Today I want to share with you a book study we are working through with home schooling and how Helmar played a very big role in how it all came together.
First I want to share with you a photo of my Unit Study. Most activities are shown in this picture. I am going to go over a few things here on this blog post today, but for full lesson plans, more video, photos and step by steps, please visit my personal blog. I plan on showcasing one to three books per month, so please join my children and I on our adventures as we read and explore.
I started with creating a felt board for this book study. I have been wanting to do this for a long time and realized with Helmar Spray Adhesive, some inexpensive white felt and a piece of plywood, which I sanded down before hand, it was quite simple. The adhesive made the board nice and smooth and did not show through the felt. The best part is I only sprayed the felt and not teh plywood, so when I am done, I can remove the felt or change the colors since that makes it repositional. If I sprayed both sides I could make it permenant, as well. Now my girls finally have a felt board we can use with each of our book studies! You can see it as the base for my photo above.
Next I started on the lapbooks. They are very simple to create and I shared how with a little 450 Quick Dry and three manilla folders you can create a simple base lapbook with a sturdy pocket in the back for holding your print outs and assignments in this video.
I also have a second video sharing the details of the mitten lapbook on my blog, if you would like to see that, as well.
One other item I wanted to share today were some winter counting sticks. We use counting sticks for all sorts of activities, such as counting, basic addition and subtraction and patterning and with the little mittens they make it more festive and fun to play (I mean, learn) and fit my theme perfectly.
I started with some white felt, some craft sticks, and Helmar 450 Quick Dry. I simply free hand cut the little mittens (it was just fine with me if they were all different and unique) and then using a dab of 450 Quick Dry adheared them to the sticks. I created two sets of one through four to go with this week's lesson. SO easy and so fun! I love how fast the glue dried so I could make them fast while bouncing a baby on my lap. I was also loving the fact that the glue did not show through the felt mitten at all. You would never know I used a liquid glue. I love using this glue with all my quick home school projects now!
Lastly, I wanted to share with you an easy recipe for puffy "snow" paint. We are creating paintings using an old white mitten who has been without it's mate and did not know it was still useful... do you have any sad mittens like that? Well, ours will be creating puffy mitten paintings this week!! We are so excited! It is a very simple recipe. You simply mix together 1 part Helmar Craft and Hobby PVA Glue with 1 part shaving cream. It dries so puffy and pretty!
I hope you have a wonderful day!
Lisa Wilkinson, Design Team Member