This is a repost of an earlier blog entry since it is that time of the year again. And I am updating with my little one’s first day of 1st Grade Photo just for the fun! 🙂
You can change the wording, colors, and anything else you like very simply in either Open Office (click to download for free) or Microsoft Word. Once you get it the way you want it, you can simply print on your home printer, or you can use Zamzar to convert it to a high resolution photo and have it printed at your local drug store. I chose to have mine printed in 8×10 size and also got a copy for each set of grandparents.
Now that you have a copy you love, you can get a cute frame and have your child pose with it for their first day of school photos and after that get a binder with sheet protectors or photo album and place it inside….then next year, just pull up your handy editable file and repeat. When they
graduate you will have a wonderful memory book to look back on and see how your child has changed from 1 year to the next! 🙂
So Em and I have been working on her counting by 2’s and she was doing well but would get stuck after 20…. She just wasn’t seeing the pattern. So I made up a chart to help her see the way the numbers change. It was a hit she had that great AhHa! moment. So I took it a step further and made this sheet to see if she could fill in the blanks and, just like that, she got it all filled in and started to recite them all the way to 100. First while looking at the page then again with it flipped over.
We spent weeks trying orally to explain it to no avail. Now, after only about 30 min seeing it in this format she has it down.
I couldn’t be more proud of my big girl! ❤
Give it a try with your little ones and comment here to let me know if not helps!!
In honor of Em’s first day of preschool, I decided to whip up another little freebie printable for you all! You can change the wording, colors, and anything else you like very simply in either Open Office (click to download for free) or Microsoft Word. Once you get it the way you want it, you can simply print on your home printer, or you can use Zamzar to convert it to a high resolution photo and have it printed at your local drug store. I chose to have mine printed in 8×10 size and also got a copy for each set of grandparents.
Now that you have a copy you love, you can get a cute frame and have your child pose with it for their first day of school photos and after that get a binder with sheet protectors or photo album and place it inside….then next year, just pull up your handy editable file and repeat. When they graduate you will have a wonderful memory book to look back on and see how your child has changed from 1 year to the next! 🙂
Print the clock and draw hands that show what your real clock will look like at nap time, bed time, or anytime you want to teach and then label them with a short word.
Let your little one color their new clocks while you discuss with them what those times mean. “when our clock on the wall looks like this one with the short hand on the 3 and the long hand on the 12 that means it is time to take a nap”
Throughout the day look at the clock to compare (especially when the time is the same!)
Soon they will be able to tell when it is the right time without even having to look at their papers!
Cigar Box or similar (most tobacco shops will give you one free of charge if you ask!)
Pretty Duct Tape or Contact Paper
Foam Stickers (or normal stickers)
What to do:
Cover the lid inside and out and the sides of the box with your duct tape or contact paper. I Used a beautiful butterfly print duct tape, but after all the stickers were on, it looked a bit busy so a simpler base might be better, but she still loves it! 🙂
Now let your little on go nuts peeling and sticking all over to make it their own. They will work on their fine motor skills while making something that is just for them.
Now fill it up with all your little one’s treasures and have a blast!
This is Part 1 in a series to show you how to turn your Maternity Wear into Skirts & Dresses for your Baby or Toddler!
For this post we will be turning 1 shirt into anywhere from 2-4 Skirts for you little one. (How many you are able to make will depend on th original shirt size and new skirt sizes and length desired)
What You Will Need:
Maternity Tops (or you can make these using any fabric you have)
Sewing Machine and Thread
Elastic in strips that will fit around your child’s waist comfortably
Lace, Trim, Ribbon, Buttons to embellish (All optional!)
What To Do:
First measure you child or one of their skirts that fits them and measure your shirt to find the best placement of your cuts to make your skirts the length and fullness you desire and decide on a layout so that the patter (if applicable) is where you want it.
Cut across the Waist line leaving you a large ring that is already hemmed at the bottom and on 2 sides.
Cut up the side seams of the shirt and then cut in 1/2 across the width so that I had 4 Strips of material out of your 1 shirt (plus the top section which I have yet to find a use for, but Keep an eye out as it will be coming soon)
Because they are maternity the front of your shirt will be wider than the back section and it will also taper and get wider at the bottom so I was not able to make a skirt out of my top back 1/4 that was big enough for my 2 year old, but was able to use the other 3. (The section not used was added to my small project stash, but I may just make it into a smaller one for a friend’s daughter who is younger and smaller than mine…not sure yet)
Now your Bottom 2 pieces will already be hemmed on the bottom so you will just have to sew a pocket for the elastic and a hem to close up the back seam. — For your top sections you will need to create a straight hem on the bottom then the pocket for elastic on the top and up the back seam.
**Sewing your pocket – Fold over the top of your skirt about a 1/2 inch and sew at the bottom of the pocket leaving a 1 inch gap unsewn at the end. Now attach a safety pin to the end of your elastic and work it though the pocket gathering until you reach the opening again and then stitch the ends of the elastic together and close up the hole.
**Alt: You can also skip the pocket and stitch the elastic in place (this was my choice as it requires a little less material). All you need to do is start at one end of your piece fol the top of your piece over just enough to lineup with the bottom of the elastic you are using and make 4 stitches back and forth to secure it in place. Now stretch the elastic to the length of your material and sew with a zigzag stitch and be sure to back stitch at the end to lock it in place. (I used a triple zigzag stitch as it is more durable)
Tip: If you need to add length to your skirts or even pants look for a lace or eyelet trim like I used. It is pretty and functional adding a summery girly touch to your projects. It comes in sizes for 1/4 inch to 4 inches and can go a long way to extending the life of your little ones clothes!