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BAT WORD FAMILY GAME
Yesterday I said I love repurposing items for multiple activities. It saves on prep time, and the kids get to experience different materials in different ways.
For this word family game we reused the bat bodies from our counting game. I cut out new wings for the bats. Then we used a glitter glue pen to write “at” on one of the bat wings and initial consonants on the remaining wings.
I chose to only list consonants that would make real words. You could add additional consonants and also include some that make nonsense words so your child can identify which words are real words and which words are nonsense words.
Then during literacy time I set the bat with the “at” wing already in place next to the other wings on the table. We took turns adding the initial consonants and reading the new words made. Then each little bat had to take a quick flight around the room!

BAT COUNTING GAME

I love when we can repurpose items and use them for different learning and play activities. We started this math activity by creating some egg carton bats out of egg cartons and foam sheets.

Then we used a glitter glue pen to draw numbers and sets of dots on the bat wings.
For the math activity kids matched the correct wings to make each bat.
Once your child is finished matching the numbers and sets you can use the bats to practice more number sense skills by: 🦇putting the bats in order from least to greatest
🦇putting the bats in order from greatest to least
🦇ask the child to show a bat whose number is greater than ___ (i.e., a bat whose number is greater than 2–answer 3, 4, or 5)
🦇ask the child to show a bat whose number is less than ___
🦇identify bats with odd numbers
🦇identify bats with even numbers

And don’t forget to PLAY with the bats when you are finished. They’d even be a cute addition to a small world for Halloween!

Spending the afternoon with the boys talking about our morning routine for tomorrow with our schedule starters from @empoweringparentsau

La mia famiglia e altri animali - mercoledì - centesima settimana d.C. quindicesima settimana p.P.
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EGG CARTON BAT CRAFT

This was a very easy craft, and the bats look so festive hanging around! You'll need just a few basic craft supplies.

First I cut apart an egg carton using three sections for each bat. I cut the edges to resemble bat wings. Then I set the kids up to paint.

After the paint dried we added googly eyes using tacky glue. I poked a hole in the middle, pulled a loop of ribbon through, and hung them up. That’s it!
Use them for singing your favorite bat songs (we like Bats Are Sleeping). Or hang them up...we love how they looking hanging…even the spooky bat shadow behind them!

Can you believe these contemporary little trikes from @foxrider.be have actually been carrying little riders since the 1950’s!
We’ve found them to be the perfect intro to cycling - before that wobbly move over to a balance bike. Or if your little rider could benefit with a bit of extra stability then they can last right up to around four when they make the transition onto a pedal bike.
Thanks @soundsandshapes for the pic! .
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NEW POST on the blog today, from Lindsey Cornett (@lindseycornett). Lindsey asks us to consider when a house truly becomes a home. Is it when we sign a lease or make the first mortgage payment? Is it when we figure out which light goes with what switch? When we walk to the park the first time, or pull a birthday card from the mailbox? ⠀

Follow the link in our profile or head to KindredMom.com to read today's essay. ⠀

And in the meantime, tell us: When did you know you were home? 🏠 🏢 🛏 💜⠀

🦇BAT SENSORY BIN🦇
For today's bat theme activity we're popping over to @fun.a.day for a fun bat sensory bin. They made theirs to go along with the book Stellaluna, but it will tie into many books and bat theme activities. Bowtie pasta makes perfect little bats! Pop over to the profile link to learn how to create this sensory bin for your little ones.

Did you know today is World Food Day?
The event promotes worldwide awareness and action for those who suffer from hunger and for the need to ensure food security and nutritious diets for all.
Check out #worldfoodday for more info.

💫You can’t use up ⲥⲄⲉⲀⲧⳕvⳕⲦⳡ. The more you Ⳙⲋⲉ, the more you ⲏⲀvⲉ💫 mⲀⳡⲀ Angelou

Ohhh Ariel, I am so in love with you ❤️❤️❤️#babyboy #loveyoutothemoonandback #home #athomewithkids #thelittlebrother #homesweethome

BAT HEADBAND CRAFT

We have so much fun with our spiders headbands that I just had to make some bat headbands for our bat theme. We love reading a few nonfiction books about real bats. Then we grab some black and white construction paper and large googly eyes to make these easy bat hats.
Kids love using them to act out favorite bat and Halloween stories, songs, and action rhymes.

Click the profile link to see the full tutorial.

DIY SPIDER RING CRAFT
These DIY spider rings are quick and easy to make, and you probably have the craft supplies to make them already. We make tiny ones to wear around as jewelry for Halloween events and large ones for pretend play and other learning activities.🕷
We love using our spiders to sing songs and tell stories, but they often end up as holiday decorations when they aren’t in use. My oldest especially likes to hide them in places to scare her little sister…and sometimes mommy, too! 🙀
Click the profile link to learn how to make your own.

Have the school holidays finished yet? Far out, this has been a long two weeks! Anyone else hanging for school to go back?

Repost from @kindred_mom - If you've ever found yourself living somewhere that didn't align with your dreams for home (and haven't most of us?), today's post is for you. ⠀

Writer-in-Residence, Corey Wheeland (@thenostalgiadiaries), is sharing about the hard circumstances that led her to apartment living, and the moments with her daughter that taught her to be grateful for it.⠀

As always, you can find today's essay by following the link in our profile or heading to KindredMom.com. ⠀

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If you've ever found yourself living somewhere that didn't align with your dreams for home (and haven't most of us?), today's post is for you. ⠀

Writer-in-Residence, Corey Wheeland (@thenostalgiadiaries), is sharing about the hard circumstances that led her to apartment living, and the moments with her daughter that taught her to be grateful for it.⠀

As always, you can find today's essay by following the link in our profile or heading to KindredMom.com. ⠀

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#kindredmom #coffeeandcrumbs #gomama #womenIRL #motherhoodalive #stopdropandmom #notonlymama #joyfulmamas #thisismotherhood #tinytinymoments #memoirsofmotherhood #letthembelittle #let_there_be_delight #the_sugar_jar #idhtbptbb #lifegivinghome #athomewithkids #designmom #magnoliahome #simplecozynest #howyouhome #darlinghome #momtruths #motherhoodquotes #motherhoodthroughig #lifeathome #homelifestyle #lesshousemorehome #homeismyhappyplace

SPIDER BABIES FINE MOTOR PLAY

As we read nonfiction books for our spider theme little ones are always fascinated to learn that spiders carry their babies on their backs. It's a great way to introduce this easy spider babies fine motor play.
Simply print out the free printable mat. Then grab some spider rings and the fine motor tool of your choices...we're using Jumbo Tweezers from @learningresources here.

Then let kids practice putting the spider babies on the mama's back. Simply and effective fine motor practice!

Pop over to the profile link to get your free version of the spider mat.

PAINT WITH SPIDERS
I'm not going to lie....this one is MESSY! But often the most memorable process art activites are the ones that are the messiest, so take some steps to make clean up a breeze and then just go with it!
No live spiders were harmed in the making of this art. Instead you'll need to grab some plastic toy spiders...if you have a variety of sizes, try different ones to see what imprints they make. You can even attach a couple spiders to rubber bands (or those stretchy rubber toys kids get from gumball machines...you know what I mean?!) and practice making the spider jump to create designs.
Use washable tempera paint and get to creating! Pop over to the profile link for more tips and action shots.

NEW POST on the blog today from Jenni Van Winkle (@sweetsound37).⠀

Jenni is sharing the story of how a trip around the world--long before she was a mom--changed her understanding of home. ⠀

What experiences from your own life have changed how think about home?⠀

Head to the link in our profile or KindredMom.com to read Jenni's story! ⠀
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