Peek A Boo Jars #PreschoolActivities #Recycle #Reuse

These jars cost $2-3, have tight fitting lids and a clear lid that
magnifies objects placed in side.
I have three plastic bug catcher jars purchased inexpensively from the dollar store. They usually go back into storage when summer leaves and the bugs go away.  Since they have large see-through lids that magnify objects, I figured they would be good to hold objects or images any time of year.

  1. If used for bugs, wash the bug catchers with warm, soapy water and dry with a towel. 
  2. I took photographs of the children in my classroom and cropped them, then taped them inside. *You can crowd the images for older children to offer more of a challenge. I used four 2x2 images (one on bottom, three spaced around inner circumference) for my 6 months to 17 months group.
  3. Repeat the process using images cut from magazines or books that are missing pages or too damaged to keep on your shelf. Or place smaller objects inside so the children can look at them without putting them in their mouth (feathers, rocks, pine cones, plastic bugs, and poms poms are some of our favourite items to put in shaker bottles).
Learning Outcomes:

Visual discrimination: As the children look at images of familiar faces and see how they change in the magnifier.

Cognition: As children look at familiar objects grouped in a collage and sort them out visually/mentally.


Party Food: Bonnie's Margarita Wings.

I have a fabulous friend, named Bonnie. A few years ago she shared her recipe for delicious wings and I was floored by how simple it really was.  I leave out the cilantro because hubby doesn't like it.  And boozers can use 1 tablespoon each of triple sec and tequila instead of rice wine vinegar.  Either way you'll need to make a triple batch because they will disappear.


Indoor S'mores or Ooey Gooey Marshmallow Bars

I have been craving my old, favourite cookie but couldn't remember how to make them.  I recently found a recipe for Indoor S'mores on the back of a cereal box.  They are actually a really gooey bar version of the traditional campfire treat.  I still prefer real s'mores when camping, but this recipe can satisify your sweet tooth year 'round.
Image from my cereal box


Celebrate Dad. #Giveaway @Hallmark_Canada (06/27 CAN ONLY)

This "coppered mug" is an affordable option($16.95) that stands apart 
from the typical gift of a ceramic mug with a cute saying.
Hallmark Canada has given me an assortment of Father's Day gift ideas.  I love to grill, so have claimed the BBQ glove, towel, and apron for myself.

My hubby will be receiving some of the items from the lager and ale collectables available this season. The magnetic bottle openers (shaped like a large bottle cap) are handy. Just stick them on the fridge, or to our metal table outside, to save searching through the junk drawer for one.

Since Father's Day is only a week away, I have a Hallmark Canada giveaway to help set the mood for those shopping for the special guys in their life.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Disclosure: This giveaway is sponsored by Hallmark and I receive occasional perks as part of my involvement in the #LoveHallmark blog community.


Simple Crafts Using Mini A Canvas #PreschoolActivity #SchoolAgeActivity

These are two of my favourite activities that use mini canvases from my local Dollar Store. I use a
6 x 8 canvas for these activities but you can use a larger size if you like.

Craft List:

  • Printed photos of child, or colour printer
  • White glue
  • Coloured paper
  • Scissors
  • 6 x 8 canvas
  • Paint or coloured card stock paper cut to 6x8
  • Puzzle pieces
  • Podge (to seal the images when complete)

"Love You To Pieces"
For this one, coloured card stock paper was cut to 6x8 to cover the canvas, then glued to the canvas. Each child was asked to write something they love about their Dad/Loved One on a piece of paper, then a photo was snapped and printed by colour printer. The image was glued onto the canvas, and the child was given puzzle pieces to glue as a border. This is my favourite way to use up puzzles that have lost a piece and can no longer be used in the classroom. I used spray sealer to seal the images  in place, but liquid Podge can be used as well.  I needed a shorter dry time so used the spray.  Craft ribbon was taped to the back, for hanging.

"Blowing Kisses"
Blowing Kisses, would be great for a Preschool child. The 6 x 8 canvas was painted, allowed to dry.  A posed photo of each child was printed and cut out for them.  The image was glued to the dry canvas along with hearts shapes. Seal this craft with Podge and let dry thoroughly. This was given as is, it is suitable for framing, or can have ribbon taped to the back for hanging.


Pulled Pork Sammies: Cook Once & Eat Twice {Recipe}

*Updated post from 2012

I love to BBQ but am not one of those brave souls that will grill in frigid temps. We have had cold and rain for two weekends in a row so I have not fired up the BBQ.  I am dusting off my crockpot to get some pulled pork goodness with a smoky, homemade BBQ sauce instead.

Pulled Pork Sammies.

What I use:

Part 1

1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 cup water
1 tablespoon minced, dehydrated onion flakes
pinch salt and pepper (its easier to add more later)
2 pound pork loin, or cottage roll* if using a seasoned cottage roll don't add salt and pepper*

Part 2

1 jar of tomato sauce
2-3 tablespoons honey or maple syrup
2 tablespoons malt vinegar
1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce

What I do:
  1. Mix the first three ingredients from Part 1 together in your slow cooker.
  2. Put the pork in and roll it around in the seasoning.
  3. Cook on LOW for 4-5 hours. *Internal meat temperature 165 degrees farenheit 
  4. Mix the sauce ingredients listed in Part 2.
  5. Pour over the pork and cook another 1-2 hours.Often we will complete the recipe up to the third step and have this for dinner one night and use the left over pork to make the BBQ Pulled Pork Sammies the next day. Just add leftover pork to crockpot and cook in sauce for two to three hours.

Food Safety Reference HealthyCanadians.gc.ca    

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