29 January 2012

Our favourite spring activities and a blog carnival coming soon

This year at sunnydaytodaymama we'll be hosting a new blog carnival, All Year Round, a quarterly link collection of spring, summer, autumn and winter posts sharing seasonal thoughts, pictures, activities, crafts, recipes, books, art, nature study, projects, celebrations and more. I'm delighted that Mama Smiles, Winding Circle, The Mahogany Way, Smiling like Sunshine and Home Baked will be co-hosting the carnival.

The All Year Round Blog Carnival: Spring begins on 15th February and everyone is invited to link up old and new spring posts. You're welcome to get a button and also share this post and let your friends know about the carnival. We're looking forward to seeing your spring links.

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We've been preparing for spring for a while, including planning a new outdoor play kitchen for the garden. These are some more of our favourite spring activities.

Spring nature basket


Spring nature book basket


Games with old calendars


More games with old calendars


Spring cleaning


Working in the garden


Lunch in the garden


Dandelions


A toy pond


Feeding the ducks


A kite


Mother Nature in our corner of the world


Mother Nature in the spring


Spring at the farm


101 inspiring links: spring, creativity and parenting


If you'd be interested in hosting the carnival at your blog too please let me know in the comments or contact us here.

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Our favourite spring books
Pictures of spring
Preparing for spring
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27 January 2012

Playing with packing peanuts



Last autumn we were given several bags of packing peanuts and I posted about crafts with packing peanuts. We still have a basket of peanuts left and they've been great for indoor play during the winter.









Click here to see the play, crafts and learning ideas blog link-ups we share at.

25 January 2012

January

Corner View was created by Jane at Spain Daily and is hosted by Francesca at FuoriBorgo. We are invited to post pictures telling the stories of our different lives and cultures. This week's theme is 'January'.



Corner Views from around the world:
Jane, Dana, Bonny, Joyce, Ian, Francesca, Theresa, Cate, Kasia, Otli, Trinsch, Isabelle, Janis, Kari, jgy, Lise, Dorte, McGillicutty, Sunnymama, Ibb, Kelleyn, Ninja, Sky, RosaMaria, Juniper, Valerie, Sammi, Cole, Don, WanderChow, FlowTops, Tania, Tzivia, Kristin, Laura, Guusje, Susanna, Juana, Elsa, Nadine

22 January 2012

Favourite websites for young children



One of the first websites Sunnyboy used himself was Charlie and Lola and it was while watching video clips on that site that he started using the mouse. Since then he's taught himself more computer skills by spending time on the CBeebies website. Other sites he visits too include Poisson Rouge, UpToTen.com and The Fungooms. Recently he also did a two week free trial on Reading Eggs and they've now been sent us a code for a month free trial. His favourite website though is YouTube!

This week we decided to look for more websites that he'd like and tried out quite a few. If you have any favourite websites for young children we'd love you to let us know in the comments. Here's the list we have so far:

ABC 4 kids
Barnes&Noble Online Storytime
Bembo's Zoo
Boohbah
BrainBox
BrainPOP
CBeebies
Charlie and Lola
Childtopia
Count Us In
Curious George
Disney Junior
Doodle!
Enchanted Learning
Fisher Price
HooHa House
Kids' CBC
Kids Learning Videos
Leading to Reading
Learning Games for Kids
Light Up Your Brain
LiteracyCenter.Net
MathGameTime
Mazes
NASA Kids' Club
National Geographic Kids
National Geographic Little Kids
Orisinal
Pauly's Playhouse
PBS Kids
PEEP and the Big Wide World
Poisson Rouge
Reading Eggs
Roy The Zebra
Scholastic
Seussville
Sheppard Software
Starfall.com
Storynory
The Fungooms
Topmarks English Games
Topmarks Maths Games
UpToTen.com
YouTube
Ziggity Zoom

We also found this great list of Favourite Interactive Museum Websites for Children at Autonomous Education.

Click here to see the play, crafts and learning ideas blog link-ups we share at.

20 January 2012

{this moment}



{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember...
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15 January 2012

All Year Round Blog Carnival: get a button

Update: 2014-2016
All Year Round is now on Pinterest. If you'd like to contribute to our group boards please let me know in the comments or contact us here.

Spring Projects group board


Summer Projects group board


Autumn Projects group board


Winter Projects group board


All Year Round Nature Study group board


All Year Round Education group board


All Year Round Books group board


All Year Round Crafts group board


All Year Round Food & Drink group board


All Year Round blog carnival co-hosts group board


This year at sunnydaytodaymama we'll be hosting a new blog carnival, All Year Round, a quarterly link collection of spring, summer, autumn and winter posts sharing seasonal thoughts, pictures, activities, crafts, recipes, books, art, nature study, projects, celebrations and more.



If you'd be interested in hosting the carnival at your blog too please let me know in the comments or contact us here.

All Year Round Pinterest
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If you'd like to contribute to our Spring Projects, Summer Projects, Autumn Projects, Winter Projects, All Year Round Nature Study, All Year Round Books, All Year Round Crafts and All Year Round Education group boards on Pinterest please let me know in the comments or contact us here.

Get a button, spread the word, and come back to link up your seasonal posts at the All Year Round Blog Carnival.


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Spring Carnival begins 15th February 2012
Summer Carnival begins 15th May 2012
Autumn Carnival begins 15th September 2012
Winter Carnival begins 15th December 2012
All Year Round Blog Carnival 2012: 1000+ Seasonal Links
Spring Break from March to May 2013
Summer Carnival begins 15th June 2013
Autumn/Winter Break from September 2013 to March 2014

Carnival co-hosts:
sunnydaytodaymama, Mama Smiles, Winding Circle, The Mahogany Way, Smiling like Sunshine, Home Baked, Connecting Family & Seoul, All Things Beautiful, Like Mama~Like Daughter, Plain Vanilla Mom, Little Homeschool Blessings, Simple Whimsy, 2 Big, 2 Little, janne's jabberwocky, Made By Joey, Pinkoddy, Coombe Mill, Bury Family Life

Spring Carnival 2012
sunnydaytodaymama, Mama Smiles, Winding Circle (including autumn links), The Mahogany Way, Smiling like Sunshine, Home Baked, famiglia&seoul
Our favourite spring activities
Our favourite spring books
Pictures of spring
Preparing for spring
week one: 7 Spring Ideas for Children
week two: 7 Ways to Get Ready For Spring
week three: 7 Spring Crafts for Children
week four: 7 Spring Crafts for All Ages
week five: 7 Spring Nature Walks
week six: 7 Spring and Easter Ideas for Children
week seven: 7 Spring Recipes
week eight: 7 Spring Blossom and Flower Crafts for All Ages
week nine: 7 Spring Things To Do Outdoors
week ten: 7 Spring Garden Projects
week eleven: 7 Spring Nature Projects
week twelve: 7 Spring Book Lists for Children 
week thirteen: 7 Blogs in Springtime
Caterpillar/Butterfly links

Spring update
Spring - Summer update

Summer Carnival 2012
sunnydaytodaymama, Mama Smiles, Winding Circle (including winter links), The Mahogany Way, Smiling like Sunshine, Home Baked, famiglia&seoul, All Things Beautiful, Like Mama~Like Daughter, Plain Vanilla Mom, Little Homeschool Blessings, Simple Whimsy, 2 Big, 2 Little, janne's jabberwocky
Our favourite summer activities
Our favourite summer books
week fourteen: 7 Ways to Get Ready For Summer
week fifteen: 7 Summer Ideas for Children
week sixteen: 7 Summer Nature Projects
week seventeen: 7 Summer Water Play Activities
week eighteen: 7 Summer Things To Do Outdoors
week nineteen: 7 Summer and Summer Solstice Crafts for All Ages
week twenty: 7 Summer Book Lists and Literacy Projects
week twenty one: 7 Summer Nature Crafts
week twenty two: 7 Summer Nature Walks
week twenty three: 7 Summer Outdoor Games for Children
week twenty four: 7 Summer Garden Projects
week twenty five: 7 Summer Crafts for Children
week twenty six: 7 Summer Picnics and Days Out
week twenty seven: 7 Summer Ideas for All Ages
week twenty eight: 7 Blogs in Summer
Sand/Beach links
Plastic Bottle links
Ice links
Summer Recipe links

Summer update
Summer - Autumn update

Autumn Carnival 2012
sunnydaytodaymama, Mama Smiles, The Mahogany Way, Smiling like Sunshine, Home Baked, Connecting Family & Seoul, All Things Beautiful, Like Mama~Like Daughter, Little Homeschool Blessings, Simple Whimsy, 2 Big, 2 Little,
Our favourite autumn activities 
Pictures of autumn
week twenty nine: 7 Ways to Celebrate Autumn
week thirty: 7 Autumn Decorations
week thirty one: 7 Autumn Nature Tables
week thirty two: 7 Autumn Ideas for Children
week thirty three: 7 Autumn Things To Do Outdoors
week thirty four: 7 Autumn Nature Projects
week thirty five: 7 Autumn Book Lists for Children
week thirty six: 7 Autumn Recipes
week thirty seven: 7 Autumn Nature Walks
week thirty eight: 7 Autumn Art Projects
week thirty nine: 7 Autumn Crafts for All Ages
week forty: 7 Blogs in Autumn
Pumpkin links

Autumn - Winter update

Winter Carnival 2012-2013
sunnydaytodaymama, Mama Smiles, The Mahogany Way, Smiling like Sunshine, Home Baked, Connecting Family & Seoul, All Things Beautiful, Like Mama~Like Daughter, Little Homeschool Blessings, Simple Whimsy
Our favourite winter activities

Winter - Spring update

Spring Break 2013

Spring - Summer update

Summer Carnival 2013
sunnydaytodaymama, Mama Smiles, The Mahogany Way, Smiling like Sunshine,
All Things Beautiful, Like Mama~Like Daughter, Little Homeschool Blessings, Simple Whimsy, janne's jabberwocky, Made By Joey, Pinkoddy, Coombe Mill, Bury Family Life

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