Letter of the Week Crafts for Preschoolers (Save Money on Curriculum)

When I set out to teach my four year old his alphabet, I looked into some of the curriculum options and they were just too pricy. While we could have signed him up for our local Mother’s Day Out (like his older brothers went to) we really needed to save money.

I had made the commitment to homeschool but felt a lot of pressure to teach my youngest his alphabet… all by myself.

I turned to the idea of creating letter of the week crafts for preschoolers. This would be affordable and would use many resources and items I already have at home.

Are you ready to see how we are doing this?

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Letter of the Week Crafts

We have created a collection of letter of the week crafts from A-Z.  You simply print the printable, gather the simple supplies that you likely already have on hand and follow the step by step tutorial.

Each craft also includes songs and rhymes that you can do together to help the letter of the week resonate with your preschooler.

Alphabet Flip Book

I wanted an alphabet flip book to use with our crafts, but they were pricy both online and at the local teacher supply store. So, I made one. This alphabet flip book was so affordable to make and we use it all week long as we discuss the letter of the week.

Preschool Letter Worksheets

We have also created some preschool letter worksheets that you just print out and use them along with your craft. My four year old loves doing these. He hunts for the letter of the week in both upper case and lower case and then marks them with do-a-dot markers. Don’t have these markers? No worries, just use stickers instead. Great fine motor skill building!

Best Children’s Books

While you’re learning your letter of the week, why not check out some awesome books from the library, for free, to expand on your learning? We have pulled together a great collection of the best children’s books that make learning fun!

This totally works for me and our homeschool day. We spend very little and learn a lot!

 More Learning Resources:

Swing by and check out Crystal, a Dallas Mom Blogger, who runs the mommy resource and solution site Crystal & Co.!  She loves to share activities for kids, teach busy families how to meal plan and share real easy recipes. She is a fast-paced mom of all boys, five to be exact (including twins), who is in the trenches of homeschooling. Are you tired yet?

20 Summer Activities for Preschoolers and Kids

We are a little over halfway through summer and your kids have probably said they are bored at least once.

Am I right?

Well, there is no need to hear those words again. I have a list of free and inexpensive summer activities for preschoolers and kids that will keep everyone busy for hours.

What I love about this list is everything is very affordable and nothing will break the bank. And, far too often we overlook and forget about the simple things we did as kids like: skipping rocks, feeding the ducks, playing in the mud, etc. These things can give hours of entertainment.

Ready to get started?

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Summer Activities for Preschoolers and Kids

  1. Make healthy homemade popsicles.
  2. Have an iced tea party.
  3. Put a puzzle together as a family.
  4. Go to the zoo and have a scavenger hunt.
  5. Play in the sprinkler. Find a fun sprinkler attachment.
  6. Have a summer Olympics in your backyard.
  7. Build a lemonade stand.
  8. Make a bird feeder out of recycled items.
  9. Stay in your pj’s and watch movies all day.
  10. Pick wildflowers.
  11. Learn the alphabet and create letter of the week crafts.
  12. Be creative with water play.
  13. Listen to story time at the library.
  14. Skip rocks.
  15. Find a new playground.
  16. Sort through clothes that everyone has outgrown and make a trip to donate them together as a family.
  17. Have fun with food at snack time.
  18. Go for a car ride. (Keep little ones entertained.)
  19. Make easy homemade pizza as a family.
  20. Make instruments out of recycle items at your home.

What are your go-to summer activities for bored kiddos?

More Summer Activities for Preschooler and Kids

Swing by and check out Crystal, a Dallas Mom Blogger, who runs the mommy resource and solution site Crystal & Co.!  She loves to share activities for kids, teach busy families how to meal plan and share real easy recipes. She is a fast-paced mom of all boys, five to be exact (including twins), who is in the trenches of homeschooling. Are you tired yet?

Easy Recipes: 5 Recipes Using Chicken and Tomatoes

I am thrilled to be here today guest posting with Andrea.  I love her site and the resources she provides as I incorporate organic items into our family meal rotation.

As a busy mom of very active boys I am constantly on the hunt for easy recipes to add to my meal plan.

I absolutely love the flavors of chicken and tomatoes used together,  so today I am going to share five of my favorite recipes using these simple ingredients.

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Easy Recipes Using Chicken and Tomatoes

 

  1. Vodka Chicken Pasta– this is a stove top dish that comes together quickly. Serve with a dinner salad and you have a scrumptious meal.
  2. Puerto Rican Stew– my husband is Puerto Rican and I love incorporating authentic food that his family teaches me to cook into our meal rotation. This is one of my favorites and it includes chicken and tomato sauce. You’ll notice this recipe calls for potatoes. I always use organic potatoes when a recipe calls for them due to the research I’ve read about this vegetable and pesticides. Also, you can sub the steamed white rice for brown rice.
  3. Crockpot Crushed Tomato and Chicken Soup– this is so simple and absolutely delicious!
  4. Easy Chicken Nachos– I love using up leftover chicken making dinners like these nachos. We like the organic blue corn chips I find at Target and locally grown fresh tomatoes are awesome!
  5. Chicken Artichoke Tomato Pizza– this is my favorite pizza on the planet and it a knock-off from a local pizzeria. Quick dinner for a busy school or work night. Also another great recipe for using up that leftover chicken.

It doesn’t get much easier than that.

What is your main struggle when getting dinner on the table during the busy school and work week?

I hope you will hop over and check out my mommy resource site Crystal & Co., where I share tons of ideas and solutions to help busy moms just like you and me. If meal planning is something you struggle with, I have an ebook that is available for preorder- How to Meal Plan: A Step by Step Guide for Busy Moms. It will hit the pages of Amazon mid-November.

Easy and Fun Halloween Craft Roundup

Hi guys. Crystal here from Crystal & Co., and I want to share some of my favorite Halloween craft ideas with you!

It is not too late to make a few (or all) of these fun Halloween crafts.

Here are twelve ideas you will love.

  1. Blood Shot Eyeballs– my twins share a video with instructions for turning powdered donuts into eyeballs.
  2. Spider Handprints– you can read the Itsy Bitsy Spider and create this keepsake craft.
  3. Witchy Fingers– pretzels, green chocolate and almond slivers make this super cool treat that is perfect for a school party.
  4. Halloween Bark– this salty and sweet dessert will be a hit, I promise.
  5. Ghost Poo with Free Printable– print, stuff your cello bags, staple and you’re good to go. These are always a hit with kids.
  6. Homeschool Freebies by Subject– if you homeschool this is a list you will want to check out.
  7. Pumpkin Poo with Free Printable– these printables are treasures that make giving treats to friends so simple.
  8. Pumpkin Pie Play Dough– you can not eat it, but the smell is amazing and have fun watching your kids create!
  9. Mummy Cookies with Free Cookie Tag– dip a Milano cookie in white chocolate and you are on your way to creating these adorable mummy cookies. Add the cookie tag and they make excellent treats for teachers.
  10. Broomstick Pretzels– pretzel rods and fruit roll ups make this simple snack perfect for after school.
  11. Ghost Treats– marshmallows can be created into so many things, including ghosts. Who knew?
  12. Puff Paint Pumpkin– intimidated by carving a pumpkin? Use puff paint to decorate instead.

Healthy Halloween Treat Banana Moustache

 Happy Halloween crafting! And don’t forget to make some No Guilt Healthy Halloween treats!

Easy Recipes: 8 Crockpot Dinners for Busy Families

I’m so excited to have Crystal guest post here on my site. Crystal & Company is my go-to site for kids activities. She’s sharing some of her favorite crockpot recipes. If you find you still need more, check out PF Chang’s Lettuce Wraps Copycat Recipe and my 25 Slow Cooker Recipe Roundup.

Hi there. My name is Crystal and I blog over at Crystal & Co.– your mommy resource site. I am a mom of five boys and life gets kind of hectic sometimes. I am thrilled to be here today sharing with Andrea’s readers one thing that makes my life less hectic, and that is easy recipes.

Are you busy during the school week? Me too. And if I do not have a meal plan lined up for the week, dinner time is hectic and we end up in the drive-thru lane. This is not budget friendly or healthy.

When I meal plan, all of the entrees I am cooking for the week must meet my recipe criteria. One of the most important elements is whatever I’m cooking can not have a long list of ingredients and can not require babysitting on my part, otherwise it is just not a good fit.  I like to dump it and forget it- which is why the crockpot is my saving grace.

Here are eight simple dinners, all of which can be made in the crockpot. How amazing would it be to come home from a long day at work, or a hectic after school schedule, and dinner is done? You just add a veggie and some fruit or a nice salad and before you know it bellies are full.

8 Easy Recipes

  1. Crockpot Ravioli who knew you could make ravioli in the crockpot. You can. And, toss it in frozen too. Such an easy dinner.
  2. Crockpot BBQ Chicken so simple you will pinch yourself.
  3. Crockpot Lemon Chicken this is very tasty and while simple, it is more of a gourmet crockpot meal in my book.
  4. Crockpot Spicy Apricot Chicken this is a recipe Andrea shared on my site with my readers. Excellent. You can also choose to kick down the spice a bit- that is what I did since I have little ones.
  5. Easy Chicken Cacciatore in the Crockpot there is something delicious and tender about a tomato based sauce cooked over chicken. Serve with noodles and fruit and dinner is done.
  6. Crockpot Sloppy Joe’s again, few steps, few ingredients, full bellies.
  7. Taco Soup Tostadas this is an excellent way to re-purpose soup (that has been made in the crockpot) into a completely different meal. Cook once, serve twice kind of thing.
  8. Spaghetti and Meatballs in the Crockpot– another toss it in the crock and forget about it meals. Serve with spaghetti noodles, which take 9 minutes to cook, and a dinner salad, and dinner is ready in no time.

What is your favorite go- to- easy- recipe? What criteria does a recipe need to meet in order for it to be a good fit for you and your family?

 

For more easy recipes, weekly meal planning ideas and craft ideas, hop over and check out Crystal’s mommy resource site- Crystal & Co. Make sure you check in every Wednesday where mommy’s everywhere linkup and share their solutions and ideas!