave it a fun fruity scent by pouring a packet of lemon-lime Kool Aid into the filling tub, an idea I originally found on Bath Activities for Kids. I dipped our spray bottle into the bath to fill it with green water, then added a couple extra drops of food coloring to make it a darker green.

Shamrock Theme Bath from Suzy Homeschooler (3) (more…)

Kid Spaces: Art Studio

Kids Art Studio (converted bathroom) from Suzy Homeschooler (3)

Last year our family had to move from the UK to the US and, in moving, we had to downsize. The Homeschoolers went from a 4 bedroom, 1 bathroom house with a garage and fenced-in back yard to our current 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom apartment. The days of painting in the back yard were over; we had to find ways to make art fit into our tiny new home. While it might be unorthodox, we converted our second bathroom into a small studio for the children. Being a family of 4 (one of whom is still in diapers), we never had 2 bathrooms before and didn’t feel we needed 2 bathrooms now so we thought, “why not make better use of that second bathroom?” (more…)

Alphabet Hunt in the Ball Pit

Last week I saw this alphabet puzzle at Staples for $1 and it reminded me of an activity that I saw several months ago on Little Hands, Big Work.

Alphabet Hunt in the Ball Pit from Suzy Homeschooler (1)

So of course I had to buy it! And this morning I was poised over a tub of pinto beans, ready to pop the letters out of the puzzle and mix them in when out of the corner of my eye I spotted SunnyGirl collecting balls from around the room and returning them to the ball pit. Inspiration hit. (more…)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Bubble Wrap Painting

Awhile back I saw a post on Dirt and Boogers about painting on bubble wrap and thought to myself, “that seems like alot of fun!” We always have an excess of bubble wrap laying around the house so I thought I’d give it a go with LittleMan and SunnyGirl. I cut out a big piece of bubble wrap and laid it out on the creative table with some paint. I called LittleMan over to check out the prospective project before him and he couldn’t be less interested. I didn’t get it. Two of his favorite things put together and he had *zero* interest. What the heck, man?!

I figured it just wasn’t for him that particular day. So I put up the bubble wrap and the paint, didn’t push it. Laid them out again a week later. Still no interest. I just couldn’t understand (still can’t understand) how he could pass up such a fun activity.

I realized I needed to put a spin on it if I was going to get him to try this out. I pondered for a time. Then I came up with this (more…)

How Can I Teach My Son to Read….When He Won’t Sit Still?!

 

literacy-practice-for-boys-from-suzy-homeschooler-5My greatest struggle in teaching my son is, and has always been, he learns differently than I did as a child. I read about the different learning styles and gather ideas from other homeschooling blogs and in my head it all makes sense. He needs to move around to learn, he needs the physical connection with his environment. Its really so simple. But applying this knowledge is like trying to speak French to a Frenchman without any experience in speaking French! My son is, in his own way, speaking a language which is foreign to me. (more…)

Lord of the Rings Small World Play

This morning I was eating my breakfast, browsing Pinterest, the usual routine, when I saw this brilliant idea for small world play from In Lieu of Preschool. She had set up a wonderful scene by painting her bathtub, then using random crafty items (playdough, pipecleaners, glass gems, etc..) to add details. The end result was FULLY. AWESOME.

Only one problem…her scene is based off the book Peter Rabbit. While a wonderful classic children’s story, not something LittleMan would be too terribly interested in. So I pondered. And pondered. And put my own geeky twist on it. Before I knew what I was doing, I was lamely trying to recreate a classic scene from Middle Earth in my own bath tub. The end result of my poor painting skills was laughable. Luckily I had props to supplement my lack of artistic ability. See for yourself. (more…)

Captain America vs Red Skull Theme Bath

About a week ago, LittleMan got himself all tied up in knots swearing up and down that he did NOT want to take a bath. Unusual since baths are one of his favorite things in the world. No one else in the family can run themselves a bath without LittleMan rushing into the bathroom, trying to jump in with them. However, for whatever reason, he just did NOT want to take a bath that day. But he needed it. Badly.

So whats a mom to do?

If you’re a geek mom like me, raising a little geekling, then you might find yourself setting up a scene like this:

Captain America vs Red Skull Bath from Suzy Homeschooler (1) (more…)