Popsicle Stick Homes

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Another super easy activity, to strengthen a few important skills! Color identification, letter recognition, word recognition, matching and fine motor skills are all utilized and strengthened in this basic activity.

Materials
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Scissors
Various colored sheets of paper ( we used 5 different colors)
Popsicle Sticks ( the same number as the number of color sheets you are using ( we used 5)
Matching colored markers to sheets of paper
Tape

directions
Cut sheets of paper around 3 inches wide. Fold ends in and secure with tape.

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Write the name of each colored sheet of paper, in large letters, with corresponding colors, on the end of each popsicle stick. Have your child assist with this by asking them the color of the sheet of paper and then allowing for them to listen to you sound out the color name as they guess which letters come next.

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Call out a color name for your child to find, both that color marker and color folded sheet of paper. Allow your child to color corresponding marker color on corresponding sheet of paper.

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Line up folded sheets of paper and explain to your child that the sheets are the sticks ‘homes’ and they need to find which home the popsicle sticks live in. Have your child pick a popsicle stick, read the letters on the stick, sound out or guess the color name and then match the stick to the correct home, by placing the stick inside the corresponding color house.

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We’ve stored this activity in a plastic zipped sandwich bag and have taken it to restaurants as a distraction and it’s worked wonders!

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We are headed to Miami today and I couldn’t be more excited to escape the never-ending winter and feel the sun again!

Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff

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We are gearing up for another big snow storm here in Western New York starting this morning. This is the perfect recipe to throw in the crockpot so you can sit on the couch and watch Frozen with the kids while the flakes fly outside. I promise that this dish taste a million times better than the picture in this post make it look, so don’t let them scare you.

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Ingredients
1 pound cubed beef stew meat
2 (10.75 oz) cans Golden Mushroom soup
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup beef broth
1/4 cup water
1 Tblsp Worcestershire sauce
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 bouillon cube
1/2 packet onion soup mix
1/2 tsp. pepper
2 oz. cream cheese
1/3 cup sour cream
Egg noodles

Directions

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1. Add all ingredients except for cream cheese and sour cream to crockpot. Stir to combine.

2. Cook on low setting for 5-6 hours. Unless of course your crockpot has super powers like mine, in which case it will be done in under three.

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3. Mix in sour cream and cream cheese.

4. Serve over buttered egg noodles.

If the sauce is not as thick as you would like, you can add in 1 Tablespoon of corn starch. Also, if you have mushroom lovers in your household then adding in some sautéed mushrooms about 30 minutes before cooking time is up would definitely be a tasty touch.

Somewhere Over the Rainbow

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With Saint Patrick’s Day right around the corner, Reagan and I decided to get into the spirt of things by making a delicious rainbow!
Color identification and sorting skills are definitely utilized and strengthened throughout this activity.

Materials

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Fruit Loops
Glue
Paper
Cotton Balls
6 Cups

Directions
Place each color of fruit loop in front of your child. Have your child identify each color and place each different colored fruit loop into its own cup.

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Place a handful of fruit loops in front of your child and have them sort the loops into corresponding cups.

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Draw an arch with the glue. Allow your child to choose the color that they would like to use first. Model how to place the fruit loops onto the glue. After the first arch color is done, continue underneath until all colors are used.

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Using the glue, swirl a cloud of glue at the bottom of each side of your child’s rainbow. Model how to stick the white cotton ball to the glue.

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The simplest activities can be used to strengthen such important skills!