Color Matching Butterflies

Color Matching Butterflies

For about a month now, I’ve been dabbling in a little preschool homeschooling with my {almost} 3 year old.  We’ve started simple with a letter a  week and activities revolving around that letter.  Recently for the letter B, I used my Cricut Explore to make some butterfly cutouts which we used the following week for some color matching for the letter C.

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To make a set for your little learner, you’ll need:

colored cardstock

Cricut Explore, cutting mat, and tools

black marker

Elmer’s glue

colored objects to coordinate with the cardstock

I know I probably could have easily drawn and cut out my own butterflies, but why do that when I’ve got my Cricut Explore to do the work for me?

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Using Cricut Design Space, I found a simply butterfly in the Paisley Image Set and cut out one of each color.

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After just a few minutes of cutting,

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I had a set of butterflies ready to use with my little guy.

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On the first day we talked about these butterflies, my little guy told me each color and matched the corresponding crayon to each butterfly.  I then labeled each butterfly by writing the color name on them.

The following week, we sorted several different objects {buttons, poms, washi tape, paper, ribbon, etc…} and dabbled in some gluing.

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I was so proud of his sorting and gluing skills.  In fact, most of the time I can’t believe he’s only two!  He tells me all the time that he wants to “do his work” and it makes me so happy!  Hopefully his enthusiasm for learning is always this big.

Happy learning!

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About Meredith Hazel

Meredith is a stay at home mom and has been blogging since 2012. She started Wait 'Til Your Father Gets Home as a creative outlet in between nap times for her little one. Wait 'Til Your Father gets home is a combination of crafting tutorials, DIY projects, recipes and, sharing some of life's journey along the way.

Lunch & Learning

Lunch & Learning

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Up until a few months ago, my roll as mommy didn’t exactly require me to make “meals”.  My two year old was {and still is a lot of the time} a “grazer”.  I think he must be growing, actually I’m sure he’s growing because I’m constantly having to buy bigger clothes.  It seems that all of a sudden he requests actual meals at breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  Geesh!

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I like to make lunch easy and hassle free, and one of our favorites lately is pizza! Luckily, Coupons.com has an offer on Tony’s Pizza to save you even more from their already low prices. You can get 75¢ off two Tony’s Pizzas (11.04 oz or larger) found in the Walmart frozen aisle (while supplies last).

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{someone was a bit excited about pizza for lunch}

Along with his sudden request for me to actually prepare meals, we’ve been dabbling in some preschool lessons.  He loves to “do his work” and asks to do it daily, and this former teacher LOVES it!

So after a morning of learning, the perfect way to unwind and talk about all the fun things we had discovered that day was a pizza lunch with a couple of delicious Tony’s Pizzas.  Their new recipe tasted awesome, and I loved how crispy the crust got.

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While I got lunch ready, my little guy decided to play with my collection of stickers to pass the time…

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After about 17 minutes, we had a nice, hot, crispy pizza and some grapes to enjoy together as we chatted about our morning.

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Tony’s Pizza was definitely a huge hit with my little pizza lover.

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About Meredith Hazel

Meredith is a stay at home mom and has been blogging since 2012. She started Wait 'Til Your Father Gets Home as a creative outlet in between nap times for her little one. Wait 'Til Your Father gets home is a combination of crafting tutorials, DIY projects, recipes and, sharing some of life's journey along the way.

Resurrection Eggs for Toddlers

Resurrection Eggs for Toddlers

I’ve been consistently doing preschool activities with my 2 1/2 year old for about a month now.  We’ve started easy, with a new letter of the alphabet each week, counting, shapes, colors…that sort of thing.  With Easter approaching this Sunday though, I was eager to find an activity for him to help his little mind begin to understand the importance of the day.  I was thrilled to find a few ideas out there geared specifically towards toddlers, and put my own spin on it of course.   What I love most about these Resurrection Eggs for Toddlers is that you can totally make them in just a few minutes, with plenty of time to begin discussing them this week!

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To make a set, you’ll need just a few things:

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I also added some number stickers to each egg {since we are working on counting and identifying numbers} and stored them in a cute little egg holder I found at Hobby Lobby last Easter for about $1 once it was on clearance!

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I created this simple printable to use.  All you have to do is cut each strip and place it in the appropriate egg with the coordinating item.  I adapted the printable from this source.  You could even go as far as to bookmark each scripture verse to share as a family.

Once each egg had the appropriate item and scripture inside, I added stickers numbered 1-6 and placed them in the egg holder.

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I’m so excited to share these with my little guy this week!

Happy Easter everyone!

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Meredith is a stay at home mom and has been blogging since 2012. She started Wait 'Til Your Father Gets Home as a creative outlet in between nap times for her little one. Wait 'Til Your Father gets home is a combination of crafting tutorials, DIY projects, recipes and, sharing some of life's journey along the way.

Sweet Tea Syrup

Sweet Tea Syrup

With the warmer weather finally making it’s way to our neck of the woods, I’ve found that sometimes I want something a little more than plain old water.  Don’t get me wrong, I drink tons of that daily, but sometimes you want a sweet treat, ya know?  One of my favorite spring and summer time drinks to enjoy is sweet tea.  And just because some people like theirs sweeter than others, I’ve got the perfect solution…sweet tea syrup!

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Easiest recipe ever people!

Brew your iced tea according to package directions.  I love to use the Lipton Cold Brew tea, and brew enough for a big pitcher.

To make the sweet tea syrup, boil 4 cups of water with 1-2 cups of white sugar {depending on how sweet you want it to be}.  After the mixture boils for about 2 minutes, cool completely in the refrigerator.  I like to keep ours in a tall mason jar.

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And there you have it!  An easy {and sweet} way to drink your tea this spring!

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About Meredith Hazel

Meredith is a stay at home mom and has been blogging since 2012. She started Wait 'Til Your Father Gets Home as a creative outlet in between nap times for her little one. Wait 'Til Your Father gets home is a combination of crafting tutorials, DIY projects, recipes and, sharing some of life's journey along the way.

DIY Easter Buckets

DIY Easter Buckets

With Easter just a few weekends away now, I was eager to get some cute new Easter Buckets made for the boys this year.  And, with my Cricut Explore, I knew exactly how I wanted to decorate them!

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Supplies needed:

metal buckets {found at Hobby Lobby}

adhesive vinyl

transfer tape

Cricut Explore Design-and-Cut System

coordinating ribbon & twine

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I started out by perusing the Cricut Design Space to find a font that I felt “fit” my boys.  I found this one called Varsity Letter, and loved it!

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I cut each boys’ name in different colors of vinyl, and used transfer tape to stick it to their bucket.

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The process was so easy, especially with the Cricut Transfer Tape {one of my all-time favorite Cricut products}.

Once the buckets had their names on them, I added just a few strands of coordinating ribbon and jute twine to the handles.

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I used some kraft paper “grass” to fill just the bottom of the buckets, because this Easter Bunny went a bit overboard filling the buckets with goodies already!

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Now, Henry is 10 months old and Jackson is 2 1/2.  In Henry’s bucket, I put some board books, a container of puffs, a few handmade teething rings {tutorial to come soon}, and a new sippy cup.  In Jackson’s bucket, I added a kite, a velcro catch game, watercolors, a coloring book, baseballs, and a new bathing suit.

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I’m so excited for the Easter bunny to visit our house now!
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About Meredith Hazel

Meredith is a stay at home mom and has been blogging since 2012. She started Wait 'Til Your Father Gets Home as a creative outlet in between nap times for her little one. Wait 'Til Your Father gets home is a combination of crafting tutorials, DIY projects, recipes and, sharing some of life's journey along the way.