Monday, January 25, 2010
To make an indoor "sand box" to entertain little ones, buy a bus box and fill it with rice.
I've tried the short sided plastic containers with lids, but they do not hold up to the children putting their weight on them. The sides end up cracking. Bus boxes are made with commercial grade plastic to handle heavy loads and lots of slamming, so they hold up well. When the children outgrow the "sand box," I will still have a sturdy container to use for something else.
I prefer using rice in the box over beans because beans are a choking hazard for small children. Add measuring cups, raid your outside sand box, or fill with clearance priced beach toys. I used the girl's toy dishes.
If you put down a clean sheet or blanket, it makes clean up very easy. Just pick up the toys and then gather the edges so you can slide the rice into the box.
You can find the bus boxes a bit cheaper at your local Sams Club.
Emily and Hannah love their rice box and it allows me time to read with Caleb (camo shoes in top picture).
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Monday, January 11, 2010
This little lady has an entire series of these videos. They are great for families looking to cut meal costs or those interested in personal historical accounts for homeschool students.
In case YouTube makes embedding unavailable (the box above will not work), use this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DuMkW35BwK8
Friday, January 01, 2010
To all of our beautiful friends: Happy New Year!! Thank you for the many laughs you've given our household! May God richly bless each of you in 2010! We hope the love, kindness and generosity you've given to others is returned to you many times over! We hope the trials of this year become outshadowed by the many blessings of 2010! We hope you find everlasting peace and abiding joy in this New Year. We care about each friend of ours and we pray for you often. ~Clint & Wendy