Sunday, April 19, 2015

Lakeshore Build It yourself woodworking kit

My 4 year old son likes tools and anything that involves using a hammer. He has enjoyed going to Home Depot or Lowe's for their build it projects. When I saw that Lakeshore offered a build it yourself woodworking kit, I knew he would love it.


The kit includes a lightweight hammer, nails, instructions for multiple projects and more. Comes in a 7 3/4" x 12" box. Over 80 pieces come in the kit.
 

The first project that my 4 year old decided to make was the train. My daughter made a bank. They have also made a name plate. Jerom next wants to make the airplane. 

The projects are fun and the kids enjoy doing them. They do require help and supervision but the kids have fun with them.

The wood box doesn't have a lid. I wish that it came with a lid because then I wouldn't have to worry about losing any pieces. Another downfall I see is that the kit only comes with enough pieces to make one of the item. So my daughter couldn't make a train or my son couldn't make a bank. So while the kit can be shared among siblings it might be best to get enough kits so that each child has their own. That would eliminate any fighting over who gets to make which project.

The kit really does include everything you need to make the items. The only thing you might want to buy extra is paint if you want to paint your projects. Overall this kit has been super fun for my kids.

Lakeshore Letters, Numbers, and Shapes Giant Stencil Box

My son is 4 and just learning how to write. He enjoys drawing and beginning to write his name. So when I had the chance to review a Letters, Numbers, and Shapes stencil box from lakeshore I was excited. I knew this would give him opportunities to use his fine motor skills and begin to write letters and numbers.

When we first received the stencils I even took some to work. I work with preschoolers on a daily basis. I took the heart shape since it was February at the time. Their is the big heart shaped one that comes in the shape section plus a heart shape one in the number section. The preschoolers all enjoyed using the stencils.

Before the first use we did have to punch out all the inside pieces. That part was easy and I decided to keep the insides. The little shapes, and pictures are fun for my kids to play with or use to practice counting.

My kids have created numerous pictures using these stencils. Another activity we did was use a paint brush with just water. We placed the stencils on the sidewalk and then just painted them with water. It was fun. The only problem was that some of the pictures didn't turn out clearly. My guess is from too much water on them. I found the stencils worked the best when using pencils or colored pencils as they fit the lines the best and thus make a clearer picture.

One activity my daughter enjoyed with the stencils was tracing a shape and then turning that shape into a picture. For example she could turn the circle into a balloon or sun and a diamond could be made into a kite.

Overall we are pleased with this stencil kit. I like how it comes in a box and is color coded into 4 sections: abc, shapes, simple words, and numbers.

Lakeshore All in one craft tub

I have 2 kids ages 7 and 4. They are always looking for something to do. One thing that can keep them both busy is crafts. I was pleased to get a chance to review the All in one Craft tub from lakeshore.

The kit comes with an idea booklet that includes ideas of crafts that you can make using the kit. Some ideas include a butterfly mobile, friendship bracelets, puppets, and picture frame.


Saturday, March 21, 2015

Cinderella

A classic Disney movie is the movie Cinderella. It is a story of a girl who loses her parents and must live with her evil step mother and step sisters. She is forced to dress in rags and is basically a servant to the family. One day she meets her prince, gets married and lives happily ever after in a beautiful palace. 

This story is one that has been told many times in a variety of ways. So when I had the opportunity to go see a new version of Cinderella in theaters I was excited. I knew that it would be a show that my kids would enjoy.

Before the Cinderella movie started we were able to see a short Frozen clip called Frozen Fever. This clip is Else throwing Anna a birthday party. However Elsa ends up with a cold so things don't turn out as planned. Since my kids are obsessed with frozen they loved this little clip. I even was laughing at a few parts of the clip. Cute frozen fun for any fan.
Frozen Fever Olaf eating cake

#Disneyside 60th Birthday Party

Disclosure: I received products in order to throw a #Disneyside at home party. All opinions are my own and no other compensation was received.

In February my mom turned 60. My kids wanted to throw her a party and what better way to celebrate than to throw a Disney side party for my mom. She even sported a Mickey Mouse ears hat for her party hat.


Dr. Cool Bug Excavation Kit


I work at a preschool and have noticed that many preschoolers have a fascination for bugs. So I was happy when I had the chance to review a Bug Excavation Kit from Dr. Cool. I knew that this would be something that my 4 year old son would enjoy doing.
Beetle Shape digging block with digging tools, and magnifying class. 

Play Love Laugh Nail Polish


My daughter enjoys having her nails painted. So I was happy to try out Play Love Laugh nail polish. I received the color grapelicious which is a nice shade of purple. My daughter was thrilled to try it out as purple is one of her favorite colors. So what makes this nail polish different from others?

 
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