Google+ Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas: December 2011

Saturday, December 31, 2011

The Sunday Showcase - Sharing Child Centered Ideas From Around the Web

This week's Sunday Showcase 
is our the last of 2011 and our first of 2012. 
  The SUnday Showcase

We feel confident in saying that this linky
is always full of amazing ideas so be sure to hop around
& check out what your fellow bloggers have linked-up.
We promise you will be inspired, awed and ready to create!

If you are here for the first time please take a moment to read
our informational post for full details -
this is a fun & relaxed linky but there are a few guidelines.
Anything kid friendly and/or child centered is welcome!
We don't accept links for giveaways, shops,
or downloads for purchase, etc.
They will be deleted & we do monitor our links.

If you're linking up with us we do encourage you
to visit some of your fellow bloggers!
We ALL love comments, encouragement, feedback, etc.
One of your 2 Hostesses (Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas and/or Classified:Mom)
will be either visiting & commenting on your link(s),
and/or sharing them on Facebook, Twitter & Pinterest. 
We like to spread the love & we appreciate any comment love in return!
This week's Showcase Features
taken from last week's post:

The "most clicked" idea from last week's linky -
Discover, Explore, Learn shared an Easy Kids Dessert

Some of our Favorite Ideas:

Just in time for New Year's weekend What's Fun Today?

With Winter officially here it's time for 
snowmen, snowflakes and all things winter related.

Little Wonders Days had a Winter Solstice Celebration
and made these awesome Votive Holders to decorate the table.

Whole Child Creative Curriculum
shared a fabulous Snowflake/Icicle Tutorial

We also had some fun Light Table Ideas shared.

What's Fun Today shared their Sticky Light Table
- so fun to include a contact paper top for sticky fun!

Cachey Mama's Classroom made a Light Table
using extra Christmas Lights! 

If you have been featured, grab a button you deserve it!
The Sunday Showcase Feature

Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas  
Easy New Year's Noise Makers & Party Crowns

Ring in the New Year with these easy Noise Makers and Party Hats
made from items we already had at home! Frugal, Festive & Fun!

Polar Bear Footprint Craft

Polar Bear Footprint Kids Craft

Create a cute polar bear using your child's foot and fingers.
Teach your child fun facts about polar bears by visiting
the National Geographic Web site for kids.
Easy to create, fun to make and becomes a great keepsake!

Thank You for linking up with us!
Aimee (Classified:Mom) & Bernadette (Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas)

Friday, December 30, 2011

Easy New Year's Noise Makers & Party Crowns

New Year's Eve is almost here 
& that means the BIG COUNTDOWN!

It is essential to have lots & lots of noise at midnight.
The Hubby always buy a few noise makers but 
this year I thought it would be fun to make our own
Noise Makers & Party Hats Crowns.

I was determined to use what we have on hand -
I have lots and lots of crafty things squirreled around.

I came up with these simple shakers -
that were frugal, easy to make, fun to play with and BIG on sound!

Easy New Year's Noise Makers

What You Need:
2 plastic cups for each shaker
Note: We used clear cups but you can use any you have on hand. 
You could even use plastic eggs if you have them around!
tape - the sturdier the better
beans, beads, bells, buttons, pasta 
- look for anything that makes a good sound
I even used left over pasta wheels from Halloween!
foam stickers, paint or other decorative materials

What To Do:
1. Fill one of your cups about 1/3 to 1/2 way 
with your sound makers - beads, buttons, pasta, beans, etc.

2. Place the 2nd cup covering the top of the first. 
Tape all around to secure. 

3. Decorate as desired. 
The Lil Divas used foam stickers 
- super easy & they enjoyed coming up with a design all their own.

4. Shake, Shake, Shake & enjoy!

and no New Year's Celebration would be complete without an over the top
  Party Hat Crown

Being Lil Divas they of course had to have crowns -
ordinary party hats simply will not do around here!

 What We Did:
1. I found printable crown templates that they liked online
and cut them out of gold poster board.

2. The Lil Divas decorated the crowns using glittery foam stickers.

3. I cut strips from the gold poster board and taped them on.
Then I measured each cute lil head and taped the strips accordingly.

4. Proudly wear your New Year's Party Crowns! 

I hope you have a Noisy & Fun filled
New Year's Eve - I know we will!


Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Lakeshore Learning Marbulous Marble Run Review & $25 Gift Card Giveaway

Marble runs are all over the web & for good reason - they are FUN
They are fun to put together and lots of fun to play with.

When I had the opportunity to review a product from Lakeshore Learning it took me mere minutes to decide on the Marbulous Clear View Marble Run. 

What's in the Box?
Marbulous comes with 48 plastic pieces and 16 marbles. 

How To Play:
The pieces fit together with a click to create many different marble courses.  How you play is up to your imagination and planning with the provided pieces.

Our Thoughts:
Working together the Lil Divas and I created various courses through trial and error. It was great fun to see if our plans would work and such a thrill to watch the marbles travel through the see through pieces of each run. 

The pieces work best on a hard flat surface. In their enthusiasm, the Lil Divas knocked the run over a few times and got frustrated with having to rebuild but once they got the hang on what to do we did not have these issues anymore and they enjoyed playing with Marbulous immensely (see the evident smiles below!). 

I really like that the set is not only fun bit it also helps develop kids planning (creating courses that work properly) and motor skills (fitting all the pieces together). This is a toy that is definitely fun over time as kids are continually challenged to create a new course to play with. 

We could use a few extra pieces - the Lil Divas wanted to create big designs that they could race marbles against each other but we were limited to using only the pieces provided.  I could see getting additional pieces for us to play with in the future.  

This would be a perfect gift for older children who would be able to create course after course for continued playtime fun. I can see younger children (ages 3 & 4) definitely needing help with this but it is a fun family play time - that's how we used it and I enjoyed working on it with the Lil Divas.  

Overall, The Marbulous Clear-View Marble Run from Lakeshore Learning was a big hit with the Lil Divas (and their mommy!). 

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Disclaimer: I received the Marbulous Clear View Marble Run from Lakeshore Learning in order to facilitate this review. 
That being said, this review is my 100% honest opinion of the product. Please remember that your opinions and tastes might differ from mine. 

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Wordless Wednesday - Disney Holidays

We spent 3 fun filled & magical days 
in Disney World right before Christmas.
The lights and parades were AMAZING!

catching snowflakes

trying to catch snowflakes on her tongue