86. You’re Never Too Young to Decoupage

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A large shipping box and lots of excess scrapbook paper were the perfect excuse to finally let my boy try out ModPodge for the first time.  He’d seen me working on a project and wanted to dig in as well.  He loved it.  We left the project on the table for several days so he could work on it at will.  I see more of this in our future!

85. Eye-Dropper Watercolor Rivers and Oceans

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While I was gone one afternoon, my husband brought the liquid watercolors out from hiding. He provided a very generous amount for our son to use, enough that they still hadn’t evaporated by the next morning.  He’s been drawing lots of maps lately and we’ve been talking about the 50 states, so I suppose using an eyedropper to create the California Ocean and the Alabama River was a natural extension.  I love these creative ideas of his!

84. DIY Montessori Alphabet Box

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I’d been thinking about putting together a Montessori alphabet box for several months, but when I saw these Advent calendar boxes at Hobby Lobby (always 40% off Christmas supplies), I finally made one. There are only 25 drawers, so I combined “W” and “X” given that “X” has so few words. We had many small toy animals around the house, and once I started looking around my craft room, I noticed lots of small items that worked well for the small drawers. I also found small items at the dollar store, in used board games at garage sales, miniature doll house supplies at Hobby Lobby, wood craft parts online, and from this etsy shop. The possibilities for language learning with this tool are endless. My son loves the “alphabet game.” Right now we’re in the beginning stages, just taking the contents of one letter drawer out at a time and sounding them out. As he grows, we will add sandpaper alphabet flash cards and then word cards to match the items. I’m enjoying it as much as he is!
Other great links and educational ideas for these boxes:
http://thelearningark.blogspot.com/2010/11/montessori-i-spy-sound-game.html
http://countingcoconuts.blogspot.com/2010/06/alphabet-box-part-i.html