Fine Motor: Pompom Sort

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Materials Needed:

Paint containers with colored tops ( Here is the newer version of the ones I bought )

pompoms various colors and sizes

a tray
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This activity is super simple but it can keep kids captivated for some time.
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It works there knowledge base for color recognition, matching, and differentiation.
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I literally just set the cups on the tray and then dumped a bag of pompoms on the tray that’s it super easy.
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My son sat here for a while looking at the pompoms deciding which pompoms go in which container
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Using their fingers to pick up and grasp the pompom and then to push it through the opening in the container is using their fine motor control and their pincer grasp.
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Painting with Water

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It has been so hot so in an effort to stay cool and to keep my kids entertained. I offered up a simple and fun activity. Painting with water. Some of the fringe benefits with this activity is there is little mess or clean up and you might actually get part of your yard cleaned.
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Painting the bricks in our yard with water gives the illusion that there is actually a change in the color of the bricks that they really are being painted. Which they are but just with water so when the water evaporates which it does relatively quickly especially on hot days the bricks go back to their same color. Only slightly cleaner.
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While painting my kids remain engaged, happy, and enthusiastic, and they work really hard.
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Detail oriented kiddos get every brick. Just look at him go and now my bricks are nice and clean and my kids just spent an our cleaning whether they know it or not.
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While painting it is hot so the water keeps evaporating off the bricks so the kids have to constantly go back to retrace their steps. This is awesome because it gets them that much more excited.
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If you are  not in the mood for backyard water painting then you can do this simple activity. All you need is a :

Tray

bowl of water

piece of paper

paint brush, or sponge
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Let the kids paint away with the water. It will change the color of their paper.
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We used the pool noodle for stamping the water onto the paper
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Afterwards we did some water color painting on we paper which is fun too. The color bleeds when it is one wet paper which creates a fun effect.
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you can also add salt afterward just sprinkle some on top for more cool effects
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squeezing water out of a sponge onto paper is another way to do this project and it also strengthens fine motor muscles
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More water color painting on top of wet paper
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Sink or Float Tray Experiment

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Materials Needed:

Tray

bowl with water

random assortment of materials some that sink some that float
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I taped off our tray into sections so once they figured out whether something sunk or float they could put it in one square or the other.
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This is a fun game the kids love playing in water and they love discovering which items sink and which float. Its fun to if you want to let them go around and collect more items to discover if they sink or float. I also like having the kids make a hypothesis before they drop each item in to the water trying to guess if the item in question will sink or float.
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LouAna Coconut Oil Review

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LouAna is your one-stop Coconut Oil resource. LouAna (short for “Louisiana”) cooking oils have been a staple in Southern kitchens for over 120 years. Long before Coconut Oil became all the rage, we were in the LouAna kitchen cooking up a storm with it. An easy swap in recipes for butter, shortening or margarine, and a wholesome addition to smoothies, drinks and more, our versatile Coconut Oil has 0 trans fat, 0 cholesterol and no coconut aroma or taste. No wonder LouAna is the #1 seller of coconut oil by volume in America.*
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I have been using LouAna coconut oil in pretty much everything. I absolutely love it. From delicious recipes you can find on the LouAna site to my own that I make up. It is really easy to substitute LouAna coconut oil in some of your favorite recipes instead of butter/ shortening etc.
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Here I made up my own recipe for an amazing smoothie that is so yummy it tastes like you are having dessert!
Ingredients:

1 tbs LouAna Coconut Oil

1 cup of ice

2 tbs nut butter (we prefer almond butter or sunflower butter)

1/4 cup dried coconut flakes

1 tsp chia seeds

1/3 cup dark chocolate

1 cup milk (we used 1/2 cup almond milk and 1/2 cup coconut milk)
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LouAna coconut oil scoops relatively easy if you have trouble I just warm it up a little and its super easy to scoop
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Mix all the ingredients in your favorite blender. I love my Vitamix. Once everything is completely blended enjoy the yummy goodness!
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Buy it: Use the handy product locator to find out where to buy Coconut Oil and all of LouAna’s other cooking oils—including Peanut Oil, Vegetable Oil, Canola Oil and special oil blends.

Disclaimer: I received LouAna products in exchange for this review. All opinions are my own.

Celebrate IHOP’s 58th Birthday With 58 Cent Pancakes July 12!

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IHOP, the pioneer of the breakfast all-day, every-day movement celebrates their 58th birthday this summer! Since its inception in 1958, IHOP and their world famous buttermilk pancakes have remained a beloved All-American institution and breakfast icon for nearly six decades. On Tuesday July 12, IHOP is offering a 58 cent short stack of buttermilk pancakes to celebrate their 58th birthday. Fun fact: The original cost of an IHOP short stack when the restaurant was founded in 1958 was 62 cents!