Freebie Friday: Letter O | Spot-It Activity

Friday, August 05, 2016

Happy Friday!

Throughout the year I'll be offering FREE printables courtesy of Jen from Bitty Beginnings, as part of her Alphabet Letter Learning Pack Collection.  You can view all free printables here.

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This week, I'm sharing Spot-It, from the adorable
Letter O | Owl + Orange Alphabet Letter Learning Pack which can be printed in either pink/purple or blue/green.

And, don't miss an amazing sale happening now through the end of August in the Bitty Beginnings' shop on the Complete A-Z Alphabet Letter Learning Pack Collection for only $25, no promo code needed!  Also, be sure to check out several new extension activities just added to compliment the letter packs along with many more fun printables.
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To download, click the image below.


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Sun Safety with Babiators Sunglasses + Giveaway

Monday, August 01, 2016

Sunglasses are one of my favorite accessories and a high priority when heading outdoors or running errands around town--any time of year and in most types of weather.  I rarely leave home without them, but often times forget to grab a set for each of my girls.  My main concern lies with the lack of durability of the sunglasses we own, followed up with the safety issues if they end up breaking them.  If your kids are like mine, things don't last long and I find myself just avoiding the hassle altogether without much thought to their own eye protection.  Recently, I discovered Babiators sunglasses for kids and have made an effort to have sunglasses with us at all times.  Some days are more hectic than others, but I've found that having a station set up with all my "necessities" as it pertains to heading out really helps simplify the chaos.

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The importance of sun safety as it pertains to our skin has become increasingly mainstream, but what about sun safety for our eyes?  According to The Vision Council's UV Protection Reports, UV damage is cumulative and irreversible with kids receiving 3X more annual UV exposure than adults.  Yet less than 30% of parents, myself included, are currently protecting their children's eyes with sunglasses. But why is this such a big deal? Children's eyes are more susceptible to sun damage because they have larger pupils and clearer lenses, allowing more UV to penetrate and reach the back of the eyes.  You can check out The Vision Council's UV Damage and Children Report, The Vision Council's 2015 UV Protection Report and The Vision Council's 2016 UV Protection Report for more information on sun safety.

The council recommends that when choosing sunglasses for your kids, always look for glasses:

-labeled as 100% UVA/UVB protection
-high-quality, durable frames
-a comfortable fit and great style they will love

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Babiators has made it their mission to create a product to meet all these requirements providing lenses with UV400 that offers 100% UVA and UVB protection along with undergoing rigorous testing to ensure safety whether on your child's face or if they end up in their mouth.  The sunglasses feature flexible rubber frames along with impact and shatter-resistant lenses that won't break when you bend, twist or step on them while also remaining stylish and backed by Babiators Lost and Found Guarantee. If you lose or break your shades in the first year, Babiators will replace them for free, all you pay is shipping!

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Of all this, I love the fact that Babiators sunglasses are made of a soft material that is comfortable and lightweight.  They are designed to fit kids' faces and won't pinch the temples or nose, one of my personal pet peeves especially when growing up.  The sunglasses are available in two sizes and multiple colors:

-Jr. Babiators fit most babies 6 months to 3 years
-Classic Babiators fit most kids 3-7 years (we use these for our girls 2, 4, 7--but have found them to run a little big on the younger two girls)

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And, Babiators is giving one of my reader's a chance to win a set of stylish sunglasses in black for their little one, simply enter below!

Disclaimer: The Babiators information, product and additional gift pack have been provided by Babiators.

Freebie Friday: Letter N | Two-Part Puzzle Activity

Friday, July 29, 2016

Welcome back to Freebie Friday!

Throughout the year I'll be offering FREE printables courtesy of Jen from Bitty Beginnings, as part of her Alphabet Letter Learning Pack Collection.  You can view all free printables here.

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This week, I'm sharing one of Summer's favorite activities, Two-Part Puzzles, from the adorable
Letter N | Newt + Nectarine Alphabet Letter Learning Pack which can be printed in either pink/purple or blue/green.


And, don't miss an amazing sale happening now through the end of August in the Bitty Beginnings' shop on the Complete A-Z Alphabet Letter Learning Pack Collection for only $25, no promo code needed!  Also, be sure to check out some fun new extension activities just added to compliment the letter packs.

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To download, click the image below.
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Freebie Friday: Letter M | Do-A-Dot Activity

Friday, July 15, 2016

Welcome back to Freebie Friday!

Throughout the summer I'll be offering FREE printables courtesy of Jen from Bitty Beginnings, as part of her Alphabet Letter Learning Pack Collection.  You can view all free printables here.

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This week, I'm sharing the ever popular Do-A-Dot Activity Sheets from the adorable
Letter M | Monkey + Muffin Alphabet Letter Learning Pack which can be printed in either pink/purple or blue/green.

Also, don't miss an amazing sale going on now through the end of August to get the Complete A-Z Alphabet Letter Activity Set for $25, no promo needed!
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To download, click the image below.

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Letter L | Lion & Lollipop + Giveaway

Monday, June 27, 2016

Summer is 47 months old.

Over the last few weeks we have settled into a new routine which I am loving!  Summer and I have spent a lot of afternoon time together and she is really enjoying it, as am I.  She loved our Letter L week and we spent most of our days cuddled up reading and playing certain games over and over.

Her set-up...

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Our themes and the majority of our printables are from Jen of Bitty Beginnings on Etsy.

These tracing cards are absolutely adorable and I love incorporating them into our week. 

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Pre-writing practice...

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Dot painting...

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Summer still adores these two-part puzzles.  She asks to play "the card game" every time, several times.

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Stamping with our alphabet stamps...

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I set up a bin of foam shapes to hide her sensory look and find pieces, something new and different for her.

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We skipped the dot marker and opted for marker for Spot It!

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Kaitlyn loves playdough and being anywhere Summer is.  They worked together cutting and rolling balls of dough for her letter mat, which you can grab for FREE here.

Sorting colored pom-poms...

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We also used this sheet to practice counting and adding, which she liked.

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I've discussed in previous posts how we are loosely using Confessions of a Homeschooloer's K4 program.  This week's number was "0" and I found these cute sheets for her to try.  At this point, I'm in the process of simplifying our preschool so we may or may not continue this particular program in the fall but for now I'm putting it on hold.

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And, now for the Giveaway!
Jen from Bitty Beginnings is offering one of my readers a chance to win her Letter L | Alphabet Learning Pack filled with over 12 activities!  The pack includes the option to print certain activities in either pink/purple or green/blue depending on your child and she details how to prep each activity along with fun ways to play.  Keep checking back for more opportunities to win each week as I share each letter!


For a chance to win, simply enter below! 

Freebie Friday: Letter L | Playdough Mat

Friday, June 24, 2016

Welcome back to Freebie Friday!

Throughout the summer I'll be offering FREE printables courtesy of Jen from Bitty Beginnings, as part of her Alphabet Letter Learning Pack Collection.  You can view all free printables here.

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This week I'm sharing a cute Playdough Mat Activity from the Letter L | Lion + Lollipop Alphabet Letter Learning Pack which can be printed in either pink/purple or blue/green.

Through the end of August, you can get the Complete A-Z Alphabet Letter Activity Set on SALE now for $25!
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To download, click the image below.
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USA Geography | New York

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Next on our trip through the Northeast is New York!

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New York is such a fun state to learn about!  Reading was the main theme this week as there were so many read aloud options and Abby (well all the girls, really) loved reading them, some several times.  My favorite sites for books are here and here

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These cute figurines are from a set of NYC Toobs I found at a local arts and crafts store.  They were perfect to accent our shelf and Abby was pretty interested in each piece. The items are labeled for easy reference and we spent one day specifically looking each up online and reading interesting facts.

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We also took some time to look at various paintings and illustrations by Norman Rockwell.  I remember my grandmother having several copies of The Saturday Evening Post laying around her home and thought it would be fun to have Abby illustrate her version of the magazine cover.  I found this printable for her to use.

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