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Thursday, May 2, 2013

game: bean bag gaming

Adopted from child made


Bean bag toss:
Simple game of catch using bean bags. This is a great game for younger players to build hand-eye coordination without requiring the dexterity needed to handle a round ball. Pick a short distance and gently toss the bean bag back and forth. If the bean bags have numbers (or letters) on them, have the players say the numbers as they toss them.

Bean bag double toss:
Give each player a bean bag. Both players toss their bean bag at the same time and try to catch the bean bag thrown by the other player.

Target practice 1:
Scatter a few baskets or bowls on the floor and assign a point value to each one. Toss the bean bags into the baskets and add up the points. Alternatively, use masking tape to draw lines on the floor, or to tape down paper targets.

Target practice 2:
Line up a series of empty aluminum cans and plastic bottles along a flat surface. Label the empty containers with a number for a point value. Toss the bean bags at the targets and knock them down to accumulate points.

Hide and seek:
One player hides the bean bags, the other searches for them. For more interaction, the player who hid the bean bags can say "hotter" or "colder" to indicate to the other player if they're getting close.

Marco Polo:
Tie a blindfold onto both players. Give one player the bean bags, and the other player a basket. Spin both players. The player with the bean bags says, "Marco," and the player with the basket responds with "Polo." The player with the bean bags tries to toss them into the basket, based upon the sounds made by the other player.

Bean bag hopscotch:
Use chalk to draw a hopscotch court on the driveway. Toss a bean bag to mark a skip. If you're trapped indoors, masking tape works great for outlining the court.

If you have hardwood or smooth tile floors, these make great surfaces for an adhoc shuffleboard court. Use masking tape or cans to mark the borders of the court. Give each player 3 bean bags which they slide down the court to score points.

Two or more players:

Balancing relay:
A player places a bean bag on a their nose and balance it while walking a short distance and dropping the bean bag into a basket, without ever touching it with their hands. If they drop the bean bag or touch it with their hands, they have to go back to the starting position and try again.

Hot Potato:
Sit the players on the floor in a circle. Give each player a bean bag, with one of the bean bags being red. Start a musical tune and have the players toss their bean bag to the player next to them as quickly as they can. Stop the music randomly. When the music stops, the player with the red bean bag steps out of the circle. As a consolation, that player could be put in charge of the music for a turn.

Balancing act:
Place a bean bag on top of the player's head. Have them do a series of actions while keeping the bean bag balanced on their head. Suggested actions are: turn in a circle, touch their toes, hop on one foot, crawl, deep-knee bend, animal imitations, sit and scoot on a skateboard, etc. The added bonus of this activity is the hidden exercise.

Dodge bag:
Place a few players inside a ring of other players. Have the players on the outside toss bean bags at the players on the inside while the players on the inside try to dodge the bean bags.

Bean bag tag:
One player is "it." That player chases the other players and tags another player "it" by tossing and tagging them with a bean bag.









成品:8 x 8 公分,重量55克
裁布:10 x 18 公分
填充物:黄豆·绿豆 (中火微波三~三分钟半)

Sunday, April 28, 2013

My best dozen pieces of homeschooling advice (from simple homeschool)

Adopted from simple homeschool

  1. Read aloud every single day.
  2. Don’t get distracted by what someone else is doing.
  3. Don’t compare yourself to others. Don’t compare your kids to others.
  4. Get outside.
  5. Be nice.
  6. Take trips.
  7. Don’t try to control your environment by controlling your kids.
  8. Let your kids get dirty.
  9. Don’t box them in with labels.
  10. Remember that children are, indeed, wonderfully and fearfully made.
  11. It’s much more important to show love to my child than to finish the math book.
  12. Enjoy them.
I especially like Albert Einstein's quote:
Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it’ll spend its whole life believing that it is stupid.

How To Make A Volcano Model

Adopted from homeschool activities

A fun activity & Science experiment for the kids.

Waldorf Library


You can find a lot of useful information here, also there are many free eBooks and articles for download.

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Sunday, April 14, 2013

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

craft: weaving heart baskets

Adopted from radmegan in words & pictures

I like the weaving, it looks so nice.
I think this can be used as a bookmark too.

Monday, February 4, 2013

sewing: felt heart bookmark

Adopted from Simple serendipities

This bookmark is really nice and easy to make.

I think it's time for me to learn some embroidery - try this lazy daisy and a circle of running stitch.

You can download the free pattern.

craft: crafts for Valentine

Valentine's day is just around the corner, here are some tutorials I found on the Internet.

For the love of yarn round up
Sew valentine round up
Food of love round up
40 DIY projects for Valentine's day

Saturday, February 2, 2013

craft: Make your own geoboard

Adopted from mama jenn

This homemade geoboard is good for math, and I think it's fun to play with shapes for the little ones.
But, I'd prefer to replace the push pins with something else.

craft: teepees

Adopted from Oh the lovely things

A few teepees tutorials are shared here.

story: Valentine's day

Adopted from freeflowing ways

A wonderful story about Valentine's day was shared.

The Prince's Valentine 
Author Unknown

Once upon a time there was a little Prince, and he wanted to give a valentine to a little Princess who lived in a neighboring kingdom. She was a very beautiful little Princess indeed, for her smile was as bright as her golden hair, and her love for her subjects was as deep as the blue of her eyes.
"What kind of a valentine shall I get for the Princess?" the Prince asked.
"A heart, your Highness; nothing but a heart will do!" said the Court Wise Man.
"A beautiful heart, your Highness; nothing but a beautiful heart will do!" said the Court Ladies.
"A priceless heart, your Highness; nothing but a priceless heart will do!" said the Court Chancellor.
So the Prince started out to get a heart valentine for the little Princess that would be both beautiful and beyond price, and he did not know where to find it.
Before long, though, he came to a jeweller's shop that was full of pretty, costly things to wear. There were pins, and bracelets, and necklaces made of silver and gold, and set with rubies, and sapphires, and emeralds, and diamonds.
"This is the place to find a valentine for the little Princess," thought the Prince, and he selected a diamond heart hung on a gold chain as thin as a thread for the little Princess to wear about her neck.
The Prince gave the jeweller his bag of gold and started out of the shop with the diamond heart in his hand. But he stopped at the door, looking at the heart. It was dull, and no longer shining. What was the matter with it, he wondered. Then he remembered. It was not the right valentine for the little Princess because it had been bought with his bag of gold. So the Prince gave the diamond heart back to the jeweller, and went on again.
After the Prince had gone quite a distance he came to a pastry shop. It was full of delicious things to eat, jam tarts, and little strawberry pies, thickly frosted cakes, and plum buns. In the window of the pastry shop was a huge cake baked in the shape of a heart. It was rich with sugar and spices, and the icing on the top was almost as thick as the cake itself.
"This is the place to find the valentine for the little Princess!" thought the Prince, and he pointed to the great heart cake in the window. "How much must I pay for that cake?" he asked of the pastry cook.
"Oh, you could not buy that cake!" the pastry cook replied. "I made it as a decoration for the shop for Valentine's Day. But I will give it to you, your Highness."
So the Prince thanked the pastry cook, and started out of the shop with the great cake in his arms.
"This must surely be the valentine for the little Princess, because I could not buy it," he thought.
Then the Prince almost dropped the cake. It had suddenly grown too heavy for him to carry. What was the matter with the rich, huge cake, he wondered. Then he remembered. It was not the right valentine for the little Princess because something rich to eat is not beautiful. So the Prince gave the cake back to the pastry cook, and went on again.
Now he went a long, long way, and he came to a bird seller beside the road. He had little gold birds, and bright-colored ones in green basket cages. They were all singing as if their throats would burst, but the Prince could hear one soft note above the others, because it was so clear and sweet. It was the cooing of a little dove who sat in her cage apart from the others. The Prince thought he had never seen such a beautiful little dove, as white as snow, and with rose red feet.
"Why does she sing so much more sweetly than the others?" the Prince asked, pointing to the little white dove.
The bird seller smiled.
"She sings because of her heart," he said. "The other birds sing in the sunshine, but look"—he held up the dove's cage, and the Prince saw that the little white dove had closed, blind eyes. "She sings in the dark because of her happy heart," the bird seller said.
"May I buy her," the Prince asked, "to give as a valentine to a little Princess?"
"Oh, I will give her to you," the bird seller said. "Very few people want to take care of a blind bird."
But the little Princess did. She liked the white dove better than any of her other valentines. She hung her cage in a pink rose tree in the sunniest part of the garden, and she often invited the Prince to sit with her under the tree and listen to the dove's sweet song.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

craft: 5 fabulous finger knitting projects

Adopted from flax & twine

You can make these fabulous projects with your finger knitting.
1. Woven Hula-Hoop Rug
2. A Jingle Jangle Door Curtain
3. A Chunky Throw Pillow
4. A Ghost Garland
5. A Holiday Wreath