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High Praise for Family Honor Plate and Table Thyme Discussion Cards

Here’s a unique treat of a review for families all around the world! I give it high praise and am very thankful to have had the chance to review it here at Love2EncourageYou. Today’s product in focus offers a unique and interesting way to teach Biblical principles of good character while developing stronger family bonds and relationships through quality discussion around the dinner table. Owner/Creator, Michelle Weber, calls this a Family Honor Plate and Table Thyme Discussion Cards. Doesn’t that sound like so much fun for family meal times?

The Family Honor Plate starts as a DIY ceramics-painting project you get to create and bake at home. Then it turns into a fun family tradition and parenting tool to raise our children in the fruits of the Holy Spirit, as written in Galatians 5:22.  

These fun questions from the Table Thyme Discussion Cards take conversations to a deeper level and teach everyone in the family how to articulate and share special memories, learn how to voice their opinions, and for some how to even have an opinion. These are skills required for success in relationships and careers.  This is a creative and entertaining way for children to learn these skills naturally.
My family has a rather unusual mix of ages with my oldest son being 20 years old and my other two being younger at ten years and six years old. This did not prevent them from enjoying the opportunity to dive into this painting project together and make it a “family print” of sorts with each of them taking their turn to add to the painting of our Family Honor Plate. It was such a delight to see them interacting together in this way and looking forward to having “their day” to be honored when caught exhibiting one of the characteristics on the Family Honor Plate.
The Table Thyme Discussion Cards were particularly interesting to try out. I wasn’t completely sure what sort of response I would get out of my kids. They seemed to really like the opportunity to share their thoughts and their voice on a particular question though and loved getting to have a turn and learn what the other siblings would share. Even mom and dad took their turn on some of them!
Examples of some of the questions or discussion starters are:
*Look at someone at the table and give them a compliment.
*Share about a time when you were sad.
*What’s your favorite book? Why?
*Do you have friends who help you make good choices? Who are they and what are they like?
*Describe something you think your mom or dad does better than anyone else. Why?
I felt the variety of discussion starters were well mixed and appropriate for a variety of ages. I believe the ones specifically geared for adults were designed well to help kids learn more about their parents too.
The Family Honor Plate kit came with EVERYTHING we needed to enjoy this experience together and the plate itself is absolutely beautiful. I really loved getting to do this review with my family. I hope you will consider purchasing The Family Honor Plate for your family or a loved one who might benefit from the well-thought-out discussions and experience wrapped up in the Family Honor Plate and Discussion Thyme Cards.
Watch this helpful video from the company sharing all about the Family Honor Plate here on YouTube.

About the Family Honor Plate:

Step #1 MOM AND DAD – BE THE EXAMPLE. BE THE ROLE-MODEL: The virtues are listed in the center of the plate for mom and dad to use as their anchor, their moral compass to guide them in how they need to show up for and to their children. This is how our children learn what character (Christ’s Character) is, what it looks like, what it feels like. Our children are watching us and learning from us.

Step #2 BE ON THE LOOKOUT: Look for the good choices and attitude your kids/spouse are making and showing throughout the day. Track it back to the virtues and character it shows.

Step #3 CELEBRATE THEIR CHARACTER: Turn dinnertime into a celebration when you catch someone making good choices and showing good character and present their meal on the FAMILY HONOR PLATE. This is when you:
· Talk about the choices they made and the virtues and character that it showed (Be specific).
· Talk about how they made everyone involved feel and the impact they had on people and how that is POWERFUL and BEAUTIFUL.

About the Table Thyme Discussion Cards:

Communication is the key to connecting, building and maintaining healthy relationships. When we are raise our children to be confident in their ability to communicate with others and get their point across, situations are less stressful and they have better outcomes.

Share with me in the comments what your favorite family time discussion memories are? How much do you think a product like the Family Honor Plate and Table Thyme Discussion Cards would make a positive impact on your family discussions at dinner?

Disclosure: As a member of FlyBy Promotions, I received a sample of these products in exchange for this review and post. 

DIY Project Ideas For Around The Home

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Creating the perfect house is an ongoing task and one that many people may not enjoy undertaking. Sometimes, it seems like it’s one thing after the other, and money can be made scarce.

However, there are several updates to consider doing on your own, which may also be cost effective. See DIY projects for around the home and get inspired to do the work yourself.

Mold Removal

Water damage is never fun. It’s also a serious matter because it creates mold. The good news is, you’ll be able to remove it yourself. Mold removal DIY requires some equipment, but after following a few steps, you’ll be on your way to a clean space. You’ll save money doing it yourself and have something very useful and helpful to talk about with your friends. You’d be surprised how many people deal with this very issue of mold throughout the year.

Painting

A great weekend project is buying new paint and touching up areas around your home. Consider painting furniture or cabinets if you have the time. It all depends on how much effort you want to give. Paint is a budget-friendly way to give your home a facelift in a short amount of time. Consider inviting some friends over and make it a painting party. You’ll be done in no time!

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Landscaping

Head outside and take inventory of what you have in place. See where you might be able to add or remove pieces. Landscaping is a great DIY project, but it takes time. There’s a lot of manual labor, especially if you’re spreading out an item like mulch. Determine what you can handle and what’s best left to the professionals.

Bathroom

If you don’t want to spend your money on a full bathroom upgrade, a bathroom makeover is a great place to start. You’ll find it amazing when you realize what can be done in a weekend.

Update your light fixtures and add new paint. Also, add a frame around the mirror for style. Consider replacing your vanity or toilet too, if you’re not enjoying the way the bigger ticket items look. However, remember that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to make it look nicer. Small touches that you can finish right at home will do the trick.

Shed Makeover

A shed makeover is the perfect DIY project. Grab some paint, slap a new coat on and add trim. Head inside the shed and clean the floors and empty it out. Organize the items and get rid of what you no longer need. If you clean it enough, you can sit in there and read; also turning it into a summer house. Take your time making it pleasant, so you can enjoy it when the weather improves and temps are cooler.

Headboard

Does your bed need a little updating? Think about adding a headboard or improving the one your have. For a warmer look, put together wood planks and place them behind the bed. There are a lot of different ways to add whatever style and color to your bedroom. A headboard will add depth to the room, and you’ll love the personal touch it gives your bedroom.

Conclusion

DIY projects are a fun way to pass the time and enhance your home. There’s no need to tackle them all at once. Enjoy executing these DIY project ideas for around the home.

Love2EncourageYou is happy to bring you some helpful articles on all sorts of topics this summer by collaborating with a variety of talented writers. It is a pleasure to serve you and I enjoy providing quality content as often as time allows. 

Fantastic Tools To Help Your Child Develop At Home

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Education is one of the most vital parts of a child’s upbringing. School learning is undeniably a crucial factor. However, it’s equally important that you provide your son or daughter with the best opportunities in other areas too. Frankly, your home life is the perfect place to start.

Of course, you may need to help your child with their academic studies at various stages throughout their school tutoring. However, there’s more to life than purely academic development. You can promote the development of equally key skills from the comfort of your home. Here are some of the best ways to do just that.   

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Arts & Crafts

Children shouldn’t only learn the fundamentals of reading and writing. As a parent, you should always look to embrace their creative sides at every given opportunity. Arts and crafts are a cheap form of entertainment while they also encourage creative flair.

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Moreover, those crafts also underline the sentiments that hard work pays off. Whether it’s these paper bowl jellyfish or another craft isn’t overly important. As long as the project is age appropriate, it will be a rewarding method. Best of all, it gives you a chance to participate and track their personal growth.

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Music

Music plays a crucial role in all of our lives, and that spark of development starts at a very young age. Encouraging your kid to play music rather than just listen can bring a host of benefits. Guitars, keyboards, and other instruments may seem like expensive gifts. But the years of entertainment they’ll provide ensures that they offer value back for the money you’ve invested.

Another great thing about encouraging music at home is that you can use both autonomous learning and guided learning. In turn, that should provide your child with a comprehensive experience. Given that musical talent has been linked to academic progress too, the incentives to encourage this could not be greater.   

Interactive Video Games

Most kids respond far better when they are actively participating in their learning activities. Meanwhile, computer games are a firm favorite for children of all ages. So why not combine the two with educational titles that develop academic skills as well as computer literacy?

These popular ABCYA games for 5th graders are particularly good examples that bring a wealth of benefits. However, there are many more titles aimed at kids of all ages. If the kids are having fun and interacting while learning, you will see great results.

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Garden Activities

Learning shouldn’t simply be about remembering and reciting facts. Problem solving, logical thinking, and self-discovery are all important factors too. Likewise, it’s imperative that your child is encouraged to lead a healthy lifestyle as well. Utilizing the garden with treasure hunts and other games is one of the best ways to do this. Who knows what exciting and unusual discoveries they will encounter?

Jungle gyms, trampolines, and sporting activities will also enhance their development. Those rewards can range from communication skills to improved coordination. When combined with the tasks above and strong academic learning, their opportunities to develop will be greater than ever.

Love2EncourageYou is pleased to share a variety of helpful and interesting articles from collaborating with numerous authors. It is our pleasure to bring you some of the very best info on the web to help your family grow, learn, and stay healthy together. 

Scribbler 3D Pen: Make Fun Creations! Get Coupon

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We were excited to try the new Scribbler 3D Pen! My daughter is 9 and I thought it might be a neat way to let her creative energy flow using this unique art and design item. She was beyond thrilled to get the chance to review this! The pen is very cool and feels good in your hands so it is easy to manipulate and hold while creating a design. We plugged in the device to the adapter and saw the digital display light up with it’s function signals. She giggled with excitement as we proceeded to learn more about how it works and get it started.

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There were quite a few directions for her to follow though and the pen specifies that it should be used by adults only, so that was a bit of a concern since this was my first time working with this product. However, we were pleasantly surprised that once we completely followed all the instructions, as long as I was there as an adult to monitor her actions using the pen – we were able to get the pen working well with the plastic filaments and enjoyed using it in a safe manner. I do recommend having adult supervision with this art pen as it does require help at times from an adult.

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This V3 set we received came with 3 different filament colors in red, white and blue. She decided to create a candy cane with it to be appropriate for the holidays coming. We want to make it into an ornament for the tree! It took a couple tries to figure out which way we wanted to make it, but she eventually chose to make the entire red base and then switch to white filament to make stripes around it.

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There are so many awesome ways you can create with this Scribbler 3D Pen. I think older elementary students to teens or even adults are sure to enjoy playing with it for a hobby, or for creating things you can sell online in an Etsy shop or at local flea markets.

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You can learn more details about the Scribbler 3D Pen and how it works in my previous post here.

Save $35 with the Scribbler 3D Pen! – Perfect gift for the Holidays!
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Disclosure: Love2EncourageYou received a free sample in exchange for sharing an honest review. My opinions are my own and may differ from your own. However, I only share items that are of interest or value to my family and my readers.

5 Stars for Disney’s Moana Movie

In Theaters November 23, 2016!
Five stars for Disney’s Moana movie! We had the rare privilege yesterday to see an early screener of Disney’s newest film: Moana!
What an amazing movie! When you consider all the wonderful ways they incorporated Polynesian culture into this film, you can’t help but fall in love with the final outcome. Filled with musical numbers such as “We Know the Way” and vibrant characters with personalities you’ll fall in love with, Disney’s Moana is one of those movies you’ll want to go see again and again!
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*ABOUT MOANA:
Three thousand years ago, the greatest sailors in the world voyaged across the vast Pacific, discovering the many islands of Oceania. But then, for a millennium, their voyages stopped – and no one knows why.

From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes “Moana,” a sweeping, CG-animated feature film about an adventurous teenager who sails out on a daring mission to save her people. During her journey, Moana (voice of Auli‘i Cravalho) meets the once-mighty demigod Maui (voice of Dwayne Johnson), who guides her in her quest to become a master wayfinder. Together, they sail across the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous monsters and impossible odds, and along the way, Moana fulfills the ancient quest of her ancestors and discovers the one thing she’s always sought: her own identity.

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As I found myself surrounded by both men and women from the press in the theater and some (like me) with their children beside them, I enjoyed hearing their responses during the film to help assess how well the movie will do at the box office with certain audience types. No matter whether you are young or old, male or female, the Moana movie appears to capture the hearts of everyone who gets the chance to see it. I heard belly laughs from the crowd throughout many scenes of the film with the frequent plugs of comic relief (from the chicken or Maui) and other points using purposeful humor.
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This is one of the best movies I’ve seen that accomplishes the goal of reaching all audiences. It spans an audience width that reaches and appeals to boys and girls equally, as well as entertaining adults with all its humor and enticing folklore.

Here are some entertaining FUN FACTS from the film:
DUMB IDEA
In earlier versions of the film, Heihei used to be smart and sassy, but filmmakers felt that character was not unique. Several campaigned to remove the rooster from the film altogether, but a small group of story team members spent a couple days brainstorming ways to keep the character. Their solution? Lower his IQ. Their pitch earned so many laughs that Heihei was ultimately a keeper.
Filmmakers had to create a feather pipeline to deal with the feathers for not only Heihei, but for Maui hawk—the shape-shifted character Maui transforms into with the help of his magical fishhook. Feathers prove challenging in CG animation because of the need to rest on top of each other.
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RESEARCH: GET IT RIGHT
Deeply inspired by their time in the Pacific Islands, filmmakers
continued to work with several of the people they met within their trips. This group of advisors came to be known as the Oceanic Story Trust (OST). The Trust includes anthropologists, educators, linguists, master tattooists, choreographers, haka practitioners, master navigators and cultural advisors who collaborated with Disney’s
creative team.

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There is a great sentimental value and honor to traditions in the film where the ancestors are remembered and the story is shared by the grandmother to Moana. The relationship and bond between Moana and her grandmother is very special and it is evident throughout the film how well they are connected. The establishment of sharing and passing down the deep rooted wisdom and talents of the ancestors to her granddaughter is a refreshing scene in the film that will warm the hearts of many and sets a nice example for others to follow in telling the tales and preserving the memories of the elders in each family’s history.

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Disney’s Moana is sure to be a smash hit at the box office appealing to all different types of audiences and expressing an example of how research and respect for culture can be a beautiful masterpiece and memory-making experience for all the world to enjoy. Well done Disney! I thoroughly enjoyed it and now I can’t wait to go visit Hawaii or the Pacific Islands some day!

I originally felt the scenes in some of the Moana trailer clips were making the film look very intense and somewhat scary in parts. However, after seeing the film we realized there are only a few intense moments and that our children found themselves riveted by the film instead of being truly scared by it. Younger children will be a little nervous during scenes with the three villains of the lava monster, giant crab, and possibly the coconut pirates. Otherwise, they will be singing and laughing along with the entire show!

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We had a fantastic time getting to see the Disney Moana movie. I hope you and your family will enjoy this great film over the Thanksgiving holidays and have a memory-making experience too. In the meantime, enjoy learning more about the movie watching these film clips and have a blast with the free printables below! Blessings! – Rebecca at Love2EncourageYou

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Here are some FREE Printables for you to enjoy compliments of Disney’s Moana film!

Moana Maze: moana_pdf_57f6d9bcd9323

Moana Bookmarks: moana_pdf_57f6d988974a8 (different types)

Moana Matching Game: moana_pdf_57f6d9d398192

Moana Movie Coloring Pages:

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#Moana

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Disclosure: Love2EncourageYou received four free tickets to attend an early screening of the film in exchange for my honest review. I only share items that are of value or interest to my family and my readers.

Get Official PJ Masks Halloween Kit FREE

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Hello friends! Happy Halloween!

Today I’ve got a fantastic way for you and your little ones to enjoy Halloween with some light-hearted and playful PJ Masks fun! Check out all the cool freebies and awesome ideas available in this exciting Halloween Kit from PJ Masks! Don’t miss out on the fun with Owlette, Gekko, and Catboy!

Into the night to save the day! It’s Halloween, the PJ Masks way!

To help you and your family have the most spook-tacular Halloween yet, we’re excited to share a link to the official PJ Masks Halloween Kit! Complete with downloadable PJ Masks decorations, activity sheets, pumpkin-carving stencils, and much more, the kit has everything you and your little heroes need to have a SUPER holiday.

Some of the ones I found to be very cool were the cupcakes, flag bunting decorations with each of the characters on it, and of course my kids adore anything science oriented with the sticky splat or Luna Girl magnets you can make yourself! Check them out!

We hope you’ll join in the celebrations – and follow along with the hashtag #pjhalloweenparty. We’re also excited for you to spread the word to your readers nationwide, so they can get in the Halloween spirit with a little help from Catboy, Owlette and Gekko, and maybe even Luna Girl, Night Ninja and Romeo, too!

In other super news, officially licensed PJ Masks costumes, toys and more are now available at Toys“R”Us for even more festive fun!

PJ Masks, airing on Disney Junior, follows 6-year-old Connor, Amaya and Greg, who go to school like kids everywhere during the day. But when they put on their pajamas and activate their animal amulets, the crime-fighters magically transform into their dynamic superhero alter egos and become the PJ Masks: Catboy, super-fast and agile; Gekko, super strong and able to scale walls; and Owlette, with the power to fly and see great distances. Each episode of PJ Masks follows the three pint-sized heroes as they embark on exciting adventures and work together to solve mysteries and learn valuable lessons along the way.

My kiddos love, love, LOVE PJ Masks and I’m sure yours do too! Hope this neat little bunch of freebies is a blessing to your family fun time this Halloween. Thanks for visiting Love2EncourageYou!

Happy Halloween from Rebecca

How You Can Get Involved With Fall Festivals

 

Fall is such a wonderful time of year! It’s a break from the summer heat and a time of refreshment with cooler temps, Fall colors, and new opportunities. One of the many ways our family enjoys getting involved in Fall activities is by checking out the many events approaching at our local church, my oldest son’s school, the library, or our homeschool group.

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Get Involved With A Fall Festival or Trunk or Treat

This time of year there are many unique activities going on that you and your kids can enjoy being a part of as well as lending a hand!  Is your church or school holding a Fall Festival or Trunk or Treat this year? You can offer to help out and pitch in with your time and talent or financial blessings. These are huge events that take a lot of time and organizing on the part of the leaders. They can use all the help they can get when it comes to volunteers and candy/prize donations or food items.

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Ideas on Ways To Donate

What can you donate with your financial blessings or things you already have lying around the house? You can be a big player in the donating department simply by donating bags of candy, bottled waters, baked goods to sell at a bake sale during the event, or even offering to lend your snow cone machine, cotton candy machine, old fashioned popcorn maker, or other novelty food appliance.

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Share Your Talents or Craftiness

There are lots of other ways to be helpful too. Are you handy with puppets? How about Twisting balloon animals or face painting? You could donate your time and talent by decorating your car to serve during the event as one of the stops for Trunk or Treat, or offer to perform a mini puppet show or give out balloons to the kids as they arrive. Another option: come up with a cool game creation as a stop in the Fall Festival for the kids to play and win prizes at – either to donate  for someone else to run, or offer to run the game yourself during the Fall Festival.

However you choose to get involved, just find a way you can plug in. Some may enjoy helping with organizing or contacting volunteers as a way to assist. Others may just want to help out with directing traffic that evening for parking. Whatever you do, have fun and know you are being a blessing to your local church or school and to your community. Besides – doesn’t hurt to be a great role model to your own children!

Help Your Child Get Creative In Art And Improve Confidence

Have you ever tried to enjoy just sitting down with your child and having a fun activity drawing creative pictures using your imaginations only to have your child get frustrated that they can’t draw as well as you do? This is a normal reaction many students get when faced with peers who know how to draw well or when an older sibling or parent with artistic talent is drawing and they wish they could do as good a job. But how do you help solve your child’s frustrations and boost their confidence in their art? Give them tools that help teach them to draw and use their creativity!

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One of the most exciting things I’ve learned as a teacher and homeschool teacher is that when you introduce new concepts or tools in art or other areas, kids flourish and thrive at the possibilities of improving their skills and learning new things. You see their whole face light up with anticipation and determination – ready to tackle these new skills they are about to learn.  One great tool for starting artists is the delight of working with stencils!

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These fantastic pieces of plastic are artfully crafted to resemble all sorts of shapes in varying sizes. You’ll see many creative themes from fairies to dinosaurs and everything in between!

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I am totally impressed with this particular brand and their great attention to detail and the hard work involved in selecting shapes in theme sets. It makes it so much easier as a teacher and a parent to be able to flip through these stencils and see exactly what I need to work with my child at a quick glance rather than having the shapes scattered and unorganized.

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By engaging with the Mimtom plastic stencil set for their creative time, your child will begin to develop basic drawing practices and beyond! In a nutshell, they’ll be utilizing the skills found with tracing shapes as they shift from basics like moon and stars to more challenging shapes like dolphins or choo-choo train stencils. The cool bonus in playing with these stencils is that it doesn’t really matter where you are – you can use these stencils any place you and your child go! We’ve taken them with us in the car using our lap tables to lean on,  used them at the desk or kitchen table, plopped down on the floor at a friend’s house when visiting for dinner, and even brought them to the local park to get inspired to draw outdoor scenes with the stencils.

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Mimtom plastic stencils:

  • strong and flexible polypropylene material
  • solid carrying box with a handle
  • product weight: 2.6 lbs
  • size of carrying box: 12 x 8.3 x 2 inches
  • size of stencil: 10.3 x 7.3 inches

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You can learn more more about Mimtom by visiting their website at www.mimtom.com.  We are very pleased with our set and find that both my five year old son and my nine year old daughter are enjoying the exciting variety of stencils and themes available for their choosing. This particular set comes with 20 large colorful stencils with over 330 different stenciling shapes! These super thick stencils make all the difference is helping little children to correctly trace the shapes.

This set includes the following original designs:

  • Flowers & Butterflies
  • Ponies & Kittens
  • Fairies
  • Princesses & Ballerinas
  • Shopping
  • Farm & Wild Animals
  • Marine Creatures
  • Ships
  • Cars & Trucks
  • Racing
  • Airplanes & Helicopters
  • Universe
  • Christmas
  • Circus
  • Letters & Numbers and Geometric Shapes (among others)

You’re sure to love watching your little ones get excited about drawing and making some cute creations with these fun Mimtom stencils! Do you have suggestions for other stencil themes to  consider for the future? Share your ideas here in the comments!

Disclosure: Love2EncourageYou received a free sample of the Mimtom stencil set in exchange for our honest review. No other compensation was received. I only share items I feel are of value to my readers and my family.

 

5 Fun Rainy Day Learning Activities + Bonus

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5 Fun Rainy Day Learning Activities + Bonus

If you have kids at home, you know rainy summer days are the worst. The kids quickly get bored of their toys, video games, and television. They start driving you crazy because they feel they have nothing to do. Of course, it is only natural to want to find something to keep their attention, but you don’t want their minds to turn to mush. Below you will find 5 of my top rainy day learning activities that the kids will actually ENJOY doing!!!

Make a rain stick

I know this sounds funny if it is actually raining, but this project is super simple and the results will keep them occupied.

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Needed:

  • 1 paper towel tube (wrapping paper tube will also work)
  • Construction paper
  • Uncooked rice
  • Tape (any type will work, but I recommend Washi tape or decorative duct tape)
  • Crayons, colored pencils, markers, decorative tape (anything to decorate the rain stick)

Directions:

1. Cut 2 circles out of the construction paper large enough to cover the ends of the paper towel tube with a little left over to fold over

2. Tape 1 circle over 1 end of the tube to create a bottom

3. Pour about a cup of uncooked rice into the tube (2 cups for a wrapping paper tube

4. Cover the other end of the tube with the other circle of construction paper and tape it on

5. Decorate the tube however you want

6. Tip the rain stick and hear the sound of rain as the rice falls down the tube

7. Have fun!

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Make a mini tornado

Fun and educational! I had so much fun making these as a kid, and I am sure your kids will feel the same way!

Needed:

Two 2-liter soda bottles without labels

Enough water to fill 1 bottle halfway up

Duct tape

Food coloring (optional)

Directions:

1. Fill 1 of the 2-liter bottles up about halfway with water.

2. Put in a few drops of food coloring if you want the water to show more clearly (optional)

3. Put the 2nd 2-liter bottle upside down on top of the 1st bottle with the tops lined up

4. Duct tape the tops together. I recommend several layers of tape to keep the water from seeping out. You can also buy special connectors for the pop bottles for this project.

5. Turn the bottles upside down so the bottle with the water is on top. While holding the pop bottles, make a circular motion like stirring a spoon. The harder you stir, the tighter the tornado

6. Stop the stirring motion and watch the tornado

7. Have Fun!

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Home-made play dough

Who doesn’t remember playing with play dough? Did you realize you can easily make it at home? This super easy project will result in fun for the kids (and yourself) for hours!

Needed:

  • Large mixing bowl
  • 1 cup water
  • 4 cups flour
  • 2-4 tablespoons of cooking oil
  • 1 ½ cups of salt
  • Food coloring
  • Glitter (optional)

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Directions:

1. Pour water into a large mixing bowl

2. Add food coloring to create the color you want

3. Add the flour and salt to the mix. You can stir a little to start mixing the ingredients, but it is not necessary.

4. Add between 2 and 4 tablespoons of oil to the mixture. This keeps the playdough soft and not crumbly. If it seems to dry, you can always add more oil.

5. Add glitter if you choose

6. Begin mixing everything together

7. Knead the ingredients together to create a soft dough

8. Enjoy!

Home-made Silly Putty

Everyone loves Silly Putty. Creating air pockets and popping them is just so much fun. Not to mention the ooey gooey fun that is Silly Putty. This is a super easy project that will keep the kids entertained!

Needed:

  • Multipurpose Liquid Glue (like Elmer’s)
  • Liquid Starch (I used Sta-Flo)
  • Food coloring

Directions:

1. Mix the glue with the food coloring until the color is even throughout

2. Pour the liquid starch into the colored glue mixture

3. Stir and let sit for 5 minutes

4. Pull the putty out of the mixing bowl and set it on a paper towel

5. Knead the putty in your hands for 5 to 10 minutes

6. Have fun!

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Homemade Lava Lamp

Educational AND fun, this project will add flair to any room. Plus, it gives you quality time with your child or children!

Needed:

  • Flask or bottle
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Water
  • Food coloring
  • Alka Seltzer

Directions:

1. Fill the flask or bottle most of the way with vegetable oil

2. Fill the rest of the container with water. The water will sink to the bottom, under the oil

3. Add a few drops of your choice of food coloring. Since food coloring is water-based, it will sink to the bottom of the container and color the water.

4. Beak an alka seltzer tablet into a few small pieces and drop them into the container one at a time

5. Watch your lava lamp erupt into activity! As the reaction slows, simply add more Alka-seltzer

6. Enjoy!

Bonus Activity: Rubber Egg

This is a really neat experiment, but since it takes longer for the results, I decided to include it as bonus. Also, did you know you can write a secret message on the egg that will be there at the end? Before starting the experiment, just boil the egg for 10 minutes. Take the egg out and let it cool, then simply write or draw what you want on your egg with a crayon or small candle. Then complete the steps as listed below!

Needed:

  • Uncooked egg still in the shell
  • Tall glass
  • Vinegar
  • Patience

Directions:

1. Place the egg in a tall glass or jar and cover the egg with vinegar

2. Leave the egg in the vinegar for a full 24 hours (See the bubbles on the egg shell? That means it is working!)

3. Change the vinegar. Carefully pour the old vinegar down the drain and cover the egg with fresh vinegar.

4. Place the glass in a safe place for 7 days. Don’t disturb the egg, but pay close attention to the bubbles on the surface of the remaining shell

5. After the 7 days, pour off the vinegar and carefully rinse the egg with water. The outside shell is gone! The egg should look translucent!

6. You now have a rubber egg! Enjoy!

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So, now you have all the fun projects and experiments to enjoy with your child (or children) on rainy days. Or even just on normal days. I hope you have fun and enjoy these moments with you kids. The time really does slip by too fast! Let me know in the comments if you want to see more ideas like this!

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*This was a special guest post from Melleigha Nichols.

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Melleigha “Mia” Nichols is the owner of Social Media by Mia, a social media management company specializing in helping owners of jewelry making and craft companies with their social media needs. When not working diligently for her clients or writing guest blog posts, she enjoys spending time with her husband and their many fur babies at home in Missouri. She also enjoys crafting and making jewelry in her spare time to keep her hands busy. “Idle hands are the devil’s workshop”. Proverbs 16:27

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$1000 Mother’s Day Shopping Spree Giveaway by BoomBoom Prints!

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Greetings My Friends! I’ve got another completely AWESOME Giveaway to offer you through a wonderful sponsor called BoomBoom Prints. Do you love to shop?! Here’s a chance to win $1000 value shopping spree!
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