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Thursday, May 31, 2018

Donuts Fun for Everyone!



Tomorrow is National Donut Day!  Every June 1st, we stop to acknowledge our favorite fried dessert.  I've partnered with the Kid Blogger Network again to bring you 30 amazing donut ideas for everyone!  There's lots of recipes, crafts, free printables, play ideas, and more!  Enjoy!



Polymer Clay Jewelry // Artsy Fartsy Mama
This super cute jewelry would be a good party craft.

If you give a Dog a Donut book and snack idea with a free printable.  Check out her math 10-frame below, too.

Printable math game for counting and subtraction fun.  Print the game pieces and then roll a dice to give away your donuts.  The most generous person wins.

This donut craft is so easy for a family or a classroom.  You can make them as simple or elaborate as you want.

Practice counting and have fun with play dough with this printable mats.

These caramel donuts look amazing!  So yummy for fall.  Or any time.




Christmas-themed printable donuts for counting practice and to help build number sense.

If you're felt pretend donuts seem a bit tame, you can make them more interesting by crafting some monsters.  Bring on the google eyes.

These math 10-frames are a great resource for kids learning number sense and basic counting.  The donuts make is so fun.

Printable birthday tag for all your party and gifting needs.

These donuts look so yummy and I love pumpkin.

This grid can be used to help kids understand how multiplication works and to find the solution.






These donuts are low-carb, vegan, and all the other good things you might like.

I think these donuts would be great at a unicorn party or St. Patrick's Day celebration.  The most time-consuming part is probably sorting the cereal by color.

These sour cream donuts look lovely. too.  They look a bit like a cake donut.

These donuts are also gluten-free.  Perhaps the sweet potato makes these into a healthy food?

If store-bought donuts are more your thing, these spider decorated donuts are perfect for you.  Great for a class party treat.

This grilled cheese recipe uses a store-bought donut as the bread.  Alternatively, you could use a bagel or bagel-thin for a more normal "themed" sandwich.



I made this donut stacker for my niece.  Each of the layers have a different type of fabric and texture.

If you like the idea of donuts, but don't feel like eating an actual donut, these sugar cookies are a great substitute.

This is a cute donut craft for moms and kids.

I love pumpkin (I think I already said that).  These donuts look so yummy!

These felt donuts look easy to make and those strawberries are the best!

Doggies like donuts too!  These homemade cookies have all of your dog's favorite treats.







This blogger is a specialist at making adorable corner bookmarks.  These donuts would make a great classmate gift for Valentine's Day or National Donut Day.

This printable game fits in an altoid tin so it would be great for traveling.  Suitable for ages 3 and up.

My daughter loves breaking these secret codes from this blogger.  And I like that it tricks her into using her reading skills and to practice letter writing.

If felt donuts look a bit too complicated, these sock donuts are perfect.  You can make up a couple dozen and give them out to your friends.

I haven't read the book that this costume is based on, but it looks like a lot of fun.

A coffee themed sensory bin and some donut play dough make an afternoon of donut shop fun.




All these donut posts have given me so many ideas for tomorrow.  I can't wait!





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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Lego Themed Road Trip Ideas

I love Travel Time Tuesday so much that I've decided to give it it's own blog!  It'll take me awhile to transfer everything, but all my future travel posts will now be on the new site- Party Through the USA.  This blog will now be only for homeschooling and parenting stuff, and all the road trip ideas, free travel printables, and DIY toys will be on the new blog.  I've spent the last week trying to get the new site ready, and I'm very excited to introduce it to you today.


Lego Themed Road Trip Ideas // In Our Pond
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Thursday, May 24, 2018

Donut Gone Game

Free printable math game that fits in an altoid tin // In Our Pond // travel // restaurant // homeschooling // classroom // math class // national donut day

We have a homeschool math game today.  We're also continuing our countdown to National Donut Day (June 1st) with more donut fun!  Today's free printable is for a game called "Gone."

Free printable math game that fits in an altoid tin // In Our Pond // travel // restaurant // homeschooling // classroom // math class // national donut day
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To play the game, print, laminate, and cut the donut pieces out.  Then, divide the donuts between two players.  Take turns rolling the dice and giving each other the amount of donuts that you have rolled.  For example, if player 1 rolls a 4, then he gives player 2 four donut cards.  Continue playing, counting, and taking turns until one person gets rid of all their donuts.  The person to give away all their cards wins.  Store in an Altoid tin when not in use for a simple, small game for anywhere.



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Free printable math game that fits in an altoid tin // In Our Pond // travel // restaurant // homeschooling // classroom // math class // national donut day

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

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 Donut Game blog post is now at my new site- Party Through the USA.  Click on the picture to go to the donut post.



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?



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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Catch a Spider Fine Motor Travel Activity in an Altoid Tin

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 Spider Printable blog post is now at my new site- Party Through the USA.

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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.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Montessori-Inspired Sea Turtle Life Cycle 3-Part Cards


Kids are fascinated by life cycles.  Whether it's mosquitoes or chickens or bees, children love to see how animals are different from us and unique from each other.  Safari Ltd has wonderful plastic life cycle sets for a large variety of zoological creatures, which are great for homeschooling.


The sets allow children to see and feel animal life cycles that they wouldn't normally be able to touch.  My kids love using them in sensory bins.  The pieces clean up well after play time is done, and can be used over and over.



I have several Montessori-inspired 3-part cards, including a couple life cycle ones.  This free sea turtle printable matches the Safari life cycle pieces and can be used in a traditional 3-part way to encourage reading and comprehension.  Children can also use the cards as a vocabulary bank for creative writing or simple science reports.


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The Sea Turtle life cycle cards would be a great addition to a study of the ocean or coral reefs.  Add some counting cards like the ones from Living Montessori Now or make a sensory bin like the one from Every Star is Different to create a fun, kid-friendly theme.  Be on the lookout for more free sea turtle printables and more life cycle printables from In Our Pond.




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Friday, May 11, 2018

What to Bring When You're Camping with Experts

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 Camping Packing List blog post is now at my new site- Party Through the USA.  Click on the picture to go to the packing list post.


What to Bring When You're Camping with Experts // Free Printable Packing List // In Our Pond





Thursday, May 10, 2018

Free Printable Camping Notebook

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 Camping Notebook blog post is now at my new site- Party Through the USA.

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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Adventuring with Asthma

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 Asthma blog post is now at my new site- Party Through the USA.

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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Crafts for Camping

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 Crafts for Camping blog post is now at my new site- Party Through the USA.

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Monday, May 7, 2018

Montessori-Inspired Animal Tracks 3-Part Cards


Last week, I ran a Star Wars series every day with lots of fun, crafts, printables, and ideas for celebrating Star Wars Day.  This week, I bring you a full range of camping articles.  I had planned these as separate Travel Time Tuesday posts, but I had too many travel posts to put them only once a week.  Since camping season is coming soon, I wanted to get all these posts out for you early.


Today, I bring you a Montessori-inspired printable for homeschooling.  While we're in the woods, we often encounter animal footprints.  I'm not a good tracker, so making these 3-part cards was as much my learning experience as anyone else's.  It was very fascinating to me to compare the animals and what I know about them with their tracks.

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These pictures can be matched in the traditional Montessori way, both with track to label, animal to animal, animal to label, or animal to track.  I tried to include the feet of the animals in the pictures to make matching a bit easier.


An expansion of this activity would be to gather some well-done plastic animals and make some tracks in play dough.  One person could make the footprints while the other person guesses what animal made them.  Plastic animals can also be used for 1-to-1 correspondence (counting), simple addition and subtraction problems, sensory bins, and many other things.


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Friday, May 4, 2018

Free Star Wars Printables

Free Star Wars Printables // In Our Pond // kids // may the fourth // star wars // disney // kids activities // road trips // travel // travel with kids // educational printables // homeschooling // math


It's Star Wars Day!  All this week, we've been counting down to May the Fourth, and now it's finally here!  For my last post of the week, I'm joining up with the Kid Blogger Network again to bring you the best of the best.  Today, we present Star Wars Printables!


Free Star Wars Printables // In Our Pond // kids // may the fourth // star wars // disney // kids activities // road trips // travel // travel with kids // educational printables // homeschooling // math
These word clouds are amazing.  They would be fun wall art, too.

Learn number sense with the forces.

My boys will enjoy learning their letters with this pack.

These bookmarks are so cute!  They would make fun party favors.

Color Droids awesome with this printable.

I like the clip art on this page.  Spy and count.

This word work would be fun for road trips.

It's party time with these cupcake toppers.

Decorate your house with paper chains for May the Fourth.





Free Star Wars Printables // In Our Pond // kids // may the fourth // star wars // disney // kids activities // road trips // travel // travel with kids // educational printables // homeschooling // math
Practice patterns and shapes with this pack.

My boys were so excited to do math with these.

Celebrate Father's Day in style with this card.

This matching game fits in an Altoid tin!

Encourage creative writing with these pages.

This cute preschool pack would be fun for young Padawans.

Write about a Disney vacation with these journal pages.

Work your number sense with this worksheet.

These activities are perfect for brain breaks, PE, and physical therapy.





Free Star Wars Printables // In Our Pond // kids // may the fourth // star wars // disney // kids activities // road trips // travel // travel with kids // educational printables // homeschooling // math
My kids would love these fun coloring pages.

I am completely in love with this idea!

Encourage sight word practice with this board game.

Printable learning pack for homeschoolers.

Kids can use their imaginations building droids or making lookalikes.

After a sleepover, have a Star Wars themed breakfast bar.  Fun!

More awesome stuff from 3 Dinosaurs.  I'm looking forward to using this with my boys.

This activity is very interesting and geared toward older kids.

These prints would be great in a Star Wars room!




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Thursday, May 3, 2018

Easy and Magical Disney Play Dough Ideas

Easy and Magical Disney Play Dough Ideas // In Our Pond // Star Wars Week // May the Fourth // disney // playdoh // busy box // quiet time // quiet play // play dough kit

For the fourth day of Star Wars week, I've joined with the wonder writers of the Kid Blogger Network to bring you their best Disney play dough ideas.  Kids love to squish, kneed, and roll dough.  These creative kits should keep them entertained and happy for hours.  Most of them use homemade recipes, but store-bought ones can be utilized as well.  Put together a few kits for grandma's house, birthday presents, vacations, and wherever else you end up this summer.



Star Wars

Seeing as it's Star Wars week, I thought I should dedicate a full section to the Galaxy far, far away.

Easy and Magical Disney STAR WARS Play Dough Ideas // In Our Pond // Star Wars Week // May the Fourth // disney // playdoh // busy box // quiet time // quiet play // play dough kit
BB8 // Left Brain Craft Brain
The orange, white, and grey in this invitation to play is so striking.

Star Wars // Frugal Fun for Boys
My boys love this little metal spaceships.  They would really enjoy playing with them in the sand play dough, too.

Galaxy // Imagination Tree
The silver stars look so inviting!

Death Star // Little Bins for Little Hands
Lego pieces and shades of grey play dough provide all the parts for building your own Death Star.

Star Wars Kit // The Deyounge Life
Every time I see these kits with dough, loose parts, and figurines, I want to make them.  I haven't made one yet, but this Star Wars one looks like a good place to start.

Printable Characters // Life Over Cs
Although these characters are not specific to play dough play, they would be a quick and easy addition.




Princesses

You can't have Disney without princesses!  Here are 8 royal ideas.

Easy and Magical Disney PRINCESSES Play Dough Ideas // In Our Pond // Star Wars Week // May the Fourth // disney // playdoh // busy box // quiet time // quiet play // play dough kit
Princess and the Frog // Sugar Spice and Glitter
Here's another amazing play dough kit!  I love the colors- so bright and inviting.

Frozen // Mamma Papa Bubba
This set has many shades of cool colors.  I really like the loose parts additions to this set, too.

Tinkerbell // The Gingerbread House
I like the idea of using dough to make princess dresses.  This green, sparkly recipe is perfect for Tinkerbell.

Fairy Dust // Sugar Spice and Glitter
More fairy dough for a magical playtime.

Olaf // Brie Brie Blooms
The adorable, silly snowman is one of my favorite Disney characters.

Princesses // Playground Park Bench
I like how there is a set of dough for each princess for some color matching and more dress-making fun.

Moana // The Inspiration Edit
These jars were used for party favors- so easy and cute.

Snowman Sparkle // A Little Pinch of Perfect
This dough looks like snow.  If you put it in the fridge
for a few minutes, you can make it cold like snow too.




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