Jun 132012

Brave Printable Activity Sheets

Disney/Pixar's BRAVE

I’m so excited that tomorrow night we’ll be attending an advanced screening of Disney/Pixar’s BRAVE.  I’ve been looking forward to this one since the first promotions were released!  I’ll be sure to share some thoughts with you after seeing it plus a full review down the road.  In the meantime, though, here are a bunch of BRAVE printable activity sheets and coloring pages to keep the kiddos entertained.  Just click each image for a larger, printable version.


Free Disney Printable Activity Sheets Disney/Pixar's Printable BRAVE Banners Disney/Pixar's Printable BRAVE Coin Archery Free Disney Printable Activity Sheets Free Disney Printable Activity Sheets Disney/Pixar's Printable Stage for BRAVE Cut Out Characters Disney/Pixar's Printable Spot the BRAVE Differences Disney/Pixar's Printable BRAVE Castle Maze Disney/Pixar's Printable BRAVE Forest Maze

Be sure to like BRAVE on Facebook for more fun!

May 302012

Affordable Family Fun: Family Appreciation Night

I really enjoy reading Formula Mom’s blog.  Mariah always has great crafts, fun giveaways, and yummy-looking recipes.  A couple of weeks ago she wrote about having a family appreciation night as a fun, affordable family activity.

Mariah suggested giving each family member a jar or cup, and then passing out slips of paper.  Each person would write two or three compliments for each person and drop them in that family member’s cup.  Then they would take turns reading aloud the compliments they had received.

I totally see that as something we’ll be doing in the future.  I think it would be fun to make it a monthly thing.  Instead of cups and paper slips, though, I will probably cut out a rectangle per person of kraft paper.  Prior to dinner I would place the pieces on the table next to their plates, and then everyone could come in and write or draw their compliments for each person.  I’d pick them up before we ate, and then after dessert I’d pass them back out and everyone could take turns reading theirs (a good reminder of what we like about each other in case any squabbles came up during dinner!).

I’d reuse the rectangles at each family appreciate night until both the front and back side of each was full.  Then I would cover them with contact paper and use them as placemats.  This way we’d continually be reminded of the compliments we received and how much we love each other!

Do you have any special, affordable ways that you like to celebrate your family and show appreciation for one another?

Feb 172012

Thank you to Build a Dream for providing us with a car from their collection of cardboard playhouses.  All opinions are my own.

Inspiring imagination in Baby C. is something that, as a parent, I am very committed to.  While I love technology and fully embrace it, I do realize that it’s very easy for kids to just be focused on that aspect of play and miss opportunities to be creative in an un-plugged way.  I don’t see many young kids outside poking at puddles with sticks these days, you know?

So I love the products from Build a Dream Playhouse; they do double-duty in the creativity department!

Build a Dream Playhouses was founded by a Cleveland father dedicated tothe futures of the City of Cleveland, the State of Ohio, and the imaginations of children. Reflecting on his city’s hard times, he collaborated with the world famous Nottingham-Spirk Design Associates, a group of 3 to 9 year old children, and the Smurfit Stone Container Corporation.  What they came up with is what they believe to be the most innovative, fresh, and fun playhouses on the market. Continue reading »