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Monday, April 25, 2011

About an hour north of Seattle is La Conner, WA.
In the springtime it's home to many daffodil fields...
and amazing,


beautiful,
picture-perfect,


tulip fields!
We just happened to visit on a very rare,
sunny afternoon in April.
Jessica loved the pink tulips!
Look closely and you can see the snow covered mountains in the distance!

Jacob loved the purple tulips!
He even found an artist drawing the purple fields using pastels. He immediately asked us for his own portable easel just like hers.
Careful, Jacob!  Don't hurt the tulips!
My husband drove out of his way to find the yellow ones!
Spectacular!
I titled this shot, "Be true to yourself!"
My favorite color...the RED tulips, of course!
How can you not like red? (This is me in the orange tulips, I liked the orange ones, but the red ones were something else!)

Red tulips are so bright and cheery and...
beautiful!
and of course, you can't leave the fields without buying some tulips to take home!  Want more information on LaConner's Tulip fields?  Click here






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Sunday, April 24, 2011

In the middle of all the bunnies and eggs and candies...
may you find
the real meaning of Easter...

JESUS!

He is risen, He is risen indeed! 
 Easter Blessings to you!
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Saturday, April 23, 2011

Look what the kids and I came up with for place markers for Easter! 
Egg Heads!
 
We took the egg shells we had been growing grass in...

and gave some haircuts, others were styled.


Jessie's hair got pig tails!

We hot glued googly eyes and drew on a smile.

We made name markers with leftover foam eggs and toothpicks from this project, click here.
We placed each egg into a tiny juice glasses with a bit of paper grass.
Individual egg cups would have worked as well. 
Guess I need to invest in some for next year...
also thinking this would be even cuter with brown egg shells



Happy Easter!




michellepaige
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Friday, April 22, 2011

Check out this Sunday School Craft for Easter!

Using a reusable plastic container (I used one that sandwich meat comes in.), fill container with 3 cups of potting soil.

Ask the kids to use their hands to make a hill in their garden with the soil. Sprinkle soil with grass and flower seeds. Using a spray bottle, spray the seeds with water until they are wet.

Place an empty egg shell in the garden. This is the tomb.

Have students cut out a 'stone' out of gray cardstock paper. Using a computer (or have the students hand write) 'Easter Garden' and 'He is Risen'. Place signs on cardstock for extra support. Have students decorate their signs.

Hot glue or tape Popsicle stick and/or a toothpick to the back of the signs.

To make the cross, take 2 Popsicle sticks and break one in half. Using scissors, curve the edge of the broken stick to match the existing side. Hot glue short stick on top of the long stick. Students can color cross purple or leave plain. I added a purple ribbon to my cross.

To make a paper banner around the container, cut a piece of purple cardstock paper about 2" wide and long enough to fit around. Have the children color the strip and then tape onto the container using double stick tape or masking tape.

Stick the cross into 'hill' (the 'hill' actually looks more like a mound in the garden). Place the stone next to the tomb. Add in the 'Easter Garden' and the 'He is Risen' signs. The garden is complete!

Have the students retell the Easter story using their garden.

Be sure they remember to water their garden everyday, remembering the real meaning of Easter...Jesus Lives!







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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

The kids and I recently made these 'EGG'-tra special baskets.
Here's how:
Make yourself a big omelette and save the eggshells and the carton. Remove the lid and cut the carton in half.  (When cutting the carton, a knife works better than scissors.)  Get your kids to help paint the cartons on the inside and out.  A small foam brush works well.

The paint dries quickly on the paper carton.  Go back and fill in any spots that were missed.
Place a cleaned out egg shell in each compartment of the carton.  Fill shells with a few tablespoons of potting soil and scatter grass seeds over the soil.  Using a spray bottle filled with water, spray seeds and place the cartons in a sunny spot.  We covered our cartons lighty with plastic wrap for the first few days to help the seeds stay warmer and sprout.  Be sure to have the kids spray the seeds every day with water.  They'll love using the spray bottle! 


While you're waiting for the grass to grow, (it will be a few days) make the ribbon handles. I chose to make handles that 'stand up' on their own (using wire). Take 1-2 inch wide ribbon and cut 2 pieces (12-18 inches long).  Place the ribbon pieces on top of each other (right sides out) and sew the edges together. I sewed very close to the edge all the way down each side of the ribbon.


Take a 20inch piece of wire (18-20 gage). I used floral wire leftover from this project-click here.  Thread the wire through the middle of the two pieces of sewed ribbon. Now you have wired ribbon that will stay standing up as a handle.

Using a push pin make a hole through the carton on each end. Thread one end of the wire through the hole and loop around to secure to carton. Bunch up the ribbon to your desire and thread the other side of the carton with the other end of the wire. Cut wire if it's too long using wire cutters and wire around to secure. Push ends of ribbon down over the wire.
Have the kids make a few egg signs using foam cut-out egg shapes, punched out letters, (I used my handheld Quikutz to make the 'EGG' letters) and hot glue them with toothpicks. (If the kids are going to give the gift, I always like to have their handwriting on the signs...not mine.)

Add a few sayings like:
You're an 'EGG'cellent teacher!
You're 'EGG'tra special to me!
You are 'EGG'ceptional!
You 'EGG'ceed my expectations!
You are 'EGG'actly what I need! 
OK, OK, I know...I getting a little 'EGG'cited with all my 'EGG'traordinary sayings!  What can I say, I'm an 'EGG'pert!?! HaHaHa! I 'crack' myself up!  Get it? (I don't think I got enough sleep last night?)

Fill your carton baskets with a few of the grass eggs and fill a few compartments with Easter candy eggs.  You've gotta stay with the egg theme!
Stick the egg signs into the grass soil cups.

Deliver these 'EGG' baskets to your teachers and friends!

 Happy Easter!
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