I got so wrapped up in telling you about the momvention of my century I forgot about the other projects I did!
I love these too and am used to you loving what I love! It’s a win win kind of place around here!
First… the school box. Since the early day care days I have kept some things. Not all things. Just some. Usually if a hand or foot print is involved it’s an automatic keeper. Also if there is something “personalized” on it… along the lines of I’m three and my favorite color is elephant. Keeper.
When Biggest started school last year the decision of what to save became slightly more difficult. I seeded through what I would want if I were him. And even though I know that’s probably nothing I kept things anyway. But this project is not about the WHAT, it’s about the WHERE. I wanted a convenient, easy to access, store, put away, etc method to hang on to the items I decided to keep for years to come. I decided on a plastic file tote and hanging files. I used my label maker (love!) and labeled a folder for each year of school, grouping together the early years into one. I went through my giant basket of things, put them in the right folder and stashed it away for the year. In my “office” I have a metal divided folder thingy and throughout the year I put the school keepers there. The plan being at the end of each school year, I’ll do a final sort/pitch/save, put the chosen ones away for safe keeping and be done with it.
**The key to this method is to never let them see what you pitch. This happened once and I quickly recovered by blaming it on their sisters who love tash. Close call.
Second… the plastic eggs. The girls were baptized in April of 2011, following the service we hosted a celebration at our place. I planned an egg hunt for the other children and it was a lot of fun. Since then I’ve had two packs of plastic eggs unused and staring at me each time I opened the coat closet. Each time I would think damn I really need to do that egg thing I see on Pinterest. Each time I would shut the door and forget again. It finally made the to-do list and I’m embarrassed with myself that it truly only took five minutes of my time. The boys love it. The girls do too, for a couple of minutes anyway. One broke and I didn’t care at all because each plastic egg 5 cents after you do the math.
While I was making these I couldn’t help but think of alllll the possibilities these had to offer. You could do states and capitals… state outlines and their names… Presidents and order… opposites… math problems… endless, endless possibilities. For SUCH a cheap price and pretty much even less effort. There will be more plastic egg activities at my house for sure.
abandoned kitchen craft table. When we got a new kitchen set we decided to move the old one to the basement in the play room. This also meant giving the beer ping pong table up to a good home at the local college so we had room for it. (Don’t sigh for me too much, we now have an official table that can travel with us!) I try to keep all writing/coloring/crafting to the playroom as much as possible. But the boys are always coming upstairs asking me how you spell Happy Birthday and Iwishwecouldcomeoverandplayagain. They bring a small piece of paper and a broken crayon and by the time I get to the second p all is lost.
Once the back to school craze was over I went to the Target clearance and picked up some of the lined name cards that you’ll find in Kindergarten classrooms across America and some shipping tape. I thought of the most common words they ask for, wrote them on the name cards and taped them to the table. I don’t care an ounce about the condition of this table so the tape didn’t bother me at all. I also added the sight-words Biggest brought home from school last year. I have a ton of the cards left and plan to add to the table as needed. We’ve had two birthday parties since this and the boys loved going down to make the birthday cards. Even Middle said, Mom I didn’t even need your help for how to spell Happy Birthday!