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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Felt Monster Donuts (free pattern)


It's donut week!  We're counting down to National Donut Day with donut-themed fun all week.  Today, I thought I'd share a super easy, fun felt pattern.  These monster donuts would be a great pincushion for a sewer or a a toy for the play kitchen.




Cut out the donut pattern from the printed copy and tape to your felt.  I like to use either packaging tape or wrapping (desk) tape to secure the pattern onto the felt or fabric.  Cut out carefully, outside first and then the inside.


If you're going to hand sew, cut out a second piece of felt using the pattern.  If you have access to a sewing machine, lay your cut out felt donut onto another piece of felt and pin it down.  Machine sew around the outside of the donut, securing the ends well.  Cut out the second layer of felt using the pattern-cut one as a guide.


For both versions (hand sewn and machine sewn), cut out the middle of both donuts, and turn inside out through the middle.  Hand sew around the middle using a ladder stitch, stopping every few stitches to stuff it with toy stuffing.  I fill my donut pretty firmly, but you can make them softer if you want.


I cut a scrap of felt to be the teeth of the monster cookie and hot glued it onto the donut.  The google eyes are also hot glued on.  If you're making these donuts for toddlers, it's not a good idea to use the google eyes, as they could be choking hazards.  However, older kids might really enjoy the fun, wiggly eyes- my kids did!




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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Travel Donut Matching Game in an Altoid Tin


It's Donut Week in our pond as we count down to National Donut Day on June 1st.  Yesterday, I introduced a printable multiplication activity.  Today is Travel Time Tuesday, so I'm giving you a donut-themed travel game!


This game is perfect for camping, airplane travel, and grandma's house.  Simply print (I recommend cardstock or scrapbook paper), laminate, and cut.  The cards all fit in an Altoid Tin, which is great for travel, because they fit easily in a purse or pocket.

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Preschoolers and kindergartners will especially love this easy, colorful game.  Parents and grandparents will love its size and simplicity.  Also great for restaurants and other waiting times!  Enjoy!





Monday, May 21, 2018

Montessori-Inspired Multiplication Board with Donuts

Montessori-Inspired Multiplication Board with Donuts // In Our Pond // math practice // multiplication // elementary school // national donut day // doughnut math // homeschooling


Did you know that June 1st is National Donut Day?  To celebrate, I made a new Montessori-inspired printable.  I have a lot of math printables already, so it was a bit challenging to think of something new to make.  My kids were excited to hear that it would have something to do with donuts, though.


I ran across this picture on Pinterest, which links to a DIY wood version of the Montessori Multiplication board.  I prefer printables, because I like to do different themes and it's easy to store several of them (look for more versions in the future).

Montessori-Inspired Multiplication Board with Donuts // In Our Pond // Use coffee stirrers to mark out the factors and count to figure out the factors.  Also includes 111 multiplication flashcards for lots of practice// math practice // multiplication // elementary school // national donut day // doughnut math // homeschooling

The easiest way to use the printable is just to use a coffee stirrer or string to mark out the factors.  The printable could also be laminated for use with a dry erase marker.  The child can then count the donuts contained by the factors in the grid to find the product.  I have also included 111 multiplication problem cards for the child to work through.


Montessori-Inspired Multiplication Board with Donuts // In Our Pond // free printable // math practice // multiplication // elementary school // national donut day // doughnut math // homeschooling
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The board can also be used with donut erasers or beads to count out the product.  I included a blank board for such uses.  I have also added a 0-10 chart, as well as the 1-10 chart.


Montessori-Inspired Multiplication Board with Donuts // In Our Pond // Use this free printable to practice multiplication products.  Use two dice to play area war // math practice // multiplication // elementary school // national donut day // doughnut math // homeschooling

For a bit of fun, two children (or adults) could use dice to play an "area war" game.  Each player would need their own color of marker (or laminate the printable and draw in the perimeter).  The players then take turns rolling the 2 dice and marking out their territory.  Who will have the larges product?  Whose products will add up to the highest amount of land?



What other ways can you think to use the printables?




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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Catch a Spider Fine Motor Travel Activity in an Altoid Tin


I have been blogging like crazy this month!  The first week was all about Star Wars, the second week was camping, and the next week will be donuts.  This week was supposed to be my week off, but I can't stop blogging!  I posted Sea Turtle Life Cycle cards on Monday, a Minion Road Trip on Tuesday, and this game today.


I've also had so many Travel Time Tuesday posts lately that I've been posting twice a week!  Today, I'm sharing an activity I made for a friend's preschooler.  I took an empty Altoid tin and filled it with leftover Halloween spiders.  I also added a pair of tweezers.  The child can dump out the spiders and move them back into the tin with the tweezers.  The pinching motion is very good for developing finger strength.




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The printable includes a label for the Altoid Tin and counting cards for numbers 0-10.  As well as transferring the spiders with the tweezers, the child can also count the spiders and match them to the cards.  If you include 15 spiders in the tin, the child can do numbers 0-5 at the same time.  If you want the child to be able to do all 10 numbers at once, you'll need 55 spiders.  The spiders can be used for simple addition and subtraction equations as well.


Although this activity would probably be best for aircraft travel, it's great for homeschooling, too!  I have a whole cupboard of themed math games and counters.  You can see many of them by clicking the math tab under printables (I'll also showcase some at the end of this post).



How do you make math fun for your kids?



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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

How to Plan a Minions Road Trip for Kids

How to Plan a Minion Road Trip for Kids // In Our Pond

I've been enjoying Travel Time Tuesday so much and have been posting so much content (twice a week lately) that I decided to move all of it to it's own blog.  The Minion road trip blog post is now at my new site- Party Through the USA.  Click on the picture to go to the Minion post.