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Monday, November 26, 2018

Stocking Stuffers for Kids who Like to Chew

Stocking Stuffers for Kids who Like to Put Things in their Mouths // In Our Pond // autism // sensory processing disorder // oral sensory needs

*This is a sponsored post.  I was given free product in exchange for my honest opinion.  Ark Therapeutic also provided a free necklace for a giveaway to help me promote my blog.  The gift guide is my Christmas bonus to them.  All pictures come from the Ark Therapeutic website and belong to them*

Skimmer (age 6) loves to put things in his mouth!  He chews plastic and metal, rips things with his teeth, and gnaws his fingers.  He has many other sensory needs, but the oral sensory seeking can be the hardest to meet.  We have found that certain crunchy or flavorful foods are helpful, but there are often times (like in church) when eating noisy foods is not polite.  Enter- the silicone chew or chewelry.

Chewelry is kid-safe jewelry made out of food-grade silicone, which is meant to be chewed.  It's designed to meet the oral sensory needs in a safe way!  It comes in necklaces, bracelets, hand-held objects, pencil toppers, and more.  Some chews are shaped to meet different types of chewing needs, whether front teeth biting or back teeth gnawing.  They also come in several types of hardness for chewers from toddler to adult.

A blogging friend tuned me onto Ark Therapeutic early this past year.  i fell in love with the company as soon as I went on their website.  They're a family-owned company in the USA, who manufacture all of their own chewies locally.  A speech-language pathologist and an engineer got together to build the tools that occupational therapists (and all similar fields) and parents need for their special needs kids (or themselves).  All the products put out by Ark Therapeutic are medical grade, USA-manufactured, FDA compliant, and free from all sorts of bad stuff (BPA, PVC, lead, phthalates, and latex).  I feel great buying from this company and recommending it to everyone I know.

As I mentioned in the disclosure, Ark Therapeutic sent me free products to test out with my kids in exchange for this blog post.  Everything they sent to us, all my kids loved and used.  Even as I was putting together this blog post, they were giving me their wish list.  We have chewelry in the house, in the car, during homeschooling, and in my purse.  When I see my son start to get anxious, chew his fingers, or gnaw on toys, I pass him a chew.  The chewelry is much better for his teeth than anything else he could bite.

Ark Therapeutic also gave me one free chewelry necklace to giveaway to my readers  (scroll down to enter)  Since we're getting into Christmas time, I talked to the company about putting together a gift guide for them.  Chewelry makes great stocking stuffers and are fun enough to be exciting for kids to get as gifts.  Here are some of my family's favorite chews.  Which one is your favorite?

Stocking Stuffers for Girls who Like to Chew // In Our Pond // autism // sensory processing disorder // oral sensory needs

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Krypto-Bites- These long ones are good for people who like to chew with their back teeth.  I've also noticed that my kids suck on them a bit.

Smilie Face- It's not that emojis are particularly feminine, but I decided to include them in this list just for fun.  The round shape fills up the mouth and allows for chewing with a variety of teeth.

Pizza Slices- I love that you could put these slices together to make a whole pizza.  The shape reminds me of sleepovers and parties.  Great for a group of friends.

Diamond Necklace- Perfect for front teeth chewers, this diamond shape feels like princess jewelry while meeting a real oral need.

Best Friends Hearts- Designed with friends in mind, these front chewers are fun and functional.

Heart Chew- These hand-held chewers are adorable and perfect for the little darling in your life.  Great baby gift too!

Sidekick Chew- This big chew is about the size of an adult hand, making it a great choice for younger kids.  It's shape is really fun and has lots of places to hold onto it, too.

Fairy Princess Wands- I love that this super girly chew can be used for both front and back teeth chewers, making it a great option for a first chew.

Brick Pencil Toppers- Does your kid chew the top of their pencil at school or during homework time?  Do you?  This is the chew you need

Brick Fidget Spinners- How awesome is this combination between a chew and a fidget spinner!  I love it, and I know my son would as well.

Guitar Chew- This chew is specifically for babies to help them with their teething.  Of course, any music lover would benefit from this adorable chew.

Stocking Stuffers for Boys who Like to Put Things in their Mouths // In Our Pond // autism // sensory processing disorder // oral sensory needs

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Brick Stick- My kids love playing with Lego and think these brick sticks are amazing.  They're thin enough to be used as a back and front chewers.  The bumps are very nice to run across your fingers or other body parts if tactile input is what you seek.

Bite Sabers- Fans of Star Wars will love these fun "light saber" chews.  Great for kids who love to gnaw with their molars.

Dino Bite- This meaty dinosaur chew is perfect for kids who love fossils or even as a special souvenir for a trip to the museum.

Saber Tooth- The curve of this chew is great for lining up along your teeth.  On most kids, it reaches from the front to the back to give a lot of sensory input.  Plus, it looks cool.

Super Star- The star on these dog tags reminds me of Captain America.  If you have a kid who loves super heroes and bites with his front teeth, this is the chew for you!

Spider Bite- Another super hero themed chew, this one is good for Spiderman fans (like Tadpole- age 5).  The round shape fits the mouth well and touches many front teeth.

Ninja Star- This round shape has holes in it, which is great for kids who like to poke their fingers through things.  The non-solid shape would also be good for tongue poking.

Dino Tracks- This chew is good for dinosaur fans and front teeth chewers.

Bite Saber Pencil Toppers- Gear up a for a light saber battle and meet a sensory need to chew with these fun pencil toppers.

Magic Wand- This Harry Potter style wand is great for a back teeth chewer.

Original Grabber- With a special loop for gripping, this chew

Mega Brick Stick- This 6" Lego brick is great for babies and older chewers.

Overwhelmed by all the options?  Ark Therapeutic has awesome customer service!  Contact them on their website for individual help to meet your child's needs.  The company is family owned and family oriented, and I know they'll serve your family well.

Ark Therapeutic has graciously given me one chew necklace to giveaway to my readers!  And the best part is that you, the reader, get to pick out whichever one you want!  Gift has not cash equivalent and the giveaway is only open to residents of the USA.  Prize will be mailed from Ark Therapeutic.

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Monday, November 19, 2018

DIY Miniature Nutcracker Dance Studio

Nutcracker Dance Studio Doll Room for Elves and Barbies // Free printables // In Our Pond

I've had this dance studio in process since last Christmas!  I did the printables for it last January, and just now got around to putting it all together.  I built this to use as a background for our Elf on the Shelf, JOY, when she teaches us about the Nutcracker like she did last year.  With the new Nutcracker and the Four Realms movie out in theaters now, this is a great year to introduce your kids to the classic ballet.

To allow the ballet studio to be easy to store, I used a Small Tri-Fold Presentation Board, which stands 14" tall and is 24" wide.  It's a great size for fashion dolls and elves.  First, I used plain computer paper and a glue stick to cover the edges of the board.  It creates a nice edge and gets you used to cutting and gluing on the cardboard.

Nutcracker Dance Studio printables for an Elf doll room // In Our Pond

Next, I used the wallpaper printable that I made to cover the inside of the board.  It took a bit of creativity to make the patterns match up, but it wasn't too hard.  If you had another scene on the inside of the tri-fold board, you could put just one wallpaper print on back of the board.  You could also add the wallpaper to both sides to make more than one room.  I made the printable 8.5x14" (legal size) so the pages should fit well on the tri-fold board.

Then, it's time to decorate!  I've included several fun signs that you can attach to the walls or make freestanding.  I intend to add a fake mirror with scrapbook paper after a trip to the craft store.  Since I want the board to store flat, I decided not to attach anything bulky to the walls like a practice bar.  If you decide to make a free-standing bar or turn this into a box room, check out the ballet studio by My Froggy Stuff for an awesome tutorial.

Easy doll or elf costume for the Nutcracker // In Our Ppnd

You can make a simple ballet costume for your doll by adding strips of pink tulle to an elastic hair band.  For our JOY elf in the picture above, I also added a bit of lace to her crown for a Sugar Plum Fairy look.

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Friday, November 16, 2018

DIY Mini Christmas Decorations for Dolls and Elves

DIY Mini Christmas Decorations for Dolls and Elves // In Our Pond // 1:6 scale // Barbie dollhouse // Doll Crafting

I've been busy filling up my Elf Suitcase House with handcrafted decorations.  I wish the pictures were a bit better- maybe I can reshoot them next year when the sun shines again.  For now, hopefully these cell phone snaps from my shadowy bedroom will be enough to get a good idea of what I've done.  Most of the craft supplies with a few exceptions are basic and things I already had around my house.  I've included complete supply lists for your convenience.

Elf House in a Suitcase // DIY Mini Christmas Decorations for Dolls and Elves // In Our Pond // 1:6 scale // Barbie dollhouse // Doll Crafting

Peppermint Vase
- empty glitter jar
- fake candy canes
- peppermint nail art pieces

I first arranged the candy canes in the jar to get them the way I wanted, then I added a bit of hot glue in the middle of the to hold them to each other.  I lifted the bundle of candy canes out and added the peppermint candies.  A dab of hot glue in the middle of the candies came next, and I pushed the candy canes down on top while the glue was still hot.  When it was all assembled, I hot glued it in place on the shelf.

Free Printable Christmas sign // DIY Mini Christmas Decorations for Dolls and Elves // In Our Pond // 1:6 scale // Barbie dollhouse // Doll Crafting // Peppermint // Candy Canes

Smell the Peppermint and Hope Signs
- free printable
- scrap of white foam board
- red craft paint
- paintbrush
- glue stick

I designed the sign art after browsing Pinterest.  The words "stop and smell the peppermint" came from Yellow Bliss Road (her design is better and perfect for your kitchen) and really spoke to me since I love peppermint!  I cut out the sign and traced it onto the foam board (paperboard or cardboard would work too).  Then, I painted the foam board with red paint on the sides.  After it dried, I used a glue stick to attach the printable to the board.  With a dry brush, I added some red smudges, then added a small piece of foam board to the back as a stand.  It's also hot glued onto the shelf.

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Peppermint Jar
peppermint nail art pieces
- little jars from nail art glitter

This one is super easy.  I just added the peppermint candies to the empty glitter jar, which I got at the Dollar Tree.  The tiniest dab of hot glue keeps the candies from falling out.  So cute.

Wrapped Trees
 - scrap of white foam board

First, I cut a scrap of foam board into a 1 inch square.  Then, I shaped and cut a scrap of paper into a tiny cone, using a glue stick to secure it.  Next, I wrapped the yarn over the cone, gluing it as I worked.  The truck of the tree is a piece of q-tip hot glued into the cone.  I used regular hot glue to attach the tree to the foam board.  For the snow effect, I broke out my second glue gun and used white glue stick to make drifts.  Once the glue was cooled, I brushed the snow and one of the trees with glitter nail polish.

- free printable
scrap of white foam board
glue stick

I talked about the assembly of these little books on my Elf Books blog post.  For these books, I wrapped the covers around scraps of foam board and secured them with a glue stick.  Then, I hot glued them to each other and to the shelf.

DIY Mini Doll and Elf Books with free printables // In Our Pond // Christmas // Elf on the Shelf // doll miniatures

Snowflake Trophy
glitter nail polish
snowflake buttons 

I painted the snowflake and the piece of foam board with glitter nail polish.  Then, I hot glued them together.  Easy as pie.

Nutcracker Dolls
- free printable
- hot glue sticks
- scrap paper
glue stick
- paper q-tips
- mini pompoms

The printable Nutcracker from My Studio 3D is designed to go around a Pringles can for holiday treats.  I used my computer to resize it to be about 1 3/4" tall.  After printing and cutting, I used the doll wrap to measure the correct height on a glue stick and on the scrap piece of paper, which I cut into strips.  Starting with the glue stick as the base, I began wrapping the paper, gluing every inch or so to keep it wound tight.  When my inner paper tube was the size I wanted, I attached the printable with a glue stick.

For the hair, I pulled the cotton off q-tips and hot glued them in place.  The arms are wrapped around the stick part of the q-tips and hot glued to the body.  The hat and gloves (on the fatter one) are mini pompoms hot glued to their place.  The fatter Nutcracker has 4 pompoms on his hat, because I didn't have a large one to put there.  Like everything else, they're hot glued onto the shelves.

Paper Tube Nutcracker // DIY Mini Christmas Decorations for Dolls and Elves // In Our Pond // 1:6 scale // Barbie dollhouse // Doll Crafting

Gold Candle
snowflake buttons 
- glitter hot glue stick

I painted the snowflake with gold glitter polish like I did for the snowflake trophy.  The candle is a piece of glitter glue stick that I cut to size and added more gold nail polish to the sides.  Then, I hot glued the candle to the button.  Dragonfly really wanted this addition, so I knew I had to include it.

- evergreen pipe cleaners

One of the easiest parts of the decor.  I wrapped one piece of evergreen pipe cleaner around itself to make a hoop.  I'd like to add a gold bow, but I don't have anything to make one with at the moment.

1:6 Scale Christmas Treats // DIY Mini Christmas Decorations for Dolls and Elves // In Our Pond // 1:6 scale // Barbie dollhouse // Doll Crafting

Cake Pops
- miniature cake pops
scrap of white foam board
white hot glue

I absolutely love these cake pops from Sweet Pea Toy Miniatures!  They're so detailed and adorable!  I stacked up layers of white foam board to make a cake stand and added a few holes to help the cake pops stand up.  Then, I added the pops one at a time, securing them with white hot glue.  After all the main glue had cooled, I added blobs of glue to the rest of the stand to make it look like snow or frosting.  (oops- I just noticed that the gingerbread man has glue boogers on him)

Ornament Vase
- 6 mm red and white beads
empty glitter jar

Another super easy one to make.  I just took an empty glitter jar and added the beads to it.  A bit of hot glue kept them from spilling.  Then, I hot glued it to the shelf.

Coffee Cup with Whipped Cream
- free printable
- brown craft paint
peppermint nail art pieces
- modge podge
- white craft paint
- corn starch
- paint brush

I featured the basic coffee cup design and free printable on my Doll Coffee Shop blog post.  The directions for assembly can be found there.  I saw an amazing craft whipped cream tutorial from My Froggy Stuff the other days, and I had to try it.  In a small bowl, I mixed up modge podge, white craft paint, and corn starch together until it made stiff peaks.  I used the back of the paint brush to mix and to add a dollop of whipped cream to the top of the coffee.  A tiny slice of peppermint nail art completed the adorable peppermint latte.

Barbie-sized Peppermint Latte and Whipped Cream Cake // DIY Mini Christmas Decorations for Dolls and Elves // In Our Pond // 1:6 scale // Barbie dollhouse // Doll Crafting

Peppermint Cake
- Barbie plastic cake
peppermint nail art pieces
modge podge
white craft paint
corn starch
paint brush

I had a cheap, plastic strawberry cake that I bought as part of a Barbie accessories pack.  Since I had so much fake whipped cream left over from the coffee, I decided to use it to "frost" the cake.  It's not the most beautiful cake, and I'm still trying to decide if I want to add more to it, but I like the way it turned out.  Like I did with the coffee, I added peppermint slices to the cakes.  Have I mentioned how much I love peppermint?  Yum!

Easy Paperboard Gingerbread House // DIY Mini Christmas Decorations for Dolls and Elves // In Our Pond // 1:6 scale // Barbie dollhouse // Doll Crafting

Gingerbread House
- paperboard
scrap of white foam board
white hot glue
- gingerbread man button
peppermint nail art pieces

This gingerbread house was one of the first things I crafted this year.  I started with four pieces of paperboard shapes for the walls and a scrap of 1x1 inch foam board for the base.  Using my favorite white hot glue, I began assembling the house like you would make a real one, one side at a time, adding glue frosting at each join.  After the house corners were cool, I added a rectangle for the roof.  The next part was the hardest because I had to be patient to not put my hand in the glue as I worked.  Slowly, I added hot glue to the base of the house, the joints, the roof, and around the door.  I added a gingerbread button and peppermint candy to the front of the house to finish it.

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

10 Youtube Videos to Learn about Thanksgiving

10 Youtube Videos to Learn about Thanksgiving // In Our Pond // homeschooling // theme unit // educational videos

Next week is Thanksgiving!  All of our regular homeschool activities will be cancelled, so I'll have a whole 3 days to fill with seasonal fun.  I'm sure there are lots of things I could gather for the holiday, but I decided to do videos because my kids love them.  Dragonfly (age 7) enjoyed helping me screen these videos and put together this list of historically accurate (as far as I know) videos of the Pilgrims, Wampanoags, and the first Thanksgiving.  I'm hoping that this list gives homeschoolers and teachers lots of jumping off places for their own good discussions.

17th Century English Village

Adults at Plymouth Village talk about the structure and defense of the town, how the houses were built, and the pilgrim way of life.  A solder talks about his armor and weapons, a man addresses tools of the time, and a woman talks about home life and gardening.  I'm sure your kids will have many questions after watching this video.

Scholastic Virtual Field Trip

This video is a discussion between some historical actors from the Plymouth village and a moderator.  It's a bit dry and would be better suited for teens and adults.  It contains a lot of the same information as the other videos.

Wampanoag Village Tour

Most stories of Thanksgiving only talk about the Wampanaog tribe in the context of how they helped the Pilgrims.  This video gives an interesting look at life in the village, how their houses were set up, children's toys, and their clothing.  People of all ages will be fascinated by the demonstration of how they built their canoes.  It would make a good learning project too!

History of the First Thanksgiving

The pictures in this video are beautiful and calming.  The tone is slightly religious, but not overtly.  Once again, I think the interest level would be a bit on the older age range.  While the other videos focus on life in the Pilgrim village, this video looks more at their motivation for leaving and the Mayflower.

Pilgrim Life

Children at the Plymouth Colony to 16th century chores and play games to show modern kids how life looked during that time period.  This one is also done by Scholastic, which was surprising to me.  My kids enjoyed watching them interact with each other and their parents.

The Wampanoag Way

Similar to the Pilgrim video above, this video two modern Wampanoag girls in their 21st century life and their 16th century village.  See them make jewelry, grind food, and spend time with their parents.  It's a good compliment to the Pilgrim video and the Village Tour from above.

Crash Course History- When is Thanksgiving?

This video is directed at middle school age kids and above.  It contains a bit of language and crudeness, but it's interesting and covers more topics than the basic happy Pilgrim story.  I recommend the entire series for older kids.

The History of the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade

This video sort of reminds me of the parade scene in Jingle All the Way, as it shows you what happens behind the scenes of the big event.  I love seeing the old balloons, the costumes, bits of historic parades, and more.  It's fun to watch everyone rehearse the marching bands, balloon puppeteering, and how they deal with problems.  If you're family are fans of the 34th Street Miracle, then you'll enjoy this special documentary.  I also found a 1959 Macy's Parade recording if historical parades interest you.

How Cranberry Jelly is Made

My family makes fun of me, ,but the jelled cranberries are one of my favorite parts of Thanksgiving.  Did you know that it takes 16 months for cranberries to ripen?  I learned that in this video!  Find out more about the American berry and share what else you know in the comments below.

How Canned Pumpkin is Made

Another staple of Thanksgiving is the pumpkin pie.  Find out in this video how canned pumpkin gets to your grocery cart with this short video.

Do you have more to share?  Comment below!

10 Youtube Videos to Learn about Thanksgiving // In Our Pond // homeschooling // theme unit // educational videos // Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade // Pilgrims // Wampanaog // Mayflower

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Thursday, November 8, 2018

250 Theme Unit Ideas for Your Homeschool Year

250 Theme Unit Ideas for Your Entire Homeschool Year // In Our Pond

After way too many Christmas posts, I'm finally back to writing about homeschool stuff (although you shouldn't assume Christmas posts are done).  I think all the list making last month has got me in a list-making mood.  Today's article is a list of 250 ideas you can use for your homeschool theme units.  Since homeschoolers learn all year long, there are lists for every month.  If you have more to add, leave a comment!

20 Theme Ideas for January as part of the 250 Theme Unit Ideas for Your Entire Homeschool Year blog post // In Our Pond
1- Penguins
2- Polar Bears
3- Snow Life Cycle
4- Human Blood (donor month)
5- Antarctica Continent
6- Narnia
7- Snow Adaptive Animals
8- Manners (hot tea month)
9- Rocks
10- Yeast
11- Fitness
12- Italy (Jan 4 is spaghetti day)
13- Little House in the Big Woods
14- Nursery Rhymes
15- Constellations
16- Winnie the Pooh (Jan 18 is his day)
17- Wound Care
18- Winter Survival
19- Sequences
20- Marine Birds

20 Theme Ideas for February as part of the 250 Theme Unit Ideas for Your Entire Homeschool Year blog post // In Our Pond
1- Love
2- Family
3- World Geography
4- Black History
5- Biological Hearts
6- Baking (it's Bake for Family month)
7- Dental Health
8- African Continent
9- Perfume Making
10- Martin Luther King/Civil Rights
11- Chocolate
12- Blood Types
13- Tooth Fairy
14- Candy
15- DNA
16- Teeth
17- History of Super Bowl
18- Gemstones
19- Animal Teeth
20- Gold and Metals

20 Theme Ideas for March as part of the 250 Theme Unit Ideas for Your Entire Homeschool Year blog post // In Our Pond
1- St. Patrick's Day
2- Catholic Saints
3- Ireland
4- Circles (3-14 is Pi Day)
5- Seeds
6- Human Brain
7- Nutrition
8- Water Cycle
9- Women's History (March is women's month)
10- Music Theory
11- Dr. Seuss (March is his month)
12- Plant Life Cycle
13- The Day the Crayons Quit (March 31 is crayon day)
14- Irish Myths
15- History of Cereal (March 7 is cereal day)
16- Ellis Island
17- Rainbows
18- History of Barbie (March 9 is her day)
19- Elizabeth I
20- Irish Migration to US

20 Theme Ideas for April as part of the 250 Theme Unit Ideas for Your Entire Homeschool Year blog post // In Our Pond
1- Easter
2- Bug Life Cycles
3- Unicorns (April 9 is unicorn day)
4- Chickens
5- Bunnies/Rabbits
6- Butterfly Life Cycle
7- Color Theory
8- Guitars (April is guitar month)
9- Jazz History
10- Superheros (April 28 is superhero day)
11- Passover
12- Autism (April is autism month)
13- Practical Jokes
14- Inventions (April is invention month)
15- Frog Life Cycle
16- Baseball
17- Zoo (April 8 is "zoo lovers" day)
18- Poetry
19- Pets
20- Immigration (April 17 is "Ellis Island family history' day)

20 Theme Ideas for May as part of the 250 Theme Unit Ideas for Your Entire Homeschool Year blog post // In Our Pond
1- Moms
2- Memorial Day
3- Asparagus
4- Foster Care/Orphans
5- Parts of a Bicycle
6- Asian American history
7- Pandas
8- The Hotel at the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
9- Asian Continent
10- The Military
11- Landforms
12- Fairy Tales
13- Types of Rice
14- Cars
15- Flowers
16- Star Life Cycle
17- Community Helpers
18- First Aid
19- Flags and Meanings
20- Star Wars (May the Fourth)

20 Theme Ideas for June as part of the 250 Theme Unit Ideas for Your Entire Homeschool Year blog post // In Our Pond
1- Mail System
2- Fractured Fairy Tales
3- Doctor Office
4- Aquariums (June is aquarium month)
5- Solar System
6- How Marshmallows are Made
7- The Ozark Trail
8- Milk (June is dairy month)
9- History of Graham Crackers
10- Water Safety
11- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
12- Camping
13- History of Disney
14- Oregon Trail
15- Donuts (1st Friday in June)
16- Sewing
17- Freshwater Fish
18- Dams
19- Black Bears vs Grizzlies
20- Strawberries

20 Theme Ideas for July as part of the 250 Theme Unit Ideas for Your Entire Homeschool Year blog post // In Our Pond
1- America
2- North American Animals
3- Eagles
4- Civil War
5- The Sun
6- Beavers
7- Fireworks
8- How to Watercolor
9- Best Lemonades
10- History of Hot Dogs
11- County Fair
12- Ice Cream
13- Postage Stamps
14- Classic Cars
15- Drive-In Movies
16- History of McDonalds (July 24 is drive through day)
17- Amelia Earhart
18- Pioneers
19- History of the Ferris Wheel
20- Blueberries with Sal

20 Theme Ideas for August as part of the 250 Theme Unit Ideas for Your Entire Homeschool Year blog post // In Our Pond
1- Beach
2- Ocean Animals
3- Marine Mammals
4- Ocean Invertebrates
5- Tide Pool Animals
6- Ocean Food Chain
7- Volcanoes
8- Human Eye
9- School vs Homeschool
10- Hurricanes
11- The United Nations
12- Seashells
13- Eye Doctor
14- Watermelon (Aug 3)
15- Lighthouses
16- Bees and Honey
17- Peach Life Cycle
18- Route 66
19- How a Lawn Mower Works
20- Fire

20 Theme Ideas for September as part of the 250 Theme Unit Ideas for Your Entire Homeschool Year blog post // In Our Pond
1- Apple Life Cycle
2- Farm Animals
3- Squirrels
4- Seeds We Eat
5- Football
6- John Deere
7- Knitting
8- Latin America
9- Classic Music
10- How Foods Grow
11- Square Dancing
12- Newspapers
13- Spanish (Sept is Hispanic Heritage month)
14- How a Piano Works
15- Peanuts
16- Wild West
17- History of the Teddy Bear
18- Pirates (Sept 19)
19- Elephants
20- Hobbits (Sept 22)

20 Theme Ideas for October as part of the 250 Theme Unit Ideas for Your Entire Homeschool Year blog post // In Our Pond
1- Halloween
2- Pumpkin Life Cycle
3- Why Leaves Change
4- The Moon
5- Bats
6- Spiders
7- Animal Migration
8- About Me (Oct is "I'm Just Me" month)
9- Genetics
10- Groceries (Oct is "eat better" month)
11- Food Pyramid
12- Cooking
13- Downs Syndrome (Oct is DS month)
14- Nocturnal Animals
15- 5 Senses (Oct is "sensory awareness" month)
16- European Continent
17- Emotions (Oct is "emotional wellness" month)
18- Owls
19- Monster Trucks
20- Money (Oct is "financial planning" month)

20 Theme Ideas for November as part of the 250 Theme Unit Ideas for Your Entire Homeschool Year blog post // In Our Pond
1- Turkeys
2- Native Americans (Nov is Native American History month)
3- Pilgrims
4- Thankfulness
5- Hibernation
6- Adoption (Nov is adoption month)
7- Family History
8- North American Continent
9- Veterans
10- The Mitten story
11- Aviation (Nov is aviation history month)
12- Germs and Sickness
13- The Mayflower
14- Diabetes (Nov is diabetes month)
15- Bear Says Thanks book
16- Kindness (Nov has World Kindness Day)
17- Light
18- Mickey Mouse (Nov 18 is his birthday)
19- Electricity
20- Macy's Parade

20 Theme Ideas for December as part of the 250 Theme Unit Ideas for Your Entire Homeschool Year blog post // In Our Pond
1- Christmas
2- Microwaves (Dec. 6)
3- Nutcracker Ballet
4- Gingerbread Man
5- Nativity
6- The Grinch
7- Christmas Cookies
8- Babies/Mammals
9- World Holidays
10- Needs vs Wants
11- Hanukkah
12- Hot Chocolate
13- Pearl Harbor and WW2
14- Christmas Around the World
15- Gingerbread Pirates
16- Winter Solstice
17- Candle Making
18- Snowmen
19- Advent
20- A Christmas Carol

20 Theme Ideas for Bonus as part of the 250 Theme Unit Ideas for Your Entire Homeschool Year blog post // In Our Pond
1- Fungus
2- Sharks
3- Trains
4- Gold Rush
5- Natural Cleaning Chemicals
6- Computers
7- Immunizations
8- How __ is Made
9- Mold
10- Transcontinental Railroad
11- Chinese Americans
12- Interment Camps
13- American Bison
14- Robots
15- Warbird Airplanes
16- The Industrial Revolution
17- American Prisons
18- Protestant Reformation
19- Lego
20- The Printing Press

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Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Elf Photo Clothesline

I'm constantly inspired by My Froggy Stuff's creations.  Today's elf printable is a Christmas version of her Tumbler Room photo clothesline.  There are sixty tiny Poloroid-style pictures to use for your own doll crafting, room decorating, or scrapbooking.  Watch My Froggy Stuff's video to see how to do the miniature clothespins and hang the pictures.

Miniature Christmas Pictures for a Photo Clothesline Printable // In Our Pond // Elf on the Shelf Ideas

The original pictures came from the royalty-free website, Pixabay, and were gathered and formatted in my digital scrapbook program.  The miniature pictures are 0.8x0.7 but can be scaled up or down by changing the settings on your printer.  There is also a blank version and a captions version.

For the picture clothesline in my Elf house, I first mounted the pictures on paperboard with glue stick.  Next, I cut apart wood matches to create the clothespins (Froggy uses toothpicks) and glued them to the picture first.  It's a bit tricky to hang them on the line, because you have to think about where the rope would come out on a real clothesline.  I put my glue on the back of the picture exactly where the other side of the clothespin would be in a bigger version.  Lastly, I glued the string to the shelf.

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Free Printable Christmas Pictures for Elf on the Shelf Crafts and Activities // In Our Pond